Coronavirus World Update, 18 May: Cases in Italy decline, EU authorizes Remdesivir, WHA meeting starts today | Instant News

The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the world has exceeded 4.8 million. Of this, 1.86 million have recovered and more than 316,959 people have died.

The two-day meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO decision-making body, began today. On Tuesday, the draft resolution will reportedly be pushed before an assembly calling for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19. The draft is currently supported by around 116 member countries out of 194. It needs support from at least 2/3 of the members (129) to graduate.

Meanwhile, after being permitted for emergency use by the US FDA, Gilead remdesivir is reported to be able to obtain conditional permission by the European European Medicines Agency in the coming days.

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Cases declined further in Italy, Spain saw less than 100 new deaths, Italy opened unlimited travel within the region

On Sunday, Spain witnessed less than 100 deaths from coronavirus a day. This is the lowest daily mortality rate in the country in two months. Spain has begun to reduce restrictions in some areas while the areas worst affected, Barcelona and Madrid, are still under strict limits.

On May 17, Italy reported a total of 145 deaths and 675 new cases. This is the lowest number of deaths since March 9 and new cases as low as March 4. The total number of cases in this country is 225,435, of which 31,908 people have died of this disease.

On Monday, unlimited travel is permitted inside Italy and all restaurants, cafes and religious sites are reportedly open after being locked up for 2 months with social distance guidelines. The whole country was locked down on March 10.

The UK recorded low deaths per day, the British PM in talks with France to relax travel restrictions

Yesterday, the UK recorded 170 new deaths on COVID-19, reportedly the lowest increase in a day since March. However, as reported by the media, this may be due to the fact that mortality rates in the UK have been lower over the weekend compared to weekdays. British health officials reportedly said on Saturday that their coronavirus notification system was not functioning for a while, which might be responsible for the low mortality rate and this might indicate deaths per day on Monday.

Meanwhile, Britain and France are still in talks about whether visitors coming from France must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine after entering England. As per media reports, the UK has not yet completed some details regarding this matter. Earlier it was said that Britain would not impose quarantine.

Russia sees less than 10,000 cases

Russia reports less than 10,000 cases for three days in a row now. With more than 290,000 affected, this country has the second highest number of cases in the world after the United States. For most of May, Russia has reported at least 10,000 new cases per day.

On Monday, the country saw 8,926 new cases and 91 new deaths.

For more information, read our article at Everything you want to know about remdesivir.

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Updated Date: May 18, 2020 21:22:50 IST


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