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As of Saturday morning, the overall number of infections increased to 1,698,416, while the tally of those who recovered from the deadly disease stood at 376,677…reports Asian Lite News

The number of global coronavirus deaths has increased to 102,753, while the total number of cases worldwide has surpassed 1.6 million, according to the latest update by the Washington-based Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the overall number of infections increased to 1,698,416, while the tally of those who recovered from the deadly disease stood at 376,677, according to the varsity’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

In terms of cases, the US had the highest in the world at 501,301, followed by Spain 158,273, Italy 147,577 and France 125,931.

Italy accounted for the highest death toll at 18,849, with the US in the second place with 18,769 fatalities.

Other countries with more than 10,000 deaths include Spain (16,081) and France (13,197).

Although the pandemic originated in China last December, it now only accounts for 3,343 deaths with 83,003 confirmed cases.

France’s daily death toll close to 1,000

The novel coronavirus has claimed 13,197 deaths in French hospitals and retirement homes, an increase of 987 from a day earlier while the number of critically-ill patients declined for a second consecutive day, offering a “pale ray of sunshine,” said General Director of Health Jerome Salomon at his daily briefing on the epidemic.

Further 554 patients died in the country’s health institutions in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 8,598. The cumulative tally of deaths in accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people since March 1 stood at 4,599, up from 4,166.

A 10-year-old child tested positive for the COVID-19 had died in Parisian region, but the cause of his death “seems however multiple”, said Salomon on Friday, reported Xinhua news agency.

The total infections detected in hospitals rose by 4.25 percent to 90,000, slower than Thursday’s 5.3 percent and the number of “confirmed or possible” cases in nursing homes rose to 34,193 from 31,415, said the official.

Some 31,276 are hospitalized, among them 7,004 in intensive care units, down by 62 in the last 24 hours.
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“It’s a pale ray of sunshine, but this tiny improvement is very important for all caregivers,” said Solomon, adding that “a very high plateau seems to be starting. We must remain completely vigilant.”

Noting a positive impact of containment for days, Salomon stressed that “staying home is acting against the virus, is acting against disease, is saving lives.”

On April 7, France entered its fourth week of nationwide confinement.

Turkey Cases Jump

Turkey’s total confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed to 47,029, with 4,747 new patients reported in the last 24 hours, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Turkey reached 1,006 after 98 more lost their lives over the past 24 hours, Koca said at a press conference on Friday, reported Xinhua news agency.

Turkey has declared a two-day curfew for the weekend in 31 cities aiming to contain the increase in novel coronavirus cases, according to the Interior Ministry.

Turkey conducted a total of 30,864 tests in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests carried out to 307,210, the minister noted.

A total of 2,423 patients have recovered, and 1,667 patients are still being treated at intensive care units, and 1,062 are intubated, the minister said.
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“The increase in the cases has slowed down, but this should not ease us,” the minister stated. “We can say that the number of patients admitted to the hospital, intensive care and intubated has entered the stable period, and the rate of increase has decreased,” Koca stated.

“The next two weeks are very important.” the minister said, calling for social isolation. Especially in some provinces, the situation is serious, he said, adding that the cases are high in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Trabzon, Rize and Bursa provinces.

The number of cases reported by the ministry includes not only Turkish citizens but also others living in Turkey, such as the refugees, he noted.

Koca stated that Israel demanded medical supplies from Turkey and the authorities of both countries are in discussions on the issue. Turkey considers the request positively, he noted.

On March 11, Turkey reported its first COVID-19 case.

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