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- Global cases: More than 407,000
- Global deaths: At least 18,000
- US cases: At least 46,500
- US deaths: At least 590
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
1:51 pm: Trump wants to ‘reopen’ the economy by Easter despite rapid coronavirus spread
President Donald Trump said that he wants the U.S. economy to “open” back up by Easter Sunday, even as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country accelerates.
Easter is April 12, less than three weeks away.
Trump’s remarks in a Fox News “virtual town hall” event at the White House came as more states imposed extreme measures, including shutting down businesses and ordering residents to stay home, to try to slow the spread of the disease.
“We’re opening up this incredible country. Because we have to do that. I would love to have it…