Lockdown Measures Extended Into May
- U.S. governors form a consortium to reopen from stay-at-home orders.
- China reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in more than five weeks.
- A US Navy sailor aboard the Theodore Roosevelt ship has died due to complications from coronavirus.
- Italy, France, and Britain extend national lockdown measures into May.
There are now more than 2 million global confirmed coronavirus cases with fatalities topping 125k. Yesterday, the U.S. reported its first drop in coronavirus deaths with 1,528 fatalities.
Consortium To Open For Business
Governors across the Northeast have formed a consortium to work together on how to reopen from stay-at-home orders. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the initiative which would include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Cuomo said people who work in New York City come from across borders every day and it only makes sense for the states to work in a coordinated way.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom also announced a similar initiative on the West Coast to begin the incremental release of stay-at-home orders. California, Washington, and Oregon will collaborate on their approach to open for business in a safe, strategic, and responsible manner. Newsom said that the decision from West Coast governors to open the economy will be driven by facts and science.
China Reports 169 New Coronavirus Cases
China reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in more than five weeks. Officials reported 169 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, with 61 cases described as asymptomatic. The government said 98 of the cases were “imported” by people arriving from abroad. The increase has sparked concerns over a second wave of infections China’s cases peaked in mid-February with Beijing reporting its first day of no new cases earlier this month.
Italy Extends Lockdown Until 3rd May
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has extended the nationwide lockdown until May 3rd. Some regions are easing restrictions allowing for the reopening of outdoor markets and allowing jogging more than 200 meters away from home. Schools in the country will likely shut down until the next school year.
Italy is emerging from its worst of days with 431 deaths reported yesterday. Experts believe that a fall in hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks is a “trustworthy” trend. Italy has been on a nationwide lockdown since March 9th.
France Extends Lockdown Until 11th May
French President Emmanuel Macron has also extended lockdown measures through May 11th, saying the precautions were bearing fruit but that the extension is necessary to sustain the progress. The president said that the country will have expanded testing capacity by May 11th to the point that anyone presenting symptoms can be tested.
In an address to the nation, Macron acknowledged France had not been “prepared enough” when the outbreak first hit the country and reported that daily deaths had increased for the first time in four days, with 574 deaths and a total of nearly 15,000 fatalities. France has been the third hardest-hit country in Europe just after Italy and Spain.
The French government has also increased intensive care unit capacity by 14,500 beds. Schools and nurseries will begin reopening in May, with universities remaining closed and venues and spaces like restaurants, public event venues and bars staying closed until at least July.
Britain Expected To Extend Lockdown
The UK is also expected to extend the country’s lockdown until at least May 7th. British foreign minister Dominic Raab said Monday that he did not expect the government to make any changes to the lockdown measures currently in place until it was confident they could be made safely.
Raab is set to provide an update to the nation on Thursday as he is deputizing for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is currently recovering from the disease. More than 12,000 people have died from coronavirus in hospitals across the UK.
US Sailor Dies From Infected Ship
A US Navy sailor of the crew of the coronavirus-infected Theodore Roosevelt ship has died due to complications from the disease. The sailor had tested positive for coronavirus on March 30th and was taken off the ship and placed in “isolation housing” along with four other sailors at the US Navy base in Guam.
On April 9th, the sailor was found unresponsive during a medical check and was moved to a local hospital’s intensive care unit. Over the weekend four additional Roosevelt crew members were admitted to the hospital for monitoring of coronavirus symptoms. Two weeks ago, the ship’s captain was fired for voicing concerns over the safety of his crew aboard the ship, which has now seen over 585 confirmed infections. More than 4,000 crew members have been moved ashore at a Navy base in Guam.