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BBC News 20 May 2020

Coronavirus: the worst death rate in one of London's poorest boroughs


Some of the most disadvantaged parts of the UK are suffering the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The borough of Newham in east London has recorded the worst mortality rate in England and Wales, according to official figures.

Meanwhile the continent of Africa has yet to suffer the numbers of infections and deaths that have been seen in other parts of the world. The latest figures show just under 3,000 deaths across the whole of Africa from coronavirus.

And while many deaths may have gone unreported and numbers could rise, it's been suggested that much can be learnt from the way African countries prepared for the virus.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Michael Buchanan in east London, and Anne Soy in Kenya.

Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System find the early use of hydroxychloroquine against coronavirus may cut death rates in half; reaction from Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel. #FoxNews #Tucker
New figures show that England suffered the highest rate of excess deaths in Europe between the end of February and the middle of June.

The Office for National Statistics compared the number of deaths with the five-year average. The death rate in England was 7.5% higher than in recent years. Spain and Scotland had the second and third highest excess death rates.

Many scientists believe a late decision to enter lockdown was one factor that led to more deaths in England. Higher rates of obesity which puts coronavirus patients at greater risk of serious illness is seen as another significant factor by many experts.

The UK has now said that people who test positive for Covid-19 or show symptoms of the virus must self-isolate at home for ten days, rather than seven. The change brings the UK into line with many other countries which already require the longer period of isolation.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting from science editor David Shukman.
The fight against COVID-19 in the most overwhelmed areas of the United States, put a huge strain on the resources of hospitals in the country's poorest areas.  

Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, was already tending to a community plagued with a myriad of poverty-related diseases, like asthma, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.   

The hospital was almost at full capacity before the arrival of COVID-19. The peak of the pandemic found Roseland Community Hospital overcrowded, underfunded and understaffed.  

Correspondent Dan Williams got exclusive access to the hospital and healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight in one of Chicago's poorest areas.    

During a meandering and occasionally hostile interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump made a very bold claim: that the United States has the lowest mortality rate from Covid-19 anywhere in the world.
"I heard we have one of the lowest, maybe the lowest, mortality rate anywhere in the world," Trump told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "Do you have the numbers please? I heard we had the best mortality rate," he added to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was off-camera.
When McEnany returned with a piece of paper, Trump turned on Wallace. "Number one low mortality rate," he said, attacking Wallace for reporting "fake news" in the process. "You said we had the worst mortality rate in the world, and we have the best."
But the President's claim is not true. And it's not even close.
The US in fact has one of the highest death rates from the coronavirus of any country, and is worse than several badly-hit countries like Brazil, Mexico and Russia, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
#Covid-19 #CNN #Trump

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