COVID-19 - May 14th - Update

May 15, 2020

Sent from a colleague:

As of this morning, there are approximately 297,000 deaths and 4,372,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, representing a 2.0% increase in cases from yesterday. The worldwide daily rate of new cases has steadily declined in the last month from approximately 8% in early April, and has remained at approximately 2.5% for the last week. In the US, there have been approximately 84,000 deaths and 1,391,000 confirmed cases. Approximately 1,563,000 casesworldwide are reported to have recovered from the virus.


  • US: The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s stay-at-home order, ruling that its implementation by the secretary for the Department of Health Services exceeded her authority. Washington, D.C. extended its stay-at-home order to 8 June, and non-essential businesses remain closed. Almost three million Americans filed forunemployment last week, bringing the total to 36 million since the outbreak of COVID-19. 


  • Europe: Hungary announced it will allow business travelers from Japan, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and South Korea to enter the country without restrictions. Russia recorded less than 10,000 new daily infections for the first time in almost two weeks. The Czech Republic announced it is working to open its borders between Slovakia and Austria as early as 8 June.


  • Asia: India announced it would halt all passenger trains until 30 June, after originally allowing them to reopen 12 May.


  • Africa & Latin America: Nigeria’s state of Borno suspended its lockdown indefinitely. There are no significant updates for Latin America.

Major Event Updates:

New additions in bold.

  • Disney has suspended all departures for its cruise ships through 27 July.
  • Major League baseball owners approved a plan for the season to start around 4 July. Games would played without an audience and in accordance with guidance from local health officials.
  • The 41 theatres comprising New York’s Broadway announced they will remain closed until at least September 2020.
  • The UK government has set a target date of 1 June for the return of English Premiere League Soccer with no spectators.
  • The German government and German national soccer league have officially agreed to resume play on 16 May. Fans will be forbidden from attending games or gathering outside of stadiums.