The public health crisis has worsened in New York, where a funeral home in a hard-hit neighborhood had 185 bodies piled up – more than triple normal capacity. The city has experienced at least 1,500 deaths from viruses.
“It’s surreal,” said owner Pat Marmo, adding that he was begging families to insist that hospitals keep their loved ones as long as possible. ” We need help. “
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Worldwide, the number of reported infections has reached another grim milestone – 1 million, with more than 53,000 deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. But the real numbers are said to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported mild cases and suspicions that some countries are covering the scale of their epidemics.
Spain on Thursday reported a record number of one-day deaths, 950, bringing its overall death toll to around 10,000, despite signs of a slowing rate of infection. Italy recorded an additional 760 deaths, for a total of 13,900, the worst of all countries, but new infections continued to stabilize.
France has registered a cumulative total of around 4,500 deaths in hospitals, including 471 in the last day. But authorities expect the overall toll to rise considerably, as they are just beginning to count deaths in nursing homes and other facilities for the aged.
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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he and his government colleagues “are fighting hour by hour” to avoid shortages of essential drugs used to keep COVID-19 patients in intensive care alive.
As the death toll rose, so did the economic benefits. New unemployment figures have shown that the epidemic put 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the fastest and most astonishing collapse the US labor market has ever experienced.
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About 90% of the American population is under home order, and many factories, restaurants, stores and other businesses are closed or have seen their sales decline. Economists have warned that unemployment would almost certainly exceed that of the Great Recession a decade ago and could reach levels not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s.
“My anxiety is going through the roof right now, not knowing what’s going to happen,” said Laura Wieder, dismissed from her job as manager of a now closed sports bar in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
The pandemic will cost the global economy up to $ 4.1 trillion, or almost 5% of all economic activity, the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines announced on Friday.
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It is estimated that at least one million people in Europe have lost their jobs in the past two weeks. Spain alone added more than 300,000 to its unemployment lists in March.
But job losses in Europe appear to be much lower than in the United States due to the larger social safety nets of the countries.
Estimates of those in China, the second largest economy in the world, have lost jobs or are underemployed reach 200 million. The government announced Friday that it will provide an additional trillion yuan ($ 142 billion) to local banks to lend at prime rates to small and medium-sized businesses that provide the bulk of employment.
With more than 245,000 people infected in the United States and the death toll exceeding 6,000, preparations for reflection were underway. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the Pentagon for 100,000 body bags because of the possibility that the funeral homes are overflowed, the military said.
White House Coronavirus Task Group Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said data on infections in the United States suggests that Americans should emulate the European nations that have started to see the spread of the virus slow by a strict social distancing.
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The Trump administration was formalizing new guidelines to recommend that Americans wear non-medical masks, t-shirts, or bandanas over their mouths and noses when in public, and preserve medical masks for those on front lines.
But there are still shortages of critical equipment, including masks, in Europe and the United States.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned that New York could run out of breathing machines in six days. He complained that states either compete for protective gear and breathing apparatus, or are outbid by the federal government.
Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act in hopes of boosting production of medical grade masks by 3M, based in Minnesota, to help first responders. Washington is also trying to suppress a growing black market for protective medical supplies.
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Nine major European teaching hospitals have warned that they will run out of essential medicines for COVID-19 intensive care patients in less than two weeks.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially the elderly and people with health conditions, it can cause serious symptoms like pneumonia.
As a sign of the impact of the epidemic on the United States military, the captain of a Navy aircraft carrier faced with a growing epidemic of the virus was fired by Navy officials who said he had created panic by sending his memo asking too many people for help. Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, said the ship’s captain, Captain Brett Crozier, “had extremely poor judgment” in the midst of a crisis.
Elsewhere among the world’s most vulnerable, aid workers were preparing for a possible outbreak among more than a million Rohingya Muslim refugees living in cramped camps in Bangladesh.
And in a move likely to anger China, US and Taiwanese officials, the island claimed by Beijing as its own territory, held a virtual meeting on Sunday to discuss ways to increase Taiwan’s international participation, in particular within the World Health Organization where it is from. excluded at the insistence of China.
Hinnant reported from Paris. Sherman reported from Washington. Associated Press writers around the world have contributed.
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