Hard Numbers: Spanish health workers bear the brunt, Wuhan's legit death toll, and ISIS escapees

40,000: As a months-long lockdown on the Chinese city of Wuhan – ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic – is slowly being lifted, skeptics are throwing shade on the official government narrative, which puts Wuhan's death toll at just 2,500. As funeral homes release cremated ashes to family members of those who succumbed to the disease, residents say there have likely been over 40,000 deaths in Wuhan from COVID-19.


12,300: About 12,300 Spanish healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 as they grapple with one of the biggest outbreaks in the world. Medical professionals now account for-some 14 percent of all cases reported in the country. It's harder to fight a disease when the people fighting the disease are laid low by the disease.

1,000: Kurdish forces said some 1,000 ISIS fighters were still rampaging through a prison facility in northeastern Syria, after staging an uprising. The prison in the Syrian city of Hasaka houses around 5,000 former ISIS members detained after the self-declared Islamic State was mostly overrun last year.

0: Out of dozens of prominent economists surveyed in a new University of Chicago study, precisely zero of them supported the idea that leaving severe lockdowns in place is worse for the economy than releasing them, for as long as the risk of infections remains high. President Trump has recently backed off his idea of "reopening" the economy by Easter and has prolonged social distancing guidelines through the end of April.

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DRC's new Ebola wave: On the verge of eradicating an Ebola outbreak in the country's east which began back in 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has now identified a fresh wave of cases in the northwestern city of Mbandaka. The disease, which has a fatality rate of 25 – 90 percent depending on the outbreak's character, has already killed five people in recent weeks, prompting the World Health Organization to issue a grim warning that a surge of new cases could occur there in the coming months. (Ebola has an incubation period of about 21 days.) This comes as the central African country of 89 million also grapples with COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak, which has killed 6,779 people there since 2019. In recent weeks, officials from the World Health Organization predicted that the DRC's deadly Ebola crisis, which has killed 2,275 people since 2018, would soon be completely vanquished.

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For almost a week now, protests have surged across American cities in response to the videotaped police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man detained for allegedly using a counterfeit bill to buy cigarettes.

Alongside largely peaceful demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racial injustice, there have been instances of looting, arson, and aggressive police violence. Several journalists have been arrested.

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1.6 billion: Uganda's president said pandemic-related travel bans could cost his country $1.6 billion in tourism revenues this year. At the same time, with many Ugandan emigrants out of work in other countries hit hard by coronavirus, Uganda risks losing much of the $1.3 billion that they send home every year in remittances.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

First of all, from the global perspective, taking what we have here in New York City, obviously the biggest problem is America's leadership, America's ability to lead by example, which has been eroding now really for, you know, certainly a decade plus, but much more quickly now.

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