Coronavirus Update: N.Y. is Only in ‘First Wave,’ ‘Cautious Hope’ in Germany, U.K. PM Still in ICU

By Anna Breuer on 9 April 2020
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The Lindau Lighthouse, the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, on Lake Constance.

IN BRIEF

In his televised briefing, which has become a staple of morning television programming, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state is only in the “first wave” of the pandemic, and people “must be prepared.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the latest infection rate figures “give us reason for cautious hope,” while countries in Europe are preparing for the Easter holiday weekend while stepping up enforcement of social-distancing measures.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent his third night in intensive care, while the country is preparing to determine whether an extension of the lockdown is necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 90% of those hospitalized in the United States for Covid-19 had at least one underlying health condition.

Singapore is reporting a second surge of infections, with dozens of new cases in the past few days

Meanwhile, two teams of researchers working separately found that the coronavirus came to New York via Europe, not China, as originally thought.

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 is now 1.54 million, of which 340,452 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 89,957.

The United States has the highest number of confirmed infections, but the outbreak has been most deadly on the Continent.  France, Italy, and Spain now account for 43% of the global death toll, with 43,776 dead from Covid-19.  Meanwhile, the fatality rate in Germany, which has almost 114,000 cases, remains extremely low at 2%, compared to 12.5% in Italy, 12% in Britain,  and  10% in Spain.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 435,780, while the death toll stands at 14,665, roughly 3.5%.

Put differently, Spain now has 326 deaths per million members of the population while Italy has 292.  Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have had 218, 167, 140, and 107 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 28, and 45 deaths per million respectively.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-09 India’s leaders are sending signals that the current lockdown will be extended in some manner. Prime Minister Narenda Modi told government ministers that a complete lifting of the lockdown simply “is not possible.”

04-09 The CDC promulgated new guidelines on how essential workers who might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus could return to work.  Such employees would need to take their temperatures before heading to their workplaces, wear a face mask at all times, and practice social distancing at work, Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC director, said at a White House briefing.

04-09 Authorities in the Bodensee or Lake Constance region of Germany commissioned an airship not with “Goodyear” but with the slogan “Alle für Alle” (“all for all” or “everyone together”) to fly over the region to remind Germans in the popular lake area to practice social distancing and to alert authorities on the ground to groups that may form. The Bodensee is where Austria, Germany, and Switzerland meet, namely the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, and the Swiss cantons of St. Gallen, Thurgay, and Schaffhausen.

04-08 Members of the original cast of the hit comedy series “Full House” recreated the show’s opening sequence showing life in quarantine.

04-08 Australian authorities are investigating why 2,700 untested passengers from the cruise ship Ruby Princess were allowed to disembark in Sydney. Hundreds later tested positive and at least 15 died from the novel coronavirus.

04-08 In the United States, Democrats in the Senate blocked a Republican bill for  $250 billion for a loan program for distressed small businesses, insisting on adding aid for hospitals, state and local governments, and food assistance.

04-08 New York State loosened the rules concerning the witnessing of wills during the current pandemic.  The temporary rules allow wills to be witnessed using audio-video technology provided that they witness the signing by video conferencing and sign legible copies of the page(s) signed by the testator, which they must then return the same day.

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