‘Half The World Is On Lockdown’ – Global Coronavirus Cases Edge Toward 1M As Deaths Surge In US & Europe: 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
Half the world on lockdown, AFP reports
UN climate summit canceled
Singapore reports 49 new cases
London’s Francis Crick institute develops rapid test
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 (1030ET): As data begin to show that lockdowns in Italy and Spain are finally showing some success in ‘flattening the curve’ (though this unfortunately didn’t stop hospitals in Madrid and Milan and the surrounding area from being overwhelmed), more leaders are imposing them. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday extended the country’s “non-working holiday” until the end of April, adding an additional 2 weeks to the shutdown as he insisted that the isolation efforts were working to stop the spread of the virus.

The AFP, which has been assiduously tracking stay at home orders and government lockdowns, just proclaimed that half of the world’s population has been subjected to some level of lockdown during the crisis so far.

As the US quarantines troops in Afghanistan, the French government announced on Thursday that four French soldiers stationed in Mali have tested positive for COVID-19. Of them, three have been sent home.

Elsewhere, Singapore reported 49 new novel coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising the city-state’s total number of infections to 1,049. It’s the latest indication that Asian countries that initially found success in combating the virus are seeing a resurgence.

In the UK, the official death toll from the coronavirus rose 24% to 2,921 as of Thursday morning, the Department of Health announced. Total cases numbered at 33,718.


Even as Boeing’s CEO brazenly insists his company won’t accept federal bailout money if it would leave the federal government with a stake in Boeing, the struggling aerospace company and defense contractor on Thursday rolled out a ‘voluntary worker layoff program’, telling employees that it hoped to avoid “other workforce actions” as the entire aviation industry is rattled by the crisis.

And unfortunately for Greta Thunberg, who has probably finished recovering from her imaginary case of the coronavirus by now, the outbreak has led to this year’s United Nations global climate summit being postponed. Looks like Greta will need to find another gathering of world leaders to shout at.

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