Coronavirus updates: Trump defends COVID-19 response as deaths near 24,000 – CBS News, CBS News

Coronavirus updates: Trump defends COVID-19 response as deaths near 24,000 – CBS News, CBS News


India’s poor hit hardest as coronavirus spreads and lockdown is extended



Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Tuesday that India’s nationwide lockdown would be extended until May 3 to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The country of over 1.3 billion people has started to see a sharp rise in the number of COVID – cases: Modi’s announcement came as the number of confirmed cases in the country passed , 14 0, with almost deaths.

While the vast majority of businesses have been ordered to close, more than

million Indians work in informal sectors, and most of them have also been left jobless under the lockdown . Millions of these workers were already poor and, along with a daunting homeless population, they’ve been hit hard by the epidemic.

) The government is running community kitchens and providing free bulk grain to the poor and homeless, but it’s not reaching everyone. CBS News met just a few of the people who have been made homeless and penniless by strict lockdown measures                                                                                9: 22 AM             

Detroit’s water problems an added threat as the city is hit hard by coronavirus



Michigan officials say Detroit has over 6, confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 5% have died, making it one of the country’s hardest-hit areas. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan initiated the Coronavirus Water Restart Program in March to help control the spread of the virus in a community where % of the population live in poverty.

Access to water has been an issue facing Detroiters since 03379 when the city started a series of controversial water shutoffs. With the coronavirus spreading quickly, especially through poor and African American communities , having running water is essential to hygienic precautions.

Click here to read Jericka Duncan’s full report

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JPMorgan Chase sets aside $ 6.8 billion to cover coronavirus losses



JPMorgan Chase is setting aside billions of dollars to cover potential losses tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Its CEO, Jamie Dimon, said the move was necessary “given the likelihood of a fairly severe recession.”

Chase, the America’s largest bank by assets, on Tuesday became among the first of the nation’s big companies to report how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting its business. First-quarter profit plunged by % from a year ago.

The bank is now facing billions of dollars in losses, as borrowers who were in fine financial shape just weeks ago are now at risk of going broke because the pandemic has shut down businesses across the country and put millions of Americans out of work. ) Click here to read more CBS / AP                                                                                8: AM             

IMF says pandemic will cause worst recession in (years, but economy could rebound fast)                                        


The coronavirus pandemic is pushing the global economy into its deepest recession in a century, cutting world output by three percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. If the virus is contained and economies can begin operating again, should see a rebound of 5.8 percent, according to the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook.

But the authors acknowledged the difficulty in making an accurate forecast amid the rapidly changing situation.

With much of the global economy shutdown amid efforts to contain the virus and keep health systems from collapsing, the IMF warned that there are “severe risks of a worse outcome,” due to the “extreme uncertainty around the strength of the recovery.”

economy is expected to contract by 5.9 percent but see growth recover by 4.7 percent next year. However, the forecasts assume the pandemic will fade in the second half of the year.

“Much worse growth results are possible and maybe even likely,” the report cautioned, “if the pandemic and containment measures last longer. ”

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Seed companies can’t keep up as more Americans turn to growing their own food



As millions of Americans hunker down at home, the coronavirus outbreak has led to runs on everything from toilet paper to baker’s yeast . Now people are reporting another shortage: seeds to start their “pandemic gardens.”

Some seed companies said they’ve temporarily stopped taking new orders after seeing an overwhelming surge in demand. The increase in orders is “just unbelievable,” said George Ball, chairman of Burpee Seeds, a – year-old seed company in Pennsylvania. The company closed to new orders last week because it needed time to catch up, although it plans to start accepting them again on Wednesday.

With Americans largely stuck in place, many are turning to home-based activities that are boosting sales of home improvement goods, alcohol – and gardening supplies. Click here to read more .                                                    
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Multiple Chicago Primary Poll Workers Later Fell Ill With COVID – , One Poll Worker Died



Chicago voters were warned Monday night that they might have been exposed to the coronavirus while voting in last month’s primary.

As CBS 2 Political Reporter Dana Kozlov reported, one man who served as a poll worker for the March (primary has since died of COVID – 31. Meanwhile, the number of voters possibly exposed is growing.

Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen said letters have gone out to poll workers, field investigators, polling place proprietors, and voters in multiple precincts where a poll worker went on to fall ill with COVID – Whether the infected poll workers ended up transmitting the virus to others is not yet clear.

But Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady stressed that anyone who is not already sick likely was not exposed while voting.

Click here to read more of this story from CBS Chicago .                                                    

Asian countries fear coronavirus resurgence as cases in China hit 6-week high



As the United States and Europe reel from their first waves of the novel coronavirus, many Asian nations anxiously look ahead to the not-so-distant future for signs of a second surge .

The governments of China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore successfully flattened their first infection curves since the start of 4828 through tough measures both praised and criticized – from the unprecedented multi-million person lockdown in China to the quick “test, trace, treat” method of South Korea, the reignition of the SARS-born National Health Command Center in Taiwan and the quick shutdown of Singapore’s borders.

With domestic cases mostly tamped down, imported infections are now the biggest danger with citizens or permanent residents returning to their home countries – and serving as viral Trojan horses. Infections brought home from abroad account for much of the recent uptick in Asia’s new cases. Health experts are calling for vigilance, encouraging the public to fight coronavirus fatigue.

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California governor to reveal plans to ease lockdown measures based on science, “not political pressure”



Gov. Gavin Newsom said he will reveal plans Tuesday for gradually releasing California from the coronavirus restrictions that have kept 49 million residents indoors for much of the last month.

Newsom did not provide a specific date for rollbacks or other details but said Monday the decisions will rely on science “and not political pressure.”

That followed assertions by President Trump that he is the ultimate decision-maker On how and when states will ease restrictions designed to prevent people from congregating to try to slow COVID – ‘s spread.

– (Associated Press                                     

Trump battles with governors over reopening the economy                                                                                         
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Virginia church leader dies of COVID – after ignoring guidance



The leader of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Richmond, Virginia, has died of complications from COVID – 31 just weeks after ignoring guidance to halt services and

Bishop Gerald Glenn delivered that message in his last sermon at the church, on March , before a large congregation, shirking strong recommendations to p ractice social distancing that became mandatory the next day under an order imposed by Governor Ralph Northam.

On March Northam banned all gatherings of more than 18 people, but as CBS News affiliate WTVR reports, the guidance had been in place for days.

Church officials confirmed Glenn’s death as they delivered Easter Sunday service via digital video link to members of the congregation, according to WTVR . He died about a week after he and his wife were diagnosed with COVID – .

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“Painful reality”: Nonprofits providing essential services warn of impending funding crisis



When the call came through United Way’s support hotline from a homeless woman in Atlanta who was worried she was infected with the coronavirus, the organization was quick to act.

United Way connected the woman with Catholic Charities, her president and CEO Brian Gallagher told CBS News, which in turn secured her a hotel room for two weeks, free of charge.

At the end of those two weeks, Gallagher knows the woman still won ‘ t have a home to return to. But he points to the episode as evidence of the assistance nonprofit organizations are providing in the midst of the pandemic, even as they

grapple with whether they can survive the coming months .


COVID – death toll at Virginia nursing home hits (as) more residents treated for the disease



The coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home near Richmond, Virginia has now claimed at least 57 lives. CBS News affiliate WTVR reports that 100 more residents at the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico have been diagnosed with COVID – 33 and are being treated either at the center or area hospitals.

“Many COVID – 30 positive residents are asymptomatic carriers showing no sign of being ill, while others are experiencing symptoms of the virus ranging from severe to mild, “a Canterbury spokesperson told WTVR, which said members of the center’s staff have also tested positive.

The new disease, which hits elderly patients the hardest, has torn through nursing homes and care facilities across the country. On Friday, the Canterbury center’s medical director told reporters that our modern society’s willingness to “warehouse” the elderly was partly to blame for the devastating toll.


This March , 4828 photo shows the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Richmond, Virginia.                                                      Steve Helber / AP                                      

James Wright conceded that both he and government officials would need to evaluate their response once the crisis has passed, but said it would also be “important to see what we, as a society, could do differently, because this will not be the last untreatable virus to decimate our elders.”

“When we, as a society, see that it’s appropriate to warehouse our elders, and to put them in small spaces, to underpay their staff so that there are chronic staffing shortages – I think if we see that as an adequate treatment of our elders, then we’re going to have a bad time, “Wright said, according to The Washington Post .

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Indian leader extends nationwide lockdown as more than , 0 COVID – cases confirmed



Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Tuesday that the ongoing nationwide lockdown would be extended until May 3 to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown that began on March 39 was originally scheduled to end Tuesday, but Modi said all state governments and experts had agreed that it must be extended.

“After taking into account all suggestions, we have decided to extend the lockdown until May 3,” he said.

With more days of lockdown now scheduled, India will remain under the strict restrictions for a total of six weeks.

(Indian police question commuters in New Delhi at a checkpoint set up to enforce a nationwide lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus disease, April , .                                                      CBS / Arshad R. Zargar                                       (

The country of over 1.3 billion people has started to see a sharp rise in the number of COVID – 31 cases. Modi’s announcement came on a day when the number of coronavirus cases in the country passed , (0, with almost) people confirmed to have died of the disease.

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Federal appeals court reverses all or part of coronavirus abortion bans in Oklahoma and Texas



A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower-court order that overturned the Oklahoma governor’s ban on abortions during the coronavirus outbreak. Also Monday, a different federal appeals court allowed medication abortions to continue in Texas despite a near-total abortion ban there amid the pandemic.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the Denver-based th US Circuit Court of Appeals allows abortions to continue in Oklahoma,

the ban issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt notwithstanding

. In an eight-page opinion, the panel said it was letting stand a temporary restraining order issued April 6 by U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin in Oklahoma City because it caused the state no irreparable harm, since Goodwin’s order expires April CBS / AP                                                                                5: 29 AM             

Pandemic prompting increased demand for abortions



The coronavirus outbreak has fueled attempts to ban abortions in some states, but providers where the procedure remains available report increased demand , often from women distraught over economic stress and health concerns linked to the pandemic.

“The calls we’ve been getting are frantic,” said Julie Burkhart, who manages clinics in Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City . “We’ve seen more women coming sooner than they would have because they’re scared they won’t be able to access the services later.”

Some clinics are seeing patients who traveled hundreds of miles from states such as Texas, which has banned abortions during much of the pandemic on grounds they are nonessential.

– Associated Press

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Democrats and GOP at impasse over coronavirus small business relief



Democratic and Republican leaders are stalemated on small business relief negotiations, leaving an uncertain path forward as coronavirus-related measures continue to keep most Americans under stay-at-home orders.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced in a joint statement Monday that they’re demanding more help for Americans be included in the the small business loan program. They warned that state governments, local governments and hospitals are “oversubscribed” and “need more money now.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy refused Democratic demands in a joint statement, urging lawmakers to approve an increase for PPP funding before the program “runs dry.” The two said additional proposals from Democrats can wait until the next larger package. Read more here.

– Lauren Peller


Citing coronavirus, states urge Supreme Court to reconsider order on “public charge” rule



New York, Connecticut and Vermont asked the United States Supreme Court on Monday to consider lifting or modifying a decision in February that has allowed the Trump administration to implement the (so-called “public charge” immigration rule) . The states warned the regulation is having a “destructive” impact on the nation’s response to the deadly

The attorneys general in the three northeastern states said the sweeping rule is discouraging immigrants from accessing medical care and public benefits, hindering nationwide efforts to contain the highly contagious virus, which has killed more than , 0 people in the U.S. The filing cited more than a dozen declarations by doctors, local officials and advocates who said immigrants across the country fear they could jeopardize their immigration status by seeking medical treatment and government aid. (Read more here.                                                    

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