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British researchers of cheap steroids believe that it can help save lives should only be used in the most severe cases, said the World Health Organization. WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said research finally provides “green shoots of hope”.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian cases of Covid-19, the second highest in the world after the United States, approach one million, with 923,189 currently confirmed. Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has resisted drastic measures to stop the spread of what he calls a “little flu”, with devastating consequences.
- The global death toll from coronavirus is close to 500,000, with more than 8.2 million confirmed cases of the disease worldwide. Johns Hopkins University tracker records more than 445,000 deaths from Covid-19 worldwide on Wednesday evening in the UK. One in four deaths occurs in the United States, making it by far the most affected country.
- Researchers of inexpensive steroids in the UK believe that it can help save lives and should only be used in the most severe cases, said the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said research finally provides “green shoots of hope”.
- America’s top public health expert has warned the country that it is “still in the first wave” of coronavirus infections and deaths, while six states report a record number of new cases in rapid and continuous relaxation of lock restrictions. However, New York State recorded 17 coronavirus deaths on June 16, its lowest daily death rate since the start of the epidemic. Just 10 weeks ago, 800 New Yorkers died in one day, so the decline is extraordinary.
- Germany has agreed to ban major events for another four months to guard against a second peak in cases. Chancellor Angela Merkel held a meeting of 16 state prime ministers during which they agreed to extend the ban on major events until at least the end of October.
- Millions of people in Beijing are living under new restrictions as the virus outbreak continues. The city reported 31 more cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 137 last week. Before the recent peak, the Chinese capital remained 57 days without a locally transmitted case.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has stopped testing for hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug defended by Donald Trump for the treatment of coronavirus. The WHO said it stopped testing hydroxychloroquine in its multi-country trial because it had shown no benefit. It comes two days after US regulators revoked the emergency authorization for its use, amid mounting evidence that it does not work and could cause serious side effects.
- WHO hailed successful British trial of dexamethasone, the low-cost anti-inflammatory drug that has saved lives when used on patients with coronavirus. The world body said it marked a “vital breakthrough” in the fight against the virus and ordered its own analysis on the drug. However, some scientists – including South Korea’s top public health official – have expressed caution about the drug.