Monday, March 23

"Coronavirus Now" - Boston Globe's stats, big news reports

By Felicia Gans, Globe Staff

This is Day 14 of Coronavirus Now, a regular newsletter to inform, educate, and prepare. Today we report on Governor Charlie Baker's order for all Massachusetts non-essential businesses to close, the new "stay-at-home" advisory in Massachusetts, and the postponement of the 2020 Olympics.

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A large wooden sign thanked health care workers and first responders during the coronavirus outbreak outside a Lexington home on Sunday. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
March 23, 2020
What you need to know today
  • Current total of worldwide confirmed cases, per Johns Hopkins University: 372,563 (up 43,264 from Sunday*)
  • Current number of worldwide deaths, per Johns Hopkins University: 16,381 (up 2,005 from Sunday*)
  • Current number of recoveries worldwide, per Johns Hopkins University: 100,885 (up 5,229 from Sunday*)
  • Total countries affected thus far: 159
  • Massachusetts total cases:
    • 9 deaths (up 4 from Sunday*)
    • 777 confirmed cases (up 131 from Sunday*)
    • The latest coronavirus numbers, broken down by county
  • Total people tested in Massachusetts: 8,922 (2,918 newly reported tests since Sunday)
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  • Tell us how you're copingHere's a list of different ways you can share your stories to better our coronavirus coverage.
*Increases each day are calculated from the time this newsletter was sent the previous day.

Baker orders all non-essential businesses to close, issues 'stay-at-home' advisory: Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all non-essential businesses to close tomorrow at noon through April 7. Businesses that can stay open include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, liquor stores, and medical marijuana dispensaries. Baker also issued a "stay-at-home" advisory today, which will also last until April 7. Here's what that means for you.

Congress struggles to pass coronavirus legislation: Democrats in Congress have blocked another vote to advance the coronavirus stimulus package, saying the bill in its current form favors corporations. Meanwhile, many members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation, including US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, want the proposed stimulus package to include assistance for colleges and universities facing unexpected costs.

2020 Olympics to be postponed: The 2020 Summer Olympics, which were scheduled to be held in Tokyo this summer, will be postponed, though officials have not yet said when they will be held.

CDC says more than 800 cases linked to cruise ships: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that more than 800 coronavirus cases have been linked to cruise ships, including cases in at least 15 states.

Life gets put on hold: People are canceling summer plans, weddings, and other major life milestones — putting life on hold without knowing when normal life will resume. How are people adjusting to this new normal?
  • Dispatches from the Edge: "A week that coronavirus changed everything, too fast and too slow" | Neil Swidey
Klobuchar's husband hospitalized with coronavirus: US Senator Amy Klobuchar's husband, John Bessler, is hospitalized and has tested positive for coronavirus.

Can your mail carry coronavirus into your home? The simple answer: There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but so far, coronavirus appears to be transmitted mostly from direct contact with another person.

Around the region:
  • New Hampshire officials announced today they have had their first coronavirus-related death.
  • Rhode Island now has 106 coronavirus cases.
  • Maine now has 107 coronavirus cases.
  • Cambridge drug firm Moderna may seek the federal government's approval to try its experimental coronavirus vaccine on some people this fall. It wouldn't be commercially available for at least a year.
  • Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has hired a consulting firm headed by retired Army general Stanley McChrystal to review the city's emergency plans.
  • General Electric's aviation division will be cutting 10 percent of its US workforce. It's not clear how many people will be affected in Lynn, where GE has a jet engine plant.
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