Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 460,000 as WHO stops hydroxychloroquine trial

  • Ramadhan Atukwase
  • June 19, 2020
  • Health

Globally; More than 460,000 people have died as a result of the new coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

Over 8.75million people have been confirmed to have the new coronavirus around the world and more than four million have recovered. The United States has the most cases and deaths, followed by Brazil.

The World Health Organization has announced that testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in its large multi-country trial of treatments for COVID-19 patients had been halted after new data and studies showed no benefit.

The World Health Organization has halted the trial of the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus.

According to the WHO, recent trials showed that the anti-malaria drug does not result in the reduction of mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

"Patients who have already started hydroxychloroquine but who have not yet finished their course in the trial may complete their course or stop at the discretion of the supervising physician," the WHO statement said.

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