Coronavirus US: summary for Monday 8 June

Coronavirus US live updates: cases, deaths and stimulus checks today

Coronavirus live US: latest Covid-19 news - 7/8 June

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US coronavirus latest: 14:00 PST/17:00 EST (23:00 CEST) on Monday 8 June

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 7,081,665 cases have been detected worldwide, with 405,002 deaths and 3,177,074 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,955,711 confirmed cases and 110,876 deaths with 506,367 people recovering from the virus.

Will I be able to receive my stimulus check next year?

People who did not receive a stimulus check this year, or who think that their total earnings for this year will be below the tax threshold, could get a payment in 2021.

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"Rare" for asymptomatic sufferer to spread coronavirus, says WHO's Van Kerkhove

Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for the response to Covid-19, says it is "rare" for someone not experiencing symptoms to spread the coronavirus.

"From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual," Van Kerkhove told a press briefing on Monday.

"We are constantly looking at this data, and we're trying to get more information from countries to truly answer this question," she added, in quotes picked up by The Hill.

"It still appears to be rare that an asymptomatic individual actually transmits onward."

How to track your stimulus check if it's arriving by mail

Information on how to follow the progress of your coronavirus Economic Impact Payment if it's being delivered by the USPS as a paper check or EIP Card:

Rises in Covid-19 cases reported as states reopen

Epidemiologists take part in revealing NY Times survey

The New York Times has conducted a survey of 511 experts in epidemiology on when they next expect to do a range of activities such as travelling by plane and working in a shared office. Some said they never again plan to hug or shake hands when greeting a friend...

George Floyd: live coverage

A reminder that you can also follow live coverage of the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody, and other developments relating to the ongoing situation, here:

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Thumbs up from the governor on day one of phase one

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets workers cleaning inside a toy store in Grand Central Terminal on the first day of New York City's phase one reopening on Monday.

(Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Coronavirus "could come back to haunt us" 

#ColumbiaSPH epidemiologist Jeff Shaman has said warmer weather could help to curb the coronavirus, but has also warned that it may well resurface at a later date despite all the measures and restrictions in place across the world

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A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker cleans a subway car during the morning commute, as phase one of reopening after lockdown begins, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York City, New York, U.S., June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NYC goes back to work

After months of heavy restrictions on commercial and personal life, New York City is starting to lift its coronavirus lockdown – with as many as 400,000 people expected to return to work today.

"Our vaccine will be more efficient"

The claims of Dr. Scott Gottlieb an American physician speaking on CNBC.

Stocks pause after recent run

World shares paused on Monday as investors turned cautious after a 42% surge since March, as economies continued to struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Europe's blue-chip stock index opened 0.5% lower after its best weekly gain in more than eight years. The index was dragged down by healthcare and tech stocks, which were resilient throughout the coronavirus crisis.

U.S. S&P 500 futures inched 0.1% lower, giving up most of the gains made earlier in the day. Asia shares rose in a catch-up rally following Friday's U.S. jobs data, which showed a surprising recovery, raising hopes of a quicker global economic revival from the coronavirus pandemic.

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China demands proof from U.S. senator for COVID-19 accusation

China on Monday challenged U.S. Senator Rick Scott to show evidence supporting his accusation that Beijing is trying to slow down or sabotage the development of a COVID-19 vaccine by western countries.

"Since this lawmaker said he has evidence that China is trying to sabotage western countries in their vaccine development, then please let him present the evidence. There's no need to be shy," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing in response to the Republican senator's comments to BBC TV.

U.S. President Donald Trump and other top officials in Washington have repeatedly criticised China's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 4 million people globally and killed more than 400,000.

 

Global coronavirus deaths top 400,000 as outbreak grows in Brazil and India 

Global deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 400,000 on Sunday, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The United States is responsible 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.

Global cases are approaching 7 million, with about 2 million, or 30%, of those cases in the United States. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak with over 15% of cases, according to figures.

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Dollar dips as commodity currencies gain on recovery hopes

The U.S. dollar fell against the Antipodean currencies and the British pound after surprising improvement in U.S. labour market data bolstered expectations for economic recovery, which reduced safe-harbour demand for the greenback.

The Australian and New Zealand dollars both rose to their strongest since January after data showed a smaller-than-expected fall in Chinese exports, which supports commodity currencies.

In contrast, the U.S. dollar traded near its highest in more than two months against the yen, supported by recent gains in long-term Treasury yields as investors await the outcome of a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve meeting ending on Wednesday.

Council members in favour of disbanding Minneapolis police force

A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said that they support disbanding the city's police department. Nine of the council’s 12 members appeared with activists at a rally in a city park Sunday afternoon and vowed to end policing as the city currently knows it. Council member Jeremiah Ellison promised that the council would “dismantle” the department.

“It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” Lisa Bender, the council president, said. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.” Bender added that she and the eight other council members that joined the rally are committed to ending the city’s relationship with the police force and “to end policing as we know it and recreate systems that actually keep us safe.”

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Racing, again

The NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 07, 2020 in Hampton, Georgia. With no crowd.
 

How close are we to beating Covid-19

In-depth report from the Guardian on the state of the battle against the novel coronavirus. 

It's not just the hunt for a vaccine, which might prove fruitless from this first round of attempts. There are many other ways to severely hamper the damage the virus can do to society. 

"A vaccine is a hope, not a strategy", says David Nabarro, professor of global health at Imperial College London, but on the drug front anti-virals are giving some cause for optimism.

Stimulus check latest

Some of our latest coverage on the stimulus checks. TL;DR: the majority of Americans think there is a need for a second round of stimulus checks, but don't hold your breath, there's a lot of political horse-trading to be done before we get anywhere near another round. 

Oh, and check any unexpected envelopes you receive in case they contain your stimulus payment on a pre-loaded debit card.

2.5 million jobs in May

The US economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May, with the unemployment rate falling to 13.3% according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

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George Floyd protests

The other major story right now, of course, is the protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality to black people, Live coverage of the latest developments. 

 

De Blasio says NYC ready to reopen on Monday

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is within the parameters to go ahead with phase one reopening on Monday. The rules require less than 200 people admitted to hospitals per day, to have under 375 intensive care unit patients across the city, and to have less than 15% of city residents testing positive for Covid-19. 

US coronavirus news for 7 and 8 June 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in the US.

The US is close to two million confirmed cases of Covid-19 (1,928,594 at time of writing), with 110,047 people having lost their life to the novel coronavirus. 

The good news: over half a million people have recovered from the disease in the US. 

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