Coronavirus Update: Japan Declares Nationwide Emergency, Britain and New York State Extend Lockdowns

By Anna Breuer on 16 April 2020
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IN BRIEF

Japan announced a nationwide state of emergency and called for increased measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as a weeklong holiday period called Golden Week, which is a popular travel period, approached.

Great Britain extended its lockdown by three weeks. “The government has decided that the current measures must remain in place for at least the next three weeks,” said Dominic Raab, the country’s foreign secretary.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would extend the state’s shutdown to May 15, in coordination with neighboring states.  “What happens after then? I don’t know,” he said.

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 2.12 million, of which 535,513 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 141,971.

With close to 72,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom continue to account for over half of the global death toll.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 653,397, while the death toll stands at 33,405, roughly 5%.

In Russia, the total number of confirmed cases was at least 27,938, more than double the level of five days earlier, with a death toll of at least 232. Two-thirds of the cases are in Moscow.

Put differently, Spain now has 409 deaths per million members of the population while Italy has 358.  Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have 419, 263, 193, and 148 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 46, and 101 deaths per million respectively.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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