BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Thursday, April 9

Posted at 5:01 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 04:45:14-04

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 9. For today's updates, visit Don't forget we are in this together!

9:20 PM

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announces it has flown more than 1,000 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents back to the States. ICE said these American returned from El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia and Nicaragua.

8 PM

  • Pinellas County votes to keep public beaches and beach parking areas closed at least through April 17.

6:15 PM

  • TPD officers show up at Tampa General Hospital to give healthcare workers a giant round of applause.

5:51 PM

  • Department of Health reports 16,826 positive COVID-19 cases and 371 deaths

4:44 PM

3:35 PM

2:21 PM

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care as condition improves.

1:10 PM

  • Stocks are rising in midday trading on Wall Street after the Federal Reserve launched its latest unprecedented effort to support the economy through the coronavirus outbreak

12:24 PM

11:35 AM

  • Two more Hillsborough County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, according to the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County. This brings the number of deaths to nine.

11:34 AM

10:58 AM

  • Florida Department of Health reports 666 new positive cases, 31 new deaths.
  • Total positive cases: 16,364
  • Total deaths: 354
  • Total tests in Florida: 152,699
  • U.S. recoveries: 24,213, according to this tracker from Johns Hopkins.

9:25 AM

  • New York may be reaching its peak in outbreak, Dr. Fauci says.
  • Fauci on "Good Morning America:" Don’t assume virus fades in warm weather. Fauci added “having said that, one should not assume that we are going to be rescued by a change in the weather. You must assume that the virus will continue to do its thing. If we get some help from the weather, so be it, fine. But I don’t think we need to assume that.”

8:42 AM

  • Fed announces programs to provide up to $2.3 trillion in additional lending.

8:32 AM

8:16 AM

  • Warnings multiply against Easter holiday travel, gatherings.
  • British PM Boris Johnson ‘continues to improve’ in ICU.
  • Bangkok to ban sales of alcohol in an effort to curb virus spread.

8:00 AM

7:17 AM

7:00 AM

6:30 AM

  • Spain reports slight decrease in daily virus deaths.
  • Virus outbreaks flatten in some places, while others see more cases
  • USNS Mercy crew member tests positive for COVID-19.

5:00 AM

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3:18 AM

  • Iran’s supreme leader suggests mass gatherings may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan amid pandemic.

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