March 28, 2020: The toll remains grim in Europe yesterday as Italy recorded the most daily deaths of any country since the start of the pandemic.
Spain yesterday also had its deadliest day, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive.
Italy reported 969 new deaths and Spain 769, despite their continuing downward trend in infections. Both have the highest number of deaths in the world, Italy with 8,165 and Spain 4,858.
Johnson, whose country has more than 14,000 cases and 759 deaths, developed mild symptoms.
Other European countries were bracing for the pandemic’s full impact, with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday announcing a lockdown.
France, which had 299 deaths yesterday making it nearly 2,000 in total, announced that it was extending its stay-at-home order until at least April 15.
In the United States, the number of cases has jumped past 100,000, with more than 1,500 deaths.
Trump also invoked an act usually used in wartime to order General Motors to speed up its commitment to make badly needed ventilators.
So far there have been more than 26,000 deaths worldwide.The coronavirus first emerged in China late last year before spreading globally, with more than half a million declared cases.