(The Guardian) – Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
- Infections worldwide have passed 786,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with 37,800 deaths. The three countries with the highest infections are: the United States with nearly 165,000 (see below), Italy with nearly 102,000 and Spain with just under 88,000. Italy retains the highest death toll (11,591), followed by Spain 7,716) and China (3,309).
- The US cases of Covid-19 rose to just under 165,000, with more than 3,000 deaths. The new infection figure is nearly double China’s (82,240) and fast approaching China’s death toll of 3,309.
- The Chinese Health Commission says the centre of the outbreak, Wuhan, has not had a new cases of Covid-19 since 23 January, and some shopping areas were beginning to reopen. The commission also said there were just 2,161 cases across the country remaining, with 76,052 people recovered.
- Japanese government resists calls for state of emergency.
- Australia reported a sustained fall in the rate of new coronavirus infections, with the rate of growth in new infections slowing from 25-30% a week ago to an average of 9% over the past three days.
- The first comprehensive study of Covid-19 deaths and hospitalisations in mainland China has revealed in stark detail the increase in risk for coronavirus patients from middle age onwards, according to analysis published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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