This week in coronavirus news

Several states have issued shelter-in-place orders and government officials have started working on a stimulus package to address the economic impacts from the coronavirus outbreak.


There are more than 230,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 9,800 deaths in 176 countries and territories, according to the World Health Organization.

There have been more than 16,000 confirmed cases in the United States and at least 250 Americans have died from the virus, which was declared a pandemic by the WHO last week.

President Donald Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency last week.

Since then, several states issued shelter-in-place orders, stores have shut down operations and government officials have started working on a stimulus package to address the negative economic impacts from the outbreak.

Here's a look at what's occurred this week as it relates to the coronavirus:

Government response

Officials in California, New York and Illinois ordered residents statewide to stay in their homes except for essentials to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Other states postponed primary elections in light of the outbreak.

Trump has also announced efforts to create a vaccine for the virus and announced this week that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was reviewing drugs approved for other uses as potential treatment.

As testing continues— including Trump's negative results this week — legislators have started approving measures that would stimulate the economy as it reacts to the effects of the outbreak.

Stars are diagnosed

Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were some of the first celebrities who have announced that they have tested positive for the coronavirus. More public figures were diagnosed this week.

International developments

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise across the world, causing lockdowns and travel restrictions.

U.S. businesses adjust

Some states required non-essential businesses to close, while other stores opted for nationwide closures or altered hours to adjust to customer demand. Trump encouraged Americans not to hoard certain items to ensure enough supplies for everyone.

Creative solutions

With schools closed, many parents found themselves in the role of teachers. Concert cancellations inspired musical artists to stream performances on social media. Virtual tours gained popularity and birthdays were celebrated differently.

False information spreads

False information about COVID-19 is also spreading along with the virus this week.

Helping hands

Many people have responded to the outbreak by helping others and performing community service.

Practical tips

As experts learn more about the coronavirus, here's some helpful information about working from home, preventing the spread of the disease and how to help others.