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What you need to know

  • The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo was postponed for about a year.
  • The Dow soared 1,200 points at the open.
  • New York’s infection “attack rate” is five times higher than the rest of the US.
  • 43% of the US population is now being asked to stay home.
  • India ordered a 3-week nationwide lockdown.
  • China’s Hubei Province, ground zero for the pandemic, plans to lift nearly all lockdown restrictions tomorrow.
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New Zealand cases jump 30% as country heads into lockdown end of day

New Zealand has recorded a 30% jump in coronavirus cases as the country heads into lockdown by the end of day Wednesday, according to Ashley Bloomfield, the country’s Director of Health.

There are 47 new confirmed cases and three new probable cases, bringing the Pacific nation’s count up to 205, Bloomfield said at a news conference on Wednesday.

What is a probable case? New Zealand is including probable cases in its national count going forward, which includes people who present with coronavirus symptoms and have exposure history despite a negative test.

Bloomfield said the government will continue to see a rise for the next 10 days before a turnaround.

“The numbers will continue to increase before they turn around,” he said. “That turnaround will happen if all New Zealanders do what is asked of them – that is to stay at home, break the chain and save lives.” 

US sees deadliest day with 160 deaths

There are at least 52,976 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States and 704 people have died, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the US through public health systems.

There have already been 163 deaths reported today, according to a tally by CNN, making this the deadliest day in the US since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as all repatriated cases.

This post was updated to reflect the most recent figures.

Nevada governor prohibits public gatherings of 10 or more people

A new emergency order from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak prohibits people from gathering in groups of 10 or more due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The order does not apply to private homes or essential services. 

It comes as Sisolak says the state is still struggling to determine how many people have been affected by Covid-19. 

“Nevada has submitted four requests for Covid-19 testing components,” the governor said. “We have received zero shipments for Covid-19 testing components.”

FEMA obtains test kits from private market

Hours after Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor told CNN the administration will start wielding the powers in the Defense Production Act for 60,000 tests kits and “use the allocation portion of the DPA,” FEMA press secretary Lizzie Litzow said the agency was able to procure the kits from the private market.