Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 19,000 people around the world.

There are more than 428,000 diagnosed cases of the new respiratory illness, known officially as COVID-19, spanning every continent except Antarctica, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The disease has gained a foothold in Europe and North America since the first cases were detected in China back in December.

With more than 55,000 diagnosed cases, the United States has the third-highest national total behind Italy and China. The virus has rapidly spread across every U.S. state as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, killing at least 802 people.

More than one-fifth of the world’s population has been ordered or urged to stay at home as part of efforts to contain the virus.

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Today’s biggest developments:

Prince Charles tests positive Senators and White House clinch deal on stimulus package U.S. death toll tops 800 Netherlands reports spike in deaths Federal official who crossed paths with Pence tests positive

Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.

7:34 a.m. Attorneys general call on Trump to use Defense Production Act

A coalition of 16 attorneys general are calling on President Donald Trump to fully use the Defense Production Act to prioritize the production of masks, respirators and other critical items needed by health care workers, first responders and law enforcement officers across the country amid the coronavirus crisis.

The attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin sent a joint letter to Trump on Wednesday.

PHOTO: A traffic officer wears a mask as he directs traffic in Los Angeles, California, on March 24, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are on the brink of catastrophic consequences resulting from the continued shortage of critical supplies,” the letter states. “The federal government must act decisively now and use its sweeping authority to get as many needed supplies produced as soon as possible for distribution as quickly as possible.”

Trump signed an executive order last week invoking the Defense Production Act, a 1950 wartime law that requires private companies to prioritize any product orders from the federal government over others. But the government has apparently yet to make any orders for medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment.

6:47 a.m. Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

Charles, Prince of Wales, who is first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a spokesman for his official royal residence, Clarence House.

“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” a Clarence House spokesman said in a statement Wednesday morning.

His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has tested negative for the virus, according to the spokesman. The couple are currently at Birkhall, their private residence in Scotland.

“In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland,” the spokesman added. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”

PHOTO:Britain’s Prince Charles leave after attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, March 9, 2020. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP, FILE)

Charles, 71, is the first child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is the heir apparent to the British throne.

The Queen and her husband are currently at Windsor Castle. She last saw her eldest son briefly after the investiture on the morning of March 12 and “is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare,” according to a statement issued Wednesday from Buckingham Palace.

“Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health,” the palace said.

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6:21 a.m. Federal official who crossed paths with Pence at FEMA headquarters tests positive

A federal official who was working at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters on the same day that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited has since tested positive for the novel coronavirus but did not at any point come within 6 feet of Pence nor members of the coronavirus task force, a White House official confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday.

PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend a teleconference with governors to discuss partnerships to ‘prepare, mitigate and respond to COVID-19’ at the FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., March 19, 2020. (Evan Vucci/Pool via Reuters)

The news was first reported by The New York Times.

Pence’s press secretary said Saturday night that the vice president and his wife had both tested negative for COVID-19.

5:39 a.m.: Netherlands reports spike in deaths

The Netherlands has reported a 30% jump in fatalities from the novel coronavirus.

PHOTO: A medical professional displays a test kit to detect the novel coronavirus at a screening-drive at the Amsterdam UMC hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on March 24, 2020. (Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

The densely populated European country saw the number of deaths rise by 63 to 276, according to Tuesday’s update from the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. The deceased victims range in age between 55 and 97 years old.

Meanwhile, the national tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 17% to 5,560.

3:04 a.m.: U.S. death toll tops 800

More than 800 people in the United States have now died from the novel coronavirus.

PHOTO: A pedestrian, wearing a protective face mask walks the Brooklyn Bridge in the Dumbo neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City on March 24, 2020. (Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

The U.S. death toll topped 800 early Wednesday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science.

At least 192 of those fatalities have occurred in New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic.

2:58 a.m.: Senators and White House clinch deal on stimulus package

After a marathon of closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill, Senate leaders and White House officials clinched a bipartisan deal early Wednesday on a massive stimulus package to help save the national economy from the detrimental impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the legislation as “a wartime level of investment in our nation.”

“At last, we have a deal,” McConnell told reporters. “We’re going to pass this legislation later today.”

PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, accompanied by White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland and acting White House chief-of-staff Mark Meadows, walks to offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the deal “an outstanding agreement.”

“Help is on the way,” Schumer told reporters. “Big help and quick help.”

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When asked if President Donald Trump will sign the legislation, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters resoundingly, “absolutely.”

“Spoken to the president many times today,” Mnuchin added, “he’s very pleased with this legislation and the impact that this is going to have.”

PHOTO: A view of the U.S. Capitol’s Rotunda is seen reflected in an ambulance as negotiations on an economic stimulus package amid the coronavirus pandemic continue on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2020. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Negotiators from the Senate and the White House have been meeting for the past five days, working to reach a bipartisan agreement on the sweeping measure that will deliver government aid to American families, hospitals and businesses reeling from the virus outbreak and the resulting economic fallout. At roughly $2 trillion, it’s the largest economic stimulus package in modern American history.

MORE: Here are the states that have shut down nonessential businesses

At least 23 states have enacted policies to close nonessential businesses in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus on U.S. soil.

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ABC News’ Dragana Jovanovich, Zoe Magee, Jordyn Phelps and Trish Turner contributed to this report.

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