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(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's remake of the 1992 horror classic Candyman has joined the long list of films whose releases are being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering theaters.

Variety reports the release was pushed back from June 12th to September 25th. 

Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett from Misfits.

The new film has been described as a "spiritual sequel" to the original, which followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover's father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge. 

Other major movies that have been postponed or delayed include Disney’s Black Widow and Mulan, Fatherhood starring Kevin Hart, The Lovebirds with Issa Rae, Universal's Fast & Furious 9 and more.

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4X-image/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A doctor who is on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City has captured viral attention with a message she shared on Twitter to her two children.

Dr. Cornelia Griggs, a 36-year-old pediatric surgeon and mother of Eloise, 4, and Jonah, 1, tweeted a photo of herself in full personal protective equipment on March 29 writing, “My babies are too young to read this now. And they’d barely recognize me in my gear. But if they lose me to COVID I want them to know Mommy tried really hard to do her job. #GetMePPE #NYC”

"[That moment] reflected a really raw and emotional moment for me in the hospital,” Griggs told Good Morning America. "All of us who are showing up to do our job every day are facing the fear of getting sick or getting someone in our family sick and I wanted my kids to know that despite all of that fear and uncertainty and chaos, that I love my job. I would still choose to be a doctor 1,000 times over, because I feel privileged to do the work that I do."

My babies are too young to read this now. And they’d barely recognize me in my gear. But if they lose me to COVID I want them to know Mommy tried really hard to do her job. #GetMePPE #NYC

— Cornelia Griggs, MD (@CorneliaLG) March 29, 2020

"My hope for my children, beyond their physical safety and health, is that they find something in the world that brings them that kind of meaning," she said.

Griggs has been treating patients inside a New York hospital since the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 -- the new respiratory illness in which more than a million have been diagnosed globally. There have been at least 1,562 deaths in New York City, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Griggs' "new normal" is a 24-hour shift at Columbia University Medical Center, where she treats patients with COVID-19.

Griggs said she made the difficult decision to move her children from New York City to Connecticut, where her parents could look after them for the time being. Her husband, Rob Goldstone, 36, who is a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital, is fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Boston.

Griggs hasn’t seen her husband or her kids in two weeks.

"My whole family is separated right now, which is really difficult. I don’t know when it will be safe for me to see any of them again, and that definitely takes a toll on my emotional and psychological well-being because my family is my support," Griggs said, adding that she and her family try to stay connected through FaceTime.

Griggs said it was a moment of vulnerability when she took to Twitter and posted a message to her children, which has resonated with parents everywhere.

"[From the post] I heard so many beautiful words and messages of support and community, from people around the world, and it was incredibly inspiring. But I want to be really clear about one thing, which is that many people called me a 'hero' and that is not how I see myself in this moment,” Griggs said. “Quite the opposite actually, I feel very scared."

Working at a hospital amid the pandemic is scary, especially with equipment shortages, Griggs said.

The U.S. has a stockpile of 13 million N95 respirator masks. But the federal government has said up to a billion might be needed over the next six months.

N95 face masks are personal protective equipment used to protect the wearer from the transmission of airborne particles and liquid contamination.

"The impending equipment shortages are very worrisome, not only in regard to PPE [personal protective equipment] … With the surge of patients, many who are critically ill patients, we are facing potential shortages on critical medications to keep patients comfortable and sedated while on the ventilators," Griggs said.

"The uplifting part of working at a hospital is that despite that fear, everyone who is healthy, is showing up to do their job and to support each other and take care of our patients."

Griggs hopes everyone at home can demonstrate bravery modeled by her colleagues by following social distancing rules or showing more kindness toward the vulnerable members of our community.

"As a parent, I hope that we all emerge from this crisis in a better place and use it as an opportunity to recognize that the things that divide us are so trivial in comparison to which unites us and make us similar," Griggs said.

"I hope that the world and the country can rebuild a better home for our children."

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narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed at least 6,586 people in the United States.

With more than 257,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the U.S. has by far the highest national tally in the world, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

More than 1 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the disease. The actual number is 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.

Over 55,700 have died across the globe and at least 221,000 people have recovered.

Here's how the story is developing Friday. All times Eastern:

1:20 p.m.: New Jersey's death toll climbs to 646

In the last 24 hours, another 113 people died from coronavirus in New Jersey, bringing the state's death toll to 646, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

With 4,372 new diagnosed cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Garden State now has over 29,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19.

"There is no silver bullet we can load to make this go away overnight," the governor said, as he urged New Jersey residents to honor those who have died by staying home.

Murphy said he is signing an executive order directing all flags to be lowered to half-staff effective immediately, and lasting indefinitely, to honor those who have died and those who will die.

"This is one of the greatest tragedies to ever hit our state," Murphy tweeted.

I'm signing an Executive Order directing that all flags across NJ be lowered to half-staff indefinitely in honor of those we have lost – and those we will lose – to #COVID19.

This is one of the greatest tragedies to ever hit our state. We must have a constant & visible memorial.

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 3, 2020

Murphy said UBS is donating 10,000 N95 masks to the state while Tito's Handmade Vodka is sending 432 gallons of hand sanitizer, 3,000 masks and 2,000 gloves.

12:50 p.m.: WHO warns lifting lockdowns early could end up being even worse for economies

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus -- who called the coronavirus pandemic an "unprecedented crisis" -- issued a warning to countries that are considering easing lockdowns given the considerable economic suffering.

"If countries rush to lift restrictions quickly, the coronavirus could resurge and the economic impact could be more severe and prolonged," he said Friday. "Financing the health response is an essential investment not just in saving lives, but in the longer-term social and economic recovery."

He went on, "The best way for countries to end restrictions and ease their economic effects is to attack the coronavirus, with the aggressive and comprehensive package of measures that we've spoken about many times before: find, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact."

"We still have a long way to go in this fight," he noted.

Dr. Tedros also acknowledged the rise of domestic violence as victims are stuck indoors with abusers and he urged countries to increase resources for victims.

New York state -- the hardest-hit spot in the U.S. -- has seen an uptick in domestic violence incidents, the governor said Friday.

12:20 p.m.: Mayor predicts DC will reach peak cases by the end of June, early July

The District of Columbia is forecast to reach peak COVID-19 infections at the end of June or beginning of July, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday, citing local officials.

Bowser said the projection -- based on the CHIME model -- estimates more than 93,000 residents could be infected with coronavirus over the course of the pandemic. She said the modeling predicts between 220 and 1,000 deaths in D.C., calling it a "tough number to report."

If the forecast holds true, the mayor said the nation's capital will need 5,000 more hospital beds and 1,000 more ventilators.

11:45 a.m.: 2,935 dead in New York state

In New York -- the state hit hardest by the pandemic -- 102,863 have tested positive for coronavirus and 2,935 people have died, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

The number of deaths in New York increased by nearly 600 from Thursday to Friday, the biggest daily increase.

"New York is in crisis," Cuomo said.

 New York state has by far the most cases and fatalities. New Jersey has the second highest number of diagnosed cases (25,000) and deaths (539), said Cuomo.

More ventilators are still needed, the governor said, stressing that the machines are the difference between life and death for coronavirus patients in intensive care units.

Cuomo said he is signing an executive order allowing the National Guard to take ventilators and personal protection equipment from hospitals in the state that don't need them now and redeploy the devices to other parts of the state.

Those hospitals will be reimbursed or the ventilators will be returned, Cuomo said.

"I'm not going to let people die because we didn't redistribute ventilators," he said.
A timeline of Cuomo's and Trump's responses to coronavirus outbreak

Cuomo also implored manufacturers in the state to begin making personal protection equipment.

On a more positive note, the governor said 20,000 health professionals volunteered "in a matter of days" to come help New York.

"When our curve is over," Cuomo vowed, "New Yorkers are going to take what we've amassed, we're going to take our equipment, we're going to take our personnel, we're going to take our knowledge and we will go to any community that needs help."

11:12 a.m. Temporary hospitals at US convention centers will now treat COVID-19 patients

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday that three temporary medical facilities at convention centers in Dallas, New Orleans and New York, which were originally intended to treat non-coronavirus patients, will now also take those diagnosed with the disease.

"At the request of FEMA, the Department of Defense will expand its medical support to include COVID-19 positive patients at the Javits Federal Medical Station (FMS) in New York City, the Morial FMS in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Kay Bailey Hutchinson FMS in Dallas, Texas," the Pentagon said in a statement Friday. "These three DoD-supported locations will now provide support to COVID-19 positive patients in convalescent care, as well as low-acuity patients. These patients, who require a lower level of medical care, must first be screened at a local hospital."

The facilities were initially set up to ease the strain on overloaded hospitals and expand overall capacity.

"As it turns out, we don't have non-COVID people to any great extent in the hospitals," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing Friday. "So we wanted to turn Javits from non-COVID to COVID."

The Department of Defense said it is also making changes to the USNS Comfort's process for taking in patients. Screening for care on the U.S. Navy hospital ship docked in New York City will now occur pier-side "in an effort to reduce the backlog at some of the nearby New York hospitals." A patient will no longer require a negative COVID-19 test in order to be admitted, but rather each individual will be screened by temperature and a short questionnaire.

Previously, a patient had to go to a local hospital, be referred to the USNS Comfort and receive COVID-19 screening prior to being transferred there.

"This assistance will further unburden the local hospital and ambulance systems in these areas, allowing them to focus on the more serious COVID-19 cases," the Pentagon said. "We will immediately implement this action and work with local officials in each area on the details of patient arrival.

9:45 a.m.: Queen Elizabeth to address pandemic in rare special broadcast this weekend

Queen Elizabeth II has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the televised address, which was recorded at Windsor Castle, will be broadcast Sunday at 8 p.m. local time, according to the statement from the royal household.


On Sunday 5th April at 8pm (BST)
Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast.

As well as on television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on The @RoyalFamily’s social media channels.

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 3, 2020


It will be just the fourth time in the queen's 68-year reign that she has delivered a special address to the nation.

The queen's oldest child and heir apparent to the British throne, Prince Charles, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early March.

9:15 a.m.: US cuts 701K jobs in March, unemployment rate jumps to 4.4%

U.S. employers slashed 701,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate climbed to 4.4% from 3.5%, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Friday's report offered more details on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the U.S. labor market.

About 90% of the U.S. population is under stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic and many businesses are closed. At least 45 U.S. states have issued or announced statewide closures of all non-essential businesses to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

8:43 a.m.: Florida-bound cruise ship confirms 12 positive cases

At least 12 people aboard the Florida-bound cruise ship Coral Princess have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Those infected include seven guests and five crew, according to Princess Cruises, the California-based cruise line that operates the ship.

Princess Cruises said it "proactively" collected 13 test samples from the ship and sent them to a lab in Barbados on March 31 "in response to a reported small cluster of cases of respiratory illness and in an abundance of caution."

The Coral Princess is scheduled to arrive in Florida's Port Everglades on Saturday.

7:59 a.m.: New York City morgues are running out of space

New York City morgues are almost full amid a mounting death toll from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency records reviewed by ABC News.

The city has ordered 85 refrigerated trucks from the U.S. military to use as makeshift morgues to hold the dead. The trucks are expected to arrive by mid-April.

ABC News has reached out to the U.S. Department of Defense as well as New York City's Office of Chief Medical Examiner for comment.

So far, at least 1,562 people in New York City have died from COVID-19, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

6:32 a.m.: New poll shows less than half of Americans believe their daily routine will return to normal by June

Fewer than half of Americans believe their regular daily routine will return to normal by June 1, amid sharply rising concerns over contracting the novel coronavirus, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday.

In the new poll, just over nine in 10 Americans now say that the outbreak has disrupted their daily routine, showing the reach of the pandemic's impact. Among those, 44% say they think they will be able to resume their regular routine by June 1 -- including 13% who say by May 1 -- while a combined 84% believe that will happen by the end of the summer.

Still, concern over the pandemic continues on an upward trajectory, with 89% of Americans now saying they are concerned that they or someone they know will be infected with the virus, compared to 79% in a poll conducted from March 18-19 and 66% in a poll in the field from March 11-12. The steady increase in anxiety includes nearly twice as many Americans who are now very concerned (now at 50%) in the new poll, compared to the earliest poll in March when it was only 26%.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in partnership with ABC News, using Ipsos’ Knowledge Panel, on April 1-2, 2020, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 559 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4.8 points, including the design effect.

5:48 a.m.: Google launches 'community mobility reports' during pandemic

Google is launching a tool that will publicly track people's movements amid the coronavirus pandemic, allowing health officials to check whether their communities are abiding by social-distancing measures.

The California-based tech giant says it will publish and regularly update the "community mobility reports," which are broken down by location and display the change in visits to public places such as grocery stores and parks. The tool, announced by the company late Thursday, uses "aggregated, anonymized sets of data" that Google has collected on users, including through Google Maps.

Google says the reports "were developed to be helpful while adhering to our stringent privacy protocols and protecting people’s privacy."

"No personally identifiable information, such as an individual’s location, contacts or movement, will be made available at any point," the company says.

3 a.m.: US death toll tops 6,000

The mounting death toll from the novel coronavirus in the United States surpassed 6,000 early Friday morning, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

A vast majority of those deaths have occurred in New York state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. The virus has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in New York City alone.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the U.S. Department of Defense for 100,000 body bags due to the possibility that funeral homes across the country will become overwhelmed, a Pentagon spokesman told ABC News on Thursday.

About 90% of the U.S. population is under stay-at-home orders, and many businesses are closed.

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Gwengoat/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The coronavirus pandemic has quickly evolved from a health crisis to a financial one, shuttering businesses, upending entire industries and sending financial markets reeling.

Here's the latest news on how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the economy:

Top economic adviser to the White House says US economy is 'going to get worse'

Larry Kudlow, the president's top economic adviser, warned of the dire economic situation the country faces amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's going to get worse in the weeks ahead, there's no question about it," he told reporters Friday. "We have not seen the worst of it, I don’t want to sugarcoat it."

Kudlow also didn't mince words when asked on Fox News whether the country is looking at the potential of double-digit unemployment figures, saying, "They're going to look terrible in the weeks ahead. How much longer, I don't really want to forecast ... but there's no question that it will be bad."

His comments Friday marked a sharp reversal from the administration's tone just a few weeks ago.

On March 6, Kudlow said there was no need for "massive, federal throw money at people plans" and the administration was looking at "micro" economic stimulus actions.

On Friday, Kudlow said the government is focusing on the $2 trillion economic stimulus package, adding, "If we need to do more, we will do more."

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledges $100 million donation to US food banks

Amazon's CEO and founder Jeff Bezos announced he was donating $100 million to Feeding America, which would help restock food banks and food pantries in the time of economic uncertainty.

"Non-profit food banks and food pantries rely in large part on surplus food from a range of food businesses. For example, many restaurants donate excess food. But during this time of social distancing, restaurants are closed, and many other normal channels of excess food have also shut down," Bezos wrote in an Instagram post announcing the donation. "To make matters worse, as supply is dwindling, demand for food bank services is going up.⁣"

Bezos currently tops Forbes' list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of approximately $117 billion.

The donation comes just days after a group of Amazon employees at a warehouse in New York City walked off their jobs, demanding the company shut down and thoroughly clean the facility amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

US cuts 701K jobs in March amid coronavirus pandemic, unemployment rate at 4.4%

U.S. employers cut 701,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate rose to 4.4% from 3.5%, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The new report released Friday is the first to show the initial impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. labor market.

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought U.S. businesses to a screeching halt. At least 45 states have issued or announced statewide closures of all non-essential businesses to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the U.S.

Some of the biggest job losses occurred in leisure and hospitality, especially in food and drinking services, according to the government. Notable losses also occurred in health care/social assistance, professional/ businesses services, retail and construction.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom joins "The View," April 3, 2020. - (ABC)(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- When it comes to handling the coronavirus crisis, California Gov. Gavin Newsom anticipates his state will need to "rely disproportionately" on themselves instead of the federal government.

California, which is the most populous state in the U.S., was one of the first to declare a state of emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of April, there are at least 9,191 diagnosed COVID-19 cases and 203 related deaths in California.

When "The View" co-hosts questioned Newsom on Friday about whether he thinks governors will eventually have to bypass the administration and work together to exchange supplies to fight the coronavirus outbreak as needed, he said, "governors are already doing that and in a very collaborative way."

"We are working collaboratively with procurement agents in different states to see if we can go together to avoid not just the inability or ability to get more protective gear, but deal with price gouging and leverage our resources in a resourceful mindset," Newsom said.

"Here's the stubborn fact," Newsom continued. "I have handed out ... specifically 35.9 million N-95 masks. We've received from the national stockpile so far 1,089,000."

"So when you ask, 'are we going to rely on the federal government or are gonna rely on ourselves,' we're going to rely disproportionately on ourselves," he said.

Despite being involved in more than 68 lawsuits with the Trump administration, Newsom says the relationship between California and the administration "has been strong" because they were able to build a relationship early on in the fight against the novel virus.

A U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, was originally expected to go to the Seattle region, but California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the Mercy be docked in Los Angeles instead.

At a White House press conference last week, the president confirmed the Mercy would be located off the coast of Los Angeles. In a Pentagon briefing on Monday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said it was the Federal Emergency Management Agency that determined the Mercy's destination, despite his initial "hunch" that the ship would go to Seattle.

"From my perspective, the relationship has been strong and I'm not doing it to kiss the ring," Newsom said on "The View" Friday. "I'm just being forthright with the president.

"[Trump] returns calls, he reaches out, he's been proactive. We got that Mercy ship down here in Los Angeles, that was directly because he sent it down here," he continued. "I'll let you know in a few weeks if that relationship continues."

Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker told CNN in March that states were "competing" against each other" for dwindling medical supplies, comparing it to the "wild west." Newsom, who said he's worked with Pritzker and other governors, agreed with his comparison.

"At the end of the day, we're all trying to source from similar places from all around the globe to get more ventilators," Newsom said. "We can finger point, we can lament, or we can start to address this moment head on and take some account.

Newsom went on to say that he's "trying to work with other governors in a more collaborative spirit" so they're "not competing against each other" for medical supplies in the fight against COVID-19.

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inga/iStock(CESENA, Italy) -- Famed Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi, 84, has died.

"Today everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of our dream," CEO Sergio Rossi Group Riccardo Sciutto said in an Instagram post.

"Sergio Rossi was a master, and it is my great honor to have met him and gotten to present him the archive earlier this year," he continued. "His vision and approach will remain our guide in the growth of the brand and the business."

Rossi was hospitalized a few days prior in Cesena, Italy, according to WWD.

"He loved women and was able to capture a woman's femininity in a unique way, creating the perfect extension of a woman's leg through his shoes," Sciutto said in a statement. "Our long and glorious history started from his incredible vision and we'll remember his creativity forever."

After initially learning how to manufacture shoes from his father, Rossi officially launched his own company in 1968.

Rossi's popular shoes have been worn by celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Laura Dern, and many more.

Prior to Rossi's death, his brand was committed to giving back for coronavirus relief. From March 14 to March 20, the brand donated 100% of proceeds from online sales to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the company pledged to donate € 100,000 to the hospital ASST Fatebenefratelli – Sacco in Milan.

Introducing this initiative, the brand wrote in an Instagram post, "In a time of unprecedented hardship, where we are confronted with our vulnerability, it is crucial to rediscover the humanity that distinguishes us, our sense of brotherhood and the courage and strength to support each other."

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Al Powers / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady is one of the many athletes giving back during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback announced he is donating 10 million meals to Feeding America on Thursday to help those in need during this time.

The donation was made through Brady's partnership with private aviation company Wheels Up for its "Meals Up" initiative.

Proud to partner with @WheelsUp for their #MealsUp Initiative to supply 10 million meals to @FeedingAmerica.

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 2, 2020

Feeding America expressed their appreciation for his contribution in a tweet. "Such an amazing gift! Thank you, Tom, for helping us get much-needed meals to our neighbors during this uncertain time," the nonprofit organization posted.

The "Meals Up" initiative was launched in part by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife singer Ciara with Wheels Up.

The couple pledged to donate 10 million meals with the aviation company to Feeding America.

"The reality is that a lot of people are facing tough, tough times right now, and we're all facing it in different ways," Wilson said while appearing on CNBC Tuesday. "There is going to be people let go of their jobs. I think about the young kids across the country that may not have a mom or a dad, or their family situation may not be the best financially, and they're going to be looking for food."

Humbled for @Ciara & I to partner with @WheelsUp on the “Meals Up” Initiative in pledging 10 Million Meals to @FeedingAmerica.

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 31, 2020

Every dollar donated to Feeding America's food banks can provide at least 10 meals.

Check out some other famous figures who are raising awareness to food banks and various relief initiatives here.

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