The death toll from the global coronavirus pandemic surpassed 10,000 people worldwide and the effects of a global economy grinding to a halt because of the pandemic were beginning to show, from millions of unsold flowers rotting in piles in Kenya to the slow emptying of the world’s skies. In Southern Europe, gasping patients filled sick wards and field hospitals went up in hotels and a convention center in Madrid.
The UN chief warned of a looming global recession “perhaps of record dimensions.” The governors of California, New York and Illinois ordered residents to stay home unless they have vital reasons to go out. Those orders affect 70 million Americans and encompass three of the country’s largest cities. Other states, including Connecticut, appeared poised to follow suit with similar directives.
Here are some of AP’s top stories Friday on the world’s coronavirus pandemic. Follow APNews.com/VirusOutbreak for updates through the day:
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For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.
Here are the symptoms of the virus compared with the common flu.
One of the best ways to prevent spread of the virus is washing your hands with soap and water. The US 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. Here’s how.
Nearly 624,000: That’s the number of passengers who passed throughout outbound checkpoints Thursday, according to the Transportation Security Administration. That’s the lowest number at US airports of outbound passengers ever recorded by an agency created in November 2001 in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. It compares with 2.4 million on the same day a year earlier.
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PANDEMIC POT: Companies in California and elsewhere are reporting big jumps in marijuana deliveries and sales, as consumers stock up ahead of lockdowns or simply light up in search of relief during anxious times.