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5 things to know for April 1: Coronavirus, census, prisons, election, Venezuela

ABC's and ESPN's debut of 'The Last Dance' is being moved from June to April 19, ESPN confirmed, giving fans some good news considering the coronavirus pandemic has forced sports to halt globally. HLN's Andy Scholes reports.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 9:14 AM
Updated: Apr 1, 2020 4:00 AM


It's April Fools' Day, but understandably, not many people are in a joking mood.

Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

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1. Coronavirus 

President Trump issued a grave, sobering warning during a coronavirus briefing, preparing the country for 100,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in the coming weeks. It is the first time the administration has laid the numbers bare in such a straightforward way. Dread is spreading in other parts of the world as well, like in Hong Kong, where beauty parlors, night clubs and karaoke rooms have been shut down as the region contends with a second wave of coronavirus cases. The CDC now says that as many as one-fourth of those infected with the virus could be walking around with no symptoms and transmitting it, which makes social distancing measures all the more crucial. This growing public concern has led China to start counting asymptomatic cases in its official tally. There are now more than 860,000 coronavirus cases worldwide and more than 42,000 deaths. Follow here for live updates. 

2. Census 

It's Census Day in the US, when local leaders encourage people to complete and return their census forms. That part's not optional -- participation in the census is required by law -- but there are plenty of reasons to comply. Census numbers determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress and how billions of dollars in federal funding get spent. Schools, roads and other crucial community components will gain -- or lose -- money over the next 10 years depending on this official population tally. This is also the first time the census can be completed online. If you don't complete the forms, expect a visit from a census taker later in the year who may interview you to make sure everyone is counted.

3. Prisons 

The coronavirus crisis is having a particularly dangerous impact on prison systems. The US federal prison system announced it will move to a heightened state of lockdown as it fights the spread of the disease behind bars. This means inmates will largely be confined to their cells for a two-week period. Prisoners in Washington DC and Texas are suing their correctional systems for better access to soap and paper towels amid the outbreak. Some inmates reported having to use the same towel to bathe, dry their hands and clean their cells. Meanwhile, dozens of inmates have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Cook County jail in Chicago. It's the largest single site jail in the country, and the rise in cases means it could become a hot spot for the disease.

4. Election 2020

It's a new frontier for politicians campaigning in the age of social distancing and lockdowns. Local leaders are connecting with voters from their homes or through Facebook Live events, and Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden has been broadcasting (and podcasting) from his home in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden's campaign also released a new digital ad responding to the coronavirus crisis, casting the former vice president as a leader who could empathize with Americans during difficult times. As July's Democratic convention edges closer amid the pandemic, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania are to latest states to push their primaries to June. Wisconsin, however, is still planning to hold its election on Tuesday.

5. Venezuela

The Trump administration has launched a new effort to oust embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in hopes of facilitating a democratic transition in the ailing socialist state. The plan points to Venezuela's coronavirus response as a reason to get rid of Maduro. Under the plan, Venezuela's National Assembly would create a Council of State to serve as the governing body until presidential elections are held. This new strategy comes less than a week after the US Justice Department announced narco-terrorism charges against Maduro and senior Venezuelan leaders.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

A 112-year-old British pensioner is the world's oldest man 

That's a LOT of birthday candles. 

A few tips to survive working at home with your spouse 

Don't look each other in the eye. Only use surnames. Communicate solely over email.

Wild goats have taken over a Welsh town amid coronavirus lockdown

This is what you get if you observe coronavirus rules: A visit from wild goats! 

Someone may be sabotaging Houseparty, one of the video calling apps keeping people connected 

Can't we have anything nice? 

ESPN is airing its Michael Jordan documentary early because there are no sports to watch 

What we wouldn't give for a single pitch of baseball! A single layup! A single shot on goal!

TODAY'S NUMBER

11 million

That's how many people the coronavirus crisis could push into poverty in East Asia and the Pacific, according to the World Bank.

TODAY'S QUOTE

'We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial.'

Former President Barack Obama, in a rare rebuke of President Trump after the Trump administration announced it's rolling back Obama's signature fuel standards aimed at combating the climate crisis

AND FINALLY

An enchanted forest cake 

This cake is the definition of edible art, but the real treat is watching how it's made. (Click here to view.)

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3213222

Reported Deaths: 37543
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles107967215314
San Bernardino2660281678
Riverside2643632857
Orange2377082704
San Diego2286322375
Santa Clara985831264
Kern90564591
Fresno858081067
Sacramento841101185
Alameda70823896
Ventura66402525
San Joaquin59665835
Contra Costa55245489
Stanislaus49065796
Tulare43574542
Monterey37527259
San Mateo34294340
San Francisco30559293
Santa Barbara27149267
Solano27041115
Imperial25707510
Merced25575331
Sonoma25141251
Kings20138161
Placer17839188
San Luis Obispo16957158
Madera14000151
Santa Cruz13009135
Marin12024165
Yolo11210138
Shasta10054129
Butte9820136
El Dorado818462
Sutter806983
Napa800548
Lassen526916
San Benito522351
Yuba517630
Tehama446846
Tuolumne347740
Nevada335574
Mendocino329336
Amador306733
Lake272432
Humboldt262427
Glenn202622
Colusa18719
Calaveras170423
Siskiyou149913
Mono11454
Inyo105129
Del Norte8742
Plumas6135
Modoc3903
Mariposa3555
Trinity3065
Sierra950
Alpine730
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