Coronavirus live news: global cases near million mark as US federal stockpile of medical equipment dwindles

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Trump says personal protective gear has nearly run out; Florida, Georgia, Mississippi ordered to shelter in place; record daily fatalities in UK. Follow the latest updates.

We reported earlier based on an AFP alert that the US had recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths, but analysis by the Wall Street Journal shows that the previous day’s record appears to have been higher:

“In the US, 884 people died between 8 p.m Tuesday and the same time Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. That was down slightly from 895 in the prior 24 hours, a record in the US for the pandemic.

For those of you who think you have an excuse to wear sweatpants, tracksuits – or “tracky dacks” or “joggers” as they’re known in Australia in your Zoom meetings:

*palestinian women have entered the zoom meeting* pic.twitter.com/0K9GAjYiTc

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