The United States has record deaths and small businesses struggle to obtain loans.
The United States had the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day, with 1,997 deaths on Tuesday. According to the latest figures in a New York Times database, there were almost 13,000 on Wednesday morning. The United States currently has at least 397,754 positive cases in all states, Washington, DC and four territories.
The state of New York remains the center of the outbreak and, according to the Times, had 805 deaths on Tuesday alone. The state, with nearly 20 million inhabitants, has now more confirmed cases than Italy, a nation of 60 million that was the first in Europe to suffer from the disease.
“The dull truth is that the corona virus causes these very tragic deaths,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on CNN on Wednesday morning, referring to people who die at home. “We talk to over 100 to 200 people a day.”
The rising toll reflects the often significant delay between the time of infection and the day of her death, said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. He also warned that if people stopped following social distance protocols, the rate of infection slowdown could reverse quickly.
Like Italy in Europe, New York was unlucky to be the first place in the United States where the virus crept deep into the population. But An investigation by the New York Times also found that early failures, including delays in school closure and failure to break the household transmission chain, have proven costly.
President Trump, who had initially downplayed the epidemic threat, warned the Americans of a week of death and grief. And it will certainly not be the last, since the virus is spreading quickly in other parts of the country and many states have still not felt the anger of the pathogen.
At the same time, economists are warning of a long recovery phase for the economy after the health crisis has subsided.
Small businesses that are likely to have no cash buffers to survive economic closure are particularly affected. However, the federal agency responsible for paying $ 349 billion in emergency relief was unable to meet the explosive demand for funds.
Trump was saying that just as Congress discussed bringing billions more into the economy The top watchdog responsible for overseeing the government’s spending of $ 2 trillion in viral aid approved by Congress has been removed. Democrats criticized the move as “corrupt” and said the president wanted a less independent voice.
Mr. Trump also accused the World Health Organization of not being aggressive enough to face the dangers of the virus – exactly the criticism that has been voiced against his government.
He threatened to cut funding for the organization, although the virus continued to haunt the world. Given that the health systems of rich nations are stretched to the point of an outbreak, there is growing concern about the damage the virus could do to poorer countries.
The same pressures have become painfully clear across America, where frozen income gaps and access to health care can be seen in the disproportionately high infection and death rates among blacks.
Cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting the pandemic by becoming W.H.O. and sending malware emails to humble people and groups, according to a joint warning from cyber agencies in the U.S. and UK on Wednesday.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said late Tuesday that the state had secured nearly 200 million masks a month for healthcare workers, an exceptional number a global lack of masks.
He was also optimistic that lockdowns “bend the curve” and slow the spread of the virus, which takes time for the state healthcare system to treat patients.
“Let me give you a sense of optimism about the curve when you bend in California: it bends but it also stretches,” Newsom said at a press conference.
The number of people who go to the hospital and need an intensive care unit has dropped, he said.
“These are not the double-digit increases that we have seen in hospital stay rates or I.C.U. Prices that we saw about a week ago, “he said, but warned:” This is not to say that we will continue to see these declines. It is only intended to reaffirm the importance of maintaining physical distance and continuing our policy of staying at home. “
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped up precautionary measures and ordered all residents to wear masks from Friday when they go to important shops. “Cover up, save lives – it’s that simple,” said Garcetti.
A spokesman for Mr. Newsom said the state would buy millions of new masks from foreign manufacturers in two separate contracts with a California nonprofit and a California company. The spokesman did not disclose the company’s nonprofit name or price.
The demand for masks has far outstripped supply in recent weeks, driving prices up ten times higher than before the pandemic. Mr Newsom said the state had previously bought smaller numbers on a case-by-case basis but decided to pool its resources for larger businesses.
Health officials in Los Angeles said Tuesday that families should consider removing older relatives from nursing homes and long-term care centers that have been zeroed for a number of outbreaks across the country.
“This would be perfectly appropriate if you could manage to take care of them at home,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
Doctors have raised concerns about bringing vulnerable relatives with them to expose them to the virus, especially if family members are unable to follow the recommendations on social distancing as strictly as necessary.
Dr. Ferrer admitted that families faced a “terrible choice” and that many would not be able to care for their family members at home.
Nursing homes have some of the deadliest outbreaks in the United States. A facility in Kirkland, Washington, reported 37 deaths in March, and Indiana Department of Health officials announced 11 deaths Monday related to an outbreak in a home there.
Democratic leaders said Wednesday that they would push to double the size of a $ 250 billion emergency measure that the Trump administration requested this week for loans to distressed companies, adding money to hospitals, states, and food aid, and to insist that half of the loan money be channeled through community banks to help farmers, women, black people and veterans.
The request could slow down what White House and Republican Congress leaders hoped to quickly adopt a preliminary aid package to supplement the $ 2 trillion stimulus bill passed last month by the end of the week.
In a joint statement, spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said they supported the government’s request for an additional $ 250 billion for the small business loan program, but said that $ 125 billion -Dollars of this money should be directed to underserved companies who could otherwise have trouble getting loans.
And they said they would push to add $ 100 billion to hospitals, community health centers, and health systems – partly to support testing and the distribution of critical safety equipment for health workers at the forefront – and $ 150 billion to state and local authorities Governments and a 15 percent increase in food aid.
In the statement, Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer referred to the legislation as “preliminary emergency legislation,” saying that after adoption, Congress should consider another economic aid package to “aid the transformation if the American people survive this attack on their lives and.” Livelihoods. “
The Republicans had hoped to begin approving the rapid injection of funds as early as Thursday during a Senate procedural session without the presence of the entire chamber.
After weeks of drama involving Mr. Trump’s unproven allegation that General Motors tried to “tear down” the United States, The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday that the automaker would deliver 30,000 fans to the country’s inventory by the end of August for $ 489 million.
The first batch – 6,132 of the machines – will be delivered by June 1, after most of the peak demand is likely to have resulted from the first fall wave in hospitals. But even that initial number is about two-thirds of what is probably still in stock today after thousands of ventilators have been shipped to New York and other hard-hit cities.
In an early morning statement, the Minister of Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, said the contract would be among the first during the crisis under the Defense Production Act, a Korean War era law that the United States, essentially, makes sure that it is the first customer in line – and that it can control the price that is charged.
“Through rating contracts according to D.P.A., H.H.S. helps manufacturers like G.M. Get the supplies you need to build ventilators as quickly as possible while ensuring that these ventilators are routed through the Strategic National Stockpile to where they are most needed, “Azar said in a statement and clearly tried to fix the president’s dispute with the company.
The formal contract comes two weeks after the White House withdrew from announcing a $ 1 billion contract for more than 80,000 ventilators. Mr. Trump had accused the company of “wasting time” and he also attacked Mary T. Barra, the manager of the company with whom he last year over the closure of a G.M. Facility.
But Mr. Trump essentially ordered the company to do what it had already announced, even without a contract. The Defense Production Act can help secure supplies, and it makes it clear that the fans are directed by the federal government as soon as the states bid against each other to secure fans and other equipment that is scarce.
Black Americans face alarming infection rates in some states.
The virus infects and kills black people in the United States at disproportionately high rates. This emerges from data released by several states and cities and shows what, according to public health researchers, stuck inequalities in terms of resources, health and access to care.
The statistics are preliminary and much is unknown as most cities and states do not report races as they provide a number of confirmed cases and deaths. However, early signs of a number of locations are alarming enough that policymakers say they must act immediately to curb possible devastation in black communities.
“This is a call for action for all of us,” said Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, who released statistics about the outbreak in her city this week. African Americans make up more than half of those who tested positive and 72 percent of virus-related deaths in Chicago, although they make up a little less than a third of the population.
In Illinois, 43 percent of people who died from the disease and 28 percent of those who tested positive are African-American, a group that only makes up 15 percent of the state’s population. African Americans, who make up a third of the positive tests in Michigan, make up 40 percent of deaths in this state, though they make up 14 percent of the population. In Louisiana, about 70 percent of the deceased are black, although only a third of the state’s population lives.
And in New York State, the virus kills disproportionately black and Spanish people. Blacks make up 28 percent of those who died in New York City, but only 22 percent of the population.
On Tuesday, Mr. Trump acknowledged the growing signs of inequality and said that federal agencies are working to provide statistics over the next two or three days that could help investigate the problem.
Wall Street stocks are higher as investors weigh the latest economic data.
US stocks posted modest gains on Wednesday as investors weighed data showing the extent of the economic pandemic damage against signs of progress in mitigating efforts.
The S&P 500 rose less than 1 percent, while the main indices in Europe were slightly lower.
US stocks fell slightly on Tuesday after a rally throughout the day. By Tuesday, the S&P 500 was up almost 19 percent from the March 23 low. It is still more than 21 percent below its February 19 high.
Investors had found comfort in the past few days as signs that the outbreak had peaked in some of the hardest hit parts of the US and Europe. On Wednesday, China lifted its blockade of Wuhan City, where the virus appeared, as another sign of progress.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is stable and “responds to treatment” for the virus, but remains in intensive care, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
Mr. Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday and taken to the intensive care unit the next day, where he received oxygen but was not ventilated. He didn’t suffer from pneumonia, his staff said on Tuesday, but his illness raised concerns about the government’s ability to make important decisions in the middle of the outbreak.
Downing Street declined on Wednesday to comment on what treatment Mr. Johnson was receiving or to say who was treating him, despite repeating previous statements that he breathed unaided except for oxygen.
The office also noted that he was in a good mood, but made it clear that Secretary of State Dominic Raab, who was originally asked to “stand up for Mr. Johnson where necessary”, now did so all day. The Prime Minister can contact those he needs to speak to, but does not work. Mr. Johnson is still the head of government, but the severity of his illness means that this could change quickly.
Mr. Raab is already chairing a key pandemic committee as the government is working to control the spread of the virus and stabilize an economy hit hard by the blocking measures it imposes. The government is preparing next week’s review measures that have closed much of the economy, although there are no signs of impending easing yet.
Federal immigration officials have started releasing detained immigrants who are believed to be at high risk of contracting them to reduce the risk of infection in the country’s immigration detention centers – a surprising decision for the Trump administration, who has followed an aggressive immigration enforcement agenda.
Immigration and customs officials have been increasingly pressured by lawmakers and immigrant lawyers to address the virus-related health risk for the more than 40,000 adults and children imprisoned across the country for civilian immigration charges. Jenny Burke, a spokeswoman for the agency, said Tuesday that ICE had instructed its field offices to identify people who were considered particularly vulnerable, such as people over 60 years of age or pregnant.
Ms. Burke said the agency had identified 600 such prisoners and 160 prisoners had been released.
The announcements of the releases, which were first reported by Buzzfeed News, follow a series of ongoing lawsuits that have released various ICE inmates facing health problems such as cancer, diabetes, and asthma.
At least 19 migrant prisoners tested positive in facilities in New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and California. Guards and healthcare providers in other facilities have also tested positive for the virus, and additional groups of inmates are isolated and monitored for possible exposure.
ICE has announced that it is still carrying out high-priority arrests despite the pandemic.
Time is of the essence for disinfecting your home and hands.
You’ve cleaned your home and washed your hands over the years, and have probably never stopped thinking about whether you did it effectively. But time is important when it comes to completely disinfecting your household surfaces and skin.
Some disinfectants can take up to 10 minutes to work properly. As for your hands? Scrubbing for a full 20 seconds is the way to go.
At first it was the waitress whose restaurant was closed. Then the waiter, the bartender, the substitute teacher, the hairdresser, the tattoo artist and the Walgreens manager.
The tenants called one after the other and emailed their landlord Bruce Brunner to say that they were unemployed and the rent would be late. A week after the invoice was due, around two dozen of Mr. Brunner’s 130 tenants had lost their jobs or had shortened their working hours. He draws up payment plans and uses security as an emergency solution, while notifying tenants of the emerging patchwork of local, state and federal aid programs.
“Six weeks ago you could name your price and several people would apply,” said Mr. Brunner, who lives in Minneapolis, where he owns and manages 20 maisonettes and triplexes across the city. “Now postpone and work out payment plans and it will only get worse.”
One week after the first of the month, tenants across the country are already struggling with rents. In interviews with two dozen landlords – including companies with tens of thousands of units, nonprofit developers that house the working poor, and mom and pop operators who live alongside their tenants – property owners say their collections have been lost as much from the economy shutdown to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus.
Almost 10 million people have applied for unemployment benefits in the past two weeks. It is still too early to assess how far these numbers will affect the loss of rent: many tenants are within the grace period before their rent is declared late. Some can sew things together for a while by receiving deferrals, paying their bail, or paying with credit cards.
However, initial evidence suggests April looks bad and confirms Brunner’s opinion that May will be much worse.
John Prine, the croaking country folk singer whose brilliant lyrics to songs alternately moving, angry and funny made him a favorite of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and others, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 73 years old.
The cause was complications from Covid-19, his family said.
Mr. Prine was an unknown relative in 1970 when Mr. Kristofferson heard him play one evening in a small Chicago club called Fifth Peg, which was pulled there by singer-songwriter Steve Goodman. Mr. Kristofferson was performing in Quiet Knight in Chicago at the time.
At Fifth Peg, Mr. Prine treated him with a brief after-hours performance that, as Mr. Kristofferson later wrote, “was different from anything I had heard before.”
His debut album, simply called “John Prine” and released in 1971, contained songs that became his signatures. Some became better known after being recorded by other artists.
The federal incentive laws passed in March, including A $ 2 trillion economic aid plan provides aid to the millions of small businesses in America affected by the pandemic.
Cash grants. Low-interest loans. Payments to compensate for some labor costs for companies that keep or hire new employees. There are also improvements in unemployment insurance and paid vacation.
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about these programs. And we will update this article as soon as we learn more about the details.
Religious ritual not only has power because it connects people who are gathered in one room, but it also connects people over time.
For generations, Jewish families have gathered on the first night of the Passover to tell the 10 plagues from the book Exodus – frogs, plague, death – and to remember how God brought the Jewish people out of slavery thousands of years ago Egypt liberated.
Jews observed the Seder in the fifth century BC on the Egyptian island of Elephantine, and they watched it in 1943 when German troops liquidated the Warsaw Ghetto. And on Wednesday, families in homes in the United States will light candles at the Seder table again and ask why this night is different from all other nights.
Of course, families with a literal plague cannot meet in person in the middle of this year and can even adjust their haggadas – the text that is read annually – to reflect the moment. But the power of the Passover remains, perhaps even more as a symbol of persistence.
The New York Times asked families across the country to think about the history of Passover right now. Her words speak for the power of memory, the meaning of the plague and how crockpots and cookbooks can connect us with members of past and future generations.
The coverage was provided by Alan Blinder, Eileen Sullivan, Elizabeth Dias, Caitlin Dickerson, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Andy Newman, Jack Nicas, Stacy Cowley, Colin Moynihan, J. David Goodman, David E. Sanger, Emily Cochrane and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs authored Conor Dougherty, Marc Santora, Dan Levin, Matt Stevens, Charlie Savage, Peter Baker, William Grimes, Lisa Friedman, Julia Echikson, Patricia Mazzei, John Eligon, Audra DS Burch, Dionne Searcey, Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Vanessa Swales .