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Coronavirus live updates: Dr. Fauci says 200,000 deaths in US possible

The U.S. now has over 124,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths.

3/29/2020 6:54:00 PM

NEW: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of Trump's coronavirus task force, said it is possible that 100,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. will die from the coronavirus.

The U.S. now has over 124,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths.

9:45: President approves disaster declaration's for Oregon and ConnecticutThe president approved disaster declarations for the states of Oregon and Connecticut late Saturday night, making the states eligible to receive more federal aid to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump has already signed disaster declarations for numerous other states reeling from the growing number of confirmed virus cases, including New York, California, Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana and Illinois.9:21 a.m.: Louisiana governor says health care system could be overwhelmed by April

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said cases of novel coronavirus are expected to surge in Louisiana and overwhelm the state's hospitals within a week."We remain on a trajectory, really to overwhelm our capacity to deliver health care by the end of the first week of April," he said on

ABC's"This Week" on Sunday.Edwards announced earlier Sunday that a 33-year-old staffer in his office, April Dunn, died due to complications from the coronavirus.Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis.

9 a.m. New Jersey governor responds to proposed travel restrictionsIn response to a travel warning President Donald Trump said he was mulling for residents from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday on"This Week" that residents from his state were already not traveling much as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"A travel warning, we're fine with," Murphy said."The fact of the matter is we are all in on flattening that curve, social distancing as aggressive as any states in America."Trump decided not to enforce any quarantine late Saturday night.

6:46 a.m.: UK lockdown will last ‘an extended period,' senior minister saysMichael Gove, a senior U.K. Cabinet Minister, speaking for the government on the Sunday morning TV shows while the prime minister and health minister self-isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19 last week, refused to give a precise timetable for how long the country would be on lockdown.

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Asked how long the U.K.'s lockdown will last, he said"I can't make an accurate prediction, but everyone does have to prepare for an extended period."He added that the U.K.'s peak is"not a fixed point" in the calendar and timing depends how closely people follow the rules.

After Boris Johnson and a number of other MPs tested positive for the virus, Mr. Gove insisted the government had been doing everything to observe the social distancing advice."We've been doing everything we can to observe the advice. Within the House of Commons we've been trying to observe that advice."

5:25 a.m.: King County, Washington, health officer warns patients could be detained if they defy isolation ordersDr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County has signed an order and directive on March 28 making it mandatory for people with a positive COVID-19 test to follow isolation protocols at home or at a recovery facility. The directive requires everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test pending to stay quarantined.

Said Dr. Duchin:"Many steps we are taking as a community are helping to decrease the number of people who get sick, need hospital care and who die. However, we cannot stop the outbreak completely and our community will likely remain at risk for months to come. Through my health order and directive today, I am re-emphasizing the requirement for people who are infected with COVID-19 to follow our existing recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in the community by staying isolated from others while ill, and to stay quarantined with symptoms while test results are pending. Each of us need to do whatever we can to prevent others from becoming ill. Everyone—young and old, whether you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or not—should stay home and avoid all non-essential contact with others."

To protect the public, if an individual with active COVID-19 is not voluntarily remaining isolated, or if an individual who has COVID-19 symptoms with a test pending is not remaining self-quarantined, they may be subject to enforcement actions, which could include legal actions for involuntary detention.

4:25 a.m. Former MLB star Jim Edmonds went to the hospital for coronavirus testingFormer All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms.The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life, but was awaiting results of tests for the coronavirus.

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“I’m just trying to rest up and get better,” Edmonds said, adding that he’d provide an update when he heard from doctors.Earlier Saturday, Edmonds posted a photo of himself in a hospital room with a facemask covering his nose and mouth.“Held off as long as I could,” he wrote on the post. “I thought I was tough enough to get through. This virus is no joke. #gethealthy.”

He said he was feeling “super sick” and added that he wasn’t “taking any chances because it’s so hard to get tested by the rules of the CDC.”Edmonds played 17 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He won eight Gold Glove awards, and finished with a .284 career batting average with 393 home runs and 1,199 RBIs. Edmonds also helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 2006. He also played for the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds late in his career before retiring in 2011.

2:05 a.m.: Louisiana governor announces passing of 33-year-old stafferGovernor John Bel Edwards announced the passing of 33-year old April Dunn who succumbed to complications from COVID-19. April was a dedicated staff member who served in the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs and a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.

Gov. Edwards issued the following statement:“On behalf of Donna and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April,” said Gov. Edwards. “She brightened everyone’s day with her smile, was a tremendous asset to our team and an inspiration to everyone who met her. She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities. April worked hard as an advocate for herself and other members of the disability community. She served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, and when I created the State As A Model Employer Taskforce, April told me how much she wanted to be part of it because of her struggles to find meaningful employment. I was proud to have an advocate like April on the task force and on my staff. She set a great example for how other businesses could make their workforce more inclusive. I ask the entire state to join us in prayer for April’s mother Joanette and her grandmother Gloria.”

11:22 p.m.: Zaandam will pass through Panama CanalAfter initially being restricted from passing through the Panama Canal, the country has changed its tune and the cruise ship MS Zaandam will be allowed through.There are more than 130 people on the ship suffering from"flu-like symptoms," as well as two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and four elderly passengers who have died.

The MS Rotterdam, owned by Holland America, like the Zaandam, was also waiting to transit the canal."We are aware of reported permission for both Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal in the near future," Holland American said in a statement at 11 p.m. Eastern time."We greatly appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew. This remains a dynamic situation, and we continue to work with the Panamanian authorities to finalize details."

11:02 p.m.: 1st inmate dies in federal prison of COVID-19An inmate has died from COVID-19 at FCI Oakdale in Oakdale, Louisiana, two sources told ABC News.This is the first known death inside the Bureau of Prisons.Patrick Jones, 49, was sentenced to 324 months in prison for or possession of 425 grams of crack cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a junior college, the BOP said in a press release.

Jones was the first inmate inside the BOP to test positive on March 19. He was placed on a ventilator one day later and he died Saturday.Officials said he had preexisting conditions that contributed to his death.10:15 p.m.: Knicks, Rangers owner tests positive

Madison Square Garden Company CEO James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokesperson.Dolan, 64, took over as CEO of Cablevision, the powerhouse cable company, from his father, Charles, but is most known in New York City for being owner of the NBA's New York Knicks and NHL's New York Rangers.

As chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, he oversees those teams as well as television station MSG Network and owns the world famous Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Read more: ABC News »

As of this past Friday, we've received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new diagnostic test designed to detect the coronavirus. WHY not report on this...'A resident of Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, said most people there now believe that more than 40,000 people died in the city before and during the lockdown.' Doesn't it fit your narrative? 🤔

And what's our president doing? Bragging all morning about his ratings. How embarrassing. Cat!! While realDonaldTrump tweets boasting about high tv ratings for his press briefings we have 132,637 cases & 2,351 Deaths in the United States alone from this virus. HeckuvaJobTrumpy Love the Cuomos and the way they are handling this....

🤗Governor Cuomo.. so human with his family stories. He reminds of my mother’s telling of 1940’s NY Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia taking to the airwaves reading the Sunday funnies to the children. 💕 Only Cuomo can inject NY humor into this- but it sure does show the need for positive news! Good news God Bless 🙏🇺🇸😷

Blazingcatfur That takes us to Easter :) Here’s an idea Andrew, maybe it’s time to take a look at what you’re spending on nonessential goods and services for the state of New York and redirect those monies toward the public good. Rent Wikileaks: Something sketchy about Dr. Anthony Fauci. Within the WikiLeaks HRC email files there’s a letter from Fauci to Hillary Clinton through her aid/lawyer Cheryl Mills: “Please tell her that we all love her and are very proud to know her.”

NYGovCuomo keeping NY safe and being a real leader that we need so desperately. Unfortunately there is no honest, competent leader in the WH I would say 1/2 of H1N1 maximum 10,000, but ABC like to push fear. Fauci is so fired. I wish this wasn't even a possibility. SMH I thought it was 2 million. STAY AT HOME FOLKS! SOCIAL DISTANCE 24/7 AND BUY GLOVES AND MASKS. EVERYONE IN CHINA HAS A MASK. AMERICANS SHOULD BE PROTECTING THEMSELVES 24/7. THIS IS NOT NO DAMN FLU. PROTECT YOUR LIFE! IF YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN MASK THEN MAKE ONE IMMEDIATELY AND DON'T GO OUTSIDE WITHOUT IT!

Which averages out to 4,000 people per state in worst case scenario. Also the vast majority of cases/deaths will be in metro areas so I'm not worried. GayEqualGlobal I think that number is very low. I am glad to see some truth and not a sugarcoated lie!!! That's lower than I expected. Shit still sucks regardless. Stay safe FindACure

Because no one is doing what they are supposed to. Instead they listen to the idiot in the White House and ignore facts! I have one person that I know spreading lies from fucking Q people of all things. 🤦🏻‍♀️ this won’t stop until people listen Is it possable he could be one of 200,000 🤣🤣🤣💯💯❗️ Fauci founded the medicines to this virus. Why was he made cease trials for them?

More people die from death each year. Why aren’t we banning death?!?!?! It’s possible a giant turd could fall from space and wipe out the planet, but lets not be dramatic

Coronavirus live updates: Anthony Fauci says millions of Americans face infection, 200,000 could dieMillions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus before the crisis is over and 100,000 to 200,000 could die, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Omg I’ve seen every interview he’s done on every station. HE HAS NEVER SAID THIS. Thus man is going to get fired

Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Coronavirus Deaths in US Could Top 100KMillions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus and 100,000 to 200,000 will die, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned Sunday Good to see they are revising down from their initial projection of 2.2 million. They know that’s no believable anymore. Watch as they continue to revise down until they get to 10k to 20k, the real number. add a least one zero to the end of the number of deceased, with layoffs over 100 million Americans now have no health insurance at all, they will wait to seek medical attention until they are near death and by then it will be too late uh huh sure it will be that much

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Larry Kramer, AIDS Warrior, Takes on Another PlagueThe AIDS activist Larry Kramer is now writing a play for the age of Covid-19. “It’s about gay people having to live through three plagues,” he said, H.I.V./AIDS, Covid-19 and the decline of the human body. I thought AIDs wasn't a 'gay' disease? A tragic, but fitting correlation. Thank you Larry Kramer for you poignant plays that have taught generations of Americans the universality of empathy and empowerment. Perhaps he should title it, 'Living with the Consequences of Our Choices.'

Anthony Fauci Is an Avid Runner, Even When He Works 19-Hour Days Fighting a PandemicDr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, still runs 3.5 miles during the coronavirus pandemic. Im stalling runs! I do t think ots a good idea to go out, if u do, maybe go for the 6am runs?! There is no such thing as “not enough time” if it’s a must. I love this guy! Hooyah