Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In US Now Double Next Nearest Country: Live Updates

Thursday, April 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 04/02/2020


Spain deaths pass 10k
Global cases near 1 million mark
Infection in New Delhi slum sparks fears of mass breakout
PM Abe mocked for handing out ‘two masks’ to every Japanese household
British health official says “everybody is frustrated” about test shortage
UK’s Johnson says lockdown likely to last beyond April 15
Half the world on lockdown, AFP reports
World hits 50k COVID-19 deaths
Italy cases, deaths continue to level off
France reports drop in new cases
UN climate summit canceled
Singapore reports 49 new cases
London’s Francis Crick institute develops rapid test
France tells battered women to go use secret code word at pharmacies to report abuse
NY nears 100k cases, reports ~400 more deaths
Another Princess Cruises ship has confirmed COVID-19 cases aboard
Pence says US facing similar trajectory to Italy
Tokyo reports record 97 cases in a day
UN projects global economy will contract 1% in 2020
Putin extends Russian shutdown
Philippines’ ambassador to Lebanon dies of COVID-19
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Update (1511ET): According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US is now double the next nearest country, both a testament to the White House’s failure to quickly address the crisis after the first few domestic cases were confirmed.

The US now has more than double the confirmed cases of Italy, the next-highest country:

Though, to be sure, Italy has more than twice as many confirmed deaths.

And still, people around the country are still complaining that there are their mother/father/grandmother/grandfather/friend can’t get tested.

Meanwhile, in the UK, Boris Johnson just suggested that the lockdown will probably be extended beyond April 15.

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Update (1400ET): Hours after Italy and Spain reported new coronavirus data that gave epidemiologists hope that their lockdown policies had at least worked to stop the acceleration in the virus’s spread, France on Thursday reported a surprisingly large drop in new cases. Health officials counted 2,116 new cases in the last day, compared with 4,861 for the day before.

But France also reported 884 new deaths in the country’s nursing homes, bringing its national death toll to 5,387.

At the end of the day, it appears France is still tracking Italy.

Meanwhile, as Florida residents get used to their new ‘lockdown’…drones are helping to distribute toilet paper.

As residents continue adapting to lockdown conditions, France, inspired by a similar scheme in Spain, has started telling victims of domestic abuse, particularly women, to head to drugstores and whisper the codeword “mask 19” to the pharmacist behind the counter. The pharmacist will then surreptitiously alert the police.

In other news, we’ve long since lost track of the number of cruise ships that have reported COVID-19 crises on board. But yet another Carnival-owned Princess Cruises ship – this one called the Coral Princess – is having a crisis just days after four patients aboard another ship, the Zaandam (also indirectly owned by Carnival), died after being repeatedly refused port calls. That ship is now docking in Florida, along with another ship with suspected COVID-19 carriers aboard.

At least 12 passengers, and 5 crew aboard the Coral Princess have tested positive.

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