Coronavirus Update: U.S. Economy Shrank 4.8%, New CDC Figures Reveal True Death Toll, Trump Wants Visitors to be Tested

By Anna Breuer on 29 April 2020
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New York City is still the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.

IN BRIEF

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus hit a somber milestone, having surpassed the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War in the period 1955 to 1975.

The U.S. Commerce Department said that the U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate in the first quarter. The decline was its biggest contraction since the 2008 financial crisis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the number of total deaths in seven states hit hard by the virus was 50% higher than normal over the period March 8 through April 11. The states include Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York.

In New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo reported that 330 more people had died in New York, the fourth consecutive day of a relatively flat death rate.

Meanwhile, President Trump said he would consider requiring people arriving in the United States on international flights to be tested for coronavirus infection.

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 3.17 million, of which 976,685 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 219,620.

With 96,672 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom now account for an increasing smaller part of the global death toll, 44%.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed stands at 1.04 million, while the death toll stands at 59,459, roughly 5.75%.

Tiny San Marino, with a population of just over 33,000 and which has been testing all of its inhabitants, continues to have the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, at 1,208. No new deaths were reported in the last 48 hours, however.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 647, followed by Andorra with 531 and Spain with 519.  Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Isle of Man, Sweden, and Ireland have 453, 362, 319, 275, 247, 244, and 235 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 76, and 180 deaths per million respectively.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-29 Apple Maps now displays nearby Covid-19 testing locations in the United States.

04-28 Alaska Airlines along with the Alaska Airlines Foundation said they have donated over one million meals to local food banks across the country.

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