Coronavirus Update: The ‘Great Lockdown,’ Cases Near 2 Million Mark, Governors Form Pacts for Reopening Economy

By Anna Breuer on 14 April 2020
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Atop Muottas Muragl in Switzerland

IN BRIEF

Calling the coronavirus pandemic the “Great Lockdown,” the International Monetary Fund said that the global economy faces its worst downturn since the Great Depression as a result of the impact of the novel coronavirus that includes national lockdowns and shuttered workplaces and factories around the world.

Meanwhile, Governors from some of the largest East and West coast states formed two compacts that will provide a coordinated response to reopening the economy.  President Trump responded by claiming “total authority” in this area even though he cannot rescind the stay-at-home orders issued by local governors and mayors.

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 nearing the two million mark at 1.95 million, of which 460,163 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 121,787.

With almost 66,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom continue to account for over half of the global death toll, which stands at 121,787.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 588,465, while the death toll stands at 23,711, roughly 4%.

In Russia, the total number of confirmed cases was at least 21,102, more than double the level of five days earlier, with a death toll of at least 170. Two-thirds of the cases are in Moscow.

Put differently, Spain now has 386 deaths per million members of the population while Italy has 338.  Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have had 359, 229, 172, and 134 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 38, and 78 deaths per million respectively.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-14 Officials in Turkey are contemplating a release of thousands of prisoners over fears of a worsening coronavirus outbreak.

04-14 Chinese health officials said that two new vaccines have been approved for human testing.

04-14 India will extend its national lockdown. The move will keep over one billion people at home.

04-13 Florida’s surgeon general, Dr. Scott Rivkees, told reporters that there would be no end to masks and social distancing until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus was available.  His statement was at odds with the state’s governor’s, who has said he wants to quickly return to some degree of normalcy.

04-13 In the first easing of restrictions since Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz closed non-essential businesses, Austria allowed some small shops to open, including garden, hardware, and home-improvement stores.

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