Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus deaths in three weeks

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The US was poised on Saturday to reach 19,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths - more than any other country, new data indicates. Italy's death total now stands at 19,899, officially second behind the United States.

Last week, the British government's chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, warned that the daily number of deaths would likely increase for a couple more weeks.

As of Saturday evening, there were no fewer than 528,301 confirmed cases of the deadly virus across the country, according to the New York Times database.

The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in the epidemic with roughly 2,000 deaths a day reported for the last four days in a row.

Trump, seeking re-election in November, has said he wants life to return to normal as soon as possible and that the sweeping restrictions on movement aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus carry their own economic and public-health cost.

"We see light at the end of the tunnel", Hahn told ABC's "This Week", adding, "Public safety and the welfare of the American people has to come first".

"Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth", Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles wrote to priests and parishioners nationwide, urging them to hold steadfast.

And in the IL county that includes Chicago, officials are setting up new places to store bodies in preparation for a likely surge in the number of coronavirus deaths that could overwhelm hospital morgues. A total of 29,347 people have recovered from the disease.

MI now reporting COVID-19 recoveries
As many as 5,023 Detroit residents have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday, with 193 deaths. Behind the New York Metropolitan area, Detroit is the worst hit region in the country for COVID-19.

NY born-and-raised reporter with a focus on national and global news. The US federal guidelines on business closures and social distancing measures extend to April 30.

Experts on the Covid-19 taskforce say the coronavirus outbreak is starting to level off across the US.

The government has said the economy shed 701,000 jobs in March.

Pope Francis live-streamed his Easter Vigil from an empty St Peter's Basilica late on Saturday, after he presided over an empty Good Friday Service to kick off the holiday weekend.

NY governor Andrew Cuomo said the death rate is "stabilising - but at a horrific rate" as mayor Bill de Blasio announced the closure of schools until September.

A handful of holdout United States churches planned to hold in-person services on Easter Sunday, saying their right to worship outweighed public health warnings.

Though the outbreak has slowed significantly, Italy remains one of the countries worst affected by the virus.

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