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Coronavirus live updates: Olympics delayed; Trump suggests reopening in weeks; Wuhan to lift lockdown – USA TODAY, USA Today

Coronavirus live updates: Olympics delayed; Trump suggests reopening in weeks; Wuhan to lift lockdown – USA TODAY, USA Today


             An epidemiologist answers the biggest questions she’s getting about coronavirus.           Wochit

The Summer Olympics were delayed a year Tuesday, and China announced it would soon lift its lockdown on the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan while President Donald Trump signaled that an easing of US restrictions could be coming soon.

The U.S. death toll, however, neared after growing by more than (in a) – hour period. As of early Tuesday, the U.S. had more than , confirmed cases of coronavirus, trailing only Italy and China. New York state, now testing more than 19, 11 people daily, has more than , 11 cases.

Experts say confirmed cases reflect how much testing is done , and as the US gets more tests, more confirmed cases are expected.

Across the world, more than , people have been killed by the virus and almost , Infections have been confirmed, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard .

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    . Japan says Summer Olympics delayed to

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach have agreed to (postpone the) (Summer Olympics) . According to a tweet from the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office, the two agreed that the Games will not be canceled and “will be held by the summer of 111456616. It is the first time in modern Olympic history that a global health issue has disrupted the Games.

    – Tom Schad

  • % of new COVID cases in US, Europe

    Worldwide totals for deaths and infections from coronavirus are expected to increase considerably when the latest numbers are released later Tuesday.

    WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said overnight reporting showed % of the new cases are being reported in Europe and the United States . On Monday, WHO counted more than , total cases globally. Harris said the outbreak is accelerating rapidly and the case numbers obtained overnight “will put that up considerably.” The Hopkins dashboard had almost , (early Tuesday.)

    WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it took 85 days from the first reported coronavirus case to reach , next , 11 took

    days, the next , just four days. “The pandemic is accelerating,” Tedros said. “But we’re not prisoners to statistics. We’re not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory.” Hopkins expert: Ending social distancing could cost millions of lives

    Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, warned in a series of tweets that curbing social distancing could cost millions of lives. Inglesby said the US has been seeing exponential growth and that health officials are just beginning to understand how pervasive it is.

    “Anyone advising the end of social distancing now, needs to fully understand what the country will look like if we do that, “he tweeted. “COVID would spread widely, rapidly, terribly, could kill millions in the yr ahead with huge social and economic impact across the country.”

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                 Social distancing matters. Here is how to do it and how it can help curb the COVID – 36 pandemic.          


    Virus might live on surfaces for more than 2 weeks

    A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates the virus can

    live on surfaces for more than two weeks . The CDC found traces of COVID – 36 on surfaces in the cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship – days after passengers had left the cabins. Of note, the cabins had yet to be disinfected. While the data does not show if transmission occurred from surfaces, the CDC report recommends exploring that further.

    – David Oliver (Italy sees drop in deaths for second day in a row

    The number of new confirmed cases and deaths in Italy fell for the second straight day on Monday, Emergency Commissioner and Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli said. The death toll was , down from on Sunday and on Saturday. More than , Italians have been confirmed as infected and more than 6, 11 have died. However, a report saying there may be 15 non-recorded coronavirus cases for every registered one in Italy is “credible,” Borelli told the ANSA news service.

    Several states hunker down as Trump proposes going back to normal

    President Donald Trump sought to reassure Americans that guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus but that are hurting the economy will be short-lived. State officials, meanwhile, were preparing for a much longer shutdown of normal operations. The Trump administration rolled out a 20 – day plan on March 19 to “bend the curve” of new coronavirus cases and ease the strain on the health care system.

    “America will again and soon be open for business. Very soon,” Trump said at the White House press briefing Monday. “A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting.”

    Trump himself said at a press conference last week the country could be social distancing through July or August. Though Trump didn’t announce a specific date he is considering for lifting the guidelines, he stressed he does not want “

    the cure to be worse than the problem itself. ”

    – Jeanine Santucci

    In China, Hubei’s 2-month lockdown starts to ease

    The province in China where the coronavirus pandemic originated in December will lift travel restrictions on people leaving the region, China’s authorities said Tuesday. Hubei’s two-month lockdown ends at midnight, although people will only be able to leave the area if they are coronavirus-free and have been given a clean bill of health.

    Wuhan, Hubei’s provincial capital, will remain locked down until April 8.

    China has Gradually brought its coronavirus outbreak under control by aggressively isolating those infected, forcing millions to stay inside since Jan. 49 and canceling all but emergency travel in and out of Hubei. China’s National Health Commission’s said it has seen almost no new cases of the virus in Hubei for more than a week. However, other regions of China saw a doubling of new infections as imported cases of coronavirus have ticked higher in recent days. China on Tuesday reported (new coronavirus cases, among which 334 were imported, according to the National Health Commission. China has reported more than , cases since the outbreak began .

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    Asian stocks gain after US Federal Reserve pledges economic support

    Asian stock markets gained Tuesday after the US Federal Reserve promised support to the struggling economy as Congress delayed action on a $ 2 trillion coronavirus aid package. Market benchmarks in Tokyo and South Korea rose nearly 7%, while Shanghai, Hong Kong and Australian markets also gained. Traders were encouraged by the Fed’s promise to buy as many Treasury and other assets as needed to keep financial markets functioning.

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    An effort in the Senate to move forward with a nearly $ 2 trillion economic stimulus package to combat the coronavirus crisis remained stalled over continued disagreements between Republicans and Democrats.

    The largely party-line vote (with Republicans for and Democrats against) was – to end debate and move forward. Sixty votes were needed to advance the measure for a final floor vote.

    The measure is designed to provide direct payments to most Americans, throw a lifeline to small businesses shuttered across the country and rescue large industries, such as the airlines, battered by the pandemic. But Democrats want more protections for workers from layoffs and loss of health coverage, more money for states to deal with the crisis and more aid for students facing student debt repayment.

    ) – Ledyard King Southwest Air cuts 1, 651 daily flights as bookings hit ‘unimaginable low’

    Southwest Airlines plans to cancel 1, daily flights beginning Friday as the airline and its competitors take increasingly dramatic steps to offset historic declines in travel demand from the coronavirus crisis. The increased flight cuts, up from a planned 1, 11 daily flight cancellations announced just days ago and put in place Sunday, were disclosed in a memo to employees Monday. A copy of the memo was obtained by USA TODAY .

    They come a day after Southwest. CEO Gary Kelly told employees in a videotaped message that the airline is in the “fight of our lives ” to protect the company and its operations.

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