Coronavirus US summary: cases, deaths and news - 19 June

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Coronavirus live US: latest Covid-19 news - 19 June

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US coronavirus latest: 14:00 PT / 17:00 ET on Friday 19 June (23:00 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University8,566,787 cases have been detected worldwide, with 457,362 deaths and 4,207,671 people have recovered.

In the USA, there have been 2,213,000 confirmed cases and 118,967 deaths with 599,115 people recovering from the virus.

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Apple closing stores again

 

Are you considering buying a car?

With the economic turmoil and the majority of states just starting the process of reopening, can you buy a car, and should you? If you need a car, what’s the safest way to buy one? A question on many minds is should I wait until more of the economy restarts, or jump in the car-buying market today?

Covid-19 trend watching 

There are serious concerns over the pick up in the number of cases around the country as other news takes the headlines.

On Thursday the Supreme Court issued its ruling on DACA and Chief Justice John Roberts went with the liberals to block Donald Trump’s attempt to end the program.

Economic recovery unlikely to be Trump's 'V'

What can be learned from the Spanish Flu?

What US states are spiking in COVID cases?

Despite many states seeing a spike in cases, President Donald Trump has stated that the United States would not close businesses again as a preventative measure against rising numbers of new infections.

Coronavirus USA: which states are still on lockdown?

California, North Carolina and a string of U.S. cities mandated or urged mandatory mask use to get a grip on spiralling coronavirus cases as at least six states set daily records.

Apple to shut some U.S. stores again due to spike in COVID-19 cases - Bloomberg News

Apple Inc will shut some stores again in Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and North Carolina in the United States due to a spike in novel coronavirus cases, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Cuomo delivers last daily briefing

"We've gone from worst to first". NY governor Andrew Cuomo signs off after New York emerges from the hard hitting impact of the Covid-19 virus with the state one of the most impacted at the height of the pandemic.

Trump's 'Explore America' tax break is seen as a way of combating some of the lost jobs in the tourism industry.

It is not seen as a direct replacement for the second stimulus check but Republicans seem more keen to spend money via tax breaks than handing checks directly to citizens.

It feels like there are two Americas such is the divide in the country at the moment

The airline industry has borne the brunt of the coronavirus panic but tourism and cruise lines have also suffered catastrophic consequences since the beginning of the pandemic.

USA is on the cusp of losing control

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC that he is worried that the United States won't be able to contain the coronavirus.

“The question is ‘can we keep this from getting out of control.’ This is a virus that wants to infect a very large portion of the population,” Gottlieb said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “They’re on the cusp of losing control of those outbreaks in certain parts of those states. Arizona, Houston, Austin, parts of Florida certainly look very concerning right now.”

California, North Carolina and a string over other cities in the United States are starting to mandate the wearing of face masks. 

California's governor, Gavin Newsom, says they work despite some Americans saying it is their right to choose.

"Science shows that face coverings and masks work," Newsom said in a statement about the new order. "They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy."

Europeans working with U.S. to restructure WHO, top official says

European governments are working with the United States on plans to overhaul the World Health Organization, a top health official for a European country said, signalling that Europe shares some of the concerns that led Washington to say it would quit.

The European health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity while discussing initiatives that are not public, said Britain, France, Germany and Italy were discussing WHO reforms with the United States at the technical level.

The aim, the official said, was to ensure WHO's independence, an apparent reference to allegations that the body was too close to China during its initial response to the coronavirus crisis early this year.

"We are discussing ways to separate WHO's emergency management mechanism from any single country influence," said the official.

High-altitude life saver

Outside Online take a look at dexamethasone, the steroid found to reduce Covid-19 deaths by a third for patients on ventilators in a study, the Recovery trial, in Oxford, UK

The drug has long been used in the world of high-altitude mountaineering: “The Recovery study showed no benefit among patients who did not require respiratory assistance, suggesting dex is only effective if someone’s lungs are in severe distress—a similar effect, albeit under different circumstances, to the way it has saved mountaineers in trouble high on a peak. Spanish-speaking guides call dex levanta muertos for the way it “brings life to a dead person,” Argentine Everest guide Damian Benegas once told me. 

Not all positive news though: “I actually think, despite all of the attention it’s gotten in the media, it’s too early to comment on whether this is going to have an effect on patient care,” says Andy Luks, a pulmonary and critical-care physician at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center.
 

Facing virus surge, more U.S. states mandate masks

(Reuters) California, North Carolina and a string of U.S. cities mandated or urged mandatory mask use on Thursday to get a grip on spiraling coronavirus cases as at least six states set daily records.

Putting aside concerns about individual rights and political unpopularity, U.S. governors and mayors said they were turning to compulsory face coverings to stop the virus running out of control as economies reopened.

On a day when Florida posted 3,207 new cases, its second daily record in a week, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings ordered obligatory mask use, telling residents of Orlando and other cities it would help them avoid a second shutdown.

California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered mask use in most places as the state for the second day in a row registered over 4,000 new cases.

Vegas

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino President and General Manager Cami Christensen (L) and entertainer Jennifer Romas, pose inside the property after it opened for the first time since being closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic on June 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

US questions China Covid-19 reporting credibility

The United States has questioned the credibility of China’s reporting of new coronavirus cases, as the Asian nation battles to curb a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 in its capital, Beijing.

"I would hope that their numbers and their reporting are more accurate than what we saw in the case of Wuhan and other places in the PRC, but that remains to be seen," said David Stilwell, a leading American diplomat for East Asia.

He added that outside experts should be brought in to evaluate the impact of the outbreak: "As far as numbers, it would be good to have folks on the ground to get confirmation."

Covid

Claudia Clemente, MA, performs a test for the coronavirus as a part of Valle del Sol’s testing at Tolleson Fire Department Station 161 in Tolleson, Arizona, on Thursday.

(Photo: REUTERS/Courtney Pedroza)

A discussion on the Texan spike 

US considers expanding current visa restrictions for foreign workers

The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a significant expansion of current visa restrictions for foreign workers, the Financial Times newspaper has reported, via Reuters.

Many of Trump's top advisers and cabinet members had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss a potential executive order to suspend the issuance of visas to several classes of individuals, the newspaper reported, citing four people briefed on the meeting

'Overrated' testing, says POTUS

"I personally think testing is overrated, even though I created the greatest testing machine in history," Trump told the Wall Street Journal.

Catch up

Here are some of the stories that have been making the headlines over the last 24 hours...

- EU-backed researchers are requesting clinical trials to study the osteoporosis drug Raloxifene

- Richest 25% of Americans cut consumer spending the most during the pandemic

- Carnival reported a quarterly loss of more than $4 billion as the coronavirus pandemic has idled ships

- California orders residents to wear masks in 'most settings outside the home'

- American Airlines kicked a passenger off a flight on Wednesday after he refused to wear a face mask

US coronavirus latest: 16:00 PT / 19:00 ET on Thursday 18 June  (01:00 CEST Fri 19 July)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University8,421,357 cases have been detected worldwide, with 451,118 deaths and 4,117,101 people have recovered.

In the USA, there have been 2,182,285 confirmed cases and 118,296 deaths with 592,191 people recovering from the virus.

US Coronavirus news: welcome

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 with more than 2.1 million people having contracted the virus since the March outbreak

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