Global pandemic new coronavirus has now killed at least 10,524 people in the United States.
The US is by far the most cases, with more than 356,000 diagnosed with COVID-19, a disease caused by a new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for System Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
More than 1.3 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with coronavirus. The actual number is believed to be much higher due to lack of testing, many cases and unreported suspicion that some governments are hiding the scope of their country’s outbreaks.
More than 73,900 worldwide have died, according to Johns Hopkins University calculations.
Italy has the highest mortality rate in the world – more than 16,500.
Today’s biggest developments:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is transferred to intensive care. New York has just reached a possible peak, the death rate reaches 4,758 This will be the ‘peak week’ for the US portion, an official warning
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5:32 pm: USNS Comfort for treating COVID-19 patients
The USNS Comfort Navy Ship, sent to New York City to treat non-coronavirus patients, will now treat those suffering from coronavirus.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was told of the change after speaking with President Trump.
At the afternoon press briefing, Trump confirmed that Cuomo had requested that the ship be moved for COVID-19 patients, and that he had agreed to the change.
The president said the ship would now treat COVID-19 patients from nearby New York and New Jersey.
The ship was originally deployed to New York to handle an overflow of non-COVID-19 cases from the regional hospital, but there have only been a small number of such cases since the ship arrived.
“This means 1,000 extra beds managed by federal personnel. This will provide much needed assistance to our overly stressed hospital system, ” Cuomo tweeted.
5:10 p.m .: New York City prisoner first dies due to corona virus
An inmate from New York City prison was the first person detained in the city who died of the corona virus, according to the New York City Penitentiary Department.
An unnamed inmate died Sunday, 10 days after being treated at Bellevue Hospital, a department spokesman said. The Department has taken additional steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus among inmates and correction employees, including the mandate of face covering for everyone in their facilities.
Employee corrections are also given a health check before they enter the facility, according to the department.
“We continue to follow guidelines from national, state and local public health authorities, and take extensive steps every hour every day to limit the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities,” the spokesman said in a statement.
Across the country, at least half a dozen federal inmates died of the corona virus.
3:38 p .: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being taken into intensive care
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, who was hospitalized Sunday night after contracting a new corona virus, has taken to intensive care after his condition worsened Monday afternoon, according to Downing Street.
Johnson asked Dominic Raab, secretary of state for foreign affairs, to replace him if necessary, Downing Street said.
Earlier Monday, Johnson said he went to the hospital for “some routine tests” because his symptoms persisted.
“I’m excited and stay in touch with my team, because we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe,” tweeted Johnson.
A spokesman for the prime minister’s office announced in a statement late Sunday that Johnson had a high fever and was being treated at a London hospital on the advice of his doctor, not in an emergency.
“This is a preventative measure,” the spokesman said at the time, “when the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of the corona virus ten days after testing positive for the virus.”
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3:10 p.m .: Michigan is running out of personal protection
In Michigan – one of the most severely affected pandemic states – health care workers are “exhausted” in personal protective equipment (PPE), Governor Gretchen Whitmer warned.
“At Beaumont Hospital, we have less than three days until the N95 mask runs out. At Henry Ford Health System, we have less than four days. And at the Detroit Medical Center, less than 10 days, “Whitmer said on Monday. “In all three health systems, there are less than three days until the face shield is used up and less than six days until the surgical gown is gone.”
He said that the data did not include direct private donations to hospitals.
Whitmer said state officials “are doing everything we can at the state level to secure more personal protective equipment.”
He said FEMA had sent 400 ventilators, 2 million gloves and 1.1 million surgical masks, and planned to send 1 million more N95 masks this week.
On Sunday, more than 15,000 had tested positive and 617 had died in Michigan.
Eighty percent of state cases are in three counties in the Detroit area.
2:50 pm: New Jersey sees a decrease in the growth rate of new cases
New Jersey death toll from coronavirus has now risen to 1,003, Governor Phil Murphy said Monday.
Garden State has a total of 41,090 people diagnosed with this virus.
But Murphy tweeted, “we see DECLINE in the growth rate of new cases, from 24% daily on March 30, to around 12% today.”
“Our effort #FlattenTheCurve STARTS to PAY,” he said. “Our task now is to continue leveling it to the point where our daily increase is ZERO.”
Murphy stressed, “if we follow our current practice, we can get past the top with the hospital bed that we prepared.”
But added, “if we relax our social distance, our health care system will be flooded with FOUR TIMES as it happens. It will really be a disaster. “
“It’s not over – it’s impossible,” the governor warned.
Murphy said he signed an executive order to allow retired public employees to return to work without affecting retirement status.
2:27 p .: Governor Wis has postponed his own vote for Tuesday’s election
The Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday, suspending the vote in person for Tuesday’s election, a striking move after the governor refused to take unilateral action for weeks leading up to the contest. Evers ordered a call to move the ballot directly to 9 June.
This came after the Republican-controlled state legislature Monday morning, just after Evers, delayed the special session he called to make changes to the election.
Following Evers’s order, the top two Republicans, Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Vos and State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said they “immediately challenged this executive order in the Wisconsin state supreme court.”
1:26 pm: Louisiana deaths increase 38%
In Louisiana, which was badly hit, deaths across the state jumped 38.3% over the weekend. Louisiana now has a total of 512 deaths, according to the state Department of Health.
The number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed made a 44.3% jump over the weekend, now totaling 10,297 in the state.
Of those who were hospitalized in Louisiana, 31.1% of patients used a ventilator, according to the Department of Health.
Among the coronavirus-related deaths were baby girls born prematurely because their mothers used ventilators and needed oxygen, said Dr. William “Beau” Clark of the Eastern Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office told ABC News.
It was not clear if the baby was infected with coronavirus, said Dr. Clark
Only two of the 64 parishes in Louisiana have no confirmed cases.
“It is very important that you avoid close contact with others,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell tweeted Monday.
“This will take us all to do our part and be good neighbors to help level the curve and slow the spread,” Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted.
12:32 p .: The death toll in the state of New York reaches 4,758
In New York – the most severely affected state of the pandemic – the death toll has reached 4,758, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday, although he said the death rate had been “effectively flat for two days.”
New York has the highest mortality rate in the US so far.
More than 130,000 people in the state of New York have been diagnosed with the corona virus.
Cuomo said the total number of hospitalizations, ICU admissions and daily intubation fell, which “indicates the possibility of leveling the curve.”
While New York may have reached the peak of coronavirus infection, the governor added, what happened next “still depends on what we do.”
If the country is a plateau, it’s because of the social distance at work so it must continue, Cuomo said.
Also, the state’s health care system “is at maximum capacity today,” according to the governor. “The staff could not work harder. And staying at this level is problematic. “
“There is also a real danger in overconfidence. This is an enemy that we take for granted from day one and we have paid the price dearly, “Cuomo said.
Schools and businesses that are not important will remain closed until April 29, Cuomo said.
Cuomo gave a lecture to people who had gathered in the New York City square and park this weekend and said he increased the maximum fine to $ 1000 for violating the social distance protocol.
“Now is not the time to be negligent. That was a mistake, “said the governor.
“If I can’t convince you to show discipline for yourself,” Cuomo said, then do it for others, such as health workers who “risk their lives.”
11:55 AM: 439 other deaths in the UK in 24 hours
At least 5,373 patients in the UK had died of the corona virus on Sunday night. That marked an increase of 439 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Care.
More than 51,000 people in the UK have tested positive for COVID-19, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles, heir to the throne of Britain.
11:43 am: The master is rescheduled for November
Masters plans to reschedule the April 2020 tournament for November 9-15.
“We want to emphasize that our future plans are based on good advice and direction from health officials,” Fred Ridley, chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, said in a statement Monday. “As long as that happens and we can do the Masters 2020, we intend to invite professionals and amateurs who will be eligible for our original April date and welcome all existing ticket holders to enjoy the excitement of the Masters week.”
9:48 am: Spain sees a decrease in infection rates in ‘almost all regions’
New outbreaks of coronavirus in Spain appear to be slowing as the number of new infections drops in “almost all regions,” a health ministry official said.
“This pandemic growth rate is declining in almost all regions,” Maria Jose Sierra, with the emergency committee of the Spanish Ministry of Health, said at a virtual press conference Monday.
Sierra warned that it would take several days to “confirm this trend.”
Monday’s data from the Spanish health ministry showed that 637 people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours – the lowest daily number, by percentage, since early March – bringing the national death rate to 13,055. The country also reported 4,273 new cases, bringing the national total to 135,032.
Spain has the second highest national count of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
Sierra said around 19,400 health workers in Spain had been infected with a new corona virus, accounting for nearly 15% of the total number of cases.
Over the weekend, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that he would ask parliament to extend the country’s state of emergency for another two weeks, taking the lock on mobility until April 26.
“Leveling the curve is our first goal. We are getting closer. But I ask everyone to sacrifice and fight, “Sanchez said in a speech broadcast on television. “The next goal is to reduce more infections until the number of new infectious diseases is lower than the number of people recovering every day.”
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7:18 am: This will be the ‘peak week’ for the US part, official warning
Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warned Americans that this would be the “peak week” of a new coronavirus outbreak for several states and cities.
“For this part of the country, especially New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Detroit, this week will be the peak week,” Giroir told ABC News anchor chairman George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Monday in “Good Morning America.”
“This will be the peak of hospitalization, the peak of the ICU week and, unfortunately, the week of peak death,” he added. “But that doesn’t mean we are for this week. There are other parts of the country that will peak a little later, like New Orleans. So we have to be very, very serious about what happens this week, next week, the following weeks – do physical distance , wear a mask, that’s how we will defeat this virus. “
Giroir, a medical doctor and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said the country “came a long way” in increasing its COVID-19 testing capacity.
“Until yesterday we had conducted at least 1.67 million tests, and we didn’t even get information from all the tests that came from the laboratory. This is the one in the hospital that doesn’t really report through the system, “he said. “We will do about one million tests this week, and that’s pretty much the test for people who really need it in the priority group – those who are hospitalized, health care workers, the elderly.”
Giroir said they were also increasing the scale of serological testing, better known as antibody test, which only requires a drop of blood and sniffing out virus antibodies. The test cannot detect whether someone currently has the virus, but can find out whether they already have it or have been exposed to the virus in the past because their immune system has developed antibodies to fight it.
“That is very important when we think about reopening the country and the economy,” Giroir said, “because if you have a virus and you have an immune response to it, you are most likely immune and safe from the virus.”
Giroir said he was “very optimistic” that the country would soon have “tens of millions” of serological tests, potentially in May.
“There are some that are going through the FDA now,” he added.
6:42 am: Emergencies are seen in Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he intended to declare a state of emergency related to a new coronavirus outbreak in the country amid a recent surge of infection.
During Monday’s press conference, Abe said he made the final arrangements for the declaration and would announce it as soon as Tuesday. The order will last for around a month and will apply to seven prefectures that include major cities like Tokyo, which have seen a surge in new infections in the past few days.
The level of emergency action was not fully known Monday, but the declaration would give the prefectural governor the power to ask people to stay at home. Local media reports say public transportation and supermarkets will remain open.
On Monday, at least 3,654 people in Japan had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 85 of them had died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The Japanese government has recognized that the route of infection cannot be traced in a growing number of cases.
The US Embassy in Tokyo issued a stern warning to Americans in Japan on Friday, saying those who wanted to return must do so now or risk being stuck there “indefinitely.”
“For US citizens now in Japan, if you plan to return to the United States, we recommend that you arrange an immediate departure. Failure to do so can mean living abroad indefinitely, “the embassy said in the warning. “Compared to the number of positive and hospitalized cases in the United States and Europe, the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Japan is still relatively low. The Japanese Government’s decision not to test broadly makes it difficult to accurately assess the prevalence of COVID-19. “
3 am: Japanese US troops announce public health emergency
The commander of the Japanese United States Forces on Monday announced a public health emergency for the Kanto Plain “due to the continual increase” of new coronavirus infections in nearby Tokyo.
The declaration, which will remain in effect until May 5, gives commanders the authority to uphold compliance with health protection measures for those who live and work in all installations and facilities of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Navy located on the Kanto Plain. , the region. the largest lowland in Japan which covers more than half of the eastern Kanto region, including Tokyo.
“Protecting the health and safety of everyone associated with the US Forces in Japan is my number one priority,” Lieutenant General Kevin Schneider, commander of the US Forces in the US, said in a statement Monday. “I cannot stress enough the importance of personal responsibility at a time like this. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires the entire team – service members, civilians, families and our Japanese partners. “
The announcement came as the daily count of new COVID-19 cases in the Japanese capital had jumped in recent days, from 78 on March 31 to 143 on Sunday, according to data published on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website.
Last month, an active duty member from the U.S. Army Japan tested positive for COVID-19.
In total, 1,033 people tested positive for the disease in Tokyo and 30 of them have died, according to the government website. Calculations carried out by Johns Hopkins University show Japan’s national count reached 3,654 diagnosed cases and 85 deaths.
ABC News’ Aicha El Hammar, Josh Hoyos, Kendall Karson, Rachel Katz, Kelly McCarthy, Terrance Smith and Anthony Trotter contributed to this report.
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