Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Passes 150,000, U.S. Caseload Over 700,000, Shakespeare in the Park Cancelled

By Anna Breuer on 18 April 2020
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“Julius Caesar” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park

IN BRIEF

As the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus worldwide crossed the 150,000 mark, some good news emerged including a drop in Italy in the number of patients in intensive care stations and in hospitals.

While some parts of the United States contemplate reopening the economy, experts maintain that testing there needs to double or triple before it can be done safely.

Meanwhile, residents of several U.S. states planned protests against the current shelter-at-home orders, a move tacitly supported by President Trump in several tweets.  The tweets – as well as the protests – alarmed multiple officials including Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, who said that the president’s tweets “encourage illegal and dangerous acts,” putting the president’s supporters and others at risk.

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 2.28 million, of which 582,599 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 156,119.

With close to 77,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom account for 49% of the global death toll, a decline of several percentage points in the past few days.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 710,272, while the death toll stands at 37,175, roughly 5.25%.

In Singapore, officials announced a record rise in new coronavirus infections for the third time this week.  Migrant laborers who live in crowded housing comprised the majority of the 942 new cases.

Put differently, Belgium now the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 471, while Spain has 429.  Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have 376, 286, 228, 210 and 115 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 52, and 112 deaths per million respectively.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-18 Despite warnings from health officials there, Iran lifted the lockdown in Tehran and asked government and private sector employees to return to work.

04-18 Over 50,000 people in Japan have thusfar signed a petition calling on the government to use housing intended for the now-postponed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to be used for those who were forced into homelessness as a result of the pandemic.

04-18 Some European automakers will reopen their plants on Monday. The list includes BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

04-17 Air Canada began to require passengers to wear face coverings.  The masks will be required at multiple points in Canadian airports as well as during the boarding process and flight under conditions where social distancing is not possible.

04-17 There were more layoffs in the news media industry. From Buzzfeed to Condé Naste to the Denver Post to Gannett to Fortune, layoffs have ranged between 10% and 50% of staff, impacting as many as 40,000 workers total.  In-flight magazines have been shuttered as well.

04-17 The Public Theater announced that its annual Shakespeare in the Park  series of plays, staged at the open-air Delacorte amphitheater in Central Park, would not take place this year amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

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