Coronavirus: US death toll rises to over 50,000

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… Enjoy the sun – Trump

UNITED States’ COVID-19 death toll rose to 50,442 as at yesterday evening.

  The figure was reached when a further 890,027 cases was confirmed.

  An additional 2,416 deaths were also reported to bring about the new casualty toll. Confirmed cases rose by 34,828, bringing the total cases across the nation to 891,622.

  It will be recalled that United States has remained with country with highest number of confirmed cases and highest death toll in the world.

  But research done by University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed that the national death toll is expected to surpass 65,976 by August.

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  Yet, US President Donald Trump has advised Americans to “enjoy the sun.”

  He spoke after unveiling a study that showed that the novel coronavirus dissipates more quickly with sunlight and at higher temperatures.

  “I hope people enjoy the sun, and if it has an impact, that’s great,” Trump said at his daily briefing on the pandemic.

  Head of Department of Science and Technology, Homeland Security, Bill Bryan, presented the information.

  Bryan noted that Coronavirus reaches its half-life at two minutes in summer conditions versus 18 hours with no sunlight.

  Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) yesterday confirmed 108 new cases of Coronavirus in the country.

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  “As at 11:30pm 23rd April there are 981 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria, 197 have been discharged, with 31 deaths,” it said.

  Further breakdown of the tweet shows that  78 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, 14 in FCT, 5 in Ogun, 4 in Gombe, 3 Borno, 2 in Akwa Ibom, and 1 each in Kwara and Plateau with total deaths recorded now standing at 31, while 197 infected persons had been treated and discharged.

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