Coronavirus Live Blog 4.20.2020

This is an ongoing update of headlines and information related to the coronavirus outbreak. Newest information at the top. If you have a question or want to discuss this issue in depth, we have been discussing this issue in our chat system. Information is updated throughout the day with a large update every morning US time.
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Yesterday’s headlines from 4.19 can be found here


Mexico City hospitals at capacity, turning away patients

Japan sees new wave of virus cases, emergency rooms are collapsing under the load. Ambulance crews can’t find hospitals able to take virus cases or other emergency medical cases.

South Koreans return to work as aggressive test and trace tries to isolate new clusters

Covid-19 fuels tensions for nearly 70 million living in apartments and condos

Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the US economy is not ready to reopen.

He detailed what needs to be in place before reopening the economy, including:

  • Adequate capacity in hospitals
  • Enough protective equipment for all essential workers
  • A plan to do contact tracing
  • Money in people’s pockets to care of themselves and their families in case they need to quarantine and isolate

Shake Shack chain returns $10 million pandemic loan intended for small businesses

100k gather for funeral in Bangladesh defying lockdown orders

Corning NY Lowes store forced to shut down due to ignoring social distancing rules.
* we have seen lots of anecdotal reports of this around the US.

Effect of SARS-CoV-2 infection upon male gonadal function

Researchers see three distinct forms of the virus, are looking back to September for clues to start of outbreak

KY reports spike in new virus cases a week after ongoing protests demanding the state ease lockdowns.

Emergency patients evaporate from hospitals

Who will do the spending to recover the economy

A science based look at what might harbor the virus and what probably doesn’t

Closing grocery stores to customers being debated to protect workers

A small handful of right wing provocateurs are behind protests

House Freedom Caucus demands everything reopen immediately

Senators propose $500 billion rescue package for states

Governors push back against White House on protests and testing claims

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