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1. Coronavirus 

The number of global coronavirus cases is rapidly approaching 2 million. The number of cases in Russia has surged, and Singapore is seeing a second wave of the virus. Germany recorded its highest number of deaths in a single day, even though new infections in the country are significantly down. The US yesterday also marked its deadliest day, and all 50 states now have at least one confirmed death due to Covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have reportedly drafted a plan to reopen the country in phases. Despite some politicians, including President Trump, champing at the bit to get the economy going again, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the country is "not there yet." In fact, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health says Americans may need to endure periods of social distancing until 2022 if a vaccine isn't found. Follow here for the latest.  

2. World Health Organization 

President Trump is halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted into the body's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said the US allots $400 million to $500 million to the WHO each year, and if the organization had better investigated early outbreaks in China, the US would have been better prepared. The WHO has faced criticism for what some say was a slow response to the growing crisis in China at the beginning of the year. However, Trump is facing his own round of criticism for his response to US outbreaks, so some politicians think he's trying to deflect blame. Others, like Bill Gates, have warned that halting funding to a major international health organization during a pandemic, even if it did make mistakes, is a dangerous move.

3. South Korea 

South Koreans headed to the polls today despite the looming pandemic. Voters wore masks and gloves and were required to use disinfectant and maintain distance from each other in line as they cast their ballots for the country's 300 parliamentary members. The election is seen as a midterm referendum on the country's President Moon Jae-in and his party. Recently, Moon's coronavirus response has boosted his approval rating. Though experts warned holding elections during the pandemic may result in lower turnout, 56.5% of registered voters had cast their ballot by 3 p.m. local time, including a record-breaking quarter of the country's eligible voters who cast early ballots.

4. Antibody tests

The FDA is walking back its decision to loosen restrictions on coronavirus antibody tests after the market was flooded with faulty, low-quality versions. Antibody tests can tell if a person has been infected with coronavirus, recovered and is now ostensibly immune. According to leading doctors like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, knowing who's been infected across the population is critical to understanding how quickly and safely society can reopen. Unfortunately, after the FDA loosened restrictions on the tests, scientists realized new tests on the market were not all reliable. Seeing as how an inaccurate result could endanger people with a false sense of immunity, the FDA has now tightened enforcement again.

5. Notre Dame

It has been a year since a massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris toppled the iconic building's spire and endangered its structural integrity. The cultural tragedy inspired a worldwide influx of donations to rebuild and reinforce the 850-year-old building, but those efforts are now on hold due to the pandemic. Work at the Paris site has been suspended since March 16, and despite the months of recovery work already undertaken, the full extent of damage still isn't clear. An Army general overseeing the project told the French Senate in January that it was too early to tell whether the cathedral could be saved. More recent prognostications have struck a more optimistic tone, but with France shut down for nearly another month, it will be a while before any more progress can be made.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Cannes Film Festival organizers are considering alternate plans due to coronavirus safety

Perhaps a Cannes living room movie night?

A 93-year-old woman got a massive Coors Light delivery after a viral plea for more beer 

As far as we're concerned, 93-year-old women (and men) can have whatever they want!

Disney+ edited digital hair over Daryl Hannah's butt in 'Splash'

It's like the "Cats" CGI, only ... just on the posterior.

Gwen Stefani gave Blake Shelton a 'Tiger King'-inspired mullet 

Good to know even celebrities aren't immune to the quarantine cut.

'The Bachelor' franchise has a new music-themed show 

It's called "Listen To Your Heart," and your heart is saying you'll probably watch 40 hours of this.

TODAY'S NUMBER

~10,000

That's the number of MLB employees, including players, staff and family members, who will be participating in a massive nationwide coronavirus antibody study. Scientists reached out to the league because of its wide-ranging geographical scope.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"It is always the American government's position to say, in the choice between the loss of our way of life as Americans and the loss of life, of American lives, we have to always choose the latter ... It is policymakers' decision to put on our big boy and big girl pants and say it is the lesser of these two evils."

Indiana state Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, a Republican who said during a radio interview that relaxing coronavirus restrictions, which would lead to more American deaths, was preferable to letting the economy suffer from further lockdown measures.

TODAY'S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Could you please pass the salt?

This is how Rube Goldberg machines do social distancing. (Click here to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 590211

Reported Deaths: 9310
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion815581297
Lake44306666
Allen31919541
Hamilton28371304
St. Joseph26766371
Elkhart24098341
Vanderburgh18643213
Tippecanoe17422121
Johnson14496284
Porter14399160
Hendricks13870241
Madison10561212
Vigo10483171
Clark10240130
Monroe9076108
Delaware8836132
LaPorte8771155
Howard7897138
Kosciusko787277
Warrick643890
Hancock638797
Bartholomew626694
Floyd6150105
Wayne5933157
Grant5818110
Dubois544372
Boone534367
Morgan516291
Marshall494184
Henry493664
Cass471760
Noble460557
Dearborn458444
Jackson414745
Shelby402179
Lawrence380575
Clinton364539
Gibson356556
DeKalb337363
Montgomery334851
Harrison328542
Knox327839
Miami309843
Steuben306340
Adams295235
Whitley294125
Wabash293045
Ripley292345
Putnam284847
Huntington283557
Jasper282433
White267538
Daviess261672
Jefferson250738
Fayette242348
Decatur242182
Greene233360
Posey232326
Wells229447
LaGrange224161
Clay217932
Scott216937
Randolph208340
Jennings192535
Sullivan189031
Spencer181917
Fountain179725
Washington177118
Starke171341
Jay162821
Owen159537
Fulton159229
Carroll152115
Orange151433
Rush149918
Perry147227
Vermillion144933
Franklin143433
Parke12908
Tipton128232
Pike113625
Blackford107522
Pulaski95237
Newton89421
Brown85530
Benton84310
Crawford7579
Martin70013
Warren6587
Switzerland6205
Union6113
Ohio4677
Unassigned0374

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 826754

Reported Deaths: 10200
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin97493705
Cuyahoga821781012
Hamilton61350439
Montgomery41700399
Summit33399726
Lucas30111597
Butler29721228
Stark24811400
Warren18917139
Lorain18086212
Mahoning16758335
Lake15365135
Clermont15160104
Delaware1382177
Licking12679132
Trumbull12401302
Fairfield1218480
Greene11631133
Medina11128165
Clark10608264
Wood9964154
Allen9511126
Portage8867105
Miami886573
Richland8790116
Marion7319113
Tuscarawas7142174
Columbiana7085124
Pickaway702850
Wayne6781164
Muskingum671242
Erie5886118
Hancock537890
Ross530287
Scioto519662
Geauga483555
Darke457589
Ashtabula439068
Lawrence432651
Union430628
Mercer424287
Sandusky421862
Seneca413555
Auglaize412759
Huron410338
Shelby410221
Jefferson403366
Belmont395640
Washington372040
Putnam364672
Athens36369
Madison339329
Knox336522
Ashland331738
Fulton325943
Defiance319278
Crawford313268
Preble311534
Brown296619
Logan292729
Ottawa282134
Clinton279043
Williams270166
Highland262418
Jackson256943
Guernsey241725
Champaign240927
Fayette225529
Morrow22294
Perry221318
Holmes218662
Henry210247
Hardin204133
Coshocton197420
Van Wert196644
Gallia190926
Wyandot190549
Adams165615
Pike164116
Hocking163423
Carroll149516
Paulding139021
Noble117840
Meigs103221
Monroe95629
Harrison8568
Morgan79128
Vinton67113
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