The U.S. surpassed 50,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday, with a death toll of 637 by late in the day. In New York state, the "rate of new infections is doubling about every three days," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned.

In other developments today:

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  • The Dow surged more than 2,000 points, its biggest-ever point gain. Investors appear encouraged as Congress moves closer to passing a coronavirus aid package.
  • President Donald Trump said he wanted the U.S. opened up and “raring to go by Easter” on April 12. Public health experts and local and state leaders have cautioned against easing restrictions too early.
  • An experimental drug for coronavirus has been granted a special designation for rare diseases by U.S. regulators.
  • Malaysia's medical glove factories, which make most of the world's critical hand protection, are operating at half capacity because of the coronavirus outbreak just when they're most needed.
  • Elon Musk delivered 1,255 ventilators to California after buying "oversupply" from China. "It's a heroic effort," Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
  • Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights, died of complications from coronavirus at age 81.

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As social distancing has emerged as a key tool to staunch the spread of the coronavirus, ordinary people around the globe have turned to technology to overcome physical barriers.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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