What you need to know today about the virus outbreak


Christians observed Good Friday without the solemn church services or emotional processions of past years,

The global death toll headed toward 100,000, with the confirmed number of infected people topping 1.6 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Another 355,000 have recovered.

With economies hit hard by the pandemic, governments

Here are some of AP’s top stories Friday on the world’s coronavirus pandemic. Follow for updates through the day and for stories explaining some of its complexities.


: Listen to AP’s coronavirus podcast, “Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak,” who worked on a multi-format package following 10 New Yorkers as they negotiate life in a city transformed by the virus.



— Even as nearly 17 million Americans sought unemployment benefits, a large number appear to be falling through the cracks. They can’t get through jammed phone systems or finish their applications on overloaded websites.

— People who must continue working during the outbreak are

— Schools that feed millions of children from low-income families across the U.S. promised to keep providing meals during the pandemic. But cities big and small

— that gripped the nation, and his own life, when he was a boy. He was stricken with polio. The two crises now bookend McConnell’s years, making the Kentucky Republican an unexpected voice of personal reflection. “Why does this current pandemic remind me of that? I think No. 1 is the fear,” he told The Associated Press.

— The coronavirus has infected so many doctors, nurses and other health workers that some in France, Italy and Spain are now quickly returning from their sick beds and heading back to the front lines.

— In the Chinese city where the pandemic began, people are cautiously returning to outdoor life amid a raft of strict controls.



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

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.

TRACKING THE VIRUS: , and you can access numbers that will show you the situation where you are, and where loved ones or people you’re worried about live.



— : From California to New York, some Americans are taking a moment each night to howl as a way of thanking the health care workers and first responders. It’s an American twist on the applause and singing for besieged health care workers in Europe.

— : With the largest powwows in the country canceled and postponed amid the spread of the coronavirus, tribal members have found a new outlet online with the Social Distance Powwow.

— : Rabbi Shlomo Segal is among the spiritual leaders who are adapting to a Passover in the shadow of COVID-19. The 40-year-old self-described “liberal” Orthodox rabbi has brought his Seder to YouTube


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