US stocks rose strongly on Wednesday in anticipation of an effective drug to treat corona , which triggered a widespread surge and encouraged investors to ignore grim GDP data and words of caution from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
The number of Corona pandemic injuries, before midnight on Thursday, reached three million and more than 197,000, of whom more than 992,000 recovered and more than 226,000 died, according to WorldMeter.
There are about a third of those infected with the virus in the United States (one million and more than 52 thousand), and the countries of the world lead the way by a large difference in the number of deaths (more than 60 thousand).
The UK suddenly jumped to the third place in the number of deaths after the United States and Italy, due to the calculation of deaths in homes for the elderly, according to health authorities, where the deaths reached more than 26 thousand and 97, while the deaths of the virus in Italy reached 27 thousand and 682 cases.
Conflict with the drug Ramsdevir
There was great optimism today in Washington about Ramsdevir drug, as the American « Gilead Science » laboratory announced on Wednesday that its drug Ramsdevir showed « positive » results on people with Covid-19 as part of a wide clinical trial, in partnership with the American health institutes.
But on the same day, the medical journal The Lancet published disappointing results for a narrower Chinese study by comparison with a placebo, and it showed that patients treated with this antiviral drug that was developed to fight Ebola but did not get approval to treat any disease, did not give better results Of those registered with placebo.
After that, Dr. Anthony Fauchi, an epidemiologist and advisor to US President Donald Trump, confirmed that Ramsdevir’s antiviral drug had a « clear » effect in treating the emerging corona virus. He said, « The data show that Ramsdevir left a clear, important and positive effect in reducing the recovery period » of the patients with coronavirus.
And the contradiction between the studies is usual, but the study of the American Health Institutes is among the largest studies, and it has been a subject of intense anticipation, with the European experiment « Discovery » whose results are still expected.
The New York Times, quoting an unnamed senior administration official, said that US drug manufacturers and dealers may announce their decision to allow the emergency use of the remedifier for the Gelad Sciences Corporation to treat Corona virus on Wednesday.
Worried about a serious illness affecting children
Several countries are showing concern after unusual illnesses among children finally emerged in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, so will the emerging coronavirus cause serious new infections in a limited number of children?
For his part, French Health Minister Olivier Ferrand said Wednesday before the National Assembly: « Pediatricians and resuscitation crews (in Europe) are cooperating to see if there is a link between this new disease and the Covid-19 epidemic. This is something I cannot answer yet as I go. To you. »
On Tuesday, British Health Minister Matt Hancock told LBC Radio, « It is a matter of concern to us. »
WHO assesses the state of the epidemic
WHO Director-General Tidros Adhanom Gebresus announced Wednesday that emergency committee experts will meet Thursday to assess the course of the Covid-19 epidemic, three months after declaring a state of health emergency globally.
With increasing criticism of the global health authorities, Gebresus presented the full measures taken since January, and announced that he would « call again tomorrow the Emergency Committee (…) to assess the development of the epidemic. »
On January 30, the organization announced that the situation required an « international health emergency », which means that the emergency committee should meet at least once every three months.
The most affected continent
Several countries, Europeans in particular, have revealed plans to revitalize the economy, but gradually to not risk a new wave of the Covid-19 epidemic that is still hitting the world healthily and economically.
The epidemic has so far killed more than 130,000 people in Europe, about 75% of them in Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom, according to a census of the French press agency, according to official sources, Wednesday, 13:00 GMT.
With 130,000 out of 1,433,753 people affected, the European continent remains the most affected by the epidemic that has killed 219,287 people in the world.
In Sweden, the total number of cases of Covid disease -19 exceeded the barrier of 20 thousand cases today, Wednesday, with 107 new deaths registered, bringing the number of deaths to 2462.
In the Netherlands, health authorities said today that confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country increased by 386 cases, bringing the total to 38,802, and 145 new deaths were recorded.
In Germany, wearing protective masks in transportation and shops is mandatory from today across the country, in light of the relaxation of isolation procedures.
Foreign Minister Haikou Mas also announced today that his country has extended until mid-June next its recommendation not to travel on trips abroad due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Denmark declares control
Denmark – which has gradually lifted restrictions in the face of the emerging coronavirus – has announced that it has managed to « control » the spread of the epidemic, Prime Minister Mitte Frederiksen said Wednesday.
« The infection is under control and the Danish strategy succeeded in the difficult first phase, » Frederiksen told parliament.
To stop the virus from spreading, the government closed nurseries, schools, high schools, and some public places such as restaurants, bars, gyms, and decking salons. It also banned gatherings of more than a dozen people.
Some of these restrictions have now been lifted. Some schools have reopened as well as beauty salons, and the second phase of reopening should begin after May 10.
Russia .. a significant increase
Russia recorded a significant increase in the number of people infected with the newly created Coronavirus by announcing 5,841 new cases in one day, bypassing the total infected both China and Iran, at a time when Beijing is preparing to hold the annual session of its parliament after less than a month, in a sign of its control of the pandemic that arose in a city Wuhan downtown last December.
The Corona Virus Crisis Center in Russia said the total number of infections has risen to 99,399. The number of deaths due to illness rose to 972 today, after recording 108 deaths in the past 24 hours.
With these numbers, Russia surpasses China and Iran – which fell to the ninth and tenth places in a row after they were weeks in the first ranks – in the number of injured. The country is likely to record a significant increase in the coming days. President Vladimir Putin warned yesterday that his country has not yet reached the peak of the disease, asking the government to take measures to support the citizens and the economy due to the damage done to them because of the closure measures.
The Qatar Ministry of Health said that it had registered 643 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total to 12,564.
In Oman, 143 new cases of Coronavirus were registered, bringing the total number to more than 2,274.
In Kuwait, one death was recorded, bringing the number of deaths to 24, while 300 new cases of coronavirus were recorded, bringing the total to 3740.
In Morocco, two deaths were recorded, in addition to 37 new cases and 112 recoveries.
The Lebanese Ministry of Health announced the registration of four new injuries, bringing the total number of injuries to 721, including 24 deaths, and 150 cases of similar recovery.
After a month and a half of banning the use of vehicles in the Jordanian capital, Amman, the government eased the curfews and allowed people to use them according to strict instructions.
Control of the first wave in Tunisia
On Wednesday, Minister of Health Abd al-Latif al-Makki announced that Tunisia had taken control of the first wave of the Coruna epidemic, but he had not ruled out a second wave.
This came during a press conference held at the government headquarters in Tunis, and it was devoted to announcing the reduced quarantine strategy that the government intends to adopt as of next Monday.
« We controlled the first wave of the Coruna virus, and the low number of infections is evidence of this … This does not mean that we are not immune to a second wave, » Al-Makki said.
The authorities announced that they would start from May 4, to gradually reduce the restrictions they imposed to contain the outbreak of the Coronavirus, in sectors including minor occupations, construction works, and food industries, in addition to general administrative services.
Millions of doses
On the other hand, the Indian Sera Institute – which is the largest in the world – decided to start producing a possible vaccine against the Corona virus, which is subject to clinical trials in Britain, while European countries have started implementing plans to reduce isolation measures and coexist with the Corona virus pandemic.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Indian Sera Institute, Edd Punwala, said that although the effectiveness of the Oxford vaccine against « Covid-19 » had not yet been proven, his institute decided to start manufacturing it after it proved successful in animal experiments and began experimenting in humans. The institute plans to produce up to 60 million doses of a possible vaccine.
Bunwala added that he hoped the « Oxford vaccine » trials, which are due to end in September, will be successful. Last week, the University of Oxford began clinical trials of a possible vaccine to treat the emerging coronavirus….