April 17th: Covid-19 Update

Ginger Dhaliwal

Here at Upflex we’ve started a weekly Covid-19 digest to better help you understand the impact of the novel coronavirus around the world. You can find below a summary of the impact by country, for as many places as we can find information on. Please note that the term lockdown has different meanings in each country.

While we strive to keep this up to date and use data from the last five days, information is rapidly changing. What is true today may be different tomorrow, and we are including sources in order to help keep track of what is still relevant.

North America

United States

Death toll totalling 30,000 as of today in the United States.

As many as 29 states could potentially re-open on or before May 1st.

Reopening will be a three phase process: 1) Employers are still asked to promote tele-work. 2) Social distancing with groups of 10 still active. 3) However large venues such as restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events would re-open.

Here are some highlights by state:

  • In Ohio on Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine said some businesses could begin to reopen on May 1.
  • NY lockdown will be extended until May 15th.
  • Wyoming, whose mortality rate is at 0.7%, is likely to end lockdown first. It may be ended in the upcoming week.
  • Michigan has a 7% mortality rate.

We clearly have not reached the peak of this pandemic yet which makes it unlikely the lockdown data is accurate.

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Canada

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on April 15th that a “lockdown will end in many more weeks.”

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Mexico

Mexico announced on Thursday that the lockdown will be extended until May 30th.

However, the stay at home order could be lifted before May 17th.

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Europe

UK

Lockdown extended for 3 more weeks until the 23rd of March.

Officials say it is too “early” to revise the lockdown date ending sooner.

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Spain

Lockdown set to end 27 April but likely to be extended.

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France

With over 15,000 deaths total, the lockdown is to last until May 11th.

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Italy

Italy is slowly moving into phase 2.

Full lockdown set to end 4 May.

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Germany

7% infection rate fall. Social distancing rules are likely to be extended to 3 May, with sports stadiums and concert halls remaining shut for several months.

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Asia

Singapore

Singapore reports 350 new cases today, its third day in a row of daily spikes. Current cases total 3,700 infected.

They are still in “partial” lockdown until May 4th.

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China

The Wuhan death toll has been revised by China. New numbers showcase a 50% increase based on the last reported data.

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South Korea

Coronavirus cases have sharply dropped. Percentage of the population infected is slightly under 1%.

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Hong Kong

Only 13 new infections were reported on April 9th. However they are still “closed” to foreigners.

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Japan

A nationwide State of Emergency has been implemented until May 6th by Prime Minister Abe. Previously, State of Emergency had been declared in only seven of the 47 prefectures.

Officials in Tokyo are urging people to work from home.

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India

Nationwide lockdown extended until May 3rd.

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Malaysia

Lockdown extended until April 28th.

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Africa

South Africa

After announcing a 3 week lockdown on March 27th, the number of confirmed cases has dropped.

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