Friday Coronavirus Update: Over a Million Cases Worldwide, U.K. Considers 'Immunity Passport'

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There are now over a million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 53,000 deaths.

The United States leads with the most cases, over 245,000. Spain has passed Italy in cases, and is now has the second-highest case count in the world, with 117,000 cases.

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Good morning, it’s Friday April 3.

There are now over a million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 53,000 deaths.

The United States leads with the most cases, over 245,000. Spain has passed Italy in cases, and is now has the second-highest case count in the world, with 117,000 cases.

Italy is third with 115,000.

Italy, however, still has the highest death count, with 13,000 deaths. Spain has 10,000 deaths.

There have been over 6,000 deaths in the U.S.

On Thursday, the number of recorded deaths in the United States topped 1,000 in a single day--the first time any country has surpassed 1,000 deaths in a day.

Officials have now backpedaled on their stances around face masks. Originally, people were told that facemasks wouldn’t help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In fact, the Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted on Feb. 29, and I quote, “Seriously people, stop buying masks!

https://twitter.com/Surgeon_General/status/1233725785283932160

In the tweet he said that it doesn’t help preventing the public from spreading the virus, and also pushed for Americans to not hoard, so that healthcare workers could get masks.

However, reports came out yesterday--April 2--that Trump and the CDC are considering urging Americans to wear masks--which can be homemade--when going outside,

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has urged New Yorkers to wear scarves. Bandanas, etc. when going outside.

Now, focusing back on the outside world, the U.K. is reportedly looking into an :immunity passport” that would allow certain workers--who have recovered from the virus and have the antibodies to prove it--to resume a normal working life.

This idea has been hatched to help the U.K. move out of its countrywide lockdown.

The idea will be based on whether or not the government is successful in rolling out antibody tests, which could show that people who had a mild case of the virus are immune from getting it again.

The government has said that it’s working on ensuring that the tests would be accurate.

Jim Cramer and I will be breaking down the latest live at 10:30am. You can watch us live on TheStreet.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter @TheStreet.

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