Coronavirus Update: Close to 4 Million Cases, Muted V-E Day Celebrations, Unemployment hits 14.7%

By Anna Breuer on 8 May 2020
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A mural from the exhibition, “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. The exhibition opened May 8, 2019

IN BRIEF

Celebrations in Europe commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War with the Allied acceptance of Germany’s unconditional surrender were muted on Friday.  Military officials in Berlin signed the armistice on May 8, 1945 following six years of conflict in which an estimated 70 million people died, including six million Jews who were killed in National Socialist death camps.

The U.S. Department of Labor said that the country lost 20.5 million more jobs in April, making the unemployment rate 14.7%. The rate is the highest since the Great Depression.

A personal valet to President Trump tested positive for Covid-19.  The president downplayed the matter, saying he had had “very little contact” with the individual, even though it was one of his valets and neither he nor the valet wore a face mask when in the other’s presence.

Meanwhile, India began a massive repatriation effort to return 15,000 citizens home from 12 countries.  The effort includes 65 flights and two naval ships.

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 3.95 million, of which 1.36 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 271,791.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 1.3 million, while the death toll stands at 77,058.

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 ten days, however.

Belgium the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 735, is followed by Andorra with 608 and Spain with 562. Italy, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands have reported 495, 451, 398, and 314, respectively, while Sweden, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 313, 284, and 209, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 88 (unchanged), while in Austria it is 68 (unchanged for three days).

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 233.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

05-08 It only took minutes but tickets for the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland on May 11 sold out. The venue closed on January 25, 2020, amidst the coronavirus outbreak and will be the first major theme park in the world to reopen.

05-08 Hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old malaria drug touted by President Trump, failed to help hospitalized patients with Covid-19, a new U.S.-funded study found.

05-07 Community spread of the novel coronavirus in California began in a nail salon, the state’s governor said. “I’m very worried about that,” said Governor Gavin Newsome in a statement.

05-07 Disney Springs, which used to be called Downtown Disney, will reopen in a phased manner starting on May 20. The remainder of Walt Disney World will remain closed until further notice.

05-07 Three U.S. Senators urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to investigate airlines that are cutting worker hours. The three said that the move might violate the terms of a federal stimulus bill that provided billions in coronavirus relief to carriers in March.

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