France Extends Lockdown For 2 Weeks:, New York Reports Another Rash Of Deaths: Live Updates

Friday, March 27, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Fri, 03/27/2020

Summary:

Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock test positive
US stock futures turn lower after 3-day rebound
Global case total nears 538k
US case total nears 86k, with ~1300 deaths
China border closure begins
1 in 10 Americans say they know somebody with the virus
New York death toll spikes
South Africa lockdown begins as country confirms first 2 deaths
Netherlands reports ~1k new cases, 112 new deaths
Hong Kong reports 65 new cases, largest daily jump
Singapore makes standing too close to somebody else illegal
North Korea says 2,280 people still in quarantine
All of Russia placed on lockdown
Hungary PM announces lockdown plans
Israel mobilizes army to enforce lockdowns
President Xi, Trump promise to “unite” to fight virus during call
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Update (1230ET): New York’s coronavirus death toll rose to 519 on Friday, up from 385 the previous day, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a press briefing from the Javits Center, which has been converted into a makeshift overflow hospital.

Meanwhile, France has extended its nationwide coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks until April 15, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday.

The number of confirmed cases in the state climbed to 44,635, Cuomo said, up from 37,258.

“This could of course be further extended if the health situation requires it,” he said.

France is struggling with a sudden surge in deaths as the virus rages across Europe.

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Update (1130ET): Trump is playing the blame game while the rest of the world tries to figure out how the US is going to slow the spread of a virus that already appears to be everywhere

Trump is now blaming the car companies.

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Update (10:55ET): As the US adjusts to its newfound position as the biggest outbreak in the world, VP Mike Pence appeared on CNBC for an interview where he offered some clarifications to Trump’s insistence that the country get back to work by Easter (April 12).

Pence said this goal was “aspirational”, and that all of the country should observe the 2 week quarantine ‘social-distancing’ period. Once that period is over, the government will figure out whose ready to go back to work and which areas need more targeted resources after a few weeks have passed.

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