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The number of cases in the US has jumped by 10,000 – bringing the total number of cases in the country to 54,453.
According to the US CDC, the death toll also rose by 193 cases, bringing it to 737.
The state of New York has more than half of the country’s overall cases – with more than 30,800 patients.
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In Australia, there’s been a rush down the aisle in the past 24 hours after authorities announced new
social isolation rules banning more than five people at a wedding.
That number includes the marrying
couple and their celebrant – so only two guests are allowed.
Facing the prospect of nuptials
postponed for an indeterminable time, or perhaps a live-streamed ceremony (see here and here), some opted to tie the knot immediately, to beat the Wednesday
TV wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin did just that, announcing her marriage to Chandler
Powell on social media. The small ceremony took place at Australia
Zoo in Queensland on Wednesday with only immediate family in attendance.
“We’ve planned this beautiful day
for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our
wedding,” she wrote.
“This was a very difficult
decision but important to keep everyone safe.”
As you can imagine, the maths
jokes have been flying around. In Australia now, four weddings+ one funeral = 30 people max.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has described the hospitalisation rate in the state as “almost too good to be true” and “headed in the right direction” – while warning that numbers are still expected to spike.
Latest figures suggest the doubling of hospitalisation numbers is not coming every two days – as was expected earlier – but only every 4.7 days.
This crucial change gives medical staff more time to treat patients and slows down the overcrowding of hospitals.
Mr Cuomo said the peak of patients needing hospital care in the state was expected in about 21 days, but that the trend showed that social distancing was working.
New York is the worst hit state in the US, accounting for more than half of overall cases.
Welcome back to our rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. We’re writing to you out of Singapore today – where many of us are working from home – and we’ll be handing over to our colleagues in London later this afternoon. Here’s your news this morning:
- The number of coronavirus cases in the US has jumped by more than 10,000 in a single day. This brings the total number of cases to 54,453, with 737 deaths so far
- But it’s not all bad news. New York’s governor says the city’s strict measures seem to be working, as the rate of hospitalisations appears to have slowed in recent days. Governor Cuomo said the arrows were “headed in the right direction”
- In the UK, the death toll has risen to 463 from 422, as the number of cases in the country passes the 9,500 mark
- No new virus cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan – where the virus emerged late last year. There has however, been a rise in the number of imported cases across China