The number of people infected in the U.S. exceeded a quarter-million, and the death toll climbed past 7,000, with New York state alone accounting for more than 2,900 dead, an increase of over 560 in just one day.
MICHELLE R. SMITH, MARINA VILLENUEVE and REBECCA SANTANA
The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.
Governor Bill Lee has strengthened his executive order to require Tennesseans to stay at home, after saying recent data showed an increase of dangerous activity. For local law enforcement, the stricter order provides some challenges.
Just two weeks after declaring a state of emergency and requiring many businesses to close due to coronavirus concerns, the mayor of Bartlett is now extending that order to avoid large gatherings at parks.
With recruiting limited to FaceTime visits, and players trying to find ways to work out on their own, Memphis Tigers Basketball Coach Penny Hardaway is finding life as a college head coach particularly interesting in this age of the coronavirus.
The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.
MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press
Days after signing an executive order to close all non-essential businesses statewide, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is now requiring all Tennesseans to stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities.