Coronavirus updates: New York tourist arrested in Hawaii after posting beach photos

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The U.S. COVID-19 death toll now stands at 87,568

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 307,000 people worldwide.

More than 4.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 1.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 87,568 deaths.

Today’s biggest developments:

  • US death toll surpasses 87,000
  • NYC tourist arrested in Hawaii for violating quarantine
  • Here’s how the news developed Friday. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.

    4:09 a.m.: New York tourist arrested in Hawaii for violating mandatory quarantine

    A 23-year-old tourist from New York City was arrested Friday in Hawaii for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine rule and for “unsworn falsification to authority.”

    Tarique Peters, according to the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, arrived in O’ahu on Monday and quickly posted numerous pictures of himself on the beach on Instagram.

    He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled to various places using public transportation, officials said.

    Citizens alerted local authorities to Peters’ social media postings, which showed him on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing and walking around Waikiki.

    “We appreciate the assistance of local people who spot flagrant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities,” Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors said in a statement Friday night.

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    Officials said the hotel told them Peters was seen leaving his room and the hotel on numerous occasions this week.

    Peters, who is from the Bronx, was arrested Friday and his bail is set at $4,000.

    Hawaii has only 638 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, with at least 17 deaths.

    What to know about coronavirus:

  • How it started and how to protect yourself: Coronavirus explained
  • What to do if you have symptoms: Coronavirus symptoms
  • Tracking the spread in the U.S. and worldwide: Coronavirus map
  • ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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