Coronavirus: update on the pandemic in the world

Paris (AFP) - New reports, new measures, highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 364,000 people worldwide.

- Trump breaks with the WHO -

US President Donald Trump, who had already suspended the US contribution to the budget of the World Health Organization (WHO), cut ties with the UN agency, which he accuses of complacency towards Beijing.

The United States, which was the first donor (893 million dollars over the period 2018/2019, about 15% of the WHO budget), will "redirect these funds to other urgent and global public health needs who deserve it ".

- More than 364,000 dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 364,362 people around the world since it first appeared in China in December, according to an AFP report from official sources on Saturday at 11:00 GMT.

Almost six million cases have been diagnosed since the start of the epidemic in 196 countries and territories.

The United States is the most heavily affected country in absolute terms, with 102,836 deaths, followed by the United Kingdom (38,161), Italy (33,229), France (28,714), Brazil (27,878) and Spain (27.121).

But in proportion to the population, excluding micro-states, it is in Belgium that mortality is highest (816 deaths per million inhabitants), ahead of Spain (580), the United Kingdom (562), Italy (550), France (440), Sweden (431), the Netherlands (346), Ireland (333) and the United States (311).

- "Encouraging" results -

Anakinra, medicine against rheumatic diseases, gives "encouraging" results for severe forms of Covid-19, reducing the risk of death and the need to be put on a ventilator in intensive care, according to a French study published in the trade journal The Lancet Rheumatology.

The drug would limit the "cytokine storm", an uncontrolled inflammatory reaction implicated in severe forms of Covid-19 pneumonia, leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Posted Date: 2020-08-25

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