New York Reports Record 237 Deaths In One Day
- 237 people in New York have died from coronavirus in one day.
- President Trump has also extended the National Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30, 2020
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns things will get worse before getting better.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci says that the United States could record 100,000 to 200,000 coronavirus deaths.
- The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine.
This weekend has been one of the deadliest as more than 6,000 people have died from coronavirus over the last 48 hours. Italy reached more than 10,000 deaths, accounting for nearly one-third of 34,000 global fatalities. Confirmed cases around the world are topping 800k.
New York Reports 237 New Deaths
237 people in New York have died from coronavirus over the last 24 hours, raising the state’s death toll to nearly 1,000. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the situation could get worse and thousands will pass away.
The announcement came just as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has a one-week supply of medical supplies and hospitals are going to need at least several hundred more ventilators. Cuomo has extended the state’s stay at home order for non-essential workers for an additional two weeks until April 15th.
Last week, Rode Island issued an executive order to stop all vehicles at the border with New York license plates for mandatory quarantine. The order has since been repealed. U.S. President Trump also ordered a travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Gov. Cuomo reassured that the travel advisory is not a lockdown.
In just a few hours, the USNS Comfort hospital ship, equipped with 1,000 beds, will dock in the New York City harbor to assist with the crisis. The ship will only care for non-virus patients to relieve strain from city hospitals.
Dr. Anthony Fauci Predicts Millions Of U.S. Cases
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading expert on infectious diseases and a member of the nation’s coronavirus task force, says that the United States could record 100,000 to 200,000 coronavirus deaths and millions of infections. Fauci said the 100,000-to-200,000 death figure is a middle-of-the-road estimate, much lower than worst-case-scenario predictions.
One in three Americans is being asked to stay home as new cases soar in the country. President Trump has also extended the National Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30, 2020. Public health experts believe the number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. will keep surging as more and more test results become known. It’s expected that some parts of the country won’t see their peak until mid-May.
FDA Authorizes Anti-Malaria Drug For COVID-19
The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old drug for treating malaria. The agency allowed for the drugs to be donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19.
The move was supported by the White House, part of a larger Trump-backed effort to speed the use of anti-malaria drugs as a potential therapy for coronavirus. The FDA had already allowed New York to test administering the medication to seriously ill patients, and some hospitals have added it to their treatment protocols. However, career scientists are skeptical of the effort, noting the lack of data on the drug’s effectiveness for coronavirus.
Boris Johnson Warns Things Will Get Worse
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written a letter to be sent to 30 million homes across the UK warning that things will get worse before getting better. The letter urges people to stay indoors to protect the NHS and save lives as the outbreak has intensified in the UK. News of the letter came just hours after the country’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 1,000. The country now has more than 20,000 confirmed cases and nearly 1,300 deaths.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Denny Harries said it could take up to six months for life to return to normal in the UK. Yesterday, coronavirus took the life of an ENT surgeon in the country. 20,000 retired NHS nurses and doctors have also volunteered to come back to work.
Cases Rise In Japan
Cases are beginning to rise in Japan just as it appeared the country had everything under control. At least 86 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a facility for people with disabilities near Tokyo.
Officials announced that 28 people had tested positive yesterday, following their announcement a day before that 58 people had tested positive at the facility. The outbreak came after a woman in her 40s, who works as a cook at the facility, tested positive for the coronavirus. Japan is also planning a travel ban on foreigners who have recently been to the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe.
Instacart Strike Amid Lack Of Protection
Workers with Instacart, a grocery delivery company, are going on strike today demanding the company to provide free protective equipment, increase pay by additional $5 per order, and extend the sick leave policy. On Mar. 9th, Instacart announced new health and safety guidelines, including “up to 14 days of pay for any part-time employee or full-service shopper who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in mandatory isolation or quarantine.”
Amazon workers at Staten Island warehouse are also on a walkout today, demanding the facility to be shut down and cleaned after one staffer tested positive for the coronavirus.
First Infant Dies After Testing Positive
An infant in Illinois has died after testing positive for coronavirus. This marks the first recorded death in the US of an infant who contracted the virus. A full investigation is underway to determine the baby’s cause of death.