Coronavirus live news: WHO chief says lab leak theory worth examining further; Quito hospitals overwhelmed

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US releases statement saying WHO inquiry lacks data; hospitals in Ecuador capital working above capacity; French president to address nation

7.51am BST

Just a very quick snap here from Reuters that French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to deliver a speech to the nation at 8pm local time. It is expected that he will announce new Covid restrictions.

Also in France in the last few minutes, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said on television that schools should be closed to rein in the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking ahead of possible new restrictive measures to be announced later in the day by the government, she said “I think the schools should be closed.”

7.42am BST

Mexican officials said yesterday that many of the over 120,000 excess deaths Mexico suffered so far during the pandemic may have been indirectly caused by the coronavirus, even if those people didn’t die of Covid-19.

A “very significant part” of those deaths were people who were suffering heart problems but were too afraid to go the hospital for fear of getting infected, said Dr. Ruy López Ridaura, the country’s director of disease prevention and control.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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