Coronavirus Update: Cases Jump in Russia, Outbreak in the White House, U.K. Asks People to ‘Stay Alert’

By Anna Breuer on 11 May 2020
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Munich’s Rathaus and skyline photographed from the Alter Peter, or Peterskirsche

IN BRIEF

The United Kingdom unveiled a new strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation Sunday evening and called for Britons not to stay home but to “Stay Alert.” The country is introducing a 14-day self quarantine period for visitors and returning residents and may allow sporting and cultural events to take place in June behind closed doors.

Shanghai Disneyland, one of 14 Walt Disney theme parks that had closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, reopened to the public on Monday, albeit with a limit of one-third of the normal number of visitors.  Face masks and gloves are required, there are temperature checks for visitors, and costumed characters must maintain distance from visitors.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin, while acknowledging that the coronavirus had yet been defeated, declared an end to the nationwide “nonworking period.” In doing so, he gave the country’s governors the power to decide on what restrictions should remain or be loosened, depending on the situation in their individual territories.

A few days after President Donald Trump of the United States said “we have to get our country open again,” the coronavirus began to spread throughout the White House, sending some officials into self-quarantine.  Two staffers, the vice president’s press secretary and a valet to the president, tested positive for the virus.  “It is scary to go to work,” said Kevin Hassett, an economic adviser to the president and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

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 4.22 million, of which 1.51 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 284,834.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 1.37 million, while the death toll stands at 80,870. Russia now has the fourth highest number of cases in the world, with 221,344, with a death toll of 2,009.

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 1,208. No new deaths were reported in the last 12 days, however.

Belgium the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 751, is followed by Andorra with 621 (unchanged in the past 24 hours) and Spain with 572. Italy, the United Kingdom, France and Sweden have reported 505 (unchanged), 472, 404, and 322, respectively, while the Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 318, 295, and 212, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 90 (unchanged, while in Austria it is 69 (unchanged).

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 244.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there.

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