Coronavirus live news: US sees highest daily deaths since April; French ex-president dies of Covid complications

Coronavirus live news: US sees highest daily deaths since April; French ex-president dies of Covid complicationsDecember 3, 2020

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing was 94 and served as France’s leader from 1974 to 1981; US suffers highest daily deaths since April; Spain caps parties at 10 people

  • Former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies aged 94
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  • Rural US hospitals ravaged by surge in cases
  • US braces for Covid surge after Thanksgiving holidays

Localised coronavirus outbreaks in parts of South Africa have raised fears that the country could see a resurgence in cases compounded by gatherings during the upcoming festive season, AFP reports.

Officials in Africa’s hardest virus-hit country are scrambling to contain infections after a flare-up was reported in the impoverished Eastern Cape province and adjacent Western Cape province last month.

South Korean drugmaker Daewoong Pharma said on Thursday it had sought regulatory approval for Phase II trials of its anti-parasite niclosamide drug to treat Covid-19 patients, sending its shares up nearly 6%, Reuters reports.

Drugmakers worldwide are rushing to develop treatments for the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 1.5 million people since it first emerged in China late last year.

Daewoong Pharma, which has sought permission from South Korea’s food and drug safety ministry to hold Phase II clinical trials of its coronavirus drug DWRX2003, said 200 infected patients would participate.

The company said its anti-parasite nicholasmide drug DWRX2003 does not need to be refrigerated, unlike some vaccine candidates, which could reduce concerns over supplying the drug domestically or exporting it.

The viral effect of the drug helped minimize weight losses in hamsters, potentially improving the survival rate, it added.

The company said it was also preparing to seek regulatory approval for Phase II trials in the United States.

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