the Death toll in the United States Friday surpassed 18,000 with nearly half a million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the latest figures from the Covid Tracking project. In the United States, 1,932 people died from a coronavirus in the past day, with New York accounting for almost 43% of the deaths. New Jersey and Michigan are among the other states particularly affected, with 1,932 and 1,281 deaths respectively. The total number of Americans who have died from coronavirus since the start of the epidemic is 18,356.
Over 100,000 people have died of Covid-19 worldwide, reported Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. There are signs that the epidemic is slowing, with the total number of new cases remaining stable, at around 85,000 in the past three days. Daily deaths around the world have also fallen in recent days, as lock-out measures in Europe have started to take effect.
In early March, Asia accounted for more than 60% of coronavirus-related deaths. Within a week, attention shifted to Europe, with Italy and Spain being the new hotspots in the world. Although the region still accounts for more than half of the world’s deaths, the focus is now more and more in the United States.
Gilead antiviral remdesivir showed early positive signs that it could be effective in the treatment of coronavirus in a study of patients who received the drug, which was originally developed for Ebola. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study analyzing data from only 53 patients, which found that about 68% improved after being treated with remdesivir, which some experts hope could prevent replication of the Sars- virus. CoV-2.
US Federal Reserve Board supervisor Randal Quarles warned that non-banks could face stricter regulations “After the dust settles” after the coronavirus crisis. Addressing a virtual event hosted by the University of Utah, Quarles said regulators would think “if we have the right framework around this (non-banking) part of the financial sector because of the quantity important intervention that was necessary at the beginning of this “.
Turkey announced a 48 hour lockout in the country’s largest cities after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases approached 50,000. The country’s interior ministry has announced that everyone should stay home from midnight Friday evening to Sunday evening. The latest measure applies to 31 of the country’s 81 provinces, including Istanbul, the 15.5 million mega-city that is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Turkey.
Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte has confirmed that the national lockdown, which was scheduled to end on April 13, will be extended for three weeks until May 3. Some companies will be allowed to reopen on April 14, including stationery and bookstores.
France has reported 987 additional coronavirus deaths, but officials have said they are seeing the first signs of the virus spreading. the epidemic was starting to slow down after almost a month of population confinement. The figures include 554 deaths in hospitals, the rest being in retirement homes and nursing homes. The overall death toll is now 13,197.
Apple and Google are collaborating to create contact finding tools that would allow smartphone users to be alerted if they are near a person infected with Covid-19. The two tech giants, whose iOS and Android software underpin virtually all smartphones, said they will develop technology “to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with privacy and user safety at the heart of the design ”.