With a death rate of 10% as reported by Italy COVID 19 is in fact quite deadly and now makes any attempt to downplay the impact or consequences is in its own way alarmist and figures trying to portray a lot less is to be considered Government propaganda. Call it COVID 19, the Wuhan virus or the Chinese Virus or whatever you want, this has the capacity to wipe out a substantive proportion of the worlds population. Being prepped and warned is the best advice possible. You better believe it, a total lock-down is inevitable.
Coronavirus update: Italy records biggest day-to-day rise in deaths
Italy’s coronavirus death toll has seen its biggest day-to-day rise, with its total number surpassing China’s, the initial epicentre of the outbreak.
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Italy’s death toll continues to rise
Italy, the European country hardest-hit by COVID-19, has reported 627 new deaths, its biggest day-to-day rise increase the outbreak began.
It has now recorded over 4,000 deaths — more than China — and 47,000 infections.
The soaring numbers have come despite a nationwide lockdown.
The World Health Organisation has noted the dramatic speed of the virus’s spread, pointing out it took more than three months to infect 100,000 people but only 12 days to reach another 100,000.
UK to help pay salaries
With cafes, pubs, restaurants, gyms and cinemas across the UK ordered to shut, the British Government has said it will help employers pay workers’ wages.
British employers will be able to access a grant aimed at covering up to 80 per cent of an employee’s wage to prevent them being laid off.
The grants are worth up to 2,500 pounds ($5,000) a month.
Treasury chief Rishi Sunak called the economic intervention an “unprecedented” response by a British Government.
Keeping the love alive
With couples across the world quarantined together and forced to spend more time in close quarters than before, lawyers are predicting a spike in divorces.
Stress levels will be up and some therapists are already seeing coronavirus have more direct impacts on intimate relationships.
The current pandemic may be unprecedented, but research on natural disasters might provide some clues as to how intimate relationships could be affected in the coming weeks and months.
While such crises undoubtedly put enormous strain on couples, experts say it’s important to keep in mind they can also lead to positive growth.
Dire warning for Brazil
Brazil’s health system will collapse by the end of April, the country’s Health Minister has warned.
Luiz Henrique Mandetta said Sao Paulo was at the start of the coronavirus whirlwind, and the number of cases there would jump next week.
Speaking to business leaders by video conference, the nation’s President Jair Bolsonaro said measures to deal with coronavirus needed to be taken but warned against causing “hysteria”.
He said closures of airports and roads was not advisable and would cause panic.
Two Pentagon cases confirmed
The Pentagon has confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus.
One of the infected individuals was an active duty airman who worked at the Defence Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia, and had been inside the Pentagon on Monday, the US Air Force said.
He has received medical treatment and is in self-quarantined at home.
The other infected person is an Air Force defence contractor who works in the Pentagon. He has been self-quarantined since March 7, the Air Force said.
The cases were revealed as New York authorities joined their Californian counterparts in ordering all non-essential workers to stay home.
The pandemic has upended life in much of the United States, shuttering schools and businesses, prompting millions to work from home, forcing many out of jobs and sharply curtailing travel.
“This is the most drastic action we can take,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference, revealing all non-essential businesses in the state must also close.
He said the order would be enforced with civil fines and mandatory closures for any businesses not in compliance.
US, Mexico stop some border crossings
All “non-essential” travel between Mexico and the United States is set to be prohibited.
Along with Canada, the two countries have agreed to turn back anyone trying to cross their borders illegally.
US officials said unchecked entries posed a risk because coronavirus was spreading rapidly.
US President Donald Trump said: “The actions we are taking together with our North American partners will save countless lives.”
Peak US sports body calls for Olympics reset
USA Swimming’s CEO is urging the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to push for the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until next year.
Tim Hinchey wrote to USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland on Friday to advocate on behalf of his governing body’s 400,000 members.
Mr Hinchey said athletes’ worlds had been turned “upside down”, with them struggling to find ways to continue preparing and training for the games.
He wrote “pressing forward amidst the global health crisis this summer is not the answer”.
He said because of disruptions with training, going ahead with the Olympics this year called into question “the authenticity of a level playing field for all”.