Wuhan Strain Update 4/15/2020

  • Global confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 2m
  • US death toll tops 30k
  • Singapore reports another record jump in new cases
  • Idaho extends stay at home order until April 30
  • UK reports daily data
  • NYC mayor says normalcy might not return until September
  • Lombardy wants to start reopening May 4
  • France reports 1,483 deaths, highest single-day jump yet
  • Russia reports record-breaking new case batch
  • Cuomo says NY to begin antibody testing this week
  • NY will require ppl to wear masks on public transit
  • Treasury to print Trump’s signature on stimulus checks
  • Wild animals return to the streets of Wales
  • South Korea holds legislative elections
  • European Commission releases ‘guidance’ for EU states plotting a reopening
  • World Bank and IMF hold virtual meetings
  • Spain reports biggest jump in new cases in nearly a week
  • Iran reports lowest number of new cases in a month

On Wednesday afternoon, massive crowds, organized by a conservative group, have surrounded Michigan’s state Capitol building. Protestors are angry at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) stay-at-home public health order during the pandemic. 

Supporters of the Michigan Conservative Coalition have requested Whitmer to reopen the economy on May 1 and ease restrictions to return life to normal.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Charlie Langton said organizers are calling the movement “Operation Gridlock.” Langton tweeted a video of a traffic jam of protestors that “extends for miles outside Lansing,” waiting to get to the Capitol. 

WOOD-TV’s Heather Walker provides coverage from within Operation Gridlock as people use their cars to lockdown streets around the Capitol building. Walker interviewed several Michiganders, who are fed up with the public health order and want the economy to reopen. Many said they could make their own health decisions and don’t need the government to tell them what to do.


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