CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is at least 1,122,486 and the number of dead has risen to 65,735, according to figures released last night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Trump warned Americans during a virtual town hall hosted by Fox News last night that the pandemic could claim as many as 100,000 lives nationwide. At the same event, Vice President Mike Pence conceded that he should have worn a mask when visiting the Mayo Clinic last week. He faced harsh backlash for not adhering to the hospital’s policy.
RESPONSE COORDINATOR WORRIED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS PROTESTS… White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday that she finds the anti-lockdown protests “devastatingly worrisome” because demonstrators are not practicing social distancing measures and could help spread the disease. Protesters turned out in at least 10 states on Friday to protest restrictions imposed among the pandemic. Crowds have been small at all but a couple of the events but Dr. Birx said it’s important that Americans “protect each other at the same time we’re voicing our discontent.”
INTELLIGENCE REPORT ACCUSES CHINA OF ‘CONCEALING SEVERITY’… A Department of Homeland Security intelligence report obtained by the Associated Press says China “intentionally concealed the severity” of the coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak so the country could hoard medical supplies such as face masks and gloves. According to the report, China sought to hide information in January from the World Health Organization that the virus “was a contagion” so it could stock up on protective equipment. AP consulted the documents after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that there is a significant amount of evidence that the coronavirus “came from that laboratory in Wuhan.”
SEVEN STATES JOIN NORTHEAST CORONAIRUS CONSORTIUM… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that six other states have joined his in a seven-state consortium for buying coronavirus-related medical supplies and testing equipment. Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware have joined New York in forming the consortium. Meanwhile, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker criticized the White House for not taking steps earlier to ensure states have the supplies needed for coronavirus testing. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Pritzker said he’s thankful for the 600,000 swabs the White House has promised him.
BIDEN WINS KANSAS PRIMARY… Joe Biden cruised to an easy win in Saturday’s Democratic presidential primary in Kansas and inched closer to the number of delegates he needs to clinch the party’s nomination. The former vice president now has 1,435 delegates on his way to the 1,991 he needs to win the nomination on the first ballot at the party’s national convention. Saturday’s vote was conducted exclusively by mail.
ACTOR SAM LLOYD DIES… Hollywood is mourning the passing of actor Sam Lloyd, who died Thursday at a Los Angeles hospital of complications from lung cancer. He was 56. Lloyd appeared in 95 episodes of “Scrubs” as lawyer Ted Buckland. His television credits include “Seinfeld,” “Modern Family” and “The West Wing.”
YOUNGBOY TOPS ALBUM CHART… YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s new release, “38 Baby 2,” sold 67,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. DaBaby’s “Blame It On Baby” slipped into second place after selling 56,000 units. Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” remained in third place on sales of 49,000 copies. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” dropped to fourth place on sales of 48,000 units. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” capped the top five with 41,000 copies sold.
CHIEFS SIGN UNDRAFTED QUARTERBACK… The Kansas City Chiefs added to their quarterback depth chart by signing undrafted rookie Shea Patterson from the University of Michigan. Patterson, who played at the University of Mississippi his first two seasons, threw for 8,800 yards in his four collegiate seasons. For the Wolverines last season, he threw for 3,061 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.