The new coronavirus has now killed more than 238,000 people worldwide.
More than 3.3 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Actual numbers are said to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their country’s epidemics.
Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the hardest hit country, with more than 1.1 million cases diagnosed and at least 65,068 deaths.
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“There is a huge capacity for testing the CoronaVirus in Washington for senators returning to Capital Hill on Monday,” Trump tweeted.
He also said it was “the same” for the House, which he said should return but not because of the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
The president said the five-minute Abbott test would be used. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced on Twitter on Friday that the administration was sending Abbott tests to Congress.
“Good news: as the Senate reconvenes to do important work for the American people during this public health crisis, we have now received an initial request and are sending 3 Abbott test machines to the point of service and 1 000 tests for their use, “tweeted Azar.
10:00 am: Fauci will testify before the Senate
On May 12, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci will testify before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions chaired by the GOP, a spokesperson for the committee said.
“The chair, Senator Lamar Alexander, looks forward to hearing from Dr. Fauci and other administrative officials at the second hearing of the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday, May 12,” said the spokesperson.
The news comes after White House efforts to prevent Fauci from appearing before the Democrat-led House committee next week. The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment.
6:45 am: NCAA publishes “fundamentals” to restart college sports
On Friday, the NCAA released guidelines on how college sports will transition to campus. His plan closely follows the centers’ strategy for disease control and prevention and the opening of America again to the Trump administration.
Once COVID-19 infection rates have declined for at least two weeks, the NCAA said “resocialization of sport may be possible.” In his plan, drawn up by the COVID-19 advisory committee, there are nine “basic principles” that are part of three phases for the return of university sports.
“The fundamentals described below are offered as the basis for resuming college practice and competition,” said the NCAA in a statement.
Some of the principles include that colleges must have a plan in place for the return of students, that there is adequate personal protective equipment and access to tests, that there must be a monitoring program to detect and isolate new cases and more.
The first phase includes limiting gatherings to 10 people or less, closing common areas like gymnasiums and cafeterias, and encouraging virtual meetings only. Phase two includes a limit on gatherings of 50 people or more, but allows resumption of non-essential travel. Once the other safety criteria and the numbers of coronaviruses have been reached, phase three allows vulnerable student-athletes to resume their activities in person, the open common areas and most of the other restrictions are lifted.
The NCAA guidelines are all subject to federal, state, and local regulations.
Since early March, all NCAA sports have been canceled, including the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament.
4:10 a.m .: Mississippi extends house arrest after spike in death
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said he was ready to unveil relaxed state restrictions on Friday. He said he knew the economy needed to be reopened and residents of his state were ready to go back to work and go back to a normal lifestyle. However, when he was to announce the plans on Friday during the state task force briefing, the latest data on coronaviruses forced him to stop.
Mississippi, he said, has just experienced its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases and its largest increase in deaths.
“Every day, I appeared before you and I was transparent. I was transparent when I made decisions that turned out to be right. And I think I was transparent when I made decisions that turned out to be wrong, “he said on Friday.
“This thing is not over, we are not out of the woods yet. Things can change quickly. We have to stay flexible, ”said Reeves during the briefing on Friday. “It was a big enough change to make me step back … and I came to the conclusion that I have to stick it out for the moment. “
Reeves said he hoped to announce more reopenings soon, but the timing was not right. Meanwhile, the governor is in a battle with the state legislature over federal funding for the COVID-19 stimulus.
Lawmakers voted on Friday to prevent Reeves’ office from spending federal money on coronaviruses, saying the executive should not be the only decision maker on how to spend CARES money in the state.
Reeves said the move only delays the delivery of necessary funds to residents.
“Ideally, in a few weeks, they will start debating this budget. They overestimate and we have to send a lot of money back to the federal government when it is not going to be used, “Reeves said in a statement on Friday evening. “In the worst case, they underestimate and people die because we cannot provide them with what they need. “
Mississippi has more than 7,200 cases of diagnosed coronavirus and at least 281 deaths.
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Ben Siegel, Matt Foster, Ahmad Hemingway and Elizabeth Thomas of ABC News contributed to this report.