Coronavirus Update: N.Y.C. Fireworks Plan Generates Fireworks, First Cases in U.S. Earlier Than Thought

By Anna Breuer on 22 April 2020
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A ferry crossing the Savannah River.

IN BRIEF

Researchers said they found that nine people who were sitting near one another at a restaurant in China were infected by the novel coronavirus and that it likely spread with the help of the restaurant’s air-conditioning system. The findings were published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier this month and they have severe implications for the restaurant and hotel industries.

The first known death from the novel coronavirus was in early February, shifting the timeline in the United States. Officials in Santa Clara County, California, announced that two residents there died of the virus in early and mid-February.

As the death toll there passed the 15,000 mark, officials in New York City introduced measures to protect tenants, small businesses, essential workers and the homeless.  Meanwhile the mayor’s announcement that, despite the outbreak, the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration would take place, was greeted with fireworks.

The U.S Department of Education told colleges and universities to award emergency relief grants, intended to pay for expenses like food, housing, child care ,and technology, only to U.S. citizens or legal residents.

A steep drop in oil prices amidst the pandemic along with a worldwide oil glut is poised to create economic and political instability.

Meanwhile, mayors of large cities are opposing plans by the governors of their states to reopen businesses.  In Georgia, Savanna Mayor Van Johnson called the plan “reckless, premature, and dangerous.”

Finally, Germany began its first clinical vaccine trials for the novel coronavirus.

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 2.6 million, of which 713,802 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 182,113.

With over 86,000 fatalities, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom now account for over 50% of the global death toll.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is 829,392, while the death toll stands at 46,149, roughly 5.5%.

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 1,179, although no new fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 540, followed by Andorra with 479, and Spain at 464. Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland have 415, 327, 267, 237, 192, and 174 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported three, 5862 and 139 deaths per million respectively.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

04-21 The Broadway musical “Hamilton” and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of History announced EduHam at Home, a digital program for students and their families designed to cover the period during which the United States was founded amidst the War of Independence. The program includes detailed information about the country’s founding fathers including Alexander Hamilton, and also looks at how the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, used primary source material when he developed the musical.

04-20 Employees at the Hilton McLean in Virginia volunteered to launder 2,500 yards (2,286 meters) of material that was to be used for masks as part of the Million Mask Challenge. The masks were then sewn by local volunteers.

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