Global Coronavirus Cases Top 1.5 Million, Deaths Approach 90k: Live Updates

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Wed, 04/08/2020

Summary:

Confirmed cases across Africa pass 10k
China reopens Wuhan
Global case total passes 1.4 million
Russia reports another record daily jump in new cases
UK reports another record jump in deaths
France extends lockdown after April 15
Global case total tops 1.5 million while deaths near 90k
Mnuchin reportedly tells Dems $98 billion loans approved
Italy reports slight acceleration in cases as deaths, ICU patients fall
Sunak says Johnson “improving”
NYC reportedly has enough ventilators to get through this week
Scientists find evidence some recovered don’t have antibodies
Swss gov’t sees GDP contracting as much as 10.4 % in 2020
LA mayor orders businesses to enforce social distancing
WHO’s Dr. Tedros responds to Trump
WHO again insists lockdowns must stay in effect
Iraq extends border closure with Iran
Indonesia outbreak continues to accelerate
Ethiopia joins growing list of African states by declaring state of emergency
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Update (1530ET): BNO News reports that the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed 1.5 million, while the death toll approaches 90k. BNO’s numbers are slightly higher than Johns Hopkins University, another chronicler of news and information concerning the outbreak.

And with China opening the floodgates in Wuhan, we suspect that number is about to start growing a lot more quickly.

Looking at the global curve, the pace of the acceleration in recent weeks is staggering, and has been driven in large part by the US, which has the largest share of confirmed cases. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, responding to Trump’s criticism, insisted that now isn’t the time to talk about money.

“For God’s sake,” he said, noting the more than 80,000 confirmed deaths so far. “Even one person is precious.” He added, “if you don’t want more body bags, don’t politicize this,” he said.

“If you don’t want many more body bags than you refrain from politicizing it.”

In other words, don’t criticize the obvious conflict of interest involving China, or the price will be bodies.

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Update (1515ET): Johns Hopkins just reported that the number of confirmed cases of the virus is 1,475,976…drawing ever closer to the 1.5 million milestone.

Meanwhile, here’s a clip from Cuomo’s press conference earlier this afternoon.

Update (1450ET): American companies including Ford and GE have worked together to rearrange their supply chains to start producing ventilators, the first of which likely won’t be ready until months after they’re needed. Now, GM has joined them.

The $490 million deal will provide the Department of Health and Human Services with another 30k in ventilators, at a price of $17,000 apiece.

Meanwhile, Cali Gov Gavin Newsom’s news briefing for Wednesday is about to begin.

Update (1440ET): The Presidential Palace has just confirmed that President Emmanuel Macron will extend France’s lockdown past April 15.

In other news, the Mnuchin PPP loan-approval ticker continues: A leak that just hit the wires claims Mnuchin told Dems that $98 billion in loans have already been approved, more than a quarter of the total amount allotted by Congress.

We’ll believe it when we see it.

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One Response to “Global Coronavirus Cases Top 1.5 Million, Deaths Approach 90k: Live Updates”

  1. Fossil

    Tyler your a punk

    #3186
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