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Latin America Overtakes U.S., Europe in New Coronavirus Cases

Latin America, driven in large part by the situation in Brazil, has reportedly surpassed the United States and Europe in new daily novel coronavirus cases reported over the past week.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported:

Latin America accounted for around a third of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week. Europe and the United States each accounted for just over 20%.

A large number of those new cases came from Brazil, which recently surpassed Germany, France, and the United Kingdom to become the third-largest outbreak in the world, behind the United States and Russia. Cases in Brazil are now rising at a daily pace second only to the United States.

Brazil is now reportedly the fastest growing coronavirus hotspot in the world.

Despite the increase in cases, many Latin American countries, particularly the ones with the largest economies in the region (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia), have either already begun to loosen their lockdown restrictions or will soon do so after shutting down to stem the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 will likely devastate Latin America’s economy as it has the rest of the world.

Coronavirus landed in Latin America on February 26 when Brazil confirmed its first case. Governments in the region have since taken an array of measures to protect their citizens and contain the spread of the virus.

As of Monday, virus fatalities in Latin America had exceeded 30,000, accounting for about ten percent of all recorded deaths, Reuters noted.

Meanwhile, Europe accounts for over half of the more than 329,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide. The coronavirus deaths in the United States amount to about 30 percent of the world’s total. Many countries are only reporting COVID-19 deaths that take place inside hospitals.

Reuters noted that the substantial increase in the number of cases in Latin America represents “a new phase in the virus’ spread, which initially peaked in China in February before large-scale outbreaks followed in Europe and the United States.”

As of Thursday, there were over five million confirmed cases across the world.

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Jihadis Kill 584, Injure 587 in Three Weeks

Casualties at the hands of jihadis during the first three weeks of Ramadan hit a grim milestone, exceeding 1,000 with 584 fatalities and 587 injuries, data compiled by Breitbart News shows.

This report covers April 24, the first full day of the holy month, through May 14. On average, Islamic terrorists killed about 28 people and injured an estimated 28 others during that three-week period. There were an estimated 56 casualties, which include fatalities and injuries, each day.

Islamic terrorist attacks have continued seemingly undeterred during Ramadan despite the ongoing Chinese coronavirus pandemic and the associated lockdowns.

Jihadis from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), the second deadliest-group during the holiest month for Muslims, have reportedly dubbed their efforts the “Battle of Ramadan.”

This year, the number of casualties, which includes deaths and injuries, is on pace to exceed those from 2019.

The 1,171 casualties (584 fatalities, 587 injuries) during the first three weeks of the holy month have already surpassed the 1,087 (531 fatalities, 556 injuries) during the same period last year by about ten percent.

The Afghan Taliban remains the bloodiest and most prolific group, with 76 attacks (264 deaths, 278 injuries). Taliban narco-jihadis are responsible for about half all the attacks and casualties, respectively.

During Ramadan’s ongoing month, there have been 164 attacks in 18 countries, the vast majority in Afghanistan.

Despite the fall of its so-called caliphate early last year, ISIS continues to wreak havoc in what some monitor groups and news outlets have described as a potential resurgence, mainly in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.

ISIS is the second-deadliest terrorist group during Ramadan, responsible for the most bloody single-day attack (32 fatalities, 133 injuries), which took place at a funeral in Afghanistan on May 12.

In the last few weeks, the group has carried out some of the deadliest attacks in months in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This week’s count covers the heinous attack on a maternity ward in the Afghan capital of Kabul that left at least 24 people dead, including mothers and newborns, and 16 people injured. While the U.S. blames ISIS’s wing in Afghanistan for the attack, Kabul blames the Taliban. Breitbart News’ Ramadan count did not assign the responsibility for the attack to either group, but as both potential culprits subscribe to jihadist ideology, the attack is almost certainly jihadist in nature.

Early this year, the United States and the Taliban signed a preliminary agreement to pave the way for intra-Afghan negotiations and the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces.

The vast majority of the victims of the Ramadan attacks are Muslims.

Breitbart News recorded some attacks by militants from unknown groups using Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in areas within the Sahel region of Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria, known to be jihadi hotbeds. IED is a preferred weapon of jihadis, known to urge their members and supporters to engage in jihad on Ramadan, believing that martyrs will get extra rewards in paradise.

Despite these attempts, violence is entirely dissonant with Ramadan for most Muslims. Most of them follow the tradition of abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, having sex, and other physical needs each day, starting from before the break of dawn until sunset during Ramadan.

Breitbart News primarily gleans its tally from the Religion of Peace website and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) in coordination with news and government reports.

This report only includes incidents where Breitbart News has corroborated those reports and online entities that monitor jihadi activity. It also omits attacks where the jihadist nature of the perpetrators is not clear, including attacks where no group has taken responsibility in an area where terrorists of non-jihadist ideologies are also present.

The overall number of attacks and the associated casualties could be higher, given that Breitbart News is not able to confirm all incidents. Moreover, monitor groups do not document all terror events online. Death and injury figures may change as some victims succumb to their wounds.

For the most part, the tally excludes casualties suffered by jihadis. Some of the documented incidents in Syria may inadvertently include deaths and injuries sustained by rebel groups with Islamic terrorist ties.

All the terrorist attacks so far during Ramadan 2020, as documented by Breitbart News, include:

April 24 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban kills 13 local policemen and takes eight other prisoners in the village of Laman in Qala-e-Naw City.

April 24 — Ghor, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one civilian in the village of Teghah-e-Timor in Firoz Koh.

April 24 — Diyala, Iraq — Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) kills at least two members of the pro-government Sunni militia forces Al-Hashd Al- Shayari.

April 24 — Borno, Nigeria — Suspected Boko Haram jihadists kill five, including three policemen, and wound “several others” in the state capital of Maiduguri.

April 24 — Faryab/Ghazni, Afghanistan — Taliban kills three civilians in northern Faryab province, one other in eastern Ghazni, wounds a total of 25 others, including women and children.

April 24 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS kills official in charge of fuel and his nephew in Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria.

April 25 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban mortar kills a woman, wounds a child in the village of Kamengi Oliya in Qadis District.

April 25 — Jowzjan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two pro-government militia members and wounds four others in the Hyderabad village of Faizabad District.

April 25 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban kills a 70-year-old man in the village of Sufi Qala located in the Qaisar district.

April 25 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban improvised explosive device, or IED, kills a child and injures an adult civilian in Almar district.

April 25 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one and wounds ten civilians, including women and children, in Kohi village of Qaisar district.

April 25 — Uruzgan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills four policemen and wounds three others.

April 25 — Dhalea, Yemen — Iran-backed Houthi rebels kill five pro-government forces, wound 11 others in the al-Husha district.

April 25 — Logar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills 7 members of the Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF), and kidnaps four others in Barak-e-Barak district. The ANDSF includes police and army units.

April 26 — Parwan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills police officer in the Matak area of Charikar District.

April 26 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two police officers, wounds another in the village of Qasr-e-Naser in Pashtun-Zarghun District.

April 26 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one soldier and is linked to killing one civilian and wounding three others in Shirin Tagab district.

April 26 — Logar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills five police officers and takes four other prisoners in Baraki Barak district.

April 26 — Uruzgan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills three police officers, wounds two in the Nachin area of Tarin Kot.

April 26 — Mogadishu, Somalia — Al-Qaeda-affiliate al-Shabaab kills four and wounds three in the Halane base that houses American and European troops.

April 26 — Takhar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills seven, wounds three government-backed militiamen in Khwaja Bahauddin district.

April 26 — North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — Fighters from the ISIS-linked Armed Democratic Force (ADF) kill six, including one woman, in the town of Malambo.

April 26 — Al Anbar, Iraq — ISIS kills Walid district councilman, kidnaps his son, wounds two other family members.

April 26 — Mogadishu, Somalia — Al-Shabaab assassinates a businessman.

April 27 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS wound two policemen.

April 27 — Jowzjan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two soldiers, wounds three in Mingajik District.

April 27 — Takhar, Afghanistan — Taliban Red Unit kills four pro-government militia members, wounds two others in Laala Gozar village of Yangi Qala District.

April 27 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban marksman kills two police officers and wounds another as they were bringing water from a well in the village of Mirza-Ali in Qadis District.

April 27 — Kunduz, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two soldiers, wounds another in Seh Chinara area of Chardara District.

April 27 — Kunduz, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one police officer, wounds another in the Aqi Bai village of Imam Sahib District.

April 27 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban jihadis on motorcycle kill one member of the primary intelligence agency in Afghanistan, the National Security Directorate (NDS) in Golran District.

April 27 — Paktia, Afghanistan — Taliban kills four police officers in Gardez City.

April 27 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban abducts and kills three civilians in Maimana City.

April 27 — Colombes, France — ISIS-linked man rammed his car into two police motorcyclists, seriously injuring them.

April 27 — Ghor, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorist group places Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that kills on ANDSF member in the village of Maidanak, in the Barrah-Khanah area of the provincial capital Firoz Koh. The area has no significant non-jihadist terrorist presence.

April 28 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one soldier, wounds another in the village of Noorzayeha in Koshk-e-Kohneh District.

April 28 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS suicide attack wounds three security forces.

April 29 — Central District, Israel — Palestinian teen stabs 62-year-old Israeli woman in the town of Kfar Saba in what authorities described as a terror attack.

April 29 — South Cotabato, Philippines — Jihadis from the ISIS-linked Ansar Al-Khilafah kill two police officers in an outskirt village in Polomolok.

April 29 — Kabul, Afghanistan —Taliban kills three civilians and wounds 15 others in the Reshkhor area of Char Asyab district.

April 29 — Kunduz, Afghanistan — Taliban kills three soldiers, wounds another, and kidnaps an additional soldier in the Zakhil-e-Qadim area of Kunduz city.

April 29 — Logar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two soldiers, wounds another in Kharwar District.

April 29 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one pro-government militiaman, wounds another in the village of Kharistan in Moqor District.

April 29 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two police officers in the Hadbakhshi area of Khan Charbagh District.

April 29 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one soldier, one civilian woman, wounds 15 civilians, one soldier in Shirin Tagab district.

April 29 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two soldiers in the village of Khawja-Jir in Koshk-e-Robatsangi District.

April 29 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two soldiers in the village of Chah-Rig in Ghoryan District.

April 29 — Samangan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills nine pro-government militiamen and wounds nine others.

April 29 — Kunduz, Afghanistan — Taliban kills four police officers and wounds three others in the Aqi Bai and Naw Abad villages of Imam Sahib District.

April 29 — Badakhshan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills three police officers, one pro-government militiaman, two members of territorial army, and wounds eight others.

April 30 — Ghazni, Afghanistan — Taliban roadside bomb kills two men, two women, one child in the Nazar Khan area of Andar District.

April 30 — Kunduz, Afghanistan — Taliban Red Unit kills three police officers, wounds seven on the highway connecting Khan Abad District to Kunduz City.

April 30 — Takhar, Afghanistan — Taliban Red Unit kills five pro-government militiamen, wounds five others in the Laala Gozar village of Yangi Qala District.

April 30 — Sinai, Egypt — An ISIS improvised explosive device (IED) kills up to ten soldiers near the southern city of Bir al-Abd.

April 30 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS snipers wound two policemen.

April 30 — Dhaka, BangladeshTerror-linked Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami affiliated with killing a child and wounding 11.

April 30 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Taliban IED kills the head of the intelligence office of Nawa district and his bodyguard.

April 30 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS IED strikes a bus carrying Syrian soldiers, killing six of them.

April 30 — Aleppo, Syria — Al-Qaeda-linked Hayyat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) kills a civilian, injures five others.

April 30 — Idlib, Syria — HTS kills a Kurdish civilian.

April 30 — Aleppo, Syria — Turkish-backed Islamists from Ahrar Al-Sharqiyyah brutally injure a man with special needs in a market in rural Afrin, for “eating in public” and not “observing Ramadan.”

April 30 — Pattani, Thailand — Islamists from the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) injure a police officer in a shootout.

April 30 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS injures three Kurdish-led SDF soldiers near the gas plant in Jadidat Akidat town.

May 1 — Aleppo, Syria — Turkish-backed Ahrar Al-Sharqiyyah jihadis kill a Turkish-backed military police officer, injure three others in the city of Jarabulus.

May 1 — Logar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills three soldiers, wounds two others in Baraki Barak district.

May 1 — Balkh, Afghanistan — Taliban attacks police headquarters and district governor’s office in Zari District, killing one civilian, nine soldiers, five pro-Kabul militia members, wounds 20 other ANDSF members.

May 1 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS injures five members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Daman village.

May 1 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — IED goes off in an area with heavy ISIS presence, killing two children and injuring three others.

May 2 — Laghman, AfghanistanSuspected Taliban narco-jihadis detonate motorcycle laden with explosives in from the of the prison in the provincial capital of Mataram, killing three civilians and wounding four security forces, including prison head.

May 2 — Paktia, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two pro-Kabul militiamen, wound three others in Anzargi Kandaw area of Patan District.

May 2 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorists detonate a bomb while police officers were shopping in the provincial capital of Kandahar City, killing one and wounding another. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and a jihadi hotbed.

May 2 — Raqqa, Syria — Turkish-backed Islamists from Ahrar Al-Sharqiyyah brutally injure a civilian in the Turaybikh village of Ain Issa for “smoking cigarettes during the daytime of Ramadan.”

May 2 — Salahaddin, Iraq — ISIS kills at least 10 members, setting some of them ablaze, wounds four others of the Iran-linked Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) who helped decimate the Sunni terrorist group’s so-called caliphate.

May 2 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS kills four police officers, wounds 1o others in at the Zaghniya station.

May 2 — Pulwama, Indian Kashmir — Unknown terrorists throw grenade at security forces, injuring one. Terrorism in the area directed against Indian forces is almost exclusively jihadist in nature.

May 2 — Kupwara, Indian Kashmir — Pakistan-linked terrorist group Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT) affiliated with a terrorist attack that kills five Indian forces in the town of Handwara.

May 2 — Narathiwat, Thailand — Suspected BRN Islamists kill two civilians.

May 2 — Benue, Nigeria — Fulani herdsmen kill two people, wound two others in the village of Imande on Makurdi-Naka road.

May 3 — Diffa, NigerISIS-West Africa kills at least one, wounds others.

May 3 — Pattani, Thailand — Suspected Islamist BRN militants kill two soldiers.

May 3 — Kupwara, Indian Kashmir — LeT suspected in a blast that injures eight civilians, including children in the town of Handwara.

May 3 — Herat, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorists kill two members of top intel agency NDS near the governor’s office in Ghoryan District. The area has no significant known non-jihadist terrorist activity.

May 3 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS kills seven PMF members, injures five.

May 3 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS kills three, wounds four other members of the Iraqi military, tribal fighters.

May 3 — Plateau, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill four Christians in the Miango area.

May 4 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Taliban terrorists target military base in the Yakhchal area of Grishk district with an explosives-laden vehicle, killing 10 pro-Kabul militia members, one soldier, and wounding 10 other militiamen, three soldiers.

May 4 — Idlib, Syria — HTS launches grenade, then opens fire on civilians in Idlib city’s Al-Jamia’a neighborhood, killing two and injuring others.

May 4 — Idlib, Syria — Indiscriminate gunshot leaves baby girl killing in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kelli town, home to clashes between HTS and Syrian rebels.

May 4 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS kills one soldier, wounds four others in the town of Bahriz.

May 4 — Laghman, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one civilian in Alisheng district.

May 5 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Taliban jihadis kill two police officers with IED, kill another after the explosion.

May 5 — Abyan, Yemen — Suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) jihadis kill a civilian and soldier.

May 5 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS injures at least one soldier in Bohrouz subdistrict of Daquq, injures four.

May 5 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS kills two Iraqi forces in Birmahdi village near Hawija.

May 5 — Plateau, Nigeria — Fulani terrorist attack Christian school in the village of Gana Ropp, injuring headmaster, who survived shot in the head, and three of his family members.

May 6 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Taliban jihadist kill a police officer who was shopping in  Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.

May 6 — Benue, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill man, his pregnant wife in Tarkende village.

May 7 — Khost, Afghanistan — Taliban terrorist kill a provincial police chief, his bodyguard, and secretary, wounds another, in the Khwaja Raheem area of Nadersha Kot District.

May 7 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS jihadis kill at least 11 Syrian regime forces and militia loyalists and injure many others.

May 7 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS kills two members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of n Al-Baghouz in the Al-Bokamal countryside.

May 7 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — IED placed by an unknown terrorist group in an area with prominent ISIS presence kills two members of the pro-Kurd, pro-Syrian regime National Defense Forces (NDF) militia.

May 7 — Lower Shabelle, Somalia — Al-Shabaab kills man in the town of Afgoye.

May 7 — Diyala, Iraq — Suspected ISIS sniper kills police officer in Khan Bani Saad.

May 7 — North Kivu, DRC — ISIS-linked ADF jihadis kill two civilians in Mabatundu village.

May 8 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorists’ IED kills police officer near a checkpoint in the 10th Police district of Kandahar City, the capital of the province, known as the birthplace of the Taliban and al-Qaeda hotbed.

May 8 — North Kivu, DRC — ISIS-linked ADF jihadis behead three people, including a woman, in the Ituri region.

May 8 — Anzourou, NigerUnknown jihadis kill at least 20 people in the villages of Gadabo, Zibane Koira-Zeno, and Zibane-Tegui. There is no significant presence of non-jihadist terrorism in the area.

May 8 — Adamawa, Nigeria — Boko Haram kills two in the town of Dumankara in the Madagali region.

May 8 — Benue, Nigeria — Fulani herdsmen kill two women, injure others in the Guma region’s Yelwata community.

May 8 — Benue, Nigeria — Fulani herdsmen kill one, wound another in Imande village on Makurdi-Naka road.

May 9 — Kandahar, AfghanistanTaliban jihadis kill a police officer.

May 9 — Kunduz, Afghanistan — Taliban ambushes a rickshaw transferring food to a military base in the Dokan-e-Adam Khan area from Khan Abad District, killing one civilian and one soldier.

May 9 — Ghor, Afghanistan — Taliban kidnaps and kills Agriculture Department employee in the village of Madrasa in Firoz Koh.

May 10 — Hama, Syria — Jihadis from the al-Qaeda-linked “Wa Harid al-Muminin” Operations Room kill 32 Assad regime troops and loyalists in the Sahl Al-Ghab plain.

May 10 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS kills two Kurdish-led SDF troops in the town of al-Shuhil.

May 10 — Helmand, AfghanistanTaliban narco-jihadis on a motorcycle opened fire on ANDSF forces in the Third Police District of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, killing one soldier, a member of the NDS intel agency, and wounding another, as well as a civilian.

May 10 —Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban kidnaps and kills a soldier in the village of Karim Abad in Pashtun Zarghon District.

May 10 — Ghor Province — Taliban kills four ANDSF members, including two soldiers and two police officers, in the Wazi Sofla area of Morghab District.

May 10 — Balkh, Afghanistan — Taliban kills seven ANDSF members, including three police officers and four pro-Kabul militiamen, wounds one police officer, kidnaps another in the Baba Yousif area of Balkh District.

May 10 — Kidal Region, MaliUnknown jihadis’ IED kills three United Nations peacekeepers, wounds four in the Aguelhok commune. Jihadist groups are the only ones known to attack U.N. targets in the area currently.

May 11 — Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), PakistanUnknown jihadis’ IED injures five, including two policemen, near the Rampura Gate business center amid high alert for potential acts of terrorism in Peshawar. The area is not known to have significant non-jihadist terrorist activity.

May 11 — Faryab, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one soldier, wounds another in the Uzbekha village of Kohistan District.

May 11 — Balkh, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one civilian, wounds three pro-Kabul militiamen in the Machin-e-Nigari village of Dehdadi District.

May 11 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorists’ IED kills two police officers in the Seyasang Dara area of Arghandab District. The province is a jihadi hotbed.

May 11 — Farah, Afghanistan — ANDSF accuses the Taliban of launching mortar that kills at least four children, between five and seven, and wounds three others in the Shiwan Kaly area of Balaboluk District.

May 11 — Laghman, Afghanistan — Taliban kills 18 soldiers, wounds 12 ANDSF members, including 11 soldiers, kidnaps four soldiers, and NDS intel officer in Alishang District.

May 11 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one soldier who was shopping in the center of Ab-Kamari District.

May 11 — Paktika, Afghanistan — Taliban kills three civilians, including a child and two adults, and wounds two other children as they return from a mosque in the Mohammad Hasan village of Khair Kot District.

May 11 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS kills Kurdish man and his wife in the town of Khanaqin.

May 11 — Kaduna, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists target Christian-majority region, killing  17, including an entire household and six-year-old hacked to death, and injuring six, including a three-year-old shot in the head, in Gonan Rogo village.

May 11 — Plateau, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill ten, including a woman and her two children, in the villages of  Zemadede and Tanlang.

May 11 — Yagha, Burkina Faso — Unknown jihadis kill four soldiers, kidnap four others in the village of Kankanfogouol.

May 11 — Benue, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill five Christians, including two women, in Gwer West and Guma Local Government Areas.

May 12 — Benue, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill two in the Agasha town in Guma Local Government Area.

May 12 — Kaduna, Nigeria — Fulani jihadis kill one civilian and injure another in the Idanu-Doka village.

May 12 — Kaduna, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill a man and his wife in Katul village.

May 12 — Kaduna, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists injure one person in the village of Ungwan Rana-Doka.

May 12 — West Bank, Israel — Palestinian deemed a terrorist kills soldier with a brick in the village of Yabed.

May 12 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS kills five Assad regime forces and loyalists on the frontlines of Jabal Al-Bishri desert.

May 12 — Ghor, Afghanistan — Taliban kills four pro-Kabul militiamen, wound three others in the village of Bayak-ha in Firoz Koh, the provincial capital.

May 12 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS kills one Assad regime fighter in the area of Fayda Ibn Mouin’ea in al-Mayadeen desert.

May 12 — Khost, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorists’ IED kills a child wounds ten other civilians in the Khalbisat Bazaar area of Sabrai District.

May 12 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorists’ IED kills two police officers in the Engirgai area of Shawalikot District. The province is a jihadi hotbed.

May 12 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills a civilian working as cook in a security outpost in Panjwai District.

May 12 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — ISIS suicide bomber, in group’s most prominent provincial stronghold, kills 32, wounds 133 others during the funeral of a former pro-Kabul militia commander in Khewa district.

May 12 — Kabul, AfghanistanGovernment blames Taliban, U.S. blames ISIS for vicious attack on maternity ward that kills at least 24, including new mothers and newborns, health workers, one police officer, and wounds 16 others. Taliban denies, ISIS does not.

May 12 — Saladin, Iraq — ISIS kills a mosque employee in Tin neighborhood, abducts a Kurdish farmer in Suleiman Bag, both incidents in the city of Tuz Khurmatu.

May 12 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS kills two PMF in the village of Makhyas in the Khanaqin district.

May 13 — Kaduna, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill five and injure one in the village of Makyali.

May 13 — Benue, Nigeria — Fulani terrorists kill four, injure three at the Guma Local Government Area.

May 13 — Paktia, Afghanistan — Taliban kills five, including two soldiers, a police officer, and two civilians, in the Khataba area of Zurmat District.

May 13 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills a police officer in the center of Panjwai District.

May 13 — Khost, Afghanistan — Unknown terrorists kill one civilian, wound another while they were praying in a local mosque in the Toro Dando area of Sabari District. The area has no significant history of non-jihadist terrorist activity.

May 13 — Paktika, AfghanistanTaliban jihadis kill a police officer and civilian in Sharana city.

May 13 — Takhar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills five local police officers, wounds five others in the Naw Abad village of Dasht-e-Qala district.

May 13 — Jowzjan, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two pro-Kabul militiamen, wounds four others and two civilians in the Aqcha Numa village of Aqcha District.

May 13 — Paktia, AfghanistanTaliban vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) kills five, including four ANDSF members, wounds 32, including nine soldiers, in the provincial capital of Gardez.

May 13 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS IED injures four Kurdish farmers near Jalawla district.

May 13 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS sniper wounds three near the provincial capital of Baquba.

May 14 — Jowzjan, Afghanistan — Taliban terrorists kill two pro-Kabul militiamen, wound another in the Qara Buin village of Aqcha District.

May 14 — Kunduz, Afghanistan — Taliban jihadis kill five police officers, wound three, and kidnap two others in Khan Abad district.

May 14 — Balkh, Afghanistan — Taliban kills five commandos in Dawlat Abad District.

May 14 — Balkh, Afghanistan — Taliban IED kills four soldiers, wounds two others in Dawlat Abad District.

May 14 — Balkh, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two police officers, three soldiers, one civilian, and wounds four ANDSF members, a teenager in the Maidan Hawai area of Dawlat Abad District.

May 14 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban kills one female civilian and wounds two others and two police officers.

May 14 — Ghazni, Afghanistan — Taliban kills two police officers, kidnaps two others in the Siah Sang village of Deh Yak district.

May 14 — Kandahar, AfghanistanUnknown terrorists’ IED kills three and wounds five, including women, children, and police officers, in the provincial capital’s Aino Mina area. The province is a jihadi hotbed.

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All 50 States at Least Partially Reopened 

All states in America had begun a phased reopening of their economies as of Wednesday after shutting down non-essential businesses to stem the spread of COVID-19, the illness associated with the novel coronavirus.

Although lockdown orders remain in effect in a handful of states as well as the nation’s capital and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, some non-essential businesses in those regions have reopened, data compiled by the New York Times revealed as of Wednesday afternoon, echoing other analyses.

Still, Democrat-allied mainstream media outlets like the Times argue that it is premature for states to reopen at this juncture, despite some metrics, like hospitalizations, showing improvements in the coronavirus situation across the United States.

While some health experts have acknowledged that deaths and cases may increase with the reopening of the country as more people go outside their homes, others warn about the potentially lethal costs of keeping the shutdown in place.

Testing has also improved in recent weeks, which will lead to health officials detecting more cases.

Several states (8) did not impose a shutdown. The vast majority of the remaining ones have allowed their shelter-in-place order to expire, either already or by next week (35).

Puerto Rico’s stay-at-home order will expire next week on May 25. Meanwhile, the District of Columbia has extended its quarantine order to June 8.

Some states may choose to extend their quarantine orders after they expire or cut them short if conditions improve.

On Tuesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned a Senate panel about the devastation long-term shutdown measures can have on the American economy.

“There is [a] risk of permanent damage,” he told the Senate Banking Committee.

Echoing other health experts, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cautioned in April that there is a clear and present danger that lockdown measures may fuel mental health issues like suicides.

“Particularly with suicide, one worries about the people who already are struggling with depression, and then are put in a circumstance of being isolated from others,” Dr. Collins told the medical news site STAT. “That’s exactly the wrong thing.”

“So that’s one more reason why we need to figure out [the health consequences of the lockdowns] in a safe way, and an evidence-based way how we can get ourselves back out there again because people are suffering with this,” he added.

President Donald Trump has acknowledged there is a real health cost to keeping people cooped up in their homes for long periods.

The Trump administration has provided guidelines for states to reopen. President Trump, however, has left it up to the states to decide when and how.

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‘Extremists’ Infiltrate Anti-Lockdown Protests to ‘Terrorize’

Anti-government “extremists” seeking to terrorize Americans have infiltrated the anti-coronavirus lockdown movement and are baselessly accusing governors of trampling on civil rights, panelists argued during a virtual forum Wednesday held by Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Reps. Max Rose (D-NY) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) hosted the event on extremism during the coronavirus outbreak.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) declared:

Extremists are taking their hate to the streets marching alongside other angry Americans. We see anti-government extremists and militia members accusing governors across the country of trampling on their civil rights even as those governors desperately try to manage one of the most confounding health crises in our country’s 240 some odd year history.

Outside the state capitol in Michigan, protesters angry over the restrictive anti-virus lockdown, including some carrying guns, have demanded that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) end the shutdown. Similar protests have broken out across the country in response to coronavirus shutdowns that have devastated the American economy with the worst unemployment rates since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Panelist Ali Soufan, a former FBI counterterrorism agent who now heads the Soufan Group, a security consulting firm, grouped so-called “extremists” within the anti-lockdown movement with white supremacists, saying:

Extremists are quick to make use of conspiracies and polarizing narratives in order to radicalize, recruit, and call for acts to violence, which poses a direct threat to the safety of the American people.

Specifically, White supremacists blame Jews, immigrants, foreigners, and other minorities, like Asian Americans, for the pandemic. Anti-government extremists use the stay-at-home orders and other policies perceived as infringing on individual freedoms as an excuse to stockpile weapons.

Soufan indicated that all those “extremists” have joined forces and are feeding off each other during the ongoing pandemic, pushing coronavirus disinformation.

“All these anti-government people, the hate people, anti-semitic people, they are getting together, and now we are starting seeing them capitalizing on each other’s conspiracies and piggybacking off them,” he said.

“All these movements are in a way celebrating together COVID-19 [coronavirus illness] because they feel that this is their opportunity to destroy the system that they don’t believe in,” Soufan added.

Soufan and Greenblatt acknowledged that Islamic terrorists, like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda, are also exploiting the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the world.

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Treasury, Fed Chair: 'Permanent Damage' If Lockdowns Persist, Worst Downturn Since WWII

The economic downturn from the novel coronavirus pandemic is “without modern precedent” and “significantly worse than any recession” the U.S. has experienced since World War II, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a Senate panel on Tuesday.

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‘Naive,’ ‘Stubborn’ Director Tedros Insisted on Praising China

World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is “shaken” by the U.S. decision to freeze funding for the agency for not doing enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus when it first surfaced in China, Reuters reported Friday.

Reuters cited named and unnamed W.H.O. insiders and other officials as the source for its report. W.H.O. is a component of the United Nations.

“It has been a big blow to W.H.O. and to Tedros,” an unnamed W.H.O. official told Reuters, referring to the U.S. funding halt.

“We knew how it was going to look, and he can sometimes be a bit naive about that,” another anonymous source told Reuters, referring to Tedro’s praise of China’s response to the deadly virus. “But he’s also stubborn.”

An anonymous source familiar with the discussions told Reuters several W.H.O. advisers urged Tedros, the first person to run the agency without being a medical doctor, to tone down his praises for Beijing’s response to the pandemic as evidence mounted that Chinese officials had silenced whistleblowers and suppressed information about the outbreak.

“When he refers to China with praise, there is always a grinding of teeth,” an unnamed European envoy who attends Tedros’s weekly briefings for diplomats of member states told Reuters.

China’s Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province, is the birthplace of the Chinese coronavirus and the illness associated with it, COVID-19. Several Trump administration officials have accused China of mismanaging its response and hiding the extent of the viral outbreak during its early stages, with the help of W.H.O.

Tedros lauded Beijing’s response to the coronavirus outbreak after visiting China in January of this year.

Reuters noted:

The [W.H.O.] advisers encouraged Tedros to use less effusive language [in praising China] out of concern about how he would be perceived externally, the person familiar with the discussions said, but the director general was adamant, in part because he wanted to ensure China’s cooperation in fighting the outbreak.

On April 14, President Donald Trump announced his administration was halting funding to the W.H.O. while it conducts a 60-to-90 day review of the Beijing-influenced agency’s response to the virus.

The United States is already mulling redirecting millions in W.H.O. funds to other international health organizations. Nevertheless, communication continues between the United States and the international body, according to Tedros.

“We are actually in constant contact, and we work together,” Tedros told reporters on May 1 about U.S.-W.H.O. relations.

Still, W.H.O. Director Tedros is “shaken” by the U.S. decision, Reuters claimed.

Trump’s move has “obviously frustrated” Tedros, who believes President Trump is using the W.H.O. as a “political football.”

“We’re in the middle of the fight of our lives – all of us around the world,” Michael Ryan, the top W.H.O. official, told Reuters, referring to the challenges facing the body.

The W.H.O. is working on helping health systems deal with the pandemic, developing vaccines and treatments, and reopening economies, Ryan argued.

“That’s a big enough task to worry about for any organization,” he declared. “I’ve got to now deal with the potential that we’ll have a significant disruption in funding in front-line essential health services in many fragile countries in the coming months.”

“It’s bending the system,” the doctor and epidemiologist added, “but it’s not breaking it.”

The U.S. is the W.H.O.’s top source of funding, but American officials, including President Trump, have complained that China appears to maintain more clout over the agency.

Citing the organization’s figures, Reuters revealed that American taxpayers were due to contribute $533 million for the current two-year period, ending in December 2021.

That is about three times the amount China is expected to provide during the same period — $187.5 million.

Citing an unnamed U.S. official, Reuters revealed:

Washington already has paid almost half of the $122 million of the membership dues it owed for 2020. The official added that Trump’s freeze means Washington will likely redirect the remaining $65 million in dues payments and more than $300 million in planned giving to other international organizations.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also called for an independent review of the W.H.O’s response to COVID-19. The European Union has also reportedly proposed a resolution calling for an evaluation of the W.H.O’s response to the pandemic.

The W.H.O.’s annual assembly of ministers will reportedly consider the measure next week.

China has refuted criticism for its response to COVID-19, which had infected 4.5 million and killed 304,000 across the world as of Friday afternoon, the Johns Hopkins University tracker showed.

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U.S. Will Meet Testing Goals, ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ on Vaccine 

Health officials from the Trump administration told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the U.S. will be able to meet its coronavirus (COVID-19) testing goals for the next two months and that there may be an effective vaccine to combat the disease by the end of this year.

Many of the Democrats on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) that held the hearing did not appear to welcome the news. 

The Trump administration officials testified during a coronavirus hearing  focused on getting back to work and school after the United States shut down to stem the spread of the lethal and highly contagious disease. 

Democrats keep moving the goal posts for what is needed to resuscitate the U.S. During the hearing, the top Democrat on the panel — Sen. Pat Murray from Washington — indicated that there must be free tests and vaccines for every American before states can safely reopen. 

For the most part, the witnesses and the lawmakers discussed America’s testing capacity and the development of a vaccine and treatments to combat the viral outbreak. 

Democrats on the HELP committee were dissatisfied with what the health officials said on that front, even though it was fairly good news. 

The vast majority of them seized every opportunity to blame President Donald Trump for the coronavirus tragedy that has befallen this nation and lambast his administration’s response to the pandemic. 

Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), testified: 

We have established the targets with the states of over 12 million tests over the next four weeks. We think those targets are going to be good in May and June.

But as [White House Coronavirus Task Force member] Dr. [Anthony] Fauci said, we really have to be evidence-based. We expect those targets to go up as we progressively open … and certainly, those numbers will need to go up significantly again in the fall when we potentially have influenza circulating with with COVID.

Dr. Giroir stressed that it is difficult to make testing needs predictions for every state beyond June because the targets may need to change to reflect the conditions on the ground. 

Still, Sen. Murray complained that the Trump administration is unable to see into the future and say how many tests each state will need beyond June. 

The admiral also revealed that the Trump administration will be able to perform 40 to 50 million tests a month by September. That means the U.S. will be able to perform about 1.3 to 1.7 million tests each day by the beginning of fall.

“By September, taking every aspect of development, authorization, manufacturing, and supply chain into consideration, we project that our nation will be capable of performing at least 40, 50 million test per month if needed at that time,” he told Senators.

Giroir noted that the number could be higher if pending approvals for testing technologies are authorized. He indicated that schools, universities, and businesses will likely have adequate testing capacity to reopen.  

Nevertheless, the Democrats and their mainstream media allies have indicated that 40 to 50 million tests per month are not enough to get back to at least some semblance of normalcy.

Citing health experts, Forbes magazine suggested that the United States will need to conduct “500,000 to 35 million tests per day” to safely reopen. 

The article came after U.S. President Donald Trump accurately indicated this week that America leads the world in coronavirus testing. 

Since around mid-March, “the nation has performed more than nine million COVID-19 tests, a number far greater than any other country,” Giroir testified.

In discussing what is needed to safely reopen America, Sen. Murray went a step further, suggesting the Trump administration must “make sure testing is free, fast, and everywhere” and “produce and distribute” an effective vaccine “to everyone quickly, equitably, at no cost.” 

Sen. Murray said: 

One thing that’s abundantly clear, we need dramatically more testing. It is unacceptable we still don’t have a national strategic plan to make sure testing is free, fast, and everywhere.

While President Trump claimed otherwise, there is no question that an essential part of reopening our economy safely is successfully developing and distributing a vaccine for COVID-19 … [We need to] make sure that once we have a safe and effective vaccine we can produce and distribute it too everyone quickly, equitably, [and] at no cost.

She did concede that the U.S. needs to make sure there are adequate resources to deal with mental health challenges stemming from “the stress of physical isolation, loss of income, to the trauma and anxiety of patients and workers who’ve been on the frontlines.”

Although Dr. Fauci said there are “no guarantees” that there will be an effective vaccine, as tends to be the case with similar efforts, he testified that there at least eight candidates in the clinical development stage, and some of them could be available by “late fall” or “early winter.” 

“One of the big unknowns is [whether] it will be effective,” he acknowledged, later adding, “I still feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a candidate that will give some degree of efficacy, hopefully, a percentage enough that will induce the kind of herd immunity that would give protection to the population at whole.” 

He warned about “the possibility of negative consequences where certain vaccines can actually enhance the negative effect of the infection.” 

Dr. Fauci stressed that the federal government had also launched a public-private partnership to accelerate the development of both vaccines and therapeutic interventions to combat COVID-19. 

Ignoring reopening checkpoints in the White House’s “Opening Up America Again” guidelines may trigger potentially uncontrollable outbreaks that will yield preventable “suffering and death,” he warned. 

Fauci also said the U.S. does not yet have the coronavirus outbreak within its borders “completely under control.” 

Some U.S. statehave begun to reopen after the White House issued its guidelines. As of Tuesday night, there were over 1.3 million cases and over 82,000 deaths in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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8 Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates in Development, Some Could Be Available by ‘Late Fall’ 

There are at least eight candidates for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in the clinical development stage, and some of them could be available by “late fall” or “early winter,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States, testified on Tuesday.

Dr. Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP):

There are at least eight candidate COVID-19 vaccines in clinical development. The NIH [National Institutes of Health] has been collaborating with a number of pharmaceutical companies at various stages of development. I will describe one very briefly, which is not the only one, but one that we have been involved in heavily developing with Moderna.

On January 10th, the sequence was known. On January the 11th, the Vaccine Research Center met to develop a plan, and on the 14th of January, we officially started the vaccine development. Sixty-two days later, we are now in phase 1 clinical trial with the two doses already fully enrolled. There will be animals safety. Phase 1 will directly go into phase 2/3 in late spring and early summer. And if we are successful, we hope to know that in the late fall and early winter.

Trials will be very representative in trying to get vulnerable segments of the population, namely minorities, to participate, Dr. Fauci, who also serves as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH, added later.

Dr. Fauci acknowledged that in January, he told the Senate panel it would take 12 months to a year and a half to develop a vaccine successfully.

He added, however, that the NIH trial for a coronavirus vaccine “moved very quickly.”

“It’s definitely not a long shot. I think it’s more likely than not that we will,” Dr. Fauci declared, referring to the likelihood that the U.S. will develop a vaccine within the time frame he described in January.

Alluding to the development of a vaccine, Fauci noted that the United States hopes to potentially “have multiple winners,” adding:

This will be important because this will be good for global availability if we have more than one successful candidate. We also … will be producing vaccines at risk, which means we’ll be investigating considerable resources in developing doses even before we know how any given candidate or candidates work.

I must warn that there’s also the possibility of negative consequences where certain vaccines can actually enhance the negative effect of the infection. The big unknown is efficacy. Will it be present or absent, and how durable will it be?

Dr. Fauci noted that the NIH had launched a public-private partnership to accelerate the development of both vaccines and therapeutic interventions to combat COVID019.

“The purpose of that is to prioritize and accelerate [the] clinical evaluation of therapeutic candidates with near-term potential,” he explained. “Hopefully, our research efforts, together with the other public health efforts, will get us quickly to an end to this terrible ordeal that we are all going through.”

Fauci testified alongside other members of the Trump administration’s team working on combating the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the world.

The focus of the Senate HELP panel’s hearing is to discuss how to get back to work and school safely.

In early April, the research group Pharma reported that “there were 284 clinical trials for potential [coronavirus] treatments and vaccines underway around the United States and the world.”

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U.S. Records Lowest One-Day Rise in a Month

The United States on Monday recorded the lowest one-day tally of novel coronavirus illness (COVID-19) fatalities in the last month.

Two other sources — the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and USA Today — show that at the very least, the death toll on May 4 marked the lowest one-day fatality count since around the middle of last month — April 26.

According to the widely-cited Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus tracker, the highly contagious and deadly virus had infected 1,193,027 people and killed 70,272 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Novel coronavirus deaths in the United States rose by 1,015 in the past 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Monday — the lowest one-day figure in a month,” the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported, echoing BBC.

“The US records 1,015 virus deaths in 24 hours – the lowest one-day tally in a month,” BBC added.

The tally of confirmed daily coronavirus deaths varies by source. Some analysts take longer than others to confirm fatalities.

On Tuesday, a chart disseminated by the Washington Post showed that health officials had only reported 950 COVID-19 fatalities for May 4, the lowest figure in a month.

At the very least, Breitbart News learned that the coronavirus death toll for Monday is one of the lowest single-day tallies over the last month.

USA Today, which gleans its data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Johns Hopkins placed the COVID deaths for May 4 at 1,240, the lowest figure since April 26.

The May 4 death toll, as reported by USA Today, is the third-lowest over the last month after April 19 (1,192) and April 26 (1,126).

Citing the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), statistics on the Our World Data website show that the May 4 coronavirus death tally (1,297) is the lowest since April 26.

Monday’s death toll is among the top five lowest single day tallies over the last month after April 4 (1,104), April 6 (1,146), and April 25 (1,054), Our World Data found.

Most analysts are showing that the number of deaths is going back up on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has predicted that coronavirus deaths could hit 100,000 under the worst-case scenario.

“We’re going to lose anywhere from 75,000, 80,000, to 100,000 people. That’s a horrible thing,” Trump said Sunday evening at a virtual town hall meeting on Fox News.

Several scientific models, including some recently cited by the U.S. CDC, predict that the United States could record 100,000 fatalities in four weeks.

However, Johns Hopkins University, referring to leaked charts making dire projections, said in a statement, “These preliminary results are not forecasts, and it is not accurate to present them as forecasts.”

“That’s with no mitigation. We’re doing mitigation,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday, referring to the leaked projections.” We have to get our country open. … Models have been very inaccurate. I’ve seen models that are very inaccurate.”

Some parts of the U.S. have begun to reopen after shutting down due to coronavirus. Analysts expect cases to go up in regions that reopen.

Of the countries most affected by COVID-19, the United States has the lowest mortality rate (5.8 percent) per 100 confirmed cases (case fatality ratio), except for Germany, Johns Hopkins reported. The mortality rate could be much lower given that the total number of asymptomatic patients is unknown. Several studies have shown that the disease is far more widespread but less deadly than previously predicted.

Per capita, the U.S. also has one of the lowest death rates — 21.07 per 100,000 people.

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