Coronavirus headlines: California man arrested in tout for coronavirus ‘cure’

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(WJW) - U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic have topped 1,000.

The world death toll is more than 21,300, according to John Hopkins University.

The U.S. Senate passed a $2.2 trillion package late Wednesday aimed at keeping Americans and the U.S. economy afloat.

9:10 p.m. update:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI has arrested a Southern California man who officials said falsely claimed to have developed a cure for the coronavirus and solicited investments in a company he said would market the medication. The U.S. Justice Department says in a statement that Keith Lawrence Middlebrook told his 2.4 million Instagram followers that his company would return hundreds of millions of dollars in profit. The statement says Middlebrook claimed he had developed pills to prevent COVID-19 infections and a drug to cure those suffering from the virus. There are no known cures or vaccinations for the coronavirus. It wasn't known if Middlebrook has an attorney who could comment.

8:45 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus outbreak. That's even as managers at some parks try and fail to keep tens of thousands of hikers and tourists a safe distance apart and as communities appeal for shutdowns at some parks that are still open. Communities around Grand Canyon National Park are among those asking for a shutdown, saying they fear more local spread of the coronavirus. The Interior Department says there's been no decision on that request.

8 p.m. update:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hospitals and nursing homes are desperately searching for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak and the ethanol industry is ready to step in to provide the alcohol, a key ingredient. Federal regulators are preventing them from providing millions of gallons of alcohol that could be transformed into the germ-killing mixture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration insists that the alcohol at ethanol plants meet stringent production standards designed to protect medicine and food quality. In addition the alcohol must be mixed with a bitter additive to make it undrinkable. The ethanol industry is asking for waivers during the coronavirus emergency.

7:20 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (AP) — At New York City-area hospitals on the front lines of the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., workers are increasingly concerned about how the disease is ravaging their own ranks, fearful that without adequate testing and protective gear it’s only a matter of time before they’ll all get sick. Some hospitals have been so overrun by dying patients they’ve brought in refrigerated trucks to handle the bodies. At Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, 13 people succumbed to the virus in one day. City ambulances have seen a surge in calls, responding to nearly 5,800 on Thursday alone.

6:23 p.m.:

WASHINGTON (AP)— President Donald Trump says he will travel to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship that will relieve the pressure on New York hospitals dealing with coronavirus patients.

Trump says he told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the ship will arrive in New York Harbor on Monday.

Trump said in a White House press conference that he’ll “kiss it goodbye” and that the ship is “loaded up to the top” with medical supplies.

The announcement of the USNS Comfort’s planned deployment comes as New York City-area hospitals are clearing out beds, setting up new spaces to triage patients and urging people with mild symptoms to consult health professionals by phone or video chat instead of overrunning emergency rooms.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York had climbed to 3,800 this week, including close to 900 in intensive care, with the peak of the outbreak weeks away.

The critical question remains whether the severe “social distancing” restrictions recently enacted by New York will help the state avoid a worst-case scenario of overwhelmed hospitals.

6:15 p.m.:

(AP) -- US now leads world in number of confirmed coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University tally

5:45 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations in New York were both up dramatically, a stark sign of the outbreak's increasing reach. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s death toll from the coronavirus jumped by 100 in one day, pushing the number to 385. Cuomo also said the economic toll of the coronavirus outbreak will be dramatic in New York. And he castigated federal officials Thursday for what he called a failure to address lost revenue in their $2.2 trillion relief package.  Cuomo said the outbreak creates a “double whammy” of increased state costs and lost revenue as businesses shutter and workers are laid off. 

5:15 p.m. update:

(AP)-- The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. While world leaders held a virtual summit to grapple with how long to keep the global economy at a standstill to help flatten the rising curve of COVID-19 cases, the damage so far was coming into acute focus. 

4 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP)— U.S. Army leaders said Thursday that two field hospitals are on their way to New York City and will be able to begin treating patients at the Javits Center on Monday.

The Army combat units from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will include as many as 700 personnel and almost 300 beds. Those medical personnel will also be able to help staff additional beds and medical equipment that are being brought in by state and local authorities.

Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army, said they will begin setting up the units this weekend at the center. Officials expect there will be a couple thousand beds in the center to treat patients that do not have the virus.

An Army combat hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, will be heading to Seattle. McConville said advance staff are already there, and are working with local officials to review several potential locations to set up the unit.

2 p.m. update:

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has warned G20 leaders that “without aggressive action in all countries, millions could die” from the new coronavirus outbreak.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a video message to the leaders of the world’s top powers, said “only time will tell” what the full economic, political and social fallout will be.

“But we know that the price we end up paying depends on the choices we make now,” Tedros said. “This is a global crisis that demands a global response.”

He noted “sacrifices” made by some countries including “drastic social and economic restrictions” like shutting schools and businesses and urging people to stay home.

“These measures will take some of the heat out of the epidemic, but they will not extinguish it,” he said. “We must do more.”

Tedros called for training and deployment of health workers to test, isolate and treat cases — and trace their contacts. He decried a global shortage of personal protective equipment that endangers front-line responders. He urged countries to boost output of such items, and lift export bans and boost distribution of them.

“The actions we take now will have consequences for decades to come,” he said. “We are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart — if we let it.”

12 p.m.

  • Deaths in New York have reached 385, according to FOX 5. That's up from 285 on Wednesday. There are now 37,258 positive cases in that state.

11:15 a.m.

  • (AP) — The WNBA has announced its draft will be a virtual event this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The draft will be held on April 17 as originally scheduled but will be broadcast without players, fans or media in attendance. 

10:45 a.m.

  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH will update Ohio's coronavirus response at 2 p.m.
  • The White House will hold a Coronavirus Task Force briefing at 5 p.m.

10:30 a.m.

  • The US, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia and Russia saw their largest single-day spike in cases Wednesday since the outbreak began
  • 118,000+ people have recovered from the virus
  • Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother remains in a coma after contracting the coronavirus

9 a.m.

  • (CNN) -- A record number of Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Initial jobless claims soared to a seasonally adjusted 3.28 million in the week ended March 21, according to the Department of Labor.

8:30 a.m.

  • Student loan payments suspended for six months under Senate bill
  • U.S. Department of Labor figures to be released Thursday are expected to shatter the old record for the greatest number of new unemployment claims filed in a single week

7:30 a.m.

  • 16% of coronavirus patients in Ohio are healthcare workers
  • Gov. DeWine says virus peak is not expected until May
  • Nearly 15,000 tests for coronavirus in Ohio

6:30 a.m.

  • Leaders of the world's most powerful economies will convene virtually Thursday to coordinate a global coronavirus response
  • House expected to vote and pass stimulus bill Friday

4:30 a.m.

  • There are nearly 70,000 coronavirus cases in the U.S. (See case map below)
  • 1050 people have died in America
  • U.S. cases currently doubling every 3 days
  • Ohio has 704 cases
  • 10 deaths in Ohio
  • Ohio daycares begin operating under pandemic licensing Thursday
  • (AP) Asian stock markets are mixed. Tokyo's benchmark lost 4.5% and Shanghai and Hong Kong also fell
Map based on CNN stats as of March 26,2020.

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