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.

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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.

Confirmed Cases: 516851

Reported Deaths: 9441
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1938774702
Orange37813651
Riverside37011695
San Bernardino33432418
San Diego29883565
Kern20651144
Fresno15083138
San Joaquin11885180
Alameda11524189
Santa Clara10794191
Sacramento10122145
Tulare9745189
Imperial9448222
Stanislaus9221112
Contra Costa8033127
Ventura734476
San Francisco691661
Santa Barbara616760
San Mateo5683119
Marin509270
Monterey492430
Kings445356
Merced428550
Solano361137
Sonoma311339
Madera194330
Placer192516
San Luis Obispo190216
Yolo157242
Santa Cruz11524
Butte9417
Napa8888
Sutter7976
San Benito6474
El Dorado6371
Lassen6260
Yuba5024
Shasta3909
Glenn3321
Colusa3314
Mendocino3229
Nevada2991
Tehama2341
Humboldt2334
Lake2081
Mono1451
Tuolumne1412
Amador1260
Calaveras1251
Del Norte880
Siskiyou730
Inyo611
Mariposa572
Plumas330
Trinity50
Alpine20
Modoc20
Sierra20
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