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Coronavirus updates: NY teams with 5 neighboring states on reopening plan, Cuomo says

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a person in a wet city street in the rain holding an umbrella: A man walks in heavy rain and high winds across a nearly empty West 42nd street in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, April 13, 2020. © Mike Segar/Reuters A man walks in heavy rain and high winds across a nearly empty West 42nd street in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, April 13, 2020.

While many countries are pointing toward positive signs that social distancing might be finally flattening the curve, the novel coronavirus death toll continues to be staggering with more than 117,000 dead worldwide.

The U.S. is the global leader in the number of cases and deaths. At least 22,154 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

More than 560,000 people in the U.S. have tested positive.

Worldwide, more than 1.8 million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Here are today's biggest developments:

  • Trump retweets call to fire Dr. Fauci from post
  • New York working with 5 neighboring states on reopening plan
  • Behaviors will be changed for 'foreseeable future,' World Health Organization warns
  • Here's how the situation is developing today. All times Eastern.

    2:50 p.m.: COVID-19 deaths now in all 50 states

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    There has now been a coronavirus death in all 50 states.

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    2:20 p.m.: New York working with 5 neighboring states on reopening plan

    Six Northeast states -- New York New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island -- are joining forces to create a reopening plan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

    a person standing on a sidewalk: Two people walk on Fifth Avenue wearing protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic, April 12, 2020, in New York. © Cindy Ord/Getty Images Two people walk on Fifth Avenue wearing protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic, April 12, 2020, in New York.

    "Each state is going to name a public health official for that state, an economic development official for that state," Cuomo said. "Those officials will then form a working group that will start work immediately on designing a reopening plan, taking into consideration the public health concerns and issues and the economic reactivation issues."

    "State boundaries mean very little to this virus," Cuomo said

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    "We anticipate different facts, different circumstances for different states, different parts of states," Cuomo said. "Let's be smart and let's be cooperative and learn from one another."

    Delaware Gov. John Carney added, "Our states are connected in a real way in terms of transportation and visitation and the rest. So our working together, sharing our information and intelligence I think will help each of us make better decisions."

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    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont noted the "hundreds of thousands of people going back and forth between New York and Connecticut. It's the commuter corridor for us and it's also the COVID corridor, which is why it's so important we work together thoughtfully on this."

    The plan must "show us that we do have a future," added Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. "As we figure out how we're gonna reopen our schools, how we reopen our businesses and our homes, we are also going to recognize that we're trying to figure out how we're going to restore the sense of hope that this pandemic has taken away."

    a person riding a skateboard down a street talking on a cell phone: A United States Postal worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Philadelphia, April 2, 2020. © Matt Rourke/AP A United States Postal worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Philadelphia, April 2, 2020.

    1 p.m.: Police shut down underground nightclub in San Francisco

    San Francisco police shut down an underground nightclub this weekend where people were gathering in violation of the stay-at-home order.

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    When officers went inside the industrial building on Saturday, they found DJ equipment, two fog machines, nine gambling machines, bins of liquor, cases of beer and bar furniture, police said.

    Video from the weekend of April 5 showed more than 150 people going into the building in the middle of the night, and none of them were following the "6 feet apart" rules.

    "The operators of this illegal club senselessly put lives at risk in a time when our city is doing everything within our means to slow the spread of this pandemic and safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public," said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. "Let this case be a reminder that we will take action against those who knowingly violate the public health order and endanger the health and safety of our residents."

    a train on a train track with buildings in the background: Virtually deserted streets during a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen in San Francisco, Calif., April 7, 2020. © Karlyle Smith via Reuters Virtually deserted streets during a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen in San Francisco, Calif., April 7, 2020.

    12:15 p.m.: Behaviors will be changed for 'foreseeable future,' World Health Organization warns

    Because COVID-19 spreads fast and is 10 times deadlier than the 2009 flu pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the easing of restrictions must happen slowly.

    a person standing in front of a building: A woman wearing a face mask walks along a street near to Wuhan Bridge in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province, April 13, 2020. © Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images A woman wearing a face mask walks along a street near to Wuhan Bridge in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province, April 13, 2020.

    "You can't replace lockdown with nothing. You must replace lockdown with a very deeply educated, committed, empowered and engaged community," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said Monday.

    "We are going to have to change our behaviors for the foreseeable future," Ryan warned.

    a close up of a busy city street: The deserted Rue de Rivoli street in Paris during the lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus, April 13, 2020 . © Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images The deserted Rue de Rivoli street in Paris during the lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus, April 13, 2020 .

    On Tuesday, the WHO will publish its updated strategic advice, which will include six criteria authorities will need to consider in order to lift restrictive measures: transmission is controlled; health system capacities are in place to detect, test, isolate, treat every case and trace every contact; outbreak risks are minimized in places like health facilities and nursing homes; preventive measures are in place in offices and schools; importation risks can be managed; and communities are fully educated and empowered to adjust to the new normal.

    11:45 a.m.: New York state death toll climbs over 10,000

    In New York state, which has suffered the most fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., the curve is continuing to flatten and appears to be plateauing, Gov. Cuomo said Monday.

    a person riding on the back of a truck: Medical workers take in patients at a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center, April 12, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images Medical workers take in patients at a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center, April 12, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

    The state saw 671 deaths on Easter Sunday, bringing New York state's death toll to 10,056, Cuomo said.

    Despite the rising death toll, in hard-hit New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared optimistic on Monday, praising New Yorkers for practicing social distancing as he announced new coronavirus numbers.

    a group of people riding horses on a city street: People are seen wearing protective masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic on April 12, 2020, in New York. © Cindy Ord/Getty Images People are seen wearing protective masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic on April 12, 2020, in New York.

    The number of new hospital admissions fell to 383 on Saturday, down from 463 on Friday.

    There were 835 people in intensive care units Saturday, down from 857 patients one day earlier.

    Citywide, the percentage of people tested who were found to be positive fell from 59.3% to 58.1%.

    "This is a very good day," de Blasio said. 

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    De Blasio noted there is about a 48-hour lag in getting full, accurate information.

    Cuomo on Monday addressed the reopening of the state, warning that it won't be by the "flick of a switch."

    a person walking in the rain holding an umbrella on a city street: A man walks in heavy rain and high winds across a nearly empty West 42nd street in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, April 13, 2020. © Mike Segar/Reuters A man walks in heavy rain and high winds across a nearly empty West 42nd street in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, April 13, 2020.

    "I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart," the governor said.

    When the state reaches that point, Cuomo said they will start by easing isolation, then increasing the economic activity, and then recalibrating the essential worker economy. That will be followed by applying more testing and precautions, said Cuomo.

    10:35 a.m.: Supreme Court to teleconference oral arguments in May

    The U.S. Supreme Court will for the first time hear oral arguments by teleconference in May, seeking to resolve a number of urgent cases that include President Donald Trump's appeal of subpoenas seeking his financial records. 

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    The announcement means the justices will hand down several major decisions on politically-charged issues in time for the November presidential election. 

    The justices are expected to make a ruling as to whether or not Trump must surrender his records to congressional and state investigators; whether states can require delegates to the Electoral College to cast ballots based on the popular vote; and whether the Obamacare contraceptive mandate is constitutional. 

    10 a.m.: Death toll over 11,000 in UK

    In the United Kingdom, the coronavirus death toll has climbed to at least 11,329.

    The U.K. has the fifth highest death toll, behind the U.S., Italy, Spain and France.

    a group of people standing in front of a building: Military personnel arrive at the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre in London, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in London, April 13, 2020. © John Sibley/Reuters Military personnel arrive at the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre in London, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in London, April 13, 2020.

    Over 88,000 people in the U.K. have tested positive, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was released from the hospital on Sunday.

    "It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS [National Health Service] for saving my life," Johnson, 55, tweeted Sunday. "The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past."

    9:15 a.m.: Sailor on USS Theodore Roosevelt dies

    A sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt died from coronavirus complications on Monday, four days after he was admitted to an intensive care unit in Guam, the Navy said.

    a large ship in a body of water: The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) enters the port in Da Nang, Vietnam, March 5, 2020. © Nguyen Huy Kham/Reuters, FILE The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) enters the port in Da Nang, Vietnam, March 5, 2020.

    The sailor, whose name has not been released, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30. The sailor was taken off the ship and put at an isolation house at the naval base in Guam where he received medical checks twice a day, the Navy said.

    8:58 a.m.: Airline travel reaches another new low

    U.S. airline travel has reached another new low.

    a large empty room: United Airlines boarding gates sit empty at San Francisco International Airport, April 12, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images United Airlines boarding gates sit empty at San Francisco International Airport, April 12, 2020, in San Francisco, Calif.

    On Sunday, 90,510 travelers came through TSA checkpoints nationwide. Exactly one year earlier, 2,446,801 passengers were screened.

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    7:02 a.m.: Spain reports a 2.09% rate of increase in newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases

    Spanish authorities reported on Monday that there were only 3,477 newly diagnosed cases of the coronavirus, a 2.09% rate of increase.

    The total number of confirmed cases is now at 3,477, the Spanish Health Ministry said.

    Business around the country that cannot operate remotely are allowed to reopen their doors to the public on Monday.

    All nonessential businesses will remain closed through April 26.

    4:55 a.m.: Moscow introduces digital passes to move around the city

    The Moscow government introduced a special page on their website to apply for a QR code to move around the city. The website became unavailable for some users on Monday morning, Meduza reported. Officials said the website was down due to a botnet attack, that was coming 'also from abroad'. The pass will be obligatory starting from Wednesday.

    3:48 a.m.: President Trump retweets call to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci

    President Trump retweeted a Twitter posting that demanded Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, be fired from his post.

    Anthony S. Fauci, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci turns the podium over to U.S. President Donald Trump during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2020. © Yuri Gripas/Reuters National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci turns the podium over to U.S. President Donald Trump during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2020.

    The tweet was in response to DeAnna Lorraine, a former candidate for Congress in California.

    Said Lorraine: "Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could've saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large.Time to #FireFauci."

    Only hours earlier, Fauci had appeared on CNN saying that he thinks more lives could have been saved if mitigation efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus had started earlier.

    "I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives," Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those decisions is complicated ... But you're right, I mean, obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then."

    11:52 p.m.: Trump associate, referenced at briefings, dies of virus

    A longtime friend of Trump, whom the president said entered the hospital "for a mild stay" but then slipped into a coma due to the coronavirus, has died, ABC News confirmed.

    New York real estate mogul Stanley Chera died at a New York hospital where he was battling the virus, a source said.

    Although the president never mentioned Chera by name during his briefings on the virus, he described Chera's battle with COVID-19 as a sobering moment for him personally.

    "I have some friends that are unbelievably sick," Trump said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on March 30. "We thought they were going in for a mild stay and, in one case, he's unconscious, in a coma. And you say, 'How did that happen?'"

    At the next day's briefing, a somber Trump called on Americans to be "prepared for the hard days that lie ahead" as health advisers announced new projections indicating between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die from the virus.

    You "think of it as the flu, but it's not the flu. It's vicious," Trump said. "When you send a friend to the hospital and you call up to find out how is he doing -- it's happened to me. Where he goes to the hospital, he says goodbye, he's sort of a tough guy -- a little older, a little heavier than he'd like to be, frankly -- and you call up the next day, 'How's he doing?' and, 'Sir, he's in a coma.' This is not the flu."

    Asked at the next briefing whether his friend's struggle represented a turning point in this thinking about the virus, Trump said, "Yeah, well, not a turning point, no. Before that, I knew how -- because I’m seeing numbers and I’m seeing statistics that are, you know, not exactly very good."

    "But -- but it hit him very hard," Trump continued. "He’s strong -- a very strong kind of a guy. But he’s older. He’s heavier. And he’s sort of central casting for what we’re talking about, and it hit him very hard. I’ve never seen anything like it."

    ABC News' Devin Dwyer, Matt Fuhrman, Aicha El Hammar, Ibtissem Guenford, Alina Lobzina, Luis Martinez, Christine Theodorou and J Gabriel Ware contributed to this report.

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