Posted by on March 22, 2020 10:39 pm
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The American semi-lockdown is expanding

States and counties across the nation are cracking down on residents’ movements amid the continued spread of the coronavirus.

While some officials are instituting “shelter-in-place” orders, others are calling their directives “stay-at-home” orders. The directives differ by location but generally require residents to avoid all nonessential outings and stay inside as much as possible.

Don’t panic, the orders are not “lockdowns.” They allow residents to continue performing tasks essential to the health and safety of family and pets. It’s still fine to buy groceries, go for a run, walk the dog, pick up medicine, visit a doctor or get supplies to work from home.

… as the numbers skyrocket (keep in mind these are only the ones we know about):

The COVID-19 pandemic continues, with confirmed cases now surpassing 307,000 globally — with more than 13,000 deaths. More than 93,000 people have recovered to date, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The novel coronavirus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in the country’s Hubei province, is reportedly mostly contained in China. Wuhan has not reported any new cases for four days. The country recorded 46 new cases on Saturday, CNN reported, with all but one coming from abroad.

China has almost 81,200 cases and more than 3,200 deaths. More than 72,000 people have recovered.

It’s going o be another wild day in the casino tomorrow:

Stock markets plunged again Sunday night after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a procedural vote for a trillion-dollar-plus stimulus plan to combat the economic damage from efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The drop is reminiscent of a key moment in the 2008 financial crisis when the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 1,000 points after Congress failed to pass an early plan in September of that year to bail out the financial system.

Futures markets were indicating the Dow could drop more than 900 points when stocks open Monday on Wall Street.