The latest COVID-19 figures
The United States is likely to reach 400,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The total number of cases confirmed at midnight ET Wednesday morning was 399,081, according to Johns Hopkins University. There were 12,895 deaths – an increase of more than 1,900 that JHU had reported the same time the day before. There were 22,224 recoveries.
As a reminder, the first case of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed on January 20, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. It took 67 days to reach 100,000 cases on March 27. Five days later, the United States had 200,000 on April 1. It took three more days to reach 300,000 cases on April 4. Four days later, it should reach 400,000.
Worldwide, JHU reports 1.43 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 82,119 deaths and 301,130 recoveries.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, this can cause more serious illnesses, including death.
AP: CDC plans to relax self-isolation guidelines
According to the Associated Press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering amending their guidelines for self-isolation to make it easier for those who have been exposed to someone with coronavirus to return to work if they are asymptomatic.
The public health agency and the White House are planning an announcement on Wednesday.
According to the proposed guidelines, people exposed to an infected person could return to work if they are asymptomatic, test their temperature twice a day and wear a face mask. It was according to a person familiar with the proposal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the project had not been finalized.
Wuhan ends 76-day lockout
The latest traffic restrictions have been lifted in the central city of China where the coronavirus pandemic began. People go outside and thousands of them boarded the first trains and planes leaving Wuhan.
Its unprecedented 11-week lockout has been a model for countries trying to stop the coronavirus.
Wuhan is now starting another experience: resuming business and ordinary life while preventing more illnesses. The city that had most of the 82,000 Chinese cases still has measures in place, such as social distancing and temperature controls. And people leaving the city will face obstacles elsewhere, such as 14-day quarantine at their destination.