April 4 2020
The United States yesterday broke its own world record for single-day deaths within just 24 hours.
The country’s single-day death toll yesterday was 1,480, beating the previous record of 1,169 set on Thursday. It has now suffered more than 7,000 Covid-19 deaths.
President Donald Trump yesterday advised Americans to wear masks in public following a report that the coronavirus may be spread by normal breathing.
“It’s going to be really a voluntary thing, You don’t have to do it and I’m choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it and that’s okay,” he said.
The National Academy of Sciences had on Wednesday told the White House that outcome of recent research on the subject has not yet been conclusive but “the results … are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing.”
Health experts have initially said the coronavirus is primarily spread through coughing and sneezing.
Trump urged Americans to “just make something” or use scarves, saving clinical masks for health professionals and patients.
Meanwhile in Europe, Spain yesterday reported more than 900 new deaths as the continent’s death toll surpassed 40,000.
However, there were signs that the peak of the pandemic may be passing in Europe as Italy, despite recording 766 new deaths yesterday had its infection rate rose by just four per cent, the lowest yet since the outbreak there.
United Nation secretary-general Antonio Guterres , nonetheless, cautioned the world of the pandemic worsening if it spreads to less prosperous nations, conflict zones or refugee camps.
More than 57,000 people have died from COVID-19 since it was first detected in China late last year.
The global economy has meanwhile been badly hit by the lockdowns caused by the pandemic with the US losing 701,000 jobs for just last month. US and eurozone economies were expected to shrink this quarter by up to 30 percent.