Coronavirus Update: ‘The Worst is Over’ Says Cuomo, Russia Has ‘Lots of Problems,’ Japan Sees Second Wave of Infections

By Anna Breuer on 13 April 2020
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IN BRIEF

As the number of novel coronavirus infections passed the 1.8 million mark, many countries found themselves in a kind of balancing act, weighing the benefits of continuing the lockdown versus getting their economies moving again.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his daily press briefing, said that the death toll in the state had reached over 10,000, but said “The worst is over if we continue to be smart moving forward,” adding that the state is “on the way back to normalcy.”  New York State has felt the greatest impact in the United States, with almost 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.  Cuomo said that reopening the economy would require a “delicate balance,” and said he wants to assess “what worked and what didn’t work” in other countries that have eased lockdown restrictions.

France and Britain are expected to announce an extension of their respective lockdowns, while in China where the number of new coronavirus cases has diminished in recent weeks, there has been a surge in new infections.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a bleak outlook, with the number of very ill patients rising. “We have a lot of problems, and we don’t have much to brag about, nor reason to, and we certainly can’t relax,” he said.

The state of Hokkaido in Japan is experiencing a second wave of infections after loosening some restrictions in March.  In Osaka and Tokyo, officials there asked residents to refrain going to movie theaters, fitness centers, museums, libraries, karaoke bars, night clubs, pachinko parlors, and Internet cafes until May 6.

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 is now 1.9 million, of which 434,855 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 116,039.

With over 63,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom continue to account for over half of the global death toll, which stands at 116,039.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 561,159, while the death toll stands at 22,133, roughly 3.9%.

In Russia, the total number of confirmed cases was at least 18,328, double the level of five days earlier, with a death toll of at least 148. Two-thirds of the cases are in Moscow.

Put differently, Spain now has 374 deaths per million members of the population while Italy has 329.  Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have had 337, 221, 165, and 130 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, 36, and 67 deaths per million respectively.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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