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(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Unemployment falls to 6% as March jobs report better than expected
A better than expected 916,000 jobs were added in March in the U.S., according to numbers released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  As a result, the unemployment rate edged down to 6%.  Most of the jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality industries, public and private education, and construction.  Despite the positive report, economists say it will take at least nine months of similarly positive reports to recover all the jobs that were lost in the pandemic-induced recession.  Economists also warn that jobs growth will likely remain spotty until the pandemic is brought under control.

COVID-19 numbers

Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 129,737,943
Global deaths: 2,829,863.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 553,140.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 73,537,563

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 30,540,475 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 553,140.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 59,411.
U.S. total people tested: 393,969,287

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,674,349 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,804,506 cases.  Texas is second in the U.S., with 2,797,171 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 200,496,635 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 153,631,404 doses have been administered, with 99,565,311 people receiving at least one dose and 56,089,614 people fully vaccinated, representing 30% and 16.9% of the total U.S. population, respectively. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines each require two doses to be effective.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose to be effective.

FDA authorizes two non-prescription at-home COVID-19 tests
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized BinaxNOW, a COVID-19 antigen self-test by U.S. pharmaceutical company Abbott, as well as Quick Vue test by Quidel, a diagnostic health care product manufacturer.  Neither test requires a prescription.  An Abbott spokesperson told ABC News their tests are expected to be sold in packs of two and will cost under $10 dollars per test. The spokesperson also said the test should be available in the coming weeks.  With just under 17% of Americans now fully vaccinated, COVID-19 testing remains an important tool in tracking new cases and putting a halt to its spread.  Medical experts advise anyone who gets a positive result with an at-home test should follow it up with another test by a physician or hospital.

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