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DW News 31 Mar 2020

US death toll exceeds 3,000 +++ Spain's nursing homes under threat


Spain has Europe's second highest coronavirus death toll behind Italy. Its nearly 8,000 fatalities have now surpassed China. With the elderly at high risk, nursing homes in Spain have been overwhelmed by the number of infections. There are reports of dire conditions, with dead bodies left in beds for hours. Relatives are worried about their loved ones but they've been banned from visiting.
In the United States the death toll from COVID-19 now exceeds three-thousand. More than a third of those victims are from New York state, whose governor has issued an urgent appeal for medical volunteers . Andrew Cuomo called the number of deaths "staggering". So far, around 80,000 former medical professionals have answered Cuomo's call. Meanwhile, a US Navy hospital ship has arrived to help relieve pressure on the city's hospitals.
More Coronavirus news:
- Italy, the country with the most deaths, will extend its lockdown until at least April 12th. Italians have been under lockdown for three weeks already.
- The World Health Organization is warning that even though the focus is now on Europe and the U-S, the coronavirus pandemic is still 'far from over' in Asia and the Pacific region.
- Brazil's health minister has defied president Jair Bolsonaro - and urged Brazilians to practice social distancing. Bolsonaro has downplayed the pandemic, and opposes regional lockdown measures.
- Myanmar and Tanzania have become the latest countries to report their first coronavirus deaths, as part of the global pandemic.

The US has become the first country in the world to record more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day.

Figures from Johns Hopkins University show 2,108 people died in the past 24 hours while there are now more than half a million confirmed infections.

The US could soon surpass Italy as the country with the most coronavirus deaths worldwide.

But experts on the White House Covid-19 task force say the outbreak is starting to level off across the US.

Dr Deborah Birx said there were good signs the outbreak was stabilising, but cautioned: "As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak."

President Donald Trump also said he expects the US to see a lower death toll than the initial predictions of 100,000 fatalities, adding: "We're seeing clear signs that our aggressive strategy is saving countless lives".
The latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic:
- The Johns Hopkins university says the global death toll has topped 300,000. There are more than 4.4 million confirmed cases worldwide.
- South Sudan has registered its first death from the coronavirus.
- Slovenia has called an official end to its pandemic - becoming the first European country to do so.
- After a two-month shutdown, restaurants, cafes and bars are reopening in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales.
- People in central Bolivia in South America have defied shutdown orders to protest against coronavirus restrictions. The country's been under lockdown since mid-March and many residents want it relaxed. They're calling on authorities to provide more water and food. There have been over 3,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Bolivia, and around 140 deaths.
Another grim chapter in Spain's coronavirus crisis. Over 10,000 people have now died from complications linked to COVID-19. That's after a record 950 people passed away in the last 24 hours. Spain is now second only to Italy in the number of virus fatalities. The pandemic is also hitting the country's economy hard. Nearly a million people have lost their jobs since mid-march. Meanwhile, the country's healthcare workers are overwhelmed, and lacking critical protective gear.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended the country's coronavirus lockdown until April 30. All citizens with the exception of 'essential workers' are to stay at home -- with all salaries to be paid throughout this period. In a televised address, Putin stressed the seriousness of the threat facing the country -- and that the peak of the virus still lay ahead.
The new numbers include 2,000 deaths in just the last 24 hours.

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