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. 

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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 TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Economy adds 4.8M jobs in June | Unemployment to average 6.1 percent through 2030: CBO | Mnuchin says no regrets on pushing to reopen Treasury approves 0 million loan to company being sued for overcharging Pentagon US no longer 'flattening the curve' of coronavirus pandemic, administration official says MORE as it does to Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci warns new coronavirus mutation may cause virus to spread more easily GOP Arizona lawmaker says Fauci and Birx 'undermine' Trump's coronavirus response Overnight Health Care: Experts fear July 4 weekend will exacerbate coronavirus spread | Texas Gov. Abbott will require masks in most of the state | Fauci warns: 'We are not going in the right direction' 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

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From Congress: