Coronavirus updates: Nearly 14% of 3,000 New Yorkers tested positive for antibody, Cuomo says

first_imgvchal/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 185,000 people worldwide. Over 2.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopskins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.  Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 843,000 diagnosed cases and at least 46,838 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:12:10 p.m.: Cuomo releases results from NY antibody testsAbout 13.9% of the 3,000 New Yorkers who were part of randomized antibody tests in the state were infected and developed an antibody, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Cuomo announced the data at his daily press briefing, but noted it is preliminary. The data was collected over two days in 19 counties and 40 localities across New York from people who were out in public.Of the 13.9%, the data showed that more men tested positive, despite making up a smaller portion of the study.The data also gave some insight into the regions where infection is spreading: New York City has the highest rate of positive antibody results, with residents accounting for 43% of the study and making up 21.2% of the positive tests. Long Island accounted for 14.4% of the study and made up 16.7% of the positive tests, while Westchester and Rockland Counties accounted for 9.8% of the study and made up 11.7% of the positive tests. The rest of the state accounted for 32.8% of the study and made up 3.6% of the positive tests.Cuomo, extrapolating the data, said it’s likely 2.7 million people in the state have been infected, with a death rate of 0.5%.He also said the current death toll of 15,302 is not accurate because it does not include people who died at home and those who were never tested for COVID-19.Cuomo added that more testing needed to be done among the African American and Hispanic community.More testing and surveys will continue in the state, Cuomo said, with plans to expand the size.11:29 a.m.: China pledges $30 million donation to WHO fundingChina has pledged to donate $30 million in funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the agency’s effort to fight the pandemic, the state-run Xinhua reported.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang backed the WHO’s handling of the pandemic, saying at a briefing that it played an important role in assisting countries in responding to the outbreak and boosting international cooperation.The pledged donation comes amid criticism from President Donald Trump and his administration of the WHO.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the WHO did not enforce its rules regarding data that China shared. However, the United Nations agency does not have enforcement ability.Trump also said he would halt all funding to the WHO. Senior U.S. officials said Wednesday that while existing work would continue, “new funding” would be paused while a review is conducted.Xinhua reported that in March, China donated $20 million to the WHO.11:02 a.m.: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s eldest brother dies after testing positiveThe eldest of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s three older brothers, Don Reed, died Tuesday night, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 86.Warren confirmed the news in a statement and tweet.“I’m grateful to the nurses and frontline staff who took care of him, but it’s hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time — and no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close. I’ll miss you dearly my brother,” she tweeted, in part.Warren, a former Democratic presidential contender, spoke proudly of her brothers on the campaign trail.Reed was a U.S. Air Force veteran and one of her two Republican brothers. Though he and his siblings only appeared once on the trail with her when she was in Oklahoma, they never spoke to the press. They did appear in a campaign video for their little sister.Warren had not previously mentioned her brother’s diagnosis, but she has been outspoken about the pandemic’s grip on the world. 10:32 a.m.: Around 1 million New Yorkers could have been exposed to COVID: Health commissionerDespite what appears to be slow progress in New York City, the mayor and health commissioner gave a sobering look at how many New Yorkers most likely have been and will continue to be affected by the pandemic.Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said that she would not be surprised if “close to a million New Yorkers” had been exposed to COVID-19. In the city of about 8.3 million, there have been at least 138,000 confirmed cases, Barbot said Thursday during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing.De Blasio also offered a stark statistic: he expects that an additional one million residents could become food insecure under the pandemic, putting the total number of food insecure New Yorkers at around two million.He said that by the end of April, the city is expected to have served out about 10 million meals. For May, de Blasio said that number could rise to 15 million.De Blasio offered hope to New Yorkers, saying he believes the city will persevere, but also warned that “we’re still very much in this fight.”The number of people admitted to New York City hospitals with suspected COVID-19 cases was down again, from 252 to 227, according to the mayor. The number of people in ICUs was also down, but de Blasio noted that 796 people admitted to ICUs was still “way too many people.”He said the city is on track to conduct 20,000 to 30,000 tests per day in May. De Blasio continued to say that testing is the key to reopening the city and keeping New Yorkers safe.7:02 a.m.: All frontline workers in Los Angeles can now get tested for COVID-19The city of Los Angeles is expanding its criteria for who is eligible to get free testing for the novel coronavirus.Starting Thursday, all of the city’s frontline workers can get tested for COVID-19 whether they have symptoms or not.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who made the announcement at a press briefing Wednesday night, said the frontline workers include health care professionals, first responders, grocery store workers and critical government personnel.“We wish we could open that up to everybody, but I think we all know that we have firefighters and police officers, doctors, nurses, janitors at hospitals, folks that are in grocery stores and pharmacies that are putting themselves out on the line,” Garcetti said. “And we want to make sure they are healthy, that they have the peace of mind knowing they’re healthy, and because they interact with so many people, that we can make sure they are not spreading it.”The city’s public testing sites have the capacity to test 12,200 people per day, according to Garcetti.6:25 a.m.: France wants all retailers to reopen next monthThe French government wants all shops — except bars, cafes and restaurants — to be able to reopen once a nationwide lockdown ends next month.“We want all retailers to be able to open on May 11 in the same way out of fairness,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Info radio on Thursday. “I would only set aside restaurants, bars and cafes that will need special treatment because they are a place of mixing.”Le Maire noted that protocols would have to be implemented to protect both workers and customers. It’s still unclear whether the reopening would be feasible nationwide or only by region, he said.French President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that the country’s lockdown, which was put in place on March 17 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, will be extended until May 11 and gradually lifted thereon.France has recorded more than 157,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and over 21,000 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:50 a.m.: Germany is on ‘thinnest ice,’ Angela Merkel warnsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that her country is “still at the beginning” of the coronavirus pandemic and citizens must maintain discipline.“We are still far from out of the woods,” Merkel said while addressing the German parliament Thursday.More than 150,000 people in Germany have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 5,315 of them have died from the disease so far, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. It’s a relatively low death toll compared to other European countries like France and Italy that have similar caseloads but fatalities have soared past 20,000.Germany’s federal and state governments recently agreed to relax some of the social distancing measures put in place to combat the outbreak, including permitting smaller shops to reopen this week.“It is precisely because the figures give rise to hope that I feel obliged to say that this interim result is fragile,” Merkel said. “We are on thin ice, the thinnest ice even.”3:30 a.m.: American Red Cross will soon use antibody tests to ID plasma donorsStarting next week, the American Red Cross will offer antibody tests for people who suspect they were previously infected with the novel coronavirus and are interested in donating their blood plasma — a potential game-changer in the treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients.“That completely changes the landscape,” Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer for the American Red Cross, told ABC News in an interview Wednesday.While there is no guarantee that antibodies to this new virus actually provide immunity, doctors are hopeful that patients severely sickened with COVID-19 can benefit from infusions of blood plasma collected from those who have recovered from the disease. The therapy, known as convalescent plasma, is a century-old technique used for treating epidemics.At the moment, an individual who wishes to donate blood plasma for the experimental convalescent plasma therapy must have documentation of a positive COVID-19 test. The lack of diagnostic tests available has led hospitals and donation centers to say they are in desperate need of donors.“Qualifying and getting the right donors into our centers to donate is one of the biggest hurdles in this in this endeavor,” Young said.More than 30,000 people have requested to donate on the American Red Cross website, but only 2 to 3% actually qualify and meet the current criteria set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That donor pool could increase dramatically with the implementation of antibody testing at American Red Cross donation centers.“All of those (potential) donors who don’t have confirmed testing can now be tested,” Young said. “We can really cut through that time, which is so important.”Young explained that researchers and medical professionals have been in uncharted territory, “building the plane as you’re flying it.” But she said they’ve been working around the clock to streamline the process.“We really didn’t know what we were dealing with at the beginning as we were standing this up,” she told ABC News. “Now we’ve really resourced this project.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Martin Scorsese To Direct New Concert Documentary On Bob Dylan’s 1975 “Rolling Thunder Revue Tour”

first_imgAcclaimed Hollywood director and classic rock fanatic Martin Scorsese will dive back into the world of Bob Dylan‘s career with a forthcoming documentary and concert film scheduled to arrive on Netflix later this year. The film will be titled, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, and looks to tell the story (and share the performances) from Dylan’s 1975-1976 “Rolling Thunder Revue” concert tour, which included an impressive mix of guest musicians including Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, Beatnik icon and poet Allen Ginsberg, Mick Ronson, and many more.As Netflix notes in a statement about the upcoming film, “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, Rolling Thunder is a one of a kind experience, from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese.”Official Trailer[Video: Netflix UK & Ireland]“Rolling Thunder Review Tour” was more of a traveling musical caravan than a well-structured concert run. It began back in October 1975 and continued until March 1976, with 57 total shows performed over two legs. Dylan’s Desire LP would also be released in January of 1976 between the two parts of the lengthy tour, which was initially chronicled in a 1978 film titled, Renaldo and Clara. The tour was titled in tribute to a Native American shaman by the same name, although some have claimed the tour name was a reference to the aerial bombardment campaign by the U.S. which took place during the late 1960s a part of the Vietnam War. You can watch footage of the tour’s May 23rd, 1976 performance from Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado below.Bob Dylan & “Rolling Thunder Revue Tour” – Hughes Stadium – 5/23/1976[Video: Steven Price]The upcoming film has yet to receive an official release date. Dylan himself even allowed Scorsese’s team to record new interviews (a rarity for Dylan) for the film. Other musicians and participants from the tour also agreed to be interviewed by Dylan’s longtime manager, Jeff Rosen.More recently, Dylan helped reopen the newly-renovated Met Philly Opera House in Philadelphia last month. Dylan and Neil Young are also scheduled to play a pair of co-headlining shows in Britain and Ireland next summer, although the former event hasn’t been without its fair share of drama courtesy of Mr. Young. It was also announced recently that his 1975 Grammy Award-winning album, Blood On The Tracks, is going to be adapted into a 1970’s-based film.[H/T Variety]last_img read more

Watch: Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher smash each other in hilarious Zorb challenge

first_imgImage Courtesy: Offside/Sky SportsAdvertisement 6g1rq67pNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9oa4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9vwz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 98Would you ever consider trying this?😱0reuCan your students do this? 🌚5u12Roller skating! Powered by Firework Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher- two of the most well known figures in English football, and the former Premier League rivals are known to every fan as the serious Sky Sports pundits. However, the video below will burst that bubble for sure.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Offside/Sky SportsThe English top flight veterans- both of whom spent their whole careers at Manchester United and Liverpool from the youth academy, were caught in action as the formal rivals clashed again in a hysterical game of zorb football at Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City Football Club. Check them out in the clip below, courtesy to the official Twitter of Sky Sports Premier League.”That is me laughing, believe it or not!”Advertisement Last night @GNev2 and @Carra23 went head-to-head in zorb football at Carrow Road 😂 It was sealed with a beautiful chip. pic.twitter.com/iMyPN42Bl5— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 9, 2019Advertisement The comical clash between the compatriots took place just before today’s game between Norwich City and Watford. Neville in a yellow and Carragher in a blue orb, started the game from a drop-ball. The Anfield legend took the lead first, but the Devils right back equalized soon after, and won the game with a spectacular chip at the end.After Neville’s conversation with the Sky Sports anchor, Carragher was seen in a press box ‘analysing’ the face off with his old national teammate.The fixture went in favour of the visitors, as The Hornets snatched a 2-0 win thanks to strikes from Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray. Advertisementlast_img read more