Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Deaths in Georgia rise to 432

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Georgia now has 12,261 confirmed cases, 432 deaths
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This blog will be updated throughout Saturday, April 11, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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7 p.m.: 

In the seven hours since its last report, the Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed an additional 102 cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths. 

The state’s death toll now stands at 432, and there are 12,261 confirmed cases across Georgia, according to the latest data. Shaddi Abusaid also has the county breakdown.

Noon: 

Public health officials confirmed another three coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, bringing the total to 428, Shaddi Abusaid reports
There were also 300 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Friday evening. The state’s total now stands at 12,159.

11:30 a.m.: Reports recently appeared on some websites that COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is now the leading cause of death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta disputes that claim, however.

7:30 a.m.: The lockdown appears to be making a dent. Johnny Edwards takes a look at major COVID-19 developments over the past week.

6:30 a.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp is facing calls to suspend a little-known state law adopted nearly 70 years ago to combat the Ku Klux Klan to clear the way for more Georgians to wear protective masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Greg Bluestein has the details.

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