(Reuters) – Reported cases of the coronavirus have crossed 2.7 million globally and 189,970 people have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 0200 GMT on Friday.
A nearly deserted 7th Avenue in Times Square is seen near midday in Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.
* For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.
* The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus is expected to reach 50,000 on Friday, doubling in 10 days and the highest in the world, according to a Reuters tally.
* Doctors and health experts urged people not to drink or inject disinfectant after President Trump suggested scientists should investigate inserting it into the body as a way to cure COVID-19.
* After passing $3 trillion of coronavirus relief in a rare seven-week run of bipartisanship, the U.S. Congress is headed back to its normal state of conflict, with leading Republicans lining up against aid for cities and states that Democrats say is essential.
* The United States plans to begin testing some migrants in detention before deporting them, an official said, after infections among deportees in Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico.
* While parts of Latin America enter the toughest phase of the pandemic, Costa Rica has for the past week reported a steady fall in the number of people currently infected.
* El Salvador will offer more than a half a billion dollars in new loans to businesses,