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– The French Minister of Health reported the highest number of 24-hour deaths recorded in the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
– The World Health Organization calls for caution in easing lock-in strategies
– Ontario Ford: 500,000 masks cross the border.
– The daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Italy is decreasing again.
– Music stars set to organize a live concert on April 18 to raise funds to fight COVID-19
– Germany Merkel says too early to consider ending the restrictive measures.
PARIS – The French Minister of Health has reported the highest number of 24-hour deaths in the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olivier Veran said Monday evening that 833 people have died from coronavirus in hospitals and retirement homes since Sunday.
Although some have predicted that the infection rate may start to slow, Veran said that “we have not reached the end of the rise of this epidemic.”
France has recently started counting deaths in nursing homes as the number of COVID-19 deaths, and previously only deaths in hospitals were reported.
The total death toll from the coronavirus is 8,911.
NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo extended house restrictions until the end of the month, citing new evidence on Monday that epidemic control rules could help the state avoid a worst case disaster.
New York State has recorded 4,758 deaths from COVID-19, of which 599 have been reported in the past 24 hours. It remains the most affected state with more than 130,000 laboratory-confirmed cases and nearly 17,000 people hospitalized.
But the number of new people entering hospitals daily has declined, as has the number of critically ill patients requiring ventilators. Recent data suggests the state may be at or near the peak of the epidemic, state officials said.
Warning that it was not time to give in, Cuomo said schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed until April 29.
Cuomo pointed out that even if New York had reached its peak, the numbers could persist at these levels, which would continue to stress struggling hospitals.
NEW JERSEY – The death toll from coronavirus in New Jersey has exceeded 1,000 people, according to data released Monday by the state health department.
In the past 24 hours, deaths from COVID-19 in New Jersey have increased from 917 to 1003.
New Jersey and New York are among the hardest hit states in the country. According to health officials, New Jersey is likely a few weeks before the peak of the epidemic.
The counties of Bergen, Essex and Hudson in the suburbs of New York saw the most cases.
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – The coronavirus pandemic killed its youngest victim in Louisiana on Monday – a baby born prematurely after his mother contracted the disease and was put on a ventilator.
“The baby, due to extreme prematurity, did not survive,” said East Baton Rouge Beau Clark parish coroner, who blamed the mother’s COVID-19 disease for putting it on. at work.
The girl only survived for a day, and the coroner said he and the Louisiana state epidemiologist agreed that she was on the coronavirus death toll.
Whether the baby had COVID-19 remains under investigation, but Clark said his death is clearly linked to the virus.
Without her mother’s infection, Clark said, “Probably, she would not have entered into premature labor and there would have been a different outcome. It’s an incredibly sad case. “
Clark said the mother was admitted to the hospital on April 1 and that she was still alive. He did not provide any details about his condition and no information to identify him. The premature baby was not the first American newborn to die under similar circumstances, he added.
The number of cases of coronavirus in Louisiana increased Monday to reach nearly 15,000 people with confirmed infections, of which about 12% are hospitalized. The death toll increased by 35 from the previous day to at least 512.
LONDON – The chief emergency officer of the World Health Organization has said that countries seeking to break out of their lock-in strategies must use a “step-by-step approach” that does not release all restrictions at once.
Dr. Mike Ryan said on Monday that the lockouts seen in many countries involved closing schools, workplaces and social gatherings in places such as public places and parks.
“It would probably be a bad idea to lift all lock restrictions (at the same time),” said Ryan, noting that countries should not seek to get out of a stop without having a plan in place to keep the spread of COVID-19 at manageable levels.
“Locking down reverses the disease. Once you’ve lifted the lockdown, you need to have an alternative method of removing the infection, “said Ryan, explaining that countries should have systems in place to detect cases, track contacts, quarantine cases suspects and extensively test the disease.
TORONTO – Premier of Canada’s most populous province says US officials prevented 3 million masks from traveling to Ontario through the manufacture of the giant 3M, but has announced that 500,000 will be released Monday.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said it was difficult to cross the US border with masks after the Trump administration announced it would prevent the export of N95 face masks.
Ford says he hopes Canada will get an exemption and says he feels better about it after speaking with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Ford says it is grateful for all it can from the United States after delays in global shipping and recent restrictions at the US border have left Ontario with about a week of essential protective equipment for healthcare workers.
Canadian healthcare workers – like those in the United States – urgently need masks that provide better protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization denounced the “racist remarks” of two French scientists on Monday for having suggested that vaccination tests against coronaviruses be carried out in Africa.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian who is the first director general of WHO in Africa, said “a hangover of a colonial mentality” at a time when he called for “solidarity” between countries.
On Wednesday, he was referring to comments on a French news program that sparked outrage. Dr. Jean-Paul Mira, of the respected Cochin hospital in Paris, came up with the idea of carrying out vaccination tests in Africa.
“If I can be provocative,” Mira told LCI television, “Shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatment, no resuscitation? “
The idea was approved by another guest, microbiologist Camille Locht of the INSERM Medical Research Institute.
Tedros replied at a press conference on Monday: “Africa cannot and will not be a testing ground for any vaccine. “
“The hangover from a colonial mentality must end and the WHO will not allow this to happen,” he said. “It was a shame, in fact, and appalling to hear scientists like this in the 21st century. “
Mira apologized for the remarks.
GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization has said that he will give new advice to countries that decide to order or advise people to wear masks to fight coronavirus.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted “limited research” on the subject and said, “There is no black and white answer and no quick fix. “
“Masks alone cannot stop the pandemic,” he said.
Tedros reiterated the WHO insistence that medical masks “must be a priority for health workers on the front line of the response”, and noted that masks are rare in the world.
Some central European countries have started to require citizens to wear masks in public. On Friday, the U.S. government advised Americans to voluntarily wear a basic cloth or cloth mask to help stop the spread.
LONDON – British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said he has not spoken to Boris Johnson since Saturday, but insisted that the Prime Minister, who has been hospitalized with persistent coronavirus symptoms, remains in command of the government.
Raab, who previously chaired the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, said that Johnson had spent a “comfortable” night after being admitted to St. Thomas Hospital in south London on Sunday evening, and that the Prime Minister was “in a good mood”.
Johnson tested positive for the virus 11 days ago and has said in a series of video messages during his self-isolation since he had “mild symptoms” of a cough and high temperature.
Chief Government Medical Advisor Chris Whitty said it was possible for people to continue working from the hospital, but any decision regarding Johnson’s ability to do so could only be made on his own. doctors.
ROME – The daily increase in new cases of COVID-19 in Italy has decreased again.
The nearly 3,600 new cases announced on Monday by the authorities represent the smallest overnight increase in 20 days. Another number that has raised hopes in the Italian medical community has been a slight drop, for the third day in a row, in the number of intensive care beds occupied by coronavirus patients across the country.
“Basically, the data confirms the trend” of slower new cases and “reassures that containment measures against viral infection are effective,” said Dr. Luca Richeldi, pulmonologist at Gemelli Hospital in Rome.
Italy now has at least 132,547 confirmed cases, placing it just behind Spain in the total number of known cases. There have been 636 deaths in Italy since Sunday, compared to 525 a day earlier. But Richeldi said that overall, a downward trend in deaths is continuing, showing a 20% decrease from the previous week.
Italy marks a month of national foreclosure on Monday to slow the spread of the virus.
KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine has received $ 1.2 million in aid from the United States amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, the President of Ukraine said on Monday.
“Acknowledging that the United States has allocated $ 1.2 million to Ukraine to fight COVID-19,” Zelenskiy said in a tweet after a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Aid comes as the boom weighs on the Ukrainian economy, the state’s budget deficit triples and incomes fall. Ukraine, where 1,319 cases of coronavirus have been recorded so far, has been blocked since March, with the borders closed and the vast majority of businesses not operating.
The government of the country hopes to obtain an $ 8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to keep the economy afloat.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – The Slovak government has approved a plan to limit travel across the country during Easter to contain the coronavirus.
The restrictions will be in effect from Wednesday until the end of Easter Monday.
People will only be allowed to go to work, make essential purchases, or see doctors. Only family members can stay together for outdoor activities which will be limited to taking place only in one county.
Slovakia is a Roman Catholic stronghold in central and eastern Europe. The government had previously banned public gatherings, including religious services.
The government also approved a renewal of border controls with all neighboring countries between Wednesday and April 17.
There are 534 infected people in Slovakia, two of whom died.
ROME – The association of doctors in the Italian region, ravaged by viruses, has identified seven “mistakes” made by public health officials at the start of the epidemic, which it said contributed to the spread of the disease. virus and the deaths of more than 80 doctors.
The main allegations included the lack of data on the actual number of people infected, the lack of tests for medical personnel and the inadequate distribution of protective equipment and masks for medical personnel.
The association lambasted what it said was “confusing” management in nursing homes in the area, where hundreds of elderly people have died, many of whom have never been tested for COVID-19 and do not appear in official virus counts.
Doctors also complained of “uncertainties” in decisions to close high-risk areas, a reference to the late decision to lock the hard-hit Bergamo up to two weeks after the first infections were reported.
Responding, the head of Italian civil protection, Angelo Borrelli, insisted that the virus was an “invisible enemy” that took everyone by surprise. He admitted that Italy had not been able to take all the necessary steps at the start, but said “better than that, we could not have done it”.
LONDON – Crowds of international stars including Chris Martin, Alanis Morissette, John Legend, Billie Eilish, Lang Lang, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli will perform during a live concert on April 18 to raise funds for the fight against the pandemic of COVID-19.
At a press briefing on Monday, Lady Gaga announced that she would also perform at the concert, calling the coronavirus pandemic “disaster” and said that she was praying for all those who were sick.
She made her remarks while wearing thick black-rimmed glasses and a sober check tweed blazer on a high neckline.
“My heart is very painful and warm for those who are doctors and emergency nurses who sleep in cars to make sure they do not infect their families,” she said. “We salute you all. “
“I would also like to send my prayers to people who are losing their jobs and who are struggling to feed themselves and their children,” said Lady Gaga.
She added that over the past week, she and others have raised $ 35 million to purchase essential protective equipment for health workers, improve laboratory capacity and continue research and development on possible drugs and vaccines to treat the new coronavirus.
LONDON – J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, says she has “fully recovered” from what she thinks is a coronavirus.
Rowling said in a tweet that she had not been tested but had had “all the symptoms” of the virus in the past two weeks.
ANKARA, Turkey – The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Turkey has exceeded 30,000, after the country’s health minister reported an additional 3,148 cases in the past 24 hours.
Fahrettin Koca also reported an additional 75 deaths on his Twitter account on Monday, bringing the death toll in the country to 649.
The total number of infections in Turkey is 30,217.
A total of 1,415 people are in intensive care, including 966 intubated patients, while 1,326 COVID-19 patients have recovered, according to figures published by the Minister of Health on Twitter.
MADRID – Spanish investigators released a businessman suspected of being involved in the theft of 2 million face masks amid the new coronavirus epidemic on Monday.
The private press agency Europa Press reports that the man from northwest Galicia remains a suspect in the ongoing case.
Masks are rare in many parts of the world, Galician authorities say protective equipment for health workers worth 5 million euros ($ 5.4 million) has been stolen from a warehouse of Santiago de Compostela last February.
Local authorities allege that the man, who was arrested on Saturday, knew that, in the event of a health emergency, the equipment would increase in value.
Police suspect the equipment will go on sale in neighboring Portugal.
ATHENS, Greece – Greece recorded six other deaths from COVID-19 in the past day, bringing the country’s total to 79, with 20 more positive cases detected, bringing the total to 1,755.
The country took foreclosure measures relatively early in its surge compared to some other European countries, and authorities say the restrictions seem to be working.
Almost all retail businesses have been closed and people are only allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons. Thousands of fines have been imposed on those who break the lock rules.
The Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, urged the Greeks to respect the restrictions. “April will be the most difficult month, but the most crucial,” he said.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican authorities have arrested a female pastor accused of conducting religious service at her home in violation of a coronavirus curfew.
Police said in a statement on Monday that the 54-year-old woman had sheltered more than 50 people in her house in the Sainte-Catherine parish, near the capital of Kingston. Jamaica has reported more than 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least three deaths.
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is as anxious as anyone that life is back to normal in the country.
Merkel says “we are still living in the pandemic” and now is not the time to speak of an end date for the restrictive measures.
Merkel says “we would be bad government if we did not think hard, day and night, about how we can take steps to return to ordinary life while protecting health.”
But, she adds, she would be considered “a bad chancellor and we would be a bad government” if she set an immediate date to end the restrictions.
European officials are scheduled to hold a video conference on Tuesday to discuss the crisis, and Merkel said the European Union “is facing its greatest test since its founding” which has affected all countries.
“Everyone has been affected and it is therefore in everyone’s interest, and in that of Germany, that Europe comes out stronger from this test. “
PRAGUE – The Czech government has agreed to relax certain restrictions to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
Industry and Commerce Minister Karel Havlicek said that starting Tuesday, people will not be required to wear a face mask for individual outdoor sports, such as jogging or cycling.
Havlicek says people still have to keep a mandatory distance of two meters (yards) from each other.
As of Thursday, more stores are allowed to reopen, including leisure markets and businesses selling building materials and bicycles.
At the same time, stores will need to provide disinfectant and disposable protective gloves at the entrance and people inside will need to be two meters (two meters) apart.
Other stores will reopen after Easter, Havlicek announced on Monday.
The government also approved a proposal to lift the ban on travel abroad for Czechs, effective April 14. Havlicek said people will be able to travel abroad for business trips, family visits, or medical reasons. When they return, they must be quarantined for two weeks.
Currently, Czechs are prohibited from leaving the country and foreigners cannot enter it.
The Czech Republic has 4,735 people infected with coronavirus, 78 people have died.
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