A record-high number of people in the face of a near-total economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The surge in weekly applications for benefits far exceeded the previous record set in 1982.
That comes as U.S. deaths from the pandemic on economies and established routines of life. Worldwide, the death toll climbed past 21,000, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, Spanish and Italian medical workers are at breaking point as the coronavirus
Here are some of AP's top stories Thursday on the world's coronavirus pandemic. Follow for updates through the day and for stories explaining some of its complexities.
WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY:
— The Senate steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems overrun by the virus and its fallout. It now goes to the House.
— President Donald Trump's desire to reopen the coronavirus-battered economy in a matter of weeks fe.
— Hospitals in several states are opening older closed hospitals and repurposing other medical buildings. Simple math is spurring hospital leaders to prepare.
— A growing number of Americans during the outbreak.
— In France, the fight against COVID-19 The iconic loaf and the daily ritual of buying it have become loaded with moral, civic and public health considerations that could never have been imagined a few months ago.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.
Here are the symptoms of
One of the best ways to prevent spread of the virus is washing your hands with soap and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends first washing with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds to get it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails before rinsing off.
You should wash your phone, too.
Misinformation overload: .
Estimated cost of postponing the Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei estimated. The Tokyo Olympics need new dates for the opening and closing ceremonies in 2021. Nothing much can get done until those dates are determined by the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government and Tokyo organizers.
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