Coronavirus: worsening in the US and UK, signs of progress in Italy and Spain

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains under observation in the hospital.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with a coronavirus last week, is still in the hospital, where he was taken for additional tests after detecting a high temperature.

The Prime Minister’s press service emphasizes that hospitalization is a precautionary measure and that Johnson is still in charge of the government.

The UK has become one of the epicenters of the pandemic in recent days: more than 600 deaths were recorded in the country on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Europe, there has been some improvement after weeks of devastating effects from the epidemic, which has forced governments to impose strict quarantine measures.

Italy, where the most fatalities were recorded, reported the slowest increase in two weeks. In Spain, the number of deaths and new infections has also been decreasing for several days.

Meanwhile, in the US, the States of Oregon and Washington said they would send thousands of artificial respiration devices to new York, the worst-hit city.

Of the approximately 9,600 coronavirus deaths in the United States, about a third are in new York, where field hospitals and a Navy floating hospital are trying to take some of the burdens of the city’s health system.



In some other parts of the country, there has been an increase in the number of cases, including in Pennsylvania, Colorado and US capital, Washington, where there are about 1,000 confirmed cases.

In South Korea, which became one of the first epicenters of the pandemic, only 47 new cases were recorded on Monday, but Deputy health Minister Kim gang-Lip urged citizens to remain vigilant and stay at home to prevent a new outbreak of the epidemic.

According to him, data from smartphones shows that in recent weeks, too many people visit restaurants and parks.

In neighboring Japan, 600 cases have been reported, but concerns are raised in some areas, including Tokyo, where the number of cases is growing much faster.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his government plans to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas starting Tuesday. It is expected that the state of emergency, which provides for an order not to leave the house, will be in effect for about a month.

The Japanese government is also preparing an economic aid package of about $1 trillion.

The opposite trend is observed in Austria, whose authorities said on Monday that they are considering partially lifting the restrictive measures and allowing some stores to open from next week and the rest from May 1. There are 12,000 confirmed cases in Austria.

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