USA Covid-19 Deaths Hit 150,000, Highest Toll In The World
As the American deaths from coronavirus pandemic hit 150,000, the highest number more than any country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total.
Among the 20 countries with the biggest outbreaks, the US ranks sixth in deaths per capital, at 4.5 fatalities per 10,000 people.
Only the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Peru and Chile have a higher per capital rate, the tally shows, with US deaths making up nearly 23 percent of the global total of 660,997.
The increase of 10,000 deaths in 11 days is the fastest in the United States since early June.
US Attorney General to be tested for COVID-19 after being in contact with Congressman Gohmert
US Attorney General William Barr will be tested for COVID-19 after coming in close contact with Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert on Tuesday when Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee, a Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed.
Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec added that Barr already faces routine testing for COVID-19 at the White House.
World Bank’s IFC to launch $4 bln medical supply financing platform
The World Bank Group’s private-sector arm said it is launching a $4bn financing platform aimed at boosting the production and supply of critical healthcare products in developing countries to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Finance Corporation’s initiative is largely aimed at private-sector projects to manufacture products such as personal protective equipment, ventilators and other medical equipment, coronavirus test kits, therapeutic drugs and vaccines.
Dutch government will not advise public to wear masks
The Dutch government said it will not advise the public to wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus, asserting that scientific evidence of their effectiveness is mixed.
The decision was announced by Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark after a review by the country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM).
The government will instead seek more adherence to social distancing rules after a surge in coronavirus cases in the country this week, Van Ark said at a press conference in The Hague.