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The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh
Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

TOP OF THE HOUR:

— U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 85,000.

— Trump to attend departure of hospital ship bound for New York.

— Second U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea tests positive.

— Patient who was first known case of community-acquired coronavirus in U.S. recovering.

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SINGAPORE — Singapore has begun penalizing people who refused to adhere to social distancing in the latest bid to curb the virus.

Beginning Friday, anyone found standing in a queue, or sitting, less than a meter (3.3 feet) from another person in a public place can be jailed up to six months or fined up to 10,000 Singapore dollars ($7,000), or both.

The penalties also apply to malls, places of worship, funeral homes and some 55 attractions including museums that can stay open but must not allow groups of more than 10 people.

Singapore, which has 683 cases, has taken proactive steps to slow the spread of the virus, short of a lockdown. It has banned all tourists and shut entertainment venues such as bars and cinemas. The safe distancing regulations, which do not apply to Parliament or court proceedings, will be in place until April 30.

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SEOUL, South Korea -- A U.S. soldier stationed at a camp near Seoul has tested positive for the coronavirus, making her the second case among U.S. servicemembers in South Korea.

U.S. Forces Korea said Friday the unidentified soldier last reported for work and visited various locations at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek on Thursday.

USFK says she is currently in isolation in a Camp Humphreys barracks designated to house COVID-19 patients. It says officials are actively tracing her contacts.

She was the 11th USFK-related individual to be confirmed with the virus, a group that also includes dependents and contractors.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s flag carrier Garuda’s Boeing 777 has returned from China early Friday carrying 40 tons of health supplies which will be distributed immediately across the country where new COVID-19 patients have surged in the past week.

Jodi Mahardi, the maritime and investment coordinating ministry’s spokesman, says the supplies included personal protective equipment and rapid test kits and masks.

They were donations from several Chinese investors in Indonesia to help the country in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak which could overwhelm the government’s health care system, as 78 people have died in the past three weeks and nearly 900 others tested positive.

The Indonesian government has planned to distribute about a half million test kits across the archipelago nation, home for nearly 270 million.

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says about 2,280 citizens and two foreigners remain under coronavirus quarantine after authorities released thousands of people in past weeks who were confirmed to have no symptoms.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Friday said the country will maintain an alert status as the virus continues to spread across the world and prepare to extend its anti-virus efforts over longer periods.

North Korea has not publicly confirmed a single case of the COVID-19 illness, but state media has described anti-virus efforts as a matter of “national existence.”

It has banned foreign tourists, shut down nearly all cross-border traffic with China, intensified screening at entry points and mobilized health workers to monitor residents and isolate those with symptoms.

The North had initially placed 380 foreigners under quarantine. The North earlier this month arranged a special government flight to fly out dozens of diplomats to Vladivostok, Russia.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Northern California doctors said Thursday that a critically ill patient who was the nation’s first known case of community-acquired coronavirus infection is now recovering at home.

The woman first sought treatment last month at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville, a city of more than 100,000 people about 59 miles (95 kilometers) from San Francisco. She was then transported on a ventilator to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

She is believed to be the first person in the U.S. to contract the highly contagious coronavirus without traveling internationally or being in close contact with anyone who had it.

UC Davis Health said in a statement that “The patient has since been discharged and is recovering at home.”

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BEIJING — China’s National Health Commission on Friday reported 55 new COVID-19 cases, including 54 it says are imported infections in recent arrivals from overseas.

Once again, there were no new cases reported in Wuhan, the central Chinese provincial capital where the coronavirus emerged in December.

As the number of China’s reported domestic COVID-19 cases has dwindled, it has had to contend with infected people coming into the country from abroad. These individuals have recently accounted for the majority of China’s new cases.

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced late Thursday that all foreign nationals — including residence permit-holders — will be barred from entering China starting this Saturday. All visa-free transit policies will also be temporarily suspended.

Diplomatic workers will be exempt, while foreign nationals coming to China for “necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs” can still apply for visas, the ministry said in a statement.

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MEXICO CITY — The Mexican border state of Chihuahua said Thursday it will set up a shelter to house deported migrants for a two-week quarantine.

The state said the shelter would be set up in “the next few days” to house migrants returned to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

The state government says an average of 65 migrants are deported through Ciudad Juarez every day, for a total of about 5,200 so far this year.

The quarantine move is part of a series of measures announced Thursday to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The United States has over 82,000 cases, while Mexico has 475, though testing is far less frequent in Mexico.

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WASHINGTON — Washington DC has announced 36 new positive infections from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 267, including three deaths.

Officials here have long predicted that the infection numbers would spike as testing became more available. Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a state of emergency, shuttered all schools and ordered all non-essential businesses to close. White House and Capitol tours have been cancelled and the National Zoo, Smithsonian museum network and Kennedy Center have closed.

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WASHINGTON — The White House coronavirus response coordinator says the task force is concerned about certain counties in the Midwest that appear to be seeing a rapid increase in cases.

Dr. Deborah Birx listed two counties: Wayne County in Michigan and Cook County in Illinois.

She said at Thursday's White House briefing that the task force is not only looking at where the cases are today, but where they will be in the future so the Federal Emergency Management Agency can be alerted to where the next hotspots will be.

Birx says the two counties both are in urban areas or in communities that serve an urban area. Chicago is the seat of Cook County, which is one of the most populous counties in the United States. Wayne County is outside Detroit.

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CAIRO — The former prime minister of Libya has contracted the coronavirus, according to the Facebook page of his political party.

Mahmoud Jibril served as interim prime minister of the North African country for almost a year during the civil war that toppled and later killed longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

The veteran politician, now based in Egypt, was in stable condition in isolation at a Cairo hospital. Egypt recorded 39 new infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 495.

The 67-year-old Jibril, a U.S.-educated economist, led the liberal pro-business National Forces Alliance that secured a landslide victory against the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya’s 2012 parliamentary elections.

Since, Libya has been plunged into chaos as rival militias and their foreign backers vie for power in the oil-rich country.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has extended its coronavirus curfew to April 12 and warned of new restrictions.

Gov. Wanda Vázquez said Thursday that nonessential workers will have to be home by 7 p.m. starting March 31, two hours earlier than the current curfew.

Vázquez said the new restriction is in response to the nearly 400 people who have been detained for violating the ongoing curfew.

All nonessential businesses will remain shuttered until mid-April, and people will only be allowed to leave their homes or hotels to go to the bank or buy food or medicine.

Puerto Rico has reported two COVID-19 deaths and more than 60 confirmed cases.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Amid the outbreak's climbing trajectory in Louisiana, the state received news Thursday that President Donald Trump agreed to create two, 250-bed federal field hospitals in the state.

The federal government will provide a 60-person “strike team” of health care workers to staff the sites, Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

The White House also was sending a CDC epidemiology team to help with the state's response to “clusters” of coronavirus cases identified at six nursing homes.

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NEW YORK — The United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

According to a running count by Johns Hopkins University, the number of people infected in the U.S. topped 82,000 on Thursday. That's just ahead of the 81,000 cases in China and 80,000 in Italy.

Italy has the most confirmed deaths of any country with more than 8,000. More than 1,000 people have died in the U.S.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he will travel to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship that will relieve the pressure on New York hospitals dealing with coronavirus patients.

Trump says he told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the ship will arrive in New York Harbor on Monday.

Trump said in a White House press conference that he’ll “kiss it goodbye” and that the ship is “loaded up to the top” with medical supplies.

The announcement of the USNS Comfort’s planned deployment comes as New York City-area hospitals are clearing out beds, setting up new spaces to triage patients and urging people with mild symptoms to consult health professionals by phone or video chat instead of overrunning emergency rooms.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York had climbed to 3,800 this week, including close to 900 in intensive care, with the peak of the outbreak weeks away.

The critical question remains whether the severe “social distancing” restrictions recently enacted by New York will help the state avoid a worst-case scenario of overwhelmed hospitals.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is imposing quarantine orders on New Orleans travelers as the city rapidly becomes a major concern of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued the restriction Thursday while also requiring that airline passengers coming from the New York area similarly self-isolate for two weeks. Governors in Florida and Maryland earlier this week also required people coming from New York to quarantine, but not New Orleans.

Louisiana state health officials say the number of coronavirus cases Thursday surpassed 2,300, along with 86 related deaths. New Orleans was gearing up for a possible overflow at area hospitals, with plans to treat as many as 3,000 patients at the city’s convention center.

Abbott said travelers arriving from New Orleans or the New York area would be required to submit a form listing where they will quarantine. He said Texas state troopers will conduct checks and that anyone caught in violation risks jail time.

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UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council is expressing concern at the possible impact of the coronavirus pandemic in war-torn Libya and is calling on the warring parties to stop fighting “urgently” and allow unhindered access for humanitarian aid throughout the country.

The council said in a statement after closed video discussions and a briefing Thursday by the acting U.N. special representative that it was concerned at “the significant escalation of hostilities on the ground in Libya.”

It called on all U.N. member states to comply with an arms embargo and reaffirmed “the importance of the United Nations' central role in facilitating a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned inclusive political process.”

A weak U.N.-recognized administration that holds the capital of Tripoli and parts of the country’s west is backed by Turkey and to a lesser degree Qatar and Italy as well as local militias. A rival government in the east that supports self-styled Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces launched an offensive to capture the capital last April, is backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt as well as France and Russia.

Fear of the new coronavirus is widespread in Libya. Authorities tracked down and quarantined dozens of people who had come into contact with the country’s first confirmed case, a 73-year-old man who entered from neighboring Tunisia on March 5 after traveling to Saudi Arabia. Health officials said Wednesday he was in stable condition.

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ISELIN, N.J. — More than 40 million medical-grade gloves that have been held at U.S. customs warehouses since last fall are going to be delivered to health care facilities.

Ansell, a company with a corporate hub in Iselin, New Jersey, said it had resolved a dispute over whether the gloves had been manufactured using forced labor in Malaysia.

“The release of this supply to health care facilities across the United States will be an immediate benefit to workers in dire need of proper PPE supplies,” spokesman Tom Paolella said Thursday in an email.

The company credited U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey with helping resolve the dispute. Smith, a Republican who has been active in combating human trafficking and exploitation, became involved recently.

“Ansell makes a very credible case that they moved quickly to ensure that their supply chain was not complicit with forced labor and that problems raised by the U.S. government have been remedied,” Smith spokesman Jeff Sagnip said.

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  • More than 1.4 million people worldwide -- including nearly 400,000 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 Wednesday, April 8, continue below:      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in stable condition amid coronavirus treatment, junior health minister says Update 4:13 a.m. EDT April 8: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains hospitalized in stable condition following a worsening of his novel coronavirus symptoms, junior health minister Edward Argar told Sky News. “I understand the Prime Minister is in a stable condition. He’s comfortable and in good spirits. He has, in the past, had some oxygen, but he’s not on ventilation,” Argar told the network. On Tuesday, Johnson’s spokesperson told CNN the prime minister is receiving “standard oxygen treatment” and is breathing without assistance, a day after he was transferred to intensive care. More than 1K Veterans’ Affairs health workers test positive for coronavirus Update 3:50 a.m. EDT April 8: At least 1,000 health care workers who service veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. According to Task and Purpose, a military and veteran-focused digital media company, 1,007 Veterans’ Health Administration employees have contracted the virus and have been placed in isolation. Read more here. California governor brokers deals for 200M masks per month to fight coronavirus Update 3:15 a.m. EDT April 8: Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out plans Tuesday for his state to acquire more than 200 million protective masks per month for health care workers battling the novel coronavirus. Newsom, who discussed the plans while appearing on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” said action needed to be taken at the state level. 'In the past 48 hours, we have secured through a consortium of nonprofits and manufacturers here in the state of California upwards of 200 million masks on a monthly basis that we’re confident we can supply the needs of the state of California and potentially the needs of other western states,” Newsom said, adding, “We inked a number of contracts in the last few days that give me confidence in being able to say that.” Specifically, he told Maddow he expects to receive more than 150 million N95 masks and more than 50 million surgical masks per month. 2nd US coronavirus vaccine trial administers first dose Update 1:40 a.m. EDT April 8: The first dose of a second experimental novel coronavirus vaccine was administered this week to a subject at the University of Pennsylvania. Biotechnology firm Inovio began its Phase 1 clinical trial with the first dose delivered Monday and the trial expected to enroll as many as 40 healthy adult volunteers in Philadelphia and Kansas City, Missouri, according to a news release.  Dr. Pablo Tebas, an infectious disease specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the study’s principal investigator, said in the release his team anticipates “rapid enrollment” in the early-stage trial, expected to continue through late summer.  “There has been tremendous interest in this vaccine among people who want to do what they can do to help protect the greater public from this pandemic as soon as possible,” Tebas said in the release.  Meanwhile, biotechnology firm Moderna launched its Phase 1 coronavirus vaccine testing in March. US coronavirus deaths hit 12,895, total cases near 400K Published 12:28 a.m. EDT April 8: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 398,000 early Wednesday 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 398,809 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 12,895 deaths. U.S. cases now nearly triple the 141,942 reported in Spain and the 135,586 confirmed in Italy. Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 5,489 – or roughly 43 percent of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 1,232 in New Jersey and 845 in Michigan.  In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest hit with at least 139,876 confirmed cases – more than three times the next-closest state – followed by New Jersey with 44,416 and Michigan with 18,970. Six other states have now confirmed at least 13,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 17,585, including 450 deaths • Louisiana: 16,284, including 582 deaths • Massachusetts: 15,202, including 356 deaths • Florida: 13,629, including 250 deaths • Pennsylvania: 14,956, including 296 deaths • Illinois: 13,553, including 380 deaths Meanwhile, Texas and Georgia each has confirmed at least 9,000 novel coronavirus infections, followed closely by Washington state with 8,696 cases and Connecticut with 7,781 cases; Indiana and Colorado each has confirmed at least 5,000 cases; Ohio, Maryland and Tennessee each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; Virginia, North Carolina and Missouri each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Arizona, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Alabama and Nevada each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • At least 10 people have died from the coronavirus at one nursing home in Athens, Georgia, officials confirmed Tuesday. The patients were residents at PruittHealth Grandview. WSB-TV′s Justin Gray talked to a nurse who said she was fired for not going back while still symptomatic for COVID-19. She said she got the virus from a patient who died from the illness. She was one of multiple nurses who talked to Gray, but most wanted to remain anonymous to protect their jobs. Nurse Myesha Moore first tipped off Gray to the coronavirus outbreak at Grandview after she was fired. She said the patients at the nursing home were like family to her. “I’m devastated,” Moore said. “I’m a nurse, and I’m a new nurse at that. I thought I was there to take care of people and protect them and be an advocate for them, and yet I’ve been terminated for being an advocate.” Gray reached out the PruittHealth at their Norcross headquarters. The company said in a statement: “We are saddened to share that 10 patients of PruittHealth Grandview who were previously tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 have passed away in the past few weeks. PruittHealth Grandview continues to operate at an alert code red status and has been strictly following enhanced infectious disease protocol.” Moore said she feels terrible for the victims and their families. “I love them, I really do,” Moore said. “And it hurts. It really does hurt.” PruittHealth denies terminating Moore, and said she is still on the payroll and even scheduled to earn hazard pay. They also said they are restricting staff at Grandview to only essential personnel right now.
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  • This is week is National Wildlife week, difficult to celebrate with most of America under stay at home orders and practicing social distancing. Naturalist David Mizejewski, with the National Wildlife Federation, tells News 96.5 WDBO, it’s important for people to take the time to get out into nature, even if only in their backyard.  Mizejewski suggests, planting a tree or cultivate a garden to support bees, butterflies, and birds. “The idea is just to focus on nature as a way that we can get a little relief from all the stress that we’re all experiencing right now,” he said.  The federation also created the #MyWildlife challenge, encouraging people to post photos of nature at nwf.org. Winners of the photo contest will receive a prize packet when the pandemic is over.  The National Wildlife Week webpage also has resources for kids. In the APP Click here for resources for kids
  • More than 1.3 million people worldwide – including more than 369,000 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 Tuesday, April 7, continue below:   Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid virus Update 11:20 p.m. EDT April 7: Despite federal health recommendations, thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday so they could participate in a presidential primary election that tested the limits of electoral politics in the midst of a pandemic. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health even as Republican officials pushed forward with the election amid a stay-at-home order. But many of the potential voters who remained in their homes complained that the absentee ballots they had requested never showed up. Musician John Prine dies from coronavirus complications Update 7:50 p.m. EDT April 7: Musician John Prine died Tuesday from complications of the coronavirus at 73, according to his family. He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he had been hospitalized last month. Read more here. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey sets up $1B fund Update 7:50 p.m. EDT April 7: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is setting aside $1 billion in stock to establish a philanthropic venture focused initially on global relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic. Dorsey, who is also CEO of the financial-payments startup Square, will bequeath the new venture shares from his Square holdings. Dorsey announced the new venture, called Start Small, in a series of tweets, and said the contribution amounts to 28% of his fortune. The organization will disclose all transfers, sales and grants on a public Google Doc spreadsheet. Start Small won’t be limited to COVID-19 work. “Once we have disarmed this pandemic,” he wrote, the organization will shift its focus to girls’ health and research into universal basic income, the idea that governments should guarantee a minimum income for all citizens. Nearly 400 virus deaths in Washington state Update 7:50 p.m. EDT April 7: Health authorities in Washington on Tuesday announced more than 20 new coronavirus deaths in the state, bringing the total to at least 394. According to figures from the Department of Health, there are more than 8,600 confirmed cases in Washington. The bulk of the cases and deaths are in King and Snohomish counties. For most people, COVID-19 displays mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can be more severe, causing pneumonia or death. Trump seeks $250 billion more from Congress for payrolls Update 6:40 p.m. EDT April 7: As Congress races to craft the next coronavirus rescue package, President Donald Trump’s sudden request Tuesday to pump $250 billion more into a just-launched payroll program for small businesses may hit roadblocks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said more money is needed for the popular new $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which took off with a start last Friday but was quickly overrun as companies jumped at the chance to tap up to $10 million in forgivable loans to keep paychecks flowing amid the stay-home shutdown. He requested the funds in private calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Democrats largely support it as a component of a broader new aid package, but McConnell wants to swiftly jam it through Congress this week, even though the House and Senate all but shuttered. “The ways it’s going, we’re going to need that, because the people are loving it,” Trump said in a conference call with banking executives open to the press. NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9/11 attacks Update 5:40 p.m. EDT April 7: New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus rose past 3,200 Tuesday, eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lay in intensive care, believed to be the first major world leader hospitalized with the virus. The twin developments came even as the crisis seemed to be easing or at least stabilizing, by some measures, in New York and parts of Europe, though health officials warned people at nearly every turn not to let their guard down. After 76 days, China finally lifted the lockdown on Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the outbreak began. At least 3,202 people have died in New York City from COVID-19, the city reported. The deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil killed 2,753 people in the city and 2,977 overall, when hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001. New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths, its biggest one-day jump yet, for a statewide toll of nearly 5,500, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “A lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers,” he said. Defense Secretary Esper accepts acting Navy secretary’s resignation Update 5:10 p.m. EDT April 7: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has accepted Thomas Modly’s resignation as acting Secretary of the Navy. The letter released Tuesday afternoon also said that Army Undersecretary James McPherson will take over as the next acting Navy Secretary. 29 people at Pittsburgh senior living home test positive Update 4:30 p.m. EDT April 7: Twenty-nine residents and staff members at the Kane Community Living Center in Glen Hazel have tested positive for COVID-19. As of April 6, 18 residents have tested positive and 11 staff members have tested positive. On March 27, Kane reported that two residents at the facility tested positive. Read more here. What is convalescent plasma therapy? Update 3:45 p.m. EDT April 7: A newly approved treatment with some history of success could offer hope for the sickest of the country’s COVID-19 patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of convalescent plasma therapy as an experimental treatment in clinical trials and for critically ill COVID-19 patients without other treatment options. The therapy, which takes antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from a virus and transfuses those antibodies into a person sick with that virus, has long been used as a way to help kickstart a person’s immune system. Acting Navy secretary offers resignation after calling fired captain ‘stupid’ Update 3:25 p.m. EDT April 7: Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly offered to resign Tuesday after giving a profanity-laden speech to the crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt in which he called the ship’s fired commander “too naive or too stupid,” according to Politico. It was not immediately clear whether Defense Secretary Mark Esper would accept his resignation, which officials had not pressed for, Politico reported. Modly faced heavy criticism after he reprimanded sailors aboard the aircraft carrier, who had cheered in support of Capt. Brett E. Crozier after he was ousted for widely distributing a memo pleading for an accelerated evacuation of the ship’s crew members in an effort to protect their health during the coronavirus pandemic. At least 173 sailors aboard the ship had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday. About 2,000 of the 4,865 crew members had been taken off the ship to be tested. Modly said Crozier should have known his letter voicing urgent concerns about the virus aboard his ship would leak to the media. He said if Crozier didn’t think this would be the result, he was “too naive or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this.' Late Monday, Modly backtracked. “I apologize for any confusion this choice of words may have caused,” he wrote, referring to his speech aboard the Roosevelt on Sunday. “I also want to apologize directly to Captain Crozier, his family, and the entire crew of the Theodore Roosevelt for any pain my remarks may have caused.” Oklahoma reports 16 new fatal coronavirus cases Update 2:55 p.m. EDT April 7: Health officials in Oklahoma reported 16 new fatal coronavirus cases Tuesday, raising the state’s coronavirus death toll to 67. A dozen of the newly reported deaths involved patients who were over the age of 65, KOKI-TV reported. One man who died was between 18 and 35 years old. The other three patients were identified as women between 50 and 64 years old, according to KOKI-TV. As of Tuesday afternoon, 1,472 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Oklahoma. Trump dismisses watchdog tasked with overseeing $2T stimulus spending Update 2:40 p.m. EDT April 7: President Donald Trump has removed the top person assigned with overseeing spending of the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package passed last month to help Americans struggling during the coronavirus epidemic, according to multiple reports. Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been selected by peers last month to chair a special oversight board for the fund, The Associated Press reported. Dwrena Allen, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon’s inspector general’s office, confirmed Tuesday to Politico that “Mr. Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.” Fine is being replaced by Sean O’Donnell, the inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency, The Washington Post reported. O’Donnell will be expected to continue carrying out his duties for the EPA during his time on the oversight board, according to Politico. Trump's removal of Fine follows his late-night firing on Friday of Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who forwarded to Congress a whistleblower complaint that ultimately led to the president’s impeachment in the House. On Monday, the president also publicly condemned the acting Health and Human Services watchdog over a survey of hospitals about the coronavirus response. Trump has bristled at the oversight of the coronavirus law, suggesting in a statement last month that some of the mandates from Congress were unconstitutional. “I’ll be the oversight,' Trump declared as lawmakers were finalizing the rescue plan. 4,782 COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio Update 2:15 p.m. EDT April 7: Officials in Ohio reported a total of 4,782 coronavirus infections statewide Tuesday, WHIO-TV reported. Of those, 1,354 infections were serious enough to require hospitalization. According to WHIO-TV, officials said Tuesday that 303 people who had been hospitalized have been discharged, amount to about 25% of people who were hospitalized. Officials with the Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday that 167 people have died of COVID-19 in the state. China’s virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown Update 2:10 p.m. EDT April 7: The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world has ended after 11 weeks: Chinese authorities are allowing residents of Wuhan to once again travel in and out of the sprawling city where the pandemic began. As of just after midnight Wednesday, the city's 11 million residents are now permitted to leave without special authorization as long as a mandatory smartphone application powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance shows they are healthy and have not been in recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus. The occasion was marked with a light show on either side of the broad Yangtze river, with skyscrapers and bridges radiating animated images of health workers aiding patients, along with one displaying the words “heroic city,' a title bestowed on Wuhan by president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping. Along the embankments and bridges, citizens waved flags, chanted “Wuhan, let’s go!” and sang a capella renditions of China’s national anthem. Restrictions in the city where most of China’s more than 82,000 virus cases and over 3,300 deaths were reported have been gradually relaxed in recent weeks as the number of new cases steadily declined. The latest government figures reported Tuesday listed no new cases. 3,361 new COVID-19 cases reported in New Jersey Update 1:25 p.m. EDT April 7: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said health officials reported 3,361 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 44,416 in the state. The number is slightly lower than the 3,663 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday. Officials also reported 232 new fatal COVID-19 cases, more than twice the 86 new fatal cases reported Monday. Statewide, 1,232 people have died of coronavirus. In an effort to encourage New Jersey residents to continue social distancing measures, Murphy said Tuesday he was signing an executive order to close all county parks and state parks and forests. “We’ve seen far too many instances in our parks where people are gathering and socializing in groups,” Murphy said. “We need to flatten the curve.” Sen. Rand Paul cleared after testing positive for COVID-19 Update 1:15 p.m. EDT April 7: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he’s been retested weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and is now negative for the viral infection. Paul tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22, making him the first U.S. senator to contract the disease. “I appreciate all the best wishes I have received,” Paul said Tuesday in a tweet. “I have been retested and I am negative.” More COVID-19 cases reported in New York state than in Italy Update 1:05 p.m. EDT April 7: Numbers released Tuesday showed that New York state has now reported more coronavirus infections than all of Italy, the country with the third-highest number of COVID-19 in the world. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that 138,836 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state, 3,250 more than the number of positive test results by Tuesday in Italy. More people have died from the coronavirus in New York City -- at least 3,202 people -- than the 2,753 people killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Statewide, 5,489 people have died of COVID-19, Cuomo said. 604 new fatal coronavirus cases reported in Italy Update 12:55 p.m. EDT April 7: Officials in Italy reported 604 new fatal coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the country’s total number of COVID-19 deaths to 17,127. The number is slightly lower than the 636 new fatal cases reported Monday. Officials said that as of Tuesday, 135,586 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy. The cases included 28,718 which were serious enough to require hospitalization. On Tuesday, officials said 3,792 people were in intensive care units. More than 61,000 people had been placed under isolation. US House makes adjustments to stymie spread of coronavirus Update 12:45 p.m. EDT April 7: With most lawmakers back in their home districts, the U.S. House met on Tuesday in a quick pro forma session to fulfill a requirement, enshrined in the Constitution, to meet every three days. But in these times of COVID-19, the session was anything but normal. The lawmaker presiding in the speaker’s chair wore a black mask, the House reading clerk performed her duties from the table usually used by Republicans members of the House and the House Chaplain delivered his prayer from the House floor. Pennsylvania officials report 1,579 new coronavirus infections Update 12:30 p.m. EDT April 7: Health officials in Pennsylvania reported 1,579 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, raising the total number of cases in the state to 14,559, WPXI reported. Authorities also reported 78 new fatal coronavirus cases Tuesday. Statewide, 240 have died of COVID-19, according to WPXI. FDNY: Over 1,300 EMTs, paramedics, firefighters return to work Update 12:20 p.m. EDT April 7: More than 1,300 members of the New York City Fire Department have returned to duty after being exposed to COVID-19 or after recovering from coronavirus infections, officials said Tuesday. “FDNY members are responding to a record number of medical calls, and they continue to meet this unprecedented challenge head on,” Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said Tuesday in a statement posted on Twitter. 'I am incredibly proud of the men and women of this Department who are demonstrating every single day throughout this pandemic why they are known as the best and the bravest.” 1,260 new COVID-19 cases reported in Georgia Update 12:10 p.m. EDT April 7: Officials in Georgia reported 1,260 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, raising the state’s total number of cases to 8,818, WSB-TV reported. Health officials also confirmed a total of 329 deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19. The number was up 35 from those reported Monday night, according to WSB-TV. UK officials report 786 new fatal coronavirus cases Update 11:45 a.m. EDT April 7: Officials in the United Kingdom recorded 786 new fatal COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the country’s coronavirus death toll to 6,159. Authorities with the British Department of Health and Social Care also announced a total of 55,242 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infections in the U.K. 875 new coronavirus cases reported in Florida Update 11:35 a.m. EDT April 7: Health officials in Florida said Tuesday that 875 new COVID-19 cases have been identified, raising the total number of cases in the state to 14,504, WJAX-TV reported. Officials said 1,777 of the COVID-19 cases were serious enough to require hospitalization. The Florida Department of Health also reported 29 more fatal cases Tuesday, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 283. Over 11,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the US Update 11:25 a.m. EDT April 7: More than 11,000 people have died of coronavirus in the United States, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The deaths include 5,489 reported in New York state and 1,005 reported in New Jersey. Officials in Michigan have also reported 727 deaths while 512 fatal cases have been reported in Louisiana. As of Tuesday morning, more than 369,000 Americans have tested positive for COVID-19. Largest single-day increase in fatal coronavirus cases reported in New York Update 11:15 a.m. EDT April 7: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Tuesday that health officials in the state have recorded the highest single-day number of fatal coronavirus cases in the state. Cuomo said Tuesday that 731 new fatal cases were identified in the state, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus in New York to 5,489. In the last four days, the highest single-day number of reported deaths had been 630. Cuomo also said the number of people admitted to hospitals in New York state with COVID-19 complications appears to be stabilizing. As of Tuesday, 138,836 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, which is the hardest hit by the new coronavirus. In New Jersey, the state with the second-most number of cases in the country, 41,090 people have tested positive and 1,005 people have died. U.N. estimates loss of 195M full-time jobs globally Update 11 a.m. EDT April 7: The U.N.’s labor organization estimates the equivalent of 195 million full-time jobs could be lost in the second quarter alone from the COVID-19 outbreak, with businesses and plants shuttered worldwide. The projection from the International Labor Organization is based on an emerging impact of the virus, and it amounts to a big increase from its March 18 prediction for an extra 25 million jobs losses for all of 2020. “These figures speak powerfully for themselves: That the world of work is suffering an absolutely extraordinary fall,' ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said. The agency said full or partial lockdown measures now affect nearly 2.7 billion workers or about 81 percent of the global workforce. Some 1.25 billion are in hard-hit sectors such as hotel and food services, manufacturing and retail. US surgeon general optimistic continued social distancing will slow coronavirus spread Update 10:30 a.m. EDT April 7: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday that he’s optimistic that continued social distancing efforts will allow for businesses to begin reopening in the coming weeks. “I want the American people to know, there is a light at the end of this tunnel,” Adams said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “We feel confident that if we keep doing the right thing for the rest of this month that we can start to slowly reopen in some places.” He echoed comments made by other public health officials in recent weeks urging Americans to continue social distancing and to avoid being in public if at all possible. “It’s going to be a hard and a tough week but the American people have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic if we come together like we have after past tragedies in this country,” Adams said. Treasury secretary says Trump looking at how to reopen parts of US economy Update 10 a.m. EDT April 7: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is looking at how to open parts of the U.S. economy that have been shuttered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The president is very much looking at how we can reopen parts of the economy,” Mnuchin said Tuesday in an appearance on Fox Business News. “There are parts of the country, like New York, where obviously this is very, very concerning. There are other parts of the country where it’s not.” The U.S. economy has suffered nearly 10 million layoffs in just the past few weeks — far exceeding the figure for any corresponding period on record. Still, health officials have cautioned governments not to rush to reopen businesses. “The last thing any country needs is to open schools and businesses only to be forced to close them again because of a resurgence,” World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last month. Mnuchin said Tuesday that he’s heard from health professionals who have indicated that “in many places where we’re quite close to the worst point.' 'They’re beginning to peak and I think then things are going to get better,” he said. US stocks open higher on hopes virus peak could be closer Update 9:50 am. EDT April 7: Stocks climbed in early trading on Wall Street on Tuesday as markets around the world piled on even more big gains following their huge rally a day earlier. The S&P 500 index rose 3% in the first few minutes of trading and added on to Monday’s 7% surge, following encouraging signs that the coronavirus pandemic may be close to leveling off in some of the hardest hit areas of the world. The stock market is looking ahead to when economies will reopen after authorities shut down businesses and travel and issued stay-at-home orders in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. Queen Elizabeth wishes prime minister a 'full and speedy recovery’ Update 9:45 a.m. EDT April 7: Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom shared well wishes for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his family after he was admitted Monday to intensive care with COVID-19 symptoms. Johnson had been quarantined in his Downing Street residence since being diagnosed March 26 with COVID-19. His fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, is also recovering from coronavirus symptoms. “Earlier today The Queen sent a message to Carrie Symonds and to the Johnson family,” representatives of the British royal family said Tuesday in a statement on Twitter. “Her Majesty said they were in her thoughts and that she wished the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery.” The queen’s son, 71-year-old Prince Charles, went into self-isolation last month after testing positive for COVID-19, according to BBC News. He has since recovered. US surgeon general: We are going to be at 2 million tests this week Update 9:35 a.m. EDT April 7: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday that 2 million coronavirus tests will have been administered in the United States by the end of the week. “Testing is a concern,” Adams said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday. “We are going to be at two million test this week and it’s rapidly ramping up with the commercial industry coming on board.” Adams said he’s been in touch with Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir, who was tasked last month with coordinating COVID-19 diagnostic testing efforts. “I speak with him every day,” Adams said. “He assures me that by the end of this month, we should be not only doing just diagnostic testing but also having good surveillance testing across the country.' Walgreens to expand drive-thru testing Update 9:20 a.m. EDT April 7: Officials with Walgreens announced Tuesday that the pharmacy chain is working to open 15 new drive-thru testing locations in seven states: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. The testing sites will use Abbott Laboratory’s ID NOW COVID-19 test, which can deliver results in as little as five minutes, according to Walgreens. The company expects to be able to test up to 3,000 people per day at each location. “We’re continuing to do everything we can, both with our own resources and also by partnering with others, to serve as an access point within the community for COVID-19 testing,' company president Richard Ashworth said Tuesday in a statement. 'Opening our first drive-thru testing location last month has allowed us to quickly learn and develop an efficient and scalable process, and we’re pleased to be working with Abbott to help accelerate our efforts, and to enable quick results for those being tested.” The testing sites are expected to open beginning later this week. Navy crewman on hospital ship in New York tests positive for COVID-19 Update 9:05 a.m. EDT April 7: U.S. Navy officials said a crew member on board the hospital ship USNS Comfort in New York harbor tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The crew member has been isolated from patients and other crew members, and Navy officials said the illness will not affect the Comfort’s mission of receiving and treating patients. The Navy had recently announced that the Comfort, which initially was taking only non-COVID patients, is now accepting trauma, emergency and urgent care patients regardless of their COVID status. British prime minister receiving oxygen but not on ventilator, spokesman says Update 8:25 a.m. EDT April 7: A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom told reporters Tuesday that he remained in good spirits after being admitted to intensive care Monday with worsening symptoms of COVID-19, Reuters reported. “The prime minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits,' the spokesman said, according to Reuters. 'He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance. He has not required mechanical ventilation, or non-invasive respiratory support.” Johnson had been quarantined in his Downing Street residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26. Global coronavirus deaths near 76K, worldwide cases approach 1.4 million Updated 7:45 a.m. EDT April 7: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus hit 75,973 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 1,360,039 people worldwide. Five countries – the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany and France – have now confirmed total infection counts well above China’s 82,718 cases. • The United States has reported 368,449 cases, resulting in 10,993 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 140,510 cases, resulting in 13,798 deaths. • Italy has reported 132,547 infections, resulting in 16,523 deaths. • Germany has reported 103,375 cases, resulting in 1,810 deaths. • France has confirmed 98,984 infections, resulting in 8,926 deaths. • China has recorded 82,718 cases, resulting in 3,335 deaths. • Iran has recorded 62,589 cases, resulting in 3,872 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 52,301 cases, resulting in 5,385 deaths. • Turkey has recorded 30,217 cases, resulting in 649 deaths. • Belgium has confirmed 22,194 cases, resulting in 2,035 deaths. Nissan furloughs roughly 10K US factory workers Updated 6:35 a.m. EDT April 7: In a move to conserve cash amid, Nissan said it has furloughed about 10,000 U.S. factory workers as the automaker combats a sharp drop in sales fueled by the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reported. The cuts, which represent the majority of Nissan’s US workforce, will affect workers at Nissan plants in Tennessee and Mississippi, the Journal reported. Japan officially declares state of emergency amid spiking coronavirus cases Updated 5:14 a.m. EDT April 7: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally declared a one-month state of emergency during a coronavirus task force meeting moments ago. The measure, effective immediately, is slated to last through May 6 across seven virus-stricken prefectures. Per the declaration, public transport and supermarkets will remain open in a bid to maintain “basic economic activity,” but residents are asked to stay home and avoid unnecessary trips. According to a tally maintained by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Japan has confirmed 3,906 coronavirus cases to date, resulting in at least 92 deaths. Coronavirus takes toll on NYPD with 12 dead, nearly 20 percent unable to work Updated 5:03 a.m. EDT April 7: A 12th member of the New York City Police Department died Sunday of a suspected coronavirus infection, while nearly 20 percent of the department’s uniformed workforce is out sick, CNN reported. NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer Ramon Roman became the department’s 12th virus-related fatality since the pandemic began. According to the department, 6,974 NYPD members were out sick on Monday, accounting for slightly more than 19 percent of its entire uniformed workforce. That figure has increased more than seven percentage points in 10 days, CNN reported. Toyota to make face shields to help combat coronavirus pandemic Updated 4:21 a.m. EDT April 7: Toyota announced plans early Tuesday to produce between 500 and 600 medical face shields per week to help front-line medical workers more effectively battle the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Toyota will do what it can to help efforts on the front lines of treatment and in limiting the further spread of COVID-19, which has become society’s biggest priority,” the company said in a prepared statement. Specifically, the Japanese automaker will use injection molds and 3-D printing to mass produce the protective equipment. The statement also notes Toyota plans to leverage its supply chain to distribute thermometers and other protective gear. Although the company statement focuses primarily on production in its Japanese facilities, multiple U.S. based Toyota manufacturing facilities have announced similar plans. White House trade adviser warned of coronavirus in January, report says Updated 3:07 a.m. EDT April 7: Peter Navarro, U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade adviser, warned administration colleagues in late January that the novel coronavirus could kill more than 500,000 Americans and cost the nation trillions of dollars, The New York Times reported early Tuesday. “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil,” a Jan. 29 Navarro memo to the National Security Council said, adding, “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.” Read more here. CDC study: US children less likely than adults to fall seriously ill from coronavirus Updated 2:33 a.m. EDT April 7: Preliminary data appears to support early-stage inklings that children in the United States have fared far better than adults in both coronavirus infection rates and severity of symptoms once diagnosed. According to The Washington Post, the CDC’s first report analyzing the coronavirus’ effects on children determined slightly less than 2% of confirmed U.S. cases have occurred in pediatric patients. The agency’s research also suggests that while some serious virus-induced illnesses have occurred in young patients, those younger than 18 have been typically less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to develop fevers or coughs than older patients. Tyson Foods suspends Iowa production after coronavirus sweeps plant Updated 2:10 a.m. EDT April 7: More than two dozen employees of a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the company to idle its Columbus Junction production facility. In a statement released Monday, Chief Executive Officer Noel White called the suspension a cautious step to address “varying levels of production impact. 'In an effort to minimize the impact on our overall production, we’re diverting the livestock supply originally scheduled for delivery to Columbus Junction to some of our other pork plants in the region,” White said. Elsewhere, he said, workers at all locations will now have their temperatures taken before being allowed to enter their respective facilities; deep cleaning protocols have been adopted; and the company is working to acquire protective face coverings for workers. US coronavirus deaths hit 10,986, total cases near 370K Published 12:45 a.m. EDT April 7: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 368,000 early Tuesday 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 368,196 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 10,986 deaths. U.S. cases now more than double the 136,675 reported in Spain and the 132,547 confirmed in Italy. Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 4,758 – or roughly 43% of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 1,003 in New Jersey and 727 in Michigan. In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest hit with at least 131,815 confirmed cases – more than three times the next-closest state – followed by New Jersey with 41,090 and Michigan with 17,221. Six other states have now confirmed at least 12,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 16,334, including 388 deaths • Louisiana: 14,867, including 512 deaths • Massachusetts: 13,837, including 260 deaths • Florida: 13,629, including 254 deaths • Pennsylvania: 13,206, including 179 deaths • Illinois: 12,262, including 308 deaths Meanwhile, Washington state and Texas each has confirmed at least 8,000 novel coronavirus infections, followed closely by Georgia with 7,558 cases; Connecticut, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio and Maryland each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; Tennessee and North Carolina each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Virginia, Missouri, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Alabama 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.

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  • With the scope of the economic downturn from the Coronavirus growing each day, the Trump Administration has asked top leaders in Congress to approve another $250 billion this week for a new small business emergency loan program, as GOP leaders in the Senate said they would vote on the plan as early as Thursday. 'I urged them at the President's request that they get us another $250 billion approved,' said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, telling reporters the $349 billion emergency loan program had received an 'incredible response' so far. 'Jobs are literally being saved as we speak,' said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 'But it is quickly becoming clear that Congress will need to provide more funding or this crucial program may run dry.' McConnell said he would press the Senate to approve extra money on Thursday - even though most Senators will not be on Capitol Hill because of the Coronavirus threat. 'Congress needs to act with speed and total focus to provide more money for this uncontroversial bipartisan program,' McConnell said in a written statement. At a White House photo op with President Trump on Tuesday afternoon, Mnuchin repeated his request, saying he wants the money approved Thursday in the Senate, and on Friday in the House. 'We want to assure the workers that if you don't get the loan this week, there will be plenty of money next week,' Mnuchin said, sitting at a table with the President and his daughter Ivanka. Mr. Trump heartily endorsed the move, saying it was proof that his economic rescue plan was working. 'We'll be running out of money pretty quickly,' President Trump said on Tuesday - about a program which only started handing out money last Friday. During a conference call with leaders of major financial institutions, the President urged banks to funnel as much loan relief to U.S. businesses as possible - as fast as possible - to help offset the virus outbreak.