- Singapore reports another alarming jump in new cases
- US death toll tops 50k
- Tokyo reports ~150 new cases, asks companies to extend "Golden Week" holiday
- Sydney forced to shutter three newly reopened beaches
- Florida death toll passes 1,000
- China rejects US request to examine Wuhan lab
- India reports record single-day jump in cases
- Matt Hancock says 'no set date' for BoJo to return
- Chinese tests using blood of recovered patients show promising results
- Global Times continues pushing narrative that US responsible for virus
- NY State reports 8,310 new cases, 422 deaths
- NY 'not on list of 16 states with reopening plans'
- UK deaths jump after two days of declines
- Some Muslim majority countries ease restrictions as Ramadan begins
- FDA warns hydroxychloroquine shouldn't be taken outside hospital setting
- Trump denies telling Kemp he approved of plan to reopen economy
- Australia to keep borders shut for at least 3 months
- Indonesia also reports jump in cases
- Russia reports 5k+ new cases in a day; RenCap projects 'peak' next week
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Update (1340ET): New York reported 8,130 new cases of the virus on Friday, along with 422 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 271,590 cases and 16,162 deaths. Over the last 24 hours, testing centers in the state tested a record number of 34,736 people for coronavirus, what one reporter said was "probably a world record by a single state."
BREAKING: New York reports 8,130 new cases of coronavirus and 422 new deaths.— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) April 24, 2020
Total of 271,590 cases and 16,162 deaths.
And here's a summary of Friday's NYS data:
New York's update:— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) April 24, 2020
- Number of new cases up
- Number of new tests at record high
- Number of new deaths down
- Number of new intubations down
- Number of total hospitalizations down
And, of course, the corona league tables:
***** TOP 5 *****— Corona League (@corona_league) April 24, 2020
1. United States 🇺🇸 - 912838 cases - 51607 deaths
2. Spain 🇪🇸 - 219764 cases - 22524 deaths
3. Italy 🇮🇹 - 192994 cases - 25969 deaths
4. France 🇫🇷 - 159828 cases - 22245 deaths
5. Germany 🇩🇪 - 154545 cases - 5723 deaths
Last updated: April 24, 2020, 20:52 GMT#C pic.twitter.com/hKeOfAh8oU
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Update (1340ET): Health authorities in Paris and Texas have just released some new figures on the outbreak.
- TEXAS REPORTS 22,806 VIRUS CASES, UP 3.9% FROM THURSDAY
- FRANCE REPORTS 389 VIRUS DEATHS, FEWEST IN NEARLY FOUR WEEKS
Meanwhile, Sweden reported 812 new cases of coronavirus and 131 new deaths, for a total of 17,567 cases and 2,152 deaths. The UK reported 5,386 new cases and 684 new deaths, bringing its totals to 143,464 cases and 19,506 deaths, and Iran reports 1,168 new cases of the virus and 93 new deaths, for a total of 88,194 cases and 5,574 deaths.
And some more info out of Italy: After coming close earlier this week, Italy reported for the first time since the outbreak began that it had recorded more newly recovered patients on Thursday than newly diagnosed patients: 2,922 recoveries vs 3,021 new cases.
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Update (1240ET): We'd like to note a correction: It has been brought to our attention that an earlier stat shared by us was incorrect: The state did not report 1,000 deaths in a single day.
Florida reported 1,300 new cases over the past 24 hours, its highest single-day total since April 3, according to Local10.com. The state has also surpassed the 30k mark.
According to health officials in Tallahassee, the state has 30,174 verified cases of COVID-19 and 1,012 confirmed deaths, along with 4,699 people hospitalized with the virus, according to the latest numbers from the state health department.
Florida reported 1,300 new cases on Thursday, the state’s highest single-day total since April 3. However, officials noted that the jump corresponds to an increase in testing.
We apologize for the confusion.
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Update (1230ET): Cuomo continued to beat up on McConnell during Friday's briefing over the Majority Leader's bankruptcy comment, arguing that Kentucky is a "net taker" of federal funds, while New York is the ultimate "net giver."
Meanwhile, the governor's team has clearly activated the bot swarm, as dozens of replies featuring the graphic shown below flooded the social network.
Thoroughly enjoyed watching Andrew Cuomo eviscerate Moscow Mitch just now. That vile turtle is a plutocrat working to increase the disparity between the haves and the have nots for the last 20 years. Very satisfying to see Cuomo call mcconnell out on his bullshit. pic.twitter.com/SxaFSB7Eb1— notolerance4bullshit (@liberalheatfan) April 24, 2020
"Mr. McConnell is a taker, not a giver," Cuomo said, before adding: "Just give me my money back senator." The governor added later that New York is "not on the list of 16 states preparing to reopen."
Italy reported 3,021 new case on Friday, bringing its countrywide total to 192,994, leaving it still in third place behind the US and Spain, while the 420 new deaths brought Italy's total to 25,969 deaths, the second-highest total (second only to the US).
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Update (1205ET): Following yesterday's bombshell revelation that a preliminary random testing of 3k New Yorkers for coronavirus antibodies had turned up 21% of test subjects in NYC as positive, NY Gov Cuomo said Friday that the number of hospitalized patients in his state continued to decline.
The state's "total hospitalizations" number hit its lowest level in almost a month.
NEW: New York reports its lowest number of Covid patients in hospitals since April 1. pic.twitter.com/lBwMFayiJk— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) April 24, 2020
The governor also expanded on his feud with Mitch McConnell.
Who gets told to “go bankrupt”:— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 24, 2020
-The firefighters, police, schools and healthcare workers that we fund
Who doesn’t get told to “go bankrupt”:
Across the Atlantic, Italy reported just 420 deaths over the past 24 hours, down from 460 yesterday.
The death toll reported on Friday was the lowest in 5 weeks, and comes amid intense negotiations between EU leaders over how to set up and finance a massive relief fund to help the bloc's worst-hit nations.
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Update (1040ET): Just as we anticipated, the death toll in the US has finally surpassed 50k. At last count, there were 50,369 deaths in the US, per JHU.
The 50k number represents roughly one-third of confirmed deaths around the world, though the global death toll is widely suspected to be much higher.
About an hour ago, the AP released a recent survey showing that roughly one in four American adults say someone in their household has lost a job. Moreover, 71% of Americans now describe the national economy as poor, up from 60% three weeks ago and 33% in January. At the same time, 64% call their personal financial situation good, a number that's surprisingly unchanged since the beginning of the outbreak.
Deaths in the UK ticked higher over the past 24 hours, snapping a two-day streak of declines.
And in the US, the FDA just issued a warning that hydroxychloroquine shouldn't be given to patients to treat COVID-19 - either alone, or in combination with other medications like the 'Z-Pak' - outside of a hospital, or clinical trial, setting. The agency warned of potential dangers of using the drug without a doctor's supervision.
Meanwhile, the GT continues to push the narrative that the coronavirus was actually spread by American soldiers
You "strongly believe"？Is that all, @SecPompeo? I strongly believe that the US administration has repeatedly conspired to pass the buck to China. I also strongly believe that in order to win the re-election, you have even worse tricks planned, and it's a crime. https://t.co/uFjqaHcczd— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) April 24, 2020
And despite giving the green light to some businesses to reopen on Friday, many businesses in Georgia are still closed, or are only seeing a trickle of customers.
Former FDA Director Scott Gottlieb just became the latest 'expert' to warn Americans not to inject cleaning products, as Lysol begs customers not to consume or inject its products.
"There's no circumstance under which you should take a disinfectant, or inject a disinfectant for the treatment of anything and certainly not the treatment of #coronavirus," says @ScottGottliebMD. pic.twitter.com/hgCbZAkt6T— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) April 24, 2020
And before we go - here's President Trump deny reports that he had told Kemp he approved of reopening the state on Friday.
I (or @VP) never gave Governor Brian Kemp an OK on those few businesses outside of the Guidelines. FAKE NEWS! Spas, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, & barber shops should take a little slower path, but I told the Governor to do what is right for the great people of Georgia (& USA)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2020
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As of 6amET Friday morning, the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus in the US stood at 49,963. You probably don't need to be an 'epidemiological expert' to suspect that the death toll will surpass 50k on Friday - probably before lunchtime, since Gov Cuomo typically releases the latest NY state-wide death count at around 11amET.
But before we get into the big US-focused stories of the day, we believe it's worth noting some new developments in Asia overnight suggesting that despite Singapore's strict new lockdown - and in Japan, despite PM Shinzo Abe's decision to expand a 'state of emergency' countrywide - both countries, big and small, have continued to struggle.
In Singapore, authorities disclosed 897 new infections. That's a slight decline from Thursday's record 1,037, but still too many for a tiny island city-state with a population of only 5.7 million people. The numbers pushed Singapore's total case count since the beginning of the outbreak past 12,000, with the "vast majority" of them migrant workers, whom Singapore's PM has promised to care for as if they were naturalized Singaporeans, CNA reports.
Overnight, Tokyo confirmed 161 new cases, according to a report from Nikkei. That's up from 134 on Thursday. The governments of Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa have asked companies to extend the upcoming "Golden Week" holiday to 12 days.
In India, officials reported 1,684 new coronavirus cases, up from the 1,409 reported Thursday morning. That's the biggest single-day spike yet for the outbreak in India, where the number of confirmed cases has reached 23,077, with 718 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, numbers that some epidemiologists fear are well below the true number of active infections. Indonesia reported 436 new cases during the last 24 hours, a new daily record, bringing the total to 8,211, with 689 deaths.
Beijing made a big decision this week by allowing a stream of foreign journalists back into Wuhan after allowing just a handful of 'exclusive' reports from the newly reopened city last week. However, there's one place journalists - and US investigators - won't be allowed to examine: the biolab suspected as the true source of the viral leak.
Russia reported another alarming jump in new cases last night, according to Moscow's Interfax newswire:
More than 5,800 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in Russia in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's coronavirus tally to 68,600, the coronavirus response headquarters said.
"A total of 5,849 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus infection have been confirmed in 82 regions of Russia in the past 24 hours, including contacts and patients without clinical symptoms standing at 2,697 (46.1%)," it said on Friday.
"Given the latest increase, Russia currently has 68,622 (+9.3%) cases of the coronavirus infection in 85 regions," the headquarters said.
A total of 2,957 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Moscow, which has 36,897 cases as of Friday.
Renaissance Capital says #Russia will follow the Asian— Kenneth Rapoza (@BRICBreaker) April 24, 2020
scenario of suppressing the virus, given that the quarantine measures appear to be adequate and proportionate. Russia hits peak within a week.$RSX
As more governments rapidly expand their surveillance capabilities to aid in 'contact tracing' of people infected with the virus (even though casual contacts have the lowest chance of infection and the people typically infected are in many cases family members and close friends), Australian PM Scott Morrison said he plans to make it illegal for any workers not in the health-care field to access the surveillance data, leaving it 'off limits' to cops and the government - at least in theory.
While the global outcry over expanded governmental surveillance continues, many have gladly welcomed the expansion of the surveillance state, and celebrate stories of spooks turning their attention to tracking close encounters in grocery store aisles and mass transit.
An Icelandic cop who normally tracks mobsters is now doing contact tracing of people infected with coronavirus.— mims (@mims) April 24, 2020
He's still using his cop skills -- to track down people who try to evade quarantine.
Someone please option this:https://t.co/62zXwh3Tfq
Australia has started the process of reopening though most stores won't reopen until the middle of next month, but local officials in Sydney decided to close three beaches that had been briefly opened because locals broke safety restrictions. PM Morrison has also revealed that the country won't reopen its borders for at least three months.
Moving on to the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News that there are currently is no set date for PM Boris Johnson to return to work. Following yesterday's failure of the EU to reach a consensus on how to finance a pan-bloc relief program, Germany on Friday reported that its coronavirus reproduction rate had increased to 0.9 according to the country's CDC, the Robert Koch Institute, meaning every 10 people with the virus infect an average of nine others. That’s up from a reproduction rate of 0.7 a week ago.
In the Muslim world, Friday marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. In observance of the holiday, some countries are easing restrictions and others are tightening them. Egypt is set to ease its coronavirus lockdown for the holy fasting month of Ramadan by allowing more businesses to reopen and shortening a night-time curfew. Meanwhile, the UAE has shortened a nationwide coronavirus curfew by two hours to now run daily from 10pm-6am, instead of starting at 8pm, per the Guardian.
Finally, before we go, CNN reported overnight that researchers in China have successfully cloned antibodies from recovered patients, a step toward developing a "new kind of treatment for the virus." In test tubes, the antibodies prevented the binding of the novel coronavirus to its receptor, according to the researchers. Antibodies that block that step, which is critical for infection, could become a promising treatment.
I do not believe this gilead news. It is from the chinese trials ...This is not from Gilead..— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) April 23, 2020
....Is this 'fake' trial news or the real kind?