California Suffers Deadliest Day Of Coronavirus Outbreak With 115 Fatalities: Live Updates

Thursday, April 23, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 04/23/2020


Russia reports thousands of new cases
Turkey becomes first country in Asia to cross 100k cases in “official” count
Indonesia reports dozens of new deaths
UK sees deaths slow for 2nd day
Merkel warns “we’re still at the beginning” of the outbreak
German leader told fellow EU leaders that fiscal package must be “huge”
Cuomo says 14% of random sample of NYers tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies; 21.2% in NYC
NY deaths continue to slow
Oklahoma becomes latest state to start reopening Friday
Trump says he “strongly disagrees” with Georgia’s plan to reopen
China pledges $30 million to WHO
California reports 115 deaths
Pompeo demands China permanently close all wet markets
NJ on cusp of reporting 100k cases as state unveils new saliva test
France’s stretch of slowing case growth hits 1 week mark
Turkey cases top 100k
Lagarde says relief fund needed fast
Cuomo says McConnell’s remark about allowing states to file for bankruptcy was “dumb”
Vietnam, Greece announce plans to start reopening
Data shows nearly 90% of patients placed on ventilator never recover
Some Wuhan doctors see virus reemerge in patients 70 days after negative test
Malaysia extends lockdown for 3rd time
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Update (1545ET): Oklahoma governor says salons and barbershops can reopen statewide for ‘appointments only’ on this Friday, while restaurants, gyms and theaters will be allowed to reopen on May 1.

As of Thursday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health had reported 3,017 confirmed positive coronavirus cases, along with 179 people who have died. Nine more deaths were reported Thursday, with six having occurred in the past 24 hours, and the others having died between April 18-April 21.

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Update (1535ET): California recorded 115 deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, making Wednesday the deadliest day so far for America’s most populous state. Meanwhile, the number of occupied hospital beds and ICU beds continued to decline, Gov Gavin Newsom said.

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Update (1430ET): New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday that New Jersey is on the cusp of reporting its 100,000th confirmed case of the virus, as the state ramps up testing. On Thursday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey jumped to 99,989, with more than 4,000 new cases confirmed over the last 24 hours.

“Of the nearly 100,000 total cases we’ve reported since our first positive case on March 4th, roughly 46,000 of these individuals have now exited the two-week incubation window,” Murphy said during his briefing.

At least 5,368 people have died from coronavirus-related complications with 307 more deaths reported over the past 24 hours.

Preexisting conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes have been extremely prevalent among those who have succumbed to the virus in the state, with as many as 60% exhibiting cardiovascular disease.

Despite the increase in deaths and cases, Murphy said that the spread has slowed. He also said that the state is going to start using new saliva tests developed by Rutgers University. That saliva-based test is going to be used starting next week at five testing centers.

“This is a total of more than 5,500 tests – more than 1,200 residents, and in excess of 4,300 staff,” Murphy said. “We are working to expand testing to other state workers and the individuals we serve,” he said. The Rutgers’ saliva test in 100% accurate compared to a traditional swab test in the nose, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Chancellor Dr. Brian Strom said.

Murphy believes that the state needs enough testing to start randomly testing – like New York has – before it moves ahead with reopening.

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