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Coronavirus: Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

Coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know

Coronavirus: Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

More than 1.27 million people worldwide – including more than 337,000 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 Monday, April 6, continue below: 

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT April 6: Congressional leaders are jolting ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump indicated Monday that Americans will need more aid during the stark pandemic and economic shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort. She wants another round of direct payments to Americans and more money for companies to keep making payroll. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said in recent days that health care should top the list, signaling his intent to get to work on a new bill.

“We’re going to take good care of our people,” Trump said Monday at his daily White House briefing. “It was not their fault.”

It’s a rare sign of emerging consensus as Washington responds to the public health emergency and severe economic fallout that is ransacking communities nationwide, a crisis on par with a war effort or the Great Depression.

The contours of the package are still being debated and any votes in Congress remain a logistical conundrum. The House and Senate adjourned for most of the month, as part of strict stay-at-home orders from public health officials to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak

Update 10:20 p.m. EDT April 6: President Donald Trump said he had a “really wonderful, warm conversation” with Joe Biden on Monday about the coronavirus outbreak.

“He gave me his point of view, and I fully understood that, and we just had a very friendly conversation,” Trump said at his daily press briefing.

The president said he and Biden agreed not to share the details of their conversation, but confirmed an earlier statement from the Biden campaign that the Democrat offered “suggestions” on how to address the pandemic. Biden had previously said he’d like to share with Trump some lessons he learned from dealing with similar crises during the Obama administration.

But Trump added: “It doesn’t mean that I agree with those suggestions.”

Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that the two had a “good call” where Biden gave Trump some advice and “expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation.”

The conversation was the culmination of a dayslong effort by aides to get the two on the phone, after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway called on the former vice president to “offer some support” to Trump. Biden, the prospective Democratic presidential nominee, has in recent weeks released a series of proposals for responding to the pandemic and has criticized the Trump administration for acting too slowly to halt the virus’ spread.

Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

Update 8:30 p.m. EDT April 6: Voters in Wisconsin will face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an order postponing the election for two months, the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday sided with Republicans who said he didn’t have the authority to reschedule the race on his own. Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court quickly followed with a ruling blocking Democratic efforts to extend absentee voting.

The decisions leave Wisconsin as the only state with an election scheduled in April that is proceeding as planned. As other states prepare to vote in May or June, Wisconsin will be closely watched for signs that fears of the coronavirus may depress turnout or cause other problems at the polls.

Evers said he had no other options after the state court ruled against him.

“There’s not a Plan B. There’s not a Plan C,” Evers said earlier Monday.

Trump slams watchdog report on hospitals engulfed by virus

Update 7:40 p.m. EDT April 6: President Donald Trump on Monday disputed the veracity of a federal survey that found hospitals faced severe shortages of coronavirus test supplies, questioning whether its conclusions were skewed by politics.

With coronavirus cases rocketing toward their expected peak, the nonpartisan Health and Human Services inspector general’s office reported Monday morning that a shortage of tests and long waits for results were at the root of mounting problems faced by hospitals.

“Hospitals reported that severe shortages of testing supplies and extended waits for test results limited (their) ability to monitor the health of patients and staff,” the report said.

Three out of 4 U.S. hospitals told the inspector general’s office they are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, and they expect to be overwhelmed.

Asked by a reporter about the report’s finding on testing, Trump responded: “It’s just wrong.”

“Give me the name of the inspector general,” he added. “Could politics be entered into that?”

The acting HHS inspector general is Christi A. Grimm, a career government manager who took over the position early this year. “When was she appointed?” Trump asked.

Trump’s comments carried an edge because last Friday he announced the firing of the inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, for reporting to Congress the whistleblower complaint that the president tried to enlist Ukraine in investigating Joe Biden’s son.

The HHS inspector general’s report was based on a telephone survey of 323 hospitals around the country, from March 23-27. With hundreds of new coronavirus cases daily, the situation is becoming more dire for many the nation’s 6,000 hospitals.

Trump saddened to hear Johnson in intensive care

Update 6:25 p.m. EDT April 6: President Donald Trump said he was saddened to hear British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken into intensive care as he battles the new coronavirus.

“Americans are all praying for his recovery,” Trump said during a White House press briefing. “He’s been a really good friend. He’s been really something very special, strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.”

Trump said he asked two “leading companies” to contact officials in London about therapeutics that could be of help.

He also confirmed in the daily White House press briefing that he’d called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier Monday to let him know that the USNS Comfort can now be used for COVID-19 patients.

“We’re going to let him do it,” said Trump, adding that the ship will will be used for patients from both New York and New Jersey.

As cases surge, 3 in 4 US hospitals already facing COVID-19

Update 5:30 p.m. EDT April 6: Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.

A report Monday from a federal watchdog agency warns that different, widely reported problems are feeding off each other in a vicious cycle. Such problems include insufficient tests, slow results, scarcity of protective gear, the shortage of breathing machines for seriously ill patients and burned-out staffs anxious for their own safety.

“There’s this sort of domino effect,” said Ann Maxwell, an assistant inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services. “These challenges play off each other and exacerbate the situation. There’s a cascade effect.”

The inspector general’s report is based on a telephone survey of 323 hospitals around the country, from March 23-27. With hundreds of new coronavirus cases daily, the situation is becoming more dire for many the nation’s 6,000 hospitals. Others can still scramble to prepare.

Stocks surge 7% on signs new virus deaths could be slowing

Update 4:20 p.m. EDT April 6: A worldwide rally gained steam on Wall Street Monday, propelling major indexes up more than 7%, as traders cheered glimmers of hope that the deadliness of the coronavirus outbreak could be slowing in some of the hardest-hit areas.

New York’s governor said the rate of increase of deaths could be approaching a plateau, but he cautioned it was far too early to say the worst had passed. European and Asian markets also rose. Bond yields rose as investors became somewhat less pessimistic about prospects for the economy.

The price of oil fell after a meeting between big producers about cutbacks was postponed.

British prime minister moved to ICU as a ‘precaution,' reports say

Update 3:50 p.m. EDT April 6: Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom was conscious Monday when his medical team advised he be moved to an intensive care unit as he fights off a coronavirus infection, according to Sky News and The Guardian.

Johnson was moved as a precaution in case he ends up needing a ventilator after his condition worsened Monday, Sky News reported. He had been hospitalized one day earlier, 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, officials said Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab “to (deputize) for him where necessary.”

NFL’s 2020 draft will be entirely virtual

Update 3:40 p.m. EDT April 6: The NFL draft has come full circle. What began in 1936 with team officials sitting in a hotel, selecting names written on a blackboard, will now enter the virtual world.

In a memo sent to NFL teams Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said this year’s draft, scheduled for April 23-25, will be held in a virtual format, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported in a tweet.

British prime minister moved to intensive care, hospitalized with COVID-19

Update 3:20 p.m. EDT April 6: Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom was moved Monday to an intensive care unit after he was hospitalized one day earlier with COVID-19, according to a statement obtained by Sky News.

Johnson said earlier Monday in a tweet that he was “in good spirits.” He was diagnosed two weeks ago with COVID-19.

Governor orders Arkansas schools closed through end of school year

Update 3:15 p.m. EDT April 6: Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas ordered the state’s schools closed through the end of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak, WHBQ-TV reported.

Students will still be expected to continue remote learning, according to the news station. School districts will be allowed to provide food for students in need, so long as they follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WHBQ-TV reported.

>> Read more on Fox13Memphis.com

Peloton cancels live classes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Update 3:05 p.m. EDT April 6: Officials with Peloton Interactive Inc. said Monday that the company will pause live production of its classes in New York and London and add new pre-recorded workout content to its library amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The fitness company said Friday that an employee at the company’s production studio in New York City had tested positive for a coronavirus infection, The Verge reported.

The company also pledged $1 million to cover two months worth of membership fees for its members and announced plans to donate 100 Peloton stationary bikes to health care professionals.

3,663 new COVID-19 cases reported in New Jersey

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT April 6: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said health officials reported 3,663 new coronavirus infections Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 41,090 in the state.

Officials also reported 86 new fatal COVID-19 cases. Statewide, 1,003 people have died of coronavirus.

Murphy said Monday that officials were seeing a decline in the number of new coronavirus patients reported day-to-day in New Jersey.

“Our efforts to flatten the curve are starting to pay off,” the governor said. “Our job now is to keep flattening it to the point where our day-over-day increase is zero.”

Wisconsin governor delays primary election until June

Update 2:25 p.m. EDT April 6: Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin on Monday issued an executive order to delay the state’s primary election until June 9, according to WISN-TV.

Evers issued the order after the state legislature declined to extend absentee voting, WISN-TV reported.

“Frankly, there’s no good answer to this problem -- I wish it were easy,” Evers said Monday, according to WISN-TV. “The bottom line is that I have an obligation to keep people safe, and that’s why I signed this executive order today.”

Canadian official accuses US of blocking delivery of 3 million masks

Update 2:10 p.m. EDT April 6: The premier of Canada’s most populous province said U.S. officials have stopped 3 million masks from getting to Ontario from manufacturing giant 3M but he said 500,000 of them are being released Monday.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said getting masks across the U.S. border has been difficult since the Trump administration announced it would prevent the export of N95 protective masks.

Ford says he’s hopeful Canada will get an exemption and said he felt better about that after speaking with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Ford said he’s grateful for anything he can get from the U.S. after delays in global shipments and recent restrictions at the U.S. border left Ontario with about a one-week supply of critical protective equipment for health care workers.

Canadian health care workers — like those in the U.S. — are in dire need of the masks that provide more protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

38% rise in fatal coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana 

Update 1:50 p.m. EDT April 6: The number of fatal coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana jumped by 38% over the weekend, according to ABC News and numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health.

Numbers released Monday showed 512 fatal coronavirus cases have been reported in the state. Officials said 14,867 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Pennsylvania officials report nearly 13,000 COVID-19 cases

Update 1:25 p.m. EDT April 6: Officials in Pennsylvania said Monday that nearly 13,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state, according to WPXI.

Numbers released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health showed 12,980 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state, a majority in Allegheny County.

WPXI reported 150 people have died of COVID-19 in the state.

636 new fatal coronavirus cases reported in Italy

Update 1 p.m. EDT April 6: Officials in Italy reported 636 new fatal coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the country’s total number of COVID-19 deaths to 16,523.

The number is slightly higher than the 525 new fatal cases reported Sunday.

Officials said that as of Monday, 93,187 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy. The cases included 18,976 which were serious enough to require hospitalization. One Monday, officials said 3,898 people were in intensive care units. More than 60,000 people had been placed under isolation.

US death toll tops 10,000

Update 12:50 p.m. EDT April 6: Newly released numbers from New York brought the death toll from coronavirus in the United States over 10,000 on Monday with half of the deaths reported in the Empire State.

“The number of deaths are up once again,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference, though he added that the reports appeared to be lower and might be plateauing.

“While none of this is good news, the flattening -- possible flattening of the curve -- is better than the increases that we have seen.”

Florida officials report more than 13,000 COVID-19 cases

Update 12:20 p.m. EDT April 6: Officials in Florida said Monday that 13,324 coronavirus infections have been reported in the state, WFTV reported.

The infections include 1,592 which were serious enough to require hospitalization, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Fifteen new fatal coronavirus cases were reported Monday, according to WFTV, bringing the state’s total number of deadly cases to 236.

Over 130,000 coronavirus infections reported in New York

Update 12:15 p.m. EDT April 6: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Monday that 130,689 coronavirus cases have been reported thus far in the state.

Cuomo said 4,758 people have died statewide since the coronavirus outbreak began. He noted that the number of reported daily deaths appeared to be slowing over the last two days though he said it was too early to say for certain.

“If we are plateauing it’s because social distancing is working," Cuomo said. "We have to make sure that social distancing continues.”

‘Jaws’ actress Lee Fierro dies from complications from coronavirus

Update 12 p.m. EDT April 6: Lee Fierro, a stage actress best known for her role as Mrs. Kintner in 1975′s “Jaws," has died of complications from coronavirus, according to CBS News and The Martha’s Vineyard Times. She was 91.

Fierro had been living at an assisted living facility in Ohio, the Times reported. Friends remembered her as a dedicated teacher, mentor and performer.

“She’s the reason I followed my dreams. That’s such a hackneyed phrase, but it’s true," novelist Nicki Galland told the Times. "This is going to stick with me for a long time.”

Fierro was survived by her five children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, according to the newspaper.

Coronavirus infections top 1,000 in DC

Update 11:55 a.m. EDT April 6: Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. said Monday that 99 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, bringing the total number of cases in the capitol to 1,097.

Bowser said Monday that two women also died of COVID-19, one who was 67 and the other who was 69. Twenty-four people in Washington D.C. have died of coronavirus, officials said.

US Open golf tournament postponed until September

Update 11:45 a.m. EDT April 6: Organizers on Monday announced plans to postpone the 120th U.S. Open Championship until September as the country grapples with the impact of the coronavirus.

The event had been scheduled to take place June 18 - 21 in New York. Officials said Monday the tournament will instead be held from September 17 - 20.

“We are hopeful that postponing the championship will offer us the opportunity to mitigate health and safety issues while still providing us with the best opportunity to conduct the U.S. Open this year,” Mike Davis, CEO of the U.S. Golf Association, said Monday in a statement.

Masters Tournament rescheduled for November

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT April 6: Organizers on Monday announced the 2020 Masters Tournament has been rescheduled to take place in November.

Officials had announced the postponement of the Masters and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament on March 13, citing “the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread coronavirus.”

“In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified November 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters,” organizers said Monday in a news release.

“While more details will be shared in the weeks and months to come, we, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the coronavirus. Along the way, we hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport.”

New York City considering ‘temporary interment’ for COVID-19 victims

Update 11:30 a.m. EDT April 6: Mark Levine, chair of the New York City health committee, said Monday that officials are preparing for the possibility that some people may need to be temporarily interred as morgues and funeral homes become overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Soon we’ll start ‘temporary interment,’” Levine said Monday in a tweet. “This will likely be done by using a (New York City) park for burials. ... Trenches will be dug for 10 caskets in a line."

In a follow-up tweet, Levine highlighted that officials are only preparing for the possibility and that “if the death rate drops enough it will not be necessary.”

Earlier Monday, he said the city morgue, hospital morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries had been dealing with “the equivalent of an ongoing 9/11.”

“Nothing matters more in this crisis than saving the living,” he said. “But we need to face the gruesome reality that we need more resources to manage our dead as well. Or the pain of this crisis will be compounded almost beyond comprehension.”

Allstate to return $600M in auto premiums to customers

Update 11:10 a.m. EDT April 6: The Good Hands People plan to put money back in their customers’ hands.

Insurance giant Allstate announced Monday that it would return more than $600 million in auto insurance premiums to customers, who have been driving less as states have implemented stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders to battle the coronavirus.

533 new coronavirus cases reported in Indiana

Update 11:05 a.m. EDT April 6: Officials in Indiana announced 533 new reported coronavirus cases Monday, raising the state’s total number of cases to 4,944.

Officials also reported a dozen new fatal COVID-19 cases. Statewide, 139 people have died of coronavirus.

British Open Championship golf tournament canceled for 1st time since WWII

Update 11 a.m. EDT April 6: Organizers on Monday announced the cancellation of golf’s oldest championship tournament due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The R&A announced the decision to cancel The Open Championship based on guidance from the U.K. government, health officials and others.

Officials said the 149th Open will be played July 11 - July 18, 2021.

Coronavirus cases among active duty military members tops 1,000

Update 10:35 a.m. EDT April 6: The Pentagon said the number of COVID-19 cases in the active duty force topped 1,000 over the weekend.

There are a total of 1,132 confirmed cases as of Monday morning. The total was 978 on Friday.

There also have been 303 cases among members of the National Guard.

Among the military services, the Navy has the most cases, with 431. That includes more than 150 among the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to take applications beginning Monday

Update 10:25 a.m. EDT April 6: The National Restaurant Association has set up the Restaurant Employee Relief fund to give grants of $500 full- or part-time restaurant employees struggling as the coronavirus pandemic shutters restaurants nationwide.

Officials with the National Restaurant Association said the fund was supposed to open for applications earlier, but the server hosting the application process was overwhelmed shortly after opening.

“We are deeply humbled by and grateful for the opportunity to provide support to restaurant employees. Almost immediately after opening the application process, extremely high user volume overwhelmed the application platform. We are continuing to upgrade our system to improve site functionality and expand capacity," the group said on the application website.

Stocks rise on signs of progress battling COVID-19

Update 9:50 a.m. EDT April 6: Stocks jumped in markets around the world Monday after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon.

U.S. stocks climbed more than 3% in the first few minutes of trading, following similar gains in Europe and Asia. In another sign that investors are feeling more optimistic about the economy’s path, the yield on the 10-year Treasury was headed for its first gain in four days.

Oil prices fell after a meeting between Russia and OPEC aimed at defusing a price war was pushed back a few days.

Wells Fargo closes application window for Paycheck Protection Program

Update 9:35 a.m. EDT April 6: Officials with Wells Fargo announced Monday that the bank will no longer be accepting applications for a new federal program aimed at helping small businesses retain and pay workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

In a statement Sunday, bank officials said they aimed to distribute $10 billion in loans under the government’s Paycheck Protection Program. Funding for the program was included in a $2.2 billion economic relief package to help Americans struggling in the pandemic. 

Wells Fargo officials said Monday in a statement that they expected to “fill the company’s capacity to lend under the program” with the applications they’ve already received. The application window had opened Friday. 

“Given the exceptionally high volume of requests we have already received, we will not be able to accept any additional requests for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program,” company officials said in a notice posted Monday. “We will review all expressions of interest submitted by customers via our online form through April 5 and provide updates in the coming days.”

Without precautions ‘we could have another peak in a few weeks,’ US official says

Update 9:10 a.m. EDT April 6: Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said Monday that people need to continue to take social distancing and other measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“Everyone is susceptible to this and everyone needs to follow the precautions that we’ve laid out,” Giroir said during an appearance on NBC’s “today” show Monday. “If we let our foot off the gas and start doing things that are ill-advised, we could have another peak in a few weeks. ... We have to completely keep our efforts going.”

Officials recommend that Americans stay home as much as possible and keep at least 6 feet of distance from other people. They’ve also urged that people wear cloth face masks in public to stymie the spread of the virus.

UK prime minister says he’s in ‘good spirits’ after hospitalization

Update 8:55 a.m. EDT April 6: Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom said in a tweet Monday morning that he’s “in good spirits” after being hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms.

Ten days before his hospitalization, Johnson had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms,” Johnson said. “I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.”

Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, out of isolation

Update 7:55 a.m. EDT April 6: Britain’s Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is no longer in self-isolation, ITV and other news outlets are reporting.

Although the 72-year-old, who is married to Prince Charles, tested negative for coronavirus, she went into self-isolation for two weeks because her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. Charles, 71, spent seven days in quarantine after displaying mild symptoms and left self-isolation March 30.

Camilla and Charles have been staying in ScotlandITV reported.

Death rates in Spain, Italy appear to be slowing

Update 7:21 a.m. EDT April 6: The rates of coronavirus deaths in Spain and Italy, the two European countries hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, appear to be slowing.

According to CNN, Spanish health officials said Monday that 637 people died from the virus in the past day, an increase of 5.1% from the number of deaths reported Sunday. That marks “the lowest daily rise, percentage-wise, since early March,” CNN reported.

Meanwhile, Italian officials on Sunday reported that 525 people died from the virus in the past 24 hours, marking the country’s “lowest death rate in two weeks," according to CNN.

As of Monday morning, Spain had reported the second-highest number of infections worldwide, with 131,646 cases and 12,641 deaths, while Italy had reported the third-highest number of infections, with 128,948 cases and 15,887 deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported. Only the United States had reported more overall cases.

London’s West End theaters cancel all shows through May 31

Update 6:23 a.m. EDT April 6: London’s West End theaters are canceling all shows through May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Society of London Theatre announced Monday.

The theaters previously had announced a shutdown through April 26, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“We are now canceling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen,” the society said in a statement.

As of Monday morning, at least 48,440 coronavirus cases and 4,943 deaths had been reported in the United Kingdomaccording to Johns Hopkins University.

Read more here.

FedEx pilots removed from duty following ‘inconclusive’ COVID-19 test results

Update 5:14 a.m. EDT April 6: FedEx flew some pilots back to the United States after they received inconclusive test results for COVID-19.

According to WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, the pilots were removed from service and are self-isolating while follow-up testing and evaluation is being performed, according to FedEx.

The exact number of pilots removed is unclear.

The company released a statement Sunday:

“Some FedEx pilots were flown back to the U.S. after receiving inconclusive test results for COVID-19. They have been removed from duty and are self-isolating while follow-up testing and evaluation is performed. All areas where these team members worked are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The safety and well-being of our employees remains our first concern. FedEx continues to take all necessary precautions and follow guidance from the FAA, CDC and other public health organizations related to reporting and containment of COVID-19. We continue our operation in China and remain committed to providing the best possible service to our customers.“

Dozens of Massachusetts firefighters test positive for COVID-19

Update 4:32 a.m. EDT April 6: At least 87 firefighters in Massachusetts have tested positive for coronavirus as of Sunday, according to The Professional Fire Firefighters of Massachusetts.

Boston’s WFXT reports that 1,814 firefighters have a documented exposure to COVID-19, 831 have been tested for the virus and 583 are currently under quarantine.

In Taunton, nine firefighters have tested positive for coronavirus.

“These numbers are alarming, but firefighters across Massachusetts and the United States will continue to answer your calls for service,” the labor union posted on Twitter on Sunday night. “Please help us help you – Stay home.”

>> See the tweet here

The numbers encompass 201 locals representing 11,106 members, which account for 97% of the union’s membership.

On Sunday, a coronavirus testing site for only first responders opened at Gillette Stadium.

Duran Duran’s John Taylor recovers after testing positive for COVID-19

Update 3:30 a.m. EDT April 6: Duran Duran’s John Taylor is feeling better weeks after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he wrote Sunday in a post on the band’s Facebook page.

According to USA Today, the 59-year-old bass player said he was diagnosed three weeks ago and has since recovered.

“After a week or so of what I would describe as a ‘turbo-charged flu,’ I came out of it feeling OK – although I must admit I didn’t mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover,” he wrote. “I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”

>> See the post here

DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with...

Posted by Duran Duran on Sunday, April 5, 2020

Taylor added that he “cannot wait to be back onstage again, sharing new music, love and joy.”

Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross tests positive for COVID-19

Update 2:35 a.m. EDT April 6: Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he said in an Instagram post Friday.

“I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19,” he wrote in the post. “I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in the hopes that this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is. Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I have ever had.”

>> See the post here

Cross, 68, also urged his fans to take the virus seriously and stay home, wash their hands and avoid touching their faces.

“For those of you who still do not believe the COVID-19 virus is real, or think it is a ‘hoax’ or part of some conspiracy, my advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world,” the Grammy Award winner wrote, encouraging followers to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

He added that everyone should “be kind to one another."

“Only if we work together can we defeat COVID-19," he wrote.

Several other celebrities, including Pink, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba and CNN’s Chris Cuomo, have tested positive for the virus.

Delta announces changes to SkyMiles, Medallion programs

Update 1:49 a.m. EDT April 6: The coronavirus pandemic has brought the airline industry nearly to a halt. In March, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced that its revenue fell by $2 billion due to the spread of COVID-19 and a drop in demand for air travel.

On Sunday, Delta Air Lines has begun notifying its flyers about changes to its well-known SkyMiles program due to the sudden drop in air travel.

“On behalf of all of us at Delta, I want to thank our customers for your continued loyalty during these unprecedented times. While our focus is on keeping customers and employees safe and healthy today and always, you are a part of the Delta family and we know how important these benefits are to you,” said Sandeep Dube, Delta’s senior vice president of customer engagement and loyalty, and CEO of Delta Vacations. “That’s why as coronavirus continues to dramatically impact travel across the globe, you don’t have to worry about your benefits – they’ll be extended so you can enjoy them when you are ready to travel again.”

Here are the changes:

Medallion Members:

  • All Medallion Status for 2020 will be automatically extended for the 2021 Medallion Year.
  • All Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) from 2020 are being rolled over to 2021 to qualify for 2022 Medallion Status.

Delta Sky Club Individual and Executive memberships with an expiration of March 1, 2020, or later will receive six additional months of Delta Sky Club access beyond their expiration date.

Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members:

  • If you have one of the following in your SkyMiles profile “My Wallet” that is valid now or has expired since March 1, 2020, we are extending the expiration dates to give you additional time to enjoy your benefits:

SkyMiles Members:

  • If you have one of the following in your SkyMiles profile “My Wallet” that is valid now or has expired since March 1, 2020, we are extending the expiration dates to give you additional time to enjoy your benefits:

The updates will happen automatically over the coming weeks, with no action needed from customers, Delta said.

“We are continuously monitoring how coronavirus impacts travel and will make additional adjustments to support our customers’ needs as the pandemic evolves,” said Dube.

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U.S. cases soar past 337,000, including more than 9,600 deaths

Update 12:43 a.m. EDT April 6: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 337,000 across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands early Monday.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 337,620 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 9,643 deaths. Worldwide, there are 1,274,923 confirmed cases and 69,479 deaths from the virus. U.S. cases outnumber those in any other nation, including the 131,646 reported in Spain and the 128,948 confirmed in Italy.

Of the confirmed deaths in the U.S., 4,159 have occurred in New York, 917 in New Jersey, 617 in Michigan and 477 in Louisiana.

In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest-hit with at least 123,160 confirmed cases, followed by New Jersey with 37,505, Michigan with 15,718 and California with 15,154.

Five other states have each confirmed at least 10,000 novel coronavirus cases, including:

• Louisiana: 13,010, including 477 deaths

• Massachusetts: 12,500, including 231 deaths

• Florida: 12,350, including 221 deaths

• Pennsylvania: 11,589, including 151 deaths

• Illinois: 11,259, including 274 deaths

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Protests and demonstrations have led to violence in at least 30 cities across the United States in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Floyd, 46, died after he was detained for questioning regarding a possible forgery in progress. Video of his death caught by bystanders showed a Minneapolis police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than five minutes as Floyd pleaded for air, sparking outrage.  As of Tuesday morning, at least 40 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews.  Live updates for Tuesday, June 2 continue below:  The Kennedy Center to dim lights for 9 nights in honor of George Floyd Update 2:20 p.m. EDT June 2: Officials with The Kennedy Center, one of the nation’s premier performing arts centers, announced that they will dim the Center’s lights for nine nights beginning Tuesday in honor for George Floyd. Each night is meant to represent one of the nine minutes that authorities said then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin spent with his knee pressed to George Floyd’s neck before the 46-year-old’s death on May 25. “Ours is an expression of America’s grief and our solidarity with our Black audiences, artists, colleagues, and community,” officials with the Center said in a statement. “Black lives matter. Black voices matter. Black culture matters. Black stories matter. We pledge that more of them will be heard on the stages of the nation’s cultural center, as we continue in our ongoing effort to reflect the entire nation through the performing arts and within our organization.' Washington DC mayor announces 7 p.m. curfew Update 2:15 p.m. EDT June 2: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday that a 7 p.m. curfew enacted Monday in an attempt to keep peaceful protests from devolving into riots will continue for a second night. “What we observed last night was protesters largely complying with the curfew, and we’re going to implore them to comply with the curfew again,” she said. “That means you’re off the street at 7 p.m. and it’s very important that everybody complies with the curfew.” People who have been deemed essential workers and people who are voting are exempt from the curfew, Bowser said. Police Chief Peter Newsham said authorities arrested 300 people during Monday’s protests in Washington, most for violating the city’s curfew. About 300 people arrested during protests in Washington DC Update 2 p.m. EDT June 2: Authorities in Washington D.C. arrested about 300 people during protests Monday in the capitol, most for violating the city’s 7 p.m. curfew, police Chief Peter Newsham said Tuesday. Arrests were also made for burglary and rioting, Newsham said during a news conference. “We are working right now with our investigative team to compile images of anyone who was in our city over the past three or four nights who was involved in destruction of property or the throwing of missiles and the hurting of people,” he said. Law enforcement officers in the Carolinas stand in solidarity with protesters Update 1:20 p.m. EDT June 2: Law enforcement officials in North Carolina and South Carolina joined demonstrators Monday who took to the streets Monday to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, WSOC-TV reported. In Columbia, South Carolina, Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan decided to march side-by-side with protesters. Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin also walked alongside demonstrators, according to WSOC-TV. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, there was a touching moment as police were seen kneeling in solidarity with protesters. 9 officers and 2 protesters injured, 20 arrested during protests in Pittsburgh Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 2: Nine police officers and two protesters were injured Monday during demonstrations in Pittsburgh, according WPXI. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said the injured officers were evaluated and released from the hospital Monday, WPXI reported. Two protesters were also taken to the hospital with injuries that they said came from bean bags, according to the news station. Hissrich said 20 people were arrested Monday, including four people who are not from Pennsylvania, WPXI reported. >> Read more on WPXI.com Virginia governor rejects national guard request Update 12:35 p.m. EDT June 2: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam rejected a request from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to send between 3,000 to 5,000 of the state’s national guard to Washington D.C. as part of a massive show of force organized by the Trump administration in response to violent protests, according to Northam’s chief of staff, Clark Mercer. Mercer said Trump’s comments to governors in a phone call Monday, in which the president said most governors were “weak” and needed to “dominate” the streets, played a role in the decision. “The president’s remarks to the governors heightened our concerns about how the guard would be used,” he said. 6 Atlanta police officers charged with using excessive force during arrest of college students Update 12:15 p.m. EDT June 2: The district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, on Tuesday charged six Atlanta police officers with using excessive force following the arrest of two college students during protests Saturday night, WSB-TV reported. Body camera footage and video posted on social media showed officers use Tasers on two students, Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, as they sat in a car Saturday before the officers dragged the pair out of the car and arrested them, according to WSB-TV. Four officers involved in the incident were charged with aggravated assault. Other charges filed against the officers include criminal damage to property and aggravated battery, according to WSB-TV. >> Read more on WSBTV.com Archdiocese of Washington criticizes St. John Paul II National Shrine for allowing Trump visit Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 2: As President Donald Trump headed Tuesday to the St. John Paul II National Shrine, the archdiocese of Washington on issued a statement criticizing the facility for allowing the president’s visit. In the statement, Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he found it “baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree.” His comments came after police under federal command deployed tear gas Monday to push back protesters who had gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, where they were chanting against police brutality and Floyd’s death. “Saint Pope John Paul II was an ardent defender of the rights and dignity of human beings. His legacy bears vivid witness to that truth,” Gregory said. “He certainly would not condone the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace.” New York City mayor extends curfew through end of week Update 11:40 a.m. EDT June 2: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that an 8 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew enacted amid protests of the killing of George Floyd will continue through the end of the week. “I am extending the curfew,” de Blasio said Tuesday after chaos broke out late Monday in midtown Manhattan and the Bronx. “We’re going to have a tough few days. We’re going to beat it back.” On Monday, an 11 p.m. curfew -- the city’s first in decades -- failed to prevent destruction as groups of people smashed their way into shops, including Macy’s flagship Manhattan store. Police said nearly 700 people were arrested and several officers were injured during the chaos Monday night and early Tuesday. Minnesota AG: ‘There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable’ Update 11:30 a.m. EDT June 2: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Tuesday that the investigation into the killing of George Floyd is continuing with “nothing off the table.” “We’re moving expeditiously, yet we have to move carefully,” he said during an appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He acknowledged that the pace of the investigation has frustrated some people considering many “have waited too long and been too patient over the years,” but he said that “this case must be done methodically and we are doing that right now.” Investigators are looking into whether to charge the other three officers who were with then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25 when he held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the 46-year-old pleaded for air. On Tuesday, Ellison declined to outline a timeline for charging decisions. “There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable,” Ellison said on “Good Morning America.” He said he expects charges will be filed “very soon.” Biden blasts Trump over clearing protesters for church photo Update 10:55 a.m. EDT June 2: Joining widespread condemnation from Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday for having police clear demonstrators from Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Monday so that the President could walk to a nearby church where he was photographed holding a Bible. 'The President held up the Bible at St. John's Church yesterday,' Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia. 'I just wish he opened it once in a while instead of brandishing it. If he opened it, he could have learned something.' “In addition to the Bible, the President might want to open the Constitution once in a while,” Biden added. Biden urges Congress to act on police reform: ‘No more excuses, no more delays’ Update 10:50 a.m. EDT June 2: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Congress to take action on police reform and vowed to “reverse the systemic racism” if he is elected as president. Biden said that with the upcoming election in November, “We’re in the battle for the soul of this nation.” “We can’t leave this moment thinking that we can once again turn away and do nothing. We can’t do that this time,' he said. “The moment has come for our nation to deal with systemic racism, to deal with the growing economic inequity that exists in our nation, to deal with the denial of the promise of this nation made to so many.” The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action on the issues highlighted by protests nationwide sparked by the killing of George Floyd. “No more excuses, no more delays,” Biden said. “If Mitch McConnell can bring in the United States Senate to determine Trump’s unqualified judicial nominees who will run roughshod over our Constitution now, it is time to pass legislation that will bring true meaning to our constitutional promise of equal protection under the law.” Trump praises response to DC protests after tear gas used to disperse peaceful protesters Update 10:30 a.m. EDT June 2: President Donald Trump praised the response to protests Monday in Washington D.C. amid criticism over the decision to use tear gas on peaceful demonstrators gathered near the White House. “D.C. had no problems last night,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination.” He also praised himself for the lack of violence during protests in Minneapolis. Earlier in the day, George Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, encouraged demonstrators in the city to remain peaceful, saying that destruction was “not going to bring my brother back at all.” Police under federal command deployed tear gas Monday to push back protesters who had gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, where they were chanting against police brutality and Floyd’s death. The sudden shift in tactics against the protesters was initially a mystery, according to The Associated Press. Then, after finishing his Rose Garden remarks, Trump emerged from the White House gates and walked through the park to St. John’s Church, where an office had been set on fire the previous night. Trump, who rarely attends church, held up a Bible and gathered a group of advisers — all white — to pose for photos. The moment was quickly decried by Trump's critics, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying the president “used the military to push out a peaceful protest so he could have a photo op at a church.' “It’s all just a reality TV show for this president,' he said on Twitter. “Shameful.” Police apologize for ‘unwarranted’ tear gas deployment on protesters in Virginia Update 10:10 a.m. EDT June 2: Police in Richmond, Virginia, apologized Monday after authorities used tear gas to disperse a peaceful protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd. In a statement posted on Twitter, police said Chief William Smith reviewed video of the situation Monday, which he called “unwarranted.” “These officers have been pulled from the field,” police said. “They will be disciplined because their actions were out side (department) protocols and directions given.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported police used the gas on demonstrators gathered at a statue of Robert E. Lee on Monday, about 30 minutes before the city’s 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. Video posted on social media showed protesters running as smoke and shouts filled the air. Music industry goes silent on social media for ‘Blackout Tuesday’ to protest George Floyd’s killing Update 9 a.m. EDT June 2: Members of the music industry have pledged to go silent Tuesday on social media to protest George Floyd’s death in an event dubbed “Blackout Tuesday.' Music labels and Warner Music Group, Sony Music and Universal Music Group pledged to stay silent, Rolling Stone reported. Their flagship labels also will take part, as will Def Jam Recordings, Interscope and Columbia Records, CNN reported. Television networks, sports teams and celebrities have also joined the protest. Denver police arrest man suspected of driving car into officers during weekend protest Update 7:36 a.m. EDT June 2: Denver police have arrested a man they believe drove his vehicle into three fellow officers during Saturday night protests. Anthony Knapp, 37, was arrested Sunday after the officers suffered serious injuries. According to CNN, Knapp is being held for first-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault.  According to the police department’s Statement of Probable Cause, officers were in full uniform standing next to a fully marked Denver Police vehicle when a dark sedan traveling at a 'high rate of speed swerved toward the officers and, as a result, struck three of the officers with the car,” the network reported. Rep. Seth Moulton implores military to ‘lay down your arms’ if ordered to face protesters Update 6:36 a.m. EDT June 2: Rep. Seth Moulton, a Marine veteran, is calling upon military members to “lay down your arms” if ordered by the U.S. government to confront protesters in cities across the country. The Massachusetts Democrat took to Twitter shortly after President Donald Trump vowed Monday night to deploy active-duty forces on American soil to quell nationwide protests since the death of George Floyd while in police custody. “We must therefore, with every ounce of conviction, every commitment to peace, and every glimmer of hope, join in lawful protest to overcome (Trump’s) tyranny. And if he chooses to abuse the military as a tyrant would do — to stifle dissent, suppress freedom, & cement inequality — then I call on all our proud young men & women in uniform, as a veteran & a patriot, to lay down your arms, uphold your oath, & join this new march for freedom,” Moulton tweeted. Moulton joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001, served four tours in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star. See the full Twitter thread here. NY state senator pepper sprayed, handcuffed at peaceful Monday protest, he says Update 6:06 a.m. EDT June 2: New York state Sen. Zellnor Myrie told CNN he had been protesting peacefully when police handcuffed and pepper sprayed him late Monday. “I am from Brooklyn. I happen to represent a huge swath of central Brooklyn, and when I heard there was a group of folks protesting police brutality I decided to make my way down,” Myrie told the network. Willing to offer his services as liaison between protesters and police, Myrie said he identified himself to authorities upon arriving, but none of that mattered once things escalated. “As I was obeying orders, they were telling us to back up, I was backing up. Trying to protect some of the protesters behind me. Being compliant. I started getting hit in my back by bicycles wielded by the police officers. I was pushed. I was shoved. Ultimately pepper-sprayed, and subsequently handcuffed. Simply because I was there to forcefully protest,” he told CNN, adding, “Had I not had the luxury of my title, I would have been in the system and processed, much like any of the other protesters.' Hit-and-run driver strikes NYPD sergeant Update 5:30 a.m. EDT June 2: A sergeant with the New York Police Department is in serious but stable condition Tuesday morning after being struck by a black sedan that sped away, CNN reported. NYPD Detective Adam Navarro told the network the sergeant was responding to a break-in at a Bronx pawn shop when the vehicular assault occurred. NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti told CNN the sergeant has suffered leg and head injuries. Indianapolis protesters, police hug, march together; BLM calls foul Update 5:03 a.m. EDT June 2: Hundreds of demonstrators squared off briefly with police in Indianapolis near the Indiana governor’s mansion after Monday night before finding common ground and marching forward together, The Washington Post reported. Although officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department did, at one point, fire a pepper-spray projectile toward the protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd for violating the city’s 8 p.m. curfew, the standoff deescalated when protesters began introducing themselves to the officers, the Post reported. Within a short period, the crowd and officers began walking toward downtown, with some law enforcement personnel hugging and linking arms with demonstrators. Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter Indianapolis took exception to the display, offering its own analysis of the exchange via Twitter. Boxing great Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeral Update 4:42 a.m. EDT June 2: Funeral arrangements for George Floyd in Houston will be handled by boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, ESPN reported. Family attorney Ben Crump confirmed to CNN that Floyd’s funeral is scheduled for June 9. Mayweather’s involvement was confirmed by Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Productions. “He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, (Mayweather) is definitely paying for the funeral,” Ellerbe told ESPN in an emailed response. Las Vegas officer shot, 2nd involved in separate shooting as unrest envelops city Update 4:29 a.m. EDT June 2: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed one officer has been shot in the area of the Strip and another has been involved in a shooting in the downtown area, The Associated Press reported. The department said both shootings occurred on Las Vegas Boulevard. The condition of neither officer has been reported. 4 St. Louis police officers shot Update 3:18 a.m. EDT June 2: St. Louis police confirmed four of their own were shot early Tuesday morning after peaceful protests ended and social unrest escalated. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, most of the peaceable protesters dispersed on their own, but police did fire tear gas into the remaining crowd just before 9 p.m. Within one hour, looting and pillaging began with at least one 7-Eleven set ablaze and raided, while heavy gunfire rang through downtown after midnight, the newspaper reported. St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, during an early-morning news conference, said two officers were shot in the leg, one was shot in the arm and one was shot in the foot. Minnesota officials: No evidence tanker driver plowed into protesters intentionally Update 2:26 a.m. EDT June 2: Bogdan Vechirko was arrested Monday and charged with assault for driving his tanker truck toward protesters in Minneapolis Sunday. By early Tuesday morning, however, Minnesota investigators walked back the initial belief that Vechirko purposefully incited a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. “We don’t have any information that makes this seem like this was an intentional act,” Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told CNN. “He saw the crowd, and from what it looked like, panicked.” According to jail records, Vechirko remains in police custody without bail. US military helicopter buzzes downtown DC protesters Published 2 a.m. EDT June 2: A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flew just above rooftops in a downtown Washington D.C. neighborhood Monday night, employing a military tactic typically reserved for combat zones, The Washington Post reported. The helicopter flew just above rooftop level, snapping branches off trees and shattering some storefront window, the Post reported, noting the low-flying maneuver is normally performed to scare off insurgents. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Nearly 6.3 million people worldwide – including more than 1.8 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Tuesday, June 2, continue below:  708 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey Update 2:05 p.m. EDT June 2: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Tuesday that 708 new coronavirus infections have been reported, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 161,545. On social media, the governor encouraged people to continue social distancing, noting that it 'works.' “Wearing a face covering works,” he said. 'Keep it up, and we’ll get through Stage 2 of our restart and recovery.' Officials also reported 51 more deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, 11,770 people have died statewide of COVID-19. COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina reach single-day high Update 1:45 p.m. EDT June 2: Health officials in North Carolina reported the state’s highest single-day number of hospitalizations connected to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, WSOC-TV reported. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 716 people were hospitalized due to severe complications associated with the novel coronavirus. Officials have reported 29,889 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. More than 920 people statewide have died of coronavirus infections, WSOC-TV reported. >> Read more on WSOCTV.com More than 6.3M cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide Update 1:10 p.m. EDT June 2: More than 6.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide as of Tuesday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The United States continues to lead the world with the most number of coronavirus infections reported. As of Tuesday, more than 1.8 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 105,000 people have died of the viral infection nationwide. The second-most cases in the world have been reported in Brazil, where officials had confirmed more than 526,000 cases of COVID-19 by Tuesday. 1,653 new coronavirus infections reported in the UK Update 12:25 p.m. EDT June 2: Officials in the United Kingdom reported 1,653 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, raising the country’s total number of infections to 277,985. Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, the most recent date for which data was available, 39,369 people had died nationwide of COVID-19. COVID-19 cases ‘at an all-time low’ in New York, governor says Update 12 p.m. EDT June 2: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Tuesday that COVID-19 cases in the state were “at an all-time low.' The governor said 58 more people have died of COVID-19 statewide. The number of new fatal cases reported one day earlier was 54. 29 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC Update 11:15 a.m. EDT June 1: Health officials in Washington D.C. said Tuesday that 29 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 8,886. Officials also announced that two more people, both aged 79, had died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 470. Americans charged, accused of violating social distancing rules in Singapore Update 11 a.m. EDT June 2: Authorities in Singapore have charged two Americans with violating the country’s social distancing rules, according to NBC News. The Americans, identified in court records obtained by NBC as Jeffrey Brown, 52, and Bao Nguyen Brown, 40, were accused of meeting with an Australian man at a restaurant on May 16 to socialize, the news network reported. If convicted, the Browns could face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $7,100, according to NBC News. Stocks open higher as investors hope for economic recovery Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 2: Stocks opened modestly higher Tuesday on Wall Street, despite deepening unrest across the U.S., as investors hope that the gradual lifting of lockdown provisions will help economies recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P 500 rose 0.2% in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. The gains were led by stocks that would stand to gain the most from a growing economy, including banks and industrial companies. The price of crude oil rose again, which helped energy companies. Markets in Europe and Asia also rose. Bond yields rose slightly, another sign that pessimism was ebbing among investors. Global cases near 6.3M, death toll tops 376K Update 8 a.m. EDT June 2: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 376,077 early Tuesday, 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 6,294,222 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 16 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,160. The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows: • The United States has reported 1,811,277 cases, resulting in 105,147 deaths. • Brazil has recorded 526,447 cases, resulting in 29,937 deaths. • Russia has confirmed 423,186 cases, resulting in 5,031 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 277,738 cases, resulting in 39,127 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 239,638 cases, resulting in 27,127 deaths. • Italy has reported 233,197 cases, resulting in 33,475 deaths. • India has reported 199,785 cases, resulting in 5,610 deaths. • France has confirmed 189,348 cases, resulting in 28,836 deaths. • Germany has reported 183,771 cases, resulting in 8,557 deaths. • Peru has reported 170,039 cases, resulting in 4,634 deaths. US air travel sees slight uptick as coronavirus restrictions ease Update 7:04 a.m. EDT June 2: Air travel in the United States began crawling out of its coronavirus-imposed gridlock in May, but the road to recovery will be a long one. According to the Transportation Security Administration, nearly 949,000 passengers were screened during the past weekend, compared with only 476,000 during the first weekend of May, CNN reported. Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar stepping down Update 6:37 a.m. EDT June 2: Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar, announced Monday he will step down from the post June 30. Giroir, who assumed the role in March, said during a Monday meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS that he will return to his prior role as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, The Washington Post reported. Meanwhile, an HHS spokesperson confirmed to NPR a testing czar successor will not be named for Giroir. US coronavirus cases eclipse 1.8M, deaths top 105K Update 12:41 a.m. EDT June 2: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States climbed past 1.8 million early Tuesday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,811,357 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 105,160 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 371,711 cases and 29,917 deaths and New Jersey with 160,918 cases and 11,723 deaths. Massachusetts, with 100,805 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 7,035, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 121,234. Only 15 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each. Six other states have now confirmed at least 53,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: · California: 114,733 cases, resulting in 4,217 deaths · Pennsylvania: 76,646 cases, resulting in 5,567 deaths · Texas: 65,593 cases, resulting in 1,683 deaths · Michigan: 57,532 cases, resulting in 5,516 deaths · Florida: 56,830 cases, resulting in 2,460 deaths · Maryland: 53,327 cases, resulting in 2,552 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut and Louisiana each has confirmed at least 40,000 cases; Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 34,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington and Arizona each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 19,699; Alabama and Wisconsin each has confirmed at least 18,000 cases, followed by Mississippi with 15,752; Rhode Island and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases, followed by Missouri with 13,724, South Carolina with 12,148 and Kentucky with 10,046; Utah, Kansas and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases; New Mexico and Arkansas each has confirmed at least 7,000 cases, followed by Oklahoma with 6,913 and South Dakota with 5,034.. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Employees at a Virginia Walmart weren’t going to miss their graduation because of coronavirus. Any employee who was also attending school was honored with a graduation ceremony at their store, WHSV reported. Nineteen high school students and one college student got to walk in a ceremony to mark their accomplishments. The idea came to fruition thanks to Angela Sowers, the store’s people lead, but she said she got the inspiration from the company’s corporate office, WHSV reported. The ceremony was held in front of the store and each graduate wore a graduation cap and face masks, Northern Virginia Daily reported. They were also given a “Walmart diploma” and gifts, the newspaper reported.
  • 12:30 p.m. UPDATE: Tropical depression 3 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal in southwestern Gulf of Mexico Monday afternoon.  Over the last 24 hours, the National Hurricane Center tracked its organization over the Bay of Campeche as it slowly drifted to the West.  By Sunday, the storm is expected to have 65 mile per hour winds, but it is not expected to move very far, very fast.  The forecast for Central Florida calls for increased rain chances toward the end of the work week.
  • The current Miss America will have a longer reign than normal. Camille Schrier will wear the crown for two years because the coronavirus has forced the cancellation of the 2020 Miss America Pageant. Schrier, who has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology, is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was crowned in December 2019. Pageant officials have decided to forgo a competition this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Miss America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the competition in 2021. Schrier spoke to People magazine about the postponement saying, “I realized now that I’m probably going to be a “Jeopardy” question. It’s definitely incredible. As someone who is a nontraditional competitor in the Miss America organization ... it’s kind of on-brand for me to do it this way.” Schrier’s platform is to promote drug safety and abuse prevention while promoting STEM education.

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  • Joining widespread condemnation from Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday for having police clear demonstrators from Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Monday, so the President could walk to a nearby church where he was photographed holding a Bible. 'The President held up the Bible at St. John's Church yesterday,' Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia. 'I just wish he opened it once in a while instead of brandishing it. If he opened it, he could have learned something.' 'In addition to the Bible, the President might want to open the Constitution once in a while,' Biden added. Biden began his speech by quoting the final words of George Floyd, the black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. 'I can't breathe,' Biden began, as he said the nation was 'crying out for leadership.' 'That's why I'm running,' the former Vice President added. The likely Democratic Party nominee for President denounced violence in America's cities as a response to the Floyd killing, urging a conversation about the plight of minorities in America. 'There's no place for violence, no place for looting or destroying property or burning churches or destroying businesses,' Biden said. Biden's speech marked his first major campaign appearance since mid-March, when the arrival of the Coronavirus suddenly shut down the 2020 campaign. It was the third straight day that the Floyd story had drawn Biden out of his home in Delaware - where he had been sidelined by the virus outbreak. On Sunday, Biden visited the site of a protest in his home town of Wilmington and spoke with members of the black community. On Monday, Biden visited a local church, and met with black clergy from the area. 'These are difficult days for the country,' Biden said in a Monday live stream with mayors from Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, as Biden denounced the street violence around the nation. 'Violence that endangers lives, guts local businesses is no way forward,' Biden said, as he joined calls by Democrats for a more direct conversation on what led to the death of Floyd, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. 'What are the reforms, if any, within police departments that we should be focusing on,' Biden suggested to the mayors.