Coronavirus Update: EU Expects Major Contraction, New Infections Rise in Germany, UK Could Lift Some Restrictions

By Anna Breuer on 6 May 2020
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London from the air

IN BRIEF

The European Union’s economy, which had been set to expand by 1.2% this year, will instead shrink by 7.4%, the European Commission said Monday.  During the 2009 recession amidst the financial crisis, the economy shrank by only 4.5%.  “The danger of a deeper and more protracted recession is very real,” wrote Maarten Verwey, who heads commission’s economic unit, in a foreword to its forecast.

In Germany, the number of new cases rose in the most recent 24-hour period by 43%, from 488 to 855, just ahead of talks between Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel and regional leaders on a further easing of restrictions in the country.

The United Kingdom might start to loosen some coronavirus restrictions. “We will want, if we possibly can, to get going with some of these measures on Monday,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament.

As India has begun to loosen restrictions, the number of new cases is now doubling every 9.5 days versus 12 during the lockdown, and the daily death toll has risen to over 100, versus a few dozen several weeks prior.

New York City halted its 24-hour subway system early Wednesday morning so that every carriage could be cleaned and disinfected.  The closure was in effect from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. local time.

Finally, contradicting earlier comments, President Trump said that the administration’s coronavirus taskforce, which includes Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Deborah Brix, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will continue indefinitely.

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 3.76 million, of which 1.26 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 259,496.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 1.24 million, while the death toll stands at 72,381.

While international comparisons of these figures are difficult, perhaps the most useful comparison is to look at the deaths per million members of the population, with the caveat that there are differences in how countries record deaths. It’s also important to keep in mind that the number of deaths is a lagging indicator.

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 eight days, however.

Belgium the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 720, is followed by Andorra with 595 and Spain with 553. Italy, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands have reported 485, 433 (unchanged), 391, and 304, respectively, while Sweden, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 291, 271, and 207 (unchanged), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 83 (unchanged), while in Austria it is 68.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 219.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there.

 

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