By Kiyah Rogers
The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is increasing on a daily basis. The data from the number of confirmed coronaviruses is released around 10 a.m. by the Maryland Department of Health.
According to WBALTV, as of Wednesday, April 8, there are a total number of 5,529 confirmed cases, 124 deaths, and 1,210 hospitalizations. In Baltimore city, there are 571 cases and 10 deaths. “The number of confirmed cases would only continue to rise as Maryland’s first coronavirus related death came in March,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said.
Based on the increasing number of cases Hogan issued a state of emergency in Maryland. On March 23, he issued that all nonessential businesses close down and that residents stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.
“The virus continues to spread in every jurisdiction in our state. There are now 5,529 confirmed cases in Maryland. That number grew by 1,158 cases in 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday,” Hogan said.
Given the data, the virus will continue to spread at rapid rates. People are advised to stay at home if they can and only go out for essential things.
The seriousness of this virus has sent society into a frenzy with people in markets and stores preparing for the epidemic and its impact. Essentials such as tissue, bottled water, Lysol, and other cleaning materials are selling out at rapid rates with major businesses closed or closing early due to the impact of the coronavirus.