Coronavirus Update: Cases Approach 6 Million, Moscow Ups Death Toll, CDC Issues Guidance for Reopening Offices

By Anna Breuer on 29 May 2020
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IN BRIEF

Officials in Moscow say they “improved” their count of April deaths, with the result that the number of dead doubled.  The revised figures show that 1,561 people with the coronavirus died in the capital in April, not 639 as previously reported. Experts in other countries have long said that the numbers coming out of Russia represented a tremendous undercount.

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order authorizing any business in the state to deny entry to people who were not wearing face coverings.

“We’re giving the store owners the right to say, if you’re not wearing a mask, you can’t come in,” said the governor. “That store owner has a right to protect themselves. That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States promulgated new guidelines for reopening offices there.   These include temperature and wellness checks upon arrival, desks that are spaced 6’ (1.8 m) apart, no seating in common areas, and a requirement for face masks at all times.

In Washington, D.C., Senator Bob Casey Jr. said he tested positive for coronavirus antibodies after experiencing mild symptoms. He is the third senator who has reported a confirmed case since the outbreak began.

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.  Exercise caution in small, confined spaces, especially elevators.  And did we say, “wash your hands”?

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at 5.96 million, of which 2.62 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 363,210.

There are 2.97 million active cases worldwide and 2.99 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 2.92 million are mild and 2% or 53,714 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 1.77 million, while the death toll stands at 103,452. Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, with 438,812, with a death toll of 26,764, while Russia has the third highest number, with 387,623 and 4,374 deaths, which, despite a revision in figures, officials in the United States still continue to consider a significant undercount.

The number of new coronavirus cases and fatalities in Germany increased by 259, but the country’s infection rate continued to hold below the key threshold of 1.0.

While international comparisons of these figures are difficult, perhaps the most useful comparison is to look at the deaths per million members of the population, with the caveat that there are differences in how countries record deaths. It’s also important to keep in mind that the number of deaths is a lagging indicator.

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 1,238, unchanged for four days.

Belgium the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 814, is followed by Andorra with 660 (unchanged in 11 days) and Spain with 580 (unchanged). United Kingdom reported 558, Italy, 548, while France and Sweden have reported 439, and 431, respectively. The Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 346, 332, and 222 (unchanged), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 102, while in Austria it is 74, both unchanged.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 313.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

05-29 Renault said it would slash nearly 15,000 jobs worldwide and reduce production as it attempts to deal with what it terms “the major crisis facing the automotive industry.”

05-28 Hawaii will extend its requirement for visitors and returning residents to self-quarantine for 14 days beyond June 30, the state’s governor said, although he did not provide any information beyond that.

05-28 In order to reduce staffing, Delta Air Lines is offering employees who have been with the company over 25 years or who are nearing retirement age an “enhanced” retirement plan that includes a $100,000 retiree medical account that can be used to reimburse eligible expenses as well as 24 months of health-care coverage, retiree non-revenue pas travel privileges, eight positive-space travel passes, and a cash severance payment based on years of service.  Other employees will receive a smaller severance offer, two years of non-revenue pass travel privileges, and one year of health insurance.

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