Global cases top 1 million: More than a million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University, a landmark moment in the growing worldwide pandemic. The worst affected countries are the United States, Italy and Spain, all of which have more than 100,000 cases.
Italy’s death toll nears 14,000: More than 53,000 deaths have been reported globally, according to Johns Hopkins. The countries with the highest number of fatalities are Italy, with 13,915 deaths, and Spain with 10,348.
US to issue nationwide guidance on face masks: In a news conference Thursday, President Donald Trump said that US regulations on face masks would be announced soon, but added they likely wouldn’t be mandatory.
Time for national stay-at home order: Fauci: Top US infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci told a CNN town hall Thursday night that it was time to put in place a nationwide order for citizens to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. “I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” he said. President Trump has previously called for flexibility between states.
South Korea tops 10,000 recorded cases: South Korea is now the second country in Asia to have more than 10,000 infections, after China. Nearly 60% of the country’s patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.
Tokyo records highest single day rise in infections: Japan reported 235 new cases of the novel coronavirus today, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the country to 3,329. The capital Tokyo saw its largest single-day rise yet of 97 cases. There are now 684 infections in the city.