Spain’s death count surpasses China’s; and other updates
Selections from the WashPost Coronavirus Updates Newsletter:
"The national death toll in Spain surpassed 3,400 on Wednesday, making it the world’s hardest-hit country after Italy. Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, 62, tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has been hospitalized since Sunday with a respiratory infection. And in Madrid, where the city’s funeral service temporarily stopped accepting the corpses of those infected, an ice rink has been turned into a makeshift morgue.
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Here are some significant developments:
- . . . political leaders in Washington reached an agreement on a record $2 trillion stimulus package to rescue the economy.
- The stimulus deal reached in the Senate includes far less financial assistance for states to prepare for 2020 elections amid the risk of disruption by the pandemic than Democrats said would be necessary. It does not include mandates Democrats had hoped for, including offering all voters mail-in ballots and, if an election is held during a national emergency, sending a mail-in ballot to every registered voter.
- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) expressed skepticism that the state’s businesses would be able to reopen by Easter, a day after President Trump said he wants the whole country “opened up.” “I hope he’s right. I hope we get to April 12 and this is a transformed world, but the data that we’re looking at does not suggest that,” Murphy said.
- More than 435,000 people around the world have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. But it is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the pathogen’s genetic code. That relative stability is encouraging news for researchers hoping to create a long-lasting vaccine."
I do wish that proposal for sending a mail-in ballot to every registered voters during a national emergency had passed, but I am glad at least to hear that the virus is evidently stable enough that scientists may be able to create a vaccine--let's hope!
But turning the skating rinks of Madrid into morgues because they have too many dead bodies to dispose of--that is gruesome!