Coronavirus Update: U.S. Cases Cross 100,000 Mark, U.K. to Roll Out Mass Testing, EasyJet Plans Layoffs

By Anna Breuer on 28 May 2020
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IN BRIEF

Officials in the United States said that the death toll there had crossed the 100,000 mark on Thursday.

The United Kingdom announced it will start mass coronavirus testing and contact tracing on Thursday.  Individuals with symptoms of Covid-19 who test positive will be asked to provide a list of all individuals with whom they spent a minimum of 15 minutes with.  These people will in turn be contacted and asked to self-isolate.

In contrast to the actions of President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made an appeal for Americans to wear masks.  “There’s no stigma attached to wearing a mask. There’s no stigma attached to staying 6’ [(1.8 m)] apart,” the Kentucky Republican at an event in his home state.

A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 49% of Americans will get a vaccine against the novel coronavirus when available, while 31% say they are unsure and 20% said they would not.

Despite a lockdown that has lasted over nine weeks, many thousands of people continue to contract the coronavirus in the New York City metropolitan area, which includes parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, and the city’s northern and eastern suburbs.   Over 47,000 people in the New York metro area tested positive over the past two weeks, including 13,000 in New York City alone.

Meanwhile, the New York City council will attempt to pass a bill that will allow more restaurants to offer outdoor dining on streets, sidewalks, and public plazas.

Finally, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that over 2.1 million claims for unemployment were filed last week. Over 40 million people have filed since mid March.

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 5.83 million, of which 2.52 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 358,329.

There are 2.95 million active cases worldwide and 2.88 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 2.89 million are mild and 2% or 53,009 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 1.75 million, while the death toll stands at 102,249. Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, with 414,661, with a death toll of 25,697, while Russia has the third highest number, with 379,051 and 4,142 deaths, which officials in the United States continue to believe to be a significant undercount.

The number of new coronavirus cases and fatalities in Germany increased by 255, 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 three days.

Belgium the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 810, is followed by Andorra with 660 (unchanged in ten days) and Spain with 580 (down 35). United Kingdom reported 552, Italy, 547, while France and Sweden have reported 438, and 423, respectively. The Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 345, 331, and 222, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 102, while in Austria it is 74.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 309.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

05-28 Cyprus said it will assume the cost of lodging, food, drinks, and medication for visitors who test positive for the coronavirus as a result of visiting the country, as part of an effort to restart tourism there.

05-28 The World Health Organizations said that the Covid-19 outbreak has been responsible for 159,000 excess deaths in 24 European countries since early March,

05-28 South Korea said it will close all public facilities in Seoul, its capital city, and its surrounding metropolitan area starting Friday. The move comes after a cluster of infections emerged at a logistics center near the city.

05-28 Ultra low-cost carrier EasyJet said it plans to reduce the size of its workforce by up to 30% as it tries to lower its operating costs amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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