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♦ The tally of deaths due to coronavirus in Massachusetts climbed to 35 on Friday, up from 25 on Thursday, and the number of confirmed cases climbed to 3,240 up from 2,417. Two seniors died at Norwood Hospital Friday morning after a coronavirus outbreak sickened more than 10 residents of Charlwell House Health & Rehabilitation Center.

♦ Dr. Monica Bharel, the state’s public health commissioner and a leading figure in the response to the coronavirus epidemic, has tested positive for the virus, she said Friday evening.

♦ On Wednesday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker extended the statewide closure of schools and non-emergency childcare programs until Monday, May 4. Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory Monday and ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state. Here’s a list of what can stay open, and an FAQ on what you can and can’t do.

♦ New York reported more than 500 deaths and 44,000 positive coronavirus cases on Friday, an expected but “tragic” increase, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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♦ President Donald Trump signed into law Friday the largest economic relief package in US history, a $2 trillion infusion to steady the cratering economy. The House approved the measure by a voice vote Friday after the Senate approved the package Wednesday night.

♦ Resources: Should I wear a mask? What are the symptoms of coronavirus? If you have a question, ask the Globe here.

A look at all the coronavirus cases in Massachusetts.

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Saturday, March 28, 7:27 a.m.

 

Spain reports 832 coronavirus deaths in deadliest day yet

By Associated Press

Spain has seen its deadliest day yet during the coronavirus crisis with 832 deaths reported on Saturday for a total of 5,690 fatalities. Infections have increased by over 8,000 in 24 hours to reach a national total of 72,248.

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Spain is approaching two weeks of its stay-at-home restrictions and store closings but its infections and deaths keep rising. On Friday, Spain reported a total of 64,059 cases and 4,858 deaths.

Saturday, March 28, 7:07 a.m.

 

Coronavirus infections top 600,000 worldwide as officials brace for long fight ahead

By Associated Press

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States and officials dug in for a long fight against the pandemic.

The latest landmark came only two days after the world passed half a million infections, according to a tally by John Hopkins University, showing that much work remains to be done to slow the spread of the virus. It showed more than 602,000 cases and a total of over 27,000 deaths.

Saturday, March 28, 6:15 a.m.

 

Trump issues order to bring former troops back to active duty to assist in coronavirus response

By The Washington Post

President Donald Trump issued an order Friday night that permits the Pentagon to bring former U.S. troops and members of the National Guard and Reserve back to active duty to augment forces already involved in the U.S. military's response to the coronavirus pandemic, senior U.S. officials said.

Trump signed an executive order that allows Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to order units and individual members “and certain Individual Ready Reserve” members, Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement released just after midnight on Saturday morning. The Individual Ready Reserve comprises former active-duty and reserve service members, who are commonly considered out of the military and rarely recalled.

Saturday, March 28, 4:28 a.m.

 

United Nations says 86 staff members have coronavirus

By Associated Press

The United Nations says 86 staff members around the world have reported cases of COVID-19.

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U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said most of the infected staff members are in Europe, but there are also staffers in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the United States that have the coronavirus.

To try to reduce transmission, he said the vast majority of U.N. staffers are working from home.

Friday, March 27, 10:23 p.m.

 

Trump suggests he can gag inspector general for stimulus bailout program

By Charlie Savage, New York Times

WASHINGTON — When President Trump signed the $2 trillion economic stabilization package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic Friday, he undercut a crucial safeguard that Democrats insisted upon as a condition of agreeing to include a $500 billion corporate bailout fund.

In a signing statement released hours after Trump signed the bill in a televised ceremony in the Oval Office, the president suggested he had the power to decide what information a newly created inspector general intended to monitor the fund could share with Congress.

Friday, March 27, 10:20 p.m.

 

Biden backs nationwide shutdown to slow coronavirus

By Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said Friday he would urge governors nationwide to close down all non-essential activities in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

“For the time being, I would, yes,” Biden said during a town hall on CNN. “You don’t know who doesn’t have the virus, so a lot of people walking around looking like they’re pretty healthy, and they may very well have the virus and transmit it.”

The former vice president added: “Why would we not err on the side of making sure we are not going to have a repeat?”

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Friday, March 27, 10:07 p.m.

 

In the shadow of New York, New Jersey faces its own deepening crisis as coronavirus spreads

By Richard Morgan, Ben Guarino, Tim Craig and Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post

HOBOKEN, N.J. - At New Jersey's oldest hospital, the demands of fighting a pandemic threaten to overwhelm the city's medical resources - a frightening prospect confronting more communities as coronavirus burrows deeper into the United States.

With just 333 hospital beds for a commuter city of 55,000, Hoboken University Medical Center has less than a week before “we will not have the resources to save lives,” said Ravinder Bhalla, the city’s mayor.

Sometimes mocked as “Bro-boken” for its hordes of young professionals who cross the Hudson River every day to work in Manhattan, this town is bracing for the same onslaught of critically ill people now gripping New York.

Friday, March 27, 10:03 p.m.

 

‘Dreamers’ tell Supreme Court ending DACA during pandemic would be ‘catastrophic’

By Adam Liptak, New York Times

WASHINGTON — Aldo Martinez, a paramedic in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of about 27,000 young immigrants in the country illegally known as Dreamers who work in health care, many of them on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s an all-hands-on-deck situation that we have going on,” he said Friday, halfway through a 48-hour shift.

Martinez, 26, came to the United States from Mexico when he was 12, and he is able to work thanks to a program announced by President Barack Obama in 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The Trump administration wants to end the program, and at a Supreme Court argument in November, a majority of the justices seemed inclined to let it.

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Martinez said it would be foolish to take an army of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, researchers and other health care workers off the battlefield in the middle of a pandemic.

Friday, March 27, 9:52 p.m.

 

Plainridge employees to be furloughed without pay amid pandemic

By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent

Employees at the Plainridge Park Casino will be out of work without pay starting April 1, while the parent company of the Plainville casino closes its 41 gambling establishments and furloughs about 26,000 workers nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the company.

Plainridge Park has been closed since March 15 at the direction of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, but the parent company, Penn National Gaming, has pledged that employees will be paid through the end of March.

Friday, March 27, 9:33 p.m.

 

US cities have acute shortages of masks, test kits, ventilators as they face coronavirus threat

By Nick Miroff, Washington Post

Nearly 90 percent of US mayors who responded to a national survey on coronavirus preparedness said they lack sufficient tests kits, face masks, and other protective equipment for their emergency responders and medical workers, while 85 percent said they do not have enough ventilators for their hospitals — critical shortages that could lead cities and towns to be quickly overwhelmed should the virus spread through their communities.

The US Conference of Mayors survey, published Friday, was conducted from March 20 to March 24 and includes data from 213 US cities in 41 states and Puerto Rico, representing a combined population of 42 million. The shortages of essential items and equipment the cities are facing ‘‘has reached crisis proportions,’’ according to the report.

Friday, March 27, 8:57 p.m.

 

Two Reading Police Department employees test positive for COVID-19

By Adam Sennott, Globe Correspondent

Two employees at the Reading Police Department have tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified the town’s health department of the diagnoses, the department said in a press release.

Friday, March 27, 8:29 p.m.

 

California has surge of virus cases that threatens hospitals

By Christopher Weber and Adam Beam, Associated Press

The surge of coronavirus cases in California that health officials have warned was coming has arrived and will worsen, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, while the mayor of Los Angeles warned that by early next week his city could see the kind of crush that has crippled New York.

“We are now seeing the spike that we were anticipating,” Newsom declared while standing in front of the 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship Mercy that arrived in the Port of Los Angeles. It will take non-virus patients to free up rooms at hospitals for infection cases.

Friday, March 27, 8:20 p.m.

 

Ginnie Mae plans disaster aid for virus-hit mortgage servicers

By Joe Light, Bloomberg News

A top US regulator is working to provide a lifeline for mortgage servicers stressed by the coronavirus pandemic through programs meant to address natural disasters.

To prepare for an expected wave of missed payments as borrowers deal with the economic fallout from the virus, Ginnie Mae is moving toward using relief programs normally implemented in the wake of hurricanes, floods, and other calamities, according to a Friday blog post.

Friday, March 27, 8:10 p.m.

 

For two epidemiologists, MGH becomes a makeshift wedding venue

By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff

Jen Andonian and Matt Shearer had it all planned: her burgundy floral dress, his matching checked tie. They live in Cambridge, but chose Ann Arbor, Mich., where they met as graduate students, for their simple courthouse wedding ceremony in March with immediate family. A reception for 75 guests would follow the next day at her parents’ lakeside restaurant.

Then the fast-moving coronavirus began spreading through the world — and the United States. Andonian and Shearer, both epidemiologists on the frontlines of COVID-19 — she at Massachusetts General Hospital, he at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security — knew they could not ignore the risk of a large celebration.

Friday, March 27, 7:51 p.m.

 

Harvard enacts worker protections, makes classes pass/fail

By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent

Harvard University will continue paying staff and contract workers through May 28, officials said Friday, and will temporarily switch to pass/fail grading, as more Massachusetts colleges continue to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

Boston University also said Friday that it would make pass/fail optional for most students. Provost Jean Morrison said in an e-mail to faculty and staff that BU students will receive letter grades this semester, but most will have the option of changing those grades to “credit” or “no credit” for some, all, or none of their classes.

Friday, March 27, 7:48 p.m.

 

Mass. public health commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent

The state’s public health commissioner, a leading figure in the response to the coronavirus epidemic, has tested positive for the virus, she said Friday evening.

Dr. Monica Bharel was tested Thursday night and received her results from the State Public Health Laboratory on Friday.

Friday, March 27, 7:37 p.m.

 

‘We take the dead from morning till night’

By Jason Horowitz, New York Times

The streets of Bergamo are empty. As in all of Italy, people can leave their homes only for food and medicine and work. The factories and shops and schools are closed. There is no more chatting on the corners or in the coffee bars.

But what won’t stop are the sirens.

Friday, March 27, 7:28 p.m.

 

A cry for help from inmates caught in a coronavirus outbreak in Bridgewater

By Andrea Estes and Vernal Coleman, Globe Staff

He lives at the center of a coronavirus outbreak, one of the worst in Massachusetts.

But Glenn Christie doesn’t have the option of going into self-quarantine or even staying six feet away from other people. He’s under lockdown at the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater in a 10-by-20 foot room with five other inmates who share communal toilets and showers.

Friday, March 27, 7:11 p.m.

 

IOC allowed an Olympic boxing qualifier in London to go on despite coronavirus warnings

By Tariq Panja, New York Times

At least seven people tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month after taking part in a London boxing tournament to qualify for the Tokyo Games, an event that was allowed to begin by the International Olympic Committee despite widespread cancellations and warnings about the pandemic.

Turkey’s boxing federation believes three of its boxers and a coach caught the coronavirus while attending the European qualifying tournament that started March 14. Croatian officials say two coaches and one boxer were infected at the same event, which was canceled after three days of competition — two with spectators present.

Friday, March 27, 6:52 p.m.

 

Mass General worker infections double in the past day as coronavirus impact felt across hospitals

By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff

Coronavirus infections continue their alarming rise among staff at major hospitals in the state, with Massachusetts General Hospital Friday reporting 89 workers sickened, more than double the day before.

Beth Israel Lahey, a 12-hospital system, had previously not released to the Globe any numbers on the degree of infections within its work force, but Friday reported 109 staffers affected by the pandemic. Brigham and Women’s Hospital reported 58 — seven more than the previous day, according to data updated daily by the Globe.

Friday, March 27, 6:57 p.m.

 

In state’s intense chase for protective equipment, coronavirus isn’t the only rival

By Matt Stout and Victoria McGrane, Globe Staff

In the span of several days, Marylou Sudders and a team of state officials confirmed two separate orders last week: one for hundreds of N95 respirator masks and another promising shipments of 35 ventilators to Massachusetts, every week, for the “foreseeable future," the state’s health and human services secretary said.

They represented victories, if relatively small ones compared to the millions of pieces of equipment the state is chasing. That is, until, it ran into a force seemingly as immovable as the novel coronavirus.

Friday, March 27, 6:43 p.m.

 

The crucial next frontier in coronavirus testing

By Andrew Joseph, STAT

Scientists are starting to roll out new blood tests for the coronavirus, a key development that, unlike the current diagnostic tests, will help pinpoint people who are immune and reveal the full scope of the pandemic.

The “serological” tests — which rely on drawn blood, not a nasal or throat swab — can identify people who were infected and have already recovered from COVID-19, including those who were never diagnosed, either because they didn’t feel particularly sick or they couldn’t get an initial test. Scientists expect those individuals will be safe from another infection for at least some time — so the tests could signal who could be prioritized to return to work or serve as a frontline health worker.

Friday, March 27, 6:35 p.m.

 

Turkey moves migrants from Greek border amid virus pandemic

By Suzan Fraser, Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities have evacuated thousands of migrants who had been waiting at the border with Greece, hoping to make their way into Europe, as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey’s interior minister said Friday.

Thousands of migrants had massed at a border crossing with European Union-member Greece after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced last month that his country would no longer prevent refugees and other migrants wanting to travel to EU countries.

Friday, March 27, 6:26 p.m.

 

4 passengers dead, 2 test positive for COVID-19 on cruise ship stranded off the coast of Panama

By Hannah Sampson, Washington Post

Four passengers have died on a cruise ship that has been unable to find a port to disembark its passengers, operator Holland America Line said Friday. It is currently located off the coast of Panama with a plan to head to Fort Lauderdale.

People aboard the Zaandam cruise ship started reporting flu-like symptoms over the weekend. Two people on the ship have tested positive so far for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. According to the company, 138 people on the ship were sick as of early Friday - 53 guests and 85 crew.

Friday, March 27, 6:31 p.m.

 

For online teachers (and students), school is a work in progress

By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

First-grade teacher Ellie Lyons started class promptly at 8:30 from her Brookline apartment. On the bedroom wall behind her, a neatly handwritten sign spelled out the agenda for discussion — starting with the day of the week and the weather. On the computer in front of her, 20 rambunctious 6- and 7-year-olds bounced within their separate cells of an online video conference.

“So, my friends, I really miss having morning meeting at school,” Lyons said, before asking for volunteers to answer what day of the week it was.

Friday, March 27, 6:28 p.m.

 

Spain in near-lockdown, on the verge of crisis

By Bloomberg News

The Spanish government warned citizens that the situation will get worse after the country suffered its deadliest day yet of the coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez convened an emergency Cabinet meeting to try to chart a way out of the crisis rapidly engulfing the nation. The Health Ministry on Friday reported another 769 deaths, lifting the total number of fatalities to 4,858. Confirmed cases climbed to 64,059, with Spaniards near the end of the second week of a state of emergency set to last at least until April 11.

Friday, March 27, 6:06 p.m.

 

ESPN’s Doris Burke announces positive coronavirus diagnosis

By Chad Finn, Globe Staff

ESPN broadcaster Doris Burke revealed Thursday she has tested positive for COVID-19.

The former Providence College basketball star and respected NBA analyst told colleague Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast that she started feeling sick March 11.

Friday, March 27, 5:42 p.m.

 

UMass students to get refunds after coronavirus-driven closures

By Katie Lannan, State House News

University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan and the chancellors of the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell UMass campuses announced Friday that they will adjust room, board, and parking fees in response to the coronavirus-driven closures of residence halls and the transition to online-only instruction.

Students should be notified of their cost adjustments by April 17, the UMass officials said. Adjustments will be applied to student accounts, and students will receive their net balance by direct deposit or check.

Friday, March 27, 5:39 p.m.

 

Mass. delegation calls on Trump administration to resume visa processing for international health care workers

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

The Massachusetts congressional delegation on Friday urged Trump administration officials to resume processing visas for foreign-born medical school students and health care workers as hospitals brace for a surge in coronavirus patients.

As part of his travel-related coronavirus restrictions, President Trump last week suspended all routine visa services around the world, a move that Massachusetts members of Congress said could prevent urgently needed workers — specifically medical residents and fellows — from traveling to the United States to report to jobs caring for sick patients.

Friday, March 27, 5:25 p.m.

 

Two seniors die from COVID-19 amid outbreak at Charlwell House in Norwood

By Robert Weisman and Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff

Two seniors died at Norwood Hospital Friday morning after a coronavirus outbreak sickened more than 10 residents of Charlwell House Health & Rehabilitation Center, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Several of the Charlwell residents and at least one staffer have also been hospitalized with severe symptoms of the virus, the sources said. They said some have tested positive for the virus and some await test results.

Friday, March 27, 5:21 p.m.

 

Suddenly that grimy crowded subway car doesn’t look so bad

By Adam Vaccaro, Globe Staff

Lauren Margharita misses the Orange Line.

Yes, that Orange Line.

Time was, the Roslindale resident would jam onto a bus and then a packed subway car en route to her job as an administrator at Wentworth Institute of Technology. With the coronavirus shutting so much of Greater Boston and indeed the world, she’s been working at home, cooped up with three out-of-school teenagers. What she’s lacking is the personal downtime — the sort of buffer zone between work and home that a daily commute offers.

Friday, March 27, 5:15 p.m.

 

Pressley tests negative for COVID-19 after showing symptoms

By Alyssa Lukpat, Globe Correspondent

Representative Ayanna Pressley tested negative for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms, the congresswoman said Friday.

Pressley said in a statement Friday she was at a high-risk for the novel coronavirus because she has asthma and was recently in contact with a colleague who contracted the virus. The Boston Democrat said she was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I am, however still recovering from the flu, but feeling much better and continuing to work remotely with my team on COVID-19 response,” Pressley said in the statement.

Pressley’s spokeswoman said Wednesday that the congresswoman had sought treatment for flu-like symptoms and was awaiting test results for COVID-19. The spokeswoman did not say whether Pressley expected to miss any upcoming votes.

Several US lawmakers have been diagnosed with coronavirus in recent weeks, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Representative Seth Moulton said Wednesday he was experiencing symptoms but did not qualify for a COVID-19 test.

“My heart goes out to, and I continue to send prayers up for those battling this virus, and the surviving family members of those who have tragically already passed. I am grateful for the safe, compassionate and efficient response by healthcare providers at Massachusetts General Hospital,” Pressley said.

Friday, March 27, 5:09 p.m.

 

Red Sox grow part-time relief pool to $1.5 million, include Aramark vendors

By Michael Silverman, Globe Staff

The Red Sox decided that concessions workers at Fenway are part of the Red Sox family after all.

The 1,000-plus game-day employees of Aramark, the concessionaire sub-contracted by the team to sell hot dogs and beer, mix drinks, and keep suites stocked at Fenway Park will now be able to partake in an expanded pool of relief aid for game-day workers affected by the shuttering of the baseball season.

Friday, March 27, 4:59 p.m.

 

$2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package is signed into law by Trump

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation’s history. It will ship payments of up to $1,200 to millions of Americans, bolster unemployment benefits, offer loans, grants and tax breaks to businesses large and small and flush billions more to states, local governments and the nation’s all but overwhelmed health care system.

Friday, March 27, 4:54 p.m.

 

GameStop to employees: wrap your hands in plastic bags and go back to work

By Katie Johnston, Globe Staff

This is how far a business is willing to go to generate revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.

GameStop, the video game retailer, sent employees in Massachusetts back to work on Friday — despite the statewide order shutting down all nonessential businesses. But instead of allowing customers inside, the store is doing curbside pickup, and employees have been given a set of specific and highly unusual instructions to let people pay at the door, according to a manager at a local store.

Friday, March 27, 4:37 p.m.

 

‘We’re going to have to figure out another way to pay the bills': Cash-strapped families hope coronavirus rescue arrives in time to pay the rent

By Liz Goodwin, Globe Staff

Standing under the fluorescent lights of her local Market Basket store near Tyngsborough, Tricia Riel agonized over a choice that would have been simple before coronavirus: whether to buy an $8 watermelon.

Money was extremely tight. She had just been laid off from her part-time job busing tables at an Olive Garden due to the outbreak, and her husband, Warren, an auto body shop worker, was let go a few weeks earlier. But her son, Cody, a sixth-grader who had spent days anxiously cooped up in their home, looked so excited about the idea during their trip to the grocery store last week.

Friday, March 27, 4:35 p.m.

 

Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

By Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump issued an order Friday that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defense Production Act.

Trump said negotiations with General Motors had been productive, “but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course.”

Friday, March 27, 4:04 p.m.

 

Dow closes down more than 900 points after three-day rally

By Associated Press

The Dow closed down more than 900 points on Friday, or more than 4 percent. The drop came after a three-day rally.

Friday, March 27, 2:54 p.m.

 

Man in his 80s is Maine’s 1st coronavirus-related death

By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man in his 80s who lives in the southern part of Maine is the state's first coronavirus-related death, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

The man was a resident of Cumberland County, the most populous county in the state and the center of the outbreak in Maine so far, according to the agency.

Friday, March 27, 2:48 p.m.

 

Opinion: Boston’s infectious disease specialists’ message to the public: Fighting coronavirus is a sprint — and a marathon

By Boston Infectious Disease Specialists

In hospitals across Greater Boston, efforts have intensified to confront the building wave of COVID-19 cases that are upon us: Respiratory illness clinics have sprouted up; staffing pools are beginning to struggle to keep pace with new COVID-19 inpatient units; physicians are combing the literature in search of new COVID-19 treatment data; and intensive care units that once had few COVID-19 patients are now filling with them. As the numbers rise, we are in a sprint to deal with the challenges facing us.

Friday, March 27, 2:44 p.m.

 

With most coronavirus cases in Africa, South Africa locks down

By Lynsey Chutel and Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — When the clock struck midnight Friday, South Africa, Africa’s most industrialized nation, ordered most of its 59 million people to stay at home for three weeks — the biggest and most restrictive action in the African continent to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The lockdown was precipitated by an alarming increase in confirmed coronavirus cases across the nation’s nine provinces. Three weeks after the first infection was discovered in South Africa, the country is now the epicenter of the outbreak in the continent, with more than 1,000 confirmed cases, double the cases in Egypt.

Friday, March 27, 2:40 p.m.

 

Report: MLB won’t start season until travel, gathering bans are lifted

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, a distinct possibility given the league reportedly will not play so long as travel restrictions or bans on mass gatherings are in place.

As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players will not challenge the loss of their salaries if no games are played.

Friday, March 27, 2:34 p.m.

 

New York’s staggering coronavirus outbreak, in five charts

By Ryan Huddle, Heather Ciras and Saurabh Datar, Globe Staff

On Friday, New York released the new number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths: 44,635 positive coronavirus cases as of Friday –– which is 7,377 more than Thursday –– and 519 deaths, up from 385 on Thursday.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, it’s only going to get worse.

Friday, March 27, 2:21 p.m.

 

Curing hospitals’ addiction to the fossil fuels that make people sick

By Nick Leiber

It’s noisy in the building systems control room at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety-net hospital and busiest emergency services operation in New England. Computers chime alerts, phones ring, and walkie-talkies crackle with updates about the systems that keep the air clean, the temperature consistent, and other functions needed for the well-being of thousands of patients and roughly 6,000 clinicians and other staff who work there. Planning for a large surge in COVID-19 cases adds an electric sense of urgency in the control room — and throughout the hospital.

Friday, March 27, 2:18 p.m.

 

Surf’s is Narragansett: Riders are social distancing themselves on the waves

By Stan Grossfeld, Globe Staff

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Peter Pan is giddy.

Business at his Narragansett Surf & Skate Shop is booming, the sky is clearing, the waves are building, and he’s going surfing.

The surfing legend’s real name is Peter Panagiotis, but nobody has called him that since a surfing announcer couldn’t pronounce his Greek last name at a 1967 tournament.

Friday, March 27, 2:15 p.m.

 

My 46-hour hunt for toilet paper

By Stacey Myers, Globe Staff

The post on the All About Franklin Facebook page on March 10 should have tipped me off: “BJ’s is out of toilet paper in case anyone wanted to know.”

But I just didn’t feel that sense of urgency. Not the kind that makes a person rush to stockpile milk, bread, batteries, and Charmin. I can hold on a little longer, I thought. I’d been through the Blizzard of ’78, nor’easters, and Y2K and had never ever seen a toilet paper shortage. Surely there’d be a few rolls somewhere.

Friday, March 27, 2:11 p.m.

 

6 voices from college: Alone in a dorm, what a coronavirus diagnosis feels like, and more

By Globe Staff

In their own voices, these students and staff talk about fearing for undocumented parents, missing graduation, and other personal stories.

Friday, March 27, 2:06 p.m.

 

8 songs to wash your hands by (that aren’t Happy Birthday)

By Jakob Menendez

To wash your hands for 20 seconds, the CDC-recommended minimum, experts have recommended vigorously scrubbing through two rounds of “Happy Birthday.” To mix up the soundtrack, try these hit songs from across four generations — each has a 20-second chorus, give or take a second.

Friday, March 27, 2:02 p.m.

 

Love in the time of COVID-19 brings wedding-bell blues

By Amanda Milkovits, Globe Staff

CRANSTON, R.I. -- Someday, Alana Smith and Joseph Dolle will exchange marriage vows and wedding rings.

Someday, their loved ones will be able to celebrate with them and toast the happy couple.

Someday, after 11 years together, Joe and Alana will be husband and wife.

That day was supposed to be today, March 27, 2020.

Friday, March 27, 2:01 p.m.

 

Raimondo says fines, arrests are on the table for those who violate self-quarantine rule; Coronavirus infections climb to 203

By Dan McGowan and Amanda Milkovits, Globe Staff

PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina Raimondo said Friday Rhode Island now has 203 confirmed coronavirus infections, after 38 more residents tested positive for the contagious disease.

Raimondo also said she intends to use the National Guard, State Police, and local law enforcement to enforce her mandatory self-quarantine rule for those traveling to Rhode Island from New York. She said law enforcement will go door-to-door in some coastal communities to remind people from New York that they must self-quarantine.

Friday, March 27, 1:58 p.m.

 

John Kerry, President Trump unite in criticizing Representative Thomas Massie on Twitter over tactic on coronavirus bill

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

Former Secretary of State John Kerry and President Trump were among an unlikely coalition of politicians to flog Representative Thomas Massie on Twitter Friday as he called for a recorded vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, forcing many members of the House to return to Washington, D.C.

The House was set to pass the legislation Friday by an overwhelming majority, and it sought to do so with a voice vote, which expedites the legislation. But under House rules, any member of the House can call for a recorded vote, requiring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ensure that a quorum of 216 members are present. Massie did so formally Friday afternoon.

Friday, March 27, 1:56 p.m.

 

Off Their Plate provides meals to health care workers on the coronavirus front lines

By Devra First, Globe Staff

With restaurants closed for dine-in business, the industry is suffering, and many people have lost their jobs. At the same time, workers on the front lines of the coronavirus don’t have time to prepare nutritious meals to help keep them going. A new organization, Off Their Plate, is working to address both problems.

It began when Natalie Guo, a medical student at Harvard who previously worked in business, reached out to local chefs Ken Oringer (Little Donkey, Toro, and more) and Tracy Chang (Pagu). The idea: Raise money to provide meals to health care workers, and pay cooks now out of work to make them.

Friday, March 27, 1:53 p.m.

 

Empty planes, all-night drives: Mass. delegation rushed back to D.C. to vote on coronavirus bill

By Victoria McGrane, Globe Staff

Some of them drove, some of them flew, but however they got there, the majority of the Massachusetts US House delegation rushed back to Washington on Thursday and Friday to help ensure passage of the $2.2 trillion rescue package aimed at shoring up the US economy roiled by the raging coronavirus pandemic.

House leaders of both parties had hoped to pass the bill by voice vote, negating the need for lawmakers to return to vote in person and thus avoid placing anyone’s health at risk. But concerns that Representative Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, would demand a recorded vote led leadership to call members back.

Friday, March 27, 1:49 p.m.

 

BU group looking for hand sanitizer donations to help homeless

By Caroline Enos, Globe Correspondent

A Boston University club is asking for donations of hand sanitizer to help keep Boston’s homeless healthy as the coronavirus continues to spread.

The club, Health Improvements Inc., has been collecting donations of hand sanitizer since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.

Friday, March 27, 1:19 p.m.

 

Italy has deadliest day from coronavirus with 969 fatalities

By Jerrold Colten and John Follain, Bloomberg

Italy reported its highest number of deaths from the coronavirus, even as the number of new cases declined on Friday.

Fatalities from the disease shot up to 969, the most in a 24-hour period since the start of the outbreak.

Friday, March 27, 1:06 p.m.

 

Italy is 2nd country to pass Chinese coronavirus case total

By David Rising, Matt Sedensky, and Jill Lawless, Associated Press

LONDON — Deaths surged in Spain on Friday, troubling new outbreak sites bubbled in the United States, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first leader of a major country to test positive for the coronavirus that has sickened more than a half-million people worldwide.

Italy, with by far the most deaths from COVID-19, surpassed China and the United States to also record the most infections in the world. With numbers rising in the United States, though, the grim distinction could be temporary.

Friday, March 27, 12:29 p.m.

 

As coronavirus rages, doctors hit with cuts to compensation

By Rebecca Ostriker, Globe Staff

Doctors and other healthcare workers on the front lines of battling the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts are now being hit with cuts to their financial compensation.

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center physicians’ group announced on Thursday that it is suspending employer contributions to the retirement plan for the group, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, effective April 1.

Friday, March 27, 12:27 p.m.

 

New York coronavirus death toll hits more than 500; cases exceed 44,000

By Felicia Gans, Globe Staff

More than 500 people in New York have died from coronavirus, a jump of more than 100 deaths since Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

New York has 44,635 positive coronavirus cases as of Friday — 7,377 more than Thursday, the governor announced during his daily press conference. There have been 519 deaths, up from 385 on Thursday.

Friday, March 27, 12 p.m.

 

Hillel campus group goes digital, thanks to this Worcester college student

By Diti Kohli, Globe Correspondent

The world’s largest Jewish campus organization, Hillel has outposts at 550 North American colleges. Creating a digital version of the group in the face of mass coronavirus closures started almost “as a joke,” said Worcester college student Ari Hoffman. More than one week after he created it, though, the Zoom University Hillel Facebook group already exceeds 11,000 members.

“People can connect while they’re away from their Hillels at their schools," said Hoffman, a junior economics major at Clark University.

Friday, March 27, 11:59 a.m.

 

MSPCA donates personal protective equipment to Mass. General, other local hospitals

By Caroline Enos, Globe Correspondent

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will donate masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment to help protect medical workers at local hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic, MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin said.

MSPCA will bring 300 isolation gowns, 200 chemo plus gowns, 13 pairs of safety glasses, 220 N95 respirators, 24 face shields, and 2,100 surgical masks from its Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston to Massachusetts General Hospital Friday afternoon, Halpin said.

Friday, March 27, 11:11 a.m.

 

Baker asks travelers to self-quarantine
Highlights from Governor Baker's press conference on March 27th. (Photo: Blake Nissen/for The Boston Globe, Video: Handout)

Baker asks all travelers arriving in Mass. to self-quarantine

By Martin Finucane, Tim Logan, Adam Vaccaro, and Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

Massachusetts effectively closed its doors to tourists and many travelers Friday, as Governor Charlie Baker urged anyone arriving from out-of-state to self-quarantine for two weeks — the latest attempt to curb the spread of a pandemic that has now killed nearly three dozen people here.

In normal times, Massachusetts’ vibrant tourism industry thrives on out-of-state visitors. But these are not normal times. The state’s number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the severe respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, surged 34 percent to 3,240 on Friday. The 823 new cases represent the largest single-day total to date. The state also announced 10 new deaths, mostly among people in their 80s and 90s.

Friday, March 27, 10:50 a.m.

 

The late Larry Rasky, Boston PR pro and confidant of Biden, had coronavirus at time of death, family says

By Travis Andersen and Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff

The family of the late Larry Rasky, a top Boston public relations executive and confidant of Joe Biden who died Sunday at the age of 69, confirmed Friday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Will Rasky, his son, broke the news in a statement released by Rasky Partners, his father’s firm.

“On Thursday night, we learned that my dad, Larry Rasky, tested positive for COVID-19,” Will Rasky said. "My dad had other underlying health conditions that medical professionals urge us to keep in mind. Our family, Larry’s colleagues, and others had already taken precautions in advance of learning the result, and we continue to follow all public health guidance. Not being able to gather with family and friends has made mourning Larry’s death all the more difficult, so the impact of the pandemic was already felt. That said, Larry’s spirit and legacy have kept us all tied together.”

Friday, March 27, 10:16 a.m.

 

Lexington biotech and Sanofi plan to work together on coronavirus vaccine

By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff

Lexington-based biotech Translate Bio and the vaccines unit of French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said Friday they will collaborate on developing a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the latest in a series of such efforts involving Massachusetts drug makers.

Friday, March 27, 10:08 a.m.

 

Mass. income tax filing deadline extended to July 15

By Travis Andersen and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

In an effort to relieve the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, Massachusetts will extend the state income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, officials said Friday.

The Baker administration said the delay is automatic and taxpayers don’t have to file any additional forms to qualify for the relief.

Friday, March 27, 9:51 a.m.

 

Isolation to stop the spread of coronavirus makes sense. But why is it still so hard to stay inside?

By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

It didn’t take long for the memes to start.

“AMERICA, EVERY WEEKEND: I just wanna Netflix and Chill, lol.

THE WEEKEND EVERYONE NEEDS TO STAY INSIDE: It’s my God-given right to go outside and lick whatever I want.”

As governments across the world urged, advised, and eventually ordered people to stay home and away from others to avoid transmitting the coronavirus, many people did stay inside. But enough didn’t, and though they probably didn’t lick whatever they wanted, they certainly didn’t practice social distancing.

Friday, March 27, 9:16 a.m.

 

Americans want medical marijuana dispensaries deemed ‘essential’ amid coronavirus outbreak, poll finds

By Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment

A majority of Americans believe that medical marijuana dispensaries should be kept open as “essential services” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.

The survey asked simply: “Do you believe medical marijuana dispensaries should or should not be considered essential services?”

Fifty-three percent said the cannabis providers should be regarded as essential, 26 percent said they shouldn’t, and 21 percent said they didn’t know.

Friday, March 27, 8:53 a.m.

 

Stuck inside during coronavirus outbreak, many are using the downtime to tap into new and old skills

By Steve Annear, Globe Staff

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we are in this for the long haul.

In the interest of public safety, the rules around what we can or can’t do, who we can or can’t see, and where we can or can’t go are getting stricter by the daily press conference, as the novel coronavirus continues to rapidly spread.

Realizing that, for the foreseeable future, we’ll be resigned to hanging out indoors, people are tapping into new talents that they otherwise wouldn’t have time to explore under normal circumstances.

They’re learning new languages, or signing up for virtual gym classes. Dormant baking sheets and forgotten cookbooks are reemerging. At the same time, others are rediscovering passion projects they’d long ago abandoned, or broadening their horizons when it comes to their favorite hobbies.

Friday, March 27, 8:49 a.m.

 

The realities of coronavirus ‘super-spreading’

By Rebecca Ostriker, Globe Staff

More than a century ago, Mary Mallon, a New York cook, was suspected of transmitting typhoid fever to 51 people, earning her the notorious nickname Typhoid Mary.

At the Biogen leadership meeting in Boston last month, a different kind of infection spread with lightning speed, leading to at least 99 coronavirus cases in Massachusetts and more around the world.

What do they have in common? They’re both classic examples of what epidemiologists call “super-spreading.” And the phenomenon has major implications for the way the current coronavirus pandemic is playing out.

Friday, March 27, 8:48 a.m.

 

People are largely following the coronavirus rules — but will that self-control last?

By Naomi Martin, Globe Staff

The streets are empty as residents hunker down. When people do venture out, most dutifully walk 6 feet from others.

For now, people are largely heeding the state’s stay-at-home restrictions and social-distancing guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. But how long can people in a nation that prizes personal freedoms be expected to comply with the measures? What if this drags on for months, or, as top epidemiologists project, the rules are relaxed and reimposed intermittently when new outbreaks emerge until drugs or a vaccine become available possibly in a year?

Nobody can say for sure. But experts told the Globe that most people are likely to struggle with the rules in the long run — unless they know their actions truly make an impact.


Friday, March 27, 8:01 a.m.

 

The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country. Here’s how we got there

By Ryan Huddle and Heather Ciras, Globe Staff

The US passed China on Thursday night in confirmed cases of coronavirus, a dubious distinction as the virus continues to rage across the world. How did we get here? The charts below offer a look at how spread in the US compared to other countries that have been similarly hard-hit by the pandemic. These graphics provide a sobering look of what’s transpired so far, and a warning of what may still come.

Friday, March 27, 7:58 a.m.

 

As coronavirus spreads, undocumented immigrants are losing jobs with no financial safety net

By Brian MacQuarrie and Shirley Leung, Globe Staff

As coronavirus spreads, undocumented immigrants are losing their jobs, and thar could be bad for all of usic, the most vulnerable were once again invisible: Not a penny will go to millions of undocumented immigrants, many of whotm work in the hardest-hit industries of restaurants, hospitality, and retail.

They are the hourly employees who work as cooks and dishwashers, cleaners and clerks. They are among the more than 250,000 unauthorized immigrants in Massachusetts who account for about 5 percent of the labor force, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

These immigrants typically pay taxes but don’t qualify for stimulus checks or unemployment benefits, which are reserved for US citizens and those legally authorized to work in the US.

Friday, March 27, 7:29 a.m.

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

By Jill Lawless and Pan Pylas, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first leader of a major nation to contract COVID-19, but he insisted Friday that he remains in charge of the U.K.’s response to the outbreak.

Johnson, 55, said he was tested Thursday on the advice of the chief medical officer after showing “mild symptoms, of a temperature and a persistent cough.

Friday, March 27, 7:15 a.m.

 

Trump touts ‘very good’ talk with Xi as US cases surpass China

By Karen Leigh, Bloomberg

President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping pledged in a phone call to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, signaling a fresh detente between the two countries after weeks of rising tensions.

“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet,” Trump tweeted Friday. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!”


Friday, March 27, 6:36 a.m.

 

Barcelona to reduce payroll during coronavirus stoppage

By Associated Press

Barcelona will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Spanish club said late Thursday that its executive board decided to temporarily suspend player contracts, which leads to a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”

Friday, March 27, 6:23 a.m.

 

Washington set to deliver $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill

By Associated Press

With rare bipartisanship and speed, Washington is about to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help to people and businesses as the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system.

The House is set to pass the sprawling $2.2 trillion measure on Friday morning after an extraordinary 96-0 Senate vote late Wednesday. President Donald Trump marveled at the unanimity Thursday and is eager to sign the package into law.

Friday, March 27, 5:10 a.m.

 

South Africa has 1st coronavirus deaths as lockdown begins

By Associated Press

A shaken South Africa on Friday announced its first two deaths from the coronavirus as the country’s cases rose above 1,000 and a three-week lockdown began, with some police screaming at the homeless on emptying streets.

The health minister said the deaths occurred in Western Cape province, home of Cape Town. South Africa has the most virus cases in Africa, with the total across the continent now above 3,200.

Friday, March 27, 2:43 a.m.

 

US equity futures slip after three-day rally

By Bloomberg News

U.S. equity futures dropped after the first three-day rally in American stocks since mid-February, while Treasuries advanced as investors take stock of strengthening stimulus efforts across the globe.

S&P 500 futures retreated after the index surged over 6% Thursday. European contracts fluctuated. The dollar headed for its biggest weekly fall since 2009, with central banks sharply boosting the provision of greenbacks.

Friday, March 27, 2:13 a.m.

 

In Iran, false belief a poison fights coronavirus kills hundreds

By Associated Press

Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. It comes as fake remedies spread across social media in Iran, where people remain deeply suspicious of the government after it downplayed the crisis for days before it overwhelmed the country.

Thursday, March 26, 11:45 p.m.

 

NY wants the nation’s breathing machines, but supply is low

By Associated Press

New York’s scramble to find enough breathing machines to treat its rapidly expanding legion of coronavirus patients illustrates a problem vexing hospitals and governments worldwide.

In his nationally televised briefings this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made desperate pleas to other states and the federal government to send breathing machines that the state will return when demand slows down.

Thursday, March 26, 9:00 p.m.

 

Officials in Washington state, where outbreak started, see hope as cases appear to be leveling off

By Robert Klemko, The Washington Post

KIRKLAND, Wash. — The suburban hospital that handled the first onslaught of coronavirus patients weeks ago - a crush of seriously ill and dying nursing home residents that signaled the beginning of the national health crisis - is now offering cautious optimism to people across the United States who are searching for an end to the springtime nightmare: They say they might have flattened the curve here.

At EvergreenHealth Medical Center, two miles from the shuttered Lifecare nursing home where 35 patient deaths were linked to the virus, officials say their rate of new COVID-19 cases has remained steady for two weeks, leveling off at a trickle. On some days, doctors here see just one new case and haven’t seen more than four in a single day since mid-March. Few need admission to the Intensive Care Unit, which is now half full, two weeks after overflow necessitated transfers to nearby hospitals.

Thursday, March 26, 8:48 p.m.

 

World leaders vow to coordinate coronavirus response in video call

By Aya Batrawy and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit Thursday that ‘‘we are at war with a virus – and not winning it” despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders, shutter businesses, and enforce home isolation for more than a quarter of the world’s population.

The unusual video call in lieu of a physical gathering comes as governments around the world stress the importance of social distancing to curb the spread of the highly infectious virus, which has prompted closures, curfews, and lockdowns globally.

Thursday, March 26, 8:25 p.m.

 

Trump says he will visit Norfolk, Va., Saturday to see off Navy hospital ship heading to New York to aid coronavirus response

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump says he will travel to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship that will relieve the pressure on New York hospitals dealing with coronavirus patients.

Trump says he told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the ship will arrive in New York Harbor on Monday.

Trump said in a White House press conference that he’ll “kiss it goodbye” and that the ship is “loaded up to the top” with medical supplies.

Thursday, March 26, 7:42 p.m.

 

Small businesses seek answers to uncertainty in federal stimulus

By Janelle Nanos, Globe Staff

Michelle Barrett baked herself a tiny cake last week, and posted a picture of the white buttercream confection on the Instagram page of Kind Goods, her Maynard boutique gift shop.

“Maybe I’ll make a tiny cake for every week my business survives this mess," she wrote. “Like a birthday cake but more like a ‘I didn’t go under’ cake.”

Barrett, a ceramist who also recently opened the Sugar House gift store in Cambridge’s Inman Square, is among the many thousands of business owners in Massachusetts and around the United States trying to sort out whether the federal stimulus plan will help them survive the economic collapse caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A legion of small business owners have shuttered their storefronts and laid off staff because of the crisis.

Thursday, March 26, 7:19 p.m.

 

US government has 1.5 million expired N95 masks sitting in an Indiana warehouse

By Nick Miroff, The Washington Post

Nearly 1.5 million N95 respirator masks are sitting in a US government warehouse in Indiana and authorities have not shipped them because they are past their expiration date, despite Centers for Disease Control guidelines that have been issued for their safe use during the coronavirus outbreak, according to five people with knowledge of the stockpile.

Department of Homeland Security officials had a conference call Wednesday to figure out what to do with the masks, which are part of the US Customs and Border Protection’s emergency supplies. DHS officials decided to offer the respirators to the Transportation Security Administration, whose workforce has been clamoring for protective equipment, according to three of the people who described the plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Thursday, March 26, 7:12 p.m.

 

3 migrant children in US custody test positive for coronavirus

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three immigrant children in US government custody at a New York facility have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, said it has suspended releases from centers in New York that house immigrant children who were apprehended by US border authorities without their parents or a guardian.

Thursday, March 26, 6:53 p.m.

 

What Tom Brady has to do with Trump’s coronavirus response

By Katie McInerney, Globe Staff

What does Tom Brady have to do with the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic?

Let us explain.

President Trump brought up the ex-Patriots quarterback in his Thursday afternoon press briefing.

His comments were spurred by a report from the Washington Post about a conference call held with US governors about the Trump administration’s actions.

Thursday, March 26, 6:48 p.m.

 

Canada urges US not to put troops at border during pandemic

By Rob Gillies, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has told the Trump administration that a proposal to put troops at the US-Canada border amid the pandemic is entirely unnecessary and would damage relations between the two longtime allies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has been in discussions with the White House about convincing the US not to do it.

Thursday, March 26, 6:39 p.m.

 

Coronavirus creeping into Massachusetts senior sites

By Robert Weisman and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

The coronavirus is creeping into senior housing in Massachusetts, despite urgent efforts to isolate residents and bar visitors. More than 20 cases have been confirmed in at least six senior living sites in the state, and two residents have died.

The Jack Satter House in Revere has the largest known outbreak at senior facilities statewide, with seven residents testing positive for the virus, city officials reported Thursday. Five have been hospitalized, one is recovering, and one has died, though the cause of death has not been officially determined.

Thursday, March 26, 6:14 p.m.

 

Flatter or fight? Governors seeking help must navigate Trump

By Kathleen Ronayne and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice. He limited criticisms of the federal government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels.

But nothing came, so he went on television. The first-term Democrat blasted the Trump administration Sunday on CNN for failing to help states obtain masks, gloves and other protective gear.

It got President Trump’s attention. After a Twitter feud and some mudslinging (Pritzker compared Trump to a “carnival barker”), the two got on the phone Monday, and Trump promised Illinois 250,000 masks and 300 ventilators.

Thursday, March 26, 6:08 p.m.

 

$250 for Purell? State investigating complaints of coronavirus price gouging

By Naomi Martin, Globe Staff

The sight of barren store shelves can be chilling, particularly for those who desperately need the items that should be there: toilet paper, thermometers, hand sanitizer.

“It was haunting,” said Philip Berne, 44, of Malden, who visited three stores before finding toilet paper, and still hasn’t found Tylenol or rubbing alcohol. “It shouldn’t be happening in a place that’s so developed. ... Now we’re out of the basic essentials to fight illness.”

Thursday, March 26, 6:03 p.m.

 

Pushing back school reopening to May 4 leaves spring sports season in limbo

By Jim Clark, Globe Correspondent

In an ideal world, Lowell athletic director Dave Lezenski would have spent Thursday getting ready for the start of the 2020 spring season.

His Red Raiders girls’ lacrosse team originally was scheduled to host Medford in a season opener Thursday evening at Cawley Stadium. Several other schools and teams were slated to jump into spring sports competition Friday, joined by even more across the state by the beginning of next week.

Instead, Massachusetts high school athletic directors are brainstorming and making preliminary plans for trying to salvage some sort of a spring season for their athletes.

Thursday, March 26, 5:58 p.m.

 

Swampscott orders residents to remain home amid pandemic

By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent

Governor Charlie Baker’s hometown of Swampscott has ordered residents to stay home except for “essential” activities and services and has banned non-essential gatherings outside the home, regardless of size.

The North Shore town’s Select Board and Board of Health voted unanimously in an online public meeting Wednesday night to make mandatory what Baker had advised on Monday, but also to go further by prohibiting gatherings outside residences, town officials said.

Thursday, March 26, 5:54 p.m.

 

US now leads world in number of confirmed coronavirus cases

By Colleen Long, David Rising and Emily Schmall, Associated Press

The United States now leads the world in number of confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. The number of cases in the United States climbed above China, where the virus originated late last year, to become the world’s highest.