Denmark to ease lockdown + Trump threatens WHO + Johnson remains hospitalized
A months-long lockdown starts to ease today in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported. The city's drastic measures have served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world. After 11 weeks, Chinese authorities are now allowing residents of Wuhan more freedom of movement. This milestone comes as China reported no new deaths on Tuesday. New York is still reporting sharply rising casualties from the coronavirus. The death toll has now climbed above four thousand, many more than died in the 9-11 attacks. The state reported its biggest one day jump in fatalities on Tuesday. Hospitals remain overstretched. But governor Andrew Cuomo insists the number of deaths is levelling off. He says this shows social distancing is working.
Much of Europe remains under lockdown, the strategy many nations here are taking to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But there are exceptions. Denmark is among a few countries who've decided to the time has come to start lifting restrictions.
Other developments on the coronavirus pandemic:
- The global death toll from Covid-19 is now more than 82,000, with more than 1.4 Mmillion infections since the outbreak began.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent his second night in intensive care. He is said to be in a stable condition and noton a ventilator.
- The head of the EU's top science organization has resigned. Mauro Ferrari said he faced institutional and political obstacles while trying to swiftly set up a scientific program to combat the virus.
- A global condom shortage is looming due to virus lockdown measures in major production hubs, like Malaysia. The UN warns of devastating public health consequences.
Spain, one of the countries worst hit by the coronavirus, is beginning to ease strict lockdown measures that have brought its economy to a standstill.
People in manufacturing, construction and some services are being allowed to return to work, but must stick to strict safety guidelines.
The rest of the population must still remain at home.
Almost 17,500 people with Covid-19 have died in Spain, but the rate of new infections has been falling.
Italy - the hardest hit country in Europe, with almost 19,900 deaths - will allow a narrow range of firms to resume operations on Tuesday. They are the first European countries to announce concrete plans to tentatively reopen shopping malls, schools and other nonessential businesses. Ministers are studying proposals to begin easing the lockdown and re-start parts of the economy.
It comes as Boris Johnson reveals how close he came to dying from the coronavirus infection. In a newspaper interview with the Sun on Sunday, the Prime Minister said his doctors had made preparations to announce his death.
Meanwhile thousands of people have volunteered to take part in a medical trial, to establish whether blood plasma from people who've had coronavirus infection could help treat sick patients. ,
Kate Silverton presents BBC News reports from Political Correspondent Chris Mason and Health Correspondent Catherine Burns. Rachel Maddow looks at some of the promises Donald Trump made a month ago when he declared the coronavirus crisis a national emergency, and notes that Trump's failure to deliver on those promises and other key steps in the coronavirus fight has left the U.S. unprepared to move beyond stay-at-home orders. Aired on 04/13/2020.