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Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 ‘most severe’ global health emergency ever, WHO


The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 649,000 people worldwide.

Over 16 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 146,968 deaths.

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  • Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.

    11:10 a.m.: Florida’s daily cases below 9,000 for 1st time in at least 2 weeks

    Hard-hit Florida reported 8,892 new coronavirus cases Monday morning — the first time its daily case count was below 9,000 in at least two weeks, according to data from the state’s Department of Health.

    Throughout Florida, just 18.82% of ICU beds remained available Monday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.

    Monroe County and Okeechobee County had no ICU beds available, the agency said.

    ICU availability will fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.

    10:20 a.m.: Cases have roughly doubled worldwide in last 6 weeks

    Coronavirus cases have roughly doubled worldwide in the last six weeks, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday.

    This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared and COVID-19 “is easily the most severe,” Tedros said.

    In the countries following hand washing, social distancing and mask guidance, cases are going down, Tedros said. In the countries not following those rules, cases are rising, he said.

    Tedros said Cambodia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand and Vietnam prevented large-scale outbreaks, while Canada, China, Germany and South Korea brought large outbreaks under control.

    9:37 a.m.: Miami Marlins’ home opener canceled due to COVID-19 breakout

    The Miami Marlins’ home opener — set for Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles — has been canceled due to a COVID-19 breakout, ESPN reported.

    At least 14 people, including players and coaches, have tested…



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