Brooklyn's Green-Wood cemetery has seen cremations more than double as coronavirus claims the lives. AFP
The United States on Wednesday recorded the death of 2,569 people as a result of COVID-19, the highest daily toll ever recorded by a country in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Figures published by the University — which tracks coronavirus infections and deaths — showed that the latest data takes the total death toll to 30,985.
Meanwhile, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved relief on debt service for 25 member countries that are eligible for support from the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, CCRT.
According to a statement issued late Wednesday by the Fund, a further four countries are expected to request such relief in the coming weeks.
The statement added, "The approval enables the disbursement of grants from the CCRT for repayment of total debt service falling due to the IMF over the next six months, with potential extensions, up to a maximum of full two years from 14th April 2020, subject to availability of sufficient grant resources."
It went on to say that the initial relief provided to these countries amounts to US$213.4 million, noting that relief on debt service will free up scarce financial resources that now can be directed toward vital emergency medical and other relief efforts while these members combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has launched an urgent fundraising effort that would enable the CCRT to provide relief on debt service for a full two years, while leaving the CCRT adequately funded for future needs. This will require a commitment of about $1.4 billion.
In March, the Executive Board of IMF adopted a set of reforms to its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust to enable the Fund to provide immediate debt service relief for its poorest and most vulnerable members during the current pandemic.
The CCRT enables the IMF to deliver grants to eligible low-income countries to cover their IMF debt service obligations in the wake of catastrophic natural disasters and during major global public health emergencies.
The mixed messaging was the latest from a president whose remarks from the White House podium have frequently raised eyebrows, including most recently a suggestion that disinfectant could be injected to treat patients with COVID-19.
The dire forecast from the United States came as much of the Western world emerged from weeks of lockdown, with hopes that the disease may have peaked in Europe, where deaths in the worst affected countries have dropped after nearly two months of confinement.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. The United States is the worst hit with 88,719 deaths and 1.49 million cases as of 15.17GMT (UAE time 19.17) on Monday.
Sunday's figure came on the same day that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the epidemic in his hardest-hit state is "past the high point." The 24-hour tally in the United States had exceeded 2,500 on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins data showed.
Authorities have apprehended, warned and penalised around 700,000 people since March for violating measures such as ignoring physical distancing and not wearing masks, police data shows.
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Bloomberg described Sheikh Mohamed as the peacemaker in the Middle East, after he revolutionized the geopolitics by announcing the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel for the first time in the region, after the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty, 26 years ago.