Here are the latest key updates you may have missed over the past weekend relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of April 27.
In the U.S.
According to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 27):
- Total U.S. cases: 967,585
- Total U.S. deaths: 54,931
Several states have begun easing restrictions, including Georgia, Alaska, Montana, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Minnesota.
CNN reported Georgia’s measures to reopen its economy as the most aggressive, with hair and nail salons, gyms, bowling alleys, tattoo studios and massage therapists allowed to reopen over the past weekend, and theaters and restaurants allowed to reopen April 27.
On April 26, Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force coordinator, said some form of social distancing will likely remain through the summer.
The CDC announced six new symptoms that could be signs of the coronavirus, including chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a loss of taste or smell.
According to a Coronavirus Relief Survey from WalletHub, 84% of Americans want a second stimulus check, while 160 million Americans say they are three months away from running out of money.
AAA insurers announced relief packages that will refund more than $285M to auto consumers. Policyholders insured through Auto Club Enterprises Insurance Group, AAA–The Auto Club Group, Motor Club Insurance Company in Rhode Island and CSAA Insurance Group are eligible for the refund.
California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) announced it will pay for medical costs and lost income for employees at essential businesses who contract COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they caught the virus at work.
President Donald Trump signed a new relief bill to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program.
“The latest COVID-19 relief legislation contains significant funding for small businesses… This will provide vital support to keep businesses across the country afloat and prevent countless workers from losing their jobs,” said Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO, in a statement.
“More funding for the PPP is urgently needed to provide small businesses relief from the economic damage resulting from COVID-19," said PIA National Vice President of Government Relations Jon Gentile in a release.
Around the world
According to the World Health Organization (as of April 27):
- Total cases globally: 2.86 million
- Total deaths globally: 196,295
- Cases by region: Europe (1.34M), Americas (1.14M), Eastern Mediterranean (165,369), Western Pacific (144,121), South-East Asia (44,592), Africa (21,470)