What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

President Donald Trump is bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people. Trump extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

It was a stark shift in tone by the president, who only days ago mused about the country reopening and being ”raring to go” in time for Easter.

Global infections now total more than 720,000. And more than 34,000 people have died around the world.

Here are some of AP’s top stories Sunday on the world’s coronavirus pandemic. Follow APNews.com/VirusOutbreak for updates through the day and APNews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak for stories explaining some of its complexities.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:

— The U.S. surpassed 125,000 cases, and about 43% of those are in New York state. Testing is one reason. Doctors can’t detect an infection if they don’t look for it, and New York has been doing more testing than anywhere else in the country.

— An exclusive data analysis from AP finds that more than a third of counties across the U.S. still haven’t reported a positive test result for infection across what are predominantly poor, rural areas.

— State and local leaders are struggling to navigate inconsistent federal guidance and fierce political tribalism that is complicating their responses to the coronavirus outbreak.

— Probing questions are being asked in Japan about the sudden rise in Tokyo’s virus cases and the government’s strong actions immediately after the Olympic postponement. Did Japan understate the extent of its outbreak and delay enforcement of social distancing measures while clinging to the hope the Olympics would start in July as scheduled?

— The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s gam es. Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. That is almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

One of the best ways to prevent spread of the virus is washing your hands with soap and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends first washing with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds to get it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails before rinsing off.

Leave a Reply

Latest

Enviado de Guaidó presents credentials as “ambassador” from Venezuela to Trump

Washington, - The envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in the US, Carlos Vecchio, today presented his credentials as "ambassador" to US President...

Human beings are responsible for climate change and the increase in extreme weather events

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has held human beings responsible for the fact that climate change is affecting all inhabited regions of...

Concern over the appointment of Trump’s new immigration director

 Washington, Thirteen organizations of minorities and liberal groups today sent a letter to the Senate in which it expresses its "deep concern" for the...

US backs down and will rescind Donald Trump’s ban on closing TikTok

The United States Department of Commerce announced on Thursday that it will reverse its initial intention to shut down the Chinese-owned social network TikTok,...

Dominican Republic receives 264,229 tourists in September

The president of the JAC projects the visit of 317,000 travelers on commercial flights this month. Santo Domingo.- "The Dominican Republic began to regain its...
%d bloggers like this: