US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — In Russia, a new record for the number of patients with COVID-19 was registered – 6,060 people per day, while 43% have no symptoms. Meanwhile, pressure is growing in the world on China to disclose information about the origin of the virus – Australia has joined the United States, which are conducting their own investigation. COVID-19 news that happened in a day.
- By April 19, 2.33 million cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. 160 917 people died (6000 people in the last day).
- The USA leads in the number of diseases – 735,242 cases are registered in the country. In second and third place are Spain with 194,416 cases, and Italy, with 175,925 cases.
- In Europe, according to WHO, the number of confirmed cases was 1.09 million. Lethal outcomes – 97,223 (4,000 people in the last day).
- In Russia, 6,060 new cases of the disease were recorded per day, a total of 42,853 cases. In Moscow, 3,570 new cases of infection were registered per day.
- 48 people died in Russia per day, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic – 361.
- Oil price – $ 18.18 per barrel WTI, $ 28.34 per barrel Brent.
60% of patients in Moscow have no symptoms
In Moscow, the number of asymptomatic patients is growing. 60% of Muscovites with confirmed coronavirus have no symptoms, according to the operation center. A week ago, asymptomatic patients accounted for approximately 40% of all cases in Moscow. The main task is to isolate them in order to minimize the spread of infection, according to headquarters.
A sharp increase in the number of newly detected cases at the headquarters is associated with an increase in the quality of diagnostics and an increase in the number of daily tests. Of the 6,060 new cases detected in the last day, 43% are cases of an asymptomatic course of the disease.
The government has expanded the list of affected industries
The government included the sale of clothing and footwear, automobiles, information and communication equipment, cultural and entertainment goods, as well as museums and zoos in the list of the sectors most affected by coronavirus. The changes were approved by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The need to add small and medium-sized companies selling non-food products to the list was announced by President Vladimir Putin in the middle of the week. “They also have enough problems now,” he concluded. To recognize private zoos as one of the most affected sectors was proposed by Moscow business ombudsman Tatiana Mineeva. Initial list has been approved government on April 6 and included 9 industries, including catering, hospitality, air travel. Later it was supplemented by cinemas and dental clinics.
In Tatarstan banned from going to stores without masks
The Government of Tatarstan adopted a decree prohibiting residents of the republic from appearing in stores, service areas and public transport without masks or respirators. The ban comes into force on April 20 and for an indefinite period. From the same day, hairdressers were allowed to work, subject to a social distance of 1.5 meters and disinfection between clients’ receptions.
Plasma donors will be paid
Moscow will pay blood donors who have had COVID-19, 1250 rubles for every 150 ml of plasma or 5 000 rubles for 600 ml of plasma. Such a decree was signed by Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. The volume of a single donation should be at least 300 and not more than 600 ml, the mayor’s press service quoted Interfax as saying. Recently, the WHO claimed that the presence of antibodies is not a guarantee of immunity to COVID-19.
China faces a second wave
COVID-19 disease statistics in China, which had already passed the peak of the epidemic and opened Wuhan, began to deteriorate again. Prior to this, the country, starting in mid-March, had been reporting on almost zero cases of infection within the PRC for several weeks. But last week, dozens of COVID-19 infections were confirmed within the country. The vast majority of them are in the province of Heilongjiang bordering Russia, especially in its capital Harbin.
This city accounts for 54 of the 61 patients in the province. Authorities have introduced new quarantine restrictions in Harbin. Entering Harbin from places unfavorable for the coronavirus situation (domestically and from abroad) must first undergo two-week quarantine in specially designated places, and then for another two weeks be in the isolation of the house. By Sunday, 1,041 active cases had been confirmed in the country.
Australia joins USA in pressure on China
Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne, in an interview with ABC, called on the international community to independently investigate the origin and distribution of the coronavirus. According to Payne, after the pandemic, relations between Australia and its key trading partner China will change, but she found it difficult to say exactly how.
The pressure on China is increasing. Earlier, doubts about the reliability of the data that China provides were stated by US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. On Sunday morning, at a daily briefing at the White House, Trump expressed confidence that the Chinese authorities could stop the spread of the virus, but did not, and now “the whole world is suffering.” It could be a mistake, the president admitted, but if China did it consciously, then “there must be consequences.”
In the US, special services are conducting their own investigation of where the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus came from. According to one version, voiced by the American media with reference to sources, the “zero” patient could be an employee of the virology laboratory in Wuhan. According to the authorities of the PRC, coronavirus arose in the local seafood market.
Second wave begins in Singapore
Singapore is facing a second wave of pandemic: the number of patients last week increased by 160%. On Saturday evening, local authorities reported a record increase: nearly 1,000 people per day. There are no imported cases in this thousand. The epicenter of the spread of the virus in the country is the hostel, where foreigners who have come to work in the country live. They account for 70% of 5992 cases of COVID-19 infection in the country.
Last week, the media cited Singapore as an example of how to quickly deal with the epidemic, using mass testing and tracking contacts of infected people using technology.
Israel quits quarantine
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a phased mitigation of quarantine starting April 19, writes The Times of Israel. The country allowed the work of stores selling electronics, household goods, optics and some others, as well as the work of kindergartens in small groups. Resumed work and public transport. You can play sports in pairs on the street at a distance of no more than 500 m from the house. The ban on joint prayers in the open air has been lifted, but in groups of no more than 10 people. As of Sunday, 13,265 cases of infection were confirmed in Israel, 171 people died.
New York allowed video call marriages
New Yorkers will be able to remotely marry by video link. The intention to sign a decree that will allow you to remotely receive marriage certificates and hold wedding ceremonies by video link was announced on Saturday by State Governor Andrew Cuomo. “You can do it through Zoom,” he said to state residents later during a briefing.
Spain will extend national quarantine
Spanish authorities plan to extend the nationwide quarantine until May 9, said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. According to Sanchez, the government at the same time wants to allow children to leave home in some cases.
WSJ: US authorities bought respirators at a price 6 times higher
US authorities bought respirators at inflated prices and from unverified suppliers, writes The Wall Street Journal. The cost of the contract for the supply of 20 million N95 masks was $ 110 million. Of these, at least 80% were ordered from suppliers who either never worked with the federal government or concluded only small contracts for non-medical products. The price of one respirator exceeded six times the average purchase price of $ 6 – about the same price it costs in retail. Respirators are designed to protect health workers from COVID-19.
The export of masks from the USA to China has grown significantly
US manufacturers in January and February, despite the lack of medizdely in the country in large quantities were sent to China face masks and medical equipment with the support of the government, reported Washington Post. Over these two months, the volume of export of masks in monetary terms increased by more than 1000% compared to the same period last year – from $ 1.4 million to about $ 17.6 million. Deliveries of mechanical ventilation devices and protective clothing also jumped. According to customs estimates, from January 24 to February 29, nearly 2.5 billion pieces of equipment related to the epidemic were exported, including just over a billion masks and more than 25 million protective suits. On February 24, almost 43 million masks arrived in China.
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US food sales up 25%
According to the US Department of Commerce, between February and March, sales of grocery stores in the United States grew by more than 25%, writes the Financial Times. This is one of the few sectors not affected by coronavirus. At the same time, according to the United Trade Union of Food and Trade Workers, about 2,200 employees of such stores were infected with COVID-19, at least 15 people died.
The father of the champion of “Formula 3” died
It became known about the death of Mikhail Schwartzman, father of the champion of Formula 3 Robert Schwartzman and co-owner of the flower shop chain Tsvetopttorg. This was reported on Instagram by a family friend and two-time world go-kart champion Lorenzo Travisanutto. “Friend, accept my deepest condolences. I can only imagine how much your father meant to you. We were like a family. I’m with you. Goodbye Michael, ”Travisanutto wrote. The day before, Robert reported infection with his father COVID-19.
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