Global fight against coronavirus continues

New York: Governor of the US state of New York Andrew Cuomo said statewide deaths from COVID-19 rose to 10,056, adding the worst is over if we continue to be smart in coping with the novel coronavirus.

Cuomo on Monday said at his daily briefing that a total of 671 people passed away on Sunday due to the disease, a number much lower than in the past few days, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, indicators including the rates of ICU admissions and intubations have gone down and the three-day-average rate of hospitalization basically reached a plateau, according to the governor.

We are controlling the spread, said Cuomo. “I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart. I believe we can start on the path to normalcy,” he said.

He said he would be joined by several other governors of neighbouring states later on Monday to discuss how to reopening the economy in a coordinated way.

On Twitter, the governor said that any plan to reopen society must be driven by data and experts, not opinion and politics.

The death toll of those hospitalized in Britain who tested positive for the novel coronavirus reached 11,329 as of Sunday afternoon, marking a daily increase of 717, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

As of Monday morning, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Britain hit 88,621, said the department, adding that 367,667 tests have concluded, with 14,506 tests on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Chairing Monday’s Downing Street daily press briefing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, also First Secretary of
State, said the government does not expect to relax or lift the coronavirus lockdown later this week.

“We are still not past the peak,’ even though there are some positive signs from the data that show “we are starting to win this struggle,” said Raab.

We don’t expect to make any changes to the measures currently in place at that point and we won’t until we’re confident — as confident as we realistically can be — that any such changes can be safely made, he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the country’s coronavirus lockdown will be extended till 11 May. The confinement… the strictest… will pursue till Monday May the 11th, Macron said on Monday in his televised address to the nation, as four weeks of lockdown in the country has produced some positive effects in containing the spread of coronavirus, reported Xinhua news agency.

He said 11 May will mark the start of a new phase in France. From then on, nurseries and schools will reopen progressively; restaurants, cafes, hotels will remain closed; all people showing COVID-19 symptoms will be tested.

“The hope is reborn but nothing is won,’ Macron noted, adding ‘In the Grand Est (region in northeast France) as in the Paris region, the (health) system is under pressure. The epidemic is still not controlled.”

“We should therefore pursue with our efforts and continue to apply the rules,” he said.


NT Bureau