16 things to know for today about coronavirus

16 things to know for today about coronavirus
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Welcome to The Hill's daily roundup of coronavirus news.

The number of U.S. cases surpassed 400,000 on Wednesday, with more than 14,000 deaths. 

But there is some good news in the grim numbers. The models that federal officials have been relying on are trending downward, and Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries Don't move the COVID-19 goalpost Overnight Health Care: Sewage testing gives clues of coronavirus | White House says Trump would take hydroxychloroquine again | Trump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K virus deaths MORE, the administration's top infectious disease expert, said the death toll is looking like it will be less than the 100,000 to 200,000 projected earlier.

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The reason: social distancing is working to stop the chain of infection. The numbers in New York tell a similar story. But the seeming success of such measures means that they need to continue, posing a new dilemma for the Trump administration.

Here's what you need to know today:

 

Running the numbers 

 

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In the administration and Congress

 

In the states and abroad

  • New Jersey is ordering residents to wear masks while in grocery stores, and is limiting essential retail stores to 50 percent of their usual capacity in an effort to prevent overcrowding. Justine Coleman reports.
  • Washington state is returning a field hospital to FEMA so that it can be deployed to another state with more needs. Rebecca Klar reports.
  • New York Gov. Cuomo said he would be directing flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. Rebecca has more here.