Mar 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump to give primetime address on coronavirus

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President Trump announced Wednesday that he'll be giving a prime-time address around 9 pm ET on the government's response to the coronavirus.

Why it matters: New cases of the coronavirus are continuing to surge in the U.S. and across the world, causing the stock market to crater and events to be canceled on a wide scale. Trump's address comes as the administration and Congress weigh economic stimulus options, while top health officials warn that drastic changes to daily life must be made in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Editor's note: This story was updated after Trump changed the time of the address from 8 pm to 9 pm ET.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 a.m. ET: 1,274,956 — Total deaths: 69,487 — Total recoveries: 260,484Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 a.m. ET: 337,635 — Total deaths: 9,647 — Total recoveries: 17,530Map.
  3. Federal government latest: Surgeon general says this week will be "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment." The USDA confirms that a Bronx zoo tiger tested positive for coronavirus.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. Biden says DNC may have to hold virtual convention.
  5. States updates: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is "literally going day-to-day" with supplies.
  6. World update: Queen Elizabeth II urges the British people to confront pandemic with "self-discipline" and "resolve" in rare televised address.
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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