International update: Global Covid infections pass 131 million

6 April

Global: The global Covid death toll has passed the grim tally of 2.8 million with a figure of 2,850,821 according to the WHO. Meanwhile, infections have passed 131 million world wide.

US: US Covid -19 infections have passed 30.7 million. Meanwhile, the US coronavirus death toll is 555,615 according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Gayle Smith, a former US Agency for International Development administrator and chief executive officer of the ONE Campaign to eradicate preventable disease, was named the coordinator for global Covid response and health security at the US State Department. Smith, who helped lead the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, was introduced Monday by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Smith will help oversee the Biden administration’s effort to get more Covid-19 vaccine to poor countries amid concern that rich nations like the US have been too stingy with their supplies.

France: In France the number of people in intensive care units with Covid rose by 92 to 5,433 on Monday.

Italy: Another 296 people have died in Italy, bringing its death toll to 111,326. New infections fell from 18,025 to 10,680.

Spain: The infection rate in Spain has risen again to an average of 163.4 per 100,000 over the last fortnight, as it reported 85 more deaths.

Mexico: Mexico’s government reported another 252 more deaths on Monday. It means that 204,399 have now died from the virus.

India: India now has the highest daily Covid caseload in the world, with more than 100,000 new infections reported Monday, yet the ratio of reported deaths to cases has fallen to around 1.3% from as high as 3.6% a year ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The trend could be caused by increased testing, better hospital treatment, improved immunity, the age of those infected and even…

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