Russia sees largest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases
Russia reported its highest one-day increase in coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the country’s official total to 106,498.
The increase of 7,099 new confirmed infections was a 7% jump from Wednesday’s tally. The country’s total death toll from the virus stood at 1,073 on Thursday.
When asked whether the epidemic in Russia had started to plateau, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a Russian television station: “this is what everyone would like to see.”
The Kremlin has urged Russians to adhere to lockdown regulations during upcoming public holidays at the beginning of May, when citizens traditionally rush to the countryside and get together for barbecues.
Elon Musk slams “fascist” social distancing measures in rant about Tesla production
Tesla CEO Elon Musk railed against what he called “fascist” social distancing measures on an earnings call Wednesday. In an expletive-laden rant, Musk warned that shelter-in-place orders in California, where a major Tesla factory is located, also pose a “serious risk” to the company.
“If somebody wants to stay in their house, that’s great,” Musk said, according to a recording of the call reviewed by CBS News. “They can stay in their house and they should not be compelled to leave. But to say that they cannot leave their house and they will be arrested if they do, this is fascist. This is not democratic, this is not freedom. Give people back their g**d*** freedom.”
No state has implemented an order forbidding residents from leaving their homes, although many have ordered residents to only leave for essential purposes.
Los Angeles becomes 1st major U.S. city to offer all residents a free coronavirus test
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that the city will offer all residents free testing for the coronavirus.
“While priority will still be given to those with symptoms, individuals without symptoms can also be tested,” Garcetti tweeted, adding that LA is the first major city in the U.S. to offer such widespread free testing.
Over 80% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Georgia last month were black, study finds
A CDC study released Wednesday found that over 80% of the COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Georgia last month were black. It’s the latest analysis showing that communities of color are being hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus.
The study comes just days after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp started reopening some of the state’s businesses – a move condemned as premature and dangerous by local black leaders as well as public health officials and even President Trump.
The study from the CDC, which is headquartered in Atlanta, surveyed eight hospitals in the state – seven in the Atlanta metro area and one southern Georgia. In the sample of 305 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 247 – or 83.2% – were black. By comparison, 32 patients (10.8%) were white, 10 (3.4%) were Hispanic and eight (2.7%) were Asian or Pacific Islander..