A French hospital that retested old samples from pneumonia patients has discovered that it treated a man with the coronavirus as early as 27 December, nearly a month before the French government confirmed its first cases. In France, almost 25,000 people have died with the virus since 1 March. The country confirmed its first three Covid-19 cases on 24 January, including two patients in Paris and another in the south-western city of Bordeaux.
An internal US government document predicts 3,000 daily coronavirus deaths in the country by early June, according to The New York Times. The document from the Trump administration appears to project that deaths will nearly double from the current level of about 1,750. It seems to predict about 200,000 new coronavirus cases per day by the end of this month, up from about 25,000 currently.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said that two U.S. citizens have been detained as part of a group of “mercenaries” authorities captured in a raid. Maduro said during a state television address that 13 “terrorists” were arrested by Venezuelan authorities for allegedly being involved in a plot Maduro claimed was coordinated with Washington to oust him from power, according to Reuters.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning against people using untested remedies for coronavirus. Africans deserve access to medicines that have gone through proper trials even if they are derived from traditional treatments, it said. Its statement comes as Madagascar’s president is promoting a herbal tonic for treating Covid-19 patients. The tonic, known as Covid-Organics, was tested on fewer than 20 people over three weeks.
The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from coronavirus in Europe, figures released on Tuesday showed, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his response to the crisis. Weekly figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) added more than 7,000 deaths in England and Wales, raising the total for the United Kingdom to 32,313 as of late April.