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Coronavirus checklist: More than 100 disinfectants that may kill coronavirus on surfaces
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Coronavirus checklist: More than 100 disinfectants that may kill coronavirus on surfaces

Coronavirus: 100-plus disinfectants that may kill coronavirus on surfaces

Coronavirus checklist: More than 100 disinfectants that may kill coronavirus on surfaces

If you take a moment to look at a bottle of Lysol, Purell or Clorox, you’ll see a claim that the contents can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.

If you look further on the bottle you may see a list of viruses the product is effective against. In that list, you will see the words “human coronavirus.”

The advertising is leading many to wonder if these common grocery store aisle products can help protect you amid the quickly spreading and deadly novel coronavirus. The answer is maybe. Or, at least they can’t hurt.

While the coronavirus is not new -- it was discovered in the 1960s -- the virus that is affecting thousands today is a new version of the virus. Disinfectant products that have been determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be effective against coronavirus in the past are thought to be effective for this version of the virus.

While EPA officials believe these disinfectants will be effective against the novel coronavirus, tests have yet to be completed that confirmed the disinfectants are able to kill this virus.

The Center for Biocide Chemistries has created a list of more than 100 ready-to-use, dilutable and wipeable biocidal products that the EPA has approved as effective at killing viruses like the coronavirus.

According to the CBC website, the organization is maintaining this list of antimicrobials that have proven to be effective against stronger pathogens, such as norovirus or Ebola.

“The 2019 novel coronavirus is not your typical household cold …” said Komal K. Jain, executive director of CBC. “We know it is concerning that this virus is having widespread impact. Our members have spent decades conducting research to develop products that can be used safely and are effective in cases such as the novel coronavirus outbreak. There are antimicrobial products in the market that have been tested against hundreds of pathogens in order to facilitate rapid identification of products that EPA presumes will be effective against novel pathogens in instances such as the current outbreak.”

CBC has verified the list of products, all of which are in compliance with EPA’s “emerging viral pathogen” guidance for antimicrobial products.

Coronavirus spreads through direct contact, including person to person and person to surface to person, the CDC says. By using disinfectants on surfaces, the spread of the virus may be slowed. “Antimicrobial products on CBC’s List of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-Fighting Products have been tested to stop the spread of pathogens from hard surfaces and have received EPA’s approval that the products are not expected to cause unreasonable adverse effects when used in accordance with their labels,” Jain said. “Public health organizations should feel confident that the products included on CBC’s list are available to help protect the public from the spread of the novel coronavirus.”

Here is the list:

  1. 128 Disinfectant 
  2. 128 E-Fecticide  
  3. 14 plus antibacterial all-purpose cleaner 
  4. 20 neutral disinfectant cleaner  
  5. 256 Century Q  
  6. 3M Disinfectant Cleaner RCT Concentrate  
  7. 3M MBS Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate  
  8. 3M MBS Disinfectant Cleaner Fresh Scent Concentrate 
  9. 3M Neutral Quat Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate  
  10. 3M Quat Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate  
  11. A-456 ii disinfectant cleaner  
  12. ACS Tornado 1 - one-step disinfectant American Chemical Systems 6836-75-86408
  13. All Purpose Virex  
  14. All Purpose Virex Diversey, Inc. 1839-83-70627
  15. Array Non-Acid Restroom Cleaner & Disinfectant 
  16. Avert Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaner  
  17. Bleach disinfectant cleaner Ecolab Inc  
  18. Boost 3200 CIP  
  19. Boost 3200  
  20. Boost surface treatment  
  21. Brighton Professional Hepastat 256  
  22. Buckeye Eco Neutral Disinfectant 
  23. Buckeye Eco One-Step Disinfectant-Deodorizer-Cleaner  
  24. Buckeye Sanicare Lemon Quat
  25. Buckeye Sanicare Mint Quat  
  26. Buckeye Sanicare Pine Quat 
  27. Buckeye Sanicare Quat 128  
  28. Buckeye Sanicare Quat 256  
  29. Buckeye Sani-Q2 B 
  30. Buckeye Terminator  
  31. Centraz San Sol 10  
  32. Classic Whirlpool Disinfectant and Cleaner
  33. Clean Quick broad range quaternary sanitizer  
  34. Clear Gear Sports Spray On  
  35. Clicksan disinfectant/sanitizer Ecolab Inc/kay chemical co. 6836-305-5389
  36. Clorox 4 In One Disinfecting Spray  
  37. Clorox Clean Up Cleaner + Bleach 
  38. Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox 4-in-One Disinfectant & Sanitizer 
  39. Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Clean-Up Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach 
  40. Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner 
  41. Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Disinfecting Biostain & Odor Remover 
  42. Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Disinfecting Spray
  43. Clorox Commercial Solutions Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant
  44. Clorox Commercial Solutions Tilex Soap Scum Remover 
  45. Clorox Commercial Solutions toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach 
  46. Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
  47. Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray  
  48. Clorox Healthcare Fuzion cleaner  
  49. Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant
  50. Clorox Multi-Surface Cleaner + Bleach 
  51. Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Stain & Odor Remover 
  52. Clorox Scentiva Bathroom Disinfectant Foamer 
  53. Clorox Scentiva Bathroom Disinfecting Foam Cleaner 
  54. Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner Clinging Bleach Gel 
  55. Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach 
  56. Cloroxpro Clorox Total 360 Disinfecting Cleaner
  57. Coastwide Professional Hepastat 256  
  58. Confidence Plus 2  
  59. Cosa Oxonia Active  
  60. Don-O-Mite  
  61. Extra Spearmint Germicidal Detergent and Deodorant 
  62. Food contact Quat sanitizer 
  63. Foster First Defense  
  64. G-5 Sanitizer  
  65. GASCO Quaternary Sanitizer 
  66. Germ-A-Cide 64  
  67. Germicidal Cleaner and Disinfectant Gordon Food Service  
  68. Kay surface sanitizer  
  69. Kayquat II  
  70. Klercide 70/30  
  71. Lemon Cleaner U S Chemical  
  72. Lemon Disinfectant American Chemical Systems  
  73. Lysol bleach mold and mildew remover  
  74. Lysol bleach multi-purpose cleaner
  75. Lysol cling & fresh toilet bowl cleaner 
  76. Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist  
  77. Lysol disinfectant spray
  78. Lysol lime & rust toilet bowl cleaner  
  79. Lysol power plus toilet bowl cleaner  
  80. Lysol power toilet bowl cleaner
  81. MAPS- 1 RTU  
  82. Medline Micro-Kill NQ5  
  83. Microban 24 
  84. Microban 24 hour Bathroom Cleaner
  85. Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  86. Mixmate Germicidal Cleaner  
  87. Mixmate Microtech Non-Acid Restroom Cleaner & Disinfectant  
  88. Mixmate Non-Acid Restroom Cleaner & Disinfectant  
  89. Multi-purpose neutral ph germicidal detergent  
  90. Multi-quat Mega-1 Intercon  
  91. Neutral disinfectant cleaner Ecolab Inc  
  92. Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner Gordon Food Service  
  93. Oasis 499 HBV disinfectant  
  94. One-Step Disinfectant Cleaner  
  95. OPI Spa Complete  
  96. OXIVIR  
  97. OXIVIR 1
  98. OXIVIR Tb  
  99. Oxonia Active  
  100. Oxycide daily disinfectant cleaner  
  101. Oxy-team disinfectant cleaner  
  102. Performex    
  103. Peroxide disinfectant and glass cleaner RTU Ecolab Inc
  104. Peroxide multi-surface cleaner and disinfectant  
  105. Pine Cleaner Disinfectant  
  106. Professional Lysol disinfectant spray  
  107. Purell Food Processing Surface Sanitizer  
  108. Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer  
  109. Purell Healthcare Surface Disinfectant  
  110. Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant  
  111. Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant 
  112. Q.T. 3  
  113. Q.T. Plus  
  114. Quaternary disinfectant cleaner  
  115. RTU Disinfectant Cleaner  
  116. Sani quad food service sanitizer  
  117. Sani-24 Germicidal Spray  
  118. Sanicare TBX  
  119. Sanifect Plus 1  
  120. Sanifect Plus 2 Fresh N Clean  
  121. Sani-Hypercide Germicidal Spray  
  122. Sani-Hypercide Germicidal Spray  
  123. Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray  
  124. Sani-Spritz Spray Nyco Products Company  
  125. Sanitizer/commercial sanitizer Ecolab Inc  
  126. SC-RTU Disinfectant cleaner  
  127. Simple Green D Pro 5  
  128. Stepan Spray Disinfectant Concentrate  
  129. Super San food service sanitizer  
  130. Tb disinfectant cleaner ready-to-use  
  131. TB Quat  
  132. Tec-quat 128  
  133. Triple Play Ecolab Inc 
  134. United 255 Disinfect Plus  
  135. Virasept  
  136. Virex  
  137. VIREX™ II / 256  
  138. Wide Range II Non-Acid Disinfectant Washroom Cleaner Concentrate  
  139. X-Ray Apron Cleaner Disinfectant Bioxco LLC / Mediredi  

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  • More than 981,000 people worldwide -- including more than 226,000 people in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. Officials are attempting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. as hospitals brace for unprecedented patient surges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here.  Live updates for Thursday, April 2, continue below:  COVID-19 not transmissible through food, officials say Update 1:55 p.m. EDT April 2: Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stressed Thursday that no evidence supports fears that COVID-19 might be transmissible through food, CNN reported. “The food supply remains safe for both people and animals,' Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said during a call with reporters, according to CNN. “There is no — and I emphasize no — evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.” Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Agriculture Food Safety Director Jeff Warner said in a joint statement obtained Thursday by WPXI that “food is safe.” Grocery stores, food manufacturers, and distributors have been provided with guidance to protect their workforce and consumers from COVID-19, WPXI reported. Reports of coronavirus infections leap above 7,000 in Pennsylvania Update 1:50 p.m. EDT April 2: Officials in Pennsylvania announced a surge of 1,211 new COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday, according to WPXI. The newly announced cases brings the total number of coronavirus infections to 7,016 in the state, WPXI reported, citing the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Sixteen more fatal coronavirus cases were also reported Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll to 90. Public transit systems to get $25B in emergency funding amid COVID-19 outbreak Update 1:40 p.m. EDT April 2: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced public transportation systems across the U.S. will be awarded $25 billion to help them during the coronavirus pandemic. “This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who depend on them,” Chao said Thursday in a news release. Officials said the funds were made available by a $2 trillion stimulus bill signed into law last week. The money will be administered by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. More than 5,000 coronavirus cases reported in Georgia Update 1:30 p.m. EDT April 2: Officials in Georgia said Thursday that 5,348 coronavirus infections have been reported in the state, WSB-TV reported. A majority of those -- 59% -- were reported in people between the ages of 18 and 59, the news station reported. The cases also include at least 1,056 which required hospitalization. The Georgia Department of Public Health also reported a total of 163 deaths from COVID-19 in the state as of noon, according to WSB-TV. Red Cross trailer stolen from California lot amid COVID-19 pandemic Update 1:25 p.m. EDT April 2: Police are searching for two men suspected of stealing a Red Cross trailer from a lot in Riverside, California, according to the Press Enterprise. Red Cross spokeswoman Brianna Kelly told the newspaper a Red Cross trailer carrying disaster relief supplies, including cots, blankets, first aid kits and a few masks, was stolen March 22. “Maybe they thought there were COVID-19 response items inside,' Kelly said. 'But even with COVID, if we were to have a disaster, we would use these trailers.” The trailer is the second to be stolen in recent weeks, according to the Press Enterprise. Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 50,000 Update 1:05 p.m. EDT April 2: More than 50,000 people have died of coronavirus infections since the beginning of the outbreak late last year, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The numbers include 13,915 deaths reported in Italy -- the country with the highest number of reported deaths -- 10,003 deaths in Spain and 5,316 deaths in the U.S. The 2019 novel coronavirus was first detected December 2019 in Wuhan, China.  The United States has the most number of cornavirus infections in the world with 226,374 reports as of Thursday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins. 760 new fatal coronavirus cases reported in Italy Update 12:55 p.m. EDT April 2: Health officials in Italy recorded 760 new fatal coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing the COVID-19 death toll in the country to 13,915. The number is slightly higher than the 727 new fatal cases reported Wednesday, which was the smallest number of single-day COVID-19 deaths reported in the last week in Italy, according to The Guardian. Officials also reported 4,668 new coronavirus infections, slightly less than the 4,782 new infections reported Wednesday. In all, officials said 115,242 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country. Pelosi moves to set up House panel to oversee coronavirus aid Update 12:35 p.m. EDT April 2: Amid continuing controversy over the best way to rush aid to working Americans, businesses, hospitals and local governments dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she would move to set up a new special panel in the U.S. House to oversee those efforts. Pelosi said Thursday in a press conference by phone that it’s important to have transparency about the massive amount of relief money. “We need to ensure those dollars are spent effectively and carefully,” Pelosi said, adding that Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., would be in charge of reviewing the $2 trillion in aid approved by Congress in March. Reported coronavirus infections top 90,000 in New York Update 12:30 p.m. EDT April 2: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Thursday that 8,669 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 92,381. New York has been the state hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo said that as of Thursday, every county in the state had at least one case. “It’s going to march across the country. It is false comfort to say, ‘Well, we are a rural community, we don’t have the density of New York City,’” Cuomo said. “We have counties in New York state where you have more cows than people. ... Upstate New York is a rural community.” Cuomo said that 13,383 people were hospitalized in the state due to COVID-19 as of Thursday morning. The number includes 3,396 infections that were serious enough to require patients be hospitalized in intensive care units. Since New York began tracking its coronavirus cases, 7,424 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, Cuomo said. Democratic National Convention postponed due to coronavirus Update 12:20 p.m. EDT April 2: Organizers announced Thursday that the Democratic National Convention will be pushed back from July to August in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The convention had been scheduled to run July 13-16 in Milwaukee. “In light of the unprecedented health crisis facing our country, the 2020 Democratic National Convention will now be held the week of August 17 in Milwaukee, providing our team more time to determine the most appropriate structure for this historic event,” organizers said in statement posted Thursday on Twitter. 273 new coronavirus infections reported in North Carolina Update 12:15 p.m. EDT April 2: Health officials in North Carolina on Thursday announced 273 new coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total to 1,857, WSOC-TV reported. The number includes 184 people who were hospitalized Thursday, according to WSOC-TV. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have reported 16 deaths due to coronavirus. Officials have administered 28,679 tests. Putin extends non-working order through April across Russia Update 12:05 p.m. EDT April 2: President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of the month as part of a partial economic shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking in a televised address to the nation on Thursday, Putin said he was extending the non-working policy he ordered earlier for this week to remain in force throughout April. He emphasized that all employees should continue earning their regular salaries during the period. Putin said some essential industries will keep operating, and grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open. “The threat remains, and experts believe that the epidemic is yet to reach its peak in the world, including our country,” Putin said. New York to begin coordinating with hospitals to redistribute medical supplies as needed Update 11:55 a.m. EDT April 2: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said officials will ask hospitals to complete a survey about what medical supplies they have on hand with the goal to redistribute supplies as needed amid the coronavirus outbreak. “We’re coordinating the health care system like never before,” Cuomo said Thursday at a news conference. Cuomo said officials are asking hospitals to contribute excess supplies to a central stockpile for distribution to hospitals that need them. “Some hospitals have more supplies than they’re using,” Cuomo said. “We’re saying, ‘Don’t hoard supplies.’” New York has the highest number of reported coronavirus infections in the country, with more than 90,000 people falling ill. Reports of COVID-19 top 8,000 in Florida Update 11:50 a.m. EDT April 2: Health officials in Florida announced Thursday that 8,010 coronavirus cases have been reported statewide, up 237 from the 7,773 reports as of Wednesday night, WFTV reported. Officials also reported 27 new fatal COVID-19 cases Thursday, raising the state’s coronavirus death toll to 128. Authorities distributing hoarded medical supplies seized from suspected price gougers Update 11:45 a.m. EDT April 2: Authorities announced Thursday that they are distributing more than 190,000 N95 respirator masks, hundreds of thousands of medical-grade gloves and other medical equipment seized during an investigation into alleged price gouging during the COVID-19 outbreak. Officials with the FBI discovered the supplies, which also included 130,000 surgical masks, N100 masks, surgical gowns, particulate filters and bottles of hand sanitizer, during an enforcement operation on March 30. Authorities alerted the Department of Health and Human Services, which used the Defense Production Act to seize the supplies for distribution to health care workers on the front lines in New York and New Jersey. “This is the first of many such investigations that are underway,” Defense Production Act policy coordinator Peter Navarro said Thursday in a news release. “All individuals and companies hoarding any of these critical supplies, or selling them at well above market prices, are hereby warned they should turn them over to local authorities or the federal government now or risk prompt seizure by the federal government.” Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services will pay the owner for the found equipment at “pre-COVID-19 fair market value.” The supplies will be delivered to the New Jersey Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of milk dumped amid surplus caused by COVID-19 Update 11:30 a.m. EDT April 2: Many dairy processing plants across Wisconsin have more product than they can handle and that’s forced farmers to begin dumping their milk down the drain. That’s the case at Golden E Dairy near West Bend. Farmer Ryan Elbe told WISN-TV they are dumping about about 30,000 gallons (113,562 litres) a day. The coronavirus has dried up the marketplace for dairy products as restaurants, schools and food service businesses have been closed. About one-third of the state’s dairy products, mostly cheese, are sold in the food-service trade. The Journal Sentinel reported that Elbe’s cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay them for milk that’s being dumped. But like most cooperatives, DFA can only afford to do that for so long. Elbe’s parents started the farm with 80 cows in 1991, an operation that has grown to 2,400 cows today. Amazon to check employees’ temperatures, deploy masks beginning next week, report says Update 11 a.m. EDT April 2: Amazon will begin checking temperatures and handing out face masks for staff members at all its Whole Foods locations and at warehouses in Europe and the U.S. as employees continue working during the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reported. Company officials told Reuters they would begin checking employee temperatures beginning next week using no-contact forehead thermometers. Anyone determined to have a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit will be sent home, the news site reported. Amazon officials also told Reuters its locations will be getting surgical masks by early next week. Michigan suspending in-person classes through end of school year Update 10:45 a.m. EDT April 2: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan on Thursday announced schools in the state would be closed through the end of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Detroit Free Press. “My number one priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19,' Whitmer said in a statement obtained by the Free Press. “For the sake of our students, their families, and the more than 100,000 teachers and staff in our state, I have made the difficult decision to close our school facilities for the remainder of the school year.” The decision will impact about 1.5 million students in Michigan, the Free Press reported. Remote learning will continue for students in the state. Defense Department providing 100,000 body bags to FEMA Update 10:15 a.m. EDT April 2: The Department of Defense is working to fulfill a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 100,000 body bags as the coronavirus death toll rises in the U.S., according to multiple reports. In a statement obtained by CNN, Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said the request was being filled in line with a longstanding agreement with FEMA “to procure key commodities from (the Defense Logistics Agency’s) industrial partners during crisis response operations.” “DLA is currently responding to FEMA’s prudent planning efforts for 100,000 pouches to address mortuary contingencies on behalf of state health agencies,” the statement said. Stocks open higher after early stumble Update 9:55 a.m. EDT April 2: Stocks opened modestly higher on Wall Street Thursday, a day after dropping 4.4%. Stocks had been headed for an even higher open until the Labor Department reported that more than 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, double the record high set just one week earlier. It was the latest sign that large numbers of Americans are losing their jobs as the economic damage from the coronavirus accelerates. The U.S. and other large economies are widely believed to have sunk into severe recessions as businesses shut down the world. The price of crude oil jumped 8% to about $22 a barrel. Still unclear why some COVID-19 patients get sicker than others, Fauci says Update 9:50 a.m. EDT April 2: The nation’s top infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Thursday that officials are no closer to figuring out why some seemingly healthy people infected by the new coronavirus develop only mild or no symptoms but others become very sick. During an interview Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show, Fauci said he’s been “puzzled from the beginning” about the coronavirus pandemic. “It is very strange how one individual can get infected and have either mild or no symptoms and another individual could rapidly deteriorate with viral pneumonia and respiratory failure,” Fauci said. “There’s something in mechanism, whether it’s genetic, whether it’s immune response.” Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He said on “Today” that it’s “very strange” how the virus can be “completely devastating” and lead to “viral pneumonia and respiratory failure” in one person and be “absolutely nothing” in another person. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he’s been working in infectious diseases for almost 50 years but doesn’t “fully understand exactly what the mechanism of that is.' He said finding the answer is going to require natural history studies, which follow people over time while collecting their health information. Officials report 569 new fatal coronavirus cases in the UK Update 9:30 a.m. EDT April 2: Officials in the United Kingdom recorded 569 new fatal COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the country’s coronavirus death toll to 2,921. Authorities with the British Department of Health and Social Care also announced 4,244 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases. In all, officials said 33,718 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infections in the U.K. New England Patriots jet flying medical supplies from China to Boston Update 9:20 a.m. EDT April 2: A private plane owned by the New England Patriots will land Thursday in Boston with needed medical supplies to help in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple reports. Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts said Thursday that the plane, was carrying more than one million N95 masks from China, according to ABC News. A source told CNN that Baker coordinated with the Patriots and the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, to get the supplies to the state. “Huge thanks to the Krafts and several dedicated partners for making this happen,” Baker wrote Thursday. Fauci: There’s still time to avoid 100,000 deaths from coronavirus in US Update 9:05 a.m. EDT April 2: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, emphasized Thursday that Americans still have time to avoid the 100,000 to 200,000 deaths predicted in the U.S. from the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s within our power to modify those numbers,” Fauci said in an appearance Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” On Sunday, President Donald Trump said that if his administration can keep deaths from the virus to 100,000, that would be a “good job.” The number was based on a model which showed that “even with considerable mitigation, you still could anticipate between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths,” Fauci said Thursday. “We shouldn’t give up and accept it and say, 'OK that’s going to happen,” Fauci told 'CBS News This Morning.” “We need to push and push with the mitigation to try to get that number lower than the projected number by the model.” Record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid Update 8:40 a.m. EDT April 2: More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses close across the world. The figure for last week is much higher than the previous record of 3.3 million reported for the previous week. The surging layoffs have led many economists to envision as many as 20 million lost jobs by the end of April. The unemployment rate could spike to as high as 15% this month, above the previous record of 10.8% set during a deep recession in 1982. Boeing offering employees voluntary layoffs Update 8:25 a.m. EDT April 2: Boeing will offer employees voluntary layoffs in a bid to offset the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, according to KIRO-TV and CNBC. “We’re in uncharted waters,” the company’s new CEO, David Calhoun, wrote in a memo sent to employees, according to KIRO-TV. “We’re taking actions — including offering this (voluntary layoff) plan — based on what we know today.” Boeing has more than 150,000 employees worldwide. >> Read more on KIRO7.com: Boeing announces it will be cutting workers Global coronavirus deaths near 50K, worldwide cases approach 952K Update 7:24 a.m. EDT April 2: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus hit 48,284 early Thursday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 951,901 people worldwide. • The United States has reported 216,722 cases, resulting in 5,137 deaths. • Italy has confirmed 110,574 cases, resulting in 13,155 deaths. • Spain has reported 110,238 infections, resulting in 10,003 deaths. • China has recorded 82,431 cases, resulting in 3,322 deaths. • Germany has reported 77,981 cases, resulting in 931 deaths. • France has confirmed 57,780 infections, resulting in 4,043 deaths. • Iran has recorded 50,468 cases, resulting in 3,160 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 29,872 cases, resulting in 2,357 deaths. • Switzerland has confirmed 18,117 cases, resulting in 505 deaths. • Turkey has recorded 15,679 cases, resulting in 277 deaths. Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 10K after highest single-day increase Update 6:56 a.m. EDT April 2: At least 10,003 people have died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Spain, the country’s health ministry announced Thursday. The latest figures include 950 fatalities recorded in the past 24 hours alone, representing the European nation’s largest single-day increase since the pandemic began. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, Spain has reported a total of 110,238 infections and trails only Italy in terms of virus-related fatalities where 13,155 people have died. New unemployment claims could hit 3.1 million Update 6:44 a.m. EDT April 2: Economists anticipate an additional 3.1 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to force business closures, layoffs and financial uncertainty. According to The Wall Street Journal, a record 3.3 million people sought jobless benefits two weeks ago, and the 3.1 million surveyed economists believe filed last week comprise more claims than those which have been processed in the past six months.  British docs receive guidance on parsing out ‘scarce lifesaving resources’ amid coronavirus Update 5:49 a.m. EDT April 2: The British Medical Association has issued new ethics guidelines dictating which patients should be saved if the United Kingdom’s health system becomes overwhelmed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. ]Per the new guidelines, ventilators could be removed from treatment protocols for older patients with a low survival probability if the machines mean healthier patients might survive. 'As such, some of the most unwell patients may be denied access to treatment such as intensive care or artificial ventilation,' the BMA’s ethics guidance note states, adding, “This will inevitably be indirectly discriminatory against both the elderly and those with long-term health conditions, with the latter being denied access to life-saving treatment as a result of their pre-existing health problems.' The guidance note was updated April 1. ‘Unruly’ coronavirus quarantine violators could be shot, Philippine president says Update 3:16 a.m. EDT April 2: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned during a Wednesday address that citizens who disregard the nationwide novel coronavirus quarantine and become unruly could be shot by authorities. Duterte’s remarks came during a televised address, covered by CNN Philippines. “My orders to the police, the military and the barangays: If they become unruly and they fight you and your lives are endangered, shoot them dead!” Duterte said. Israel’s health minister tests positive for coronavirus Update 2:52 a.m. EDT April 2: Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, 71, has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The health ministry confirmed Litzman’s illness in a statement issued Thursday. Litzman has held the position for nearly a decade. To date, Israel has confirmed 6,092 coronavirus cases, resulting in 26 deaths. Coronavirus pandemic fueling gun sale background check surge, FBI says Update 2:39 a.m. EDT April 2: The FBI reported a record-setting number of gun purchase background checks during the month of March as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the globe. According to data released by the bureau, the 3.7 million checks conducted in March represent a 41 percent month-over-month surge and the most processed during a one-month period since the FBI began tracking the information in 1998. Illinois led the nation in March with more than half a million federal firearm background checks conducted, followed by Texas, Kentucky, Florida and California, CNN reported. Click here to see the FBI data. Boeing preps to offer buyouts, early retirement amid coronavirus cash crunch Update 2:10 a.m. EDT April 2: Aerospace giant Boeing could soon begin offering early retirement and buyout packages to employees as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues pummeling the aviation industry, The Wall Street Journal reported. Read more here. Biden says Democratic National Convention likely to be postponed amid coronavirus crisis Update 1:28 a.m. EDT April 2: The Democratic National Convention will likely be shelved for several months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during a Wednesday night webcam interview on “The Tonight Show.”The “I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early July,” Biden said, adding, “I think it’s going to have to move into August.” The convention is currently slated for July 13-16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jazz icon Ellis Marsalis Jr., 85, dies from coronavirus complications Update 1:12 a.m. EDT April 2: Jazz legend and patriarch of a musical dynasty Ellis Marsalis Jr. died on Wednesday from complications associated with the novel coronavirus. He was 85. 'Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement, adding, “He was a teacher, a father, and an icon — and words aren’t sufficient to describe the art, the joy and the wonder he showed the world.”  US coronavirus deaths hit 5,119, total cases top 216K Update 12:20 a.m. EDT April 2: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 216,000 early Thursday morning across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 216,515 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 5,119 deaths. U.S. cases now outnumber those in any other nation by wide margins, including more than twice the 110,574 reported in Italy and the 104,118 confirmed in Spain. Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 1,941 – or roughly 40 percent of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 355 in New Jersey and 337 in Michigan.  In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest hit with at least 83,712 confirmed cases – or more than three times the next-closest state – followed by New Jersey with 22,255 and Michigan with 9,334. Five other states have now confirmed at least 6,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 8,155, including 171 deaths • Massachusetts: 7,738, including 122 deaths • Florida: 7,495, including 100 deaths • Illinois: 6,980, including 141 deaths • Louisiana: 6,424, including 273 deaths Meanwhile, Washington and Pennsylvania each has confirmed at least 5,000 novel coronavirus infections, trailed only slightly by Georgia with 4,748 cases; Texas, Connecticut and Colorado each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • At first, the Internal Revenue Service said that to get a stimulus payment during the COVID-19 pandemic, a tax return had to be filed. That would have left many Social Security beneficiaries without the financial boost. But late Wednesday, the Treasury Department said that was not the case. “Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,' Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, according to The Washington Post. The stimulus package, which will inject $2.2 trillion into the economy that is faltering because of the coronavirus outbreak was going to use 2018 or 2019 tax returns to see how much money each household gets. Many of those who get Social Security benefits make less than the required amount that is needed to file a tax return, the Post reported. The IRS will use the information from the Social Security Administration so payees to get the additional money from the government, CNN reported. If someone does not use direct deposit, then the government will send them traditional checks, but that process is expected to take longer than the wire transfers, according to CNN.
  • The Brevard Zoo is welcoming a baby giraffe. Zoo officials say the giraffe was born on Sunday in Melbourne. The calf weighed 125 pounds and was 6-feet tall at birth. In a statement the zoo said it's the sixth consecutive male calf born there. App users, tap here to see a video! It was the ninth birth for the calf's 20-year-old mother, Johari. The calf's father is 21-year-old Rafiki, who has sired all 14 giraffe born at the zoo. The veterinary staff says the calf is in good health and nursing well.
  • A 7-week-old Connecticut child has died of complications from the coronavirus, officials said. The unresponsive infant was taken to a hospital last week. The child could not be revived and posthumously tested positive for the coronavirus, WTNH reported. “This is a virus that attacks our most fragile without mercy,” Gov. Ned Lamont said on social media Wednesday. “This also stresses the importance of staying home and limiting exposure to other people. Your life and the lives of others could literally depend on it. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time.” While older people are more at risk, there have been some cases that impact the very young. On Saturday, an infant less than a year old died from the coronavirus in Illinois. In China, a 10-month-old died from the coronavirus, the New England Journal of Medicine reported March 18. There have been 85 deaths from the coronavirus in Connecticut, WTNH reported.
  • A Virginia man who died in 1997 has been named as the killer of a 12-year-old girl bludgeoned to death nearly five decades ago. Karen Lee Spencer was last seen alive on Nov. 29, 1972, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. “Her body was discovered on Dec. 2 by a group of young boys in what was then known as Fifer’s Field, a wooded area located southeast of what is now the Huntington Metro Station, between Mount Eagle Park and North Kings Highway,” Fairfax County police officials said in a statement. “An autopsy showed Karen died from repeated blunt force trauma to the upper body.” Authorities said Fifer’s Field, along with the Fairhaven 7-Eleven near her home, were hangouts for Karen and other neighborhood children, including James “Jimmy” Edwards, a 16-year-old boy believed to be Karen’s boyfriend. In the years following the slaying, Edwards was considered one of several people of interest in the case. Police officials said Edwards, who denied involvement in the murder, died Aug. 23, 1997. “In the summer of 2018, two independent acquaintances of Jimmy revealed to detectives that in the early 90’s, Jimmy confided in them he killed a girl and buried her in a field when he was a teenager,” police officials said. “Over the next year and a half, detectives received additional tips that supported this information and other previous investigative findings that implicated Edwards.” Authorities said other persons of interest were eliminated based on evidence in the case and in December 2019, the Fairfax County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney determined prosecutors would have had enough evidence to support arresting and prosecuting Edwards. “For nearly five decades, major crimes detectives remained steadfast in their pursuit of justice for 12-year-old Karen Lee Spencer and her family”, Major Ed O’Carroll, commander of the department’s Major Crimes Bureau, said in a statement. “I am proud of the work of Detective Flanagan and all detectives who contributed to the closure of this case. “The fact that they never gave up combined with our community’s willingness to come forward with information were critical in solving this case.”

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  • Amid continuing controversy over the best way to rush aid to working Americans, businesses, hospitals, and local governments to deal with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she would move to set up a new special panel in the U.S. House to oversee those efforts, saying it's important to have transparency about the massive amount of relief money. 'We need to ensure those dollars are spent effectively and carefully,' Pelosi said in a press conference by phone with reporters, as she said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) would be in charge of reviewing the $2 trillion in aid approved by Congress in March. 'We have no higher priority than making sure the money gets to those working families struggling to pay rent and put food on the table who need it most,' Pelosi added. 'The fact is, we do need transparency, and we do need accountability,' the Speaker said. In making the announcement, the Speaker said this panel would be different than the call by other Democrats for a '9-11 Commission' about the Coronavirus, saying the emphasis must be on what's happening right now - not what happened before. 'The Select Committee is about the here and now,' Pelosi added. In describing the job of the new panel, the Speaker compared this to the work of the Truman Commission, named for then Sen. Harry Truman, who was put in charge of a panel which held hearings and investigated waste, fraud, and abuse related to the war effort during World War II. The idea - which would need a vote of the House to create the panel and fund its operations - drew immediate opposition from the top Republican in the House. 'This seems really redundant,' said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who told reporters by phone that he did not support the selection of Clyburn to run the panel, as the GOP leader questioned the goal, and said there was no reason to take oversight away from regular committees of the House. 'I'm not quite sure if this is political,' McCarthy added in a news briefing by telephone with reporters.