Another Grim Milestone: More Than 500K COVID-19 Cases Diagnosed Worldwide: Live Updates

Thursday, March 26, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Thu, 03/26/2020

Summary:

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed
New York City hospitals report “apocalyptic” surge in cases
Elmhurst Hospital in Queens is overwhelmed with new cases
More than 500k volunteers sign up to help the NHS in Britain
500k COVID-19 cases diagnosed
Italy reports largest batch of new cases in 5 days
New Orleans hosts major outbreak
Inmate in Washington DC tests positive
NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell tests positive
India passes $22.6 billion bailout package
Tokyo reports 40 cases for 2nd day in a row
A record 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment
China bans entry of foreigners
157 more deaths reported in Iran
Putin shuts down Moscow, delays vote on constitutional measures
Wednesday was deadliest yet in US
President Xi calls on nations to improve policy coordination to avoid a recession
Mnuchin says he speaks with Powell up to ’30 times a day’
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Update (1315ET): China’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that beginning on Saturday, all foreign nationals, including those with valid visas and residence permits, will be temporarily barred from entering China as Beijing continues to turn the tables on the US and other western countries that barred Chinese nationals in the wake of the outbreak.

Columbia University will let medical students graduate early so they can help with the coronavirus response efforts in New York, university officials told ABC News.

Chicago’s popular Lakefront Trail was shut down on Thursday, blocking access to the extensive trail and park, after too many people congregated and violated social distancing guidelines, said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Chicago’s popular Lakefront Trail was shut down on Thursday, blocking access to the extensive trail and park, after too many people congregated and violated social distancing guidelines, said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

During Thursday’s press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Congress’ $2 trillion stimulus bill “failed to meet the governmental need”, adding that it does “absolutely nothing for us” in terms of the massive hit to the state’s budget from lost tax revenue, while also not even doing enough to meet the base-level need in New York’s hospitals.

He added that he was “disappointed” that Congress passed such a “reckless” bill at a time of such tremendous need.

“I’m disappointed,” Cuomo said on Thursday. “I find it irresponsible. I find it reckless. Emotion is a luxury. And we don’t have the luxury at this time of being emotional about what they [Congress] did. When this is over, I promise you I’m going to give them a piece of my mind.”

“We don’t have the luxury at this time to be emotional about what they did…when this is over, I’ll give them a piece of my mind. This is an extraordinary time for this nation…this was the time to put politics aside and put partisanship aside.”

The fact that lawmakers aren’t adequately addressing the problem in the areas with the most acute need is almost unconscionable, Cuomo said.

In other news, the new cases reported out of Italy combined with some other new cases reported Thursday morning have delivered the ~20k cases needed to put the global total over 500k, a major milestone in the outbreak.

Epidemiologists expect 2-3 million cases will be diagnosed eventually, and that’s according to the sunnier projections.

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