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Brendan McDermid/ReutersThe USNS Comfort sails by the Statue of Liberty as it enters the New York Harbour on March 30.

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The US passed a grim milestone with a single-day death toll of more than 500, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 3,000

Sgt. Amouris Coss/U.S. Army National Guard/Handout/ReutersMedical staff in New York during the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.

More than 3,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the US as of the night of Monday, March 30, with a single-day death toll of more than 500 deaths in the country.

Previously, the highest death toll in 24 hours was 446 deaths, according to The Washington Post.

As of March 30, there are more than 164,000 confirmed coronavirus cases across all 50 states, and at least 3,050 people died from the virus in the US.


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Open coffins are left on roads to remind people to stay inside while soldiers shoot disinfectant from water cannons as 57 million people are under lockdown in the Philippines.

Ezra Acayan/GettyA coffin in the middle of a road warns residents to stay home amid the threat of the coronavirus on March 26 in the Philippines.

The Philippines’ main island Luzon, which has a population of more than 57 million, is on lockdown.

Along with people’s movements being restricted, soldiers are covering residents and the streets in disinfectant, and open coffins have been left on the roads as a warning to people to stay inside.

On Sunday, the Philippines reported 343 new coronavirus cases in a day – its highest one day increase yet. The total number of infections was at 1,418, and 71 people had died.


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Mayors are pleading with their Republican governors to follow the science and shut down states over the coronavirus

REUTERS/Al DragoPresident Donald Trump

Mayors across the country are on the frontlines of fighting the spread of the coronavirus in vulnerable urban areas.

But the governors of several large red states, including Arizona, Texas, and Florida, are largely leaving local officials to fight their own battles or usurping local authority.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego told Insider that Gov. Doug Ducey has largely stripped her power to respond to the crisis. The governor finally issued a “stay at home” order after Gallego and eight other Arizona mayors signed a letter demanding he do so.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Texas has to work together to keep people home and slow the spread. He called Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s comments that older Americans would gladly sacrifice their lives to reopen the economy more quickly “a false choice.”

At the same time, several other red-state governors, including Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, have pushed back on the president’s downplaying of the crisis and acted quickly to crackdown on the virus’ spread.


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New Zealand, a country of about 5 million, has 18 million masks in its reserves, with 80,000 more being made every day

REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoNew Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2019.

In a post on Instagram on Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country had 18 million masks in reserve, with 80,000 more being made a day.

It’s not clear how many of these are surgical masks compared to N95 respirators. But the video appears to show surgical masks being made.

The US, which has just under 330 million people, has a national stockpile has about 12 million N95 masks and 30 million surgical masks.


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Trump administration postpones many immigration hearings, but courts remain open for detained children and other asylum-seekers

Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Hearings for non-detained immigrants are postponed until at least May 1, the Department of Justice announced.

Asylum-seekers in Mexico are ordered to present themselves at the border to obtain new court dates.

Judges, prosecutors, and activists alike have been demanding that immigration courts be shuttered during the pandemic.

More than 38,000 immigrants are currently detained, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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New York’s attorney general called Amazon’s firing of a worker following a protest ‘disgraceful’ and is ‘considering all legal options’

Holly Pickett/The New York Times via AP, Pool, FileNew York Attorney General-Elect Letitia James

Amazon’s decision to fire a warehouse worker Monday after he helped organise a protest was “disgraceful,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement to Business Insider.

“At a time when so many New Yorkers are struggling and are deeply concerned about their safety, this action was also immoral and inhumane,” James said.

James also said her office is “considering all legal options” and has called on the National Labour Relations Board to open its own investigation.

Amazon has denied that it fired the worker in retaliation for helping lead the protest, telling Business Insider that he had violated a quarantine order after coming into contact with a coworker who tested positive for COVID-19.


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Wisconsin officials are moving full-speed-ahead with the state’s April 7 presidential primary despite rising coronavirus cases

ReutersWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.

Wisconsin officials are moving forward with holding the planned April 7 presidential primary election as reported cases of COVID-19 drastically increase in the state.

Nine other states set to hold primary elections in March and April have now moved to postpone their elections until May or June, including Ohio, Georgia, and New York.

On Friday, Gov. Tony Evers called on the Wisconsin state legislature to approve a plan to send every Wisconsin registered voter an absentee ballot and have the option of voting safely from home.

But Republican leaders in Wisconsin’s GOP-controlled state legislature immediately shot down the idea as nearly impossible to execute on such a short timeline.


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NY Gov. Cuomo: Playing politics like Trump during the coronavirus crisis is ‘anti-American’

Carlo Allegri/ReutersNY Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined to retaliate to President Donald Trump’s latest jabs on Monday.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for unity in his Monday press briefing after President Donald Trump went after him earlier in the morning in a phone interview on “Fox & Friends.”

Weighing in on Cuomo’s boosted approval rating – 87%, according to a new Siena poll – Trump said, “one of the reasons he’s successful is because we’ve helped make him successful.”

On Sunday, Trump also accused New York hospitals of hoarding ventilators and other medical equipment.

“I’m not going to engage in politics, not because I’m unwilling to tangle, but because I think it’s inappropriate, and I think it’s counter-productive, and I think it’s anti-American,” Cuomo said when asked about Trump’s comments.

“Forget the politics,” Cuomo said. “We have a national crisis. We are at war. There is no politics. There is red, white, and blue.”

Trump and Cuomo have clashed over the federal government’s inability to get the New York up to 30,000 ventilators – and more broadly over the severity of the pandemic – with Trump more impatient to end social distancing and “re-open the economy.”


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Maryland’s Republican governor issues stay-at-home order to fight the coronavirus

Jose Luis Magana/APMaryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Maryland is now under a stay-at-home order after the state saw a rapid escalation in COVID-19 cases.

The order takes effect at 8 p.m. on Monday night.

People are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as obtaining food, medicine, or going to work if the job is considered essential.

Violators would be guilty of a misdemeanour, Hogan said, and could face imprisonment or a fine.

“This is a deadly public health crisis,” Hogan said. “We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home. We are directing them to do so.”


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Men are dying from the coronavirus at higher rates than women around the world. Here are scientists’ best ideas as to why.

Flavio Lo Scalzo/ReutersRelatives of a person who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive at a cemetery in Bergamo, Italy March 16, 2020

More men were dying of the coronavirus than women, according to data from China, South Korea, and Italy.

Scientists have a few ideas about why that is – some are behavioural, such as that men have higher rates of smoking and worse hygiene on average than women.

Many men also have higher rates of underlying preexisting conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These make patients who contract the coronavirus more vulnerable.


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