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  • Cuomo announces executive order requiring face coverings

USA (CNB News) –  The novel coronavirus of the global pandemic has infected more than 2 million people worldwide. More than 136,000 people across the globe have died from 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. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 638,000 diagnosed cases and at least 30,844 deaths.

The number of cases in New York state alone — over 214,000 — is higher than in any single country outside the U.S.


11:02 p.m.: US death toll crosses 30,000

There have now been 30,844 deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.

That figure now includes the new way that New York City is tallying deaths, with 6,840 confirmed deaths — those who tested positive for COVID-19 — and 4,059 probable deaths — people who didn’t have a positive COVID-19 test, but their death certificate lists COVID-19 or an equivalent as the cause of death.

The jump in the death count in New York City, and nationally, aren’t all people who have died in the past 24 hours, but are just now being counted.

8:15 p.m. Washington state extends shelter in place to May 4

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington state’s shelter-in-place order has been extended to May 4.

Washington, the first state to record a coronavirus case in the U.S., currently has 10,694 confirmed cases and 541 deaths, according to the state’s health department.

Inslee warned that more testing will be needed.

“Testing is the biggest challenge, and will be the biggest hurdle,” he said at a press conference.

Discussing the timetable for a full reopening of his state, the governor said “Powerhouse Politics” podcast that it will be “later than we would like.”

“It’s not the right time today or even two weeks from now, because the modeling has shown clearly that the curve will start to go up again if we were to full scale remove our social distancing measures right now that are having a beneficial impact,” Inslee said.

6:54 p.m. White House says more than 3 million Americans tested

Vice President Mike Pence said at a briefing that roughly 3.3 million Americans have been tested for COVID-19.

Roughly 39.4 million N95 masks, 40 million gloves, 57 million surgical masks and 10.2 million gowns have been distributed, said Pence.

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