Coronavirus Update: New Cases and Deaths Fall in N.Y. and N.J., Johnson’s New Roadmap for U.K.

By Anna Breuer on 10 May 2020
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IN BRIEF

As the total number of coronavirus infections worldwide surpassed the four million mark and the death toll in the United States hit 80,000, the virus itself is spreading through the top ranks of the White House. Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary and a spokeswoman for the White House coronavirusefforts, tested positive for the virus, as did a valet to President Trump.

Two of the nation’s top public health officials have to self-quarantine for two weeks after they came into contact with someone who has tested positive, including Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he had begun a “modified quarantine” after coming into contact with someone he referred to as a “low risk” contact.

In New York State, the epicenter of the virus in the United States, Governor Andrew Cuomo reported that the number of new hospitalizations, new intubations, and new confirmed cases was down.  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy gave a similar report.

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline a roadmap for easing a lockdown in an address Sunday evening.  The measures are expected to include a 14-day self quarantine for visitors and residents returning to the country. He unveiled a new slogan via Twitter Sunday morning, “Stay Alert. Control the Virus. Save Lives.”

Health officials in northeastern China reported a flare-up of cases near the Russian border.  Eleven new cases were traced to a single individual who had tested positive Thursday, although officials do not know how she contracted the virus.

Finally, in Singapore, a four-legged robot dog is politely asking visitors to one of the city’s parks to “keep Singapore healthy” and “please stay one meter apart”

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 4.15 million, of which 1.46 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 281,969.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 1.35 million, while the death toll stands at 80,323.

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 11 days, however.

Belgium the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 747, is followed by Andorra with 621 and Spain with 569. Italy, the United Kingdom, France and Sweden have reported 505, 469, 403, and 319, respectively, while the Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 317, 294, and 211, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 90, while in Austria it is 69.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 243.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there.

OTHER CORONAVIRUS NEWS

05-08 Roy Horn, who with his business and life partner mesmerized crowds in Las Vegas with a mix of magic and exotic animals as Siegfried and Roy, died of the novel coronavirus at the age of 75.

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