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Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

Added 04-05-20 06:04:07pm EST - “Medical professionals are being deployed to New York City. Two Coral Princess cruise passengers have died. Here's the weekend's biggest news.” - News.yahoo.com

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The surgeon general compared the coronavirus pandemic to some of the darkest moments in U.S. history. Empty churches marked the start of Holy Week with Palm Sunday ceremonies. And Queen Elizabeth addressed COVID-19 in a rare speech.

More than 331,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States, according to the John Hopkins database, with the death toll nearing 10,000 on Sunday. Globally, there are more than 1,260,000 confirmed cases, 68,400 deaths and 258,000 recovered.

A top health official warned Saturday that the U.S. could see a dramatic increase in coronavirus deaths during the next week in hard-hit areas such as New York, Detroit and Louisiana. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday that "this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly." He also compared the coronavirus pandemic to some of the darkest moments in U.S. history: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been hospitalized because he still has COVID-19 symptoms — including a fever — 10 days after testing positive. A 10 Downing Street spokesperson called the move "a precautionary step.'' Johnson's government has been accused of not reacting quickly enough to the coronavirus threat. The prime minister ordered a nationwide lockdown March 23, at least a week later than fellow European countries like Italy, Spain and France.

In New York City, where more than 2,200 people have died from coronavirus, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will soon be the “largest hospital in the United States,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Sunday. The facility, complete with a 2,500-bed capacity, will host hundreds of Pentagon-deployed medical staffers. Esper said Sunday more than 1,100 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are being deployed to New York City, most of which will be stationed at the converted convention center.

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