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Global Statistics

CountryTotal CasesNew CasesTotal DeathsNew DeathsTotal RecoveredActive CasesTotal Tests
World5,197,736+107,085334,173+4,9342,079,0172,777,306 
USA1,620,902+28,17996,354+1,418382,1691,142,37913,439,114
Russia317,554+8,8493,099+12792,681221,7747,840,880
Brazil310,921+17,56420,082+1,188125,960164,879735,224
Spain280,117+59327,940+52196,95855,2193,037,840
UK250,908+2,61536,042+338N/AN/A3,090,566
India 118,501+6,1983,584+156+15066,0892,615,920
South Africa19,137+1,134369+308,9509,818525,433
Egypt15,003+774696+164,21710,090135,000
Nigeria7,016+339211+111,9074,89840,043
Zambia866+34730230255719,432
Tanzania509 21 183305 
Eswatini220+32 1121064,994
Mozambique162+6  481147,063
Malawi72+13 27421,803
Zimbabwe51+34 182934,707
Botswana29+41 19914,855
Lesotho1    1 

More than 5.1 million cases of Covid-19 have been reported worldwide, including 334,173 deaths, The US makes up 1,620,902 million of those cases.

Latin America reported more new cases than the US or Europe for three days in a row, driven by high numbers in Brazil, Peru and Mexico which had 17,564; 4,749 and +2,248 respectively.

 This is far fewer cases and deaths than in Europe and the US, but testing is nowhere near as widespread and deaths may be under-reported.

New cases in South Africa rose above the one thousand mark to 1,134 yesterday to bring the total number to 19,137.

The death toll now stands at 369 as 30 new deaths were recorded. 525, 433 tests have been conducted nationwide. 

Egypt recorded 774 new cases and the total number of cases is now at 15,003. The death toll is at696 after 16 new deaths were recorded yesterday. 

Tanzania has not released any statistics for the past 14 days. 

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Zimbabwe recorded 3 new cases of the pandemic to bring the total number of cases to 51. 34,707 tests have been conducted so far. 

Amid caution over use of hydroxychloroquine, experts warn of possible irreversible blindness .

Hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat lupus and rheumatological disorder, has received a massive amount of publicity this year. The reason? Its role in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The drug made headlines after being proposed as a preventative measure (prophylaxis) against Covid-19, as reported in the New York Times. While hydroxy chloroquine has generally fewer side-effects than its cousin chloroquine, which was also researched as a possible Covid-19 treatment, it was generally declared as ineffective against the novel coronavirus, based on several studies. 
Toxic retinopathy is a condition where vision is impaired as a result of optic nerves being damaged by a toxin, such as found in some medications. 

Several previous studies have acknowledged that long-term use of hydroxychloroquine may lead to this condition

Metal Prices Asia/Europe/NY markets

22/05/2020

METALBIDASKCHANGELOWHIGH
GOLD1729.001730.00+1.501727.501730.50
SILVER16.8116.91-0.2916.7816.95
PLATINUM815.00825.00-7.00814.00828.00
PALLADIUM1919.002069.00-13.001911.002069.00
RHODIUM5400.008400.000.00

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