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Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

04/02/20 6:57 PM

The coronavirus pandemic continues to explode in the United States and the death toll climbs in Italy and Spain, with data on Thursday showing deepening economic pain as U.S. weekly jobless claims rose to another record.

Global coronavirus cases surpass one million

04/02/20 6:57 PM

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths as the pandemic further exploded in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a Reuters tally of official data.

Why is New Orleans' coronavirus death rate twice New York's? Obesity is a factor

04/02/20 6:17 PM

The coronavirus has been a far deadlier threat in New Orleans than the rest of the United States, with a per-capita death rate twice that of New York City. Doctors, public health officials and available data say the Big Easy's high levels of obesity and related ailments may be part of the problem.

Washington, D.C. needs 3,600 hospital beds for coronavirus peak: mayor

04/02/20 6:11 PM

Washington, D.C. needs an estimated 3,600 hospital beds within the next two weeks as it braces for a coronavirus outbreak, the mayor wrote in a letter to hospitals in the U.S. capital.

Staff at a NY hospital dump protective gear in outdoor trash can after handling bodies

04/02/20 6:02 PM

Staff at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York City were seen disposing of their gowns and caps and other protective wear in a sidewalk trash can on Thursday after wheeling bodies out of the hospital and loading them into a refrigerated truck.

Test maker disputes claim of would-be U.S. seller of 'two-minute' coronavirus diagnostic

04/02/20 5:36 PM

BodySphere, which describes itself as a distributor of medical products needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic, has falsely claimed that it has access to a rapid diagnostic test made by Safecare Biotech in China for sale in the United States, the test manufacturer told Reuters.

Canada faces 'critical week' in coronavirus crisis, death toll jumps

04/02/20 5:00 PM

Canada faces "a critical week" in fighting the coronavirus, a senior official said on Thursday, as the death toll jumped and the most populous province said residents should brace for a stark scenario.

Exclusive: Sanofi can produce millions of doses of potential coronavirus drug - CEO

04/02/20 4:53 PM

Sanofi SA will be able to provide millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine for patients with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus if the old malaria drug proves successful in clinical trials, its chief executive told Reuters on Thursday.

Spain's coronavirus deaths rise above 10,000, yet there is 'glimpse of hope'

04/02/20 4:41 PM

Spain's death toll from the coronavirus rose above 10,000 on Thursday after a record 950 people died overnight, but health officials were encouraged by a slowdown in daily increases in infections and deaths.

U.S. officials redistribute protective gear seized from alleged hoarder

04/02/20 4:39 PM

U.S. officials said on Thursday they would distribute a stockpile of personal protective equipment, including 192,000 N95 respirator masks, which they seized this week from an alleged hoarder.

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