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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

Number of COVID-19 infections worldwide topped 400,000 and more than 18,200 people died

Washington, 25 March, (Asiantribune.com):

The number of COVID-19 infections worldwide topped 400,000 on Tuesday and more than 18,200 people have died as a result, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

COVID-19 rapidly spread across the globe after it was first discovered in Wuhan, China and world leaders and health officials continue to grapple with how best to contain the spread of infection.

Aside from China—which has 81,591 confirmed cases of the virus—Italy continues to battle with a staggering 69,176 cases and the highest death toll in the world with 6,820 people dead.

In the United States, with a recorded 50,493 cases of coronavirus, state officials in at least 16 states have issued sweeping stay at home orders, mandating non-essential workers to work from home and shutting down businesses, dine-in restaurants, schools, and other places to prevent large groups of people from congregating.

Despite the growing number of cases in the U.S., President Trump said he hopes to reopen most businesses and resume normalcy by April 11, in time for the Easter holidays, even as health officials warn the number of cases could continue to grow as more testing becomes available and the country may need to batten down for months before efforts to "flatten the curve" are deemed successful.

In New York-- the epicenter of the virus for the U.S.-- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y. warned that the number of confirmed cases in his state “is doubling about every three days,” with 25,665 cases of COVID-19 to date. The number of cases in the heavily populated city is 10 times that of California and Washington, both of which are facing massive numbers of infections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India told citizens not to panic Tuesday even as he declared a 21-day countrywide lockdown to fight the pandemic.

"It's such an important day for other reasons, but I will make it an important day for this, too," Trump said. "I would love to have the country opened up, and just raring to go, by Easter."

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"There were theories we were going to stay out for four or five months," he said. "You destroy our country if you do a thing like that. We're going to be opening relatively soon. Our time comes up Monday or Tuesday ... the allotted two weeks. We will stay a little longer than that. But we want to get open very soon.

The White House coronavirus task force is touting its plan for 15 days of social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus and allow health care providers to get ready for more Americans to get sick.

The global spread of the coronavirus has forced the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed until next summer at the latest, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Tuesday.

Abe said that he and the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach came to an agreement to postpone the Games. The latest the event can take place is the summer of 2021.

IOC won't confirm

"In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community," the IOC and Abe said in a joint statement.

"The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020."

- Asian Tribune

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