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BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Thursday, April 2

Posted at 5:07 AM, Apr 02, 2020

FLORIDA – ABC Action News is committed to providing Tampa Bay area residents all of the updates on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the impact it's having on our way of life. To help you stay on top of it all, we've compiled all the updates for Thursday, April 2. For today's updates, visit www.abcactionnews.com/virus. Don't forget we are in this together!


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  • DOH reports more than 9,000 COVID-19 cases in Florida. Death toll in the state is now at 144.

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  • Gov. Ron DeSantis signs an executive order to suspend foreclosures and evictions for 45 days

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  • Hillsborough County reports its fourth and fifth deaths. DOH says they were both women, one was a 68-year-old and the other an 86-year-old. Officials say they passed away on Tuesday.

11:30 AM

  • DOH reports 27 news deaths and more than 200 new cases in Florida.
  • Total cases: 8,010
  • Total deaths: 128
  • Hospitalizations: 1,058
  • Total tests: 76,641
  • The Florida Department of Health has not yet reported on recoveries. Click here to view their interactive map.

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  • Hillsborough County Emergency Management has secured 1,000 additional testing collection kits from the State of Florida and will be extending the operations of the COVID-19 community testing site at Raymond James Stadium, located at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., through Wednesday, April 8, with the site closed during the weekend while supplies last. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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  • U.S. unemployment claims hit 6.6 million -- another record high -- as layoffs accelerate in face of coronavirus.

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says those on cruise ships who are not sick need to disembark "as quickly as possible" to prevent further spread of the virus.

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  • The head of the World Health Organization's office in Europe says figures show that more than 95% of people who have died of coronavirus on the continent have been aged over 60.

7:00 AM

  • U.S. deaths at 5,137 and total cases are 216,722, according to John's Hopkins.
  • Dr. Fauci forced to ramp up personal security due to threats.
  • World Health Organization says over 95% of virus deaths in Europe were people 60 and older.

5:00 AM

  • Global coronavirus cases top 900,000.
  • United Kingdom death toll jumps by over 500 in 24 hours.
  • U.S. surgeon general says extended social distancing guidelines may not be enough.
  • Cuomo pushes for at-home tests.

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