Europe faces corona’s wrath

Paris: With the total coronavirus fatalities swelling to 8,078 while the number of critically-ill patients increasing less rapidly, French authorities warned that the virus continues to hit hard, urging people to continue to respect the confinement.

The number of patients who died in the country’s hospitals rose by 357 to 5,889 on Sunday. The one-day increase was less than 441 registered on Saturday and the record of 588 on Friday, according to the Health Ministry, Xinhua news agency reported.

In addition, the counting by elderly nursing homes across the country found that there were 2,189 deaths since March 1, the ministry said in a press release.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany climbed to 91,714 as of 0:00 local time on Sunday, with a death toll of 1,342, according to data from Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the country’s disease control authority.

The confirmed cases were 5,936 more than the previous day, reported Xinhua news agency.

The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) on Sunday called on the federal government to introduce a second aid package to support the economy, according to the German Press Agency (DPA).

President Donald Trump has said the US has so far conducted 1.6 million coronavirus tests in the nation and urged countrymen to stay at home to maintain social distancing as the death toll due to the deadly COVID-19 infection approached the 10,000 mark.

“The US has so far conducted 1.6 million tests, more than any other country so far. Major disaster declaration has been notified for almost entire country and more than 95 per cent of the US’ 330 million population are under stay-at-home order,” Trump said during a press briefing at the White House on Sunday.

The death toll in the US due to coronavirus on Sunday night crossed 9,500, which is three times more than the number of people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Turkey’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed to 27,069, with 3,135 new patients reported in last 24 hours, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Turkey reached 574 after 73 more lost their lives over the past 24 hours, Koca tweeted on Sunday, reported Xinhua news agency.

Turkey’s total number of recoveries from the coronavirus reached 1,042, while 1,381 patients are still in intensive care units.