NEW YORK: A six-week-old baby died of COVID-19 and global agencies warned of food shortages as the number of worldwide coronavirus infections reached one million on Wednesday.
Governments have extended the embargo and affected about half the planet, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has banned funeral groups, New York has shut down its famous street basketball court, and hard-hit Italy has extended its embargo period to April 13 Day.
According to AFP, more than 900,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus since it first appeared in Wuhan, China at the end of last year, and nearly 46,000 have died.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the number would hit one million “in the next few days.”
“I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection,” he said.
“The entire world is shut down,” said US President Donald Trump. “It s very sad.”
The number of cases in the United States has risen to over 213,000, the largest in the world. According to a Johns Hopkins University database, the number of deaths in the United States in the past 24 hours is a new record of 884 days, with more than 25,000 new cases known.
“We re going to have a couple of weeks, starting pretty much now, but especially a few days from now, that are going to be horrific. But even in the most challenging of times, Americans do not despair. We do not give in to fear,” Trump told an evening news conference.
One of the victims, a six-week-old child in Connecticut, was taken to hospital without response late last week and is believed to be the youngest victim of the virus.
“Testing confirmed last night that the newborn was COVID-19 positive,” Governor Ned Lamont wrote on Twitter. “This is absolutely heartbreaking.”
Victims of the new coronavirus are older, but recent cases have emphasized that the disease can occur even in youth who appear to be immune.
Among the dead were 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdullah from France, 12 from Belgium and 13 from Britain. The deceased’s family said that the “gentle and kind” boy had no basic health problem.
The United States continues to outperform the rest of the world, although Washington has made it clear that it believes China, which is said to have 82,000 cases, is deliberately covering up its numbers.
Trump asked at a news conference whether “how do we know” if they are correct, but he did not deny a Bloomberg report that the US intelligence agency has concluded that China is hiding the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic there.
“Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side,” Trump said.
Densely populated New York remains the epicenter of the United States.
Across the city, refrigerated trucks outside hospitals were heavily parked in response to an increase in the number of corpses.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he will shut down all sports and basketball courts to strengthen “social isolation” and stop the transfer.
“You still see too many situations with too much density by young people,” he said. “No density, no basketball games.”
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis ordered all 21 million residents of Sunshine to stay in for a month after weeks of blockades.
Germany has extended its ban on parties of more than two people until April 19, and Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that families may not be able to visit during Easter celebrations.
“A pandemic does not recognize holidays,” she said.