Coronavirus Update: Senator Tests Positive, German Chancellor Self-Isolates, Airlines Ask for $29 Billion Bailout

By Anna Breuer on 22 March 2020
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The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin


As the pandemic worsened in Italy and Spain, New York State reported some 15,000 cases of the coronavirus, nearly 5% of the global total.

Residents of five states that represent almost 25% of the country’s population, namely California, Connecticut, Illinois New Jersey, and New York, some 82 million people in total, are being asked to stay home as much as possible.  Non-essential businesses have been told to keep all employees at home.

In an interview on the BBC, Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said that lockdowns would not prevent a resurgence of Covid-19. “What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them,” he told the interviewer.

Meanwhile, Belgium believes it is heading into “the peak of the epidemic, after which the curve will go down,” the country’s minister van Volksgezondheid or health minister, Maggie de Bock, said on Twitter.


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 319,134, of which 96,006 have recovered.  The death toll now stands at 13,697.

China, which had reported zero new cases for several days, reported 46 new cases and six additional deaths.  Out of a total of 81,0054 cases, only 5,353 are active.

The number of known Covid-19 cases in the United States is now 27,151, up by 2,944 as testing in the country continues to expand and test results become available more quickly.

In Spain, at least 3,500 doctors and other health workers in Spain have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  They comprise approximately 12% of the country’s roughly 28,500 cases.


03-22 German Chancellor Angela will self-isolate after it was revealed that a doctor who had administered a pneumonia vaccine to her tested positive for Covid-19.

03-22 Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the third member of Congress and the first senator to contract it.

03-22 Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, promulgated “a ban on all unnecessary movement by citizens across the country.”

03-22 A strong earthquakeshook the Croatian capital of Zagreb and brought much of the population out onto the streets.  The 5.3 quake caused panic and widespread damage.  At least 16 people were injured but no fatalities have been reported at press time.

03-21 Uzbekistan closed its country’s borders with Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.  Foreign citizens would be allowed to leave, however, and the decree will not impact the flow of goods into the country.

03-21Terming it an “extreme action, Hawaii’s governor said that the state will institute a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors and residents arriving in the state in an attempt to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

03-21 The heads of ten major U.S. airlines sent a letter to Congress with a promise to stop stock buybacks and paying dividends in exchange for a multi-billion dollar coronavirus bailout.  The industry is asking for “at least” $29 billion, saying it needs that sum in order to avoid massive layoffs.

03-21 UUnited Airlines, which on Friday announced it would reduce international flying by 95%, said late Saturday it would only reduce the schedule by 90%. Calling this “a fluid situation,” the Chicago-based airline said it plans to continue to operate six flights to Frankfurt, London, São Paulo, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo, covering Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

03-22 Marriott International said it plans to furlough roughly two-thirds of its corporate staff in the United States and across the globe. The move comes on the heels of a March 17th announcement in which the world’s largest hotel chain said it would lay off tens of thousands of workers at its properties worldwide,

03-21 Pilots at British Airways agreed to take a 50% pay cut in April and May in lieu of layoffs. The airline, like most others, across the globe, is struggling to survive during the pandemic.

03-21 Singapore will ban travelers from transiting through the city’s airports and is also barring short-term visitors to limit the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus.

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