Coronavirus Update: German Shops Reopen, Shake Shack Returns Loan, Oil Prices Tank

By Anna Breuer on 20 April 2020
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For the first time in a month, smaller shops in Germany reopened their doors, while Australia and New Zealand both eased lockdowns there.

Hong Kong reported no new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, the first time since a second wave of infections began in early March.

Meanwhile, authorities in China warned any Chinese citizens who might be trying to flee Russia and return to the Middle Kingdom to stay in Russia.

Finally, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology is pushing back against rumors that contend that the lab might have either accidentally leaked the novel coronavirus or even deliberately released it. “I know this would have been impossible,” said Yuan Zhiming, lab’s director.


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”?


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at 2.43 million, of which 636,965 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 166,237.

With a little over 80,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom continue to account for almost 48% of the global death toll.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 766,543, while the death toll stands at 40,718, roughly 5.25%.

Put differently, Belgium now the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 503, followed by Andorra with 466, and Spain at 446. Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have 391, 302, 237, 233 and 162 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 55, and 123 deaths per million respectively.


04-20 Shake Shack, a burger-and-shake restaurant that started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in New York City and grew to 168 locations, will return a $10 million loan from a federal program intended to help small businesses, amidst criticism that the program has favored large chains.

04-20 Oil prices in the United States plummeted, reaching a two-decade low.  The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil plummeted by 37%, or approximately $5, to $11.42 a barrel.  Brent crude, an international benchmark, was down almost 6% to $26 per barrel.

04-19 Three people who had been discharged from a hospital and were in quarantine at Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan were found dead there over the weekend.  A spokesman for the City of New York confirmed the report.

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