Kenya has reported five new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections so far in the country to 184. Seven patients have died, and 12 have recovered.
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The Canadian death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is likely to be between 11,000 and 22,000 by the end of the pandemic, health officials said on Thursday, outlining the two most likely scenarios.
The officials told a briefing that they expected between 500 and 700 people by April 16. The death toll so far is 435, reports Reuters.
Health authorities in Singapore on Thursday reported an increase of 287 confirmed cases of coronavirus, double the increase registered a day earlier, with the majority linked to dormitories used to house foreign workers.
The latest rise in cases is the biggest reported to date in the south east Asian city state, which was one of the first outside China to detect the virus. It brings the total to 1,910, Straits Times reports.
Singapore’s strict surveillance and quarantine regime initially slowed the outbreak, but recent rises in locally transmitted cases have raised fresh concerns, the Guardian reported on Wednesday, as the city reported 142 new infections.
Thousands of foreign workers – many of whom work in essential services in the city – are to be moved to army camps, floating hotels and vacant housing blocks, Straits Times reports.
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The latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University, which has tracked the spread of the virus during the pandemic, now puts the confirmed global total of cases at 1,502,618.
A record one million Canadians lost their jobs in March from the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s statistical agency said on Thursday.
The previous benchmark for monthly job losses in Canada was set in January 2009 when 125,000 jobs disappeared, reports Leyland Cecco from Toronto.
In its monthly Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada said the country’s unemployment rate jumped more than 2.2 percent to 7.8%.
Economists, and the prime minister, had warned the numbers would be grim. Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday:
It’s going to be a hard day for the country. We’re facing a unique challenge. But I know that if we pull together our economy will come roaring back after this crisis.
Ontario experienced the largest job losses, with 403,000 losing their jobs. Quebec lost 264,000 jobs and British Columbia lost 132,000.
Trudeau’s government has scrambled in recent weeks to help out-of-work Canadians, including a monthly benefit of $2,000 for residents who have lost jobs due to the virus.
More than 5 million Canadians have so far applied for the programme, suggesting the scope of job losses are deeper than anticipated and renewing fears that April’s job losses will exceed the unprecedented numbers posted in March.
Germany’s army is donating 60 mobile ventilators free of charge to the UK following a call for help as the NHS scrambles to get hold of enough life-saving equipment as the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies.
Speaking to the Guardian, a spokesperson for the German defence ministry confirmed a report in Der Spiegel, according to which the Bundeswehr would send 60 pieces of equipment from its own depot across the Channel as soon as possible.
The German ministry said it would not invoice the UK for the ventilators.
More than 480 ventilators are understood to have arrived in the UK from overseas since March. They have been bought or donated from China, US, Germany, Sweden and Taiwan.
The pandemic will turn global economic growth “sharply negative” in 2020, triggering the worst fallout since the 1930s Great Depression, with only a partial recovery seen in 2021, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.
Kristalina Georgieva said the crisis would hit emerging markets and developing countries hardest of all, which would need hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid, Reuters reports.
Just three months ago, we expected positive per capita income growth in over 160 of our member countries in 2020.
Today, that number has been turned on its head: we now project that over 170 countries will experience negative per capita income growth this year.”
If the pandemic faded in the second half of the year, the IMF expected a partial recovery in 2021, Georgieva said, but she warned the situation could also get worse.
I stress there is tremendous uncertainty about the outlook: it could get worse depending on many variable factors, including the duration of the pandemic.”
Some African countries could see a peak in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, and testing should be urgently increased in the region, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Thursday.
Michel Yao, the WHO Africa programme manager for emergency response, told a media teleconference on Thursday:
During the last four days we can see that the numbers have already doubled. If the trend continues, and also learning from what happened in China and in Europe, some countries may face a huge peak very soon.”
The numbers of people recorded as infected with the coronavirus in Africa have been relatively low so far, with nearly 11,000 cases and 562 deaths, according to a Reuters tally based on government statements and WHO data.
The WHO’s Africa head, Matshidiso Moeti, said there was an “urgent need” to expand testing capacity beyond capital cities in Africa, as the virus spreads through countries.
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More than 6.6 million Americans lost their jobs last week, taking the total to 16 million job losses in the last three weeks as the coronavirus pandemic brings the US economy to a standstill, the US labor department confirmed on Thursday, writes Dominic Rushe in New York and Michael Sainato in Florida.
About 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as shutdowns across the US led employers to furlough workers in nearly every corner of the job market. Economists had expected 5.25 million Americans to file for unemployment benefits for the week ending 4 April.
Layoffs that started in the restaurant and leisure industries have now spread to manufacturing, construction and even healthcare. Job losses are rising in every state and economists are predicting the unemployment rate will soon reach 15% or higher, levels unseen since before the second world war.
The latest snapshot of economic devastation wrought by Covid-19 came as the virus itself continued its relentless spread. More than 86,000 deaths have been reported around the world and the US has over 432,000 confirmed cases, the most of any nation.
But while the numbers are stark, economists cautioned it was too early to say what the long-term impact of Covid-19 will be on the economy.
I don’t know about your part of the world, but where I live in London has seen an explosion in the number of joggers and cyclists on the streets as people use their officially sanctioned single outing a day to get some exercise.
Many countries around the world have made daily exercise one of the few exceptions to strict lockdowns intended to curb the spread of coronavirus. But what if your daily jog, cycle, or even walk, with sanctioned fellow runners, cyclists or walkers could actually put people at greater danger of catching the disease?
That’s what new research by a team of Dutch and Belgian researchers has found. They are warning that existing social distancing advice does not account for the increased potential spread of the virus in aerosol droplets that catch in the slipstream of heavily breathing runners and cyclists.
Walking, running or cycling are welcome activities to ease one’s mind in times of Covid‐19. But it is best not to exercise these outdoor sports in each other’s slipstream, according to recent research by Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and KU Leuven in Belgium.
While the official advice to remain a specified distance away from other individuals outside your household works indoors, or in calm weather, Blocken says:
If someone exhales, coughs or sneezes while walking, running or cycling, most of the microdroplets are entrained in the wake or slipstream behind the runner or cyclist. The other person who runs or cycles just behind this leading person in the slipstream then moves through that cloud of droplets.
The slipstream is the zone that arises right behind a person when they are walking or cycling, and which pulls the air a bit along with this moving person, as it were.
Cyclists like to position themselves in the slipstream of others to reduce their air resistance. But someone who walks or runs also has such a slipstream. We have seen that no matter how that zone forms, droplets end up in that air stream. So it’s best to avoid that slipstream.
Blocken has made a couple of video animations and posted them on Twitter to illustrate what he means.
A note of caution: Blocken admits that his team’s findings are not peer reviewed. But, he adds: “Given the situation, we decided it would be unethical to keep the results confidential and keep the public waiting months for the peer review process to be completed.”
He says that full details of the scientific study will be posted as a LinkedIn article.
The UK government has given an update on the condition of the prime minister, Boris Johnson, who spent his third night in intensive care last night after falling ill with Covid-19, Rowena Mason reports.
The prime minister’s spokesman said Johnson continues to receive standard oxygen treatment, adding:
Boris Johnson had a good night and continues to improve in intensive care at St Thomas’s hospital. He is in good spirits.
The number of people killed by the coronavirus in Spain passed 15,000 on Thursday, but the daily death toll fell to 683 after two consecutive days of rising above 740, Sam Jones reports from Madrid.
Figures released by the health department suggest that the spread of the virus is continuing to slow down: between Wednesday and Thursday, the rise in the number of new cases was 3.9%, compared with a daily average of 12% at the end of March and 20% in mid-March.
To date, Spain has confirmed 152,336 cases of the virus, and 15,238 deaths. However, there are growing doubts over the way in which the country is counting the dead.
Recently released data from judicial authorities in Madrid suggest that 6,600 more people than usual died in the last two weeks of March, compared with the official tally of 3,500 Covid-19 deaths in the region.
Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, is once again seeking Congress’s approval to extend the state of emergency – this time until 26 April.
Speaking in parliament on Thursday morning, he defended his government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis and said the continuing lockdown, which has been in effect since 14 March, was the best way to tackle contagion. He said:
We’re all aware of the enormous sacrifice that this second extension requires from people who, quite logically, are fed up with the efforts of the past month.
But we also know that it’s vitally important that we consolidate all the advances that have been made with so much pain and suffering over that time. And that’s something we’ll only manage to do if we maintain the state of emergency for as long as scientists consider it necessary.
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