Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 31,092,895
Global deaths: 961,301.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 199,517.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 21,274,210

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 6,812,470 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 199,517.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,087.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,590,671
U.S. total people tested: 95,108,559

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 786,696 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,208,642 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 935,300 reported cases.

CDC updates COVID-19 guidance to acknowledge airborne spread
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on its website to reflect evidence that respiratory droplets can transmit COVID-19 beyond a six-foot distance. Previously, the CDC website said that COVID-19 most often spreads between people who are in close contact with one another — within about six feet — “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.”

Now the site says, “There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond six feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”

UK could see 50,000 new cases per day, chief medical officer warns
The United Kingdom could see about 50,000 new COVID-19 cases a day by mid-October if the current rate of infection is not curbed, the government’s chief scientific adviser warned Monday.

“At the moment we think the epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days,” Sir Patrick Vallance said in a televised address from London. “If, and that’s quite a big ‘if,’ but if that continues unabated and this grows doubling every seven days… if that continued, you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October per day.”

That rate of infection would be expected to lead to 200-plus deaths per day by mid-November, according to Vallance, who noted that there are already measures in place to prevent the country from hitting those grim milestones. “That requires speed, it requires action,” he said, “and it requires enough in order to be able to bring that down.”

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