Coronavirus Update: Scientists at Oxford May Have Vaccine, U.S. Cases Near 1 Million, R0 Rises in Germany

By Anna Breuer on 28 April 2020
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The Rathaus on the Marienplatz in Munich

IN BRIEF

Countries that are eager to loosen restrictions put in place to combat the novel coronavirus would be “balancing lives against livelihoods,” the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned.

Germany reported that the rate at which the novel coronavirus is reproducing, known as R0, has risen to 1.0 from 0.7 on April 17, the date on which officials began to relax stay-at-home orders.  Prior to the lockdown, the number stood at 3.0.

Scientists at Oxford’s Jenner Institute said their vaccine for the coronavirus could be available by September if it is proven to work. They have scheduled trials involving over 6,000 for next month with a goal of showing the vaccine is safe and works. If it proves to be effective, the several million doses could be quickly made available.

The head of a Japanese physician’s group said that it would be “exceedingly difficult” to hold the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2020.  Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, president of the Japan Medical Association, said it would require an improved “global situation.”

New York State’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that 15% of those tested had antibodies to the virus across the state, while the figure was 24.7% in New York City. This suggests that some 2.1 million city residents were infected at some point .

Meanwhile, New York City reported that the number of newly admitted patients with the coronavirus to hospitals in New York dropped by 70% since the peak on April 7. Deaths are down over 50% from a peak of 800.  In the most recent 24-hour period, 335 died from the virus.

Finally, the British government announced that families of health care workers who die from the coronavirus in England will receive £60,000  ($74,057) as compensation.

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 3.1 million, of which 944,067 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 214,105.

With almost 96,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom now account an increasing smaller part of the global death toll, 45.25%.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases crossed the one million mark and rests at 1.02 million, while the death toll stands at 57,602, roughly 5.6%.

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 24 hours, however.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 633, followed by Andorra with 518 and Spain with 510.  Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Isle of Man, Sweden, and Ireland have 453, 357, 311, 266, 235, 233, and 223 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 74, and 174 deaths per million respectively.

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