Daily deaths from COVID-19 jump 16% in Michigan

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 08:29:29-04

DETROIT (AP) — Officials say Michigan deaths from the coronavirus rose 16% in the largest daily jump since the pandemic hit the state.

The state reported 118 additional deaths related to the respiratory disease caused by the virus, raising the total to 845.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose 10% to nearly 19,000. Gov Gretchen Whitmer says “it’s another tough 24 hours" in Michigan.

In Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan said the city will begin testing residents at nursing homes with a fast virus test used on police and firefighters. The city has more than 25% of Michigan's cases and deaths.