5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump extends social distancing guidelines to April 30

  • Fauci says there could ultimately be 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S.

  • Italy surpasses 10,000 coronavirus deaths, but new fatalities fall again

  • Tornado damages mostly empty mall, injures 6 in Arkansas

  • Country singer Joe Diffie dies of complications from coronavirus

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, President Trump on Sunday said he is extending the federal government's social distancing guidelines to April 30. "During this period, it's very important that everyone follow the guidelines," Trump said. "The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end." Previously, Trump said he wanted to see the United States "opened up" by Easter on April 12. As of Sunday evening, there are 139,523 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, with the death toll hitting 2,433. Trump said modeling shows that the peak number of deaths will likely hit in two weeks, and he expects "that by June 1st, we will be well on our way to recovery ... a lot of great things will be happening."

Source: CNN

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that he thinks the novel coronavirus pandemic could potentially result in anywhere between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths, although he told CNN's Jake Tapper that he doesn't want to be held to any prediction. Fauci said he's never seen a pandemic reach the worst-case scenario presented by its models, and he believes that remains unlikely for the coronavirus, as well. But by no means did he downplay the severity of the situation. Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to highlight the successful television ratings his daily White House briefings have been receiving since he revived them amid the pandemic, arguing he was driving the media "crazy" with the high numbers.

Source: The Week, President Donald Trump

Italy, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Europe, saw the number of deaths resulting from COVID-19 cross the 10,000 threshold Saturday, as the number of confirmed cases passed 90,000. After a spike in new fatalities Friday, Italy reported it's second straight daily drop in deaths Sunday after 756 were reported. The number of new infections also fell from 5,974 on Saturday to 5,217 on Sunday. Spain, meanwhile, reported 838 new deaths over a 24-hour period Saturday, its highest total since the outbreak began, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related fatalities in the country to 6,258.

Source: Bloomberg, The Guardian

A strong tornado struck northeastern Arkansas on Saturday amid a severe weather outbreak across much of the Midwest. Search and rescue operations were reportedly underway at a mall in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where vehicles were reportedly overturned. Most stores at the mall were closed, however, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said under normal circumstances the mall would have been packed at the time the tornado struck. Six people reportedly suffered minor injuries as a result of the tornado and were taken to a local hospital. The storm system also caused flash flooding in the Cleveland, Ohio, metro area Sunday morning, prompting water and rescue operations and closing a section of highway.

Source: Fox News, The Weather Channel

Joe Diffie, a country singer and member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years, died Sunday in Nashville of coronavirus complications, his publicist announced. He was 61. On Friday, Diffie revealed that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Diffie had 18 singles in the top 10 on the country charts, and five reached the top spot, The Associated Press reports. His hits included "Pickup Man," "Bigger Than the Beatles," and "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)," and along with Marty Stuart, Diffie won a Grammy in 1998 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Same Old Train." In a statement, singer John Rich said Diffie was "a real true honky tonk hero to every country artist alive today."

Source: The Associated Press
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