Worldwide number of coronavirus cases close to 2 million

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Social distancing may be necessary for up to a year, warns Florida surgeon

Florida general surgeon warned Monday that until there is a vaccine, which could be in a year, for COVID-19 coronavirus disease, social distancing and other measures to slow its spread would remain necessary.

“As long as we have COVID in the environment, and it is a difficult virus, we will have to apply these measures so that we are all protected,” said Dr. Scott A. Rivkees.

This raises the prospect that changes in daily life – such as sneeze protectors and other measures in grocery stores and staying 6 feet from others – may be necessary until there is a vaccine.

Many states have imposed residence orders to slow the spread of the virus. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered one on April 1. He had been criticized for not having issued a national order sooner.

Florida has recorded more than 21,000 cases of COVID-19, including nearly 500 deaths, according to a count by NBC News.

International football matches may not return until 2021, FIFA vice president says

Most international football matches may not be played before 2021 due to travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to give club competitions a chance to resume, a FIFA vice president said on Monday .

Victor Montagliani, a Canadian who is chairman of the governing body for North America and Central America and the Caribbean, led a FIFA working group formulating plans to deal with the consequences of the closure of the most great sport in the world since last month.

FIFA has already canceled matches between countries scheduled to be played in March and June. Montagliani, CONCACAF president, believes that the September, October and November windows for national team matches could be removed.

“Personally, I think it could be a bit of a challenge, not only because of global health issues and varying degrees of readiness, but also by committing to travel abroad as soon as we return,” Montagliani said in a statement. interview with the Associated Press. “I think national football is a priority. September is still in the books, but I would say that I’m not sure it is there on a solid basis, the way things are going at the moment. ”

The return of supporters to crowded stadiums may depend on having the COVID-19 vaccine ready – and it may not be until 2021.

Nearly 2 million cases of coronavirus worldwide

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide approached 2 million on Monday, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

The university revised its figure on Monday evening after previously reporting that the number had exceeded 2 million.

The United States has more cases than any other country, according to the university, with 682,619 confirmed infections. Spain, with around 170,000 cases, is second.

China, where the outbreak started, registered 82,000 cases, according to the count.

Nearly 120,000 people have been killed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Italy exceeds 20,000 dead

Italy reached a dark milestone on Monday, with a total number of coronavirus deaths exceeding 20,000. Only the United States has the highest number of deaths, now standing at 22,673.

Health officials said 20,465 people have died from the virus so far, an increase of 566 from the previous day. The daily death toll on Sunday was 431, the lowest since March 19.

Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe, has been in detention since March 10 to prevent the spread of the virus. To date, nearly 160,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported.

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