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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today

Around the World:

  • President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines for reopening the U.S. that puts the onus on governors for making decisions about their own state economies.

  • The government in the Chinese city of Wuhan added 1,290 people to its COVID-19 death toll, bringing the number of deaths there now to 3,869.

  • Aircraft manufacturer Boeing said it would resume plane production starting the week of April 20th at its Washington state facilities in a "phased approach," after operations had been suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic.

  • Officials across the U.S. are racing to provide coronavirus tests to diagnose infections and to identify recovered patients with antibodies that may help others battle the disease.

  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced his intention to "start opening Ohio back up," saying the first phase of the planned reopening would begin on May 1.

  • Seven midwestern governors announced they are forming a regional pact to plan for the reopening of their respective economies.

  • The small business loan program is officially out of cash: The Small Business Administration said in a statement that it had run out of money for the Paycheck Protection Program.

  • An anonymous tip led to the discovery of 17 bodies crowded into a four-person morgue at one of New Jersey’s largest nursing homes.

  • Japan extended its coronavirus state of emergency, in place in seven regions including Tokyo and Osaka, to cover the rest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

  • The president of the European Commission — the executive branch of the European Union — offered an apology to Italy on Thursday, saying the country did not receive adequate help at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • While hand-washing with soap and water has been advocated worldwide to keep the coronavirus at bay, some 74 million people in the Middle East lack access to a sink, soap, or basic water facilities at home, a United Nations report found.

  • The latest jobless claim numbers were announced: Around 5 million more people filed for first-time unemployment claims in the week ending April 11, as the job market in every sector of the economy continued to be devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and NBC News


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