Health April 2, 2020
ROUNDUP: Coronavirus cases approach 1 million

By Fabian Sutch-Daggett - World Healthcare Journal

The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly approaching 1 million cases as the pandemic continues to escalate around the world. The US has witnessed record unemployment claims, and the death toll in Europe has continued to skyrocket. In China, where life is beginning to resume, “health codes” are now key for all activity outside of quarantine. Here are the latest developments from around the world:

  • The US has seen another extreme rise in those filing for unemployment, after 6.6 million citizens last week sought unemployment assistance after losing their jobs due to coronavirus. This followed the previous week’s record of more than 3.3 million submitting files - a never before seen jump in numbers, not even in the 2008 financial crisis. Nearly 10 million Americans are now jobless as a direct result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

  • The Trump administration is resisting calls to issue a nationwide lockdown, despite releasing harrowing projections on deaths in the US as a result of coronavirus. Donald Trump has urged state governors to make their own decisions in regards to lockdown, and Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Nevada tightened their restrictions on the same day. New York remains the worst-hit state in the nation, recording more than 1,900 deaths statewide.

  • The UK has recorded a record amount of deaths for the second day in a row, with the total number of fatalities in the UK standing at 2,921. This follows the announcement that Downing Street is considering providing “immunity certificates” to those who were infected but have since recovered, in order to allow them to leave quarantine early.

  • China has also implemented the usage of a “health code” system, which is mandatory for all citizens in order to use public transport, check into hotels, or enter the city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began in December. The system is one of the first steps in the return to normal life in the nation.

  • Furthermore, China’s city of Shenzhen has banned the consumption of cats, dogs, and wild animals, as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. Offenders can be fined up to 30 times the value of the wild animal if convicted.

  • President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte has told law enforcement and security forces they should “shoot dead” those causing “trouble” by breaching lockdown and quarantine measures.

  • Spain has recorded a total of 10,000 deaths as a result of coronavirus, the latest in a series of bleak milestones for the nation. This follows the nation recording its highest 24-hour death toll for the second day in a row.

  • The death toll in Italy has dropped to the lowest single-day increase in a week, signifying that the outbreak may be slowing in the nation. The current death toll stands at 13,915.

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