Contagion Live News Network: Coronavirus Updates for April 9, 2020


Check out the latest coronavirus updates from Thursday, April 9th.

Welcome to the Contagion Live News Network, I’m Michaela Fleming and this is your coronavirus update for Thursday April 9, 2020.

There are now more than 1.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus across the globe. The global death total continues to climb with more than 90,000 deaths recorded.

Today the National Institutes of Health announced that the ORCHID clinical trial has launched in Tennessee and will be evaluating hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deployed 8 field teams for community protection. These teams are tasked to work with state and local health departments to keep the COVID-19 situation contained in areas with low transmission rates.

In the United States there have been more than 432,000 cases of the virus and 14,808 associated deaths. Wyoming is the only state that has not reported a death from the virus.

In a media briefing at the White House yesterday Dr. Deborah Birx indicated that the models projecting the number of deaths that America would see due to coronavirus have dropped in recent days as Americans have changed their behaviors and are practicing social distancing.

Another piece of good news is that worldwide, more than 330,000 people have recovered from COVID-19. As of Thursday, more than 77,000 people had recovered in China, 48,000 individuals have recovered in Spain, 46,000 in Germany and 29,000 in Iran.

For other stories relevant to COVID-19 and the latest infectious disease news, visit To track the spread of the pandemic in the United States and abroad, be sure to use the Contagion® Outbreak Monitor.

For the Contagion Live News Network, I’m Michaela Fleming, thanks for tuning in.

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