Coronavirus updates: CDC predicts death toll could reach 200,000 by Labor Day

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 753,000 people worldwide.Over 20.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 5.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 167,242 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:5:33 a.m.: CDC: Up to 200,000 deaths by Labor DayThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted in its latest forecast that the U.S. coronavirus death toll could reach 200,000 by Labor Day as children across the country head back to school.Its national ensemble forecast predicts that 4,200 to 10,600 new COVID-19 deaths will be reported for the week ending on Sept. 5 and that 180,000 to 200,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by that date.Last month, the CDC predicted there would be between 160,000 and 175,000 deaths by Aug. 15. As of Aug. 13, with more than 1,000 deaths a day every day for more than two weeks, there have been 167,097 deaths.The U.S. surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths on May 27.New cases continue to decrease across the country week-over-week, but the rate of new deaths have increased over the same period, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News.There were 7,517 deaths recorded from Aug. 5 to 12, which marked a 2.3% increase in new deaths compared with the previous week. The national test-positivity rate remains at 6.5%.ABC News analyzed state coronavirus trends across all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and found there were increases in cases in two states (Hawaii and Illinois) and Puerto Rico, increases in the daily rate of positivity in 15 states plus D.C., increases in hospitalizations in 19 states, and increases in daily deaths in 23 states, D.C, and Puerto Rico.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Thousands laid off, forced to take unpaid leave in Jakarta as companies hit hard by COVID-19

first_imgThe number of workers that have been laid off and forced to take unpaid leave has reached 162,416 in the capital as more than 18,000 companies in the city grapple with the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Jakarta administration has said.Data compiled by the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency showed that as of Sunday, a total of 30,137 workers had been terminated by 3,348 companies, while another 132,279 employees had been sent home without pay.A total of 18,045 companies in Jakarta have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “[The Jakarta administration] is collecting data on the number of workers who have been laid off and forced to take unpaid leave to be reported later to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister and the Manpower Ministry,” the agency wrote on its official Instagram account.The Jakarta administration, through the agency, had issued a policy to accelerate the preemployment card program to offer subsidized job training courses and incentives to workers affected by layoffs and unpaid leave to cushion the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) president Said Iqbal has called on the government to prepare more measures to anticipate more layoffs. “The government needs to give funds to workers, app-based ride-hailing drivers, and small businesses. It would ease the burden of companies as part of the payment is subsidized by the government,” Said Iqbal said in a statement on Monday. Read also: Airline employees worried about job security as COVID-19 takes its tollHe also suggested the government give incentives to tourism businesses by terminating bank loan interests or reducing tourism-related tax to keep the industry alive.Said Iqbal also called on companies to reduce production costs by giving more days off to workers with a rotational policy to ensure production kept ongoing.”It would reduce electrical costs, catering costs and others for companies” he said, adding that companies should still pay workers in full.At the time of the writing, Andi Yansyah, the head of Jakarta’s Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency, was not immediately available when reached for comment by The Jakarta Post.As of Sunday, the novel coronavirus disease has sickened 2,273 people and killed 198 across the archipelago. Jakarta remains the hardest-hit by the contagious disease as the capital has reported nearly half of nationwide cases, or 1,143 infections, with 111 fatalities.Topics :last_img read more

ANALYSIS: How David Duncan outsmarted Hearts of Oak

first_imgOn Sunday, Kotoko played one of their most tactically disciplined games the team has witnessed all season as they triumphed over Hearts in Accra. A brace from Dauda Mohammed sealed all three points for the Porcupine Warriors.Hearts’ shapeEddie Ansah decided to maintain consistency as he went with virtually the same side and shape that lost to New Edubiase last week. The key changes were in goal as Tetteh Luggard replaced Seidu Mutawakilu and the skillful Isaac Mensah replacing Thomas Abbey. This change meant Ansah was opting for more creativity in his team as opposed to hardwork. Sarbah Laryea and Emmanuel Hayford continued their pairing in the middle of the field while Foovi Aguidi and Kenneth Okoro played on top.Kotoko shape David Duncan’s starting lineup (pictured below) was more straightforward.In the absence of Ahmed Toure, Obed Owusu led the line with Dauda Mohammed playing behind him in a 4-4-1-1 while Michael Akuffo played ahead of Kwadwo Poku in the centre of the field. The backline remained intact from last week with Abeiku Ainooson and Ahmed Adams continuing their partnership in the heart of defence.Match summaryThe game started at a ferocious pace with some end to end action in the first 20 minutes, After Dauda Mohammed’s first goal, Kotoko sat deeper and caught Hearts on the break several times. The Porcupines should have killed off the game in the first half or the earlier parts of the second half before Hearts’ equalizer. But it became more chaotic after the equalizer and a poor clearance by Robin Gnagne ensured Dauda Mohammed and Kotoko carried all three points on the day. Kotoko tacticsDavid Duncan drilled his side very well on the day and had their 4-4-1-1 shape spot on. While defending, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi and Eric Donkor who played on the flanks for Kotoko dropped deep to join the Kotoko midfield ensuring Hearts had to break down Kotoko’s two lines of four. This move prevented Hearts wide men Eric Kumi and Isaac Mensah also had two men to beat which neutralized their strength on the day. Dauda Mohammed dropped deep into midfield as he served as the outlet for the Kotoko break. This system is reminiscent of Diego Simeone’s 4-4-1-1 which he has used in his spell at Atletico Madrid. Hearts struggle to penetrateKotoko’s shape meant Hearts had major difficulty in trying to penetrate the Kotoko defence. The Phobians had a lot of bodies infront of them as they struggled to break down a well drilled unit. Emmanuel Hayford suffered the most as a result of this as the Hearts front line had little or no movement to make forcing Hayford to hit long diagonals and hopeful balls.  Hearts did not create any clear chance of note especially after the equalizer as they were restricted to long range shots. It came as no surprise their goal as a result of a set piece.Kotoko transitionKotoko’s transition from defence to attack was exceptional on the day. The Porcupines varied short passes with quick over the top balls as they hit the Phobians time and again. Kotoko always broke out in numbers. Obed Owusu’s speed was useful at the top as he alongside Dauda Mohammed were the outlets anytime Kotoko broke forward. Michael Akuffo in his deep lying playmaker role sprayed some lovely passes over the high line of the Hearts defence. Poor decision making cost the team in the attacking third of the field.Hearts defence Hearts defence played so high up the pitch throughout the game and should have been punished for it. The Phobians were exposed several times as a result of this high line with Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Obed Owusu and Jackson Owusu exploiting the back line on many instances.  Musah Inusah’s relatively lack of speed as compared to the Kotoko backline was exposed as he consistently failed to catch his markers when Kotoko were on the break.SubsBoth coaches exhausted all their three subs but none of these subs altered their shape. Hearts brought on Yamoah to replace Hayford in the centre of the park while Fiamenyo was brought on to partner Aguidi on top with Paul Acquah replacing Isaac Mensah on the wing. For Kotoko, Richard Oti was brought on for Atta Kusi which meant Amos Frimpong moved to right back with Donkor moving to left back and Oti playing on the wing.Akwasi Acheampong was also brought on to replace Abeiku Ainooson in a like for like change in the heart of defence. Kwadwo Poku was brought on to replace Obed Owusu but that was a purely time wasting substitution.ConclusionDavid Duncan’s tactical decisions were spot on in the game as Kotoko was solid in defence and fluid in attack. They managed to limit the influence of Hayford, Mensah and Kumi which proved to be the major difference on the day. Kotoko are deserved winners and should have won by more if not for awful finishing.–CLICK TO READ: Match report – Hearts 1-2 KotokoCLICK TO READ: Eddie Ansah bullish about Hearts survival chances–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more