Night death toll in Spain low for 19 days
The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain fell for the third consecutive day on Saturday, with 510 deaths reported in the past 24 hours – the smallest overnight increase since March 23.
The slowdown is an encouraging sign for the country, which has suffered the third highest number of victims of the virus after Italy and the United States.
The total number of deaths in Spain from COVID-19 has risen to 16,353, the health ministry said in a statement, and the number of confirmed cases has reached more than 160,000.
Spanish lawmakers voted Thursday evening to extend the state of emergency until April 26, and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that it may be necessary to request a third extension to extend the measures until May.
Comedians Find New Ways To Entertain Quarantined Audience
Mary Beth Barone is used to playing comedies for hundreds of people at sold out concerts in New York. But these days, she performs live from her parents’ bathtub.
“It’s a new world we live in… the need to perform is a bit insatiable when you’re standing up, so at least it suffocates that even if it’s only for an hour and a half”, Barone told me .
Barone, 28, is one of many comedians adapting their stage performances to live broadcasts as the nation continues to quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Entertainment has gone digital as the United States uses social distance to stop the spread of the virus. Concerts are taking place on Instagram Live, movies have been released and made available for download ahead of schedule, and a litany of TV shows are ready to air. Comedy, however, has experienced a more difficult transition.
Read the rest here.
Is Philadelphia the next hot spot for the virus? Maybe not.
While it’s too early to tell if Philadelphia has averted an increase in coronaviruses that would overwhelm its healthcare system, the country’s sixth city has so far avoided becoming what some feared to be the next hot spot in the epidemic.
At a press conference this week, Vice President Mike Pence called Philadelphia “a particularly serious area,” adding that he had assured Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf that the federal government “would continue to allocate resources.” and support for this community. “
Experts predict that Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs will peak in coronavirus cases next week, and the city looks set to face the onslaught.
Read the rest here.
WHO warns of ‘deadly resurgence’ if blocking measures are lifted too early
The World Health Organization has warned that a premature lifting of the blocking restrictions by countries fighting the coronavirus could trigger a “deadly resurgence.”
As the organization works with countries on ways to gradually facilitate closures, doing so too quickly could be very dangerous, said managing director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“I know that some countries are already considering breaking home stay restrictions. The WHO wants the restrictions lifted as much as anyone, “he said Friday at a virtual press conference in Geneva.
“At the same time, lifting the restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The descent can be as dangerous as the ascent if it is not managed properly, “he added.
After months in space, astronauts return to a changed world
Two NASA astronauts said on Friday that they expect it will be difficult to return to such a radically changed world next week, after their nine-month mission to the International Space Station.
Astronaut Andrew Morgan said the crew tried to stay on top of the pandemic. But it’s hard to understand what’s really going on and what to expect, he said.
As an emergency room doctor in the military, Morgan added that he felt a bit guilty about coming back in the midst of the medical crisis.
Her colleague Jessica Meir, who participated in the first all-female spacewalk trip last fall, said it was “pretty surreal for us to see this whole situation unfolding on the planet below,” adding : “We can tell you that the Earth still looks just as breathtaking as usual from here, so it’s hard to believe all the changes that have happened since we are both here. “
Olympic gold medalist will complete Ironman at home to raise money for health care workers
Olympic gold medalist and three-time winner of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Jan Frodeno will support healthcare professionals in the fight against the epidemic by completing an Ironman triathlon at his home in Spain on Saturday.
The German athlete is broadcasting his 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.22-mile marathon on Facebook live. It is widely regarded as one of the most difficult day-long sporting events in the world.
“I want to take advantage of this event to support those who are currently competing in hospitals day after day,” he said on social media.
South Korea attaches electronic bracelets to those who challenge quarantine
The South Korean government has said it will attach electronic wristbands to people who challenge auto-quarantine orders after two weeks of preparation and manufacturing, as it tightens surveillance to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Officials said tighter controls were needed as some of the 57,000 people who were ordered to stay at home slipped and left smartphones with tracking apps behind. Plans for wider use of the bracelets have been curtailed after objections from human rights activists and lawyers.
Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho acknowledged the privacy and civil liberty concerns surrounding the tapes on Saturday, to be enforced by police and local administrative officials after two weeks of preparation and manufacturing .
However, he said the authorities needed more effective surveillance tools because the number of people placed in self-quarantine exploded after the country began imposing 14-day quarantines on all passengers arriving from the country. stranger on April 1 in the midst of worsening epidemics in Europe and the United States. . Other Korean officials have said that the government has no legal power to compel people to wear the bracelets and that they will be asked to sign consent forms.
Kentucky gov. says anyone who attends Easter services will be quarantined
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has implored residents to avoid gathering this weekend for the Easter holidays, warning that anyone who violates the order to stay at the state house will be subject to a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine.
Beshear said the state would record the information on the license plates of those seen at the mass rallies and pass it on to local public health officials. The quarantine notices will then be delivered in person.
The announcement was made on Good Friday, one of the holidays leading up to Easter Sunday.
Read the full story here.