Global cases exceed 2 million, Trump casts doubt on China’s numbers


“I have to walk with my teddy bear”: Italians find unlikely excuses to challenge lock

An Italian police officer meets with a driver in Rome on Wednesday April 8 during the country’s isolation to stop the spread of the coronavirus.Filippo Monteforte / AFP – Getty Images

An empathetic woman outside her house to comfort her friend whose chicken was dead. A grief stricken man visits his grandmother at the cemetery while the wife is well at home. A woman walks her turtle in the park.

In Italy, where the government has applied some of the world’s toughest locking restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, people have found improbable excuses to get out of the house.

From the man walking his son’s stuffed animal to the couple frankly admitting that their love could not separate them, the stories caught the eye of Rome-based journalist Salvatore Dama, who started a daily list of the ten most tragicomic reasons why the Italians defied the foreclosure.

His daily Facebook lists, based on local information, became so popular that he decided to turn them into an electronic book, with proceeds going to a hospital in Bergamo, one of Italy’s hardest hit cities.

The number of coronavirus deaths reported in long-term care facilities has more than doubled to 5,670 since last week, according to health status data collected by NBC News, driven by huge increases in hard-hit states like New York, where more than 2% of nursing home residents have died from the virus.

The number of deaths is based on data from 29 state health departments and includes nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities. An NBC News survey released last week found 2,246 long-term care facility deaths in 24 states.

There are now 3,466 long-term care facilities in 39 states with known coronavirus infections, according to state data – nearly 1,000 more facilities than state officials reported to NBC News the last week.

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Germany plans partial reopening of shops and schools

A German Red Cross aide, on the left, swabs a patient in his car during the official opening of a driving coronavirus testing center in Dresden on Wednesday. Jens Meyer / AP

Germany will begin to reopen some stores and schools starting next week, with the aim of reducing lock-in restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday.

Merkel said some companies up to 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) will be allowed to reopen next Monday. Schools are expected to reopen after May 3.

“We realized something that was not certain at the start, that our doctors, nurses, all those who work in hospitals, were not overwhelmed,” she said. “Our health system has resisted.”

However, Merkel warned that this is a “fragile intermediate outcome” and that citizens should continue to live with the virus until there is a medicine, and ideally a vaccine.

South Korea’s coronavirus battle propels Moon’s party to election victory

South Korean election officials sort out the ballots for the counting of the votes during the legislative elections at a gymnasium in Seoul on Wednesday. Jung Yeon-je / AFP – Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s ruling party won an absolute majority in the legislative elections, the results showed Thursday, an overwhelming victory driven by successes in the country’s efforts to contain the coronavirus epidemic.

The election was seen around the world as one of the first national votes since the start of the pandemic.

Authorities have taken strict security measures, disinfecting the 14,000 polling stations and forced voters to wear masks, have their temperatures checked, use hand sanitizer and plastic gloves, and maintain a safe distance. security compared to others.

Driven by a record turnout in early polling this weekend, turnout was 66.2%, higher than any legislative election held since 1992, according to the National Election Commission. About 2,800 coronavirus patients were allowed to vote by mail or in person, using special booths, while more than 13,000 in self-quarantine voted after the polls closed.

Trump to Convene G7 Leaders to Discuss Pandemic

President Donald Trump will hold a video conference call with G7 leaders on Thursday to coordinate national responses to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House announced Wednesday.

Trump – who heads the G7 this year – had planned to hold this year’s summit during the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, in June, but moved it to a virtual setting due to the virus.

Later that day, Trump will hold a call with U.S. senators and members of the House and governors, where he is expected to discuss the COVID-19 response and the economic recovery, the brief said.

The Group of Seven Nations includes the United States, France, Britain, Italy, Canada, Japan and Germany – all of whom have been hard hit by the virus.

L.A. Rams “Brian Allen” on the road to recovery “after a positive test

Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus three weeks ago, the team confirmed on Wednesday evening.

He appears to be the first confirmed NFL player to test positive for the disease.

Allen, 24, who was selected in the 2018 NFL Draft earlier today said Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that he woke up and couldn’t feel anything, lost his sense of taste and had flu-like symptoms.

“He’s feeling great, he’s healthy and he’s on the road to recovery,” the Rams tweeted Wednesday evening. The statement came from comments by Rams head coach Sean McVay at Glazer, according to an article on the team’s website. McVay said that after the positive test, the team immediately shut down their facilities.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced in March that he tested positive for the coronavirus, and at the time, he was considered the first major figure in the league to be positive for the virus.

Students could take SAT at home if schools remain closed

A home version of the SAT college entrance exam is being prepared in case schools remain closed in the fall, College Board officials said on Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the June tests.

Instead of a paper and pencil test carried out under the supervision of supervisors, the home version would be digital and based on “remote monitoring”. This could include using the computer’s camera and microphone to monitor movement or conversation, said College Board president Jeremy Singer during a conference call with reporters.

Rival ACT will also launch a home option in late fall or early winter, review administrators said on Wednesday.

“We would much prefer schools to reopen, but we are ready to innovate and deliver in the unlikely event we need to,” said David Coleman, executive director of the College Board.

CNN presenter’s wife Chris Cuomo also has a coronavirus

CNN presenter’s wife Chris Cuomo also has the coronavirus, he said in his program on Wednesday.

Chris Cuomo, 49, announced on March 31 that he had tested positive. He does his shows from his basement where he is quarantined.

“It is very rare for a family to be united,” Cuomo said in a discussion with his brother, Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. “Cristina now has COVID. It is now positive. And it breaks my heart. “

“It’s the only thing I hoped would not happen, and now it is,” said the anchor. Their children are in good health, he tweeted, adding that he cannot wait until his fever stops before he can help his wife as she did for him.

Earlier this month, Chris Cuomo said that the disease is “not a breeze,” even for those who do not require hospitalization, that he lost 13 pounds in three days, and he said people shouldn’t be lazy.


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