The number of coronavirus cases across the world topped 3 million on Monday, with nearly one-third of them in the US.
As of Monday evening, the US was edging toward the grim milestone of 1 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its list of COVID-19 symptoms, adding six new possible indicators of the potentially deadly bug — including chills, muscle pain, headaches, and a sore throat.
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Here’s what else we learned today:
New York crisis:
Expect the shutdown in the Empire State to last past May 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
Nearly a quarter of Big Apple residents — or about 2.1 million people — may have been infected with the virus at some point, Cuomo also said, citing the latest round of antibody testing.
New York City is planning to expand its testing capacity by administering “self-swab” tests starting this week.
The White House coronavirus task force plans to provide states with enough supplies for 8 million coronavirus tests per month to facilitate the reopening of the economy.
President Trump dismissed calls to use federal coffers to bail out stricken states, instead accusing Democratic state leaders of fiscal mismanagement.
World Health Organization officials warned that children across the globe will die as countries halt or scale back their immunization efforts for diseases such as polio amid the pandemic.
A serious coronavirus-related “inflammatory syndrome” is emerging among young people, a new report in the UK warned.
COVID-19 patients should have “some level of protection” after they recover from the illness — but it’s unclear how long that immunity lasts, according to the WHO.
Some good news:
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak first erupted months ago, has discharged the last of its COVID-19 patients from hospitals, a health official said over the weekend.
New Zealand’s prime minister declared today that the country has “won the battle” against community spread of the virus