COVID-Informer: COVID-19 deaths rose by 20,000 to 50,000 in just five days

COVID-Informer: COVID-19 deaths rose by 20,000 to 50,000 in just five days


The global coronavirus death toll has jumped from 30,000 to 50,000 in just five days.

This is equivalent to wiping the entire population of Griffith in the NSW Riverina out of the map-in five days.

John Hopkins University has been monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic since it was first detected in China.

The next depressingly big amount you can expect to quickly overtake you is the official reported count of cases. It ticked over one million at 6:30 a.m. Of course, there's no doubt that number has been long surpassed.

Take the Philippines-there have been 2311 confirmed cases and 96 deaths in an economically troubled country with a population of 105 million. In the last three weeks, and all but three. Uh-hhhhh.

Overnight President Rodrigo Duterte warned his people they could be shot if they broke lockdown.

Take the Philippines-there have been 2311 confirmed cases and 96 deaths in an economically troubled country with a population of 105 million. In the last three weeks, and all but three. Uh-hhhhh.

Overnight President Rodrigo Duterte warned his people they could be shot if they broke lockdown.

"My orders to the police and military ... if there is trouble and there's an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead."
"Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you."

There's no mixed message.

In South Africa, where the police fired rubber bullets into a queue of shoppers, they're going in the opposite direction.

There was a partial easing of some restrictions overnight. Minibusses that move millions can now run 70% full if all drivers and passengers wear masks. Informal food traders are also allowed to do business again.

Unexpected cooperation has taken place from a global perspective.

Russian medical equipment and masks have been shipped to the United States; Cuban doctors have dispatched protective equipment and disinfectants to Italy and Spain to France and Turkey.

Ukraine has taken another line, tweeted Elon Musk.