U.S. Overtakes China In Coronavirus Cases
- Italy’s death toll surpasses 8k although new cases slow down.
- Global cases surpass 500k as U.S. reports the highest number of global cases.
- France reports 365 new coronavirus deaths, including a 16-year-old girl.
- 3 million Americans file for unemployment, IRS to send out checks.
- New York reports 100 deaths in 24 hours, including the death of a Manhattan hospital nurse.
Globally, more than 24,000 people have died from coronavirus and there are over half a million confirmed cases. The United States now holds the largest number of confirmed cases in the world.
Italy’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed 8,000 with half of the deaths occurring over the last six days. The daily death rate appears to be stable though and new coronavirus cases have slowed down over the last four days. The hardest-hit northern region of Lombardy remains in a critical situation as the region accounts for nearly 5,000 of the country’s deaths.
Meanwhile, Spain has seen more than 4,000 deaths after 655 people died in the last 24 hours. Elderly residents of Spanish nursing homes make up for roughly one-third of the country’s total deaths. In Madrid alone, nursing home deaths total 855.
India has announced a $22.6bn economic stimulus plan that provides direct cash to millions of people. The announcement comes two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a 21-day lockdown on India’s 1.3 billion people to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The package includes food security measures as the lockdown triggered supply constraints for essential items and panic buying, leaving the poor and daily laborers most vulnerable The Indian government aims to distribute food to about 800 million people over the next three months.
France reported 365 new coronavirus deaths, including a 16-year-old girl. Top French health official Jerome Salomon said that a total of 1,696 people had died in a hospital, emphasizing that the toll does not include those who have died at home or in retirement homes.
Salomon also said that nearly 30,000 people have tested positive for the virus in France, adding that the real number of cases is likely far higher as testing has been reserved for high-risk patients.
In the US, more than 3 million Americans have filed for unemployment as the coronavirus lockdown has led to a wave of layoffs. The US Senate passed a massive $2 trillion emergency economic package with a vote of 96 to 0. The package includes direct cash payments Americans, which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says will be sent out within three weeks. There is no sign up required as payments will be automatically sent to people who have filed a tax return since 2018.
New Orleans is quickly becoming a coronavirus hotspot as in the US as the state of Louisiana has reported 86 deaths, including the death of a 17-year old. The state has the third-highest in the nation which is likely due to above-average rates of obesity and chronic disease in the state. The Louisiana Department of Health has reported more than 2,300 cases.
In New York, 100 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, including the death of a Manhattan hospital nurse. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of patients hospitalized in New York has increased by 40 percent in one day. One factor in the rising death toll is older and weaker patients staying on ventilators for 20 days or longer before caving into respiratory failure. The state has 5,327 hospitalized patients with more than 1,000 in intensive care.
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is working with Amazon, Microsoft, Palantir, and UK-based Faculty AI firms to co-ordinate medical equipment during the coronavirus outbreak.
The NHS will develop a dashboard to bring together data including where ventilators are being used and how long patients with COVID-19 are spending in the hospital. The NHS hopes to flag emerging hotspots and release a public information dashboard. The UK has 578 deaths and more than 12,000 confirmed cases.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed lifting sanctions on essential goods during the G20 video-summit. Putin said participating countries need a common plan to support their economies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Putin also proposed creating a special fund under the control of the International Monetary Fund to fight the spread of the virus. Russia has reported 840 coronavirus cases and Moscow has ordered the closure of all non-essential shops.
China says it is temporarily banning most foreigners from entering the country as it seeks to slow the number of imported coronavirus cases. The foreign ministry announced that even foreign citizens with residence permits will be prevented from entering starting on Saturday, March 28th. All visa-free transit policies will also be temporarily suspended.