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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today

Around the World:

  • Russia reported a record 7,099 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total number of cases to more than 100,000. Russia’s total number of fatalities also rose to 1,073.

  • South Korea reported no new domestic virus cases for the first time since February, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Around 3.8 million more workers in the U.S. filed for first-time employment benefits last week, bringing the national jobless total to 30 million — or around 18 percent of the workforce.

  • Germany continued to ease lockdown measures after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that church and religious services will be allowed to take place and playgrounds, galleries, museums, and zoos will be allowed to reopen. Concerts and major sporting events, however, will remain closed.

  • The World Health Organization said it is “urgently” investigating a potential link between the coronavirus and Kawasaki syndrome, an illness of unknown cause that primarily affects children under 5.

  • A Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, departed New York City, a month after it was sent to relieve stress on local hospitals. The Comfort treated just 182 people as a surge in cases in the city fell short of the worst-case projections.

  • Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for the coronavirus. Mishustin informed President Vladimir Putin of the result during a video conference.

  • Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said shelter-in-place orders for most of the state will not be extended after they expire at 11:59 pm ET that night.

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered beaches south of Los Angeles closed after "disturbing" pictures emerged of thousands flocking to Orange County's coast and not social distancing. The city council in Huntington Beach later voted to authorize the city attorney to take legal action against the state for the beach closures.

  • Hundreds of Michigan residents protested outside the state Capitol building in Lansing, with some pushing inside while the Legislature was debating an extension of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state of emergency in response to the pandemic.

  • Hawaii Gov. David Ige said florists in the state will be allowed to open May 1 as the state marks its annual Lei Day, despite statewide stay-at-home restrictions.

Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and NBC News


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