Coronavirus headlines: Pandemic could shrink global economy almost 1% in 2020, UN says

Coronavirus

April 1, 2020

10:30 p.m. update:

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says the global economy could shrink almost 1% this year due to the new coronavirus, a sharp reversal from the pre-pandemic forecast of 2.5% growth. A report issued Wednesday by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs warns that the decline could be even deeper if restrictions on economic activities extend into the third quarter and if fiscal stimulus efforts don’t support income and consumer spending. By comparison, it says, the world economy contracted 1.7% during the global financial crisis in 2009. The report says negative effects of current economic restrictions in richer developed nations will soon spill over into developing countries, which will see lower trade and investment.

9:15 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has acknowledged that the federal stockpile is nearly depleted of personal protective equipment used by doctors and nurses to safeguard themselves from the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The president says “difficult days are ahead for our nation” and that the nation is “going to have a couple of weeks … that are going to be horrific.” Meanwhile scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms. That led the U.S. government to issue new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a potential carrier.

9:05 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (AP) — New York authorities rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.

As hot spots flared around the U.S. in places like New Orleans and Southern California, the nation’s biggest city was the hardest hit of them all, with bodies loaded onto refrigerated morgue trucks by gurney and forklift outside overwhelmed hospitals, in full view of passing motorists.

8:20 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says a planeload of medical supplies sent from Russia to the United States on Wednesday was purchased under an agreement between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that the supplies, including ventilators and personal protective equipment, were not a gift.

“Both countries have provided humanitarian assistance to each other in times of crisis in the past and will no doubt do so again in the future,” she said. “This is a time to work together to overcome a common enemy that threatens the lives of all of us.”

Ortagus did not say how much the U.S. paid for the supplies, which were handed over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New York after the Russian cargo plane carrying them landed at John F. Kennedy international airport. She said the U.S. would continue to assist other countries in dealing with coronavirus pandemic “but we cannot do it alone.”

Earlier Wednesday, Russia’s ambassador to Washington said the delivery reflected the need to pool global efforts to counter the COVID-19 virus despite political differences. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov rejected claims that Russia was seeking political gain by providing the supplies as “cynical and immoral,” adding that Russian military medical experts there were risking their lives on daily basis.

6:45 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Navy officials say nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday as military leaders struggle to quarantine crew members in the face of an outbreak. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is now docked in Guam. Navy leaders say fewer than 100 of the 5,000 sailors assigned to the Roosevelt have tested positive for the virus. But the Navy is moving sailors into various facilities and probably will begin using hotel rooms in the coming days. Navy leaders are talking with government officials to identify rooms for the crew members.

5:15 p.m. update:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s governor is deploying the National Guard to help staff polling sites for the state’s presidential primary. Election clerks say poll workers are quitting in droves in fear of contracting the coronavirus during Tuesday’s election. More than 100 municipalities have reported they lack enough people to staff even one polling site. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers told a federal judge in a filing Tuesday that he’ll use Wisconsin Army National Guard members as poll workers. U.S. District Judge William Conley is handling lawsuits seeking to postpone the election. He hinted during a hearing Wednesday that he’s considering a number of options, including moving the election to May 12. 

4:30 p.m. update:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected — a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in the state may peak more slowly than expected. San Bernardino County authorities say 51 residents and six staff members of a Yucaipa nursing home had COVID-19, and two residents have died. Tuesday’s announcement came as California Gov. Gavin Newsom said extraordinary efforts to keep people home have bought time needed to prepare for an expected peak surge of cases, now likely to occur in May. On Wednesday, California had at least 8,200 cases and 180 deaths. 

3 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. This is despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are increasingly pushing shutdown orders of their own. On Wednesday alone, three more states — Florida, Nevada, and Pennsylvania — added or expanded their stay-at-home orders. The resistance to a more robust federal response comes even as Vice President Mike Pence says White House models for the coronavirus toll show the country on a trajectory akin to hard-hit Italy.

2:45 p.m. update:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected — a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in the state may peak more slowly than expected. San Bernardino County authorities say 51 residents and six staff members of a Yucaipa nursing home had COVID-19, and two residents have died. Tuesday’s announcement came as California Gov. Gavin Newsom said extraordinary efforts to keep people home have bought time needed to prepare for an expected peak surge of cases, now likely to occur in May. On Wednesday, California had at least 8,200 cases and 180 deaths. 

1:15 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (WJW)– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the closure of New York City playgrounds, which is something he warned about weeks ago.

“Compliance is still not where it should be,” Cuomo said.

He reminded people that the younger population can still get coronavirus and pass it on to others.

1 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (AP) — Deaths from the coronavirus topped 1,000 in New York City as officials warned that the worst of the virus’ toll is yet to come. The city’s Health Department reported late Tuesday that nearly 1,100 people have died of the virus in the city. There are more than 1,500 deaths across New York state. Data released by the city shows that the virus is having a disproportionate effect in certain neighborhoods, mainly in Brooklyn and Queens. The city’s ambulance system is under increasing stress from the pandemic. Nearly a quarter of the city’s emergency medical service workers have been out sick.   Data released by the city

10:15 A.M.

9:30 A.M.

  • Cuyahoga County Board of Health Medical Director Dr. Heidi Gullett says the data shows widespread community spread in Northeast Ohio
  • U.S. companies shed 27,000 jobs in March, according to payroll processor ADP.
  • The government’s monthly job’s report will be released Friday

8:15 A.M.

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7:15 A.M.

  • Spain reports more than 800 coronavirus deaths in one day; more than 9,000 have died in the country
  • (AP) San Bernardino County authorities say 51 residents and six staff members of a Yucaipa nursing home had the COVID-19 virus, and two residents have died

5:30 A.M.

  • Nearly 1,500 people have died in New York
  • 120 deaths are being reported in Wayne, Michigan
  • There are 55 deaths in Ohio
  • Mahoning County has seen the most deaths with 9 people who have been killed by the virus
  • (AP) — Former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died after contracting the coronavirus. He was 68.

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