COVID-19 Confirmed Infections Crosses 4 Million Globally

  • The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has till now infected more than 4 million people across the world (with 277,000 deaths) on Saturday as per John Hopkins University. This horrific figure has been reached in just about 90 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as “pandemic” on March 11, 2020 (when the confirmed infection cases and death toll were 118,000 and 4,000 respectively. The United States is the worst affected country in the world with more than 78,000 deaths and 1.3 million confirmed infection cases. Experts have said that the real number of confirmed infections and deaths may be significantly higher as many countries are reportedly skewing their data. With the governments across the globe preparing themselves to open up their economies, the concern about a "second wave" of infections is growing. The US Food and Drug Administration has announced emergency authorization for antigen tests for rapidly detecting fragments of COVID-19 coronavirus proteins in a person’s samples collected from swabs swiped inside the nasal cavity. 3 senior officials of the United States including Anthony Fauci (top infectious diseases expert), Stephen Hahn (head of the Food and Drug Administration), and Robert Redfield (Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have been self-isolating after coming into contact with the White House staff who tested COVID-19 positive. Li Bin, Director of China's National Health Commission, has admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in the public health care system of China. The day after announcing that the COVID-19 infections have reached a peak in Ghana, the health officials of the country have confirmed that more than 500 workers have been tested COVID-19 positive in an industrial facility. The total number of infection cases has increased by around 30% in Ghana. Authorities in Spain (the 2nd worst affected country after the US) have been preparing to ease restrictions from Monday. Meanwhile, France has recorded the lowest number of deaths per day in over a month. However, complete lockdown is still continuing in some countries such as South Africa. A Chinese diplomat has said that it is “shocking and regretful” that the US changed its mind on Friday after agreeing on Thursday on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.