US officials now think around 60,000 will die, down from the previous estimates of 200,000.
Sweden bracing itself for deaths.
Austria and New Zealand are seeing success.
COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in the US.
(NewsReady.com) – The world is still grappling with the spread of COVID-19. As of April 10, more than 1.6 million people have tested positive around the globe and over 100,000 of them have died. In some countries, the situation is starting to get better, while others continue to struggle.
For more than two weeks, New Zealand’s government has had residents on strict lockdown. The country didn’t want to just flatten the coronavirus curve, they wanted to eliminate the illness. It’s starting to look like their efforts may lead to success.
They are achieving success by not allowing people to do much of anything. For example, there’s no swimming and no food delivery. The Washington Post reported that Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield said signs the country is winning the battle are “promising.”
As of April 10, the country only has just over 1,200 cases and only 2 confirmed deaths from the virus.
Finally, small multiples for daily cases in 65 countries:
• Early action in Australia & New Zealand means they may have turned the corner early 🇦🇺🇳🇿📉
• Saudi Arabia added
• Japan’s delayed outbreak continues ⚠️
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) April 9, 2020
While most countries decided the only way to get the virus under control was by isolating, Sweden took a different route. The government closed colleges and high schools and banned groups of more than 50 people but that was about it. For a couple of weeks, the situation in the country was okay, but now there are reports they’re bracing for a surge in deaths.
On April 4, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told the country’s Dagens Nyheter newspaper they’d likely “count dead in the thousands.” Six days after his statement, the country has over 9,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including more than 870 deaths.
On April 6, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced his plans to start lifting restrictions in the country. As one of the first European countries to implement lockdowns, the outcome looks favorable. If there’s a surge in new cases when people return to normalcy, the government will go back into lockdown.
As of April 10, there are over 13,500 confirmed cases in the country, including just over 300 deaths.
Back in the US
The United States is in the middle of its worst period of the outbreak. The social distancing methods President Donald Trump put in place are starting to work, but the people who die in these two weeks are people who were infected prior to the measures.
However, there are glimmers of hope.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci announced the US will likely see far fewer deaths than originally thought. He told NBC’s “Today” show that the social distancing Americans are practicing is bringing the predictions down, “and it looks more like the 60,000 than the 100,000 to 200,000,” deaths originally forecasted.
Countries across the world are continuing to fight the disease but it appears the end may finally be in sight. Soon enough, people across the globe may be able to return to some kind of normalcy.
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