Coronavirus Update: Death Toll in U.S. Becomes World’s Highest, Russia Reports Largest Daily Increase, U.K. PM Leaves Hospital

By Anna Breuer on 12 April 2020
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Moscow at night, photographed from the Four Seasons Moscow

IN BRIEF

In the United States, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who has become both a comforting and familiar face of the pandemic there, said that the country should expect what he termed a “rolling re-entry” back to normalcy, one that would vary from region to region.

The word “normalcy” is a neologism credited to President Warren G. Harding, who wanted to return the country to its pre-war mentality. He said: “America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration…”

As the death toll in the United States, which has almost four times the number cases as any other country – climbed past 20,000, the total number of confirmed infections in the world hit the 1.8 million mark.

Across the world, Christians are celebrating Easter albeit from home instead of in a church or cathedral.  Most Orthodox churches will celebrate Easter next Sunday.

Queen Elizabeth II released a recorded Easter message in which she said that the holiday was a time of “light overcoming darkness.”

In the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II said in her Easter message that the holiday was a time of “light overcoming darkness.” Meanwhile, Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, saying that the pandemic is “testing our whole human family.”

Finally, several European nations will begin to return to normalcy in the coming week. In Austria, small shops will reopen starting Monday, as will the Czech Republic, while Denmark will open schools and day care centers, and Norway will open kindergartens.

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 is now 1.8 million, of which 412,356 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 110,827.

With over 60,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom now account for 42% of the global death toll, which stands at 110,827.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 534,494, while the death toll stands at 20,637, roughly 3.8%.

Put differently, Spain now has 363 deaths per million members of the population while Italy has 322.  Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have had 311, 212, 160, and 125 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 34, and 62 deaths per million respectively.

Russia experienced its largest one-day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, with 1,786 new infections reported, bring the tally to 11,917.

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