More than 400 new coronavirus cases reported in Missouri, biggest 24-hour increase yet

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri had its biggest one-day increase, jumping by more than 400 Friday and claiming 16 more lives.

Data from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering, which has been tracking cases worldwide, showed 418 newly-confirmed cases, bringing the total to 5,560. The number of deaths rose to 170, up from 154 on Thursday.

The numbers came out before the state posted updated numbers, which don’t agree with the Johns Hopkins numbers. According to the health department’s website, there are only 5,283 cases as of April 17. That differs from Johns Hopkins by 277, stating there was only an increase of 172 from the day before.

The data also differs on the number of deaths. The Missouri health department is reporting 165 deaths. Johns Hopkins is reporting 170 deaths.

The latest figures come a day after Republican Gov. Mike Parson extended his statewide stay-at-home order through May 3. He also announced plans to begin a phased-in approach to reopening businesses starting May 4.

Yesterday, President Donald Trump also unveiled a three-phase plan model for states to follow when reopening the economy. He told governors to use the plan as they see fit as coronavirus cases decrease among states.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Kansas City and Jackson County all extended their stay-at-home orders through at least mid-May.

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