Still Stuck at Home, but Good News About COVID Coming in From Around the World

 

Americans are being asked to continue to stay at home and quarantine, as well as continue employing social distancing guidelines, but President Donald Trump said at a press conference Sunday that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”

My colleague Streiff wrote about the news out of New York today that the state may have “turned a corner” as hospital discharges were outpacing new admissions for the 4th straight day.

But there’s even more good news coming in from around the world. In France, for example, the last 24 hours has seen fewer deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours.

Germany had a relatively low rate of infection and death relative to the rest of Europe, but it, too, has reported three straight days of fewer coronavirus cases.

Sunday’s figure amounted to a drop of 146 cases compared with 6,082 new infections recorded on Saturday, itself a fall from 6,174 new infections on Friday.

Even better, places that have been hard hit have reported some encouraging news as well. Italy, which, outside of China, has been one of the hardest hit, has reported a drop in new ICU cases for the first time since the pandemic began.

For days, Italian officials have said that broadly stable rises in the number of cases suggested that the outbreak had reached a plateau and that the numbers would begin to go down – if strict lockdown measures were respected.

Perhaps most encouraging is the news out of Spain, where residents have been in a near total lockdown for a month. The Financial Times reports that the spread of the virus seems to be slowing as the number of people that have died of coronavirus has dropped steadily over the last three days.

The U.S. peak rate is thought to be in the next week or two according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. But the situation seems to be improving the world over if these early reports out of Europe represent a trend that holds.