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Coronavirus US summary: cases, deaths, news - 10 May

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Coronavirus live US updates: cases, deaths and news - 10 May


US coronavirus latest: 14:00 PST / 17:00 EST on Sunday 10 May (23:00 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 4,088,393 cases have been detected worldwide, with 281,893 deaths and 1,397,501 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,326,138 cases and 79,384 deaths. 212,534 people have recovered from the virus.

Gap year searches rocket on Google

With the coronavirus pandemic leading to uncertainty about upcoming college courses, a rising number of students-to-be are looking into the possibility of taking a year off before beginning their degree programmes, according to figures revealed by the search engine Google.

"F**k Elon Musk"

As Tesla CEO Elon Musk files a lawsuit against Alameda county and threatens to pull his company out of California over the continued, coronavirus-enforced closure of its Fremont factory, "F**k Elon Musk" was the forthright response of Californian Democratic politician Lorena S Gonzalez.

She added: "California has highly subsidized a company that has always disregarded worker safety & well-being, has engaged in union busting & bullies public servants. I probably could’ve expressed my frustration in a less aggressive way. Of course, no one would’ve cared if I tweeted that."

“New ways the coronavirus attacks the body”

The Washington Post has published this investigation into the many different ways that the coronavirus can affect sufferers’ bodies, beyond the most widely recognised symptoms.

How the $2,000 stimulus check proposed by US Democrats would work


How the $2,000 stimulus check proposed by US Democrats would work

How the $2,000 stimulus check proposed by US Democrats would work

Democrats have proposed various bills that would see qualified US citizens receive $2,000 a month, while rent/mortgage payments would be cancelled during the coronavirus crisis.

More details here:

Lawsuits filed against China in the US

At least nine lawsuits have been lodged against China in the United States, by individuals or businesses who feel the Asian country either did not do enough to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Wuhan or covered up the extent of the outbreak and the steps it took to prevent it.

Trump hoping to avoid going viral

With two White House staff members testing positive, some officials fear the disease is already spreading rapidly through the West Wing.

The New York Times looks at the tightening of procedures at the home of POTUS: Full story.

Debt management during pandemic

With many Americans struggling with a loss of income, financial planners say those feeling the impacts of the coronavirus may need to think twice about prioritizing paying off their debt.

But experts remind us, that “not all debt is created equal and not all debt is bad.”

Read more

White House talking to Congress about more coronavirus economic relief

(Reuters) The White House has begun informal talks with Republicans and Democrats in Congress about next steps on coronavirus relief legislation, a top economic adviser to President Donald Trump said on Sunday.

"It's not that we're not talking. We are. It's just informal at this stage," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told ABC's "This Week" program. "We're collecting ideas for next steps, which will undoubtedly be data-driven."

Kudlow said that he joined a Friday conference call with lawmakers from both parties in the House of Representatives and planned to do the same on Monday with members of the Senate.

No quick fix for sports and entertainment industries

According to experts consulted by CNBC, it will likely not be until 2021 that some semblance of normailty returns to sports and entertainment events that include large crowds. 


A Trump supporter protests Governor Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order outside the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington on May 9, 2020. The Washington State Patrol estimates about 1,500 people rallied against the measure. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

Trump hits back at Obama

After former US President Barack Obama accused his successor of an "absolute chaotic disaster" in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the current US president wasted little time in responding. 

Trump announces $3bn plan for farmers

(Reuters) President Donald Trump has said the United States will next week begin purchasing $3 billion worth of dairy, meat and produce from farmers as unemployment soars and people are forced to food lines.

"Starting early next week, at my order, the USA will be purchasing, from our Farmers, Ranchers & Specialty Crop Growers, 3 Billion Dollars worth of Dairy, Meat & Produce for Food Lines & Kitchens," Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

It was unclear whether his statement referred to a $19 billion relief plan announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in April. The agency said it would buy $3 billion worth of agricultural commodities as part of that program.

Housing in a post-pandemic world

The New York Times reports that the traditional thinking on housing will be shaken to the foundations by the coronavirus crisis. 

New York

Polar vortex brings cold weather to New York City

A man walks through the Times Square area during a snow flurry as a polar vortex brought cold temperatures to the region in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 9, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Will the "new normal" mean fewer trips abroad? 

With the airline industry on its knees due to the coronavirus crisis, the Washington Post asks what next for the tourism sector. 

White House officials go into self-isolation

Three prominent members of the White House Covid-19 task force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have placed themselves in quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. Head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield and Stephen Hahn, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, are also in self-isolation and will spend the next two weeks working from home.

Musk angry over Covid-19 lockdown rules

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is threatening to pull his company's factory and HQ out of California after Tesla was stopped from reopening the plant due to Covid-10 risk. Musk has been raging about stay-home orders for a while now, saying they are taking away people's freedom.

Trump two months ago

The novel coronavirus has now killed 78,792 people in the United States of America.

Obama: Trump’s administration has been a disaster during Covid-19 pandemic


Obama: Trump’s administration has been a disaster during Covid-19 pandemic

Obama on Trump

Here's more on Obama's blistering criticism of Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic


Obama: Trump's Covid-19 response "absolute chaotic disaster"

The scoop from Yahoo News, with what is apparently a tape of Barack Obama talking to his alumni association: 

"This election that’s coming up on every level is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party. What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life. And by the way, we’re seeing that internationally as well.

It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty. It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset – of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ – when that mindset is operationalized in our government."

Substandard masks arriving in US

Very worrying - the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found 60% were letting in more particles than they should be.

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic


Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

All the information you need to understand the coronavirus and ways to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Stimulus check second round: what plans are under discussion


Stimulus check second round: what plans are under discussion

Stimulus check second round: what plans are under discussion

The distribution of the first round of coronavirus stimulus checks started in April. The White House and Congress are still discussing a second round of payments.

Full details here:

Three NY children die of coronavirus-related illnesses

Three New York children have died of seemingly coronavirus-related illness, as state governor Andrew Cuomo warned of an “entirely different chapter” in a Covid-19 pandemic which has thus far appeared to spare youngsters.

"This would be really painful news and would open up an entirely different chapter, because I can't tell you how many people I spoke to who took peace and solace in the fact that children were not getting infected," Cuomo said on Friday, after the death of a five-year-old boy was confirmed.

"We thought children could be vehicles of transmission... but we didn't think children would suffer from it."

Obama brands Trump coronavirus response an "absolute chaotic disaster"

Donald Trump's predecessor as United States president, Barack Obama, has said the current administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been an "absolute chaotic disaster", according to a report by Yahoo News.

You'll find Obama's comments in full here.

Coronavirus live US: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, United States-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now moved past 4,000,000 registered cases. 

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