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As the novel coronavirus continued to spread globally Thursday, in the United States the number of confirmed cases doubled. The dramatic increase stems in part from more testing, but also indicates how much the virus has spread.

On Tuesday, there were just more than 5,700 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States. That number climbed above 11,500 on Thursday, and officials indicated the number will continue to rise sharply as more test results become available.

Meantime, the State Department warned Americans not to travel internationally and advised all Americans who are abroad to return to the United States or make preparations to shelter in place.

Here are some other significant developments:

  • Italy on Thursday hit a grim milestone, surpassing China for the largest number of coronavirus-related deaths, at 3,405. Morgues in Italy are running out of capacity.
  • Hospitals and health-care facilities are running out of supplies. In the hardest-hit cities, workers are making their own safety equipment out of supplies from hardware stores.
  • CDC data now shows that younger adults are a large percentage of coronavirus hospitalizations in the United States.
  • India barred incoming commercial flights for a week, and Australia and New Zealand closed their borders to everyone except citizens and residents. The United Arab Emirates went further, stopping expatriate residents from returning to the country. Meanwhile, Italy is extending lockdown measures
  • Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for the coronavirus. That announcement came hours after the European Union’s top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said he had tested positive.
  • As lawmakers finalize a massive stimulus package, President Trump said Thursday that he supports the federal government taking equity stakes in private companies that take bailout funds.

 

Here are the LATEST Global Coronavirus Figures

Coronavirus Cases:          

244,097                                                    
Deaths
10,005
Recovered
86,714
 
Here are the LATEST U.S. Coronavirus Figures
Coronavirus Cases                 Deaths              Recovered
13,304                                     185                     108
 
 
 
 

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