The novel coronavirus has infected over 2.25 million people worldwide, and more than 150,000 people have succumbed to the virus globally.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization today said that the presence of antibodies in the blood does not necessarily indicate that a person has immunity to COVID-19.
Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s executive director for health emergencies, said on Friday, “There’s been an expectation, maybe, that herd immunity may have been achieved and that the majority of people in society may already have developed antibodies. I think the general evidence is pointing against that… so it may not solve the problem the governments are trying to solve.”
US President Donald Trump released fresh guidelines for loosening restrictions across the states. He also said that the governors who are asking their citizens to strictly stay at home are being “too tough” on them. This comes at a time when the confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States have crossed the 7,00,000 mark.
The death toll in Spain crossed 20,000 with over 1,90,000 infections being reported. Italy‘s death toll also surpassed 20,000.
France has reported more than 18,000 deaths and the United Kingdom‘s death toll has crossed 14,000.
In Japan, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has crossed 10,000. There have been reports of a shortage of medical equipment and the turning away of sick patients by the Japanese hospitals.
Meanwhile, the death toll confirmed by the Chinese authorities stands at 4,600. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China has surpassed 83,700. Various restrictions have been lifted by the Chinese government and the travel restrictions in Wuhan were also eased out last week. Remember, Wuhan emerged as the center of the coronavirus outbreak in December 2019.