Coronavirus live updates: US deaths near 10K ahead of 'hardest and saddest week'; Trump interrupts Fauci on hydroxychloroquine question




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  • 2020-04-06 12:09:05Z
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Coronavirus live updates: US deaths near 10K ahead of \'hardest and saddest week\'; Trump interrupts Fauci on hydroxychloroquine question  

The U.S. braced for a deadly week and Britain's prime minister was in a London hospital with "persistent" symptoms as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 70,000.

The number of U.S. coronavirus deaths soon to reach 10,000, and President Donald Trump warned Sunday of reaching a "horrific point in terms of death" at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic in coming days. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Americans were facing "our Pearl Harbor moment," a reference to the 1941 Japanese airstrike that resulted in the U.S.' entry into World War II.

But Trump and federal health officials also said there were signs the outbreak might be reaching its apex in some hard-hit areas such as New York City and Washington state. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said hospitalizations showed signs of decline. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced his state would return 400 ventilators to the federal government after state health officials there said they were seeing fewer infections than anticipated.

There are more than 330,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with 9,648 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Almost 1.3 million cases have been confirmed worldwide.

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British prime minister hospitalized, 'very much in charge' of government

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was awaiting results of routine test in a London hospital Monday, suffering from persistent COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, his office said. 10 Downing Street described the hospitalization as a "precautionary step." Johnson, 55, tested positive for the virus 10 days ago.

"I'm sure this is very frustrating for him, for somebody like Boris who wants to be hands [on] running the government from the front," Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told the BBC. "But nonetheless he's still very much in charge of the government."

This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.

Stock futures point to big gains Monday

Dow Jones stock futures were almost 800 points higher and the S&P 500 also pointed to gains hours before U.S. markets open Monday Global shares rose Monday as investors saw hopeful signs the coronavirus pandemic may be leveling off in hard-hit places such as Italy, Spain - and even New York. Benchmarks were up about 3% in Paris and Frankfurt and Tokyo jumped more than 4%.

Trump blocks Fauci from answering hydroxychloroquine question

A question about hydroxychloroquine resulted in a testy moment at Sunday's White House task force press briefing. A reporter asked Anthony Fauci his thoughts on the effectiveness of the anti-malaria drug in treating coronavirus patients.

"He's answered that question 15 times," said President Donald Trump, who previously spent part of the press conference touting the potential of the drug. Earlier Sunday, Fauci did answer a question about hydroxychloroquine when he was on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"The data are really, just, at best, suggestive," he said. "So, I think in terms of science, I don't think we could definitively say it works."

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Bronx Zoo tiger has COVID-19

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 after multiple animals developed virus symptoms, federal officials confirmed. Nadia, a four-year-old Malayan tiger, was tested after her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions developed a dry cough. The animals are all expected to recover.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the tests Sunday and is working with the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) along with state animal and public health leaders to determine if animals, at the zoo or in other areas, should be tested for cornavirus.

"This is the first case of its kind,'' the USDA said in a statement. Public health officials believe the animals became sick after being exposed to an infected employee "who was actively shedding virus.''

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Trump: US will likely reach 'horrific point in terms of death'

While President Donald Trump expressed hope on Sunday that the U.S. was "starting to see light at the end of the tunnel," he also acknowledged that the next two weeks will be "very difficult."

"We all have to reach a certain point and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death," Trump said. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was also asked about the light at the end of the tunnel and if that message is incongruous with the message of the upcoming bad week. He said the messaging isn't contradictory.

"It has to do with what we explained before about the lag," Fauci said. "When you see a flattening out of cases. And you don't see the realizations of what that means until two weeks later."

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams warns of 'Pearl Harbor moment' for US

COVID-19 has been blamed for almost 5,000 American deaths in the last week, but Surgeon General Jerome Adams says this week could be the nation's "hardest and saddest" thus far.

"This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized," Adams said on Fox News Sunday. But Adams also noted that Spain and Italy began intensive mitigation efforts about a month ago, and that the U.S. was not far behind. Those countries are now starting to see a slowdown in cases, Adams said. In the U.S., Washington state and California are seeing indications that the crisis is leveling off, he said.

"As hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days," Adams said.

Queen Elizabeth of England makes history; British PM hospitalized

Queen Elizabeth II delivered a historic address to England on Sunday in a televised broadcast recorded from her isolation at Windsor Castle with one cameraman dressed in protective clothing. The queen, making only the fourth address in her 68-year reign, encouraged the country to rise to the challenge as the death toll from the coronavirus continues to rapidly climb. Almost 5,000 Brits have died, including more than 700 on Saturday. Her son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, reportedly is doing well after himself battling COVID-19.

"I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,'' said the queen, 93. "And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any."

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Deaths, hospitalizations dip in state

The number of deaths, hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions in New York state have dipped slightly in recent days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo said it was too soon to determine whether the state had reached the "apex" of the patient curve. He also said a plateau might have been reached that could last an unknown length of time.

The state's death toll of more than 4,000 represents close to half the U.S. deaths since the crisis began. Cuomo said 2,500 hospital beds being set up at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City will provide a crucial safety valve for hospitals.

"The system is over capacity all across the board," he said. "That is putting a tremendous amount of stress on the healthcare system.''

How many cases of coronavirus in US?

The United States had more than 337,600of coronavirus as of Sunday night and more than 9,600 deaths. The graphic below shows the number of new cases each day.

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