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In another first, a tiger in New York tested positive, and death rates dropped in some of Europe's hot spots.
The CDC recommends face masks when it's hard to maintain physical distance, such as in grocery stores.
The world is witnessing nearly exponential growth, and deaths have more than doubled this past week.
US social distancing steps will extend through April.
US activity is surging in New York and several other states and cities.
Cases are accelerating in multiple hot spots, causing the global total to climb from 400,000 to 500,000 cases in only 2 days.
Guard troops will help efforts in New York, California, and Washington state.
The FDA authorizes an emergency use authorization for the first point-of-care rapid test.
Spain, like Italy, has plans to support its overwhelmed health system with medical students and other surge staff.
New York City cancels schools, the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates, and Italy reports a large spike in cases.
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