Coronavirus US news 28 April: summary

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Coronavirus live United States summary: Covid-19 news on 28 April

US coronavirus update at 18:00 EST/15:00 PST on Tuesday 28 April (00:00 CEST on Wednesday 29 April)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 3,110,219 cases have been detected worldwide, with 216,808 deaths. 923,724 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,010,717 cases with 58,365 deaths115,372 people have recovered from the virus.


Streaming allowed

The eligibility rules for the Oscars have been changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and movies will no longer be required to do a minimum of a one-week theatrical run in the Los Angeles area in order to qualify for the 2021 Academy Awards - meaning direct to streaming movies will qualify.

The Academy's Board of Governors approved the new rules: 

Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on a commercial streaming or VOD service may qualify in the Best Picture, general entry and specialty categories for the 93rd Academy Awards under these provisions:

-The film must be made available on the secure Academy Screening Room member-only streaming site within 60 days of the film’s streaming or VOD release;

-The film must meet all other eligibility requirements.

Trump's advisers considering further direct cash support

Speaking to reporters at the White House earlier, one of Trump's economic advisers said the administration was studying "very carefully" the possibility that Americans might need more than a single $1,200 stimulus check to make it through the pandemic.

A very large discrepancy between these two figures.

A dog has tested positive for coronavirus in the US. Two cats tested positive in New York some weeks ago but this is believed to be the first dog to have tested positive.

US surpasses 1 million cases

The USA has passed 1 million cases as on Tuesday 29 April. Lockdown measures are being rolled back in many states despite the fact they the total figure is one-third of the world's total. Many medical professionals have said that there is a chance the virus could spike again if the proper social distancing measures are not kept in place and adhered to.

The Guardian have compiled a list of the turning points during the pandemic in the US, which has led to it being the epicentre of the crisis worldwide.


F1 shutdown period extended again

The mandatory shutdown period in Formula One due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended by a further four weeks, the FIA announced on Tuesday.

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise, the shutdown period for competitors has been increased again and now encompasses 63 consecutive days "during the months of March, April, May and/or June.

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Was Trump warned?

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U.S. nears 1 million coronavirus cases as states ease restrictions

The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases neared 1 million on Tuesday and the projected American death toll rose in a closely watched academic model, even as some states eased restrictions aimed at fighting the pandemic battering the economy.

With President Donald Trump's economic adviser forecasting an unemployment rate of more than 16% for April and many Americans chafing under stay-at-home orders, about a dozen states were moving to restart their battered economies despite a lack of large-scale virus testing.

Public health experts have warned that a premature rollback of social distancing policies aimed at curbing the spread of the pathogen could cause a surge in new infections.

Georgia, at the vanguard of states reopening businesses, on Monday permitted restaurant dining for the first time in a month. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Monday he would let the state's stay-at-home order expire and begin reopening businesses including restaurants and retail shops in phases beginning on Friday.

Tokyo Olympics 'will be scrapped' if 2021 is unfeasible

Yoshiro Mori has made it clear the Olympics will not be moved back further to 2022 if plans to stage the Games next year have to be shelved.

Salient words from the secretary general of the United Nations



In pictures: A mural painting by graffiti artist Eme Freethinker features likenesses of US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese premier Xi Jinping wearing face covers in Berlin on April 28, 2020 amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

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Metallica offer fans another lockdown #MetallicaMonday show

The rock band offered another weekly dose of live metal with Monday's 'Stay home'' gig this week offering a live stream of an old-school gig from 1991 - the third stop on the never ending Black Album tour in Muskegon, Michigan


Millions of Americans locked out of unemployment system, survey finds

Millions of Americans who have been thrown out of work during the coronavirus pandemic have been unable to register for unemployment benefits since the U.S. economy entered a free fall, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The Economic Policy Institute found in an online poll that for every 10 people who have successfully filed unemployment claims, three or four people have been unable to register and another two people have not tried to apply at a time of acute economic crisis.

Official U.S. statistics show that 26.5 million people have applied for unemployment benefits since mid-March, wiping out all of the jobs gained during the longest employment boom in U.S. history.

Tiger King, Unorthodox and other Netflix essential lockdown viewing

With many parts of the world under lockdown, platforms such as Netflix have seen a major boost in subscribers as we look for avenues of escape from the Covid-19 virus.

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U.S. coronavirus cases approach 1 million, one-third of global infections

U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus were approaching 1 million on Tuesday, having doubled in 18 days, and made up one-third of all infections in the world, according to a Reuters tally. More than 56,000 Americans have died of the highly contagious respiratory illness COVID-19 caused by the virus, an average of about 2,000 a day this month, according to the tally.

The actual number of cases is thought to be higher, with state public health officials cautioning that shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity. About 30% of the cases have occurred in New York state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania. Globally, coronavirus cases top 3 million since the outbreak began in China late last year. The United States, with the world's third-largest population, has five times as many cases as the next hardest-hit countries of Italy, Spain and France. Of the top 20 most severely affected countries, the United States ranks fifth based on cases per capita, according to a Reuters tally.

The United States has about 30 cases per 10,000 people. Spain ranks first at over 48 cases per 10,000 people, followed by Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. U.S. coronavirus deaths, the highest in the world, now exceed the total number of Americans killed in the 1950-53 Korean War - 36,516. Coronavirus deaths total just below the 58,220 Americans killed during the Vietnam War that ended in 1975. The coronavirus has killed more people in the United States than the seasonal flu in recent years, except for the 2017-2018 season, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Flu deaths range from a low of 12,000 in the 2011-2012 season to a high of 61,000 during 2017-2018. Coronavirus deaths in the United States fall far short of the Spanish flu, which began in 1918 and killed 675,000 Americans, according to the CDC. Unprecedented stay-at-home orders to try to curb the spread of the virus have hammered the economy, with the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the last five weeks soaring to 26.5 million. About a dozen states are beginning to relax the stay-at-home restrictions despite the warning of health experts that premature actions could cause a surge in new cases. A Reuters/Ipsos survey this month found that a bipartisan majority of Americans want go on sheltering in place to protect themselves from the coronavirus, despite the impact on the economy. (Report by Reuters)

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Covid-19 likely to become regular seasonal infection like the flu, warn Chinese scientists

Coronavirus is unlikely to disappear, say Chinese scientists, adding to a growing concerns the virus will likely return in seasonal waves like the common flu. 

“This is very likely to be an epidemic that co-exists with humans for a long time, becomes seasonal and is sustained within human bodies,” Jin Qi, director of the Institute of Pathogen Biology at China’s top medial research institute, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, told Time magazine.

Difference between social distancing, quarantine and isolation

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“Somebody” failed to stop “so much unnecessary death”, says Trump

During his press briefing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump also offered cryptic remarks in which he said - without clarifying who he was referring to - that “somebody a long time ago” failed to prevent “so much unnecessary death” in the United States as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Will the IRS send a second stimulus check to eligible Americans?

An estimated 80 million people are eligible for stimulus checks. Those yet to receive their money can check the status of their payment on an IRS website.

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Meet Europe's first Covid-19 vaccine trial volunteer

Italian zoologist and microbiologist Dr Elisa Granato received her first injection on Thursday - before having to deny rumours of her death in the days that followed.

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Trump says he has "very good idea" about Kim Jong-un health - but "can't talk about it now"

Trump was also asked if he had any information about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose condition has been the subject of major speculation in recent days.

“I can’t tell you exactly,” the US president said. “Yes, I do have a very good idea but I can’t talk about it now.” 

Heartburn drug famotidine in New York hospital trials

New York has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and hospitals are studying common heartburn drugs to treat it.

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Trump "can't imagine why" more disinfectant-related emergency calls

Asked by a reporter about the fact that American state Maryland has registered a higher than usual number of emergency calls as a result of people ingesting disinfectant, Donald Trump told his press briefing: “I can’t imagine why.”

The US president controversially touted disinfectant injections as a potential coronavirus cure on Thursday, leading to a large number of hospital admissions across the country.

Trump: US "getting better"

Speaking at his coronavirus press briefing in the White House Rose Garden, Donald Trump has said the United States as a whole is “getting better” as it bids to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

We continue to see encouraging signs of progress," the US president insisted.

We are not happy with China - we believe it [the pandemic] could have been stopped at the source,” Trump also said, adding: "We are doing serious investigations.”

US coronavirus update at 18:40 EST/15:40 PST on Monday 27 April (00:40 CEST on Tuesday 28 April)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 3,034,801 cases have been detected worldwide, with 210,551 deaths. 891,548 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 985,374 cases with 55,906 deaths. 110,598 people have recovered from the virus.

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