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With the global total about to top 13 million cases, the WHO warns countries to act.
Also, the WHO will meet with Chinese officials to probe the source of the virus.
Also, the Recovery trial announces that a review showed no COVID benefit for a well-known HIV treatment.
COVID-19 cases are rising by 1 million a week, exceeding oxygen supplies in a market in which most concentrators are produced by a few companies.
As global deaths approach 150,000, the WHO says it will issue guidance over the weekend on serologic testing.
Three main hot spots saw no slowdown in cases, and Argentina and Chile became the latest countries in the Americas to report their first cases.
As concerns deepen about Iran, the WHO is in the process of sending a mission to the country, with UAE help.
The JAMA study reveals a 49% death rate in critically ill patients; for a much smaller study it was 62%.
Also today, 79 more Diamond Princess infections were reported—raising cruise ship totals to 621— and the WHO details stepped-up response measures regarding the Westerdam ship in Cambodia.
While officials investigate imported cases not apparently linked directly to China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, says, "This is still first and foremost an emergency for China."
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