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March 27, 2020
WHO COVID-19 Situation Report
published on March 26 reported 49,219 new cases and 2,401 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the global total to 462,684 confirmed cases and 20,834 deaths. The
Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard
reports a total of 549,604 cases and 24,361 deaths.
The United STates currently has 85,996 confirmed cases according to the
Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard
, surpassing the total for China (81,894 cases). Of these, 39,140 cases are from New York and 6,876 are from New Jersey. In its most recent situation report published March 26th,
reported 68,440 total cases and 994 total deaths.
Italian Ministry of Health
reported a total of 62,013 positive cases, 8,165 deaths, and 10,361 recovered cases as of March 26th. As the rise of new cases in Italy
in the northern regions of the country, there are concerns about whether the southern regions may also become increasingly affected. The
Spanish Ministry of Health
reported a total of 64,959 confirmed cases. The
Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard
reported 32,332 confirmed cases in Iran, and 94 cases in Afghanistan. Pakistan reported
and 9 deaths.
Case counts are increasing substantially in Russia, after months of reporting
despite proximity to China. The
Russian Ministry of Health
currently reports 1,036 cases and reports increasing the supply of
as well as other response measures.
The US House of Representatives is expected to
on the largest economic stimulus package in US history to provide support to affected families, businesses and health systems. Due to several members of Congress testing positive for the virus and various quarantine policies being implemented across states,
will be conducted and a smaller number of representatives will be present in the Capitol. A single lawmaker could potentially delay the ability for the House to vote if they ask for a roll call or quorum, which would require 216 lawmakers to be present in the building. Multiple House members from both political parties have
to ask for a quorum to delay the vote. The bill comes at a time of substantial
health system strain
and shortages of critical testing kits and PPE.
There have been increasing reports of racist harassment and attacks, particularly against Asian Americans, and efforts are underway to
about these reports.
A federal judge has allowed for the
of 10 individuals, ranging in age from 31 to 56 years, who were in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in New Jersey county jails due to their vulnerability to COVID-19 as a result of underlying chronic health conditions. The ruling comes amid
about outbreaks in correctional facilities, and judges across the country ordering for the release of thousands of vulnerable people who are incarcerated. The Pentagon is also planning to send about 1,500
to the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders to provide logistical assistance to US Customs and Border Protection officials. The move has received
from Canadian officials.
In response to rising case counts in Russia, government officials there have
that they have already conducted 193,000 tests to date and that they have capacity to conduct an additional 700,000 tests. The Russian government has also ordered a shutdown of all non-essential businesses for this upcoming week, and a stay at home order for elderly populations. While the COVID-19 case counts remains low in Russia,
of high levels of pneumonia have raised questions about COVID-19 disease surveillance.
The South African government recently
that the country would be entering a three-week “lockdown” in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. According to a
from South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the country has administered over 20,000 tests, finding just under 1,000 confirmed cases. The South African army and police will enforce the lockdown which restricts people from leaving their houses for all but essential matters.
Kosovo’s ruling coalition has
lost a no-confidence vote
in response to its COVID-19 response, resulting in the conclusion of Prime Minister Albin Kurti’s rule over the country merely 7 weeks after he was sworn in. The Prime Minister is expected to remain in office until a new government is formed. The country
less than 100 cases according to the Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard.
As additional countries continue to implement human mobility restrictions, questions about how and when countries will transition back to normal operating procedures remain. There are ongoing
to gauge the economic and social disruption tied to these public health interventions with the necessity to hold out long enough for them to have a meaningful impact on the trajectory of national COVID-19 outbreaks. Yesterday, representatives of the G20
virtually to discuss these issues, among others, as economic hardship has increased worldwide.
UK PRIME MINISTER TESTS POSITIVE UK
is self-isolating after testing positive. He is currently exhibiting mild symptoms, and plans to continue working. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and is also continuing to work from home.
US stock markets
more than 3% today after a three-day rally, during a week where there were record-breaking surges in unemployment claims filed.
, tightened border security has resulted in a shortage of migrant workers, predominantly from Eastern Europe, available for farm work. As a result, produce across many European countries has remained unharvested. In response, France’s agricultural minister suggested that people in other industries who are currently at home could begin work on farms.
, President Xi Jinping announced that the government is working on a range of policies to promote economic growth, and that it is considering raising the fiscal deficit to be above 3% of gross domestic product for the country
TREATMENT USING COVID-19 ANTIBODIES
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City recently
that researchers would begin the process of transferring antibodies from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to critically ill COVID-19 patients. The Icahn School of Medicine had
that they are working on a diagnostic test for COVID-19 that detects antibodies in sick and recovered individuals, rather than genomic information. Media
suggest that researchers have begun to contact recovered COVID-19 patients in an effort to receive plasma donations.
examines the modes of contact and the level of transmission among close contacts of persons infected with COVID-19. The study follows just under 5,000 close contacts in Guangzhou, China. Of the close contacts identified, 2.6% of cases developed symptoms during their quarantine, the majority of which were mild or moderate cases (89.9%) and a small portion of which were asymptomatic (6.2%). They authors found that contacts within the same household were at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19.