LIVE: White House coronavirus task force gives updates as US approaches 10,000 deaths

The latest:There are more than 335,000 cases in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. More than 9,400 people have died nationwide.At least 1,324 deaths were reported in the United States on Saturday, the most coronavirus deaths reported in a single day thus far.Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 1.2 million with more than 68,000 deaths, Hopkins reports.President Donald Trump detailed a new CDC recommendation Friday that Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.Top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called for a federally mandated stay-at-home order, but Trump said he will leave it up to governors.Wyoming is the only state without any reported coronavirus deaths.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirusBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital with the coronavirus.Johnson’s office says he is being admitted for tests because he still has symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus.Downing St. said Sunday the hospitalization is a “precautionary step” and he remains in charge of the government.Johnson, 55, has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26.Queen Elizabeth calls for unity during the coronavirus pandemicQueen Elizabeth II addressed the coronavirus pandemic and offered reassurance in a rare televised speech Sunday.”Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” the Queen said. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.” New York Times: Ex-Navy commander who sounded alarm over coronavirus tests positive for virusThe Navy captain removed from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week after warning that action was needed to save the lives of his crew from a coronavirus outbreak has tested positive for the virus, according to The New York Times on Sunday.Capt. Brett Crozier began exhibiting symptoms before he was removed from the warship on Thursday, the Times reported, citing two Naval Academy classmates of Crozier’s who are close to him and his family.A Navy spokesman declined to comment to the Times on Crozier’s status.Ford is making a face shield every 10 seconds, spokesman saysMore than one million face shields were made over the past week at the Ford subsidiary Troy Design and Manufacturing’s facility in Plymouth, Michigan, Ford spokesman Dan Barbossa told told CNN.Ford is now making a face shield every 10 seconds at its facility outside Detroit, Barbossa added.Over 120,000 face shields have been delivered to New York and the tri-state area already, and the millionth face shield produced is being delivered today to the New York City Procurement Center, Barbossa said.There are 120 workers helping at the facility. These face shields have been delivered to hospitals and first responders in over 16 states, Barbossa said.A ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘9/11′ moment The U.S. surgeon general said Sunday that this week is going to be the “hardest and the saddest” for “most Americans’ lives,” describing the upcoming grim period of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as a “Pearl Harbor moment” and a “9/11 moment.””This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that,” Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.”Adams continued: “I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”Officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread of the virus.Early Sunday, the nationwide death toll had gone up to at least 8,503 people, with at least 312,245 infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.On Sunday, Adams said his message to the governors who have not yet issued stay-at-home orders would be to consider even just a temporary shutdown.”If you can’t give us a month, give us a week … give us what you can,” Adams said.US reaches grim milestoneThe U.S. reached a grim milestone with the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, and officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread.With 1,344 new deaths reported Saturday, the U.S. had the most fatalities recorded in one day. The big test will come in the next couple weeks, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator.”The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” Birx said. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe, and that means everybody doing the six-feet distancing, washing your hands.”Social distancing measures already appear to be paying off in Washington state, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, calling the measure “our most important tool.”Lack of testing still a key issue A struggle many states are facing in the effort to understand and combat the virus is inaccessible testing.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his state doesn’t even have enough tests to get a clear idea of the scale of the outbreak.”Everything about the tests are very difficult to come by, and there’s no federal plan for this, so every state is on their own,” Pritzker said. “As I’ve said, it’s the Wild West out here.”California, one of the hotspots of the outbreak, has been working to increase the number of its residents that have been tested, which stands now at more than 126,000, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.”That testing number may sound high to some. It is low to many others and certainly to me,” Newsom said in a news conference on Saturday.The state formed a new task force led by leaders of the public and private sector to handle coronavirus testing as well as a partnership between University of California Davis and University of California San Diego to create at least five to seven testing hubs to increase capacity.States see the impact not even halfway throughSeveral states have reported jumps in cases, including Louisiana, where there were nearly 12,500 cases — a 21% increase — and more than 400 deaths Saturday, according to the state health department.”Look at the magnitude of this. We are still very much in this,” Dr. Joseph Kanter, assistant state health officer for the department, said in a news conference. “In fact, we haven’t even hit halfway.”New Orleans’ coroner’s office and mortuaries have reached their limit, said Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and she’s asked the federal government for additional refrigeration.New Jersey had its second day in a row of more than 4,000 positive cases reported. The state has lost nearly 100 more of its residents to coronavirus than it did in 9/11, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.”This pandemic is writing one of the greatest tragedies in our state’s history,” Murphy said.With more than 10,000 new cases reported on Friday alone, New York state has seen a “new high,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. At least 3,565 people have died in the state, with more than 114,000 cases reported.The state has yet to reach the peak of its curve, Cuomo told reporters, saying projections forecast the apex is between four and eight days away. At that point, New York’s health care system will face its “ultimate challenge,” Cuomo said.”But there’s part of me that says it’s good we’re not at the apex because we’re not yet ready for the apex either,” he said. “We’re not yet ready for the high point. We’re still working on the capacity of the system. The more time we have to improve the capacity of the system, the better.”A battle to stop the spreadGrowing cases continue to put pressure on facilities, staff and resources. But officials are finding ways to address those needs.Cuomo said he will sign an executive order to allow medical students who have yet to graduate to begin practicing. In all, the state has 85,000 medical volunteers, he said, including 22,000 from out of state.Javits Convention Center in Manhattan has become an emergency hospital facility that will provide 2,500 beds and be staffed by the federal government, Cuomo said.In New Orleans, officials are also responding to the influx by converting a convention center into an emergency hospital.And other states — and even another nation — has rallied to remedy dwindling supplies in New York.New York state, which has been desperately searching for ventilators, will receive 140 ventilators from Oregon, Cuomo said Saturday in a news conference.”This was unsolicited, but the 140 ventilators will make a difference,” Cuomo said, adding the gesture was both “kind” and “smart.” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has called on residents to donate equipment they may have.China is donating another 1,000 ventilators, Cuomo said.”We’re all in the same battle here,” the governor said. “And the battle is stopping the spread of the virus.”W2lmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZDJjbXZicTdzeHgzM2ouY2xvdWRmcm9udC5uZXQvZW1haWwvcHJvZF9jb3JvbmF2aXJ1c19pZnJhbWVfYXJ0aWNsZS5odG1sIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjQxNCIgc3R5bGU9IndpZHRoOjEwMCU7Ym9yZGVyOm5vbmU7b3ZlcmZsb3c6aGlkZGVuIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dUcmFuc3BhcmVuY3k9InRydWUiXVsvaWZyYW1lXQ==

The latest:

  • There are more than 335,000 cases in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. More than 9,400 people have died nationwide.
  • At least 1,324 deaths were reported in the United States on Saturday, the most coronavirus deaths reported in a single day thus far.
  • Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 1.2 million with more than 68,000 deaths, Hopkins reports.
  • President Donald Trump detailed a new CDC recommendation Friday that Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
  • Top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called for a federally mandated stay-at-home order, but Trump said he will leave it up to governors.
  • Wyoming is the only state without any reported coronavirus deaths.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital with the coronavirus.

Johnson’s office says he is being admitted for tests because he still has symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

Downing St. said Sunday the hospitalization is a “precautionary step” and he remains in charge of the government.

Johnson, 55, has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26.

Queen Elizabeth calls for unity during the coronavirus pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II addressed the coronavirus pandemic and offered reassurance in a rare televised speech Sunday.

“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” the Queen said. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”

New York Times: Ex-Navy commander who sounded alarm over coronavirus tests positive for virus

The Navy captain removed from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week after warning that action was needed to save the lives of his crew from a coronavirus outbreak has tested positive for the virus, according to The New York Times on Sunday.

Capt. Brett Crozier began exhibiting symptoms before he was removed from the warship on Thursday, the Times reported, citing two Naval Academy classmates of Crozier’s who are close to him and his family.

A Navy spokesman declined to comment to the Times on Crozier’s status.

Ford is making a face shield every 10 seconds, spokesman says

More than one million face shields were made over the past week at the Ford subsidiary Troy Design and Manufacturing’s facility in Plymouth, Michigan, Ford spokesman Dan Barbossa told told CNN.

Ford is now making a face shield every 10 seconds at its facility outside Detroit, Barbossa added.

Over 120,000 face shields have been delivered to New York and the tri-state area already, and the millionth face shield produced is being delivered today to the New York City Procurement Center, Barbossa said.

There are 120 workers helping at the facility. These face shields have been delivered to hospitals and first responders in over 16 states, Barbossa said.

A ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘9/11’ moment

The U.S. surgeon general said Sunday that this week is going to be the “hardest and the saddest” for “most Americans’ lives,” describing the upcoming grim period of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as a “Pearl Harbor moment” and a “9/11 moment.”

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that,” Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Adams continued: “I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread of the virus.

Early Sunday, the nationwide death toll had gone up to at least 8,503 people, with at least 312,245 infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday, Adams said his message to the governors who have not yet issued stay-at-home orders would be to consider even just a temporary shutdown.

“If you can’t give us a month, give us a week … give us what you can,” Adams said.

US reaches grim milestone

The U.S. reached a grim milestone with the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, and officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread.

With 1,344 new deaths reported Saturday, the U.S. had the most fatalities recorded in one day.

The big test will come in the next couple weeks, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator.

“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” Birx said. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe, and that means everybody doing the six-feet distancing, washing your hands.”

Social distancing measures already appear to be paying off in Washington state, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, calling the measure “our most important tool.”

Lack of testing still a key issue

A struggle many states are facing in the effort to understand and combat the virus is inaccessible testing.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his state doesn’t even have enough tests to get a clear idea of the scale of the outbreak.

“Everything about the tests are very difficult to come by, and there’s no federal plan for this, so every state is on their own,” Pritzker said. “As I’ve said, it’s the Wild West out here.”

California, one of the hotspots of the outbreak, has been working to increase the number of its residents that have been tested, which stands now at more than 126,000, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

“That testing number may sound high to some. It is low to many others and certainly to me,” Newsom said in a news conference on Saturday.

The state formed a new task force led by leaders of the public and private sector to handle coronavirus testing as well as a partnership between University of California Davis and University of California San Diego to create at least five to seven testing hubs to increase capacity.

States see the impact not even halfway through

Several states have reported jumps in cases, including Louisiana, where there were nearly 12,500 cases — a 21% increase — and more than 400 deaths Saturday, according to the state health department.

“Look at the magnitude of this. We are still very much in this,” Dr. Joseph Kanter, assistant state health officer for the department, said in a news conference. “In fact, we haven’t even hit halfway.”

New Orleans’ coroner’s office and mortuaries have reached their limit, said Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and she’s asked the federal government for additional refrigeration.

New Jersey had its second day in a row of more than 4,000 positive cases reported. The state has lost nearly 100 more of its residents to coronavirus than it did in 9/11, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

“This pandemic is writing one of the greatest tragedies in our state’s history,” Murphy said.

With more than 10,000 new cases reported on Friday alone, New York state has seen a “new high,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. At least 3,565 people have died in the state, with more than 114,000 cases reported.

Medical personnel are seen outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as the country works to stop the spread of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020 in New York City.

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Medical personnel are seen outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as the country works to stop the spread of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020 in New York City.

The state has yet to reach the peak of its curve, Cuomo told reporters, saying projections forecast the apex is between four and eight days away. At that point, New York’s health care system will face its “ultimate challenge,” Cuomo said.

“But there’s part of me that says it’s good we’re not at the apex because we’re not yet ready for the apex either,” he said. “We’re not yet ready for the high point. We’re still working on the capacity of the system. The more time we have to improve the capacity of the system, the better.”

A battle to stop the spread

Growing cases continue to put pressure on facilities, staff and resources. But officials are finding ways to address those needs.

Cuomo said he will sign an executive order to allow medical students who have yet to graduate to begin practicing. In all, the state has 85,000 medical volunteers, he said, including 22,000 from out of state.

Javits Convention Center in Manhattan has become an emergency hospital facility that will provide 2,500 beds and be staffed by the federal government, Cuomo said.

In New Orleans, officials are also responding to the influx by converting a convention center into an emergency hospital.

And other states — and even another nation — has rallied to remedy dwindling supplies in New York.

New York state, which has been desperately searching for ventilators, will receive 140 ventilators from Oregon, Cuomo said Saturday in a news conference.

“This was unsolicited, but the 140 ventilators will make a difference,” Cuomo said, adding the gesture was both “kind” and “smart.” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has called on residents to donate equipment they may have.

China is donating another 1,000 ventilators, Cuomo said.

“We’re all in the same battle here,” the governor said. “And the battle is stopping the spread of the virus.”