Coronavirus: Summary of US Covid-19 news - 27 April

Coronavirus live United States: latest Covid-19 news on 27 April

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US coronavirus update at 15:00 EST / 12:00 PST on Monday 27 April  (21:00 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University3,017,806 cases have been detected worldwide, with 209,661 deaths and 885,302 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 979,077 cases with 55,563 deaths. 107,526 people have recovered from the virus.

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Mexico official tests positive

The head of Mexico's public administration ministry, which monitors federal employees, has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in 'excellent health and without serious' symptoms, the ministry said in a statement on Monday, via Reuters.

That makes Irma Erendira Sandoval the highest ranking member of the Mexican government to test positive so far for the virus. Sandoval tested positive on April 20, has been self-isolating since her first symptoms and is under constant medical supervision, the public ministry said.

Vaccine news from Oxford

Early monkey trials are positive, but there's a long way to go.

Heartburn hopes

New York has been the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and hospitals are studying common heartburn drugs to treat it.

Trump: switched off and then back on again

After reporting earlier that the daily briefing with the president was cancelled, but that decision then being revised, USA today looks at the nature of the on-off White House scheduling. Read it here.

US testing comparison

Continuing on the topic of testing, this chart breaks the totals down to per million.

NYT points to Trump falsehoods

Along with much focus on self-praise, Mark Albert summarises the AP factcheck in the New York Times which includes exaggerated testing claims.

Home schooling not enough

An extra little help in the number of days next year is one suggestion to take the pressure of parents through this difficult period.

Oil prices resume slide on oversupply and storage concerns

(Reuters) -- Oil prices slumped again on Monday on concerns over scarce storage capacity, especially in the United States, and global economic doldrums from the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. oil futures led losses, falling by more than $3 a barrel on fears that storage at Cushing, Oklahoma, could reach full capacity soon.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate June futures fell $3.61, or 21.3%, to $13.33 a barrel by 1215 GMT.

Brent crude was down $1.17, or 5.5%, at $20.27 a barrel. The June Brent contract expires on Thursday.

Oil futures marked their third straight week of losses last week, with Brent ending 24% down and WTI off about 7%. Prices have now fallen for eight of the past nine weeks.

The June WTI contract's price fall may have been triggered partly by investors moving to later months after the May contract lapsed into negative territory for the first time before its expiry last week.

The President's white house briefing on Monday has been cancelled. This comes after Trump said they were a waste of time on the back of his suggestion that injecting disinfectant might be a potential cure for the coronavirus.

Wall St gains as U.S. states start to reopen

(Reuters) U.S. stock markets rose on Monday as more states prepared to lift coronavirus-induced curbs and investors geared up for the busiest week of quarterly earnings reports, including from tech titans Apple and Microsoft.

The risk-on sentiment propped up the U.S. benchmark 10-year Treasury yield for a second straight session, lifting the rate-sensitive financial index by 2.2%.

Technology stocks were also the top boosts for the three main indexes. Wall Street's fear gauge slipped for the fourth day to hit its lowest level in more than seven week.

Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana and Tennessee were set to join several other states in reopening businesses this week, despite disapproval from health experts as business shutdowns put millions out of work across the country.

Although trillions of dollars in stimulus have helped the S&P 500 recover nearly 30% from March lows, analysts say more gains may be capped with the economic damage growing, unless there is progress on treatments for the disease.

"There will certainly be a tsunami of negative news that will come crashing down on markets and investors. That is consensus. We have that assumption baked in," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities in New York.

"What we don't know is what the world looks like on the other side of this, and how much of the potential economic damage will be mitigated by the historic policy response."

With the Bank of Japan rolling out more stimulus on Monday, focus this week will be on the Federal Reserve's meeting ending on Wednesday, although expectations are low for more easing by the U.S. central bank.

U.S. imposes new restrictions on exports to China

The United States on Monday posted rule changes that impose new restrictions on exports to China, including aircraft components and many items related to semiconductors. The new rules will require licenses for U.S. companies to sell certain items to military entities, even if they are for civilian use, and do away with a civilian exception that allows certain U.S. technology to be exported without a license, if they are for a non-military entity and use.

The rules were posted for public inspection and will be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday. One rule will affect purchases by entities such as People's Liberation Army, which is involved in civilian activities such as hospitals, according to experts. The other rule is expected to affect items like field programmable gate array integrated circuits, eliminating license exceptions for Chinese importers and Chinese nationals.

The administration also posted a third proposed rule change that would force foreign companies shipping certain American goods to China to seek approval not only from their own governments but from the United States as well. The actions come as relations between the United States and China have deteriorated amid the new coronavirus outbreak. (Report by Reuters)

GOP memo advises candidates to attack China when asked about Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis...

 

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In pictures: Funeral directors load the body of a coronavirus victim, who is to be cremated in Buffalo, onto a truck in preparation for transport, outside Gerald J. Neufeld Funeral Home in Elmhurst, New York.

The overwhelmed Gerald J.  Neufeld Funeral Home in New York City has been sending coronavirus victims bodies to other parts of the state with help from David Penepent, an associate professor of mortuary science, who has been organizing volunteer transportation, in an effort to alleviate pressure on the city's funeral home system. (Credit: EFE/EPA/JUSTIN LANE)

White House may reduce to coronavirus task force meetings - CNN

White House is considering scaling back coronavirus task force meetings soon, and only met once this weekend, according to CNN's Kaitlan Collins. 

"The group met Saturday but did not Sunday -- a rarity since the task force has met almost every day since it was assembled," says the CNN report. 

"The task force may soon begin slowly scaling back its number of meetings altogether, a separate person told CNN, as President Trump and Vice President Pence schedule other events."

Trump administration eyes U.S. factory protocols amid coronavirus - Navarro

The Trump administration is focusing on protocols to keep U.S. factories open as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak, including screening workers for potential cases, White House adviser Peter Navarro said on Monday.

"We're trying to figure out the best protocols to keep our factories going," Navarro said in an interview on Fox News.

"We're going to have to use appropriate protocols, different social distancing. You're going to have to reconfigure factories. You're going to have to use things like thermoscanners to check fever as they come in."

Regeneron, Sanofi to treat only 'critical' COVID-19 patients with arthritis drug

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA said on Monday they would continue a late-stage trial of their arthritis drug, Kevzara, in only COVID-19 patients who are critical, and discontinued the trial for those in the 'severe' group.

The companies said their decision was based on early data. Patients were classified as 'severe' if they required oxygen supplementation without mechanical or high-flow oxygenation and 'critical' if they required mechanical ventilation or high-flow oxygenation or required treatment in an intensive care unit. (Report by Reuters)

Journalist and Co-Founder of the Democratic Coalition is the latest author of a twitter swipe at President Donald Trump...

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NPR has highlighted nine ways in which US schools will look differenct once children return to the classrooms...

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In pictures:  People hold signs refering to the Washington state $30 car tab initiative as well as supporting the right to fish during a 'Let Us Fish' rally at Gasworks Park during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Seattle, Washington on April 26, 2020. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

Tyson Foonds warns "millions of pounds of meat" to be wiped off supply chain

Tyson Foods (TSN) has warned that "millions of pounds of meat" will be wiped off the supply chain as a result of the forced closures of processing plants due to the coronavirus in the country. 

"The food supply chain is breaking," wrote chairman John Tyson in a full-page advertisement published in The New York Times and Washington Post.

"There will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed."

Employing around 100,000 workers, Tyson Foods shut its pork plants in Waterloo, Iowa, and Logansport, Indiana, last week so that workers in those facilities could be tested for Covid-19.

Bill Gates defends China's coronavirus response

Bill Gates has defended China’s response to the coronavirus crisis, and criticised those who have been saying "incorrect and unfair things" about the country.

“China did a lot of things right at the beginning, like any country where a virus first shows up. They can look back and say where they missed some things," said Gates on CNN over the weekend.

“You know, some countries did respond very quickly and get their testing in place, and they avoided the incredible economic pain. It’s sad that even the US that you would have expected to do this well did it particularly poorly.”

 

Work-life non balance in US

'Some predicted the great work-from-home migration of the pandemic would usher-in a new age of flexible work arrangements...

'...a month and a half later, people are overworked, stressed, and eager to get back to the office.'

The Independent looks at how a removal of barriers between work and normal life has impacted on workers in the States. Read their report.

Puppy love amid Covid-19

Pets have been getting extra attention through the pandemic.

Trump denies latest sacking rumour

U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected reports that he was planning to fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, saying he was doing an 'excellent job.'

At the weekend, both the Wall Street Journal and Politico reported that the Trump administration was considering replacing Azar, because of early missteps in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

'Reports that H.H.S. Secretary @AlexAzar is going to be “fired” by me are Fake News,' Trump tweeted. 'Alex is doing an excellent job.'

We're back

Welcome back to our live coverage of all that is going on related to the current coronavirus pandemic in the US and further afield.

If you've only recently joined us then please take a read down to see what has been happening thus far. As you'll no doubt expect, President Trump has been making a number of headlines.

We'll be taking a short break from our coronavirus coverage but we'll be back shortly with the morning team to keep you updated on all the latest developments in the US and around the world regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Donald Trump used his Twitter account to state that in three years he has done more than any other president in the history of the United States.

"It bothers me that this is still in the news cycle"

The White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr Deborah Birx, has said the media needs to “get the information to the American people that they need” rather than continuing to report on US president Donald Trump’s touting of disinfectant injections as a potential coronavirus cure.

It bothers me that this is still in the news cycle, because I think we’re missing the bigger pieces of what we need to be doing as an American people to continue to protect one another,” Birx said in an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. 

“As a scientist and a public health official and a researcher, sometimes I worry that we don’t get the information to the American people that they need when we continue to bring up something that was from Thursday night.”

Spain's main sports dailies combine for charity edition

AS, Marca, Mundo Deportivo and Sport have joined forces for the first time to produce a star-studded special charity edition to raise funds for the Red Cross.

Full story here:

ICYMI: Trump disinfectant claims lead to hospital admissions

The US president suggested disinfectants could prevent Covid-19 infections during his Friday briefing, causing dozens of hospitalizations across the country.

Full story:

Will the IRS send a second stimulus check to eligible Americans?

An estimated 80 million people are eligible for stimulus checks. Those yet to receive their money can check the status of their payment on an IRS website.

Full details:

Coronavirus live USA: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, United States-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now registered just under 3 million cases and around 206,000 cases worldwide.

We'll endeavour to bring you the latest developments and statistics as they emerge.

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