Coronavirus Update: Spain Calls for National ‘Hibernation,’ Trump Retracts Easter Prediction, U.S. Cities Prepare for Deluge

By Anna Breuer on 30 March 2020
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IN BRIEF

The death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, Prince Charles ended his isolation after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, and President Trump retracted his earlier hope that the pandemic would be over by Easter.

Over the weekend, President Trump tried and failed to institute an “enforceable” quarantine in the New York metro area, and urban centers outside of the coasts are bracing for what could be catastrophic outbreaks.

Detroit says it is already at a breaking point, while Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee are preparing for the deluge.

Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the actions by the governor of Rhode Island to stop cars with New York license plates to notify the occupants of a 14-day quarantine were illegal.

SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC

Practice social distancing consistently no matter where you are outside your home.  Wash your hands often.  When you do leave to go shopping, wipe down your shopping cart with a Clorox-type wipe.  And did we say, “wash your hands”?

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 742,283, of which 157,053 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 35,339.

At almost 11,000, the Italian death toll is more than three times that reported toll in China.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is at least 144,410, while the death toll stands at 2,236.  By comparison, reportedly China has 81,439 cases and a death toll of 4,573, while Italy has 97,689 cases and a death toll of 10,779.  Spain has 85,185 cases and a death toll of 7,430.

Put differently, Italy has 178 deaths per million members of the population while Spain has 157. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland have had 50, 44, and 38 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, seven, and eight deaths per million respectively.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

03-30 Spain instituted a tighter lockdown, allowing only “essential workers” to leave their homes. Officials called for a national period of “hibernation.”

03-30 The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will be rescheduled to the summer of 2021, officials there said. The Games will open on July 23, 2021.

03-30 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has gone into quarantine after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus, officials in the country said.

03-29 Congress is already planning a fourth aid plan to supplement the three that comprise the $2 billion economic stimulus package.

03-29 A top advisor to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who recently tested positive for the coronavirus, has symptoms himself.  Dominic Cummings will remain in isolation, the government said.

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