Italy is the most affected country by the pandemic with 812 dead in 24 hours and 11,591 deaths in total. Approximately 800 people have died everyday throughout the week. Italian ministers have claimed that they have done everything possible and are now waiting for a miracle. 100,000 people are infected with the virus and 4000-5000 new patients are reported every day.
537 people died in Spain in 24 hours with 85,195 infected people in total. In France, 418 have died in 24 hours with 44,550 confirmed cases in total. In the UK 180 have died in 24 hours with 22,141 confirmed cases in total. According to the World Health Organization, 368 people have died in the USA in 24 hours with 163,479 confirmed cases and 3146 dead until now. The WHO stated that there are 785,807 confirmed cases internationally with 37,820 dead. 165,659 infected people have fully recovered. The Highest death toll in Africa is Egypt with 656 infected and 41 dead. There are 23 confirmed cases in Ethiopia, 15 in Eritrea, 50 in Kenya, 1,326 in South Africa with 3 dead.
Good news from Ethiopia
A 24 year old Ethiopian female suspected of being infected is now confirmed negative from the virus. The ministry of health stated that she had no travel history or contact with confirmed individuals and 3 lab tests have been made on her sample. She was found in St. Peter hospital on March 27th with other pre-existing conditions and her sample was taken for testing along with 24 other health care workers who had come in contact with her. The 24 people who were quarantined are going to be sent back home and their workplaces in the following days.
In related news, a new digital system to help combat the pandemic is underway. This new system will enable quick access to information for health professionals and record suspected and confirmed cases as well as those who have been in contact with infected people.
3 more cases are confirmed in Eritrea which increases the number of total confirmed cases to15. 2 of these people are males aged 48-60 who had entered the country before the lockdown. The Eritrean government is taking serious actions to combat the pandemic by closing schools and public transportation.
An Ethiopian donated for Italy
Dr. menbere has donated 25,000 euros for Italy which has changed attitudes about African immigrants in Europe. Dr. Menbere is a former artist who had lived in Italy for 16 years as an immigrant. While she was homeless and 9 months pregnant, she was helped by an Italian priest and secured a shelter at Mother Theresa women’s shelter where she gave birth. She had also received a loan of half a million dollars from an Italian woman who currently resides in the US to pursue her lifelong dream and become successful. Dr. Menbere now lives in the US making a life for herself in trading and volunteer work. She stated that she had been saddened to see the people who have done so much for her suffering this way. She had received gratitude and admiration from the Mayor of Rome who had promised to speak to her personally when she comes for a visit.
Dr. Menbere Aklilu was born in Debre Markos. She witnessed the murder of her mother at a young age and suffered being an outcast for speaking out against a relative who had molested her. She was sent to live with her brother in Addis Ababa and went to school there. She moved to Italy because of an invitation from her then-boyfriend and considers Italy as her second country. She also had received an honorary doctorate from Oakland University for her volunteer work.