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On Sunday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams called on U.S. governors who haven't issued statewide stay-at-home orders to at least "give us a week" of restrictions, as health officials warn of an accelerating rate of coronavirus cases and deaths. This week is going to be "our Pearl Harbor moment," Adams said.

The warning comes after President Donald Trump said "there will be a lot of death" as the U.S. faces its "toughest week" in the fight against the pandemic.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose to 333,000 on Sunday, with the number of deaths at more than 9,000, according to NBC News' tally. Globally, the death toll is more than 65,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Death toll in New York City approaching 2,500

About 2,500 New Yorkers have died from complications connected to COVID-19, City Hall reported on Sunday. 

The virus-related death toll stood at 2,472 as of 5 p.m., according to the Health Department's nightly report.

That newest figure marks 218 more fatalities from the death toll of 2,254 reported 24 hours earlier.

California pastor resigns from city council as church's communion plan draws criticism

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A church pastor resigned from the local city council Sunday after coming under criticism for holding communion on Palm Sunday despite coronavirus stay-at-home rules.

Rob McCoy, senior pastor at Godspeak Cavalry Church in Thousand Oaks, California, said in a video posted to the church's website that he would hold the communion even though it's not listed as an essential service.

"We want to respect social distancing. We want to respect everything that’s requested of us, but we still want to have access to what is a sacrament," McCoy said in the video. "We will not violate a single CDC ordinance. No one is going to touch anything. No one is going to handshake, no one is going to hug."

He was elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council in 2015.

Philadelphia economy hit hard, over 1 million file for unemployment in Pennsylvania

With 25 hotels closed, nine major conventions cancelled, and dozens of restaurants closed or scaling back due to the spread of coronavirus, Philadelphia — which leans heavily on the tourism and hospitality industries — is seeing a loss of $163 million.

While some of the hotels are being used to house medical staff and the Liacouras Center is switching out its sporting events and concerts for temporary hospital beds, the workers typically employed in the hospitality industry — nearly 200,000 people in the region — are unable to work from home, instead faced with sudden lay-offs and some losing their health insurance. 

“Basically I’m on hold until all of this is over,” former bartender Tina Bolger told NBC News. She worked at the Philadelphia airport until last week, when she was laid off and told her health insurance expired as of April 1. She’s since had to file for unemployment, the check only amounting to half of what she’d normally make.

Pennsylvania is ranked second in the nation when it comes to unemployment claims, with more than one million in the state filing. 

Scotland's top medical officer resigns after flouting stay-home rules

Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned Sunday after she failed to follow her government’s coronavirus stay-at-home rules.

The resignation came after a local newspaper published photos of Dr. Catherine Calderwood at her second home in the coastal town of Fife. Calderwood had warned Scots that they should only leave home for essential travel.

Before her resignation, Scotland’s Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone, issued a warning to Calderhead, saying that police officers were putting themselves in harm's way to explain and enforce the rules the government had put in place. “Individuals must not make personal exemptions,” he said.

In a statement, Calderhead apologized for not following the rules and said she didn’t want to distract from the government’s response. "It is with a heavy heart that I resign as Chief Medical Officer," she said.

Queen Elizabeth II calls for 'good-humored resolve' as coronavirus deaths rise in U.K.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II urged her subjects to show the same “self-discipline” and “quiet good-humored resolve” that characterized previous generations in a rare address to the nation about the coronavirus epidemic on Sunday.

The monarch acknowledged the grief, financial difficulties and “enormous changes to the daily lives” felt by many families during “a time of disruption” in a pre-recorded televised address meant to rally the nation.

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Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for coronavirus and six other big cats are showing symptoms, the zoo said in a statement.

Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger, along with her sister, two Amur tigers and three African lions "had developed a dry cough," the zoo said. All seven animals are expected to make a full recovery, and seem to only be experiencing some decrease in appetite.

"We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus," the zoo said, adding the test result was confirmed by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory.

The cats were infected by "a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms," the zoo said.

Other big cats are not showing symptoms and the zoo said it has put "appropriate preventive measures" in place for the staff caring for the sick animals.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson taken to hospital due to persistent coronavirus symptoms

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to the hospital for tests on Sunday, more than a week after he tested positive for coronavirus

Johnson's doctor advised he be taken to a hospital since Johnson experienced persistent symptoms ten days after testing positive, according to a statement from Number 10 Downing Street. His office insisted this was a precautionary measure. 

“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives," the prime minister's statement said. 

The news of Johnson's hospital visit comes a day after his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, said on Twitter that she was in recovery after a week of being bedridden with symptoms. Symonds said she was not tested for the virus. 

Ex-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies while battling coronavirus at 73

Kicker Tom Dempsey of the Philadelphia Eagles kicks a field goal during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium, on Nov. 3, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pa.Focus On Sport / Getty Images

NEW ORLEANS — Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73.

Ashley Dempsey said Sunday that her father, who has resided in an assisted living home for several years after being diagnosed with dementia, tested positive for the coronavirus a little more than a week ago.

The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.

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Americans stranded in Russia as last passenger flight to U.S. is cancelled

Photo showing group of passengers waiting at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport after their flight was canceled.Grace Mitchell

A teacher whose father is suffering from cancer is one of scores of American citizens trapped in Russia after the last passenger flight to the U.S. was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Grace Mitchell, 26, told NBC News she had no plans to leave her home in the city of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, until she got a phone call from her mother saying her father’s cancer had taken a turn for the worse.

“All we could do really was try to get the last flight out of Russia because if I don't get a flight soon then I probably won't see my dad ever again,” Mitchell said.

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Employees at a Los Angeles McDonald's strike after coworker tests positive

Employees at a Los Angeles McDonald's went on strike Sunday after their coworker tested positive for coronavirus. "We’re terrified for ourselves and our families," Bartolome Perez, one of the striking workers, said in a statement provided by Fight for $15 and a union representing the workers.

The group of workers at the Crenshaw Boulevard location is demanding a two-week quarantine period with full pay. They say the company has not provided them with personal protective equipment despite multiple requests.

"We’ve been pleading for protective equipment for more than a month now, but McDonald’s is putting its profits ahead of our health," said Perez, who has been working for the company for 30 years. "We don’t want to die for McDonald’s burgers and fries."

The workers say the drive-through and the tight quarters in the kitchen make it impossible to adhere to social distancing guidelines. "McDonald’s calls us essential workers, but it's not just our work that is essential,” one of the striking workers Maria Rodriguez said in a statement. “Our lives are essential, too."

In a statement to NBC News, the owner of the franchise, Nicole Enearu, said the location was closed and sanitized immediately after the worker tested positive.

"We are committed to paying both the infected employee and the other employees who need to quarantine," Enearu said, adding she believes the location has "an ample supply of gloves available to our employees."

Photo: India's Prime Minister calls for show of unity and solidarity

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Residents release a paper lantern outside their home to observe a nine-minute vigil called by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a show of unity and solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Kolkata on Sunday.