Live coronavirus updates: 300,000 cases in the United States; 5-year-old child dies in UK

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The death toll in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic continues to skyrocket as more than 8,100 people in the United States have died from COVID-19.

There are more than 300,000 cases diagnosed in the United States and more than 1.1 million worldwide. The actual number is said to be much higher due to the shortage of tests, numerous unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the extent of their country’s epidemics.

More than 58,900 people have died worldwide and more than 226,000 people have recovered, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The number of cases and deaths in the United States is expected to continue to grow rapidly, with many states and cities saying the peak is still weeks or even months away.

The biggest developments today:

  • 3,656 dead in New York State
  • Death toll in the United States exceeds 8,000, while cases exceed 300,000
  • Walmart issues guidelines for customers
  • Italy reports decrease in number of first-aid intensive care patients
  • This is how the story evolves. Every hour in the East. Please refresh this page for updates.

    3:53 p.m .: 300,000 cases in the United States

    There are now at least 300,915 confirmed cases in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

    At least 8,162 people have died.

    2:57 p.m .: 5 and 13 years among the last British victims

    A 5-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy are among the last victims of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, according to Cabinet Minister Michael Gove.

    The 5-year-old had underlying health conditions, Gove said at a press conference. The boy died at King’s College Hospital in London.

    At least 4,313 people have died in the UK, an increase of 708 since Friday, according to the Department of Health.

    There are at least 41,903 confirmed cases in the UK.

    “You have to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Whatever temptation this weekend is, don’t go out, “said Gove.

    2:30 p.m .: More New Jersey residents die from COVID-19 than in 9/11

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy presented an “appropriate but very sober context” for the 846 people who died in the state.

    “We have now lost almost 100 more of our New Jersey compatriots because of COVID-19 than during the September 11 attacks,” Murphy said at a press conference. “Please let it penetrate for a moment. This pandemic is writing one of the greatest tragedies in the history of our state. “

    New Jersey is the second hardest hit state, trailing New York City with at least 79,580 confirmed positive cases and at least 2,719 deaths.

    The number of confirmed cases is 34,124, an increase of 4,331 in the past 24 hours. Over 4,000 people have been hospitalized and at least 1,994 are in intensive care.

    1:43 p.m .: at least 6,110 cases in Texas

    Texas has seen an increase of 781 in the past 24 hours to 6,110, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

    At least 105 people have died in the state.

    Houston leads the state in business, reporting 1106, followed by Dallas with 921.

    1:17 p.m .: Boris Johnson’s fiancée “on the mend”

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancé Carrie Symonds said she felt stronger and was “on the mend” after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

    Symonds, who is pregnant and tweeted an update on her conditions, said that she had spent the last week in bed and did not need to be tested.

    She described the symptoms of COVID-19 during pregnancy as “clearly concerning” and encouraged other mothers to stay informed with the advice of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

    Johnson announced last week that he had tested positive.

    1:11 p.m .: Cases in Louisiana continue to increase sharply

    Louisiana has at least 12,496 positive cases confirmed after an increase of 2,199 in the past 24 hours, according to the governor’s office. There were 409 deaths, up from 39.

    Vice President Mike Pence confirmed to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards that the state will receive 200 additional fans from the federal stock, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

    The total number of fans the state will have received from the stock is now 350, the statement said.

    Additional fans are expected to arrive soon, but an exact date has not been provided.

    “Based on our modeling, we know that we will exceed our ability to provide health care to those who need it, first in the New Orleans area, but thanks to these fans and others that we buy around the world, we will be able to extend this inevitable day and ensure that fewer people experience unmet medical needs, “said Edwards in a statement.

    “However, the extent to which we are able to prevent overcrowding in our hospitals depends on people’s compliance with the home care ordinance and other mitigation measures. We know that social distancing efforts are working and will actually flatten the curve. I implore all of our people to stay at home, slow the spread and save lives, “the statement said.

    In addition to ventilators, Louisiana receives several hundred thousand surgical gowns for health professionals in the New Orleans area.

    12:14 p.m .: ICU patients decrease for the first time in Italy

    The number of patients requiring intensive care has decreased for the first time in Italy since the appearance of COVID-19, according to the Civil Protection Agency.

    There are 3,994 ICU patients, 74 fewer than on Friday, the agency reported.

    Deaths have also declined, continuing a multi-day trend. In the past 24 hours, 681 new deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 15,362.

    However, the total number of cases in the country increased from 4,805 to 124,632. This includes people who are actively infected, deaths and people recovered.

    There are 88,275 active cases.

    11.48 a.m .: at least 1 dead on the Coral Princess ship

    The cruise ship Coral Princess will dock in Miami after 12 passengers have tested positive and at least one person has died, state officials have confirmed.

    The mayor of Miami-Dade, Carlos A. Giménez, said it was necessary to bring the ship “to save lives,” according to his press secretary.

    At least one American from South Carolina has died on the ship, said his press secretary. Three other passengers, all American in critical condition, will leave the ship first and be taken to Larkin Hospital. At least 12 passengers have flu-like symptoms.

    According to a statement from Princess Cruises, anyone with respiratory symptoms or who is still recovering from illness will remain on board until medically authorized by the ship’s doctors.

    Those who are not sick and have to return home will most likely disembark from Sunday, the statement said. It should take a few days to get those who are not sick out of the ship.

    They will be transferred directly from the ship to Miami International Airport, according to Princess Cruises.

    There were 1,898 people on board, including 1,020 guests and 878 crew members.

    11:25 a.m .: Trump tweets about supporting small businesses

    President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he would immediately ask Congress for more money for small businesses if the allocated money ran out.

    I will immediately ask Congress for more money to support small businesses #PPPloan if the allocated money runs out. So far far ahead of schedule. @Bank of America and community banks sway @SBAgov @ American treasury

    – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2020

    11:17 a.m .: 3,565 deaths in New York while China and Oregon donate fans

    Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that China will donate 1,000 fans and Oregon will donate 140 to New York.

    Cuomo thanked the Chinese government and Oregon Governor Kate Brown. He called Brown’s gift kind and intelligent.

    “They see the fire spreading – stop the fire where it is before it reaches my house,” said Cuomo.

    At least 3,565 have died in New York City and more than 113,000 have tested positive, with positive cases surging to around 10,000 in the past 24 hours. More than 15,000 people have been hospitalized.

    The state summit is expected in the next seven days, the governor said.

    “We are not yet ready for the summit,” he said, adding that he wanted the situation to be over, but the longer it took to reach the summit, the more time there was to prepare .

    8:38 a.m .: Coast Guard oversees disembarkation of 250,000 cruise ships

    The US Coast Guard has helped facilitate the treatment of more than 120 ships in the past three weeks to remove 250,000 passengers from cruise ships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release from Guard Headquarters. coastal American.

    The coast guard supervised the safe landing, monitoring, quarantine and repatriation of these passengers, after many international ports refused entry to cruise ships.

    On March 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel ban order to all cruise ships that had not already voluntarily suspended operations.

    5:48 am: Trump appoints White House lawyer to monitor coronavirus stimulus

    President Donald Trump will appoint a White House lawyer to serve as a key watchdog overseeing elements of the $ 2 trillion coronavirus recovery plan, the White House announced Friday.

    Trump plans to appoint Brian Miller, the president’s special assistant and senior associate lawyer in the White House’s attorney’s office, to serve as the special inspector general for the pandemic. If Miller is confirmed by the Senate, he will be responsible for eliminating fraud and abuse in the Treasury Department’s $ 500 billion rescue program for troubled businesses.

    While Miller previously held a similar position as Inspector General of the General Services Administration, Democrats are likely to criticize his appointment.

    The inspectors general are generally appointed independently and apolitically; Miller played a role in postponing investigations into Ukraine’s denied military aid that led to Trump’s dismissal.

    4:21 a.m .: Walmart issues strict guidelines for customers

    Walmart announced that as of Saturday, it will limit the number of customers in its stores to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus after too many of its customers ignore social distancing guidelines.

    “While many of our customers have followed the medical community’s advice on social distancing and safety, we are concerned to see certain behaviors in our stores that pose undue risk to our employees”, Dacona Smith, Vice President executive and director of Walmart COO, said in a statement on Friday.

    The stores will now only allow five customers per 1,000 square feet at any given time, which represents about 20% of a store’s capacity, the company said. Once capacity is reached, “customers will be admitted inside on a” 1 on 1 “basis. “

    Connect to ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News live at 4:00 pm ET daily for special coverage of the new coronavirus with the entire ABC News team, including the latest news, background and insights.

    This decision was just one of many customer directives in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Walmart also announced that in most of its stores, the aisles will all be one-way with floor markers, which will direct customer traffic.

    The company said there would be only one entrance and a separate exit for each store.

    What you need to know about the new coronavirus:

  • How it started and how to protect yourself: explanation of coronavirus
  • What to do in case of symptoms: coronavirus symptoms
  • Spread monitoring in the U.S. and worldwide: coronavirus map
  • ABC News Morgan Winsor, Benjamin Siegel, Alexandra Faul, Arielle Mitropoulos, Joshua Hoyos, Gina Sunseri and Clark Bentson contributed to this report.

    I will immediately ask Congress for more money to support small businesses #PPPloan if the allocated money runs out. So far far ahead of schedule. @Bank of America and community banks sway @SBAgov @ American treasury

    11:17 a.m .: 3,565 deaths in New York while China and Oregon donate fans

    Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that China will donate 1,000 fans and Oregon will donate 140 to New York.

    Cuomo thanked the Chinese government and Oregon Governor Kate Brown. He called Brown’s gift kind and intelligent.

    “They see the fire spreading – stop the fire where it is before it reaches my house,” said Cuomo.

    At least 3,565 have died in New York City and more than 113,000 have tested positive, with positive cases surging to around 10,000 in the past 24 hours. More than 15,000 people have been hospitalized.

    The state summit is expected in the next seven days, the governor said.

    “We are not yet ready for the summit,” he said, adding that he wanted the situation to be over, but the longer it took to reach the summit, the more time there was to prepare .

    8:38 a.m .: Coast Guard oversees disembarkation of 250,000 cruise ships

    The US Coast Guard has helped facilitate the treatment of more than 120 ships in the past three weeks to remove 250,000 passengers from cruise ships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release from Guard Headquarters. coastal American.

    The coast guard supervised the safe landing, monitoring, quarantine and repatriation of these passengers, after many international ports refused entry to cruise ships.

    On March 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel ban order to all cruise ships that had not already voluntarily suspended operations.

    5:48 am: Trump appoints White House lawyer to monitor coronavirus stimulus

    President Donald Trump will appoint a White House lawyer to serve as a key watchdog overseeing elements of the $ 2 trillion coronavirus recovery plan, the White House announced Friday.

    Trump plans to appoint Brian Miller, the president’s special assistant and senior associate lawyer in the White House’s attorney’s office, to serve as the special inspector general for the pandemic. If Miller is confirmed by the Senate, he will be responsible for eliminating fraud and abuse in the Treasury Department’s $ 500 billion rescue program for troubled businesses.

    While Miller previously held a similar position as Inspector General of the General Services Administration, Democrats are likely to criticize his appointment.

    The inspectors general are generally appointed independently and apolitically; Miller played a role in postponing investigations into Ukraine’s denied military aid that led to Trump’s dismissal.

    4:21 a.m .: Walmart issues strict guidelines for customers

    Walmart announced that as of Saturday, it will limit the number of customers in its stores to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus after too many of its customers ignore social distancing guidelines.

    “While many of our customers have followed the medical community’s advice on social distancing and safety, we are concerned to see certain behaviors in our stores that pose undue risk to our employees”, Dacona Smith, Vice President executive and director of Walmart COO, said in a statement on Friday.

    The stores will now only allow five customers per 1,000 square feet at any given time, which represents about 20% of a store’s capacity, the company said. Once capacity is reached, “customers will be admitted inside on a” 1 on 1 “basis. “

    Connect to ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News live at 4:00 pm ET daily for special coverage of the new coronavirus with the entire ABC News team, including the latest news, background and insights.

    This decision was just one of many customer directives in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Walmart also announced that in most of its stores, the aisles will all be one-way with floor markers, which will direct customer traffic.

    The company said there would be only one entrance and a separate exit for each store.

    What you need to know about the new coronavirus:

  • How it started and how to protect yourself: explanation of coronavirus
  • What to do in case of symptoms: coronavirus symptoms
  • Spread monitoring in the U.S. and worldwide: coronavirus map
  • ABC News Morgan Winsor, Benjamin Siegel, Alexandra Faul, Arielle Mitropoulos, Joshua Hoyos, Gina Sunseri and Clark Bentson contributed to this report.



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