Coronavirus Update: Death Rate Continues to Fall in New York, People May Need Annual Vaccines, Macy’s to Reopen

By Anna Breuer on 3 May 2020
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Macy’s on 34th Street in Manhattan

IN BRIEF

An Oxford scientist who is working on a vaccine for the novel coronavirus said that Covid-19 shots will be like flu shots: You’ll need to get one every year.

The administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, said she found the at Michigan’s state Capitol last week “devastatingly worrisome” given the lack of social-distancing precautions taken.

Officials in New York State said that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Governor Andrew Cuomo said in his morning briefing that it would not be possible to reopen them “in a way that would keep our children and students and educators safe.”

Meanwhile, Macy’s, one of the largest department store chains in the United States, said it plans to reopen all of its 775 stores, which would include  Bloomingdale’s stores and the company’s flagship store on Herald Square in Manhattan, in the next six to eight weeks.

Finally, the seven states that in April agreed to coordinate their reopenings – Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island – said they would coordinate their purchases of medical equipment to help stabilize the supply chain and obtain such gear at lower prices.

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 3.5 million, of which 1.15 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 246,950.

In New York, officials reported an addition 280 deaths in the prior 24 hours, the lowest figure there since March 30. The number of virus patients in hospitals is below 9,786, the lowest since mid March, when there were nearly 19,000 hospitalized patients.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed stands at 1.17 million, while the death toll stands at 68,088.

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 five days, however.

Belgium now the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 677, followed by Andorra with 589 and Spain with 540.  Italy, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands have reported 478,419, 379, and 295, respectively, while Sweden, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 265, 264, and 204, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 81, while in Austria it is 66.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 206.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there.

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