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    World
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  • USA 2,985,490
    USA
    Confirmed: 2,985,490
    Active: 1,563,069
    Recovered: 1,289,811
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  • Brazil 1,604,585
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  • Spain 297,625
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    Active: 269,240
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  • Chile 295,532
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  • UK 285,416
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  • Mexico 256,848
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    Recovered: 155,604
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  • Italy 241,611
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    Active: 14,642
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  • Pakistan 231,818
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    Confirmed: 231,818
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    Recovered: 131,649
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  • Saudi Arabia 209,509
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    Confirmed: 209,509
    Active: 62,357
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  • Turkey 205,758
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    Recovered: 180,680
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  • Germany 197,633
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  • China 83,557
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  • Netherlands 50,621
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    Confirmed: 50,621
    Active: 44,494
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 6,127
  • S. Korea 13,137
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    Confirmed: 13,137
    Active: 1,005
    Recovered: 11,848
    Death: 284
  • Australia 8,586
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    Confirmed: 8,586
    Active: 1,060
    Recovered: 7,420
    Death: 106
  • New Zealand 1,534
    New Zealand
    Confirmed: 1,534
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    Recovered: 1,490
    Death: 22

UN chief: Disabled people among hardest hit by virus

Author at TechGenyz Health
A Man Walking With Crutches
A Man Walking With Crutches. Credit: Canva

The United Nations chief says the world's one billion people with disabilities are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a video and report Wednesday that the coronavirus crisis is revealing the extent of exclusion that the most marginalized members of society experience.

He said the pandemic is intensifying the inequalities that people with disabilities already face including living in poverty and experiencing higher rates of violence, neglect, and abuse and is producing new threats.

If disabled people contract COVID-19, Guterres said, many are more likely to develop severe health conditions, which may result in death.

He said: The share of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes where older people with disabilities are overrepresented ranges from 19 percent to an astonishing 72 percent.

In some countries, Guterres said, decisions on rationing health care are based on discriminatory criteria such as age or assumptions about quality or value of life, based on disability. We cannot let this continue, he said. We must guarantee the equal rights of people with disabilities to access health care and life-saving procedures during the pandemic.

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