Health March 20, 2020
ROUNDUP: More than 11,000 now dead from Covid-19 

By Fabian Sutch-Daggett - World Healthcare Journal

For the second day in a row, more than 30,000 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the past 24 hours.   At the time of publication, more than 11,000 people around the world have now sadly lost their lives due to Covid-19. Here are the latest coronavirus developments from around the world:

  • The Communist Party of China has exonerated the doctor who was one of the first to detect the new coronavirus, after he was punished by officials for warning his community about the spread of a “SARS-like disease” in December last year. In a rare admission of error, the Chinese government’s top disciplinary agency has now publicly apologised for the punishment of Dr Li and sent a "solemn apology" to his family.

  • California has now locked down all 40m of its residents in an attempt to combat the virus, with Governor Gavin Newsom stopping all non-essential movement in the state and ordering citizens to remain at home “indefinitely”. This is the first major ‘lockdown’ event in the US so far.

  • 80 per cent of people in Madrid are expected to catch coronavirus, says the President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. Spain is now the 4th worst hit nation in the world, with deaths from coronavirus today surpassing more than 1,000.

  • The UK has ordered the closure of all bars, clubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, and leisure centres “as soon as they reasonably can”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that “Unless we get this right we are going to see thousands of lives lost needlessly. ” Read more here.

  • Italy has recorded its highest single-day rise in the number of coronavirus deaths today. Italy also joined France today in announcing that they will tighten current social restrictions next week as cases continue to rise rapidly throughout the European continent.

  • The Trump Administration has announced an attempt to fast-track the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for use as a coronavirus treatment. Both drugs are currently used as treatments for malaria, lupus, and arthritis, however, preliminary studies have shown “very encouraging” results for treating coronavirus.

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