Today’s coronavirus update: Global cases top 3M, New Zealand ‘won the battle’

The number of coronavirus cases across the world topped 3 million on Monday, with nearly one-third of them in the US.

As of Monday evening, the US was edging toward the grim milestone of 1 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its list of COVID-19 symptoms, adding six new possible indicators of the potentially deadly bug — including chills, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat.

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Here’s what else we learned today: 

New York crisis:

  • Expect the shutdown in the Empire State to last past May 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
  • Nearly a quarter of Big Apple residents — or about 2.1 million people — may have been infected with the virus at some point, Cuomo also said, citing the latest round of antibody testing.
  • New York City is planning to expand its testing capacity by administering “self-swab” tests starting this week.

In Washington:

  • The White House coronavirus task force plans to provide states with enough supplies for 8 million coronavirus tests per month to facilitate the reopening of the economy.
  • President Trump dismissed calls to use federal coffers to bail out stricken states, instead accusing Democratic state leaders of fiscal mismanagement.

Staying power:

  • World Health Organization officials warned that children across the globe will die as countries halt or scale back their immunization efforts for diseases such as polio amid the pandemic.
  • A serious coronavirus-related “inflammatory syndrome” is emerging among young people, a new report in the UK warned.
  • COVID-19 patients should have “some level of protection” after they recover from the illness — but it’s unclear how long that immunity lasts, according to the WHO.

Some good news:

  • The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak first erupted months ago, has discharged the last of its COVID-19 patients from hospitals, a health official said over the weekend.
  • New Zealand’s prime minister declared today that the country has “won the battle” against community spread of the virus.


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