Coronavirus live updates: Singapore reports 931 new cases, global numbers above 2.9 million

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  • Global cases: More than 2.9 million
  • Global deaths: At least 206,265
  • Most cases reported: United States (963,379), Spain (226,629), Italy (197,675), France (162,220), and Germany (157,495). 

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 7:09 a.m. Beijing time. 

All times below are in Beijing time.

7:24 am: Singapore reports 931 additional cases of infection

Singapore reported 931 new cases of Covid-19 as of noon local time on Sunday.

Most of the new cases were linked to infection clusters in dormitories that house foreign workers, who are typically men from other Asian countries, carrying out labor-intensive jobs to support their families back home.

Health ministry data showed more than 11,400 workers residing in these dormitories tested positive for the infection so far. 

Foreign workers exercise on the balcony of their dormitory rooms on April 21, 2020 in Singapore.

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The city-state now has at least 13,624 confirmed cases to-date. Most of the patients are said to be in isolation facilities while just over 1,300 people are still hospitalized, and 12 people have died so far. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

7:09 am: Global cases over 2.96 million, death toll above 200,000

Total number of coronavirus cases globally was more than 2.96 million and at least 206,265 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The virus outbreak was first reported in China’s Hubei province late last year and has since spread rapidly around the world.

The United States has the most number of reported infections, with more than 963,300 cases in the country and over 54,800 deaths, Hopkins data showed. 

Spain reported more than 226,600 cases; Italy, France, and Germany reported at least 157,000 cases each. In the United Kingdom, cases climbed to over 154,000, according to Hopkins — more than 20,700 people there have died. — Saheli Roy Choudhury

All times below are in Eastern time.

4:20 pm:  Birx says US needs a ‘breakthrough’ on antigen testing to aid in reopening 

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” Sunday that while the coronavirus trends give her “great hope” for slow reopenings over the next few months, many of the social distancing measures that have upended American life will be a constant fixture through the summer.

And, while President Donald Trump and many governors press to re-open the economy, Birx said the U.S. needs a “breakthrough” on coronavirus testing to help screen Americans and get a more accurate picture of the virus’ spread.

Birx said the task force intends to continue working with states to scale up testing for those sick with the virus. “At the same time,” she added, “we have to realize that we have to have a breakthrough innovation in testing” for those who have already had the virus but had either mild or no symptoms. — NBC News

1:30 pm: New York plans to phase re-opening after regional hospitalization rates have been in decline for 14 days

New York will eventually re-open in phases once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says state and regional hospitalization rates have been in decline for 14 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.

Phase one of the reopening will involve construction and manufacturing. In phase two, businesses will need to design plans for re-opening, including having personal protective equipment and imposing social distancing.

People pick up food the Food Bank at the New York City mobile food pantry on the Barclays Center plaza on April 24, 2020 in the Brooklyn, New York.

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“We’re going to reopen in phases … look at the regional analysis, make a determination and then monitor whatever you do,” Cuomo said at a press briefing.

Cuomo said a re-opening plan must not attract visitors from other regions or states. — Emma Newburger

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: Dr. Birx says US needs a ‘breakthrough’ on testing to aid re-opening

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