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Contagion Live News Network: Coronavirus Updates for April 6, 2020

Catch up on the latest coronavirus news from April 6, 2020.

Welcome to the Contagion Live News Network I’m Michaela Fleming and this is your coronavirus update for Monday April 6th.

A new report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates in the United States, children have accounted for less than 2% of reported COVID-19 cases. Between February 12 and April 2, 2020 there were 149,000 cases of COVID-19 reported for which the patient’s age was available. Approximately 2500 of those cases occurred in children younger than 18 years.

There have been more than 10,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States. In total, there have been approximately 350,000 cases reported across the nation.

Worldwide there are more than 1.3 million cases of the virus and more than 72,000 deaths. The highest number of deaths have been reported in Italy with more than 16,000 fatalities and Spain with over 13,000 deaths.

In New York, the hotspot of the US outbreak, Governor Cuomo has extended school and non-essential business closures until April 29th. In a press conference, he expressed that the situation is turning, and the rate of infection is going down thanks to social distancing. Over the weekend new hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and daily intubations all declined across New York.

Dr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health with the US Department of Health and Services has remarked that New York, New Jersey, and Detroit will likely see the peak of hospitalizations and death this week and we will see rolling peaks across the US in the coming weeks.

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For the Contagion Live News Network, I'm Michaela Fleming. Thanks for tuning in.