On March 23rd, the total cases of COVID-19 around the global surpassed 340,000, with nearly 15,000 deaths and 100,00 recovered.
Italy continues suffering the most from the epidemic, as it recorded 793 deaths in a single day, the most of any country in a single day.
On March 22nd, Italy reported 5,560 new cases and 651 deaths, which was less than the previous day, and even lower as a percentage share of the whole. However, the peak appears to not have been reached yet.
It has upwards of 59,000 cases in total, out of which 7,000 have recovered and 5,500 have died.
In the evening, Russia’s aid to Italy landed at the Italian Air Force base Pratica di Mare.
Seven Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes carrying medical supplies and experts. The teams will immediately begin their work once the Italian side clarifies areas for deployment, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
In total, Moscow prepared nine cargo planes with emergency aid. The deployment was ordered by President Vladimir Putin after a phone call with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
MSM, such as Bloomberg immediately discovered Russia’s “hidden agenda” of wanting to “exploit” the EU when it is in a difficult situation.
“Yet the humanitarian cargo is only one side of Putin’s double game when it comes to Europe and its health-care crisis. According to an internal EU report, Russia is also responsible for an organized campaign spreading disinformation about the coronavirus with the intention of undermining confidence in western leaders.”
Essentially, MSM discovered that its own reports alleging that Russia is spreading disinformation are pure fact and Moscow created a hysteria, which is now solving by itself.
“It’s good foreign-policy PR, showing Russia as a force for good,” said Vladimir Frolov, a foreign policy analyst based in Moscow. “Like China’s Xi Jinping, Putin can now say his regime is on the side of good and is effective because one person can make decisions quickly without having to pay attention to the opinion of the population.”
The medical aid “will give us a chance in relations with Italy to hint gently about the need to repay the favor and block the extension of EU sanctions in June,” said Frolov. “It’s also important to point out the aid is going along military lines, which shows how helpless NATO is.”
China has also sent quite a bit of equipment and experts to Italy and other EU countries to help.
Cuban doctors went to Italy to help in the battle against coronavirus, the Caribbean island has sent its “armies of white robes” to disaster sites around the world largely in poor countries since its 1959 revolution. Its doctors were in the front lines in the fight against cholera in Haiti and against ebola in West Africa in the 2010s.
Yet with the 52-strong brigade, this is the first time Cuba has sent an emergency contingent to Italy, one of the world’s richest countries, demonstrating the reach of its medical diplomacy.
This is the sixth medical brigade Cuba has sent in recent days to combat the spread of the new disease abroad. It has sent contingents to socialist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua as well as Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada.
Cuba even offered to help the US in dealing with the coronavirus, but Cuban doctors aren’t welcome in the US.
So far, the only country that appears completely incapable of cooperating with its allies (and even adversaries) is the US. It is entirely focused on its own situation, and rumors that Trump even attempted to purchase a vaccine from a German company only for Washington’s needs is showing of how even the media of its allies feels towards its behavior.
And still, when the crisis passes, the expectation is that a very crude and obvious campaign to shame and blame Russia, China, Iran, Cuba and others for the situation, and there will also be likely accusations by the US, for accepting help from “the enemy” who “orchestrated” the situation.
Spain is showing a tendency of rapid growth, however the country most rapidly gaining new cases in the US.
New York state alone has more total cases than France, South Korea and most of the European countries, according to data as of March 22nd. New York governor Andrew Cuomo reported 15,168 cases of Covid-19 in the state, with 9,045 cases originating in New York City. Trump said that in three to four weeks, a floating hospital will arrive in New York.
New York State may postpone primary elections in June.
On March 22nd, the US recorded 9,339 new cases, to a total of 33,546, and 117 deaths, to a total of 419. The US is expected to surpass Italy in the number of infections in just a matter of days. 111 confirmed COVID-19 cases were confirmed among US military personnel. In addition, 32 service members, 37 family members and 31 employees were also among the confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to the US Armed Forces.
The National Guard is deployed in three states to combat coronavirus.
In several American states, prisoners will be released, media reported.
In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quarantined, after her doctor tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, German authorities have limited contact between people in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. In particular, citizens should not gather in groups of more than two. This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an appeal to the people.
In addition, all cafes and restaurants, as well as enterprises that provide services to the population, such as hairdressers, are ordered to close for the duration of the restrictions if they cannot provide a two-meter distance between visitors.
McDonald’s will close its restaurants in Britain and Ireland.
In France, clinical trials of treatment methods have begun. The number of people infected in the country exceeded 16 thousand.
In the Czech Republic and Montenegro, the first patients with coronavirus died.
The head of the Ministry of Health recommended the introduction of an emergency in Ukraine. The number of infected in the country increased to 73.
A curfew will also be introduced in Greece to combat the spread.
In Russia, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that the number of cases of coronavirus infection in Russia has grown to upwards of 400.
25.5 million protective masks from China were delivered to Russia. The Ministry of Industry and Trade stated that supplies will continue.
Russian schools go on vacation from March 23rd to April 12th. A number of schools at this time will switch to distance learning.
Furthermore, to combat the possible spread of COVID-19, all scheduled outpatient screening in Russia has been prohibited, so that non-infected patients don’t visit hospitals.
In the Middle East, Syria recorded its first COVID-19 case, and Turkey exceeded 1,000 cases.
In Southeast Asia, the spread is slowing down, as countries such as Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan have experience in dealing with SARS back in 2002-3.
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