Coronavirus US live summary: cases, deaths, news and stimulus checks, for Friday 15 May

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Coronavirus live US updates: cases, deaths and news - 15 May

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US coronavirus latest: 16:35 PST/19:35 EST on Friday 15 May (01:35 CEST on Saturday 16 May)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 4,534,811 cases have been detected worldwide, with 307,108 deaths and 1,632,286 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,442,924 confirmed cases and 87,427 deaths. 250,747 people have recovered from the virus.

That's all we have time for today. Our new live blog is now up and running in which we will be bringing all of the latest on the coronavirus situation in the US along with breaking news on the economy and the Heroes Act for Saturday 16 May. Join us!

Pelosi

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi walks from the House floor to her office, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, before representatives' vote on a coronavirus economic relief bill - the 'Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act'. (Photo: EFE/EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS)

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Majority of US believers see Covid-19 as sign from God, poll finds

According to the results of a survey carried out by the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, two-thirds of believers in the United States see the coronavirus pandemic as a sign from God that humanity must change the way it lives.

Trump

Trump talks to media in Rose Garden

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks on coronavirus vaccine developments in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday. (Photo: EFE/EPA/Stefani Reynolds / POOL)

"Sign of love"

Here is a video of Donald Trump's reaction to the truckers' protest during his Rose Garden press conference, courtesy of Vox journalist Aaron Rupar:

Truckers hold protest during Trump news conference

United States president Donald Trump has held a coronavirus press conference in the White House Rose Garden - an event that saw truckers stage a protest against low shipping rates during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Per the Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus, Trump claimed that the truckers were in fact protesting in favour of him, describing their actions as a "sign of love".

Up in the air

The future of air travel is as uncertain as it has ever been, more so than after 9/11, and we consider what a flight post-Covid-19’s arrival may look like:

Parts of New York, other eastern states reopen

Less populated areas of New York, Virginia and Maryland took their first steps towards lifting lockdowns on Friday, part of a patchwork approach to the coronavirus pandemic underscoring political divisions across the United States.

Construction and manufacturing facilities in five out of 10 New York state regions were given the green light to restart operations on Friday, although New York City, the country's most populous city, remained under strict limits.

Coronavirus hospitalizations in New York declined further on Thursday from 6,706 a day earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. The number of new coronavirus deaths in the state was 132 on Thursday, down from 157 a day earlier, he told a news briefing.

Cuomo said New York would join the nearby states of New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware in partially reopening beaches for the Memorial Day holiday weekend on May 23-25. 

White House official says Covid-19 vaccine ready by "2021" 

Moncef Slaoui, the former pharmaceutical executive chosen to lead the search for a coronavirus vaccine, has said that producing one by January 2021 is a "credible" goal. 

US retail spending plummets in April

According to the latest figures, retail spending in the US slumped by a record 16.4 percent month-on-month in April. 

'My check hasn't arrived'

From no bank info presented to immigration and debt... we consider the reasons why some people have not received their first payment.

Hawaii plans to extend stay-at-home measures, travel quarantine until end of June

(Reuters) Hawaii is likely to keep its coronavirus stay-at-home measures in place until the end of June and will also discourage tourists from visiting, state Governor David Ige said.

The current 14-day mandatory quarantine for everyone traveling into the state, which began in March, will certainly be extended until the end of next month, Ige said in an online question-and-answer session late on Thursday.

Tourism is a big part of Hawaii's economy - more than 10.4 million visitors came to the islands last year, supporting some 216,000 jobs in a population of around 1.4 million, according to the state tourism authority.

Global sports industry to take huge coronavirus hit

According to a study by Sportradar, the worldwide sports sector can expect to shed about $60 billion this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Trump

US President Donald Trump walks from Marine One to the White House as a secret service agent wearing a face mask looks on May 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. - Trump traveled to Allentown, Pennsylvania to visit a medical supply distributor. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

S.Korean coronavirus test maker Osang ready to ship 100m kits to U.S.

(Reuters) Osang Healthcare Co, the first South Korean maker of coronavirus test kits to win preliminary approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, is ready to ship kits that can test 100 million people in the United States, an executive said on Friday.

Fast-track approval, followed by a massive testing campaign and intensive contact tracing, is credited with helping South Korea slow the disease and avoid strict lockdowns, while the United States has been criticised for a slow response. 

Osang is in talks with U.S. distributors to source its test kits to different states, said the executive, Lee Sung-ho, but he declined to elaborate.

The firm's global exports of about 10 million tests includes 760,000 tests to U.S. customers, with 300,000 going to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and more to state governments via an intermediary, Lee added.

Changing comms

How working life between us has been significantly altered is considered in this piece in the WSJ.

Zoom challenge

As much of the world has come to terms with working remotely, video-conferencing platform Zoom has become a household name.

Well, now Facebook has launched Messenger Rooms.

Full story.

Pompeo looks to increased US economic independence from China

Chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co's $12 billion investment in the United States will increase U.S. economic independence from China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement early on Friday.

TSMC, a major supplier to Apple Inc, announced on Friday it will build a $12 billion chip factory in Arizona, in what the company called a 'strong partnership' with the U.S. government. Pompeo said the investment will strengthen U.S.-Taiwan ties.

'TSMC's announcement comes at a critical juncture, when China is competing to dominate cutting-edge technology and control critical industries. The TSMC facility in Arizona will increase U.S. economic independence'.

Drinks

Wisconsin drinking

Customers drink at the Somewhere bar in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA, 14 May 2020.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court reportedly ended Governor Tony Evers stay at home order in a four to three ruling on 13 May. A number of local bars immediately opened and patrons took advantage of the ruling to visit prompting local officials to issue their own orders in an effort to combat the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the Covid-19 disease. (EFE/EPA/TANNEN MAURY)

Trump's inner circle at the White House has been infiltrated by coronavirus and he attended a factory on Thursday with no masks as fears continue unabated over his health. 

Without wearing a face mask himself, President Donald Trump toured a mask distribution center in the political swing state of Pennsylvania on Thursday in an effort to highlight his administration's efforts to fight the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus live US: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, United States-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now led to over 300,000 deaths worldwide. We'll endeavour to keep you abreast of the latest news and statistics as they emerge.

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