This is your May 8, 2020, Daily Pandemic Update. Follow the daily updates here.
- Global confirmed coronavirus cases – 3,934,813
- Global coronavirus deaths – 271,095
Around the world, the hot zones remained the same throughout this week. The list of countries experiencing more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours today is nearly the same as it was at the beginning of the week. The most significant changes within that list include the surging new cases in Brazil and Russia, which are racing toward the lead as the world’s leading hot spots for newly confirmed cases.
Afghanistan’s minister of public health tested positive for the coronavirus. Pakistan meanwhile is included among the global hot spots in the last 24 hours with more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases even while the government is easing restrictions within the country.
The World Health Organization warned the virus could kill between 80,000 and 190,000 in Sub Saharan Africa in its first year. Multiple reasons account for this estimate, including inadequate healthcare, lack of vital equipment like ventilators, and a lack of social distancing that could slow the virus. The WHO’s European office also warned there was a 60% increase in domestic violence reports since the lockdowns began. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General for the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said the pandemic unleashed a “tsunami of hate” around the world. In various locations globally, insecure government leaders and opportunistic wannabe leaders have utilized the occasion of coronavirus fears to trigger violence and hateful speech toward the “others” in their societies.
US News – May 8, 2020 Daily Pandemic Update
Republican lawmakers are seeking to rename the street in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington DC after the Chinese doctor turned whistleblower who died from the coronavirus. Li Wenliang was the doctor who alerted the world the virus was not under control in China and was much worse than the government was advertising. He eventually caught the virus and died.
In the US, President Trump will be tested for the virus again after his valet tested positive.
New economic data is to be released today, which many dread will show the scale of economic damage done by the national shutdown throughout April to fight the pandemic. Experts say the jobs report will likely be one of the worst since the end of World War II. Most Americans who experienced layoffs in April believe they will get their jobs back, but economists warn as much as 40% may be facing permanent layoffs.
In Nebraska, one in seven people infected with the coronavirus is meatpacking workers.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new tool that uses gene-editing technology and can determine if a person has the coronavirus within one hour. A lack of testing remains the critical flaw in the US fight against the pandemic, and also for the world.
Facebook and Google are reopening their offices but allowing employees to work remotely until the end of the year. These steps by the tech giants suggest a trend we may see throughout corporate America in the coming weeks and months. It may signal how the pandemic has permanently altered the way we live.