Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 16: Over 2 Million Worldwide Have Died, Virus Has Killed 1 in Every 500 New Yorkers

Schubert Theater President Philip Smith Dies of Covid

By Anna Breuer on 18 January 2021
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The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theater

The coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the death of over two million people across the globe as of Saturday, has now killed one in every 500 New York residents, statistics reveal.  Over 95 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and that number should cross the 100 million mark later this month.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, Los Angeles County became the first county in the United States to report one million Covid-19 cases.

New Jersey became the second state in the country to open vaccinations to another high-risk group: smokers. As is true for all Covid-19 vaccinations in New Jersey, no documentation of an underlying health condition is required.

The president of the Schubert Organization, Philip Smith, died Friday at the age of 89 as a result of complications from Covid-19.  Smith had been president of the nation’s largest theatrical company, whose holdings include some 17 Broadway theaters, for over a decade.  He started at a Schubert theater as a box-office manager.

Phil Spector, the famed music producer and convicted murderer known for creating the lavish instrumental treatment kown as the  “wall of sound,” died Saturday due to complications from Covid-19.

General Nikolai Antoshkin, who survived intense radiation as the commander of the unit that extinguished the Chernobyl nuclear plant fire, died “after a difficult illness” at the age of 78 on Sunday from the coronavirus, according to a statement issued by Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.

Three people in Ireland were fined €100 each after traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) from their residences in County Meath to pick up burgers from a restaurant in Dublin , while current pandemic restrictions forbid residents from venturing more than 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) from their homes.  The Gardaí have issued 29 such Fixed Payment Notices since the restrictions went into effect on January 13.

The flood of National Guard troops into Washington, D.C. without Covid-19 testing has raised alarms by health officials who are concerned about the risk to the Guard members as well as to others with whom they might come into contact.   While the troops are asked to complete questionnaires about symptoms and exposure and undergo temperature checks, they are not being tested for the virus.

Finally, a trauma surgeon in Texas said that the lungs of many Covid-19 patients look worse than those of smokers, pointing out long-term health consequences from the virus. “Post-Covid lungs look worse than any type of terrible smoker’s lung we’ve ever seen,“ she said in a tweet last week.

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