There’s a lot going on. Here are today’s COVID-19 updates that you should know.
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New Zealand has declared the coronavirus eliminated, allowing many businesses to reopen, and society to resume. Their methodology of locking down has proven to be incredibly effective in fighting COVID-19.
New Zealand's prime minister has declared victory against the coronavirus. New cases have been trending downward for three weeks, with just five Monday, and "there is no widespread undetected community transmission." Many businesses can reopen. https://t.co/NwGmFPgT7d
— NPR (@NPR) April 27, 2020
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to work today after spending time in an intensive care unit with COVID-19. He implored businesses owners who are rallying to reopen to “contain your impatience.”
We cannot throw away all the effort and sacrifice of the British people and risk a second major outbreak. pic.twitter.com/cf8gMiPaqt
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 27, 2020
Rita Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks are donating their blood for research around COVID-19 after both having successfully beaten the virus earlier this year.
News you need to know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19. The symptoms listed have been commonly recognized around the globe as symptoms of the coronavirus.
Fever, cough and shortness of breath have been known symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC has now added:
• Repeated shaking with chills
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smellhttps://t.co/5gWPOJAkiZ
— NPR (@NPR) April 27, 2020
Within nursing homes, the death tolls from COVID-19 are skyrocketing, leaving executives within the industry pushing for immunity from COVID-related lawsuits. Nearly 70% of the USA’s nursing homes are run by for-profit chains, and many have come under fire for not warning families sooner or reporting the outbreaks. Six states have thus far agreed: Massachusetts and New York have passed laws that explicitly immunize the facilities. Meanwhile in Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, and New Jersey, governors have issued executive orders that immunize facilities.
The United States is pushing to re-open, sparking fear and confusion as the death toll continues to mount.
White House is reviewing expanded guidance on reopening society https://t.co/vGTeMtJjPl
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 27, 2020
An inflammatory syndrome among children is emerging in the U.K., suggesting many children have been infected with COVID-19.
Children are requiring ICU treatment for a severe inflammatory syndrome in the UK, thought to be related to #COVID19.
It's likely rare, but shows we should prevent as many cases as possible. It also suggests many children have been infected in the UK.https://t.co/zWNphV0v46
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) April 27, 2020
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