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A cyclist on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on March 20. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Illinois residents in the state will be subject to a stay-at-home order from 5 p.m. on Saturday until the end of April 7, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Friday.

Why it matters: Five deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the state, per the Illinois health department, with 585 confirmed cases as of Friday — 163 more than Thursday. Most recorded cases are currently in Chicago and surrounding counties.

The big picture: Illinois is the third state to mandate residents to remain at home and avoid travel other than buying essential items and seeking medical assistance.

Catch up quick: Groceries, hospitals and medical offices, gas stations and pharmacies will continue operating in Illinois. Pritzker said residents could still pick up orders from restaurants, but "non-essential businesses must stop operating."

  • Evictions should be halted, Pritzker said.
  • "I’ve instructed law enforcement to monitor for violations," Pritzker said, emphasizing that residents should take it upon themselves to self-isolate.
  • On Sunday, he ordered all bars and restaurants in Illinois to close through March 30.

What you can do: Avoid close contact with those who are sick, wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home daily.

Go deeper... Coronavirus updates: U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico to close

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Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

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Bernie Madoff, a former investor sentenced to 150 years in prison for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, died Wednesday at age 82, AP reports.

The big picture: Madoff pleaded guilty in 2009 to a multibillion-dollar scheme that investigators said began in the 1970s and defrauded as many as 37,000 people in 136 countries — including high-profile victims like Steven Spielberg, former New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and actor Kevin Bacon, according to CNBC.

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John Kerry and China's long road ahead on climate

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Brian Snyder/AFP via Getty Images

Yes, special climate envoy John Kerry's really in China and no, don't look for a huge breakthrough between the world's two largest carbon-emitting nations.

Driving the news: The State Department yesterday announced Kerry's visit this week, confirming plans that began emerging Saturday.

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Coinbase plans to go public on Wednesday, in a watershed moment for the cryptocurrency industry.

Axios Re:Cap speaks with Coinbase president and COO Emilie Choi about how she thinks about crypto, why Coinbase eschewed a traditional IPO and if we’re ever going to use bitcoin to buy a cup of coffee.