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Wayne Malone speaks to the media as he joined registered nurses outside the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center, Monday, April 6, 2020, in New York, where workers called for more personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing assistance to care for those affected by the current coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday. In New York, there are faint glimmers of hope as deaths from the new coronavirus appear to be leveling off. New York City remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the...

ACLU seeks release of federal prison inmates where 5 died

Apr. 6, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

A class-action lawsuit filed Monday seeks the release of hundreds of high-risk inmates at a federal lockup in Louisiana where the coronavirus has claimed the lives of five prisoners and infected nearly two dozen others. The American Civil Liberties Union claims Attorney General William Barr did not go far enough...

A temporary hospital has been set up in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as an overflow for local hospitals that are reaching capacity, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in New Orleans, Saturday, April 4, 2020. Phase one of the operation can house 1,000 patients with the capability to double that capacity as needed. The facility will open April 6. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana governor: State may be turning the corner on virus

Apr. 6, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even as the coronavirus pandemic claimed a newborn baby in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday the latest COVID-19 hospital admission and death rates could suggest new infections are slowing as more residents stay home and away from others. “We are starting to see...

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 1970, file photo, New Orleans Saints' Tom Dempsey (19) moves up to kick a 63-yard field goal as teammate Joe Scarpati holds the ball and Detroit Lions' Alex Karras (71) rushes in while Saints' Bill Cody (66) blocks, in New Orleans. Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday, April 4, 2020, in New Orleans while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73 years old. (AP Photo/File)

Ex-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies at 73

Apr. 5, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Dempsey, the kicker born without toes on his kicking foot who made a then-record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate first reported Dempsey's death. Ashley Dempsey...

A man wears a mask to protect himself from the coronavirus while running in front of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Sunday, April 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Americans brace for 'hardest, saddest' week of their lives

Apr. 5, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans braced for what the nation's top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hot spot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit...

A temporary hospital has been set up in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as overflow for local hospitals that are reaching capacity, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in New Orleans, Saturday, April 4, 2020. Phase one of the operation can house 1,000 patients with the capability to double that capacity as needed. The facility will open April 6. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana officials report 68 more coronavirus-linked deaths

Apr. 5, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana health officials reported 68 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, marking the state's biggest jump in reported deaths since the outbreak began. The Louisiana Department of Health reported the figures on its website Sunday. The number of infections reported to the state also...

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Sidewalk notes bring smiles to hospital staff during virus

Apr. 5, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The messenger is anonymous — but the messages are heartfelt, and appreciated. In recent days, workers at New Orleans' Ochsner Medical Center who take the familiar stroll from the parking lot to the main entrance have been greeted with expressions of gratitude from an unnamed...

Liquor-based Swamp Dragon slithers into hot sauce market

Apr. 5, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For Matt Beeson, it all began with the question: "I wonder what would happen if I tried this?" So he tried it, and now his game-changing Swamp Dragon hot sauce is infiltrating grocery store shelves near and far. "It started with an idea, I guess as all things do," Beeson said. "It was...

A family burn paper offerings for their departed relatives on the streets of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Authorities are controlling access and limiting the number of people entering cemeteries across China during the annual Qingming festival, also known as the Grave Sweeping Day, a day when Chinese around the world remember their dearly departed and take time off to clean up the tombs and place flowers and offerings, a move to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Nearly 3,000 released from Sri Lanka prisons

Apr. 4, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: , — China reports 30 new coronavirus cases, mostly from new...