Worldwide cases exceed 1 million and 6.6 million unemployment claims filed

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The White House should recommend that Americans cover their faces when they go out.

The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States on Thursday surpassed 5,000 on Thursday, according to the NBC News count, and nearly 240,000 cases were confirmed across the country. Worldwide, more than 1,000,000 people have tested positive and more than 50,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Government relief payments in the United States will begin the week of April 13 – although people who do not have direct deposits in the Internal Revenue Service may have to wait months for checks to arrive , according to a memo obtained by NBC News.

The economic fallout from the pandemic has accelerated with a record 6.6 million jobless claims filed last week.

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