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The United States has the most cases in the world, which have exceeded 170,000, while Italy, the second nation with more than 100,000 cases, has seen the most deaths, now standing at 12,428, according to the update…reports Asian Lite News

The death toll from COVID-19 has passed 40,000 worldwide, according to the tally from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

As of 2.30 p.m. Eastern Time (1830 GMT), nations and regions have reported a total of 40,708 deaths from COVID-19, along with more than 826,000 confirmed cases, while more than 174,000 people have recovered from the disease, an interactive map maintained by the CSSE showed on Tuesday, reported Xinhua news agency.

The United States has the most cases in the world, which have exceeded 170,000, while Italy, the second nation with more than 100,000 cases, has seen the most deaths, now standing at 12,428, according to the update.

In the United States, New York state, the epicentre of the nation’s outbreak, has reported both the most cases and the most deaths, which have respectively topped 75,000 and 1,550.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a press conference on Tuesday, said that the state will hit the peak of its COVID-19 spread in seven to 21 days.

“This does me no good,” Cuomo said. “The range is too broad.”

In addition, the governor said states are bidding against each other to obtain ventilators, devices that can deliver breaths of oxygenated air to patients who are unable to breathe sufficiently on their own, saying that “it’s like being on Ebay.”

Anthony Fauci, a key member the White House’s COVID-19 task force, said on Tuesday that they are examining whether to recommend more widespread usage of face masks to mitigate the spread of virus.

BERLIN, March 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A woman wearing a face mask walks a dog on the shopping street Via dei Condotti in Rome, Italy, on March 12, 2020. TO GO WITH XINHUA HEADLINES OF MARCH 15, 2020. (Photo by Elisa Lingria/Xinhua/IANS) by .
A woman wearing a face mask walks a dog on the shopping street Via dei Condotti in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisa Lingria/Xinhua/IANS)

“You don’t want to take masks away from the health care providers who are in a real and present danger of getting infected,” Fauci told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “Newsroom.”

“But when we get in a situation where we have enough masks, I believe there will be some very serious consideration about more broadening this recommendation of using masks,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert said. “We’re not there yet, but I think we’re close to coming to some determination.”

Italy mourns

Italy observed a minute of silence for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic as their numbers rose above 12,000.

Speaking during a nightly televised press conference on Tuesday, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli confirmed that there were 2,107 new active coronavirus infections compared to Monday, bringing the nationwide total to 77,635 cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

Of those infected, 28,192 are hospitalized, 4,023 are in intensive care and 45,420 are isolated at home, Borrelli said. He added that there were 1,109 additional recoveries compared to Monday, bringing that total to 15,729.

The death toll on Tuesday was 837, raising the tally to 12,428 since the pandemic first broke out in northern Italy on Feb. 21.

The overall number — combining active cases, deaths, and recoveries — climbed to 105,792, up from a total of 101,739 on Monday.

ROME, March 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio (1st L), Chinese Ambassador to Italy Li Junhua (2nd L) and delegates of Chinese expert team attend a press conference at the Italian Red Cross headquarters in Rome, Italy, March 13, 2020. China is getting back on its feet again after the coronavirus emergency, and Italy, which is suffering the second most severe impact from the pandemic at global level, will soon be able to do the same, Luigi Di Maio said on Friday. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua/IANS) by .

National Institute of Health (ISS) President Silvio Brusaferro said at a press conference earlier in the day that the upward curve of the rate of the pandemic seems to be leveling off.

“It appears we are reaching a kind of plateau, which means our (isolation and containment) measures are working,” Brusaferro said in reference to an ongoing national lockdown and strict quarantine measures.

“Reaching the plateau does not mean we’ve conquered the peak and the fight is over, but that we must begin the descent,” Brusaferro continued. “And the descent can begin if we continue paying maximum attention to how we behave and what we do on a daily basis.”

Flags flew at half-mast throughout the country as Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the cabinet led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, both houses of Parliament, mayors from north to south, public broadcaster RAI, and the Vatican observed a minute of silence at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, mourning the victims and showing solidarity with doctors and nurses fighting the pandemic.

The move was initiated by the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI).

“The participation of all the institutions that adhered to ANCI’s initiative … shows that Italy is united and supportive right now,” said ANCI President Antonio Decaro, who is also the mayor of the southern city of Bari.
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On the international front, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for announcing that he will send “100 million U.S. dollars’ worth of medical supplies” to Italy.

“In spite of being among the countries most stricken by the coronavirus, the United States has shown great solidarity and generosity towards Italy,” Di Maio wrote on Facebook.

Also on Tuesday, the Civil Protection Department made known that over the past week, Russia has sent 14 military planes to Italy with 60 tonnes of medical equipment as well as doctors, nurses, virologists, anesthesiologists, sanitation experts, and interpreters.

Also on Tuesday, the General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) said in a report on the Italian economy in 2020-2021 that the pandemic has caused “a joint shock in terms of both supply and demand … therefore the economic outlook … is gravely compromised.”

Even if Italy’s manufacturing sector becomes 100 percent operational by the end of June this year “gross domestic product (GDP) will fall by an estimated 10 percent in the second quarter (of this year) compared to 2019,” Confindustria analysts warned.

Confindustria members include 150,000 small, medium and large manufacturing and services companies employing over 5.4 million people.

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