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  • Global cases: over 1.2 million
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 65,711
  • Case in the United States: at least 312,245
  • Deaths in the United States: at least 8,503.

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

10:04 am: Louisiana could reach ventilation capacity Thursday, according to the governor

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards told CNN that the state’s current model project will reach ventilation capacity on Thursday.

“We certainly see that we will exceed our ventilation capacity at some point,” said Edwards on CNN’s “State of the Union”. “We are trying to push this as far as possible in the future, but all of our modeling, even in the best of cases, shows that we will. “

Louisiana received 200 fans from the national stock on Saturday, added Edwards. –Kevin Stankiewicz

10:01 am: Coronavirus cases in Austria continue to increase but the figures are optimistic, according to the minister

The number of new coronavirus infections in Austria rose to 11,897 on Sunday, but the Alpine country reported more new patients being cured than newly diagnosed patients and fewer people in intensive care.

The number of new cases has increased by 270 since Saturday morning, while the number of recoveries has increased by 491, according to the Ministry of Health. He said that the daily rate of new COVID-19 infections has dropped significantly in recent days.

“These are encouraging numbers, but now … we have to stay consistent and not give up … Hence my call: no private Easter parties or holidays,” said Health Minister Rudolf Anschober. –Reuters

9:57 a.m .: Firefighters say epidemic will hamper emergency services and evacuations at the end of the wildfire season

A fire is observed near the Getty Center in Los Angeles, United States, October 28, 2019. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes after a rapid forest fire broke out early Monday morning near the famous Getty Center in Los Angeles in the western US state of California.

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Firefighters across the country are sick or quarantined. Others fear getting the coronavirus from overcrowded base camps during forest fires. This year, preparations are stalled. The pandemic has hit the country’s emergency services, which are already in high demand, raising concerns about the lack of disaster relief during the peak fire season.

In fire-prone states like California and Washington, the epidemic has already strained emergency resources and hampered preparation for the next season. Forest fires generally begin in mid-May and will be compounded this year by a weak spring snowpack and a dry winter in the North.

“There’s a lot of anxiety,” said Tim Edwards, president of CAL FIRE Local 2881. “When firefighters get sick, we will not have staff to respond appropriately to fires. And the fires will become larger and more destructive. . “-Emma Newburger

9:41 a.m .: UK coronavirus deaths increase from 621 to 4,934

The British death toll from coronavirus increased from 621 to 4,934 on April 4, the Department of Health said.

A total of 195,524 people were tested, including 47,806 HIV-positive, said the Ministry of Health. –Reuters

9:39 a.m .: Streaming Wars can be suspended during quarantines because free content takes over

The quarantines have boosted the use of streaming video, but rising job losses may not bode well for subscription video services.

Large media companies have started offering free video deals for generally paid content.

User-generated free services like Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube can ultimately be the winners of all subscription services. –Alex Sherman

9:32 am: Coronavirus could impact military readiness, says Esper

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said there “may be an impact” on military readiness for the coronavirus pandemic.

“All the units indicate that they are very capable. They’re still very ready, “said Esper on CNN’s” State of the Union “. “We had to cancel exercises. We had to restrict basic training, for example, but we think it is manageable. “-Kevin Stankiewicz

9:15 a.m .: Palm Sunday: the pope celebrates without the public at Saint-Pierre

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – February 02: Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass during the feast of the presentation of the Lord, in St. Peter’s Basilica on February 02, 2019 in Vatican, Vatican City.

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Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what is most important, despite the heavy heart – using one’s life to serve others.

“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, faced with the many false titles that have collapsed, faced with so many betrayed hopes, in the sense of an abandonment that weighs on our hearts, Jesus said to each of us : “Encourage, open your heart to my love,” said Francis.

Francis urged people to hang on to “what really matters in our lives.”

“The tragedy we are living in means that we have to take serious things seriously, and not let ourselves be taken by those who matter less, to rediscover that life is useless if it is not used to serve others” said the pontiff in his homily.

In a remark to young people, Francis said, “Dear friends, look at the real heroes who are revealing themselves these days: they are not famous, wealthy and successful people. Instead, he said, “They are the ones who give themselves to serve others.” Feel called to put your life on the line. ”-Associated press

8:55 a.m .: Map of the epidemic in New York

8.50am: How to protect yourself from coronavirus at the grocery store

Since most Americans are living with house orders during the coronavirus pandemic, trips to the grocery store are one of the few reasons people can venture out. However, as the virus continues to spread, many may wonder how best to protect themselves from the disease if they need to go shopping.

Consumers should first assess their own level of risk of catching the virus before deciding to visit a grocery store, according to Karen Hoffmann, registered nurse and former immediate president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

According to Hoffmann, those who are highly immunosuppressed, have cancer, are taking certain medications, or are over the age of 65 should consider other options, such as buying online or asking someone else to buy them.

Before visiting the store, buyers should also have a solid plan of what they will buy and prioritize what they need.

“People should try to think in terms of buying at least two weeks worth to minimize the number of trips they actually make to the grocery store,” said Hoffmann. —Hannah Miller

8:45 a.m .: New York City pharmacies struggle to keep key medications in stock during coronavirus outbreak

While tens of thousands of people test positive in New York City and many more develop symptoms and are presumed to have the virus, communities turn to local pharmacies for prescription and over-the-counter drugs. in order to alleviate their symptoms.

The unprecedented demand created by the global pandemic is creating shortages, even for basic non-prescription drugs like Tylenol, as supply chains are under pressure from the manufacturers who produce the drugs to the wholesalers who deliver them to pharmacies. which makes it extremely difficult to maintain the shelves. fully stocked for key items in hot areas like New York.

“I never thought that a pharmacy in the 21st century could lack essentials, the most basic drugs,” said Emanuel Simhayev, pharmacist in Astoria, Queens. “When you face these difficulties, you can’t really help much. You are doing your best. ” —Spencer Kimball

8:40 am: Trump says 1,000 soldiers will deploy to New York, warns week ahead is the hardest yet

President Donald Trump announced this weekend that 1,000 military personnel will deploy to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic and has warned that the coming week will likely be the hardest one yet.

“It will probably be the hardest week between this week and next week – and there will be many deaths, unfortunately,” said the president during a press briefing in the White House.

Trump’s language echoed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said that the state had only seven days to prepare for the apex of the coronavirus as it struggled to increase hospital and hospital capacity. access to medical equipment. —Emma Newburger

Read CNBC coverage by CNBC Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: Daily death toll in Italy drops to 2-week low, Singapore sees biggest leap forward

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