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– France is fighting hour by hour to avoid shortages of essential drugs

– Asian Development Bank predicts pandemic will cost global economy up to $ 4.1 trillion

– Indian Prime Minister urges citizens to light candles on Sunday evening to boost morale and spirit


PARIS – The French Prime Minister says that he and his government colleagues are fighting hour by hour to avoid shortages of essential drugs used to keep COVID-19 patients in intensive care alive.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the global use of essential medicines and disposable equipment, such as ventilation tips, used by intensive care units “explodes in unimaginable proportions”, with an “increase of almost 2,000% “of demand” because it occurs all over the world and at the same time.

In France, doctors have identified eight drugs, in particular, which are essential in intensive care units to continue treating the waves of seriously ill COVID-19 patients who need respiratory assistance and other forms of life support. life, he said, speaking to the TF1 channel on Thursday evening. . These drugs include pain relievers and sedatives.

Philippe said France had sufficient stocks of some of the main intensive care drugs but “more limited” quantities of others, which worried doctors. Philippe said he, French President Emmanuel Macron and their Minister of Finance had called producers to identify bottlenecks in the supply and to source more of these drugs. “We are fighting hour by hour to meet this unprecedented increase in usage,” he said.


MANILA, Philippines – The Asian Development Bank predicts that the coronavirus pandemic will cost the global economy up to $ 4.1 trillion, or almost 5% of all economic activity.

In an update on Friday, the regional lender said growth in developing Asia would likely drop to 2.2% in 2020, from 5.2% last year. The Manila, Philippines-based bank said Southeast Asia, a rapidly growing market of over 600 million euros, is likely to grow 1% this year.

Report says China, the region’s largest economy, experienced double-digit contraction in business activity in January-February and is likely to see growth fall to 2.3% this year from a trough in three 6.1% in 2019 decades. China, which is trying to get its economy back on track after unprecedented closings in Wuhan, where the virus was first reported, and other parts of the country could suffer losses amounting to $ 692 billion if the containment efforts continued. But the AfDB has estimated that growth will rebound to more than 7% next year.

NEW DELHI – To boost morale and spirit, the Indian Prime Minister urges the 1.3 billion inhabitants of the country to turn off the lights of their house for nine minutes Sunday evening and to light candles, lamps and even use portable torches standing on their balcony.

In a video message released on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said such a move would dispel the darkness created by the coronavirus and show that people are together in the fight against the epidemic.

He said social isolation was the only way to break the coronavirus chain, which has so far killed 53 people in India with 1,860 positive cases.

Modi ordered a three-week lockout across the country on March 24 to stop a massive epidemic of coronavirus infections.

On Friday, he acknowledged the hardship caused by the world’s largest closure to millions of unemployed people and forced tens of thousands of migrant workers to flee to their villages for food and shelter.

Indian authorities have repeatedly insisted that there is no evidence yet of spread to the community, but have performed relatively rare tests for the disease in a country where tens of millions of people live in dense urban areas with irregular access to potable water.


SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea says more than 27,000 people are quarantined in the country after tightening border controls to slow coronavirus infections linked to international arrivals.

Park Jong-hyun, an official with the Ministry of the Interior and Security, said Friday that 19,567 people in autonomous quarantine had recently returned from abroad while 7,499 others had been isolated after contacting carriers of virus.

South Korea has been applying 14-day quarantines to all foreign passengers since Wednesday, expanding the measures that had already been applied to South Korean nationals and long-term foreigners from Europe and the United States.

Health Ministry official Koh Deuk-young said 266 short-term visitors have so far been quarantined in designated facilities after the quarantine extension was extended on Wednesday.

Authorities isolate and test passengers arriving with symptoms at airports while denying entry to anyone refusing to accept quarantine or download an app that requires users to report their daily health and alert officials when they leave their home or their facilities.


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