Black Americans Are Hit Hardest By Coronavirus

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Black Americans Are Hit Hardest By Coronavirus

Quick Take

  • New York has reported 779 deaths in the 24 hours, bringing its death toll in the state is 6,268.
  • Black Americans constitute 28% of NYC deaths, but make up just 22% of the city’s population.
  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson begins his third day in intensive care been as symptoms worsen.
  • WHO director-general responds to trump’s comments about being China-centric.

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There are now more than 1.5 million global confirmed coronavirus cases. Global deaths are topping 90,000 with the US reporting more than 1,600 deaths so far today. Yesterday’s death toll in the U.S. topped 2,000.

NY Reports 779 Deaths In One Day

New York has reported 779 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its death toll in the state is 6,268. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that although the hospitalization rate may fall, deaths will continue to rise. One reason for the drop in new hospitalizations may be due to new admission standards as overwhelmed hospitals have sent people home whom they would have admitted just a few weeks earlier. New York has more confirmed coronavirus cases than Spain and Italy.

Blacks Americans Hit Hardest

According to preliminary data, coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at a disproportionately high rate. Analysis of available data and census demographics shows that counties that are majority-black have three times the rate of infections and almost six times the rate of deaths than counties that are majority-white.

In Milwaukee County, African Americans account for about 70 percent of deaths but just 26 percent of the population. The same disparity appears in Louisiana, where 70 percent of deaths were black, but black Americans make up less than a third of the state’s population.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Dr. Anthony Fauci note that higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease make people more vulnerable to coronavirus. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also talked about the disparity, saying that “It always seems that the poorest people pay the highest price.” Black Americans constitute 28% of NYC deaths while making up only 22% of the city’s population.

UK Prime Minister Admitted To Intensive Care

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now in intensive care for the third day as his coronavirus symptoms worsen, leaving him unable to work. Johnson went into the hospital on April 5th after a continued temperature 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

Unlike most countries, Britain does not have a deputy leader to take over power if the prime minister becomes incapacitated. Johnson had been running the government remotely during his isolation, however, given his circumstance, he has asked Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab to “deputize” the country. 

Dominic Raab is now responsible for chairing cabinet meetings of senior ministers on how the government is tackling the coronavirus pandemic. A Downing Street spokesperson said the government and cabinet were working together to implement a plan in response to the crisis. Cabinet minister Michael Gove said that changing things such as the current lockdown measures would be a cabinet decision.

WHO Director Responds To Trump’s Comments

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, responded to Trump’s comments about withholding American funding, warning that politicizing the pandemic was “playing with fire” and that disunity and finger-pointing would result in “many more body bags.” Yesterday, Trump had claimed that the WHO is too China-centric and had “missed the call” on the rising threat in China. Trump threatened to withhold American funding for the WHO, which exceeds $400 million annually.

California To Sterilize And Reuse N95 Masks

California will now utilize a new technology that allows for the sterilization and reuse of N95 masks as early as next week. Mark Ghilarducci, with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, says the new technology has been certified by the FDA and CDC. The new product uses hydrogen peroxide in a vaporized form and has the ability to clean up to 80,000 masks per day.