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Coronavirus updates: US death toll passes 5,000; Fort Bend extends 'stay home' order

APRIL 2 5:05 a.m. — There are now nearly a million COVID-19 cases worldwide with about 217,000 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, more than 195,000 patients have recovered, a bulk of those in China.

APRIL 2 4:32 a.m. — The U.S. death toll passed 5,000 late Wednesday night, fewer than 24 hours after passing the 4,000 mark. Total worldwide cases were likely Houston News to reach 1 million Thursday. Get more national/world updates here.

APRIL 2 2:33 a.m. — Vermont orders Walmart, Target to stop selling non-essential items in the store: The order applies to "big box" stores in the state as a way to increase social distancing between customers during the coronavirus crisis. Read more here.


APRIL 2 1:40 a.m. — World news: Australia’s government will offer parents free child care from next week in a bid to keep 13,000 child care centers open during the coronavirus pandemic and to prevent workers staying home to look after children. Prime Minister Press Release Distribution Services In Houston Scott Morrison said on Thursday one million families would benefit from the subsidies expected to cost 1.6 billion Australian dollars ($973 million) over three months. Get more national/world updates here.

APRIL 2 12 a.m. — Report: British Open golf tournament may be canceled.... One day after Wimbledon announced it was canceling the famed tennis tournament for the first time since World War II, the British Open golf tournament may make the same move. Golf Digest, citing multiple sources, reports the R&A is expected to cancel the tournament as early as Thursday. The sources say the R&A was awaiting the decision on Wimbledon first. The tournament, formally known as The Open Championship, is set to begin July 16 at Royal St. George's Golf Club. Get more national/world updates here.

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