Coronavirus Update: Almost 1 Million Cases, McDonald’s to Check Employee Temperatures, No Bailout for Virgin Australia

By Anna Breuer on 2 April 2020
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In the United States, the Democratic National Committee on Thursday postponed its national convention, at which a presidential candidate will be chosen, moving it from mid-July to mid-August, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first test for coronavirus antibodies for use in the country.

Florida joined dozens of other states in telling people to stay at home and governments of at least 38 states are cracking down on non-essential businesses that attempt to stay open. The mayor of Los Angeles said that the city would shut off power and water to non-essential businesses that remained open after being repeatedly warned to close.


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”?


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 986,373, of which 206,372 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 50,399.

Across Europe, countries continue to see a steady rise in new confirmed cases and deaths.  The death toll in France, Italy, and Spain is now over 27,950, over half the global total.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is at least 228,727, while the death toll stands at 5,373.

Put differently, Italy now has 230 deaths per million members of the population while Spain has 214. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland have had 78, 80, and 60 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 12, and 16 deaths per million respectively.


04-02 The Australian government ruled out a bailout of Virgin Australia. It reportedly prefers to let the airline fail and then facilitate the entry of a new carrier.

04-01 Sheremetyevo International Airport announced additional steps to protect travelers from the novel coronavirus, including the closure of Terminal D.  Domestic flights that normally would use Terminal D have been transferred to Terminal B and all international flights will operate from Terminal F. All passengers arriving at Terminal F will undergo triple medical control.

04-01 McDonald’s is rolling out wellness checks for employees including temperature checks.

04-01 IBM launched Watson Assistant for Citizens. Watson will be able to answer common questions about Covid-19.

04-01 Eduardo Moreno, a train engineer on the Pacific Harbor Line train, deliberately ran his train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in a failed attempt to crash into the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors said.

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