U.S. Projects 240,000 Deaths With Mitigation
- Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci project that up to 240,000 people will die from coronavirus in the U.S.
- Amazon terminates an assistant manager after he led a protest calling for coronavirus protections.
- New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio pleads for help as deaths in the city top 1,000.
- A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died in a south London hospital.
U.S. Expects 100k to 240k Deaths
White House Coronavirus Task Force members Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci painted a grim picture for the country, projecting that up to 2 million Americans will die from coronavirus if no public mitigation efforts are employed. President Trump added on to say it’s going to be a very painful two weeks ahead.
Even with strict social distancing measures employed across the country, The White House projects that up to 240,000 people will die from coronavirus, making the third leading cause of death. The task force expects to see the peak on April 15th with 2,214 fatalities. A significant number of daily deaths will continue into at least July. The U.S. broke a record 742 deaths in the last 24 hours, topping 4,000 fatalities and more than 200,000 confirmed cases.
Louisiana Ranks Top 10 Hardest-Hit States
The state of Louisiana is quickly becoming a hotspot as more than 1,200 new cases have been recorded in one day. More than 50 people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours, increasing the state’s death toll to 239. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he will extend the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of April.
NYC Death Toll Surpasses 1,000
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has pleaded the nation for assistance as more than 1,000 people have died from coronavirus in Manhattan. More than 500 paramedics, 2,000 nurses and 250 ambulances are heading to New York City from across the country to assist with the crisis. New York State accounts for roughly 40% of cases in the U.S. The mayor has asked The White House for 1,000 nurses, 350 respiratory therapists and 150 doctors from the military and the reserves.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced his younger brother and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo tested positive for the virus, experience symptoms of fever, chills, and shortness of breath. A 68-bed tented field hospital in Central Park has started to accept incoming patients from Mount Sinai hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens.
California Releases Inmates Early
California will release as many as 3,500 inmates as part of an ongoing effort to limit crowding in prisons amid the coronavirus outbreak. The plan was announced by the California Department of Corrections. The state additionally implemented a suspension of intake by county prisons, estimating that inmate population could be cut by 3,000 in the next 30 days. The early release protocol applies first to those serving terms for nonviolent crimes.
UK Records Youngest COVID-19 Fatality
A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died in a south London hospital. He is the youngest person to have died with the virus in the UK. The boy had no apparent underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, a day after he was admitted to the hospital. Sadly the child died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of the virus.
The boy’s death marks a devastating reality that no one is spared by COVID-19. The UK has increased its enforcement of the national stay-at-home order. Police have been criticized for filming people by drones, stopping and questioning shoppers, and issuing citations for minor acts. The UK now has more than 25,000 confirmed cases and 1,789 fatalities.
Putin Threatens Harsh Crackdowns
Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened harsh crackdowns for those who violate the country’s new quarantines and stay-at-home orders. The new measures ban public gatherings and order the closure of non-essential businesses. Violators in the country could face up to 7 years in prison. The measures come as Russia reported 500 new cases in the last 24 hours. Putin also met with a doctor that tested positive for the virus Conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are also spreading in Russia, some claiming the U.S. government created the virus as a bioweapon.
Amazon Fires Worker For Leading Protest
Amazon has fired an assistant manager at their Staten Island facility after the employee led a protest where workers voiced concerns over coronavirus protections. Protesters demanded the warehouse to be shut down and cleaned after an employee at the facility tested positive. About a dozen people walked off the job to lead the protest.
Amazon terminated the assistant manager for violating social distancing guidelines by attending the protest. Amazon said that the employee was supposed to be under quarantine because he had close contact with a diagnosed associate. New York Attorney General Letitia James commented on the issue, saying “it’s disgraceful that Amazon would terminate an employee who bravely stood up to protect himself and his colleagues.”