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Coronavirus updates from April 19, 2020

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More than 40,000 people in the U.S. have been killed by COVID-19 since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University, and more than 750,000 cases have been confirmed. Meanwhile, demonstrators in several states continued balking at stay-at-home orders.
  • Italy's death toll hits one-week low.
  • N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo announces launch of "aggressive" antibody testing.
  • Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb says U.S. is "not out of the woods yet."
  • Broadway star Nick Cordero's right leg amputated due to virus complications.
Detailed information from the CDC on coronavirus treatment and prevention.


Congress, White House near deal on $350 billion in additional small business aid

The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and to add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing.
As talks continued, President Trump said there's a "good chance" of reaching a bipartisan agreement with Democrats. "We are very close to a deal," Mr. Trump said Sunday at the White House.
Along with the small business boost, he said the negotiators were looking at "helping our hospitals," particularly hard-hit rural health care providers.
The Senate is scheduled for a pro forma session Monday, but no vote has been set. The House announced it could meet as soon as Wednesday for a vote on the pending package, according to a schedule update from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
The emerging accord links the administration's effort to replenish small-business aid with Democrats' demands for more money for hospitals and virus testing. It would provide $300 billion for the small-business payroll program and $50 billion would be available for a small business disaster fund. Additionally, it would bring $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for testing, according to those involved in the talks.

California reports first prison inmate death from virus

California reported the first prison inmate death from COVID-19 on Sunday as the state steps up efforts to prevent outbreaks among vulnerable populations, including people living in nursing homes, on the streets or in homeless shelters.
The inmate died at a hospital after contracting the coronavirus at the California Institution for Men in San Bernardino County, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.
No further details were released to protect the inmate's medical privacy, and next of kin was notified. Statewide, 115 inmates and 89 corrections employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, corrections officials said.

Cruise ship with 1,831 passengers to make first port-of-call after 35 days of continuous sailing during pandemic

For Spanish traveler Carlos Payá, being on an around-the-globe luxury cruise while the rest of world scurried into their homes for fear of the COVID-19 pandemic was beyond surreal. It was "a stroke of good luck."
Now, his trip inside the virus-free bubble that the Costa Deliziosa cruise ship became on its 15-week odyssey is coming to an end. The boat is steaming toward Barcelona, Spain, where it will make its first port-of-call on Monday after 35 days of continuous sailing with no human contact with the outside world.

The 58-year-old Payá, a sports writer travelling with his wife, said when news started to reach the boat of the rapid spread of the coronavirus in their native Spain, their first desire was to get home to their two grown children in their hometown of Valencia.
But with ports denying the boat entry, they have had to temper their concern with the amenities on board.
Unlike other cruise ships that suffered outbreaks and and were often put in quarantine to protect port cities, the Deliziosa has found no cases of the COVID-19 virus, according to its owner, Italian cruise company Costa Crociere. So the boat's 1,831 passengers were free to use the ship's facilities and entertainments.
"Of course, for those of us who have children in Spain, we would have preferred to return," Payá said. "Other passengers, on the other hand, given their old age wanted to stay on board knowing that the boat was safe and secure." 
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