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2:36 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Fauci: US should not "be pulling back at all" when it comes to coronavirus mitigation

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 10.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 10. Evan Vucci/AP

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci commended the steps Americans are taking to socially distance but warned that the country as a whole should not "be pulling back."

"This is the end of the week — that famous week that we spoke about last weekend," Fauci said today during a White House coronavirus task force meeting. "It's important to remember that this is not the time to feel that since we have made such important advance in the sense of success of the mitigation that we need to be pulling back at all."

Dr. Deborah Birx, an HIV researcher and the White House coronavirus response coordinator, struck a similar tone. She commended the Washington and Baltimore areas for their adherence to social distancing guidelines, while cautioning that the US has "not reached the peak" of coronavirus infections.

"I know last week, we asked a lot of people in the Washington and Baltimore area to consolidate, not go out frequently to grocery stores or pharmacies. You can see that's having a huge impact, so it's really about the encouraging signs that we see. But as encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak, and so every day, we need to continue to do what we did yesterday and the week before and the week before that. So in the end, that will take us across the peak and down the other side," Birx said.

The US has more than 475,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 18,000 deaths, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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2:25 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Trump: Coronavirus deaths could be substantially below the 100,000 number predicted

From CNN's Jason Hoffman 

President Trump said that the death toll from coronavirus could end up being “substantially below” the 100,000 deaths predicted by models last week.

“It looks like we're headed to a number substantially below the 100,000, that would be the low mark,” Trump said.

Trump said that the American people have shown tremendous "resolve” to help lower the projections.

The President noted that 60,000 deaths is still a significant number, but it is much lower that original projections.

“Hard to believe that if you had 60,000, you can never be happy, but that's a lot fewer than we were originally told and thinking,” Trump said.

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2:22 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Trump says hospitalizations in New York are "substantially reduced." Here's what Gov. Cuomo said.

Medical staff move a patient into the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center emergency room in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7.
Medical staff move a patient into the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center emergency room in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump, who noted that he's in contact with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the number of hospital beds being used across the state is "substantially reduced."

"You have the numbers of beds being used, we're just saying are substantially reduced. That's usually the sign that it's heading in the downward curve," Trump said.

"New York, we know where that is, but in the midst of all this grief and this pain, we're seeing these signs and we're seeing them very strongly, and a lot has to do with the aggressive strategy in saving so many lives," Trump said.

Earlier today, Cuomo noted that the change in ICU admissions is "a negative number" today — the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started — but struck a more cautious tone.

He said he was "cautiously optimistic" that the infection rate is slowing, but emphasized that New York continues to lose a "tremendous number of lives."

2:10 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Trump says Detroit and New Orleans are "stabilizing"

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 10.
President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 10. Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump says the number coronavirus deaths in the US will be "substantially below the 100,000" figure projected by health experts as cities like Detroit and New Orleans turn a corner in terms of infections.

"It looks like we're headed to a number substantially below the 100,000, that would be the low mark, and I hope that bears out. The situation in Detroit and New Orleans appears to be stabilizing. Detroit has really started to go up and now it's stabilizing, and New Orleans, great place, I have so many friends there, they can't believe what's happening but it's really stabilized," Trump said.

Some context: The state of Louisiana Friday reported an increase of 970 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours with a total of 19,253 cases and an additional 53 deaths. The state reported that there are 2,054 people hospitalized.  

Orleans Parish continues to have the most cases with 5,416 cases and 225 deaths. Jefferson Parish is reporting 4,678 cases and 165 deaths. 

Detroit health officials reported 249 new Covid-19 cases in the city Thursday, a slight decline from days prior, according to the city's health website. 

There were 525 cases reported in the city on April 4, the highest for a single day there so far. Since then, daily reported cases have showed a steady but slow decline, Detroit's health department epidemic curve shows.  

1:45 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Traffic rates increase in one Italian region ahead of Easter

From CNN's Livia Borghese, Sharon Braithwaite and Mia Alberti. 

Italian authorities are urging people to stay at home during the weekend, as traffic rates increase ahead of Easter Sunday in Lombardy, the worst-hit region in the country.

 "We analyzed the movements of people through location data and in some municipalities that are on the routes to the holiday resorts we have seen more mobility. This data can be anomalous or it means that people are going to their second homes," said Lombardy's deputy governor, Fabrizio Sala, during a press conference on Friday. 

Lombardy has been monitoring its citizens' movement through phone cell's geolocation. 

"We have to spend this Easter at home," he added. 

The Interior Ministry has ordered local police departments to intensify the patrol of people’s movement ahead of the Easter weekend, and said checkpoints have been implemented on the main roads in and out of cities. 

"For the Easter holidays, the prefectures must promote any useful initiative to ensure compliance with the limitations regarding travel within the same municipality and between different locations, including the prohibition to go to homes other than the main one, including the second homes used for holidays," a note on the ministry's website read. 

"Even at Easter we must all stay home for our good and loved ones, and to allow Italy to restart as soon as possible," Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, said in the statement. 

In the past month, Italian authorities have fined more than 110,000 people for not following the restrictions, according to the interior minister. 

1:27 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Global coronavirus death toll passes 100,000

At least 100,376 people have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of deaths across the world.

As of 1:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Johns Hopkins is reporting more than 1,650,000 confirmed cases globally.

1:36 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Maryland governor freezes most state spending as it projects a $2.8 billion revenue loss

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Maryland, on April 3.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Maryland, on April 3. Brian Witte/AP

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he is enacting several cost-cutting measures after the comptroller announced a "potential revenue loss of up to $2.8 billion for fiscal year 2020," Hogan announced today at a press conference. 

This amount represents "up to a 15% reduction in revenues" for the fiscal year, which ends on July 1, 2020, Hogan said.

To address this expected revenue loss, Hogan said he has directed a "budget freeze on all state spending across all state government agencies" except for spending on payroll and Covid-19 expenses.

The governor also instituted a hiring freeze effective immediately. 

Hogan said that, although he received 679 pieces of new legislation from the state's General Assembly, "it is very unlikely that any bills that require increased spending will be signed into law." 

"The state will be tapping into and spending much of, perhaps even all of, the state's rainy day fund balance," Hogan said.

As a result, the governor warned that the state's Covid-19 response "will likely create a multi-year budget issue" which will require "further, substantial budget reduction actions."

1:29 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Louisiana reports an increase of more than 900 coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Kay Jones 

Medical personnel talk at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing station at West Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 17.
Medical personnel talk at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing station at West Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 17. Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The state of Louisiana Friday reported an increase of 970 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours with a total of 19,253 cases and an additional 53 deaths. The state reported that there are 2,054 people hospitalized.  

Orleans Parish continues to have the most cases with 5,416 cases and 225 deaths. Jefferson Parish is reporting 4,678 cases and 165 deaths. 

1:16 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Pennsylvania reports more than 1,700 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Pennsylvania added 1,751 new Covid-19 cases bringing the statewide total to 19,979, according to data from the state.

There were 78 more deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 416.

Philadelphia County continues to have the highest number of cases and deaths at 5,521 cases and 110 deceased.