A federal infectious disease official issued an ominous warning Sunday as a hospital ship sailed for New York's harbor and the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed above 2,300.

The U.S. death total has doubled in two days. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been a leading voice in the effort to curb the outbreak, says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die before the crisis is over.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing "extensive community transmission" of COVID-19 in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, late Saturday urged residents to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days effective immediately. The advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries such as trucking, public health professionals, financial services and food supply.

“Just a little bit of separation can stop a fire from spreading," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said.

The U.S. counted more than 132,000 cases of coronavirus by Sunday afternoon, the world's highest total, and there were more than 2,300 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. More confirmations are expected as the U.S. ramps up testing.

More than 700,000 people are known to have been infected with COVID-19 globally, and more than 33,000 have died.

  

Fauci: Millions of Americans will be affected, many thousands will die

Millions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus before the crisis is over and 100,000 to 200,000 could die, a leading infectious disease expert said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN's State of the Union that computer models generally overestimate the final numbers, but that "we are going to have millions of cases."

It's been two weeks since President Trump announced his 15-day guidelines for social distancing and other measures aimed at containing the outbreak. Fauci said the White House task force will take up the issue soon, and that those guidelines probably will be extended.

"It's going to be a matter of weeks, it's not going to be tomorrow," Fauci said. "It's certainly not going to be next week."

President Trump last week said he hopes the country can return to some semblance of normalcy by Easter, April 12.

All cities should brace for NYC-type outbreak

Metro areas across the nation must assume they "could have an outbreak equivalent to New York and do everything right now to prevent it," White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said. Birx, speaking called on local officials to “know where every piece of equipment is

“Mitigate it now, before they start seeing cases in the Emergency Room and in the hospital – once you see those, the virus has been spreading days to weeks,” Birx said on NBC's Meet the Press. “This is my call on every mayor to prepare now.”

New York City has become the epicenter of the U.S. spread of the coronavirus, with more than 30,000 confirmed cases and 672 deaths as of Sunday morning.

– Lorenzo Reyes

US begins airlifting medical supplies from abroad

The Trump administration is airlifting medical supplies from Asia and other parts of the world to areas of the United States hardest hit by the coronavirus, the White House said. A flight from Shanghai carrying more than 10 million surgical gloves, 130,000 N-95 masks and other equipment landed Sunday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. It was the first of what is expected to be about 20 flights over several weeks.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in a statement that the flights would bring "massive amounts of masks" and other gear to "better equip our health care workers on the front lines." The effort comes as state and local officials say hospitals are running short of medical equipment needed by frontline health workers dealing with the pandemic.

– John Fritze

3 NYPD members die in 48 hours

A detective has become the third New York Police Department worker to die as a result of COVID-19 in two days. Detective Cedric Dixon was a 23-year veteran stationed in Harlem, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. Dennis Dickson, a custodian at police headquarters, died Thursday, and Administrative Assistant Giacomina Barr-Brown died Friday.

"We've lost three members of the NYPD family, Shea said. "Today we are all mourning and hurting together, as a family. When we emerge from this crisis, let us never forget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice."

 Italy marks 10,000 deaths; Spain faces deadliest day

Italy's death toll rose above 10,000 after 889 Italians died Saturday from COVID-19, authorities said. The daily number was down from Friday's record of 969 deaths.

"History does not wait, we must live up to it," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said. "The coronavirus emergency response must be strong, vigorous and cohesive. I will fight for Italian citizens until the last drop of sweat."

Officials in Spain announced a daily record of 838, bringing that nation's total to more than 6,500.

Trump backs off quarantine proposal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ripped suggestions by President Donald Trump that he might institute a ban on New Yorkers' travel to other states amid the coronavirus outbreak. "It would be a federal declaration of war on states," Cuomo said. Late Saturday, Trump apparently backed off the idea. He tweeted that "a quarantine will not be necessary" and that he has was opting instead for the CDC's travel advisory.

Governors in Texas, Florida, Maryland and South Carolina have ordered people arriving from the New York area – including New Jersey and Connecticut – and other virus hot spots to self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival.

– Joseph Spector

  

Chicago jail: 89 detainees, 12 officers test positive

Eighty-nine detainees at Chicago's Cook County jail have tested positive for COVID 19, and tests are pending on 92 more, Sheriff Thomas Dart announced. Nine inmates tested negative. Twelve sheriff's office employees also have tested positive, Dart said. The jail currently houses about 5,000 inmates, down more than 400 from a week ago because of efforts to free non-violent offenders and those near completion of their sentences. The first two positive cases were revealed Monday.

Italy marks 10,000 deaths; Spain faces deadliest day

Italy's death toll rose above 10,000 after 889 Italians died Saturday from COVID-19, authorities said. The daily number was down from Friday's record of 969 deaths.

"History does not wait, we must live up to it," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said. "The coronavirus emergency response must be strong, vigorous and cohesive. I will fight for Italian citizens until the last drop of sweat."

Officials in Spain announced a daily record of 838, bringing that nation's total to more than 6,500.

3 NYPD members die in 48 hours

A detective has become the third New York Police Department worker to die as a result of COVID-19 in two days. Detective Cedric Dixon was a 23-year veteran stationed in Harlem, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. Dennis Dickson, a custodian at police headquarters, died Thursday, and Administrative Assistant Giacomina Barr-Brown died Friday.

"We've lost three members of the NYPD family, Shea said. "Today we are all mourning and hurting together, as a family. When we emerge from this crisis, let us never forget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice."

FDA approves five-minute coronavirus test from Abbott Labs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Illinois-based medical device maker Abbott Labs on Friday for a coronavirus test that delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes, the company said.

The company expects the tests to be available next week and expects to ramp up manufacturing to deliver 50,000 tests per day.

The new test comes in the form of a small cartridge that fits in the palm of your hand, said John Frels, Abbott's vice president of research and development.

– Grace Hauck

Hospital ship bound for New York City

A Naval hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, left Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday for New York City to help combat the coronavirus. Speaking from a pier at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday, President Donald Trump called the USNS Comfort “a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York.”

Trump said the naval hospital ship is equipped with 12 operating rooms, 1,000 hospital beds, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, radiology, CAT-scan equipment, two oxygen-producing plants and a helicopter deck. “It’s stocked to the brim with equipment, medicines and everything you can think of,” he said.

Coronavirus patients won't be treated on the ship, Trump said. Instead, it will be used to treat New Yorkers who don't have the virus but still require urgent care.

The ship was not scheduled to leave for New York Harbor for another three weeks, but officials pushed up its departure date because of the rapid spread of the virus.

– Michael Collins