Coronavirus live updates: FDA gives anti-malaria drugs emergency approval to treat COVID-19

narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 36,000 people across the globe.

The new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19, has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica since first emerging in China in December. There are now more than 766,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 160,000 of those patients have recovered from the disease.

With more than 153,000 diagnosed COVID-19 cases, the United States has by far the highest national tally in the world. At least 2,828 people have died in the U.S.

Today's biggest developments:
-FDA gives anti-malaria drugs emergency approval to treat COVID-19
-Tokyo Olympics will open in July 2021
-Navy hospital ship arrives in New York
-Nearly 200 aboard Florida-bound cruise report flu-like symptoms

Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

5:45 p.m.: Dozens of Marines test positive at boot camp

Between 35 to 40 Marine recruits and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at its Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina, a defense official told ABC News.

The Marine Corps said it would suspend sending recruits to that boot camp, which is the service’s largest camp in the East Coast.

"Recruit training for individuals already at the Depot will continue as planned, with continued emphasis on personal and environmental cleanliness and social distancing," the Marine Corps said in a statement

The Marine Corps will continue to send recruits to its West Coast boot camp, but they are receiving a decreased number "to ensure that there is enough space to provide social distancing and adequate staff to safely screen and evaluate incoming recruits," according to a Marine representative.

4:48 p.m.: GAP to furlough most of its staff

The GAP is the latest retail giant to announce it will furlough most of its North American employees.

Company officials said the move comes as sales from its clothing stores have dropped due to the pandemic.

The chain said it would continue provide its employees with their benefits during the furlough period, which will last until stores reopen. Sonia Syngal, the president and CEO of Gap Inc., said that corporate leaders will be taking a pay cut as well.

"We are doing everything we can to provide support during this time, and we are intensely focused on welcoming back our store teams and customers as soon as we are able," she said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Macy's announced it would furlough the majority of its workforce starting this week.

Nordstrom said last week it was furloughing a portion of its corporate staff, and the company that operates DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse said it was furloughing 80% of its workers, according to the Associated Press.

3:45 p.m.: Renowned doctor dies from coronavirus

Dr. James Goodrich, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at New York City's Montefiore Medical Center, died of COVID-19 complications on Monday, according to the medical center.

Goodrich specialized in children with complex neurological conditions and created an approach for separating twins who are fused at the brain and skull, according to the medical center, where he worked for three decades.

In 2016, he famously led a team of doctors in a 27-hour-long procedure to separate 13-month-old twin boys.

Goodrich was not only a "pioneer" in his field, but also "a humble and truly caring man" remembered for baking holiday cookies and delivering them to the Children's Hospital nurses each year, Montefiore Medical Center officials said in a statement.

"Dr. Goodrich was a beacon of our institution and he will be truly missed," Montefiore Medicine CEO Dr. Philip Ozuah said in a statement. "His expertise and ability were second only to his kind heart and manner."

"Dr. Goodrich was admired by his Montefiore Einstein colleagues and adored by his patients and Montefiore Einstein will not be the same without his presence," Ozuah said.

3:25 p.m.: Pastor arrested for holding services despite safer at home order

A Florida pastor has been arrested after he allegedly held two large services on Sunday despite a safer at home order issued in the state.

Tampa-area pastor Rodney Howard-Browne "intentionally and repeatedly chose to disregard the order set in place by our president, our governor, the CDC, and the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group," Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a news conference Monday.

He was arrested on a charge of unlawful assembly in violation of a public health emergency order.

Chronister said the pastor's "reckless disregard for human life put hundreds" of congregants and thousands of residents at risk.

Since Friday, the sheriff's office was in contact with The River at Tampa Bay Church and received an anonymous tip that Howard-Browne refused the request to stop large gatherings, the sheriff said.

Officers went to the church to speak with Howard-Browne, but according to the sheriff, the pastor would not speak with them. Attorneys for the church told the sheriff's office that they refused to cancel services, according to Chronister.

The church could have opted for livestream services, but instead disobeyed the safer at home order and even provided bus transportation for parishioners, the sheriff said.

Howard-Browne told congregants Sunday, "I know they’re trying to beat me up about having the church operational, but we are not a nonessential service."

2 p.m.: Maryland governor worried pandemic will soon escalate in DC area


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is warning that medical experts say the coronavirus pandemic could escalate within two weeks in the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland region, where it could resemble the current level of cases in New York City.

Hogan issued a "stay-at-home" executive order on Monday that directs state residents to stay at home unless they have an essential job, need to leave buy food or medicine, or get medical attention.

The governor warned that violators would be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.

He also said that residents should not travel out of state unless absolutely necessary.

Maryland has now surpassed 1,400 cases of COVID-19.

A stay-at-home order was also issued Monday in Virginia where at least 25 people have died.

1:30 p.m.: Over 1,000 dead in New York State


At least 1,218 have died from coronavirus in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

"We've lost over 1,000 New Yorkers. To me we're beyond staggering already," Cuomo said. "The only point now is do everything you can to save every life possible."

Only one county in New York State has no diagnosed COVID-19 cases, Cuomo said.

Over 66,000 people have tested positive in the state, including 9,500 patients in hospitals, Cuomo said. Of those in hospitals, 2,300 people are in intensive care units.

Over 4,200 people have been hospitalized and discharged, he said.

New York City still has too much density, Cuomo said, threatening to close down playgrounds if people do not stay inside or maintain effective social distancing while going outside for fresh air.

12:40 p.m.: Cruise lines extend suspensions

After the coronavirus outbreak quarantined thousands of passengers on massive cruise liners, Carnival Cruise Line said Monday it will continue to suspend operations in North America through May 11.

Holland America, a subsidiary of Carnival, said it will extend its suspension of global ship operations through May 14.

Royal Caribbean has currently suspended global operations through May 11 and Princess Cruise Line has suspended trips until at least May 10.

Norwegian Cruise Line currently plans to lift its suspension on April 12.

12:26 p.m.: Italy now has over 100,000 reported cases


Italy -- by far the hardest-hit when it comes to fatalities -- has now reached 101,739 total coronavirus cases, according to the country's Civil Protection Agency.

As of Monday, 11,591 people in Italy have died, officials said

But Italy -- which went on a country-wide lockdown on March 9 -- is seeing some positive news as the total number of active infected patients rose by only 2.2% over the last 24 hours. There were 1,648 new cases in the last day, as opposed to 3,815 from the day before.

Also, the number of patients reported as having recovered from the illness as of Monday is the highest daily total reported so far with 1,590 no longer infected.

11:50 a.m.: USNS Comfort arrives in New York

The USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in the harbor of hard-hit New York City Monday morning.

The ship will treat non-coronavirus patients on board to try to lighten the burden on the city's hospitals where doctors are focusing on combating the pandemic.

At least 776 people have died in New York City.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the ship's arrival a "major moment in this long battle."

"Our nation has heard our plea for help," he said. "There could not be a better example of all of America pulling for New York City than the arrival of the USNS Comfort.

The mayor called the ship a "big boost" in the city's need to triple hospital bed capacity by May.

To all New Yorkers, the mayor said, "We are not alone. Our nation is helping us in our hour of need."

As the death toll climbs in New York, the mayor warned, "the toughest weeks are still ahead."

Another hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, has opened for business in the port of Los Angeles, where it'll be treating non-coronavirus patients on board.

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