Coronavirus USA news summary for 21 and 22 June
Coronavirus live US: latest Covid-19 news - 22 June
US coronavirus latest: 10:30 PT / 13:30 ET on Monday 22 June (19:30 CEST)
According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 9,003,042 cases have been detected worldwide, with 469,122 deaths and 4,463,969 people have recovered.
In the USA, there have been 2,289,168 confirmed cases and 120,044 deaths with 622,133 people recovering from the virus.
Good news, basically, if you're keen to get out and about in the US for your holidays...
A woman gets a temperature check today as she enters the Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal as New York City enters phase two of reopening from the covid-19 pandemic.
State of the pandemic
Rise in cases has nothing to do with more testing. 23 states reporting a rise in new cases.
103 police officers in quarantine in Houston
At least 103 police officers are currently in quarantine in Houston with Covid-19, said police spokesperson Officer Kese Smith. A total of 146 officers have had the disease
Trump staffers test positive
Two staffers who were at Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday have tested positive for covid-19.
According to Trump's campaign team the two were wearing masks during the entire event and were quarantined as soon as they tested positive.
In total eight advance team staffers for the Tulsa rally have tested positive for the disease.
Worldwide cases top nine million
According to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University the total worldwide confirmed cases of Covid-19 are now over nine million.
The US death tally has now topped 120,000.
After 100 days, New Yorkers can get haircuts, dine outdoors as virus cases soar in other states
After more than 100 days of lockdown, New York City residents on Monday celebrated their progress in curbing the coronavirus pandemic by getting their first haircuts in months, shopping at long-closed stores, and dining at outdoor cafes.
Once the epicenter of the global outbreak, New York City was the last region in the state to move into Phase 2 of reopening with restaurants and bars offering outdoor service and many shops reopening. Barber shops and hair salons welcomed customers for the first time since mid-March.
Playgrounds were also due to reopen on Monday in the most populous U.S. city. The pandemic has killed nearly 120,000 Americans.
At the same time, a dozen states in the South and Southwest reported record increases in new coronavirus cases - and often record increases in hospitalizations as well, a metric not affected by more testing.
The number of new cases rose by a record last week in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, together home to about a third of the U.S. population. Alabama, Georgia, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming also experienced record spikes in cases.
NYC moves to Phase 2
As the 'Big Apple' eases lockdown restrictions, shops are now open and restaurants have license to serve patrons in the open air.
Info from CBS' Ted Nesi on next Stimulus Check
Nesi fees that the bill will be addressed following the 4th of July break on 17 July.
Global coronavirus outbreak far from over, Norway health minister says
The global coronavirus pandemic is far from over and international cooperation will be crucial in overcoming it, Norway's health minister said on Monday "This outbreak is far from over. Norway will continue to work with others to come out of this crisis as a stronger global community," Bent Hoeie told a virtual health forum organised by the World Government Summit, an event organised by Dubai.
As US and global cases climb, Italian doctor claims virus is weakening
The claim made by Dr. Matteo Bassetti has been disputed by many global experts as cases of Covid-19 increase in many parts of the world.
Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and other film and pop stars line up for global COVID-19 fundraising gig
International music and film stars will headline a globally televised and streamed fundraising concert on Saturday to help fight COVID-19 as part of a joint initiative by the advocacy group Global Citizen and the European Commission.
The initiative, called "Global Goal: Unite For Our Future," is aiming to raise billions of dollars in private and public donations to help lessen the impact of the pandemic on marginalised communities.
Speaking at an online panel ahead of the event, pop star Miley Cyrus said the pandemic was hitting the world's poor and marginalised people the hardest. She urged donors committing funds for tests, treatments and vaccines to ensure they are developed in ways that everyone everywhere has access to them.
Researchers and drugmakers across the globe are working on more than 100 potential vaccines against COVID-19, which has so far killed more than 463,000 people.
Hosted by actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, the virtual concert will feature Cyrus, Chloe x Halle, Christine and the Queens, Coldplay and Shakira and others, and include actors Charlize Theron and Hugh Jackman as well as retired soccer star David Beckham.
Europe on alert for second COVID-19 wave
Europeans are enjoying the gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, but in hospitals they are already preparing for the next wave of infections.
Some intensive care specialists are trying to hire more permanent staff. Others want to create a reservist "army" of medical professionals ready to be deployed wherever needed to work in wards with seriously ill patients.
European countries have been giving medics crash courses in how to deal with COVID-19 patients, and are now looking at ways to retrain staff to avoid shortages of key workers if there is a second wave of the novel coronavirus.
Mask maker Sonovia expects 99% coronavirus success after lab test
An Israeli company expects a fabric it has developed will be able to neutralise close to 99% of the coronavirus, even after being washed multiple times, following a successful lab test.
Sonovia's reusable anti-viral masks are coated in zinc oxide nano-particles that destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses, which it says can help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Tests in the Microspectrum (Weipu Jishu) lab in Shanghai had demonstrated that the washable fabric used in its masks neutralised more than 90% of the coronavirus to which it was exposed, Sonovia said on Monday.
Trump on distraction tour
Europe and the US saw similar early patterns, with the latter having more time to act, but what has happened since is where most concern lies.
Business assessment amid pandemic
The FT looks at the industries and companies that have been hit hard over recent months.
Asian stocks with early Monday wobble
Stocks in Asia had a rocky start to trading today, as concerns about rising coronavirus cases in the US prompted fears of a second economic lockdown on the horizon.
No benefit from the drug President Trump so keenly pushed
Stimulus check latest news
Trump's latest Covid-19 controversies
In case you somehow missed it... At his poorly-attended rally in Tulsa, President Trump doubled down on using racist term 'Kung-Flu' and shocked pretty much every one when he admitted he'd told his administration to slow down the rate of testing to avoid the number of confirmed cases going up. An administration official later said Trump was "obviously kidding" about slowing down testing.
Importance of blood type - more studies needed though
Arizona Covid-19 cases double in two weeks
Arizona's coronavirus cases have gone from 26,989 on June 7 to 52,390 today. The state registered a further 2,592 cases today. In total 1,339 people have died from Covid-19 in Arizona.
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