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Coronavirus live updates: US death toll over 9,600

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.2 million people worldwide since the first cases were detected in China back in December.

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NEW: The coronavirus outbreak in Spain appears to be slowing down, as the number of new infections drops in 'almost all regions,' a health ministry official says.

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.2 million people worldwide since the first cases were detected in China back in December.

9:48 a.m.: Spain sees infection rate drop in 'almost all regions'The novel coronavirus outbreak in Spain appears to be slowing down as the number of new infections drops in"almost all regions," a health ministry official said."The growth rate of the pandemic is decreasing in almost all regions," Maria Jose Sierra, with the Spanish Ministry of Health's emergency committee, said in a virtual press briefing Monday.

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Sierra cautioned that it will take a few days to"confirm this tendency."People play instruments as others dance on their balconies in support of the medical staff that are working on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain, on April 5, 2020.

People play instruments as others dance on their balconies in support of the medical staff that are working on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain, on April 5, 2020.Emilio Morenatti/APMonday's data from the Spanish health ministry shows that 637 people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours -- the lowest daily toll, percentage-wise, since early March -- bringing the nationwide death toll to 13,055. The country also reported 4,273 new cases, bringing the nationwide total to 135,032.

Spain has the second-highest national tally of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Sierra said around 19,400 health workers in Spain have been infected with the novel coronavirus, accounting for nearly 15% of the total number of cases.

Over the weekend, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that he would ask parliament to extend the country's state of emergency by two more weeks, taking the lockdown on mobility until April 26."Flattening the curve was our first objective. We’re getting close. But I ask everyone for sacrifice and resistance," Sanchez said in a televised address."The next objective is to reduce infections even more until the number of new contagions is lower than the number of people recovering each day."

8:39 a.m.: UK prime minister says he was hospitalized for 'routine tests'U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized Sunday night after contracting the novel coronavirus, said he went for"some routine tests" as his symptoms persisted.

"Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms," Johnson said on Monday via Twitter."I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe."

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A spokesman for the prime minister's office announced in a statement on Sunday night that Johnson, 55, had a high fever and was admitted to a London hospital on the advice of his doctor, not in an emergency."This is a precautionary step," the spokesman said,"as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus."

Johnson will remain in contact with other British leaders while he awaits the results of his tests, according to the spokesman.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.

7:18 a.m.: This will be the 'peak week' for parts of the US, official warnsAdm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary forhealthat the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warned Americans that this will be the"peak week" of the novel coronavirus outbreak for some states and cities.

"For parts of the country, particularly New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Detroit, this week is going to be the peak week," Giroir told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Monday on"Good Morning America.""It's going to be the peak hospitalization, peak ICU week and, unfortunately, peak death week," he added."But that doesn't mean we're over this week. There are other parts of the country that will peak a little bit later, like New Orleans. So we have to be very, very serious about what's happening this week, next week, the following weeks -- do the physical distancing, wear the masks, that's how we're going to defeat this virus."

Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appears on "Good Morning America," April 6, 2020.Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appears on "Good Morning America," April 6, 2020.

ABC NewsGiroir, a medical doctor and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said the country has"come a long way" in ramping up its COVID-19 testing capacity."As of yesterday we've conducted at least 1.67 million tests, and we don't even get information from all of the laboratory-derived tests. These are the ones that are in the hospitals that don't really report up through the system," he said."We'll do about a million tests this week, and that's plenty enough tests for the people who really need it in the priority groups -- those who are hospitalized, health care workers, elderly."

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In this file photo taken on March 16, 2020, a health worker stores medical samples of patients at a drive-thru coronavirus testing lab set up by a local community center in West Palm Beach, Florida.In this file photo taken on March 16, 2020, a health worker stores medical samples of patients at a drive-thru coronavirus testing lab set up by a local community center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty ImagesGiroir said they are also working on scaling up serologic testing, more commonly known asan antibody test, which only requires a drop of blood and sniffs out virus antibodies. The test can't detect whether an individual presently has the virus, but it can tell if they already had it or had been exposed to it at some point in the past because their immune system has developed antibodies to fight it.

"That's very important as we think about reopening the country and the economy," Giroir said,"because if you have had the virus and you have an immune response to it, in all probability you are immune and safe from the virus."Giroir said he's"very optimistic" that the country will soon have"tens of millions" of serologic tests, potentially by May.

"There are several that are going through the FDA right now," he added.6:42 a.m.: State of emergency looms in JapanJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he intends to declare a state of emergency over the country's novel coronavirus outbreak amid a recent surge in infections.

During a press conference Monday, Abe said he was making final arrangements for the declaration and would announce it as soon as Tuesday. The order would last for about a month and would apply to seven prefectures that includes major cities such as Tokyo, which has seen a jump in new infections in recent days.

The extent of the emergency measures were not fully known Monday, but the declaration would give prefectural governors the power to ask people to stay home. Local media reports say public transportation and supermarkets would remain open.A man wearing a face mask walks past a cherry tree in Tokyo, Japan, on April 6, 2020.

A man wearing a face mask walks past a cherry tree in Tokyo, Japan, on April 6, 2020.Jae C. Hong/APAs of Monday, at least 3,654 people in Japan have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 85 of them have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The Japanese government has admitted that infection routes cannot be traced in an increasing number of cases.The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo issued a stark warning to Americans in Japan on Friday, saying those who wish to return should do so now or risk being stuck there"for an indefinite period."

"For U.S. citizens now in Japan, if you plan to return to the United States, we recommend that you arrange for an immediate departure. Failure to do so could mean staying abroad for an indefinite period," the embassy said in the alert."As compared to the number of positive cases and hospitalizations in the United States and Europe, the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan remains relatively low. The Japanese Government’s decision to not test broadly makes it difficult to accurately assess the COVID-19 prevalence rate."

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uaviermenosinstagram 'Flattering' Cuomo shouldn't have closed all those hospitals and slashed the NY med budget. New admissions dropping like a rock Please Andrew Cuomo ! Can you do something about this and make an exception to this current situation? Good God wtf My daughter (7) is having a heart attack. Milk is her life. They should be donating that milk to food pantries and lower income communities.

Make more cheese DONATE IT, make cheese, make yogurt... what theeeeee actual fuck? NEW: 4,758 people in New York have died from coronavirus, up from 4,159 yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. Surely they could have it collected for the poor. If this is true in large scale it’s unconscionable . I don’t trust ABC , it could be one or two farmers making a statement. If not it’s 100% waste .it could be converted to other animal feed .dried milk or many other things. I expect it’s pandering to the Alarmist left by ABC.

Send that entire supply to my house. I'll drink it and share with all my neighbors. Send cookies too, please. Thanks. Why would they dump milk away. The stores are empty with milk. We need all we can get. Disgusting. They abuse cows and then dump the milk. What is the matter with humans? They can't donate this to food banks or shelters? Wtf!

Such a HUGE WASTE!!! Could they not have given that milk away?!?! Every little bit helps!!! Grew up on a farm. This is sad. Many farmers barely get by normally. This will put them out of business. But many won't care since they can't see it from their little world. Now let the cows go. So sad what they do to them on these factory farms.

Yeah, I’m not buying this either..... Not bravery stupids Utter BS Why isn't this milk being dehydrated to powdered milk for preparedness? realDonaldTrump Please stop this madness! There is a shortage of protein across the World. Make powdered milk and send this to children in need! Hey Einstein...this isn't new The scam dairy farmers unions do this all the time when they don't get the price they want. Investigate the food waste caused by these scam agriculture groups

😩🤬 GrassrootsJill It should be illegal. Excess should be required to be donated, in times of crisis. Bottle it up and give to those in need! GrassrootsJill And in my stores there is virtually never milk. This breaks my heart to see... Dump it. We will be healthier for it. Couldn’t have sent some out the country?Or for free to women with children in need?This makes absolutely NO sense seeing something like this with the US homeless and starving rates which must be HIGHER not lower w the pandemic in place rn! I’m truly baffled.Who approved this bs?!

Out here in Colorado...home deliveries from the farm are going crazy with huge demand. So sorry to see this ...😰 Make cheese and ice cream please!!! Seriously...that couldn't have been donated? All these states taking all these extreme measures are all going to say how Trump forced them to do it, when it’s revealed this whole thing was blown way out of proportion in most areas. Remember, there is still an election. Politics never end.

I don't understand. They could have just given it to the poor or donated it somewhere if it's still good to be consumed. That way it won't be much of a waste. It's like throwing money down the drain. In times like this, we should learn how to conserve and share. They could have made butter and yorgart out of it. What a waste.

This is so sad! So many ideas of what could, can be done. However dumping was the only solution used. This is terrible 🙁 Because Donating it to Company's that would normally buy it with the request to sell it at cost (30 cents) or zero wouldn't have worked. 😕 When a icecream scoop is $5 you'll know why

😔 😡😔 So utterly stupid. Sure it would normally go to other producers who package it differently (single serve cartons, larger jugs for restaurants, etc) but ppl would buy those if they were on grocery shelves. Right now the shelves are empty. Put restaurant supplies on grocery shelves Crazy thought.....radical, really. Donate.

sad....can the milk be shipped overseas BOYCOTT ANY ORGANIZATION THAT IS WASTING FOOD AT THIS TIME. BUY FROM THOSE BEING CHARITABLE WITH LEFTOVERS!!! THIS IS SIN TO DEPRIVE THE HUNGRY OF FOOD SO BADLY NEEDED! What? Couldn't that be delivered to homeless shelters? orphanages? HOSPITALS? 😢 It’s not their responsibility to feed you.

So glad all those calves went without milk or were killed so we can dump their milk. 🤯🤯😱🤯🤯 NO ship it some where else for cheese How about just stop milking cows. It's about as horrible an industry as we've got. What, with forcing cows to become pregant then, taking the calf from her to inseminate her all over again.

that reminds me - the fed govt has millions if not billions of pounds of powered milk in warehouses which usually get sent oversees - why hasn't that been pushed out to help the unemployed, it's already paid for and whse cost continues as long as it is stored . . . Painful yooh Rather dump it than send it to the poor

And I’m out of milk and cereal and afraid to go get more Can they donate some of it? Please watch this video of a dairy farmer explaining why some dairy farms have to dump milk. You can freeze it for later and then maybe give it to shelters as donation? Patriots go out and buy dairy products to save our farmers !

There has got to be a better solution than this. Smart! Better than giving it out for free. Tell that to my local grocery store, 6 days now, zero gallons of milk. Please bring some this way. It sucks for them but really.! And u couldn't have done anything else with the milk! James Cai was given chloroquine, Ka­­letra and put on high-flow oxygen. Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is derived from chloroquine (Aralen). I find it troubling how they wasted so much time before giving the guy the drugs. NY Times get to the point.

When are you going to report? For the replies. Capitalism 101: They can not just give it away. This would lower the price of milk. That’s bad for dairy business. In the same way that oil companies cut production in order to raise prices. Anyway, capitalism. why aren't they donating or selling to cheese mfg? milk can be used to produce powdered milk, cheese soup, etc. to feed unemployed as the depression worsens . . .

Debieron donarlo, al banco de alimentos Shameful. They could have donated it Give it to the poor That's lazy, there are milk cooperatives bottling it that can't keep up with demand. But I guess the price wouldn't be high enough for them... lazy. Cheese

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Wisconsin's primary to go forward Tuesday even as coronavirus all but shutters the U.S.Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature refused to delay Tuesday's primary election, formally rejecting a call from the state's Democratic governor to halt in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic Even in times of crisis, the GOP effort to suppress voting continues. Shameful. May each member of the WIGOPSenate feel the full effects of COVID personally and individually as they put millions of those in Wisconsin in harms way. CAN'T win without voter suppression, GOP.

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Op-Ed: The US and Russia should work together to defeat the coronavirusDespite many differences, Russia and the United States have a lot in common. This has to be satire CORONA Killed 68,000 worldwide, Every surface; every bit of air; every bit of water is alive Why can't the US and its allies work together first?

'Crappy' tests to check for past coronavirus infection are flooding the US, lab association saysThe Trump's administration's regulatory changes have made it easier for companies to flood the US market with 'crappy' coronavirus immunity tests, according to the CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories. It's difficult to satisfy all humans by one decision. Less regulations is better for both : the producer and consumer. The liberal tyranny is unbelievable. CNN wants people to die because of outdated regulations! More fake news. I don't understand how people actually believe anything you print anymore. The military guy at the press conference addressed this. We have reps go to the actual factories in China and test the product before shipping.