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Coronavirus updates: Global COVID-19 death toll tops 150,000

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More than 4,200 members of the NYPD have tested positive for the virus, and more than 1,600 have recovered and returned to work.Vice President Pence said Friday that there are enough tests for states that are prepared to enter the first phase of reopening."Our best scientists and health experts say we have a sufficient amount of testing to meet the requirements of a Phase 1 opening," he told reporters at the Coronavirus Task Force briefing.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's leading infectious diseases expert, discussed two types of tests: one that tests for the infection and one that tests for antibodies. Still, he expressed guarded optimism about having adequate numbers of tests."For what we need in the first phase, if these things are done correctly, and I believe they can, we will have and there will be enough tests to allow us to take this country safely to Phase 1," he said.Hydroxychloroquine, which is usually used to treat malaria, has been championed by President Trump for the treatment of COVID-19. Read more here.President Trump on Friday reiterated that governors are "responsible" for testing and said the federal government would be sending out 5.5 million swabs to states in the week ahead. The group, calling itself "Liberate Minnesota," said the state's stay-at-home order has gone on long enough and Minnesotans should be able to go back to work.On Thursday, when another group protested at the governor's residence with the same message, Walz said that while the protesters have a right to demonstrate, he asked them to still abide by social distancing guidelines.Read more at CBS Minnesota.Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday announced steps to slowly start opening the state's economy back up and to close classrooms for the rest of the school year.Abbott introduced a "strike force" that will begin the process of safely reopening businesses in the state. It sets standards on retailers and insures reducing exposure to COVID-19," Abbott said.Read more at CBS Dallas/Fort Worth.The Trump administration has tasked an outfit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) personnel with evaluating coronavirus tests of migrants deported to Guatemala, the latest measure to address growing concerns about the U.S. sending infected deportees to the Central American country.The CDC team is on the ground in Guatemala to "review and validate" coronavirus tests being performed by Guatemalan health officials on recently deported migrants, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Jenny Burke. Governor Phil Murphy said Friday that 3,840 people have now died in the state.Murphy said the state's total death toll is "now more than five times" its loss of life on 9/11. Read more at the CBS-owned site York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he needs funding from the federal government in order to ramp up testing and restart the state's economy.He called out President Trump for the federal government's lack of financial support to the states, while simultaneously urging them to reopen their economies. "He's saying he doesn't want to provide funding to the states."Three additional inmates in state custody have tested positive for coronavirus in Mississippi, the state's Department of Corrections said Thursday. On Monday, an inmate who died at the state penitentiary in Parchman later tested positive for the virus, the department said. We are requiring all staff to wear masks and gloves."New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that efforts to expand testing have been hampered by competition from other states — and the federal government. We need a coordinated approach between the federal government and the states."Cuomo said President Trump should financially support states taking on plans to test an unprecedented number of people. Patients can call 311 to set up an appointment.The mayor said in addition to the testing sites, the city plans to increase education in at-risk areas and free up 11,000 hotel rooms for people to safely quarantine.Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said Friday "we are still in the eye of the storm" and announced he is extending the state's shelter-in-place order by 7 days, meaning it will now be in effect until April 27."I made a vow to protect the people of Mississippi," he said, according to a news release. Mayor Lenny Curry said he is encouraged by the data that shows the curve of COVID-19 cases in his city is flattening.Beaches will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jacksonville parks will also reopen on Friday, but an order to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people will be in effect. Click here for the full story.Japan's government Minister of Women's Empowerment announced Friday that a new hotline for victims and survivors of domestic abuse would be opened next week amid concerns over a potential rise in violence due to isolation measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.Japan expanded its state of emergency to cover the whole country this week as coronavirus cases rise sharply, asking people to stay home.The government also said it would work more closely with private groups to provide emergency accommodation to people who needed to flee domestic abuse, Kyodo News said.The new hotline will offer 24-hour support by the end of April, and multilingual support by the start of May. An already existing hotline, which connects people to local consultation centers, will continue working alongside the new service, Kyodo reported. On Friday, British officials confirmed the death toll from the coronavirus had reached 14,576."The worst thing that we could do right now is to ease up too soon," said Britain's Secretary of State Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from COVID-19. - Imtiaz TayabThe coronavirus epidemic in Germany is "under control" thanks to a month of national lockdown, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday.Now Chancellor Angela Merkel is moving forward with plans to slowly start returning life to normal in Germany, allowing some smaller businesses to reopen next week and children to gradually begin returning to school in early May.Some stores, including hair dresser and car dealerships, will be allowed to open their doors again soon, too, as long as they can demonstrate clear plans to maintain hygiene.But Merkel urged German citizens to continue adhering to social distancing guidelines, and she strongly advised people to wear protective face masks in public.Large events will stay banned until at least the end of August, and bars, restaurants and cinemas also remain shut. This month CBS News filed an exclusive report from inside a nursing home in Lombardy where doctors reported 33 COVID-19 deaths, but none of the deceased were tested for the disease nor included in Italy's official death toll.Doctors there said they were unaware of any police investigation into their facility.The crew member of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt who died of the coronavirus was a sailor from Arkansas, the Navy disclosed on Thursday. In a statement, the Navy said Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, died on April 13 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.He died 11 days after his captain was fired for pressing the Navy for greater action to safeguard his crew from the virus. Click here to read more.-CBS/APWhat's being billed as the world's biggest clinical trial of drugs to treat COVID-19 reportedly kicked off in the United Kingdom on Friday.According to Britain's Guardian newspaper, the trial involves 5,000 patients in 165 hospitals across the country."This is by far the largest trial in the world," Peter Horby, a professor of infectious disease and global health at Oxford University, who is leading the trial, told the Guardian.The "RECOVERY" trial will test potential treatments of COVID-19, including the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin, the steroid dexamethasone, and lopinavir-ritonavir, which is used to treat HIV, according to the trial's website.The information gathered will be reviewed regularly, so if an effective treatment is identified it can be made available to patients as quickly as possible, according to the website.In the U.S., the National Institutes of Health launched a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine last week, amid a growing controversy over President Trump's touting of the drug as a potential "game-changer" in the fight against COVID-19 even before any clinical data on its safety or efficacy as a therapy for the disease is available.A bed manufacturer is helping answer the call to get more personal protective equipment into the hands of South Carolina's medical workers."It continues to be a challenge for a lot of facilities," Schipp Ames, of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, told CBS News. "We saw this and I saw the pandemic going on, and said, you know this is — talking about improving lives — this is a different way now for improving the health and safety of our frontline health care workers."Japan will offer a cash payment of 100,000 yen ($930) to every resident, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday, as measures to contain the coronavirus decimate the world's third-top economy."We are moving quickly to deliver cash to all people," Abe said in a televised news conference to explain his decision to expand a state of emergency nationwide.An initial plan to provide three times as much money to households, which have seen incomes slashed because of the coronavirus, was ditched and Abe apologized for the confusion.Japan has seen relatively few cases and deaths compared to hotspots in Europe and the United States but a recent spike in Tokyo — which logged a daily record 201 new cases on Friday — has sparked concern.Abe initially declared a state of emergency in seven regions of the country but expanded this on Thursday to include the entire country.-AFPA detained immigrant who said he tested positive for COVID-19 was required to call in for a court hearing even after a guard said he was too weak to talk, his attorney said Thursday.When the judge asked Salomon Diego Alonzo to say his name, the guard responded that Alonzo "does not have the lung capacity," said his lawyer, Veronica Semino, who was listening by phone. China's state-run Xinhua news agency released a "notice of correction" on Friday, citing "late or missed reporting" of deaths, and overloaded medical staff and sick residents who died at home and were thus not counted in the original tally.President Trump has ramped up his attacks on China's transparency in dealing with the disease, saying its official numbers "seem on the light side," and U.S. intelligence agencies are still investigating how the virus jumped into the human population — including the possibility of an accident at an infectious disease laboratory in Wuhan.In response to the criticism, China's Foreign Ministry insisted Friday that the country's government has never covered up the truth about its coronavirus outbreak.A new phrase is trending in Japan: "corona-divorce." With couples suddenly forced to share quarters nonstop, many in cramped Japanese apartments, the shelter-in-place decrees are taking a toll on matrimonial harmony. The government's chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, said Thursday that the evidence around masks being helpful in preventing the spread of the coronavirus is "weak," while conceding it was a "live issue." Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened a martial law-like crackdown to stop people flouting a virus lockdown in the nation's capital.Duterte spoke a day after authorities reported an upsurge of cars on Manila's roads, which had been nearly deserted since a sweeping lockdown was imposed a month ago on about half the country's 110 million people."I'm just asking for a little discipline.

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