It was only Thursday when the globe reached 500,000 cases, double the number of coronavirus cases the previous week.
The U.S. passed 121,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases on Saturday. This comes from data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 2,010 deaths in the country.
At least 139,000 people have recovered from the virus during this pandemic.
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The biggest developments of today:
Global cases over 600,000 US cases exceed 100,000; Deaths Over 2,000 deaths in Italy hit 10,000 Trump, considering enforceable quarantine in NY
That’s how the news develops today. All times east. Please update this page for updates.
7:12 p.m .: The number of US fatalities exceeds 2,000
The number has increased dramatically in the past few days, and the toll did not exceed 1,000 until Wednesday.
There are now more than 30,000 deaths worldwide – around a third in Italy.
5:40 pm: Hospitals in New York allow partners in the delivery room
The New York Presbyterian hospital network will comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order that a partner be admitted to delivery rooms during childbirth.
The hospital network had previously announced that no partners in the delivery room would be allowed to fight the pandemic.
Cuomo’s order applies to all public and private hospitals in the state.
Mount Sinai, which has introduced a similar ban on obstetrics, will also comply with the regulation.
Melissa DeRosa, Secretary of Cuomo, announced that the executive order would be issued on Saturday.
4:01 p.m .: The child dies after being infected with COVID-19 in Illinois
An infant was among the 13 new deaths reported in Illinois, the state health ministry reported.
“If you weren’t careful, this is your wake-up call,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the State Health Department. “We don’t want to be one of the hotspots that the Surgeon General predicts for Chicago.”
No details of the child’s death were given.
Ezike said a comprehensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.
“There has never been a death related to COVID-19 in an infant.
The Department of Health found that while older adults are at higher risk of serious illness and more than 85% of Illinois deaths occur in people aged 60 and over, people of all ages suffer from serious illnesses.
There were also another 465 new cases in Illinois, with a total of 3,491 confirmed cases.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike-
“Today I report 465 new cases and 13 more deaths, including the tragic death of a child.
If you haven’t paid attention, this is your wake-up call. “
– IDPH (@IDPH) March 28, 2020
3:00 p.m .: The worldwide death toll exceeds 30,000
The worldwide death toll has reached at least 30,249, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Italy has the highest number of reported deaths with more than 10,000, followed by Spain with more than 5,800.
2:14 p.m .: Trump strikes a more assertive tone on GM ventilators
President Donald Trump said he had forced General Motors to produce fans after saying the day before, “Maybe we don’t even need full activation,” referring to the application of the Defense Act.
“This week I used the Defense Production Act to force General Motors to sign federal fan contracts, and I think they will do a great job. I have to say that,” said Trump in his speech at the Norfolk Naval Base .
The President also said that FEMA “shipped or delivered” 11.6 million N-95 respirators, 26 million surgical masks, and 5.2 million face shields.
2:08 p.m .: New cases in Italy continue to slow, but the number of deaths is over 10,000
The number of confirmed cases in Italy continues to slow. 5,933 new cases were reported on Saturday – a 6.8% increase in the total number of new cases compared to 7.3% on Friday.
This was the lowest percentage increase in the country to date. The total number of cases in Italy is now at least 92,472, health officials said.
In the province of Bergamo, the most affected province, the number of newly reported cases decreased by almost 50% from Friday 602 to Saturday 289.
However, the number of new deaths in the past 24 hours has reached 889, bringing the total death toll to 10,023.
1:44 p.m .: UN donates 250,000 masks to NYC
The United Nations will donate 250,000 protective face masks to New York City, an area that is now considered the epicenter of the pandemic.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the masks would go to city health professionals who “courageously, selflessly and tirelessly responded to the spread of COVID-19 in the districts, hoping that they would play a minor role in saving . ” Life.”
United States and U.S. Mission personnel work with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to quickly move the masks to New York City medical facilities.
1:26 p.m .: Pope, others tested for coronavirus in the Vatican
The Vatican press office confirmed on Saturday that the Pope had been examined and that neither he nor his closest associates had positive results.
12:46 p.m .: Trump is considering enforceable quarantine in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
President Donald Trump said he could announce enforceable quarantine in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.
Trump noted that “he doesn’t want to, but maybe he has to.”
“There is a possibility that we may be quarantined for a short period of two weeks today in New York, probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn.
The president said he would limit travel from these areas because “they have trouble in Florida, many New Yorkers are going under, we don’t want that.” He later said that such a quarantine would not apply to truckers from outside of New York who are delivering or traveling through the state.
“It will have no impact on trade anyway,” Trump said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York later replied to the possibility, saying that he had not spoken to the President about such a measure and did not know what it would mean.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont also made a statement: “Our state has already asked residents to stay at home. When interstate travel is essential, our state has instructed travelers to self-quarantine to prevent further transmission . ” Virus. “Lamont said he was looking forward to speaking directly to the president,” because confusion leads to panic.
12:30 p.m .: More than 7,600 new cases were reported in New York
There are now 52,318 confirmed cases in New York after 7,681 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference.
The deaths in the state were up to 728 out of 519.
Cuomo said there was some good news: New hospitalizations and new admissions to the intensive care unit have been declining in the past 24 hours. He warned that one day showed no trend and the situation could certainly go the other way.
372 people were admitted to an intensive care unit on Friday and 172 on Saturday. For new hospital stays, the number was 1,154 on Friday and 847 on Saturday.
“The entire line is still in operation,” said Cuomo. “This is good news for a day.”
The governor also announced that he would move the state presidential primaries from April 28 to June 23, the date of the state’s early primaries.
12:16 p.m .: Trump approves disaster statement for Massachusetts, Michigan
President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in Massachusetts and Michigan and ordered state support.
Federal funds are now available for crisis advice to those affected in both federal states.
12:09 p.m .: 1st uniformed NYPD death
Detective Cedric Dixon was the officer who died. He was the third member of the department who died after being infected with the virus after a caretaker and administrative help.
“We hurt, we cry and we keep fighting,” said police commissioner Dermot Shea on Saturday afternoon.
Dixon was 48 years old. According to the police, he had basic conditions.
11:46 am: SeaWorld remains closed
The SeaWorld theme parks remain temporarily closed, the company said. The park had originally planned to open in late March.
Animal care experts will continue to be on site to care for the animals. “During this time, our animal care experts will continue to take care of the health and animal welfare needs of the animals in our care,” said a statement from SeaWord.
“We look forward to welcoming our valued guests back to our parks soon,” the statement continued.
10:01 a.m .: Almost 200 US cities have no emergency equipment: report
Nearly 200 cities in the United States, according to a report by the U.S. Mayors’ Conference, do not have adequate supply of test kits or face masks for medical personnel and first-aiders, including the police, fire and rescue workers.
According to the report, around 88% of the cities in the cities examined or 186 cities do not have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) other than face masks to protect the front workers.
The astonishing statistics “shows the scale and severity of the need for COVID-19 emergency equipment in the cities of this country,” said a letter from the conference’s executive director, Tom Cochran.
One hundred and thirty-one states have reported that they have not received emergency equipment from their states, while 84% of those who receive help say that this is not appropriate for their needs.
The report estimates that 28.5 million face masks, 24.4 million PSA items, 7.9 million test kits, and 139,000 ventilators are needed in the cities studied.
213 cities in 40 states participated in the survey.
“It is perfectly clear that the lack of essential items such as face masks, test kits, personal protective equipment, respirators and other items needed by health and safety personnel has reached crisis proportions in cities across the country,” said Cochran in his letter.
9:53 am: More than 8,000 new cases, 832 new deaths in Spain
There were now 5,690 deaths after 832 new deaths. More than 4,500 remain in the intensive care unit.
8:55 a.m .: German Aerospace Center for the production of masks
According to the agency, the German Aerospace Center will use its 3D printers to manufacture medical devices.
The printers have been tested and can successfully manufacture protective masks and valves for breathing apparatus, the statement said.
The German Aerospace Center had been asked by the European Commission to help manufacture much-needed medical devices as the world struggled to fight the pandemic.
According to the agency, the most powerful printer can produce up to 10 protective masks or 15 valves for respirators per day. However, it is possible to increase the amount by networking with other institutes and facilities.
6:00 a.m .: The closure leads to a decrease in pollution in Europe
According to the European Space Agency, air pollution has decreased significantly across Europe as bans have been issued and residents are urged to stay at home.
Satellite images of the Copernicus Sentinel-5P show the decrease in nitrogen dioxide concentrations, which the agency says coincides with the quarantine measures.
The main declines were recorded in Milan, Paris and Madrid.
Scientists from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) have used data from the satellite to monitor both the weather and environmental pollution in Europe. The pictures show the nitrogen dioxide concentrations from March 14th to 25th compared to the average values of the previous year.
“Combining data for a period of time, 10 days in this case, partially averages the meteorological variability and we begin to see the effects of changes due to human activity,” said KNMI’s Henk Eskes in a statement.
Other countries are also monitored, including the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Scientists have said that there is currently greater variability due to changing weather conditions, making it more difficult to observe changes.
4:43 a.m .: Rhode Island for New York travelers
A day after the announcement that all vehicles with New York license plates would be stopped by the state police and travelers would be informed that they would be quarantined if they were in the state, Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo announced that that the National Guard would go door to door to ensure the New Yorkers followed the instructions.
“We have identified a risk that we need to address, and this risk is New York City,” Raimondo said on Friday during her daily coronavirus media briefing. She said the 14-day quarantine for New York travelers is a law and will be enforced. “It is not a suggestion.”
National Guard members will be stationed at bus and train stops and airports to collect personal information from travelers upon arrival. State police do the same for vehicles they run over. With this information, Raimondo said the authorities would go to hotels, vacation rentals, and any place of residence to keep an eye on New York travelers.
All of these measures are intended to give the state time to prepare for the dissemination of COVID-19. If Rhode Island had an outbreak now, the state and its health care system would be overwhelmed.
“We are not ready for a flood of cases,” said Raimondo.
New York City currently has at least 26,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 450 deaths. There are more than 44,000 cases in New York State. As of Friday, only 28 of the 203 diagnosed coronavirus cases in Rhode Island had to be hospitalized. The state has not reported any COVID 19 deaths.
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ABC News‘ Aicha El-Hammar Castano, Josh Margolin, Elizabeth Thomas, Aaron Katersky, Phoebe Natanson, Clark Bentson and Sarah Kolinovsky contributed to this report.
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