Worldwide deaths from the coronavirus hit 100,000

As Christians around the world observed a Good Friday like no other, at home watching livestreams instead of at church, pressure was mounting on governments to restart some industries and fend off further economic devastation from the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Governor Reeves discusses latest on COVID-19 situation in Miss.

Apple, Google to adapt phones for virus infection tracking

  Senate Dems unveil ‘heroes fund’ proposal: $25,000 hazard pay for essential workers

Trace Adkins to headline Grand Ole Opry Easter celebration. Here’s how you can watch

  In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation

  Stimulus payments from IRS start next week

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  Man accused of pointing gun at a waving Easter Bunny while drunk and possibly infected with coronavirus

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  Man honors veteran who died from COVID-19 with taps

  US flu activity slides, death toll holds steady at 24K

  Mother, son die of coronavirus one week apart

  As virus kills, NYC shortens deadline for claiming dead

  Nurses weigh their principles vs safety in virus fight

Each day brings new questions for nurses, who are deciding how much they’re willing to sacrifice.

  FedEx driver sanitizes package for girl with autoimmune disorder during coronavirus outbreak

Carrie Blasi said it's a moment that gives her hope. Her security camera recorded a FedEx employee sanitizing the box he was delivering to her Florida home during the coronavirus outbreak.

  2,469 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 82 deaths

The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

  Oil producers OK 10% production cut to shore up prices

The agreement between OPEC and partner countries aims to cut 10 million barrels per day until July, then 8 million barrels per day through the end of the year, and 6 million a day for 16 months beginning in 2021.

Trouble filing unemployment? Here’s why many are having issues and how Mississippi is working to fix it.

Lives Lost: At 97, World War II vet takes a final road

  Father says Boris Johnson likely out of action for a while

  FDA warns Alex Jones about misbranded coronavirus cures

  Grandma who texted wrong teen for Thanksgiving loses husband to coronavirus

  Asian shares steady after Wall St caps best week since 1974

  Oklahoma man celebrates 100th birthday with parade

A parade of friends and family dozens of cars deep came together to celebrate Rapp’s birthday after his 100th birthday party was canceled because of the coronavirus.

  JPS teacher’s assistant who died of coronavirus leaves great legacy for her students

Shalondra Rollins had been an exceptional needs teacher at Spann for the last two years.

  Mississippi sees 8,000% increase in unemployment claims since outbreak

Reeves is making it clear that Mississippi is trying to handle the COVID-19 crisis from both a public health and economic perspective.

  U.S. states share, get creative in hunt for medical supplies

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other supplies to doctors, nurses and other front-line workers.

  16.8M Americans out of work; Easter celebrations move online

Governments warned that the hard-won gains against the scourge must not be jeopardized by relaxing social distancing over the holiday weekend.

  Gloves, masks littering local parking lots could make pandemic worse

Items used for safety like masks and gloves are becoming a hazard.

LSU doctors use a non-invasive ventilation method to help COVID-19 patients breathe

LSU doctors use an innovative method to help seriously ill COVID-19 patients breathe.

Woman issued eviction notice despite governor’s executive order

We were unable to reach Camelot management for comment on issuing eviction notices.

Louisville man says hydroxycholoroquine saved his life, despite lack of scientific evidence

Right now, there’s no one drug proven to cure COVID-19, but President Donald Trump has touted hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to ease the symptoms of certain autoimmune diseases. Some COVID-19 patients have reported using the drug, with mixed results.

Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters must work in close quarters for weeks at a time.

  5-year-old Alaska girl is serious about keeping people safe

Nova Knight is 5, and very serious about keeping others safe during the coronavirus outbreak. She recorded her own video to prove it.

  IMF head sees worst economic downturn since Great Depression

The IMF will release an updated world economic forecast on Tuesday that will show just how quickly the coronavirus outbreak has turned what had been expected to be a solid year of growth into a deep downturn.

Africa must not be ‘neglected’ in virus fight, officials say

African officials are objecting to the global jostling to obtain medical equipment to combat the coronavirus.

  No social distancing in space: New crew greeted with hugs

Three astronauts flew to the International Space Station on Thursday, departing the virus-plagued planet with little fanfare and no family members at the launch site to bid them farewell.

  Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

Isolated people are rushing to care for animals, easing a burden on shelters and providing homes — even if just temporarily — for homeless dogs, cats and other pets.

UK prime minister out of intensive care as condition improves

In a statement, a spokesman at 10, Downing Street said Johnson “has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery.”

Gray InvestigateTV COVID-19 Tracker surpasses 1 million views

Gray Television's county-by-county COVID-19 tracker has surpassed 1 million views, keeping local communities informed about emerging hotspots across the U.S.

  Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries ‘stunt’

Senators torpedoed quick passage of a new coronavirus aid package Thursday, with Democrats rejecting a Trump administration request for $250 billion to boost a small business payroll fund and Republicans refusing Democrats’ demand for another $250 billion for hospitals and states.

NWS: Tornado safety top priority despite COVID-19 concerns

Mississippi agencies are stressing the importance of tornado safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Wall Street caps best week since 1974 on latest Fed stunner

The central bank announced programs to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to households, local governments and small and large businesses as the country tips into what economists say may be the worst recession in decades.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Coronavirus has already spread widely in Australia, which is coming out of its summer.

  US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed

The 2020 presidential and Senate elections likely will take place as the world's largest economy is still attempting to climb back from the deadly outbreak.

  Sailor from USS Roosevelt with coronavirus found unconscious, admitted to ICU

The sailor was found unconscious on March 30 and admitted to the ICU at the U.S. Navy hospital on Guam, according to a Thursday statement from the Navy.

103-year-old Italian says ‘courage, faith’ helped beat virus

Italy, along with neighboring France, has Europe’s largest population of the super old, or people who are at least 100.

  Start of Passover celebrated remotely, as families connect online

Being together while stuck apart, digital dinners with family and friends have helped bridge the physical gap caused by COVID-19.

  VIDEO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus PSA makes you want to be socially distant

In a tongue-in-cheek public service announcement for the State of California, Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls on her Golden State neighbors to stay at home to help curb the pandemic.

  Georgia bar removes dollar bills stapled on walls to help pay employees during coronavirus outbreak

A Georgia bar owner struggling to pay her employees spent more than three days removing stapled dollar bills from walls in order to pay workers hurting from the coronavirus outbreak.

  States struggle with coronavirus supply shortages

Nearly a month after President Donald Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency, states are still sounding the alarm on supply shortages.

  Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since coronavirus

The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948.

  Texas library employees use 3D printers to make protective gear for health care workers

Texas library workers are using 3D printers to help make protection gear for health care professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Many South Mississippi residents support school remaining closed through end of year

Governor Tate Reeves is now contemplating the appropriate decision in regards to when kids should return to school. A decision is expected by April 14.

  Girl who inspired Charlotte’s Web marijuana oil dies

A girl with a rare form of epilepsy whose recovery inspired the name of a medical marijuana oil that drew families of children with similar health problems to Colorado for treatment has died after being hospitalized and treated as a likely coronavirus patient.

  Point of order: Congress weighs how to govern from afar amid coronavirus fight

The virus' continuing spread is raising doubts among lawmakers and aides that the House will reconvene in Washington as scheduled after April 20.

Trump quietly shuts down asylum at US borders amid coronavirus fight

The government has temporarily swept aside decades-old national and international laws, saying holding people in custody is considered too dangerous.

  After mother’s death of coronavirus, two Colo. sisters forced to watch funeral over FaceTime

Families across the world are grieving for loved ones who died from coronavirus, but as the pandemic continues, they can't say goodbye in the traditional way.

  Mich. woman with coronavirus asked Amazon’s Alexa for help with pain 40 times in days before her death

The nursing home says its staff followed clinical practice guidelines in managing the 66-year-old's pain. She was one of 31 residents and five staff members who had tested positive for the virus.

  Prayer vigil held for 11-year-old killed while sleeping in bed

Heartbroken family members stand holding pictures, candles, remembering the life of little Jordan McCoy.

City of Jackson will use symptom tracker for COVID-19 hotspots

The “Fight Together, Stand Apart” initiative is in partnership with the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center.

  83 residents at Calif. nursing home hit by coronavirus evacuated after staff fails to show for work

After staff at the 90-bed facility didn’t show up for work two days in a row, the patients had to be moved to other healthcare locations in the county.

  Miss. family stages parade to comfort quarantined uncle who lost his wife to coronavirus

Bryant Johnston, who is currently fighting the Coronavirus, remembers Betty, his wife of around six decades. She died Tuesday of CoViD-19. Quarantined in his home while she was hospitalized, he didn’t get to be with her in her final hours.

Mayor: Elementary school educator first coronavirus death for City of Jackson

The woman was an educator at Spann Elementary school.

Blues singer Bobby Rush in quarantine after inconclusive COVID-19 test

Grammy-winner Bobby Rush says doctors put him in quarantine, after an inconclusive COVID-19 test.

Waffle House sells out of waffle mix in 4 hours

Waffle House just found out its signature product is as popular online as in its restaurants.

HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

The Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory. A small percentage will be kept in reserve to support federal response efforts, the department said

  'I hope I never see anything like this again’: Charities, food banks desperate for supplies

The charity is grateful for the monetary donations, but they need good stables of canned and non-perishable items.

  Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

Even as coronavirus deaths continue to mount across Europe, New York and other hot spots, the U.S. and other governments are slowly beginning to envision an exit strategy.

  UMMC opens mobile clinic for respiratory patients

U.M.M.C. opens mobile respiratory clinic

  Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

In fashioning the recommendations, the Trump administration appeared to be trying to balance political and public health concerns.

  New CDC guidance for essential workers during coronavirus

The guidance is focused on when those workers can return to work after having been exposed to the new coronavirus.

  Governor Reeves urges pastors not to hold in-person services during shelter-in-place

Governor Reeves invited a bishop who held Palm Sunday services to come and discuss why he's changing his mind about holding an Easter service.

Coronavirus claims couple just 4 days apart

As the pandemic consumed the world, Joan and Ed Porco fell victim to it. Ed, who was 89, and Joan, who was 90, died four days apart on Long Island.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

Some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.

  Engineers turn breast pumps into ventilators

The engineering group is consulting with pulmonologists to make sure they’re on the right track.

Shelter insurance offering assistance to customers affected by coronavirus

They are working to obtain approval from the Departments of Insurance in each state they serve to get money into their customers’ hands as quickly as possible.

Dick’s Sporting Goods furloughs most of its 40,000 employees

Dick’s Sporting Goods is finding it impossible to function without any sports, so the big box retailer says it is furloughing most of its 40,000 employees.

  Quitting smoking now could up your odds against COVID-19

COVID-19 is known to attack a person’s lungs and one of our best defenses against that is to make sure they’re strong and healthy in the first place. For many, that starts by stopping smoking.

  Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on Tuesday.