Updated 6:01 a.m. ET, April 17, 2020
- The numbers: Covid-19 has infected more than 2.1 million people and killed at least 145,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
- US reopening: President Donald Trump has unveiled new guidelines to help states loosen restrictions. He told governors it's their decision on when and how to reopen.
- China economy shrinks: The world's second largest economy experienced its worst three-month period in decades as the pandemic forced weeks of shutdowns.
- Wuhan death toll revised: The city at ground zero for the pandemic has added nearly 1,300 new deaths. China has recently faced increased US scrutiny to be transparent in its reporting on the virus.