Shomporko Desk: The number of deaths caused by the coronavirus worldwide reached at least 13,049, including 340 in the U.S. and 4,825 in Italy, where the devastating virus has brought the country to its knees. Italy hit a grim milestone Saturday by recording record-breaking death tolls two days in a row. The country announced its biggest day-to-day increase of infections, which rose to 53,000 people, with nearly 800 new deaths. As bodies pile up in Italian hospitals, morgues and churches, and as medical workers plead for more help, there is no sign yet that Italy is taming the arc of its contagion.
Most Restrictive Approach: Germany to ban gatherings of more than two people German federal authorities said Sunday they will be banning gatherings of more than two people.
Recent Scientific Study Says: A new study in The Lancet medical journal published Wednesday found that the novel coronavirus lived in the respiratory tracts of some patients for more than five weeks. Some of the patients received antiviral medications but the drugs did not appear to shorten the virus’s lifespan.
COVID-19: Woman in 20s Ottawa’s newest case. Top Doctor Says:
A woman in her 20s is the newest confirmed case of COVID-19 in Canada’s capital city Ottawa, pushing the total number of official COVID-19 diagnoses in the capital to 21.
Ontario Govt. Updates: The Ontario Ministry of Health updates about COVID-19 twice daily with new confirmed cases.
Eight Ontario cases are now considered resolved, meaning the patient is no longer infectious. That number hasn’t changed much over the past two weeks.