Coronavirus kills another Zambian man named Chanda Kabwe

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A Zambian national identified as Chanda Kabwe has died in Los Angeles, California.

Close family members have reported that Chanda was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a non-profit, tertiary 886-bed hospital and multi-specialty academic health science center located in the Mid-City West area of Los Angeles.

Chanda was admitted to intensive care unit for the last five days. He succumbed to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as a result of the Coronavirus.

Back home, Zambia recorded its first death from coronavirus last week on 1 April 2020.

“The same patient had an underlying chronic respiratory disorder and a history of travel to South Africa and contact with some cohorts who travelled to high-risk countries prior to his admission,” Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said at a news conference.

The coronavirus death toll continues to rise rapidly in the United States, with New York recording its highest daily number of fatalities Wednesday since the pandemic began. But there are signs in some places that new infections may be leveling off, although experts warn that aggressive social distancing remains crucial to controlling the spread of the virus.

Elsewhere, officials in China announced new measures to track cases of coronavirus in asymptomatic patients, amid concerns the country could face a new wave of infections. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, where he is being treated for coronavirus. His spokesman said Wednesday that he is stable and “responding to treatment.”

Within weeks of the Grand Princess cruise ship arriving off the California coast – an early harbinger of the coming coronavirus pandemic – Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the first statewide mandatory restrictions in the United States. He ordered California’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home to help combat the outbreak, but he didn’t stop there.

California and New York – the nation’s hardest-hit state – had about the same number of coronavirus cases in the first week of March, according to Covid Tracking Project.

By Wednesday morning, California had more than 17,000 cases compared to nearly eight times that in New York, or more than 140,000 cases. The Golden State has 452 deaths to New York’s more than 5,000.

The state’s first case was confirmed near the end of January. The total grew slowly at first, then much faster as tests became more widely available.

The number of cases in California is now on pace to double every 7 days, a reflection of how widely the virus is spreading.

Elsewhere, officials in China announced new measures to track cases of coronavirus in asymptomatic patients, amid concerns the country could face a new wave of infections. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, where he is being treated for coronavirus. His spokesman said Wednesday that he is stable and “responding to treatment.”


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