Senator Kamala Harris has condemned the Trump administration for it's Covid-19 response. Briefly.co.za explores this and other top stories on the pandemic plaguing the globe.
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Senator Harris says that the current regime in the US has fumbled so hard with the Covid-19 crisis that it should go down as one of the greatest failures of any US administration.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump says contracting Covid-19 was a 'blessing' after returning to work.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates:
1. Harris- Covid-19 response greatest failure of any US administration
Senator Kamala Harris has slammed Donald Trump's leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
Speaking during the debate between herself and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Harris commented that:
"The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country."
Detailing the extent of the damage done by the virus in one of the world's most powerful economies, Harris said that:
"Over 210 000 Americans have died. Over 7 million have contracted this disease. Nearly 30 million have filed for unemployment. One in five businesses are at risk of closing. And this administration still doesn't have a plan."
2. Trump says Covid-19 infection is a 'blessing'
US President Donald Trump has described his Covid-19 infection as a 'blessing from God' upon his return to the Oval Office.
Trump was warned that his return to work may well put others at risk of contracting the virus.
Nevertheless, the President broadcast his return and painted his illness as nothing less than a personal victory:
"I think this is a blessing from God that I caught it."
3. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with the latest Covid-19 statistics amid the continued battle against the pandemic.
In a statement issued by the Health Department on Wednesday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 683 242 with 1 027 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to the latest increase in cases, Mkhize confirmed that new fatalities had been recorded:
"Regrettably, we report 87 more Covid-19 related deaths: 4 from Eastern Cape, 35 from KwaZulu Natal, 28 from Gauteng, 5 from North West and 15 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 103."
The minister also confirmed that recoveries now stand at 616 857 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%
The provincial breakdown of cases is as follows:
- Eastern Cape- 89 991
- Free State- 48 865
- Gauteng- 221 320
- KwaZulu-Natal- 119 769
- Limpopo- 15 880
- Mpumalanga- 27 718
- North West- 30 103
- Northern Cape- 18 000
- Western Cape- 111 596
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Donald Trump's battle against Covid-19 had dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Trump had been admitted to hospital to receive treatment for the virus, but quickly pulled a controversial move.
The US President left the hospital in a convoy to greet waiting supporters, an unusual move for anyone but more so for the leader of the powerful nation.
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