More here on the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 in black communities in the US:
In Chicago, the mayor has confirmed that more than half of the Covid-19 patients are black, even though black residents make up just 30% of the city’s population. More from the AP:
Chicago is launching a health campaign focused on the city’s black and brown communities, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday following a media report highlighting the disproportionate number of black residents among those who have died of COVID-19 complications in the city.
Lightfoot called WBEZ’s finding that 70% of recorded deaths due to the coronavirus in the city were black residents “devastating”, adding, “And knowing they’re not just numbers, they’ve lives. There’s families and communities that have been shattered.”
Joe Biden has reportedly talked to Trump about Covid-19, according to an NBC News reporter:
It hasn’t been reported yet what the two discussed. Earlier in the day, the president was mocking Biden for saying the Democratic convention may have to be “virtual” due to coronavirus.
Hi all – Sam Levin in Los Angeles taking over blog coverage for the rest of the day. Trump’s daily briefing is scheduled to start in half an hour, we’ll be covering it live with fact checks.
The Pentagon has just announced that it is sending a total of 1,500 medical personnel to New York City this week.
Today so far
That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, Sam Levin, will take over the blog for the next few hours.
Here’s where the day stands so far:
- British prime minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care as he battles coronavirus. Johnson was hospitalized yesterday, and No 10 said today that his condition had worsened, although he is conscious.
- The US coronavirus death toll has surpassed 10,000. More than 350,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, and health experts have said this could be the worst week for the country since the crisis started.
- New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the state may be starting to reach the apex of its crisis. But Cuomo extended the state’s “stay at home” order until April 29, emphasizing this is not the time to be lax about social distancing precautions.
- Wisconsin governor Tony Evers issued an executive order to cancel in-person voting for tomorrow’s presidential primary. The move was immediately challenged by the Republican leaders of the state legislature, who refused to support a bill canceling in-person voting over the weekend.
Sam will have more coming up, so stay tuned.
The Dow closed up about 1,600 points, even as health exerpts warned this could be the country’s worst week yet since the coronavirus crisis started.
The Dow Jones, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq all closed up more than 7% as some coronavirus projections showed improvement.
One frequently cited model lowered its prediction for the country’s overall coronavirus death toll by about 12,000.
The Guardian’s Vivian Ho reports on the latest from California:
With the number of hospitalizations for coronavirus in California rising 5.6% over the weekend, the state is loaning 500 state-owned ventilators to the strategic national stockpile inventory, the governor announced Monday.
“California is stepping up to help our fellow Americans in New York and across the country who are being impacted the hardest right now by the covid-19 pandemic,” said Gavin Newsom, California’s governor. “We still have a long road ahead of us in the Golden State – and we’re aggressively preparing for a surge – but we can’t turn our back on Americans whose lives depend on having a ventilator now. We’re meeting this moment with compassion.”
California is currently reporting 15,393 positive cases and 357 deaths. There are 1,085 people in intensive care unit beds throughout the state, and 2,509 hospitalized total, Newsom said.
Despite taking aggressive and early social distancing and stay-at-home measures, the state is still projecting that California will run out of hospital beds by mid-May.
Newsom has been pushing to add 50,000 hospital beds to the state’s capacity before then, as well as stocking up on protective gear and supplies like ventilators.
He noted that if California needs the 500 ventilators back, “we’ll get them back” – but at the moment, there is greater need elsewhere in the country.
Early evidence suggests African Americans are disproportionately dying from coronavirus.
Michigan has confirmed 617 coronavirus deaths, and 41% of patients who died were black, even though African Americans make up only 14% of the state’s population.
African Americans also account for 14 of the 24 coronavirus deaths in Washington, DC, where about 45% of the city population is black.
The Guardian’s global coronavirus blog has more details on British prime minister Boris Johnson’s move to intensive care:
It is understood Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit just short of an hour and a half ago.
The decision was made by his medical team after his condition worsened over the course of Monday. The prime minister is understood to be conscious and to have been moved as a precaution in case he needs ventilation.
Boris Johnson taken to intensive care
British prime minister Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care as he battles coronavirus.
No 10 said yesterday that the prime minister had been hospitalized with a high fever to receive tests. Officials have not denied he is on oxygen.
The global coronavirus death toll has now surpassed 70,000, with Italy and Spain accounting for about 30,000 of the deaths.
In comparison, the US death toll surpassed 10,000 earlier today, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins.
However, deaths in both Italy and Spain appear to be on the decline. Follow the Guardian’s global coronavirus blog for more updates: