Coronavirus Update: Russian Prime Minister Tests Positive, Death Toll in U.S. Crosses 60,000, Oktoberfest Cancelled

By Anna Breuer on 30 April 2020
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In the United States, federal guidelines for shutdowns will soon expire without being renewed, leaving some states to press ahead to reopen.

Early results of a U.S. trial showed that treatment with remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug manufactured by Remdisivir, can speed recovery in Covid-19 patients.

Service on the New York City subway system, one of the only 24-hour systems in the world, will be halted each day between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. in order to disinfect every train in the system.

In Munich, officials announced that this year’s Oktoberfest would be cancelled.


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”?


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at 3.28 million, of which 1.03 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 231,576.

There were no new cases in South Korea and Hong Kong in the past 24 hours, but in Russia, officials announced that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has the novel coronavirus.

In New York, officials reported an addition 306 deaths in the prior 24 hours, the lowest figure there since March 30. The number of virus patients in hospitals there dropped for the 17th day in a row.  That figure is now below 12,000, a 40% decline from mid-April, when there were nearly 19,000 hospitalized patients.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed stands at 1.08 million, while the death toll stands at 62,535, roughly 5.75%.

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 1,208. No new deaths were reported in the last 72 hours, however.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 655, followed by Andorra with 544 and Spain with 525.  Italy, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands have reported 463,394, 369, and 280, respectively, while Sweden, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 256, 250, and 201, respectively.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is 200.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there.


04-29 T-Mobile is donating some 40,000 phone chargers to hospitals across the countries to help healthcare workers keep their devices charged while they are tending to patients.

04-29 Under the terms of its bailout from the government, Air France will not be allowed to operate flights originating in Paris to French cities that are reachable in 2 hours and 30 minutes or less by train.  Connecting passengers in Paris from other countries will be allowed to continue on flights to such destinations, however.

04-29 Hertz is seeking financing in a move to avoid bankruptcy.  The rental-car agency has already furloughed 10,000 workers.

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