The steroid dexamethasone has been found to save the lives of one-third of the most serious COVID-19 cases, according to trial results by the University of Oxford, hailed as a “major breakthrough” in the fight against the disease.
More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. Nearly 3.9 million have recovered, while at least 437,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths.
Beijing officials have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi wholesale food market as “very grim” as more parts of the city are sealed off.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus has warned that countries need to “stay alert to the possibility of resurgence” as new clusters of cases emerge in Beijing and more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus are reported across the world every day.