Global COVID-19 Death Toll Crosses 200,000, Confirmed Infection Cases Nears 3 Million

  • John Hopkins University data shows that the death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has crossed 200,000 (203,622 deaths) across the world. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world is approaching 3 million (2,918,917). This grim number is reached after a day the world leaders during a virtual meeting with both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to work together for developing new vaccines, treatments, and tests. WHO’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged every country, “health partners, manufacturers, and the private sector” to work together so that the fruits of science and research can be used for benefiting everybody. He went on to say that “we will only halt COVID-19 through solidarity.” The death toll has now crossed 20,000 in 5 countries (the United States, Italy, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom). Home Secretary of Britain, Priti Patel, has called it a “tragic and terrible milestone”. The White House is considering seriously to scale down the lengthy daily briefings by the US President Donald Trump as they believe this could backfire politically. The US President later agreed to his advisers and stayed behind closed doors on Saturday. In a tweet, he said that answering the hostile questions of the lame media during White House News Conferences is “not worth the time & effort”. This development comes after the US President was criticized and mocked for his comments where he floated the idea of using disinfectants, light, and heat to treat COVID-19 patients. Trump had tried to damage-control by saying that he commented sarcastically as he signed a coronavirus aid package bill of $484 billion. Brazil has become the new hot spot and the officials in Rio de Janeiro and other cities have warned that the hospital systems are reportedly on the threshold of collapse. However, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the predictions of the health officials about the spread of COVID-19. WHO has warned in a statement that there is no evidence currently that the patients who have recovered from COVID-19 couldn’t be infected for a second time.