Coronavirus USA news summary: cases and deaths - 24 April

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Coronavirus live United States: latest Covid-19 news - 25 April

US coronavirus update at 15:15 EST/12:15 PST (21:15 CEST) on Saturday 25 April

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University2,868,539 cases have been detected worldwide, with 200,698 deaths and 811,630 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 924,865 cases with 53,070 deaths. 99,346 people have recovered from the virus.

109 people die after drinking liquor they believed prevented coronavirus

109 people in the Dominican Republic died after drinking local moonshine known as clerén with the country registering 130 cases of intoxication from the drink.

FT daily Covid-19 graphs issued

​​​​​​The daily graphs from John Burn Murdoch (Financial Times) have been lauded in many circles for the detail and visual representation of the evolution of the virus in parts of the world.

Emergency calls increase after Trump disinfectant suggestion

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency warned residents not to inject or ingest disinfectant following president Trump’s comments on Thursday.

Global coronavirus death toll passes 200,000 mark

Global deaths linked to the coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday, while confirmed cases of the virus are expected to hit 3 million in coming days.

Lawsuit filed against Trump administration over immigrant stimulus check policy

According to political publication The Hill, the administration of US President Donald Trump is facing a lawsuit for denying stimulus checks to more than 1 million American citizens who are married to undocumented immigrants.

Watch the ePremier League semi-finals and final live

Liverpool take on Manchester City and Wolves face Burnley in the semi-finals of the first ever ePremier League Invitational tournament, starting at 15:00 BST (07:00 PDT, 10:00 EDT).

The funds generated by the ePremier League Invitational will go to the #PlayersTogether campaign, an initiative created by footballers in the English top flight to raise money to support the UK’s National Health Service amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ePremier League: semi-final and final fixtures

SF1: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) vs Raheem Sterling (MCI)

SF2: Diogo Jota (WOL) vs Dwight McNeil (BUR)

Final: SF1 winner vs SF2 winner

Watch live here:

Man United chief reveals coronavirus impact on transfer dealings

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has urged caution amongst supporters as even the Premier League’s richest club are hit hard by the suspension of fixtures.

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Can you catch Covid-19 from food & packaging?

There is a low risk of being infected by handling food or packaging, but extreme caution is nevertheless recommended when it comes to hygiene.

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Three US states ease restrictions

The US states Georgia, Alaska and Oklahoma have allowed some shops to reopen - in the face of warnings that it may be too soon to lift restrictions in America, where over 50,000 people have died as a result of Covid-19.

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

All the information you need to understand the coronavirus and ways to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Stimulus cheques: how to protect yourself from scammers

As more and more cheques are sent out to desperate Americans, we have seen an increase in the number of scams taking place to con people out of the money they are entitled to.

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Trump’s disinfectant remarks follow letter from leader of group touting ‘cure’

The Guardian has revealed that Donald Trump’s suggestion that disinfectant could be used as a remedy against coronavirus came after Mark Grenon, the leader of a group touting bleach as a Covid-19 cure, wrote to the US president earlier this week.

“Trump did not specify where the idea of using disinfectant as a possible remedy for Covid-19 came from, and the source for his notion remains obscure,” the newspaper said. “But the Guardian has learned that peddlers of chlorine dioxide – industrial bleach – have been making direct approaches to the White House in recent days.”

Grenon told the president that chlorine dioxide is “a wonderful detox that can kill 99% of the pathogens in the body”, adding that it “can rid the body of Covid-19”.

ICYMI: Covid-19 response chief's face as Trump touts disinfectant as cure

White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Deborah Birx's face was a picture as US president Donald Trump suggested disinfectant injections and UV light as Covid-19 cures:

Don't ingest bleach

"If you are paranoid about getting sick, just don’t go out"

Protest in the US continue as some have referred to the lockdown measures as a political plot. The Financial Times have an interesting read on protesters motives and reasoning.

The situation in New Jersey

The rate of hospitalizations, critical care patients, ventilator use, and deaths in New Jersey are dropping, officials say but new cases have risen over the past 24 hours - mainly in South Jersey. In total, the Garden State reported 3,047 new Covid-19 positive tests on Friday and 253 deaths, bringing the total to 102,196 cases and 5,617 deaths in seven weeks since the outbreak started. Only New York has more cases and deaths. 


1,500th Covid-19 survivor given Mardi Gras parade send-off

Ochsner Health shared a video of the fanfare on Facebook, saying, “We are so excited to announce the discharge of our 1,500th Covid-19 patient from Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans!”

Kathleen Bennett, 57, spent almost 3 and a half weeks in the hospital being treated for Covid-19. At one point, she was admitted to the ICU and was placed on a ventilator for 12 days before making an incredible recovery. She was discharged in style, staff waving and clapping as she was helped home to continue her recovery with "When the Saints go Marching In" playing as she left.

Las Vegas

Unions hit out at Las Vegas mayor's call to re-open casinos

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman's call to re-open casinos in the area has been met with fierce disapproval from the United Auto Workers union, who claim the move would put lives at risk. "Casino employees, their families and the community are not test subjects for her irresponsible theories on public health and the COVID-19 virus," UAW president Rory Gamble said.

Las Vegas faces a possible budget deficit of $150 million due to lost revenue from coronavirus-related closures and the associated drop in tourism and hospitality. The state of Nevada imposed a stay-at-home oder on 1 April aimed at stopping the spread of the highly infectious virus.


Covid-19 has now claimed over 50,000 lives in the United States

The United States remains the nation to have suffered by far the most deaths during the coronavirus pandemic and the death toll reached a new landmark on Friday as it passed the 50,000-mark. New York is the hardest hit region with over a third of the recorded deaths. Here is a brief breakdown of the areas which have been affected the most by Covid-19 infection:

US death toll by area

16,646 New York City 

1,518 Nassau, New York

1,396 Wayne, Michigan

1,220 Cook, Illinois

993 Suffolk, New York

932 Essex, New Jersey

907 Bergen, New Jersey

891 Westchester, New York

798 Los Angeles

Trump takes broadside at failing USPS

President Donald Trump laid into the US Postal Service (USPS) during his address at the Oval Office on Friday.  Trump said that the USPS, who lost a reported 65 billion dollars during the past 11 years, must increase their prices to get back into the black because they are losing money delivering packages for the likes of Amazon and other online outlets.

“The Postal Service is a joke, because they are handing out packages for Amazon and other internet companies, and every time they bring a package, they lose money on it,” he scathed. "They don't want to raise their prices because they don't want to insult Amazon". 


IRS stimulus checks -  where they can be cashed?


In spite of what Donaldo Trump might say, drinking detergent, household bleach or any other cleaning fluid will only make you sick, it should not be used as a treatment for coronavirus...


Extra funding for small business and hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis


Canada to help small businesses with 75% rent cut

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans today to help small businesses get through the next few months by offering financial aid for those who are struggling to pay their rent. 

Through the Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program, small and medium-sized companies who have sufered a 70% drop in revenue will have their rent cut by 75% during the months of AprilMay and June. The government will cover 50% of the rent reduction with property owners covering the rest.


Hello and welcome to our live Covid-19 United States blog where we will bring you the latest breaking news, updates and information relating to the pandemic in the States. At the time of writing over 890,000 people have been diagnosed positive with coronavirus and over 51,000 deaths in the nation as a result of the virus.