Coronavirus Update: Caseload Now 3 Million, Italy to Ease Lockdown, Some States Begin to Reopen

By Anna Breuer on 27 April 2020
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The interior of Notre Dame several months before the fire

IN BRIEF

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus crossed the three million mark on Monday, as the known death toll surpassed 200,000.

Even though some states are loosening restrictions, people in the United States will need continue to practice social distancing through at least the summer, health officials cautioned. Boris Johnson returned to No. 10 Downing Street after recovering from the virus, and the official death toll crossed the 200,00 mark.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added six additional possible symptoms of Covid-19 to its official list.  The additional symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and a loss of taste or smell and were added as researchers’ understanding of the disease evolves.

Workers will soon return to the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris to continue preparations for restoration work, and Germany began to loosen some restrictions while requiring that people don face masks on public transit and in shops.

SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC

Practice social distancing consistently no matter where you are outside your home and wear a mask in public.  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 stands at 3.02 million, of which 888,543 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 207,933.

With almost 94,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom now account for 47% of the global death toll.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 987,916, while the death toll stands at 55,425, roughly 5.7%.

Tiny San Marino, with a population of just over 33,000 and which has been testing all of its inhabitants, continues to have the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, at 1,208.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 622, followed by Andorra with 518 and Spain with 503.  Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Ireland have 441, 350, 305, 264, 255, and 220 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 71, and 167 deaths per million respectively.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-26 Boeing said it completed a Covid-19 Dreamlifter mission that brought 1.5 million face masks from Hong Kong to health care workers in South Carolina. The Dreamlifter is a converted Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter that is usually used to deliver parts for the aircraft manufacturer’s 787 Dreamliner to various manufacturing sites.

04-26 Health officials in the Netherlands said that two mink farms there have been placed under quarantine after the animals were found to have the novel coronavirus.

04-25 President Trump said that the United States Postal Service will have to raise its rates for packages if it wants financial assistance. The president believes that Amazon and other online retailers profit from what he considers low pricing.

04-24 The New York Times announced it would temporarily suspend the publication of its Sunday “Travel” section amidst the coronavirus outbreak.   It is also eliminating a separate “Sports Sunday” section, and moving sports into the first section.  The travel section “will return after the coronavirus pandemic has eased,” the newspaper said.

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