New York beaches to open, with restrictions, amid coronavirus pandemic

Masks will be required where social distancing isn't possible.

May 15, 2020, 8:23 PM

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 307,000 people worldwide.

More than 4.5 million people across the globe 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. 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.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 87,493 deaths.

Today's biggest developments:

  • TSA screens most passengers since March 25
  • New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware agree to open state beaches
  • April retail sales plunge 16.4%
  • NYC releases age, race breakdown of cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome
  • Here's how the news developed Friday. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.

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