As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information.
COVID-19’s impact around the globe
- Globally, confirmed cases reach 423,121.
- Total number of those who have recovered is 108,619.
- India, with a population of 1.3 billion, locks down.
- US Congress and White House agree on $2-trillion coronavirus aid package
- WHO official: United States could become the next virus epicentre.
- The 2020 Olympics are officially postponed until 2021.
- Two-month lockdown ends for most of China's Hubei Province.
India starts 21-day lockdown
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a stay-at-home order four hours before it went into effect, sparking a rush for goods. The country has a comparatively low number of cases - 536 - but moved to prevent a wider spread of the virus. Read more here.
Bill Gates: Testing the right patients will be "super, super urgent."
Self-isolation - key to fighting the pandemic in the US - could last another 8 to 10 weeks, estimated Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the non-profit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “In terms of testing," Gates said, "we’re still not creating that capacity and applying it to people in need.” Testing must be organized and prioritized, he stressed. "That is super, super urgent.” Read more here.
Hospitals made from shipping containers could help tackle COVID-19
An Italian design company is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to make prefabricated intensive care units (ICUs) to help stem the shortage in hospital beds. Dubbed Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments (CURA), these units are quick to erect but hospital-safe, designed to take into account “biocontainment” (a series of safety practices to prevent the spread of disease). Made from shipping containers, the units will be easy to transport by road, rail and ship as the virus spreads. Read more here.
New coronavirus milestone: More than 100,000 COVID-19 recoveries
The world has passed another coronavirus milestone, with more than 100,000 patients now successfully recovered from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The actual figure is likely to be higher, with the data only covering confirmed cases. Read more here.
Undiagnosed people without symptoms are helping to spread coronavirus
People without COVID-19's tell-tale symptoms may be spreading infection, according to studies outlined in the journal Nature. The research finds that six in ten new coronavirus cases may have been caused by covert infections.
Studying data from Hubei, the province of China thought to be the initial epicentre of the virus, researchers estimated that asymptomatic cases likely outnumbered confirmed cases. “By our most conservative estimate, at least 59% of the infected individuals were out and about, without being tested and potentially infecting others,” says Wu Tangchun, a public-health expert at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, who led the study. Read more here.
What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
Since its launch on 11 March, the Forum’s COVID Action Platform has brought together 1,667 stakeholders from 1,106 businesses and organizations to mitigate the risk and impact of the unprecedented global health emergency that is COVID-19.
The platform is created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform joint action.
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.
Healthcare workers applaud the people of Spain
Many countries have made a nightly tradition of applauding healthcare workers. Recently, the healthcare workers clapped back. In a Tweet sharing a video of the applause, the Spanish Nursing Association said, "And we also return the applause. Thank you so much for your recognition."