NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 31: A temporary hospital is built in Central Park on the East Meadow lawn … [+]
(This story was updated at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 3)
Topline: The coronavirus outbreak — which likely originated in Wuhan, China and spread to the rest of the world — is now a pandemic affecting 180 countries, shutting down travel and launching a global recession; here are the latest numbers:
- World: Total confirmed cases as of Friday: 1,033,478 — Total deaths: 54,134— Total recoveries: 218,864.
- U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:00 a.m. ET: 245,601 — Total deaths: 6,058 — Total recoveries: 9,228.
- Trending up ▲: “The next hot spots” in the U.S., according to White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Deborah Birx, include Louisiana—where 26% of all tests come back positive—and Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Illinois—where patients test positive around 15% of the time.
- Trending up ▲: Spain — the country reported 117,710 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Friday morning, passing the total count in Italy (115,242), the original epicenter of the outbreak in Europe.
- Trending down ▼: For the first time since January 18, China reported less than 100 new cases of coronavirus.
- U.S. unemployment: The latest figures showed that some 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the last two weeks (Forbes’ colleague Sergei Klebnikov reports that some economists say the unemployment rate could reach 30% due to the crisis.)
Crucial quote: “This coming Sunday is D-Day,” according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. If critical supplies do not arrive soon, thousands will die, he said.
“At the current burn rate, we have about six days of ventilators left in our stockpile,” New York Governor Cuomo similarly warned on Thursday; the state’s predicted apex could hit anywhere between 7 to 30 days, he said.
President Trump said on Tuesday that the next two weeks would be “very painful.”
The U.N. Chief said earlier this week that the current pandemic is the worst crisis since World War II.
Big numbers: 35% of all tests in New York and New Jersey so far have been positive, Dr. Birx said on Thursday.
The White House projected earlier this week that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die from the virus, with a peak in infections around two weeks away.
Surprising fact: Roughly four billion people—half of the globe—are currently under lockdown or stay-at-home orders.