12 things to know about coronavirus for today

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

There are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, including nearly 453,000 cases in the U.S. That includes 15,000 deaths

The Trump administration and some governors are cautiously optimistic that the outbreak is slowing in some areas, mainly New York. At the same time, states in the South and Midwest are starting to see cases spike. 


COVID-19 continues to grip the U.S. economy, but the administration hopes to get things back up and running as early as May. It's debatable though if "opening up the country" means the same thing to President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE as it does to Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciVaccine skepticism emerges as early test for Biden Trump encourages Americans to 'gather' in Thanksgiving proclamation despite coronavirus surge Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE.

Here's what you need to know today:

From the administration

  • Trump administration officials are laying the groundwork for a possible May reopening of the economy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on CNBC that businesses could reopen in May as long as Trump “feels comfortable with the medical issues.” Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant report.
  • Roughly 6.6 million Americans filed new applications for unemployment benefits in the first week of April as the coronavirus pandemic devastates the U.S. economy and forces millions out of work, according to data released Thursday by the Labor Department. Sylvan Lane has the story here.
  • A side effect of these record-high job losses: many also losing their health insurance, dealing a double whammy to suffering workers. Jessie Hellmann has more here
  •  The White House said it would start administering a coronavirus test to all of the reporters attending the press briefings, “out of an abundance of caution.” Read more here.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said the total number of U.S. deaths “looks more like 60,000” than earlier estimates of 100,000 to 200,000. Kaelan Deese reports.  


State watch



From Congress: