Coronavirus in the world: 1 million infected, Americans are asked to cover their faces, and Russians are prayed
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of people worldwide who have been diagnosed with coronavirus has exceeded the 1 million mark. The United States became the epicenter of the pandemic, with the highest number of cases, but the highest mortality rate from COVID-19 is still in Europe. Writes about this with the BBC.
Experts are sure that the real number of people with COVID-19 can be much higher than a million, since only cases recorded by doctors get into official statistics.
The first 100 thousand diagnoses were made within one and a half months after the outbreak; however, the number of patients reached half a million in 76 days of the spread of infection worldwide. Over the past week, the number of confirmed cases doubled and reached 1 million.
According to the latest data, now in the world 1,1 million patients with COVID-19, almost 53 thousand have died, more than 210 thousand have recovered.
Mortality jump in the USA
Now the largest number of people with coronavirus is in the USA, where over 245 thousand diagnoses and more than 6 thousand deaths are registered, about a thousand of them - on the last day.
The country's life is paralyzed, more than 90% of Americans received recommendations not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
On Thursday, April 2, U.S. authorities began urging residents to cover their faces when they go outside to prevent the spread of the disease. But it does not have to be medical masks.
“Let's be clear. It is about covering your face. It could be a scarf. Or you can do something yourself at home. Or it could be a bandana, ”said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Similar appeals were made by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and US President Donald Trump. However, Deborah Brix, coordinator of the American president’s administration for the fight against coronavirus, noted that masks cannot replace social distance measures. “We don’t want people to have an artificial sense of security,” she said.
New York hospitals are crowded, the city has become the epicenter of the disease in the United States: almost 50 thousand cases of COVID-19 and 1 deaths were registered there. There are several field hospitals in the city. New York crematoriums and morgues can no longer cope with the load.
The 74-year-old American physician and astronaut Bill Fisher, who flew the Shuttle in 1985, said on Twitter that he will return to work on hospital on Friday, April 3, and this scares him more than a space mission. “I'm really worried about tomorrow’s work more than the day I flew the Shuttle,” Fisher writes. “The mortality rate on the Shuttle is 1,5%, and in the case of COVID-19 infection, 9-12%.”
The doctor explains that in his age group the death rate is just that, although the total share of deaths with coronavirus is about 5%.
New restrictions introduced in Russia
In the Russian Federation, according to official statistics, more than 4 cases of the disease and 000 deaths have been registered. At the same time, 34 diagnoses were made in the last day. Unprecedented measures of social isolation have been introduced throughout the country: educational institutions, parks, restaurants, and all shops, except grocery stores, are closed.
On April 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address that due to quarantine all of April would be inactive, while workers should continue to pay wages.
Putin instructed the leaders of the Russian regions to independently impose restrictions on the work of enterprises and organizations and stop the work of transport. After that, it became known about the dismissal of the governors of three regions at once.
Patriarch Kirill plans to go round Moscow with the icon of the Mother of God “Tenderness”. The head of the synodal department for relations with the media, Vladimir Legoyda, urged believers to stay at home and pray with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church "to get rid of harmful pestilence - coronavirus infection - at 16:00 Moscow time on Friday." The Russian Orthodox Church also called on the Orthodox to prepare for the fact that they would have to watch the Easter service on television and refrain from the sacrament of communion.
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