There have been several major developments all over the world over the last 24 hours, such as Japan’s expected announcement of a state of emergency, the ever growing number of deaths in the United States and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s grave state of health.
On Tuesday, Japan is expected to declare a state of emergency in the country, amid a massive spike in cases. The Japanese government confirmed 252 new infections on Monday and seven deaths, bringing their total number of infections to over 4,600 and the death toll has risen to 91.
However, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has faced a lot of criticism for his slow reaction to the outbreak and experts warn that the number of cases could be far higher due to a lack of widespread testing, according to CNN. “Basic economic activity” will continue in the affected prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka, for now, with supermarkeets and public transport systems remaining open.
However, the government has emphasized the necessity for social distancing and avoiding taking unneccessary trips. A formal announcement for the one-month emergency period is expected to be announced in a press conference today.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the death toll currently stands at 10,989, according to Johns Hopkins data, which means that it now has the third highest number of reported deaths in the world, with only Spain (13,341) and Italy (16,523) ahead in fatalities. As we reported last week, the White House’s medical experts’ models indicate that, even with adequate response and strict measures put in place, the US could be looking at a death toll between 100,000 and 240,000 at best and between 1.5 and 2.2 million if no further measures are taken.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus on 26 March and was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening, has now been admitted to intensive care.
“Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” according to a Downing Street spokesperson in a statement e-mailed to Al Jazeeera.
The 55-year-old had previously been leading government meetings while in isolation at home, while simultaneously running tests and battling his persistent symptoms in between his positive test and his admittance to hospital.
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