Live updates tracking the coronavirus pandemic from Yahoo News reporters in the United States and around the world.
The latest on the pandemic
• According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 740,000 coronavirus cases and 35,000 deaths worldwide.
• The United States now leads the world with more than 143,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 2,500 deaths.
• White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx projects 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths as a best case scenario.
• President Trump announced that he was extending the CDC guidelines for limiting social contact through April 30.
• The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics are now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021.
• Italy reported almost 900 new deaths, with the toll now surpassing 10,000. Spain has become the third country to pass China's officially reported cases.
• Worried you're experiencing coronavirus symptoms? Here's what the CDC says to do.
• Want some uplifting stories? Click here.
Coronavirus slowdown in Seattle suggests restrictions are working
The Seattle area, home of the first known coronavirus case in the United States and the place where the virus claimed 37 of its first 50 victims, is now seeing evidence that strict containment strategies, imposed in the earliest days of the outbreak, are beginning to pay off — at least for now.
Deaths are not rising as fast as they are in other states. Dramatic declines in street traffic show that people are staying home. Hospitals have so far not been overwhelmed. And preliminary statistical models provided to public officials in Washington state suggest that the spread of the virus has slowed in the Seattle area in recent days.
While each infected person was spreading the virus to an average of 2.7 other people earlier in March, that number appears to have dropped, with one projection suggesting that it was now down to 1.4.
How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?
A nurse with asthma, a grandfather with cancer and a homeless man with no known family are wracked with coronavirus-induced fevers. They are struggling to breathe, and a ventilator could save their lives. But who gets one when there aren't enough to go around?
Health care workers are dreading the prospect of such dire scenarios as U.S. hospitals brace for a looming surge in patients who need breathing machines and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply.
That has meant dusting off playbooks they’ve never before had to implement on how to fairly ration limited resources during an emergency.
“I pray for their good judgment and their capacity as they make very difficult choices,” said Erik Curren, whose 77-year-old father died this month from respiratory complications related to the virus after becoming infected at an assisted living home in Florida.
Harrowing scenarios already are unfolding in country after country hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Spain, where one nursing home official said sick residents are dying after being unable to get into overflowing hospitals.
A man walks his dog past graffiti calling for people to wash their hands to combat the spread of the coronavirus, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday March, 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
There are 67,000 pharmacies in the United States. Only 5 are testing for the coronavirus.
The promise of testing at local pharmacies, which Trump implied was at hand on a large scale, remains unrealized. Of the nation’s 67,000 pharmacies, only five sites currently have the capacity to test for the coronavirus through what an official called the Community-Based Testing Site program, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Read more.
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Prince Charles out of self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, has ended his period of self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. Read more.
Dr. Birx predicts up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths 'if we do things almost perfectly'
The White House coronavirus response coordinator said Monday that she is "very worried about every city in the United States" and projects 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths as a best case scenario.
In an interview on "TODAY," Dr. Deborah Birx painted a grim message about the expected fatalities, echoing that without doing any measures they could hit as high as 2.2 million, as coronavirus cases continue to climb throughout the U.S.
"I think everyone understands now that you can go from five to 50 to 500 to 5000 cases very quickly," Birx said.
"I think in some of the metro areas we were late in getting people to follow the 15-day guidelines" she added.
Here's how to use your $1,200 stimulus check from the government's coronavirus relief package
Millions of workers and their families will receive a one-time check from the government as part of the coronavirus stimulus package. Most adults will get $1,200, while children will receive another $500. For workers who have already lost their jobs because of the pandemic’s hit to the economy, that extra money will likely be immediately put to good use — paying rent, mortgages, utility bills and more. But if you have a paycheck, what’s the best use of that money? Read more.
President Trump signs the CARES Act in the Oval Office on Friday. (Erin Schaff/Getty Images)