Coronavirus Update: CDC Says Wear Masks, Global Caseload Over 1.1 Million, China’s National Day of Mourning

By Anna Breuer on 4 April 2020
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The global caseload of Covid-19 surpassed 1.1 million, and over half the world’s population has been asked to remain home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend that people wear masks even if they present no symptoms, although President Trump, in announcing the guidance, then said he would demur.

The number of people who have flown into the United States from China since the country imposed travel restrictions is estimated to be 40,000, and media reports indicate that screenings of such passengers upon landing is spotty at best.

The death toll in New York State alone reached 3,565 on Saturday, an increase of 630 from the previous day.

There are stay-at-home orders in place in all but nine states in the United States, and in five stats – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota – there are no such orders in place in major cities or towns.


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 1.17 million, of which 241,774 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 62,735.

The staggering death toll across Europe continues.  France, Italy, and Spain continue to account for over half the global total, with a death toll of 33,613.  Meanwhile, the fatality rate in Germany, which has over 92,000 cases, remains extremely low at 1.4%, compared to 12% in Italy, and approximately 10% Britain, Italy, and Spain.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases crossed the 300,000 mark, with 300,106, while the death toll stands at 8,141.

Put differently, Italy now has 254 deaths per million members of the population while Spain has 251.  France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland have had 100, 96, 111 and 74 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 16, and 25 deaths per million respectively.

Meanwhile, the per capita death rate in New Orleans – 32 deaths per 100,000 residents – is the highest in the country, surpassing New York City, a study by the Data Center said.  The death toll in New York, however, rose to a staggering 3,565.


04-04 China observed a national day of mourning.  Saturday is also the day of the annual Tomb Sweeping Festival, a time where people honor their ancestors.

04-04 An experimental vaccine for Covid-19 is ready for trials, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh medical center said.

04-04 Recent deaths in music and theater communities include the influential musician and jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, father of Wynton and Branford; Adam Schlesinger, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and a sought after songwriter for Broadway, television, and movies, whose credits include songs for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; Patricia Bosworth, an actress-turned-writer and author of two powerful memoirs; Terrence McNally, the Tony Award-winning playwright; Alan Merrill, a songwriter who helped writer “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”; and Hilda Churchill, a seamstress who survived the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic that killed her baby sister a century ago.

04-03 In an ironic twist, production of Corona beer was halted in Mexico as the government there shuttered all non-essential businesses.

04-02 Jason Hargrove, a bus driver in Detroit who made a video about having had a passenger on his bus who openly coughed, died of Covid-19 a week after the incident.

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