Coronavirus US live: summary of news for Wednesday 10 June

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US coronavirus latest: 13:00 PST / 16:00 EST on Wednesday 10 June (22:00 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University7,293,307 cases have been detected worldwide, with 413,126 deaths and 3,415,204 people now recovered.

In the USA, there have been 1,992,136 confirmed cases and 112,411 deaths with 524,855 people recovering from the virus.

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Summer might slow coronavirus but is unlikely to stop it

The arrival of warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere raises the question of whether summer could slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Here is what science says.

While warmer weather typically ends the annual flu season in temperate zones, climate alone has not stopped the COVID-19 pandemic from sweeping any part of the globe. In fact, outbreaks in hot and sunny Brazil and Egypt are growing.

Still, recent data about how sunlight, humidity and outdoor breezes affect the virus gives some reason for optimism that summer could slow the spread.

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CDC confirms more than 17,000 new daily cases

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 950 more deaths and 17,376 new cases, taking the official totals in the USA to 112,133 and 1,973,797, respectively.

MLS will officially resume the 2020 season in July

The Major League Soccer is the first American league that has a set date to resume after the coronavirus pandemic and they will do a tournament in Orlando.

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Have George Floyd protests led to spike in positive Covid-19 cases ?

Face masks and outdoor air may have helped reduce the spread of COVID-19 during large anti-racism protests in the US as Al Jazeera examine the situation.

Full article here

The daily coronavirus press briefings were discontinued five weeks ago, and top administration health experts like Fauci have largely disappeared from the national TV airwaves.

Anthony Fauci corrects WHO comment

The White House health advisor said WHO's comment that transmission of the coronavirus by people who never developed symptoms was not correct. WHO said it was rare for asymptomatic people to pass on the disease.

"In fact, the evidence we have given the percentage of people, which is about 25% [to] 45%, of the totality of infected people likely are without symptoms,” he said. “And we know from epidemiological studies that they can transmit to someone who is uninfected even when they are without symptoms.”

Arizona has seen a rise in cases and Texas remains a hotspot too. The coronavirus might not be talked about as much in the last number of days but it could get out of control very quickly. 

Check where the hotspots are emerging

Arizona and Arkansas have seen 15 and 11 new cases per 100k. Check out how your state is doing.

Dr Fauci shares his 'worst nightmare'

The virus is “something that’s highly transmissible. ... In a period — if you just think about it — in a period of four months, it has devastated the world.”

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave an interview to the BIO Digital virtual health-care conference that aired on Tuesday.

Coronavirus voting issues

It's a big year in US elections and the primaries are giving some signs of what could be to come.

George Floyd

If you are looking for specific information related to George Floyd and the fallout from his killing in police custody, we have a live feed running.

Germany extend travel warning

Germany will extend its travel warning for non-European countries until the end of August but lift border controls to all its neighbours by mid-June, ministers said on Wednesday.

As the coronavirus crisis in many European countries eases somewhat, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany does not yet have systems with the rest of the world to assess and coordinate travel without entailing potentially incalculable risks.

'We cannot and will not risk Germans being stranded all over the world again this summer or holidaymakers returning to Germany with the virus undetected,' said Maas in a statement. Aware that many holidaymakers want to travel to destinations including Turkey, the United States, northern African and south-eastern Asia, Maas said the government would keep looking at the travel warning before September

Covid-19 test sites destroyed in protests

New immigrant from US coronavirus positive

After she arrived at her new home, the woman received the results from the private laboratory in the US stating that she tested positive for Covid-19. Her daughter received a negative result.

The test means that the 49 other new immigrants on the flight could have been exposed to the virus.

Some movie screenings a month away

AMC said it has already reopened 10 theatres in Norway, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

The company is currently planning to reopen almost all of its US and UK theatres in July in time for the Warner Bros. release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet slated for release on 17 July and Disney’s Mulan slated for release on 24 July.

US collaboration on vaccine

"The world needs a vaccine that is safe, effective, and scalable in a current good manufacturing practice compliant manufacturing facility that has sizeable capacity and capability to cater to global demand.

"Our collaboration with Refana aims to manufacture over 500 million doses of our Covid-19 candidate vaccine, with over 40 million doses expected to be available for delivery early next year."

Independent music venues could close soon

The survey of nearly 2,000 music professionals was conducted by the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), a recently established advocacy group for music venue owners and promoters.

Its members include The Bowery Ballroom in New York City, Troubador in Los Angeles, 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Arizona calls for emergency plan as Covid-19 spikes after reopening

Arizona again told hospitals to activate the coronavirus emergency plans after cases spiked following reopening, turning it into a US virus hotspot along with neighbouring Southwest states.

The state's stay-at-home order ended on 15 May, and its cases have increased 115 percent since then, leading a former state health chief to warn Arizona may need new social distancing measures or field hospitals.

State health director Cara Christ on Saturday told hospitals to 'fully activate' emergency plans - a message she last sent on 25 March - after Arizona's largest medical network Banner Health warned it was reaching its capacity in intensive care unit beds.

US dollar nurses losses amid caution

The dollar nursed losses against most currencies on Wednesday amid some speculation the US Federal Reserve could take steps to curb a recent rise in bond yields at its policy meeting, report Reuters.

The main focus is a Fed policy meeting later on Wednesday. While no major changes are expected, recent rises in yields have pushed up the dollar due to increasing signs the US economy is stabilising, but a full-fledged recovery from the coronavirus outbreak is still distant.

'The Fed can afford to wait and see on yield curve control because the US economy has gotten past the crisis phase and only just entered the healing phase,' said Masafumi Yamamoto, chief currency strategist at Mizuho Securities in Tokyo. 'The markets got overly optimistic and are adjusting lower, but this is a good chance to buy the dollar on the dip.'

California's coronavirus concerns

More than 18 million of the most populous U.S. state’s 39 million residents live in counties where rates of increase have put them on a watch list that may eventually require them to roll back reopening efforts, the Reuters analysis shows.

Overall, there were 133,489 cases in California by Tuesday, and nearly 4,700 deaths.

D.C. National Guard responding to protests test positive for coronavirus

(Reuters) Some Washington D.C. National Guard troops have tested positive for the coronavirus after being deployed to the city to respond to protests over the death of an African-American man in police custody, the military said on Tuesday.

About 1,300 D.C. National Guard troops were sent to the capital to back law enforcement during demonstrations that erupted over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis police custody after being pinned beneath a white officer's knee for nearly nine minutes.

The National Guard said in a statement it would not reveal how many personnel had tested positive because of "operational security."

SARS-CoV-2 looks like a hybrid of viruses from two different species

If you missed this, a must read from Ars Technica.

In short, most of the new human coronavirus is bat coronavirus, but the spike protein that latches onto human cells and opens them up... that's from a pangolin coronavirus. And without that spike, SARS-CoV-2 would likely be harmless to humans. 

The 'good' news - the new coronavirus doesn't come from a lab. The bad news - coronaviruses can exchange genetic material to come up with new viruses that can bring our world to a screeching halt.    

Lies, damned lies...

The statisticians are going to be working on coronavirus and what really happened for a very long time.

Shutdown prevented 60 million cases in the US

A study in UK scientific journal Nature showed that shutdown orders likely prevented 60 million coronavirus infections in the US. 

Worrying that with shutdowns ending we're seeing spikes in the number of cases in several states...

Trouble sleeping?

"Insomnia and nightmares are really common reactions to stress and trauma, so it's a very normal reaction, and people are having trouble sleeping. It is normal." 

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Doubts, concern over long-term effects of Covid-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been talking about the long-term effects of Covid-19 for those who are seriously ill with the disease but survive, saying we really don't know much. 

"The thing that we don't yet fully appreciate is what happens when you get infected and you get serious disease and you recover? What are the long-term durable negative effects of that infection?"

Many patients have been left with damaged organs after suffering with the novel coronavirus, while others are reporting what appear to be severe post-viral fatigue and other consequences. 

More than one winner in vaccine race

Fauci also said he expected there to be "more than one winner" in the race to develop a vaccine, because "we're going to need vaccines for the entire world — billions and billions of doses."

14 states see spike

George Floyd funeral

The major story of today in addition to the latest coronavirus news has been the funeral of George Floyd. 

Lollapalooza cancelled

Not really a surprise.

US government awards AstraZeneca $23 million for covid-19 antibody treatment

The US government has announced it is awarding British pharma company AztraZeneca $23 million to work on an antibody treatment for Covid-19.

These aren't vaccines (which prompt the body to make its own antibodies) but rather a lab synthesised therapy that neutralises the virus. If it works it could act as both prophylaxis to prevent infection and as a treatment for patients infected with Covid-19.

US Coronavirus news: 9 and 10 June 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic as it affects the United States.

The number of cases and deaths continues to rise across the US. 1,973,803 people have now been confirmed as having the virus, while 111, 751 have died from the disease.

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