Coronavirus Update: Number of Infections Climbs Over One Million, Half of Mankind is Under Lockdown Orders

By Anna Breuer on 3 April 2020
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IN BRIEF

The number of people with confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached the one million mark, and half the world’s population has been asked to remain home. Guidance on wearing masks has been reversed: officials in multiple countries recommend people wear masks even if they present no symptoms.

New York State officials said they are running out of necessary equipment to treat coronavirus patients.

“If a person comes in and needs a ventilator and you don’t have a ventilator, the person dies,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo at his daily briefing. “That’s the blunt equation here. And right now we have a burn rate that would suggest we have about six days in the stockpile.”

SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC

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”?

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 1,040,664, of which 222,240 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 55,191.

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 30,267.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is at least 245,442, while the death toll stands at 6,099.

Put differently, Spain now has 234 deaths per million members of the population while Italy has 230. The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Switzerland have had 87, 99, 83 and 66 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 14, and 18 deaths per million respectively.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-02 Empire Kosher, a major supplier of kosher chickens in the United States, closed its Pennsylvania plant for two weeks, after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. A spokesman for the company said that chickens would still be available for next week’s Passover Seders despite the shutdown.

04-02 Emirates, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, said it had government permission to gradually resume flights starting on April 6, 2020. The airline had grounded its fleet on March 25 due to a government order suspending all flights.

03-31 The number of people who traversed the nation’s airports’ security checkpoints was 146,348, an almost 93% drop from the 2,026,256 people who traveled exactly one year prior.

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