Coronavirus US live updates: cases, deaths and stimulus checks summary for 6 June

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Coronavirus live USA: latest Covid-19 news - 6 June

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US coronavirus latest: 14:00 PST/18:00 EST on Saturday 6 June (23:00 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University6,804,044 cases have been detected worldwide, with 362,678 deaths and 2,788,806 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,909,077 confirmed cases and 109,497 deaths with 491,706 people recovering from the virus.

Covid-19 hospitizations continue to fall in Connecticut

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Connecticut are continuing to decline but cases rose by 358 on Saturday, taking the total past 43,500.

The death toll now stands at 4,055 - including an additional 17 since yesterday.  

The boy who predicted the pandemic

Born in India, this 14-year old is believed to have alerted the world in August 2019 to the forthcoming Covid-19 crisis, and has made further forecasts for the months ahead.

The situation in Florida

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Florida as of Saturday morning was 62,758, up 1,270 from the previous day; 61,246 of those cases are Florida residents, FDOH data show. Statewide, there have been 2,688 deaths, an increase of 23 from the previous day, and 10,891 hospitalizations altogether. In total,1,175,106 people have been tested with 62,758 positive and 1,111,427 negative, or 5.3% testing positive.

Free Covid-19 testing in Seattle

Seattle is now offering free Covid-19 testing at two sites through a partnership with King County and UW Medicine. Drive-through testing is available, but you must first register online or over the phone.

Make sure you remember to have with you your ID with recent photo and which includes your date of birth. Testing is available regardless of your citizenship/immigration status. Bring your Insurance card if you have one. You do not need to have insurance or a doctor's note to schedule a test. You will not be charged for the test.

Phase 2 reopening to begin in Boston on Monday

Phase 2 of reopening Massachusetts will begin on Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced today, calling it a "bright spot" for the state as it takes its next big step in recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Thanks to your hard work and your sacrifices, we're bringing the fight to the virus … and Massachusetts is continuing to reopen," he said.

Not all Phase 2 businesses will be able to reopen on Monday, however. Officials announced that Phase 2 would have two steps and strict health, safety and hygiene protocol would apply. From Monday, retail stores, child care, day camps, lodging services, youth sports and outdoor seated dining can resume. The full list is available in downloadable PDF format here:

No curfew, free Covid-19 tests in Atlanta, says Mayor

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the city would not be placed under curfew on Saturday evening - the first time in a week that the 8 p.m. curfew has been lifted. The city is also offering free Covid-19 testing for protesters and the community on Saturday. Tests will be administered at Chosewood Arts Complex from 10 a.m. ET to 2 p.m local time.

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Global coronavirus cases top 7 million

Global cases of coronavirus topped 7 million on Saturday, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally. About 30% of those cases, or 2 million infections, are in the United States. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak with over 15% of cases.

Globally, deaths from coronavirus are approaching 400,000. The United States accounts for about one-quarter of all fatalities but deaths in South America are rapidly rising. The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in just five months is now equal to the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the world's most deadly infectious diseases.

The first Covid-19 death was reported on 10 January in Wuhan, China but it was early April before the death toll passed 100,000, according to the Reuters tally of official reports from governments. It took 23 days to go from 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.

The total number of deaths is believed to be higher than the officially reported 400,000 as many countries lack supplies to test all victims and some countries do not count deaths outside of a hospital.

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A protester holds a sign as U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade passes by on the way to a tour of the Puritan Medical Products manufacturing facility, where swabs for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests are made, in Guilford, Maine, U.S., June 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Medics warn that chemical agents such as tear gas will help spread Covid-19

A group of over 1,000 medical experts have signed an open letter warning that the use of chemical irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray on protesters will quicken the spread of the coronavirus, given that their effects lead people to cough and splutter violently, usually removing face masks while this is occurring. 

George Floyd protests: live coverage

You can also follow live coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the world in response to the killing of George Floyd in police custody:

FT poll highlights US economic inequalities amid Covid-19 crisis

A survey carried out by the Financial Times has shown that African-Americans have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis, with 74% of black respondents saying they had been hit financially by the pandemic, compared with 58% of white voters.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he tours Puritan Medical Products manufacturing facility, where swabs for coronavirus tests are made, in Guilford, Maine. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Stimulus check: why are some people still waiting for payment?

Around 159 million coronavirus Economic Impact Payments have now been sent out, but there are still qualifying Americans yet to receive their stimulus check.

Full details:

Vaccine development around the world: a map

Drawing on data released by the WHO earlier this week, CNBC has published an interactive map of the progress of potential coronavirus vaccines around the world:

WHO updates guidance on face masks

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued updated guidance on the use of masks, saying it now urges people to wear face coverings in public to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The body had previously said there was insufficient evidence to suggest healthy people needed to wear masks.

"We are advising governments to encourage that the general public wear a mask," said Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of the WHO's Covid-19 response.

People dipping into retirement funds to get by

As this report in the Wall Street Journal outlines, the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis has led the US to allow Americans to take up to $100,000 out of retirement savings accounts without hitting them with early-withdrawal penalties.

Quarter of Americans struggling to put food on table, says poll

Amid mass unemployment in the US as a result of the coronavirus crisis, 26% of 1,100 Americans who took part in a survey carried out by the Kaiser Family Foundation say they or a member of their household has had to miss meals or rely on food donations during the pandemic.

Tear-gassing a coronavirus "recipe for disaster"

An associate professor who studies tear gas at Duke University: "Using it in the current situation with COVID-19 around is completely irresponsible. There are sufficient data proving that tear gas can increase the susceptibility to pathogens, to viruses."

A lot of people are going to be looking very hard at the numbers a week from now.

 

Vaccine in January needs everything to go "perfectly"

Infectious disease experts from the National Institutes of Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre say January is doable for a Covid-19 vaccine, but "everything will have to go incredibly perfectly if that's going to happen." Dr. Larry Corey from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre said the first vaccines, likely to be Pfizer or Moderna's RNA vaccines will need to work "terrifically well" for things to be in place by January.

And then we need to manufacture several billion doses...

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Largest shopping mall in the US to reopen next week

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota will open on June 10 for the first time since March. A select number of shops will be open and some are offering curbside pickup.

George Floyd protests concern

We are bringing you a rolling feed on the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, where the large number of people gathering for protests is worrying experts of a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

Recent news

As we refresh our rolling feed, here are a few of the stories that have been making the news:

- Wall Street jumps after surprise job additions in May

- Donald Trump was in upbeat mood over jobs news but was criticised for saying that it was a 'great day' for George Floyd

- Covid-19 cases rise in some nations easing lockdowns

US coronavirus latest: 16:00 PST / 19:00 EST on Friday 5 June (01:00 CEST on Saturday 6 June)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University6,721,528 cases have been detected worldwide, with 393,916 deaths and 2,989,674 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,893,934 confirmed cases and 108,278 deaths with 485,002 people recovering from the virus.

Coronavirus live US updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, US-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now registered over 6.7 million cases worldwide, leading to nearly 400,000 recorded deaths.

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

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