Today’s coronavirus update: Funeral home horror, more than 1 million recovered
Grieving families were horrified to learn Thursday how a Brooklyn funeral home has been treating their loved ones amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The night earlier, dozens of decomposing bodies were found piled up in un-refrigerated rental trucks outside the facility’s floor. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the situation “absolutely unacceptable.”
“They said, within two weeks they would have my mother buried,” said one distressed woman. “This is too much on humanity. I’m really hurt.”
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Here’s what else we learned today:
New York crisis:
- In a historic move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York’s 24/7 subway system will shutter nightly from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to facilitate coronavirus cleaning.
- The Big Apple is cracking down on enforcement of social distancing in public parks. But some people are sick of being shamed for going outside during the outbreak.
- The mayor’s promise of making 50,000 coronavirus tests available per week has fallen short, The Post found. Still, he marked a “very good day” as the number of cases and people in intensive care units went down.
- The USNS Comfort, the Navy Hospital ship President Trump sent to New York to help deal with the outbreak, began sailing away from Manhattan today.
- The US intelligence community confirmed that it is investigating whether the virus that has infected more than 3 million people worldwide began in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
- The Trump administration is ramping up efforts to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus — and could have one ready by January.
- Ebola drug remdesivir is likely to get official permission to be used as a coronavirus treatment “really quickly” after tests showed it could speed up recovery, Dr. Anthony Fauci says.
- Some recovered COVID-19 patients have tested positive again, but this might be why.
- More than 3.8 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, with around 30 million workers now sidelined by the coronavirus crisis.
- Stocks were down Thursday after the jobs news, though it was still one of the market’s best months in decades.
Highs and lows for sports fans:
- NASCAR announced it will resume its season without fans starting May 17 in South Carolina.
- But the 2020 Little League World Series has been cancelled.
- An Italian mayor was slapped with a fine after he was caught dancing and bumping hips with someone amid country’s lockdown.
- In England, police are hunting for a creep who’s been lurking around town dressed as a 17th-century plague doctor.
- And France is auctioning off Gilded Age antiques to support coronavirus-stricken hospitals.
- A veterinarian is warning that pugs could be more susceptible to catching the disease than other dog breeds.
And some good news:
- More than one million people have now recovered from the virus worldwide.
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