Coronavirus, Casinos, Opening Day: What We’re Watching Thursday

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Here’s what’s driving sports and business news Thursday, March 26: A look at the worldwide cases of the coronavirus, the death toll in the United States because of COVID-19, the delay of the start of baseball and a quick check up on the casinos.

Coronavirus

Worldwide, there are over 490,000 cases, with over 22,000 deaths.China has over 81,000 cases, Italy has over 74,000 cases and the U.S. has over 69,000.The U.S. death toll has surpassed 1,000, and reported over 220 deaths on Wednesday--making Wednesday the single deadliest day for the U.S. since the pandemic began.

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Opening Day Crickets

And, as the Sports Illustrated cover details, baseball was set to start today.

However, due to the pandemic, there’s no beginning in sight. But, major league baseball commissioner Rob Manfred holds out hope. He said that he’s optimistic about the season starting in May.

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No Luck for the Casinos

And, finally, let’s go over the casino industry. In Las Vegas, the casino, hotel and restaurants all stand empty. Golden Nugget Casinos CEO Tilman Fertitta has said that he’ll have to lay off 40,000 employees due to the virus and the shut down it’s causing.

While this single number is staggering, it also feeds into the jobless claims data, which was released on Thursday. Claims came in at a staggering 3.28 million. That’s more than we’ve ever seen in history. In 1987, the record claims number was over 680,000.Watch the full video above for more.

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