Coronavirus US live updates: summary 24 May

Coronavirus live US: latest Covid-19 news - 24 May

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US coronavirus latest: 15:00 PST / 18:00 EST on Sunday 24 May (00:00 CEST Monday 25 May)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University5,380,774 cases have been detected worldwide, with 343,721 deaths and 2,156,835 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,640,630 confirmed cases and 97,672 deaths with 361,239 people recovering from the virus.

Cali

Crowds flock to California beaches for Memorial weekend

Los Angeles County officials announced a couple of days ago that beach bike paths and some beach parking lots will reopen and curbside service at indoor malls will be permitted. The county reopened its beaches a week ago but kept beach parking lots, bike paths, piers and boardwalks closed.

Florida coach punished for breaching lockdown restrictions

Miami Northwestern coach Max Edwards has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly hosting practices during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Associated Press, Edwards has been sidelined while the school district investigates the matter. The district categorized football practices as an "unauthorized athletic activity" during the health crisis.

"Climate change is where we left it in February, it hasn't gone away"

Time spoke to Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir about the dramatic effects the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the climate all over the world with pollution levels plummeting in cities such as New Delhi. "I consider this to be an opportunity to revive the discussion on climate change because climate change is right where we left it in February. The challenge hasn't gone away and now we really need to think about how we can tackle that. I am worried that after this crisis, climate won't be a top priority for everybody," she said.

U.S. hopes for in-person G7 summit end of June - White House

Any in-person meeting of Group of Seven leaders will take place at the end of June, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Sunday. President Donald Trump in March canceled the G7 meeting scheduled for June 10 as the coronavirus outbreak was spreading around the world and international travel was curtailed. Trump on Wednesday said he may seek to revive the idea of a face-to-face meeting of G7 leaders near Washington, saying it would send a message that the world is heading back to normal.

'The G7 summit, if it happens in person and we think it will, will take place at the end of June,' O'Brien said on CBS's 'Face the Nation.' O'Brien said he believed the nation's capital is close to its peak of coronavirus cases and the United States would like to hold an in-person summit if the situation permits.

However, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus task force response coordinator, said on Friday the Washington metropolitan area has the highest percentage of positive test results nationwide. She said she has asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work with officials in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles to figure out why cases are rising. O'Brien said he believed the G7 leaders would prefer to meet in person rather than on video conference.

'So the president extended the invitation and so far we've had a great response,' he said. 'The logistics - we'll make sure everybody is tested. We'll make sure that it's a safe environment if the leaders can come here. But we'd love to host them in Washington.' French President Emmanuel Macron is open to traveling to the United States for an in-person meeting of Group of Seven leaders if the coronavirus epidemic situation allows, an Elysee official said on Wednesday. 

Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press.

Professional sports teams in New York given clearence to resume training camps 

Professional sports teams in New York can reopen training camps from today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has confirmed in a press briefing.

"Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps. I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it! Do it! Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We people to be able to watch sports to the extent people are still staying home. It gives people something to do. It's a return to normalcy," Cuomo said. (Photo: EFE)

Professional sports teams in New York given clearence to resume training camps 

Professional sports teams in New York can reopen training camps from today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has confirmed in a press briefing.

"Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps. I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it! Do it! Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We people to be able to watch sports to the extent people are still staying home. It gives people something to do. It's a return to normalcy," Cuomo said.

Washington Post reporting that Notre Dame university students will return to campus two weeks earlier to start the fall semester...

White House mulling Brazil travel ban

(Reuters) The United States is likely to impose travel restrictions on Brazil on Sunday, the White House national security adviser said, two days after the South American nation became the world No. 2 hot spot for coronavirus cases.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien told CBS' "Face the Nation" he believes there will be a decision Sunday about suspending entry for travelers arriving from Brazil.

"We hope that'll be temporary, but because of the situation in Brazil, we're going to take every step necessary to protect the American people," O'Brien said. Brazil became the world No. 2 hot spot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, and now has over 347,000 people infected by the virus, the Health Ministry said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was considering imposing a ban on travel from Brazil.

"I don’t want people coming over here and infecting our people. I don’t want people over there sick either. We’re helping Brazil with ventilators. ... Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Top Covid-19 advisor contradicts Trump order

Dr Deborah Birx, the White House's Coronavirus Response Coordinator, has suggested Donald Trump's decision to reopen places of worship may yet be premature. 

O'Brien

US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien (R) is seen on the front driveway of the White House following an interview on May 24, 2020 in Washington,DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Cubs

A pedestrian walks past a mural of Chicago Cubs player Kris Bryant in the Wrigleyville neighborhood near the Chicago Cubs home stadium of Wrigley Field, which has been closed due to the coronavirus disease restrictions in Chicago, Illinois. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

WHO points to November warning over current pandemic

The World Health Ogranization has pointed to a report in November by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board about the potential for an outbreak precisely like the one that has brought much of the world to a halt. 

Maryland

With the relaxing of the coronavirus restrictions, visitors crowd the boardwalk on Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City, Maryland, U.S. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Hot dogs flying off the shelves

The most emblematic of all American foods has enjoyed an upturn during the crisis, with Feltman's reporting sales are up by 200 percent for online orders. 

US to waive entry ban for foreign athletes

(Reuters) The United States will exempt some foreign athletes who compete in professional sporting events in the United States from entry bans imposed because of the novel coronavirus epidemic, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said on Friday.

"In today’s environment, Americans need their sports. It’s time to reopen the economy and it’s time we get our professional athletes back to work," Wolf said in a statement issued by the department announcing he had signed an order for the exemption.

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Trump plays golf for first time since declaring coronavirus a national emergency

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday went on his first golf outing since the White House declared a national emergency over the coronavirus in March, visiting his club in the Washington suburbs in a purposeful display of normalcy.

On a sunny spring day, Trump's motorcade took him from the White House to Trump National Golf Club, and he was spotted wearing a white cap and white polo shirt.

It was his first time at a golf property since March 8, when he visited his club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

NY Times pays tribute to Covid-19 victims

The Sunday 24 May edition of the NY Times lists the names of those who lost their lives due to coronoavirus on the front cover of today's paper.

Being a landlord during the coronavirus pandemic

CNBC Make It followed up with four Millennial Money subjects who own properties and rely on rental income to find out what it’s really like to be a landlord during this economic downturn.

Here’s how they’ve been impacted by the crisis, what they’re doing to support their tenants and how they’ve shifted their strategy when it comes to investing in real estate.

Bridging loans

Stimulated spending

Many retail stores including Walmart, Best Buy and Target have reported a spike in sales since President Donald Trump approved the CARES Act in March.

Memorial Day protests in California

Around 2,000 protesters turned out in Sacramento demanding that Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order be lifted. The 'Liberty Fest' demonstration has been touted as the country's largest Memorial Day weekend protest against lockdown measures.

All residents in the State of California are currently ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other errands, or as otherwise authorized, under state lockdown restrictions.

Cuomo dodges care homes questions

Andrew Cuomo's office was quizzed about an article written by the Associated Press which claimed that the state sent more than 4,500 patients recovering from coronavirus to nursing homes.

By 22 March, at least 5,700 residents in New York nursing homes were confirmed or presumed dead due to Covid-19.

Social distancing on Memorial Day weekend

While the Memorial Day holiday that honors the US military dead is on Monday, the weekend leading up to it marks the unofficial start of summer, with Americans traditionally flocking to beaches, gathering at backyard barbecues and unfurling picnic blankets in parks.

State-by-state

As America looks to kick start the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, people want to know when various services and amenities are going to open for business.

Find out more here:

Coronavirus live US: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, United States-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now led to over five million cases worldwide with now over 1.6 million reported cases in the US.

We'll endeavour to keep you abreast of the latest news and statistics as they emerge throughout the day.

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