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World coronavirus updates: Cases to hit 1 million within days, WHO warns

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Novel coronavirus infections are nearing the 1 million mark after a "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 937,000 and the global death toll exceeded 47,000 by early Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported more than 13,000 deaths.

  • Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.

What's happening: "The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week," Tedros said during a WHO briefing. "In the next few days we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths."

  • In Spain, two planes carrying protective equipment arrived to restock the country's overloaded public health system on Wednesday as confirmed cases surpassed 100,000 and the nation saw its biggest death toll so far, Reuters reports.
  • In the U.K., 500 people were reported dead within 24 hours as of Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.
  • Iran's death toll surpassed 3,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins.
  • India's three-week lockdown is the largest ever attempted, and sparked South Asia's greatest migration since partition in 1947.
  • Taiwan plans to donate 10 million surgical face masks to the U.S., European Union and other allies, President Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday. The country pledged to send 100,000 masks to the U.S. per week.
  • Sanctions on Venezuela, Iran, Syria and Cuba should be lifted "to prevent hunger crises" amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Hilal Elver, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, said Tuesday.
  • A landmark U.N. climate change summit, originally scheduled for November in Glasgow, Scotland, is being delayed until next year.
  • Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has remained defiant of his own health ministry's guidelines, after he visited a busy commercial district in Brasília. He called on all but elderly Brazilians to get back to work, the New York Times reports.

Economic impact: The virus has caused a "global shock" and significant economic pain "seems unavoidable in all countries," the World Bank said in an update for East Asia and the Pacific on Monday.

  • The World Bank projected growth in China, where the outbreak began, would slow 2.3% in the baseline scenario, or as low as 0.1% in the lower-case scenario.

Coronavirus symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.

Editors note: This article will be updated regularly with breaking news.

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More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Florida and Georgia governors ordered all residents to stay at home late Wednesday, with exceptions for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 956,588 — Total deaths: 48,583 — Total recoveries: 202,728Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 216,722 — Total deaths: 5,137 — Total recoveries: 8,672Map.
  3. Stimulus updates: Social Security recipients won't need to file a tax return to receive their checks.
  4. Jobs update: 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, a staggering number that eclipses the record set on March 26.
  5. States' latest: Florida's slow response may have made its coronavirus outbreak worse — Nearly 40 states have issued stay-at-home orders.
  6. National updates: The Grand Canyon closed after a resident tested positive for coronavirus.
  7. World update: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-entered self-quarantine after his health minister tested positive for coronavirus.
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Biden doubts Democratic convention can go ahead as planned amid outbreak

2020 candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during the Democratic presidential debate in a CNN studio in Washington, D.C. on March 15. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

2020 candidate Joe Biden said on MSNBC Tuesday evening it's "hard to envision" the Democratic National Convention going ahead as planned in July when cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise. But he believes elections can take place during pandemics if alternative methods are used — like "drive-in voting."

The big picture: President Trump said earlier Tuesday projections indicated COVID-19 could kill 100,000–240,000 Americans. The virus has killed more than 4,000 people and infected almost 190,000 others as of Wednesday morning, per Johns Hopkins data.

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