Coronavirus Update: Caseload Now 2.5 Million, Trump Wants to Halt Immigration, N.Y. Reports Fewest Cases in a Month

By Anna Breuer on 21 April 2020
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IN BRIEF

President Trump announced he would suspend legal immigration for an unspecified period of time, saying he was taking the drastic move “in light of the Invisible Enemy.

As countries including Austria, Denmark, and Germany began to cautiously relax some restrictions, including the reopening of smaller shops with the proviso that social-distancing is observed, in the United States, the governors of  Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee took steps to broadly reopen their economies despite signs that the novel coronavirus outbreak is first starting to impact parts of the country that until now reported very few confirmed cases of the virus.

Hong Kong extended its restrictions a day after reporting no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and, in Italy, Prime Minister Conte refused to bow to business pressure and extended the restrictions there until at least May 3, as the country struggles to fully contain the spread of the virus.

New York reported the fewest new cases in the past month and its lowest one-day death toll in over two weeks.  Despite the promising number, the state still had 4,726 new cases and 478 additional fatalities on Sunday.

Finally, in Washington, Congress is considering authorizing the House of Representatives to vote remotely.  Members of the House who could not travel to Washington, D.C., could give specific instructions on each vote to a colleague authorized to vote on his behalf.

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 2.5 million, of which 659,595 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 171,812.

With a over 82,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom continue to account for 48% of the global death toll.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 793,467, while the death toll stands at 42,533, roughly 5.25%.

Tiny San Marino, with a population of just over 33,000 and which has been testing all of its inhabitants, now has the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, at 1,179.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 518, followed by Andorra with 479, and Spain at 455. Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland have 399, 310, 243, 210, 175, and 166 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 58, and 128 deaths per million respectively.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-21 Pamplona canceled this year’s Running of the Bulls, which typically takes place in July during the San Fermin festival. The event involves running in front of a small group of bulls that have been let loose on a course of  sectioned-off streets.

04-20 Facebook announced it was launching a $100 million cash grants program for small businesses. Up to 30,000 such businesses across 30 countries will receive funds from the program.

04-20 U.S crude futures for May plummeted to -$37, the lowest price in history.  The almost 300% decline came as plunging demand pushed storage facilities to their limits. The downturn spread to other oil markets on Tuesday.

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