Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: 32 COVID-19 deaths since noon

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Georgia confirms 26,260 coronavirus cases and 1,132 deaths
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7 p.m.: 

State officials announced 32 additional coronavirus deaths, Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen report

The Georgia Department of Public Health has recorded 1,132 deaths from COVID-19, including 37 in the past 24 hours. The DPH also added 227 confirmed cases, raising the number of cases to 26,260.

2:30 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp will lift a statewide shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia' starting Friday as he continues to roll back coronavirus restrictions. Greg Bluestein brings you this breaking news.

12:15 p.m.: The number of Georgia voters requesting absentee ballots crossed 1 million Thursday, Mark Niesse reports. That's a tremendous increase in people voting from home amid challenges to make polling places safe.

12:15 p.m.: A Georgia couple was hit with a $2,800 fine for going to the beach on Tybee Island this week in violation of statewide shelter-in-place orders that Gov. Brian Kemp appears poised to let expire Thursday night. ArLuther Lee has the story.

Noon: 

The latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows 26,033 verified infections of the coronavirus, an increase of more than 750 cases in the past 24 hours, Chelsea Prince reports. At least 1,107 Georgians have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, according to the health department.

10:30 a.m.: David Wickert reports on an obscure provision of Gov. Brian Kemp's order to reopen: Teenagers and others will no longer have to take a driving test to get their license.

9:45 a.m.: A new national survey finds school engagement is surprisingly high, Maureen Downey reports, despite parent concerns about where we go from here and how their kids will fare once schools resume.

6:30 a.m.: The Democratic race to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue has transformed into a measure of how Republicans are handling the coronavirus crisis, with each of the top three contenders trying to outdo each other to sharply criticize the government's response. Greg Bluestein has the story this morning.

6:30 a.m.: With their season delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus crisis, the Braves have set new policies regarding ticket refunds, Tim Tucker reports.

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