COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Situational Report, Global Update
7 April 2020

Confirmed Active Cases


Source: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Map: University of Washington


Numbers Current as of 4:30 am PDT Source: Tracking coronavirus: Real-time visualizations by BNO News


Live Source: Worldometer –

Significant Developments

  • The WHO urges countries to not lift COVID-19 restrictions too early. Source
  • Human Rights Watch asks Gulf states to not house foreign workers in detention. Source
  • Pregnant women with COVID-19 don’t experience more severe illness than the general public, unlike SARS and the flu. Source
  • The U.S. CDC is preparing to test people who were previously infected for antibodies. Source
  • South Korea records fewer than 50 new cases for a second day in a row. Source
  • China donates 170,000 PPE coveralls to India. Source
  • 55,000 people are expected to leave Wuhan by train when the city lifts its travel ban. Source
  • Indian doctors are being attacked due to fears they may be infected. Source
  • Israel has surpassed 9,000 confirmed cases. Source
  • Japan has officially declared a state of emergency. Source
  • WhatsApp is going to impose strict new limits on forwarding messages to slow the dissemination of fake news. Source
  • New Delhi says it will ramp up testing, using South Korea as a model. Source
  • Iran is in talks with other countries about a prisoner exchange. Source

Confirmed Cases in the United States


Government Announcements in North America 

  • Two Native American reservations are imposing curfews. Source
  • California will send 500 state-owned ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile. Source
  • California has secured more than 4,600 beds to prepare for COVID-19 surge. Source
  • New York schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed until 29 April. Source
  • Washington orders public schools to be closed for the remainder of the school year. Source
  • USNS Comfort hospital ship is in New York City and ready to treat patients. Source
  • Los Angeles residents can now apply for COVID-19 testing. Source
  • Governor of South Carolina issues statewide “Stay at Home” order. Source
  • Guthrie, Oklahoma now requiring residents to wear cloth masks in public; shelter-in-place ordered until May 5. Source
  • Colorado extends stay-at-home order for another two weeks. Source
  • Phoenix, Arizona is limiting passengers on city buses. Source

Government Announcements in South and Central America

  • Brazilian President has dismissed Health Minister amid the COVID-19 crisis. Source
  • Colombian President extends quarantine until April 27. Source
  • Chile mandates face masks on public and private transportation. Source
  • Honduras makes it mandatory to wear face masks in public. Source
  • Peru is considering “total immobilization” for Thursday and Friday to reduce crowding during Easter. Source
  • El Salvador extends the nation-wide quarantine for another 15 days. Source

Confirmed Cases in Europe

John Hopkins University, CCSE, FT Research © FT Source

Government Announcements in Europe

  • France sees new spike in death toll as 833 people died yesterday. Source
  • France reports an additional 478 people in intensive care for COVID-19 treatment, bringing total to 7,072. Source
  • UK Prime Minister is in an intensive care unit with COVID-19 after condition worsens. Source
  • Italian Prime Minister announces a $400 billion economic aid package, their biggest ever. Source
  • Paris announces a daytime ban on outdoor exercise. Source

Government Announcements in the Middle East

  • Libya’s COVID-19 quarantine extended until April 20; health minister says. Source
  • Saudi Arabia issues 24-hour curfew in governorates of Jeddah, S Taif, Al Qatif, and Al Khobar in an effort to slow spread of COVID-19. Source
  • Israelis will be required to wear masks beginning 12 April. Source

Government Announcements in Africa

  • South Africa announces 1.2 billion rand fund to help small farmers stay operational. Source
  • Egyptian ministry of endowments stops collections during the month of Ramadan. Source
  • 14 doctors in Egypt have been isolated after being in contact with an infected Cairo doctor. Source

Government Announcements in Asia/Pacific

  • South Australia Health reports state’s first COVID-19 related death. Source
  • Japan to issue more than ¥16 trillion ($147 billion) in government bonds as part of emergency economic measures. Source
  • Philippine President has extended the quarantine on Luzon Island until April 30. Source
  • New Zealand’s health minister has been demoted after breaking lockdown rules to go to the beach. Source
  • China releases its official timeline of COVID-19 pandemic through state news agency. Source
  • First positive case of COVID-19 reported in Tripura, India. Source
  • China has reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since January. Source
  • Cambodian Prime Minister said there is almost no possibility of enforcing a state of emergency. Source

Private Sector Developments

  • CVS opens two more drive-through testing locations. Source
  • Boeing suppliers Haxcel and Woodward have called off their merger. Source
  • Nissan to furlough about 10,000 workers in Mississippi and Tennessee. Source
  • Tyson Foods suspends production in Iowa after dozens of employees test positive. Source
  • At least 81 people on an Australian cruise ship near Uruguay have COVID-19. Source
  • Kroger will limit the number of shoppers allowed in a store at one time. Source
  • Alaska Airlines cuts flights by 80% for the next two months. Source
  • 3M has announced a deal with the U.S. to provide an additional 55 million N95 masks over the next several months. Source
  • Toyota will begin producing 500-600 3D-printed face shields a week. Source

Additional Reading    

Ventilators don’t operate on their own. Why respiratory therapists are key to coronavirus treatment

Front line staff (nurses, emergency medical doctors, hospitalists, infections disease specialists) are vital for the treatment and containment of COVID-19. Additionally, hospitals need environmental service workers, patient access representatives, X-ray technicians and respiratory therapists Source. Ventilators do not run on their own and need trained respiratory therapists to operate the machines.

Skilled healthcare workers who have been specially trained are needed to set up and monitor patients with breathing problems. There are 155,000 licensed respiratory therapists in the U.S. according to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). With the Presidential Disaster Declaration, states can now apply for a Section 1135 waiver that would waive requirements for physicians and professionals to be licensed in a state to practice medicine.

Respiratory therapists normally treat premature babies with underdeveloped lungs, adults with heart attacks, asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiratory therapists do intubations and manage the ventilators, adjust the size of the breath and number of breaths per minute, oxygen concentration, airway pressure, and emergency alarms. Waiving requirements allows specialists to cross state lines and practice if they meet federal requirements.

The 1135 waiver will allow specialists to practice across state lines but does not allow specialists to practice without a license or federal requirements. This keeps the number of frontline staff the same and moves them to the hardest hit areas of the country. To protect the communities who lose their specialists to other regions during the outbreak, it is important to increase interventions and testing capabilities in those vulnerable areas. With a lower healthcare response capacity, it is important to ensure the number of sick remains low to prevent the healthcare systems from getting overwhelmed.

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