The WHO chief has certainly escalated things - broken my twitter feed for sure.
A late summary from The Guardian's liveblog:
- At least 88,53 people have now died worldwide, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. They say more than 1.5 million people have been infected, of whom 329,492 have recovered.
- China reported a slight increase in new coronavirus cases for the second straight day, as the number of infections involving incoming overseas travellers hit a two-week high.
- Boris Johnson’s condition improved on Wednesday, with the UK prime minister now sitting up in bed and “engaging positively” with the clinical team, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, said. Johnson remains in intensive care.
- The UK suffered its deadliest day since the outbreak began as official figures showed 938 more people had died in hospitals, taking the overall total to 7,097. The true death toll is likely to be significantly higher.
- The US recorded its highest one-day death toll, with 1,858 people dying on Tuesday. New York City was still the worst-affected part of the country, recording 806 fatalities. The city has registered more than 4,500 deaths. There are more than 400,000 cases in the country.
- US strategic national stockpile nearly out of personal protective equipment. America’s Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.
- But White House coronavirus task force officials say mitigation efforts are working, raising hopes of defying the worst case scenario projections.
- Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee. Sanders pledged to continue working to ensure progressive proposals are included in the party’s campaign platform.
- Donald Trump once again scapegoated the World Health Organization. The WHO’s director-general earlier made a plea to avoid politicization as the world responds to crisis.
- Australia recorded its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in three weeks yesterday, with 96 new cases. This is the first time in three weeks the country has seen the number of new daily cases fall below 100.
- Oxfam warned coronavirus could push half a billion people into poverty. More than half a billion more people could be pushed into poverty unless urgent action is taken to bail out poor countries affected by the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, Oxfam has warned.
- Virus fears prompted a halt to Saudi military operations in Yemen. Concerns about a potential outbreak in Yemen, where no cases have been reported so far, are partly behind a decision to call a halt to the military action there that has left tens of thousands died and spread hunger and disease, a Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki has said.
- Italy recorded 542 new deaths, but the rate has slowed slightly. The number of infected people increased by 1,195, or 1.3%. There was also a record day-to-day increase – 2,099 – in the number of people who have survived.
- The World Trade Organization forecast a fall in global trade of up to a third. The suffering caused by the pandemic will be compounded by “unavoidable declines in trade and output”, the WTO’s director general said.
Last edited by shri; 09-04-2020 at 12:56 PM.
From the NYT:
Here’s what you need to know:
- Coronavirus in New York came mainly from Europe, studies show.
- C.D.C. issues new back-to-work guidelines for essential workers.
- In New York, ‘the bad news is actually terrible.’
- The virus might not fade in warm weather, scientists warn.
- Homes for disabled people experience a surge in coronavirus cases.
- Alabama treatment guidelines are ruled discriminatory.
- Days before Easter, Kansas legislators overturn an order limiting religious services.
I think this has been mentioned a few times in the media... but all the lockdowns in India seem to have cleared the skies - been a while since Delhi has been this clear.
<- Here's a picture of that mask improvement