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Around The World In 80 Seconds
China: 82,000 Total Cases – 3,300 Deaths – 77,200 Recovered
China began a widespread lockdown of the Hubei province – where the virus is thought to have originated – in late January. The country’s number of new daily cases fell significantly in mid-February, then dropped to nearly zero by the beginning of March, though many have raised doubts as to the accuracy of China’s reported numbers.
South Korea: 10,000 Total Cases – 192 Deaths – 6,700 Recovered
South Korea stands as an outlier during the coronavirus pandemic, as the country decided against implementing widespread lockdowns. S. Korea reached its peak number of daily cases on Feb. 29 (with over 900), but so far in April has reported fewer than 100 new cases each day.
Italy: 135,000 Total Cases – 17,100 Deaths – 24,400 Recovered
Italy first entered nationwide lockdown on March 9, hitting an apparent peak in the number of new daily cases on March 20. Over the past week, the number of new daily cases has stayed relatively consistent, indicating that Italy’s curve appears to be flattening.
Spain: 140,000 Total Cases – 13,900 Deaths – 43,200 Recovered
Spain entered a country-wide lockdown starting March 15, with a peak in daily cases occurring on March 24 (with over 9,000). The number of daily cases has decreased in each day of April thus far, indicating that – like Italy – Spain’s curve is also starting to flatten.
France: 109,000 Total Cases – 10,300 Deaths – 19,300 Recovered
France ordered a lockdown roughly around the same time as Spain (March 17). The number of new daily cases has grown steadily since then, spiking recently after nursing homes were added to the totals. France appears to be a little ways off from flattening the curve, as French PM Edouard Phillipe last weekend warned of worse days to come.
Germany: 108,000 Total Cases – 2,000 Deaths – 36,100 Recovered
Germany has been on lockdown since March 22. The country reported an apparent peak in daily cases on March 27, though the number of new cases has decreased in each of the last four days – indicating that Germany’s curve may be flattening.
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Global cases rose to nearly 1.43 million yesterday with more than 82,000 deaths. The number of confirmed U.S. cases rose to more than 395,000 with 12,795 confirmed deaths.
China officially ended its more than 10-week lockdown of Wuhan on Wednesday.
The UK experienced its highest daily number of deaths Tuesday (854). The Washington Post reported the U.S. also recorded its highest daily death toll (1,800).
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday extended his statewide stay-at-home order for another 30 days, and closed all state and county parks.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures on Tuesday, one day after announcing a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
President Trump on Monday removed the inspector general appointed to oversee the ~$2 trillion stimulus package.
Acting Navy Secretary Resigns
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday after apologizing for comments he made about Navy Captain Brett Crozier. Crozier was removed from duty aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt after a letter he wrote asking for assistance with a coronavirus outbreak on his ship was leaked to the press.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Tuesday announced she will step down from her current position to serve as First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff. Grisham will be replaced by Trump campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
U.S. stock indexes closed the day with very marginal losses, with overnight futures also trading slightly down.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is limiting their users’ ability to forward messages to multiple people at once, in an attempt to combat the spread of misinformation.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday said he will allocate $1 billion of equity in Square (~28% of his net worth) towards coronavirus relief.
Walgreens announced plans to open 15 drive-thru coronavirus testing sites across seven states starting later this week.
Travel brand Away said they will furlough “about half” of its 150 employees and lay off another 10%.
The UN international patent agency reported that China filed the most global patent applications in the world last year, narrowly beating out the U.S. by a tally of 58,990 to 57,840. This marks the first time the U.S. has not occupied the top spot since the Patent Cooperation Treaty system was established in 1978.
Let’s WeWork It Out
Two WeWork directors on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against SoftBank Group after the Japanese conglomerate backed away from a deal to buy up to $3 billion in WeWork shares. SoftBank has claimed it is not legally obligated to follow through with the stock purchase due to civil and criminal investigations into WeWork, which came to light after the deal was agreed to last October.
More: The $3 billion deal is separate from SoftBank’s bailout of WeWork itself, which involved $5 billion in new financing and the acceleration of an earlier $1.5 billion commitment. SoftBank and its affiliates have invested more than $14.25 billion in WeWork to date.
TJ Kim, a 16-year-old Maryland native, was disappointed when he heard the upcoming spring lacrosse season was canceled – however, as a licensed pilot, TJ quickly found a productive way to occupy his time.
The high school sophomore recently flew his first delivery by plane last month, carrying much-needed medical supplies to a nearby Virginia hospital. TJ has plans to make deliveries to six more hospitals in the coming weeks.
As the period of extended quarantine continues, parents of young children have been forced to come up with increasingly creative ways to keep their kids engaged throughout the day.
A UK couple, along with their two daughters (aged 2 & 4), spent six hours over the weekend coloring in every single brick of their terraced house with a medley of rainbow chalk colors, in a display honoring the hard-working medical professionals of the NHS.
It’s A Gas
As a result of the current health crisis, medical workers have been asked to care for even more patients than usual on top of working in an especially stressful environment.
A Michigan man recently set up shop at a nearby gas station after dropping his wife off at the hospital, and proceeded to spend $900 over the course of the morning buying gas for more than fifty hospital employees (video).
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📕 I Need A Doctor… YouTuber Wes Tank raps a rendition of Dr. Seuss’ “Fox in Sox” over a mixture of beats by Dr. Dre (video). Trust us on this one.
🏰 Happily Ever After… Stanford researchers have devised a new treatment that relieved depression in 19 out of 21 participants in a small study.
💬 Figure of Speech… researchers at the University of San Francisco recently demonstrated a new AI that can translate human brain signals into speech with a 97% success rate.
💉 Testing the Waters… a new COVID-19 vaccine backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entered Phase 1 clinical human testing on Tuesday, the second potential vaccine so far to do so.
Up Close And Personal
Which U.S. state has the highest population density (i.e. people per square mile)?
A) New Jersey B) Rhode Island C) Massachusetts D) New York
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