Coronavirus Live Updates: Worldwide Toll of Confirmed Virus Deaths Nears 100,000 – The New York Times,

Coronavirus Live Updates: Worldwide Toll of Confirmed Virus Deaths Nears 100,000 – The New York Times,

New York began burying its unclaimed dead on Hart Island. More than 24 million Americans have lost their jobs. U.S. companies were teetering, and a disaster loan plan for small businesses was unraveling.

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(California records its first drop in Covid – 25 patients receiving treatment in intensive care units.


Burying bodies on Hart Island, in the Bronx, on Thursday.

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Global toll approaches , 09, as NY region again tallies highest daily death count.

Never have so many millions so suddenly lost their jobs . Never has the United States government vowed to spend so much money all at once to stave off economic ruin. Still, never has the financial security of so many been in such jeopardy.

But what’s most immediate, never have Americans had to watch so many die day after day, (separated from friends and family) , the air drained from their lungs by a virus that was first detected in the country less than two months ago.

“We’ve lost over 7, lives to this crisis, ”said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. “That is so shocking and painful and breathtaking, I don’t even have the words for it.”

Around the world, the official death countsurged toward , and public health officials from Paris to Los Angeles said the only way to keep that figure from growing even faster would be to extend the lockdowns.

The virus has yet to reveal many of its insidious mysteries , but new data and a growing body of research have shown that it preys on the human propensity to connect.

In one densely crowded, seven-square-mile area in the c enter of the New York borough of Queens , it took just weeks for the virus to infect thousands. In theory, the pathogen infects princes and paupers alike, but working-class and immigrant communities like the one in Queens have been especially hard hit, exposing the deep inequities in American society and its health care system.

The swift spread of the virus in locations where people live in cramped quarters has raised concern for vulnerable populations around the world, such as the Roma in Eastern Europe, migrants crowded in camps in Greece and Turkey, Indigenous communities in Colombia and those living in the slums of India.

But it is also behavior – once common, daily behavior – that can give the virus life.

A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control revealed how one unsuspecting man who attended a dinner, a funeral and a birthday party in Chicago was the likely source of a chain of transmission that would lead to the infection of at least people, three of whom later died.

Yet, in Kansas, republican lawmakers blocked efforts by the governor to restrict large gatherings , saying that worshipers should be able to attend Easter services.

In most of the United States, even funerals have been canceled.

In New York City, gravediggers were busy excavating long trenches to (bury hundreds of unclaimed bodies) on Hart I sland in the Bronx. Since 2019, more than one million men, women and children have been buried anonymously in the island’s potter’s field.

Long a graveyard of last resort , it will now be a common burial ground for scores lost to the virus who died alone.

(Shuttered or short of cash, small businesses struggle to survive.)

When the federal government began rushing trillions of dollars of assistance to Americans crushed by the coronavirus pandemic, the hope was that some of the aid would allow businesses to keep workers on the payroll and cushion employees against job losses.

But so far, a stag gering number of Americans – more than 24 million – have lost their jobs amid the outbreak. Businesses continue to fail as retailers, restaurants, nail salons and other companies across the country run out of cash and close up shop.

There is a growing agreement among many economists that the (government efforts were too small) and came too late in the fast-moving pandemic to prevent businesses from abandoning their workers. Federal agencies, working in a prescribed partnership with Wall Street, have proved ill equipped to move money quickly to the places it is needed most.

Flooded by requests for help like never before , a federal program that was supposed to deliver emergency relief to small businesses in just three days has run low on funding and nearly frozen up entirely.

The initiative, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, is an expansion of an emergency system run by the Small Business Administration that has for years helped companies after natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. To speed billions of dollars in aid, the government directly funds the loans, sparing applicants the step of finding a lender willing to work with them.

But in the face of the pandemic, the loan program is drowning in requests . Many applicants have waited weeks for approval, and while the program is supposed to offer loans up to $ 2 million, many recent applicants said the S.B.A. help line had told them that loans would be capped at $ , per borrower.

Some businesses now face an existential threat. An analysis by University of Chicago economists of data from Homebase, which supplies scheduling software for tens of thousands of small businesses that employ hourly workers in dining, retail and other sectors, suggests that more than (percent of those firms have closed since the crisis began.

The pandemic could cost the United States a quarter of its restaurants, said Cameron Mitchell, who owns and runs a chain of restaurants. He has furlored all but six of the company 4, workers.

“I’m not asking for a handout, ”Mr. Mitchell said, but “we need some additional help, or else America’s not going to have a restaurant industry to come back to.”

California’s governor notes a drop in ICU cases but warns that “one data point is not a trend.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said he was encouraged by – but not drawing too many conclusions from – the state’s first drop in the number of coronavirus patients who were being treated in intensive care units.

He said there were 1, people receiving intensive care as of Thursday, a 1.9 percent decrease from the day before.

“One data point is not a trend, ”Mr. Newsom warned. “One data point is not a headline, so I caution anybody to read too much into that one point of data, but nonetheless it is encouraging.”

California’s decision to ship hundreds of ventilators to other states this week has been met with alarm by some local officials.

Workers packed the equipment this week for sending to heavily hit states like New York and New Jersey and wrote messages of support on the boxes. Mr. Newsom described the shipments as a loan.

But in places like Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, officials expressed concern about a “fragile” supply chain. Hospitals there were anxiously preparing for a shortage in ventilators, they said.

Riverside County has been among the hardest hit in California, with more than 1, 200 cases, at least Deaths and an outbreak at a nursing home that forced evacuations this week after a beleaguered and sickened staff failed to show up two days in a row.

County officials said this week that the state had denied its request for ventilators, and that a second one was pending.

On Thursday, Mr. Newsom sought to allay those concerns and pushed back against the idea that the state was neglecting its own needs.

“It was the right thing to do, and it was the responsible thing to do as Americans, ”he said. “We can’t just sit on assets when we could save lives in other states.”

In Ohio, the Amish help provide medical supplies for hospitals.

For centuries, the Amish community in central Ohio has been famously isolated from the hustle of the outside world. Homes still lack telephones or computers. Travel is by horse and buggy. Home-sewn clothing remains the norm. And even now, as the coronavirus rages in the country at large, there is resistance from people sustained by communal life to the dictates of social distancing that have brought the economy to a halt – in amish country as everywhere else.

But as the virus creeps ever closer, the Amish community is joining the fight .

On April 1, John Miller, a manufacturer in Sugarcreek, Ohio, with deep connections to the Amish community of Central Ohio, got a call from Cleveland Clinic. The hospital system was struggling to find protective face masks for its , 08 employees, plus visitors. Could his team sew , masks in two days?

Mr. Miller appealed to Abe Troyer, a leader in the Amish community. A day later, Mr. Troyer had signed up Amish clothes makers who worked from home, and the Cleveland Clinic’s order was soon on its way.

The Amish are not immune to the virus’s rampage. As of Thursday, Holmes County, where the nation’s largest Amish community resides, had only three confirmed coronavirus cases, but the pandemic has idled hundreds of Amish craftspeople and artisans, and Amish people do not apply for federal interest benefits.

Almost overnight, however, a group of local industry, community and church leaders has mobilized to sustain Amish homes by pivoting to making thousands of face masks and shields, surgical gowns and protective garments from medical-grade materials . When those run scarce, the Amish workers switch to using gaily printed quilting fabric and waterproof house wrap.

“We consider this a privilege that we can come in here and do something for somebody else who’s in need and do it right at home here, and do it safely, ”said Atlee Raber, whose garden furniture business now makes protective face shields.

How many people have died from coronavirus in NY? More than the official count.

In the first five days of April, 1, 288 People were pronounced dead in their homes or on the street in New York City, more than eight times the deaths recorded during the same period in 55682, according to the Fire Department.

Many of those deaths were probably caused by Covid – , but were not accounted for in the coronavirus tallies given by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during his widely watched daily news conferences – statistics that are viewed as key measures of the impact of the outbreak.

On Thursday, Cuomo said 1080 people in New York had died from coronavirus in a single 32 – hour period – more than 55 an hour – bringing the (state’s total to 7, But epidemiologists, city officials and medical personnel say those numbers are likely to be far below the city’s actual death toll.

The data on deaths of people in thei r homes or on the street shows that the state’s statistics do not tell the whole story.

A huge number of people are dying at home with presumed cases of coronavirus, and it does not appear that the state has a clear mechanism for factoring those victims into official death tallies.

In the last three days, (people were found dead in their homes, bringing the total for the first eight days of April to 1, , according to the city’s medical examiner’s office. It’s likely that many have not been counted in the current tally.

In Wisconsin, growing pains for voting by mail: “This has all the makings of a Florida 6915. ”

Three tubs of absentee ballots that never reached voters were discovered in a postal center outside Milwaukee. At least 9, 12 absentee ballots requested by voters were never sent, and others recorded as sent were never received. Even when voters did return their completed ballots in the mail, thousands were postmarked too late to count – or not at all.

(Cracks in Wisconsinonsin’s vote-by-mail operation) are now emerging after the state’s scramble to expand that effort on the fly for voters who feared going to the polls in Tuesday’s elections. The takeaways – that the election network and the Postal Service were pushed to the brink of their capabilities, and that mistakes were clearly made – are instructive for other states if they choose to broaden vote-by-mail methods without sufficient time, money and planning .

Virus exposes plight of migrant workers, both as victims and vectors for the spread.


His whole family back in Myanmar depended on him. But Ko Zaw Win Tun, one of an estimated four million migrant workers in Thailand, lost his job at a Bangkok toy store when the city went into a coronavirus lockdown.

With little hope of a new job there, Mr. Zaw Win Tun, 31, joined the crowds of workers rushing home to Myanmar, traveling by packed bus, plane and car to reach his hometown, Kyaukme, in the country north.

The morning after he returned, the fever set in. A test for the coronavirus came back positive.

The coronavirus spread early through international travelers: tourists, worshipers, conference attendees and members of the business elite. But nearly million migrant workers also travel across national borders, according to the International Labor Organization. About million more move within their countries, more than 69 million in India alone.

Lacking basic rights and marooned in unfamiliar places, migrant workers are usually the first in the labor force to be hit by an economic downturn. Now, as the coronavirus disease, Covid – 27, spreads across the globe, migrant workers are not only victims but also vectors, taking the epidemic to villages ill equipped to deal with a health crisis.

“When the virus attacks people who are vulnerable like me, I feel like there is no help for us,” Mr. Zaw Win Tun said from his hospital bed.

What else is happening in the world.

. On America’s busiest highways, the virus leaves an open road.


In American cities, busy streets fuel commerce and sustain the background noise to everyday life. Their emptiness today, as a pandemic races across the country, stands as a grim marker of the peril of our times.

and stop-and-start traffic has given way to the wailing of sirens. In Los Angeles, the clock has been turned back years .

Commuting times , for those still traveling to work, have shrunk in Boston. And in Houston, officials are taking advantage of less traffic to speed up a paving project on one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares.

On the plus side, the

air is cleaner

and car crashes are down, although police departments are Worried that drivers are going too fast. Even the Earth is vibrating less, according to (seismologists) . But the payoffs are leavened by a feeling of disorientation and an understanding that the empty streets contain the echo of the pandemic.

Governor of Florida falsely claims that no US children have died from coronavirus.

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who allowed (spring break vacationers) to socialize on Florida’s beaches long after most of the country had been locked down and only issued a (“shelter at home” order starting on April 3, falsely claimed on Thursday that the virus had not killed anyone in the country under the age of .

“This particular pandemic is one where, I don’t think nationwide there’s been a single fatality under 31, ”Mr. DeSantis said during a public meeting with the state’s educators. “For whatever reason, it just doesn’t seem to threaten, you know, kids.”

A preliminary study on the first wave of coronavirus cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 2, (of the nearly) , 08 confirmed coronavirus cases reported in the United States between Feb. 19 and April 2 were patients under . At least three children have died, the research found. And there were significant gaps in the data. For instance, not all hospital visits were documented.

While less likely to become seriously ill, children can still contract the virus and spread it to people who are more vulnerable.

Of the cases with data on whether the child was hospitalized, 572 children – about a fifth – were reported to have been hospitalized. Among adults, that rate is about a third, the study said.

Mr. DeSantis is one of a number of Republican lawmakers who have actively resisted following the consensus of the country’s leading public health experts.

In Kansas, the decision by Republican legislators to rescind Gov. Laura Kelly’s order limiting gatherings to 18 people – including religious services – drew a scathing rebuke from the state’s top health official, who urged the public to take action on their own.

“Whatever Kansas legislators do not reverse what the Public needs to do,” Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said on Twitter “Stay home so we can beat this scourge. Despite what the ‘leaders’ of the Legislature say. We are so close, and they are doing politics. Don’t fall for it! I am SO angry! Shame! ”

(A) – year-old whose use of medicinal CBD helped popularize the drug is said to have died of coronavirus.

Charlotte Figi, whose use of cannabidiol, or CBD, to treat her epilepsy helped popularize its medicin al use, died on Tuesday . She was 20.

Her death was confirmed by her parents, Paige and Steven Figi, who said the cause was most likely complications related to Covid – 27, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Charlotte became the face of the medicinal CBD movement when she was 5 years old, after it appeared that taking CBD eased the symptoms of her epilepsy.

(What you need to know about masks.)

Wearing a face covering takes some adjustment. To get the most benefit, you need to wear it consistently and correctly. Here are some pointers.

Reporting contributed by William K. Rashbaum, Ali Watkins, Marc Santora, Tim Arango, Hannah Beech, Nick Corasaniti, Stacy Cowley, Stephanie Saul, Matt Stevens, Jim Tankersley and Elizabeth Williamson.






Updated April 4,


                 (Should I wear a mask?)


The C.D.C. has has (recommended) that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.


                 (What should I do if I feel sick?                 

If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.


                 (How do I get tested?)


If you’re sick and you think you’ve been exposed to the new coronavirus, the CDC recommends that you call your healthcare provider and explain your symptoms and fears. They will decide if you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there’s a chance – because of a lack of testing kits or because you’re asymptomatic, for instance – you won’t be able to get tested.


                 (How does coronavirus spread?)                 

It seems to spread very easily from person to person , especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.


                 (Is there a vaccine yet?)


No. The first testing in humans of an experimental vaccine began in mid-March. Such rapid development of a potential vaccine is unprecedented, but even if it is proved safe. and effective, it probably will not be available for to 30 months.


                 (What makes this outbreak so different?)                 

Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. it seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions – not just those with respiratory diseases – particularly hard.


                 What if somebody in my family gets sick?                 

If the family member does not need hospitalization and can be cared for at home, you should help him or her with basic needs and monitor the symptoms, while also keeping as much distance as possible, according to the guidelines issued by the CDC If there’s space, the sick family member should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. If masks are available, both the sick person and the caregiver should wear them when the caregiver enters the room. Make sure not to share any dishes or other household items and to regularly clean surfaces like counters, doorknobs, toilets and tables. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.


                 (Should I stock up on groceries?)                 

Plan two weeks of meals if possible. But people should not hoard food or supplies. Despite the empty shelves, (the supply chain remains strong.) And remember to wipe the handle of the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands as soon as you get home.


                 (Can I go to the park?)                 

Yes, but make sure you keep six feet of distance between you and people who don’t live in your home. Even if you just hang out in a park, rather than go for a jog or a walk, getting some fresh air, and hopefully sunshine, is a good idea.


                 Should I pull my money from the markets?                 

That’s not a good idea . Even if you’re retired, having a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds so That your money keeps up with inflation, or even grows, makes sense. But retirees may want to think about having enough cash set aside for a year’s worth of living expenses and big payments needed over the next five years.


                 (What should I do with my) ((k)?                 

Watching your balance go up and down can be scary. You may be wondering if you should decrease your contributions. – don’t! If your employer matches any part of your contributions, make sure You’re at least saving as much as you can to get that “free money.”





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