Coronavirus Update: Over 500,000 Cases Worldwide, Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Act, Hospitals Running Out of Beds

By Anna Breuer on 26 March 2020
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The number of confirmed coronavirus casesjumped approximately 25%from the prior day to over 500,000.

Conditions in New York State may be slightly improving thanks to social-distancing measures, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.  American Airlines is implementing social-distancing friendly seating and American and Delta Air Lines both said they were cutting back on in-flight beverage and meal service.

Meanwhile, the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes funding for struggling airlines, with part coming as grants to cover employee costs in exchange for giving the government an ownership stake.


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 503,262, of which 121,227 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 22,340.

At least one-fifth of humanity is under some form of lockdown due to the outbreak and more countries, including the United Kingdom, are planning to seal their borders.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is at least 75,069, approximately a 50% increase from the previous day, while the death toll there stands at 1,080, a 25% increase.

In New York City, hospitals are running out of beds, ventilators in the ICUs, and places to store the deceased.


03-26 The Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily suspended trading of Zoom Technologies, which had surged in part because investors are confusing it with Zoom Video.

03-26 Anil Subba, a driver for Uber who had stopped working out of fear of contracting Covid-19, died of the disease.  He had driven an ill passenger from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Westchester County in early March, according to a report in the New York Post.

03-26 New York City is closing vast stretches of streets to allow for greater social distancing. The closures include Park Avenue between 28th Street and 34th Street and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx between East Burnside Avenue and East 184th Street. Cross-street traffic will still be allowed.

03-25 A United Airlines employee died from the coronavirus. “It’s with deep sympathy that I share the unfortunate passing of Mr. Carlos Consuegra, one of our Ramp Service Employees here at Newark.”

03-25 U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel wants to close the country’s borders to international arrivals. Mrs. Patel said she is concerned about arrivals from the United States, China, and Iran, and less worried about arrivals from the European Union, multiple reports said.

03-25 Governor Andrew Cuomo said that some 40,000 health care professions, including retirees, volunteered to pitch in when hospitals become strained. About half are nurses.

03-25 Chef Floyd Cardoz, who was known for New York City’s groundbreaking Tabla restaurant as well as the Bombay Bread Bar, died at the age of 59 from the coronavirus. [Editor’s note: Tabla, which Cardoz and restaurateur Danny Meyer opened in the Flatiron district of Manhattan in 1998 and closed in 2010. was a staff favorite.]

03-25 The Four Seasons hotel on East 57th Street in Manhattan, which temporarily closed last week, said it would provide free accommodations to “medical personnel currently working to respond” to the pandemic.

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