Once released, he won’t be able to use the internet or open a bank account. April 11, 2020, 10:15 AM5 min read While many countries around the world and cities in the U.S. are pointing toward positive signs that social distancing might be finally flattening the curve, the novel coronavirus death toll continues to be staggering. In the U.S., more than 500,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 18,693 people in the U.S. have died. Across the globe, at least 102,800 people have died from the coronavirus. Worldwide, more than 1.69 million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Today’s biggest developments: US cases now over half a millionMichael Avenatti granted release from prison due to COVID-19Global death toll tops 100,000 Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates. 6:15 a.m.: 70 Georgia

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