New York buries COVID-19 victims in mass graves
More than 101,000 people around the world have died in the new coronavirus pandemic, with the United States – which now has upwards of half a million confirmed cases – becoming the first country to record more than 2,000 deaths in one day.
There are more than 1.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases globally, though the true number of infections is likely higher, in part owing to testing shortages. Similarly, the death toll from Covid-19, the respiratory disease related to the virus, might be greater.
Both Italy and the US have more than 18,000 deaths, followed by Spain with nearly 16,000 fatalities, and France where more than 13,000 have lost their lives. Britain is set to hit 9,000 deaths.
In the US, New York state remains the hardest-hit region, with at least 7,844 confirmed deaths on Friday.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been treated for coronavirus in a London hospital, has “been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery,” according to a spokesman for 10 Downing Street.
Elsewhere, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke on Friday in favour of strengthening the World Health Organisation amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite Trump’s negative comments against the health body.
Turkey ordered citizens to stay at home for 48 hours across 31 cities starting midnight Friday as it rolled out new strict measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
The interior ministry said in a statement the order would last until midnight Sunday in dozens of cities, including the economic hub of Istanbul and the capital Ankara.