Coronavirus Infects Nearly 500,000 as Health System Collapses

On Thursday, the number of global coronavirus infections was close to 500,000. Italy and the United States are expected to surpass China. A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, which fully illustrates the damage to Europe ’s largest economy .

The health care systems in Europe and New York are under pressure, and the death toll in Spain climbs to more than 4,000.

In the United States, an unprecedented $ 2.2 trillion economic bailout plan can help businesses, hospitals, and ordinary Americans clear the Senate through this crisis, and is expected to vote in the House of Representatives on Friday.

At least 2.8 billion people, more than a third of the planet's population, are being severely restricted in travel. But Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, scolded world leaders for wasting precious time fighting the virus, which has killed more than 22,000 people, It infected more than 480,000 people, left millions of people unemployed, and disrupted the world economy.

"The action time was actually more than a month or two months ago," he said on Wednesday. "We waste the first window of opportunity …. This is the second opportunity. We should not waste it. We should make every effort to suppress and control this virus."

In the United States, the number of deaths exceeds 1,050, at least 70,000 people were infected, and the damage was caused by widespread economic disruption. It became clear when the number of people applying for unemployment benefits last week was more than four times the record high in 1982.

At the same time, there was a political struggle between those who demanded urgent action to prolong the siege of the pandemic, like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump .

Trump has stated that he hopes that the church will return to normal before Easter on April 12, and complained that "our country was not closed at the beginning of the founding of the People's Republic of China"-apparently worried that the devastating impact of the epidemic on financial markets and employment will damage His re-election opportunity. Democrats say Trump is putting the economy ahead of Americans' health and safety.

"I want to say, let's get back to work next Friday," said Joe Biden, a leader nominated by the Democratic presidential candidate. "That's great.

In Brazil, the governor of Brazil is disdainful of President Jair Bolsonaro's demand for the reopening of schools and businesses, dismissing his claim that there is a general suspension "Cure" is worse than disease. As of Thursday, there were more than 2,500 cases and 59 deaths in the country.

New York has become a viral hotspot. The city's huge convention center is being converted into a hospital. The The state has recorded more than 350 deaths.

Spain has become the country with the fastest outbreak in Europe. The Ministry of Health reported on Thursday that nearly 8,600 new infections and 655 deaths brought the total to more than 56,00 deaths. More than 4,000, second only to deaths in Italy (approximately 7,500).

Salvador Illa, Minister of Health, sought to reassure Spanish that measures taken by the government to slow the virus are working and told Congress The increase is smaller than the previous few days, and "indicates a changing trend that makes us think we are entering a stable phase.

In Italy, doctors and nurses begged the government to provide more masks, gloves and goggles, and urged the public to understand the true importance of heavy social alienation measures. Scientists say stopping one person from getting the virus means other No one will be infected.

"Help us help you," Dr. Francesca De Gennaro is the head of the WHO European Office of the European Office of Hans Kr., Head of a small medical clinic in Bergamo, the worst-hit area in Italy. Dr. Hans Kluge noted that the region wrote in an open letter.

Italy's growth rate has slowed slightly. He said officials want to find out as soon as possible whether the blockade measures in many countries are being adopted Effective.

Germany has more than 39,000 infections and a large number, but only 222 deaths, largely due to early and aggressive testing.

Thursday, Robert Koch, Germany Lothar Wieler, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the country now has the ability to test 500,000 people a week, which may be The largest capacity in the world.

EU leaders held a third summit on the virus within three weeks to control the damage the virus caused to its 27 economies. As deaths in Europe soared to more than At 12,000, Spain extended a state of emergency to allow for a wider blockade, while French President Emmanuel Macron launched a "disaster prevention operation" as a military support for the crisis.


The United Kingdom, in cooperation with engineers from Dyson, ordered 10,000 ventilators, and the UK began to evacuate infected citizens from hotspots in northeast Alsace. The government hopes to increase the supply of ventilators from 8,000 The number of patients increased to 30,000.

For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which disappear within two to three weeks. For some people, especially Elderly and people with health problems, it can cause more serious diseases, including pneumonia and death.

According to Johns Hopkins It is recorded that more than 115,000 people have recovered from the virus so far. University.

The number of cases in China has declined, with only 67 newly reported cases, all recent cases. [19659002] The leaders of the group of 20 largest economies held a special television conference to better coordinate their response to the outbreak. Critics say the richest nation in the world has not taken cohesive action. The meeting was led by King Salman of Saudi Arabia (Salman King) Host.

The report from Washington is very long, and the report from Berlin is Rising. Associated Press journalists worldwide have contributed to this report.

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