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Ashitha Nagesh, Max Matza, Joshua Cheetham and Jude Sheerin

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  1. That's all for now

    This concludes our Tuesday live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The US is still the hardest-hit country, with Illinois and New York both recording their deadliest days so far.

    The virus is continuing to spread to smaller US cities, but officials in some states say the curve appears to be "flattening". New York has said their rate of new infections may be more of a "plateau".

    Black Americans have been dying in disproportionate numbers, with inequalities in healthcare access and higher rates of chronic illness cited among causes.

    We'll be back with more coverage on Wednesday.

  2. Should leaders ever say 'moistly'?

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been ribbed on social media after he dropped the adverb "moistly" into a live TV address.

    He advised citizens to wear a mask because "it prevents you from speaking moistly on people".

    "What a terrible image," he quickly added.

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    His word choice quickly went viral.

    "PM Trudeau is killing me moistly," wrote one Twitter user.

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  3. Trump defends Wisconsin voting

    Voters queued for up to two hours to vote in parts of Wisconsin
    Image caption: Voters queued for up to two hours to vote in parts of Wisconsin

    Trump said Democrats only asked to delay the Wisconsin election, "fifteen minutes" after he made his endorsement. He said this was the reason for the attempts to delay, and not "safety" concerns, as Democrats said.

    He called postal ballots - which were curtailed by the Supreme Court - "corrupt", adding that "they're forgeries in many cases".

    Wisconsin held in-person voting on Tuesday after Republicans blocked Democratic attempts to delay the election until June. After most polling sites closed, bottlenecks formed at remaining polling stations, and long queues of voters formed.

    Wisconsin has reported 2,578 cases and 94 deaths, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Voting took place despite orders to stay-at-home due to coronavirus.

    When asked if he will be responsible for any voters falling sick, Trump responds: "Look all I did was endorse a candidate. I don't know anything about any lines."

    A voter in Wisconsin
  4. Doctor in his 70s dies at London hospital

    Dr Anton Sebastianpillai

    A doctor who specialised in treating the elderly has died after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died after being admitted to Kingston Hospital in south-west London, the same hospital he worked at.

    It is believed he came out of retirement to help the NHS.

    "It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of a consultant geriatrician who was part of the team at Kingston Hospital," a spokeswoman for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said.

    "Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday having been cared for in the hospital's intensive care unit since 31 March.

    "We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family."

    Read more about Dr Sebastianpillai here.

  5. Jack Dorsey joins list of tech billionaire donors

    Zoe Thomas

    US Business Reporter

    As we reported earlier, Jack Dorsey - the boss of Twitter and payment app Square - has pledged to donate $1bn (£810m) towards coronavirus relief efforts.

    He'll be making the donation through a limited liability company, and said the money amounts to 28% of his total wealth.

    To fund the efforts, the tech billionaire plans to sell his shares in the payment app Square. He said he was using shares of Square and not Twitter simply because he had more of them.

    The new fund will first focus on coronavirus relief. But Mr Dorsey said once the pandemic had “disarmed”, the donation would focus on girls’ health and education on research into universal basic income.

    Mr Dorsey is not the first tech billionaire to donate to the coronavirus efforts. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos have all publicly pledged part of their wealth in the effort to battle back the disease.

  6. BreakingTrump targets WHO funding

    Trump said the World Health Organization is "very China-centric" and accuses the global health body of making the wrong decisions about the initial coronavirus outbreak in China.

    "We're going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We're going to put a very powerful hold on it and we're gonna see," said Trump.

    He later modified his remarks to say he would look into ending funding.

    The US gives $58m each year to the WHO.

    "They seem to err always on the side of China... we will look at ending funding because you know they called it wrong."

  7. Trump distances himself from Navy row

    President Trump said he played no role in the acting secretary of the US Navy's decision to resign, after the official had called the captain of a coronavirus stricken ship "stupid".

    "I had no role in it," said Trump.

    The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "should not have written a letter", in which he complained about the Pentagon's response to the onboard outbreak.

    "He did not have to be Ernest Hemingway. He had a bad day," said Trump, "but you shouldn't be writing letters and sending them to many people."

    But the secretary of the Navy "didn't have to resign", said Trump, who went on to praise the decision as best for all involved. But he added that he would not have asked him to quit.

  8. How African-Americans are hit by coronavirus


    Trump has spoken about black Americans being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.

    We reported earlier about stats from Chicago, which showed that the city's Black residents account for half of its coronavirus cases and more than 70% of deaths - despite only making up 30% of the population.

    At the same time other cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans and New York, have become coronavirus hotspots.

    Read the full story here.

  9. The caravan fleet housing US medical workers

    Doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients have to self-isolate away from family between shifts.

    To avoid the stresses of looking for accommodation, a social media group set up a way to link medical staff with owners of caravans throughout the United States.

    Christy Deike said: "It answered a prayer for me in being able to help in some manner." Watch our video below.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Helping frontline medics with a place to stay
  10. Trump addresses African-American death rate

    The death rate among black Americans, which has been much higher than other racial groups, presents a "tremendous challenge", says Trump.

    "It's terrible," he says, promising to "provide support to African-American citizens of this country who are going through a lot".

    "But it's been disproportionate. They're getting hit very very hard."

    Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US epidemiologist, says the medical community in the US has "known literally forever" that minority groups suffer high rates of "diabetes, hypertension, disabilities and asthma".

    These conditions represent co-morbidities that lead to much worse health outcomes for coronavirus, Fauci says.

  11. Trump says UK wants 200 ventilators

    Trump says the UK has asked the US to send 200 ventilators to treat coronavirus patients there.

    "We're going to work it out for them," Trump promises, saying the UK has been a great partner to the US.

    He says the UK needs ventilators "desperately".

  12. Trump: 'We will protect you'

    Trump at the White House

    Trump thanks the "genius companies" that he says are working hard to quickly create "a vaccine to protect us, totally protect us" from coronavirus.

    He goes on to praise state governors, who have been racing to secure medical supplies from overseas and have been receiving some from the US federal stockpile.

    "If you have a governor that fails, we're going to protect you," Trump says, promising to send medical gear to hotspots around the country.

  13. Trump sends best wishes to Johnson

    Trump sends his best wishes to the people of New York and New Jersey, and to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    "He's become a great friend of ours," says Trump.

    "He loves the USA and he's always been very good to us," says Trump, "so we pray for him."

    The president says that hopefully the rate of deaths in the US will slow "in the next week, hopefully not much longer than that".

    "We're going to beat it with the grit and the heart" that America is known for, he continues.

  14. White House press briefing begins

    The White House coronavirus taskforce is holding its daily briefing now.

    It comes as Trump continues to promote an unproven drug treatment, the head of the US Navy quits over his handling of a coronavirus-stricken ship, and Illinois and New York both record their deadliest days yet.

    A cleaner wipes down the White House podium
  15. Texas court rules abortions remain 'non-essential'

    An appeals court in Texas has ruled that the state can continue to ban nearly all abortions as part of its emergency order requiring "non-essential" services to be suspended in order to halt the spread of coronavirus.

    Abortions have been blocked for the past two weeks there, causing some patients to seek help in other states or self-terminate.

    According to the state's attorney general, any doctor who performs an abortion "not medically necessary to preserve the life or health" of the patient can be fined up to $1,000 (£810) or receive an 180-day jail sentence.

    Five other Republican-led states - Ohio, Texas, Iowa, Alabama and Oklahoma - have also taken steps to temporarily block abortions.

    Abortion access advocates have sued to overturn the bans.

  16. Get used to the 1.5-metre society, says Dutch PM Rutte

    Cyclist on Kinderdiijk, which is closed because of Dutch lockdown measures (file photo)
    Image caption: Kinderdijk, a Unesco World Heritage site, has been closed to visitors as part of the Dutch lockdown

    The Netherlands is looking at ways to ease lockdown measures, but life may never go back to the way it was BC (before coronavirus). Social distancing is here to stay, says Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

    "We should all start thinking about how we can adapt still further to the 1.5-metre society. The way back will be step by step and based on science," he told reporters. (In some parts of Europe, people are told to keep at least 1.5 metres away from others, although the WHO guidance says two metres.)

    If the curve of hospital and intensive care admissions continues to level off, the Dutch lockdown measures could be eased from 28 April.

    But Mr Rutte cautions against any hurry. "We have an intelligent lockdown. It will be an intelligent un-lockdown.”

  17. NHS Nightingale admits first patients

    NHS Nightingale Hospital

    The government's emergency field hospital in London has admitted its first patients.

    The NHS Nightingale hospital in London's ExCel exhibition centre can hold as many as 4,000 patients.

    A spokesperson for NHS Nightingale said: "Our first patients have now been admitted to NHS Nightingale London, as planned.

    "There is also treatment capacity available in other hospitals across London to compliment the care being provided at the London Nightingale."

    It is the first of several such facilities planned across the UK.

    The ExCel exhibition space - usually used for large events such as Comic Con - was transformed into a hospital in just nine days.

    Read about how it was built.

  18. Illinois reports largest spike in deaths

    Chicago skyline
    Image caption: Temperatures in Chicago have warmed significantly in the past few days

    Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has announced the largest single-day increase in coronavirus related deaths.

    According to the governor, 73 people died in the last 24 hours.

    There have now been 380 coronavirus-related fatalities in Illinois.

  19. The revival of Wuhan - in pictures

    People in Wuhan are now allowed to leave the city, for the first time since 23 January.

    Wuhan, in China's Hubei province, is where the virus was first reported at the end of December.

    Now, as life begins to return to normal, transport links out of the city have been reopened.

    At midnight local time (17:00 BST), people began to queue up outside Wuhan Wuchang Railway Station.

    People queue outside Wuhan Wuchang Railway Station
    A woman and child at the railway station
    A security guard at the station
    People at the station
    A man sitting alone at the station
  20. White House to hold briefing soon

    Map of US cases

    The White House coronavirus taskforce is due to hold a briefing in the coming hour.

    President Donald Trump has frequently appeared to speak from the briefing room, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and other presidential advisers and health officials.

    As the Covid-19 death toll in the US rises to nearly 12,000 and over 380,000 Americans are confirmed to be infected, the group can expect questions on:

    • why the virus death rate for black people is much higher than other racial groups, according to early studies
    • a report that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro tried to warn Trump in January that the US would be "defenseless" in the event of a "full-blown pandemic"
    • Trump's decision to fire the inspector general chosen last month to oversee the $2.2tr bail-out package, the largest spending bill in US history
    • Wisconsin's decision to hold in-person voting for the Democratic primaries, despite an emergency declaration from the governor ordering people to stay at home