5 things to know for April 3: Coronavirus, health, economy, election, Zoom

CNN's Lisa Ling speaks to former presidential candidate Andrew Yang about a recent rise in hostility and racism toward Asians amid the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the full CNN Go There episode on Facebook.

Posted: Apr 3, 2020 8:31 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2020 8:31 AM

The March jobs report comes out later today. It's the first time we'll see what the coronavirus crisis has done to the labor market. But, experts warn, we won't know the full effects until next month.

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1. Coronavirus

There are now more than 1 million cases of Covid-19 worldwide, but some fear that reporting issues and the presence of asymptomatic cases could mean the number is actually much, much higher. In the US, doctors on the White House's coronavirus task force say the numbers show some Americans aren't adhering to national guidelines about washing hands and staying home. So far, 6,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US, and officials have long warned that number could climb exponentially higher if precautions aren't taken. Japan is facing a similar problem, as citizens shirk stay-at-home recommendations to commute to work. China is opening back up, and starting next week people will be able to leave Wuhan, the city where the virus originated. However, citizens are concerned that the country's oft-questioned reporting and response methods may not prevent another wave of cases. Follow here for the latest.

2. Health

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first antibody test that looks for a coronavirus response in blood. The test can't identify fresh cases of the virus but could help doctors understand how prevalent it is by identifying past cases that had few or no symptoms. Meanwhile, experts have told the White House the coronavirus may be spread via talking or even breathing, as opposed to just sneezing or coughing. Such a development could accelerate the government's plan to recommend face masks for public use. Speaking of equipment, President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act, a wartime law that lets the government direct industrial production. In this case, it will be used to supply more ventilators and N95 masks to medical professionals.

3. World economy 

The European Commission has proposed a new $109 billion relief initiative to support the millions of Europeans left without a job because of the coronavirus crisis. The program would encourage employers in member states to reduce employees' hours instead of laying them off. The EU's 27 members still need to vote on the measure. EU countries already have contributed billions of dollars to buoy business and workers, and Europe's central bank has promised hundreds of billions more. Meanwhile, oil prices, which have been at historic lows, spiked as President Trump suggested massive production cuts and Saudi Arabia called for an emergency OPEC meeting to stabilize the market. That meeting will happen Monday and could signal a truce in the brutal oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia that's dragged down the market.

4. Election 2020

The Democratic National Convention has been pushed back from July to the week of August 17 in an inevitable but logistically nightmarish decision due to the coronavirus crisis. What hasn't been pushed back? Next week's Wisconsin primary. A federal judge declined to postpone the Tuesday contest after the state's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and its Republican-led state legislature refused to move or alter the election date (even the Wisconsin Democratic Party and Sen. Bernie Sanders said the contest should be postponed.) The judge did, however, extend the deadline for absentee ballots in what could be one of many nationwide moves toward mail-in voting.

5. Zoom

Zoom, the video call service getting millions of people through their work-from-home routines, is facing serious security questions. The FBI has warned of a new potential privacy and security concern called "Zoombombing," wherein unknown people hijack calls and spew hateful language or share graphic images. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan apologized for the privacy issues and said Zoom will stop adding new features for the next 90 days to focus on fixing the problem. The company will also release a transparency report to detail requests for data or content from government authorities.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Australia's National Rugby League wants to fly its players to a remote tropical island to continue the season and get games back on TV 

Is this a new reality show? Because it sounds like a new reality show.

How the film 'Contagion' compares with a real pandemic 

This also feels like a reality show now, and we don't like it at all.

A restaurant in NYC is offering a $600 doomsday dinner, delivered to your door by bunnies

What happened to good old fashioned pizza?

Stephen Colbert's dog Benny is the new star of the 'Late Show'

Stars: Their dogs take over their video calls, too!

4 major hurricanes are predicted as part of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

Not now, Earth, we're kind of dealing with something else!

FOR YOUR SNACK BREAK

Here's everything we've learned this week about our ancient ancestors 

A multitude of studies have revealed intriguing new details and silenced debates about ancient humans. These revelations don't just illuminate the past, they also strengthen its connection to the present.

TODAY'S NUMBER

582

That's how many passengers air carrier Cathay Pacific says it flew in an entire day. For reference, its flights usually carry around 100,000 people a day. The lack of demand has caused Cathay Pacific, along with many others, to slash its schedule.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"The seeds of this crisis certainly can be laid at the feet of the Chinese government, but then there's the Chinese people, who suffered some of the same things that we're suffering."

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, talking about the racial abuse that Asian Americans have suffered because of the coronavirus pandemic

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Making music with bees 

Bees and electronic music? Why not? This man records the different sounds of different bees and turns them into something else entirely. (Click here to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 48201

Reported Deaths: 2693
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11624683
Lake5146242
Elkhart328546
Allen2762129
St. Joseph194366
Cass16389
Hamilton1552101
Hendricks1403100
Johnson1278118
Porter72837
Tippecanoe7158
Madison65864
Clark65144
Bartholomew58544
Howard57557
LaPorte57326
Kosciusko5464
Vanderburgh5226
Marshall4924
Noble47828
Jackson4703
LaGrange4708
Hancock44835
Boone44243
Delaware44250
Shelby42525
Floyd37944
Morgan32931
Grant29426
Monroe29428
Montgomery29420
Clinton2892
Dubois2736
Henry26315
White26310
Decatur25032
Lawrence24425
Dearborn23623
Vigo2348
Warrick21429
Harrison21322
Unassigned193193
Greene18832
Miami1822
Jennings17611
Putnam1698
DeKalb1624
Scott1607
Daviess14317
Wayne1386
Orange13623
Steuben1292
Perry1279
Franklin1248
Jasper1212
Ripley1167
Wabash1122
Carroll1102
Fayette997
Newton9810
Starke933
Whitley925
Huntington812
Gibson802
Randolph794
Jefferson722
Wells721
Fulton701
Jay680
Washington671
Knox640
Pulaski641
Clay604
Rush583
Adams501
Benton480
Owen471
Sullivan441
Brown391
Posey390
Spencer381
Blackford372
Crawford320
Tipton321
Fountain312
Switzerland270
Parke230
Martin220
Ohio170
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike110

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 57150

Reported Deaths: 2911
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin10271422
Cuyahoga7724373
Hamilton5924197
Marion273238
Lucas2723302
Pickaway219141
Summit2131206
Montgomery198126
Mahoning1825232
Butler157644
Columbiana130360
Stark1107112
Lorain102167
Trumbull93965
Warren83921
Clark7659
Delaware56815
Fairfield55916
Tuscarawas55210
Belmont54622
Medina51632
Lake49718
Licking47712
Miami46331
Portage44058
Ashtabula43344
Wood42151
Geauga40542
Clermont4006
Wayne36251
Richland3375
Allen31540
Mercer2818
Greene2519
Darke24825
Erie24222
Holmes2313
Huron2152
Madison1958
Ottawa14323
Crawford1355
Sandusky13414
Washington13220
Putnam12815
Ross1243
Hardin12312
Morrow1161
Auglaize1064
Coshocton972
Monroe8917
Jefferson872
Union851
Muskingum831
Hancock781
Hocking788
Preble731
Guernsey703
Lawrence700
Williams702
Clinton680
Shelby684
Logan621
Fulton610
Ashland591
Carroll593
Wyandot586
Athens561
Brown561
Knox511
Defiance503
Fayette460
Highland451
Champaign401
Scioto380
Perry341
Van Wert340
Seneca332
Henry290
Jackson230
Paulding230
Pike230
Adams221
Vinton222
Gallia171
Harrison121
Meigs120
Morgan110
Noble110
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