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NY death toll passes 10,000; new hot spots slow to emerge

NY death toll passes 10,000; new hot spots slow to emerge
Posted at 2:31 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:34:02-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York's coronavirus death toll has topped 10,000 even as the absence of fresh hot spots in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world yielded a ray of optimism in global efforts against the virus.

Officials around the world worried that halting quarantine and social distancing behaviors could easily undo the hard-earned progress.

Still, there were signs that countries were looking in that direction.

Spain permitted some workers to return to their jobs, a hard-hit region of Italy loosened its lockdown restrictions and grim predictions of a virus that would move with equal ferocity from New York to other parts of America had not yet materialized.