Coronavirus Update: Infection Rate Down in N.Y., Dozens Test Positive in Afghan Presidential Palace

By Anna Breuer on 19 April 2020
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IN BRIEF

Dozens of staffers in Afghanistan’s presidential palace tested positive for the novel coronavirus, sending President Ashraf Ghani into isolation.  Despite a national lockdown and ban on gatherings of more than five people, tens of thousands of people attended a funeral service for a Bangladeshi politician, gathering in the town of Sarail without facemasks or other protective gear.

Across the United States, governors and mayors are being pressed to reopen their economies by some, but say more testing is needed.

Amidst the federal government’s lack of aid to cities and states, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Mr. President, are you going to save New York City or are you telling New York City to drop dead?”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they were nearing agreement with the White House to provide more emergency aid, including $300 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, $50 billion for the Small Business Administration’s disaster relief fund, $75 billion for hospitals, and $25 billion for coronavirus testing.

Some Covid-19 patients are also experiencing kidney failure as a result of contracting the virus, leading to a shortage of dialysis machines, fluids, and supplies.

Finally, amidst accusations that the country has underreported the number of novel coronavirus infections, China is launching a testing program with an eye towards capturing the true scale of the outbreak there. The serological survey involves blood tests from sample groups to see if they have generated antibodies to fight the virus, a sign that they have had Covid-19.

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 2.37 million, of which 612,415 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 163,673.

With close to 80,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom continue to account for 49% of the global death toll.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 742,732, while the death toll stands at 39,660, roughly 5.25%.

Put differently, Belgium now the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 490, followed by Andorra with 466, and Spain at 437. Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have 391, 302, 237, 215 and 160 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 54, and 120 deaths per million respectively.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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