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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 803,650 — Total deaths: 39,033 — Total recoveries: 172,772.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 164,785 — Total deaths: 3,173— Total recoveries: 5,995.
  3. Public health updates: FDA authorizes two-minute test kit to detect coronavirus — A state-by-state look at when the outbreak will peak.
  4. Trump latest: Senior administration officials discuss why the president backed off his planned Easter reopening date.
  5. Federal government latest: NIAID director Anthony Fauci said the White House coronavirus task force will hold an "active discussion" about broadening the use of medical masks to protect against coronavirus.
  6. Sports update: NCAA spring-sport athletes will get an extra season of eligibility due to their canceled seasons from the coronavirus outbreak.
  7. What should I do? 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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FDA authorizes two-minute antibody testing kit to detect coronavirus

Currently, testing kits take days to produce results. Photo: Sergei Malgavko\TASS via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency approval Tuesday for a serological testing kit produced by Bodysphere Inc. that can detect a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in two minutes.

Why it matters: Access to testing has improved in the U.S. thanks to commercial labs, but the average wait time for a patient's results is four to five days — with some reports of it taking more than a week.

Fauci: "Active discussion" about broadening use of masks to fight coronavirus

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN Tuesday that the White House coronavirus task force will hold an "active discussion" about broadening the use of medical masks to protect against coronavirus.

Why it matters: Such a guidance shift would be a huge change in messaging from the Trump administration, which initially advised against healthy people using masks.

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