Coronavirus Update: Georgia Shops Reopen, Worldwide Death Toll Nears 200,000, FDA and Lysol Warn Against Trump Touted Cures

By Anna Breuer on 24 April 2020
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IN BRIEF

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to take hydroxchloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that President Trump repeatedly touted as a cure for the coronavirus outside of a hospital-type setting.  Meanwhile, the manufacturers of Lysol and other such disinfectants issued a warning against using the products improperly after the president touted them as a means of killing the virus.

Meanwhile, Congress passed the $484 billion aid bill and the president is expected to sign it today. In Georgia, despite the protestations of multiple city mayors and President Trump, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, gyms, and bowling alleys were allowed to reopen.

The Czech government announced the lifting of many restrictions including lifting a travel ban and allowing people to move freely outside their homes, provided they don’t congregate in groups of more than ten.

The Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins today under lockdown, with mosques shuttered and worshipers told to stay at home and not partake in the large communal meals associated with breaking the fast each evening.

The final flight of Germany’s Corona Air Bridge, operated by South African Airways, landed at 9:35 a.m. local time after departing Cape Town.

Finally, the Versailles Court of Appeals ruled against Amazon, supporting a lower court order for the company to stop selling non-essential items in the country.

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 2.76 million, of which 763,272 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 193,653.

With over 89,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom now account for 46.5% of the global death toll.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 890,198, while the death toll stands at 50,825, roughly 5.7%.

China reported no new infections for the seventh day in a row.

Tiny 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 1,179, although no new fatalities were reported in the past 48 hours.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 576, followed by Spain with 482 and Andorra with 479.  Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland have 423, 335, 287, 250, 213, and 182 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 67, and 154 deaths per million respectively.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-22 McDonald’s said it will give healthcare workers and first responders free “Thank You” meals at its restaurants. Breakfast options will include an Egg McMuffin, Chicken McGriddle, or a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, while the afternoon menu will offer a choice of a double cheeseburger, six McNuggets, or a Filet-O-Fish. Breakfast meals come with hash browns and all meals come with a choice of beverage.

04-22 Two cats in New York State tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The two are only exhibiting mild symptoms and are expected to fully recover.

 

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