Coronavirus USA summary: cases, deaths and news - 1 July

Coronavirus live: US latest news - 1 July 2020

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US coronavirus latest: 14:55 PT / 17:55 ET (23:55 CEST Wednesday 1 July)

According to the latest figures published by John Hopkins University10,538,577 cases have been detected worldwide, with 512,689 deaths and 5,395,571 people recovered.

In the USA, there have been 2,658,324 confirmed cases and 127,681 deaths, with 720,631 people recovered from the virus.

BREAKING | Small business loan package extended

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an extension of a $660 billion lending program in an effort to help small businesses.

Proceed with caution for the NBA resumption

Key dates for your diary

Americans are getting impatient over the promised stimulus package but there are some dates to keep an eye on as to when a decision might be made over the second check.

Some states halt reopenings and indoor dining

Alarmed by rising cases around the United States, New York City will not resume indoor dining next week, the mayor said. All this as the European Union reopened its borders to some travelers.

More Covid-19 cases reported in MLS

The MLS released a statement early on Wednesday morning to update the number of players they have tested in Orlando, with Dallas reporting three positive.

Trump: 'I'm all for masks' but...

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has avoided being seen in public wearing a face covering, said on Wednesday he would wear a mask if he were in close quarters with other people in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

'I'm all for masks,' Trump told Fox Business Network. 'If I were in a tight situation with people I would absolutely' wear a mask, he added. Trump said, however, he did not think mask-wearing needed to be made mandatory nationwide 'because you have many places in the country where people stay very long distance.'

Giuliani on Trump attitude

Indomitable: incapable of being subdued or unconquerable

Almost 1 in 3 test positive in Arizona

Remdesivir locked up by Trump

More reaction to the news that the US has secured 100% of Gilead’s projected production of the drug for July (94,200 courses), 90% of production in August (174,900 courses), and 90% of production in September (232,800 courses), alongside an allocation for clinical trials.

An interview with Joe Biden

The masked-up Democratic candidate talks healthcare...

Empty ICUs are what we want

Dr Fauci suggests the US is losing/has lost control

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned members of Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. could reach 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day if the country does not get a handle on the pandemic.

Only four US states doing enough to combat Covid-19, study finds

Stimulus check update: will there be a second round of payments in July?

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are waiting to find out whether they'll be getting a second stimulus check, or Economic Impact Payment.

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A national mask mandate could save the U.S. economy $1 trillion

A Goldman Sachs study suggests that a national mask mandate would be instrumental in reducing coronavirus infections and save the U.S. economy from a 5% hit.

California records highest single-day rise in Covid-19 cases

New Covid-19 cases in California rose by 8,441 on Tuesday, according to latest figures with the toll representing the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.

The United States as a whole saw its biggest one-day spike in new infections on Tuesday with more than 47,000 cases.

California, Texas and Arizona have emerged as new US centres of the pandemic.

New York quarantine: travelers from eight more states will have restricted entry

Sixteen states are now subject to the tri-state's new travel restriction, which requires people from viral hotspots self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

Who is Mary Trump and why has the publication of her book been blocked?

On Tuesday a judge from New York temporarily banned Mary Trump’s book about her uncle, President Trump, from getting published and it could be permanent.

Will we have to learn to live with future lockdown periods? 

Interesting short video from Bloomberg as they study the impact of lockdown periods as a measure to combat the pandemic.

Google postpones U.S. office reopening to September as virus cases spike

Alphabet Inc's Google said late on Tuesday it was delaying the reopening of its U.S. offices by around two months because of a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in some states.

All of Google's U.S. offices will now remain closed at least until Sept. 7, Google spokeswoman Katherine Williams claimed.

Google said in late May it would reopen buildings in more cities at roughly 10% of their capacity beginning July 6 and scale it up to 30% in September, if conditions permitted.

Williams confirmed a Bloomberg report that cited an internal memo to employees sent by a Google executive.

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Inovio's COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows promise in small early-stage trial

An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc showed promise and was found to be safe in an early-stage human trial, the company said on Tuesday.

The vaccine, one of 17 being tested in humans and part of the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed program, induced immune responses in 34 of the 36 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 50 years, Inovio said.

The company, however, did not disclose more details on the exact response the vaccine induced, saying the full data will be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal later.

Shares of the company fell 10.1% to $28.49 as Wall Street analysts said the initial data provided only a limited look into the vaccine's effects.

Immune responses in the study were measured by the vaccine's ability to generate binding antibodies, or virus-neutralizing antibodies, and T-cell responses, two metrics considered vital for a successful vaccine.

“The idea that somehow he didn’t know or isn’t being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty if that is the case. ... If he was briefed and nothing was done about this, that’s a dereliction of duty,” said Biden.

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted on Tuesday to extend a $660 billion lending program in an effort to help small businesses

“To have the basic protections of unemployment insurance is extremely important and should be continued”, said McConnell.

New York City to cut police budget

The U.S. has been an epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic and over the last few weeks there has been a fresh spike of confirmed cases across the country leading to record low ratings for the Trump administration's handling of the crisis. 

“The American people don’t make enormous sacrifices over the past four months so ... you can waste all their efforts they have undertaken with your midnight rantings and tweets,” Biden said of Trump.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: “I am very concerned because it could get very bad.”

Zero Covid-19 deaths in Massachusetts for first time

Boston's Department of Public Health announced some encouraging news on Tuesday with zero deaths from coronavirus for the first time since the crisis started. Massachusetts has suffered 7,874 deaths as a result of the pandemic.

 

MEXICO

Wearing masks compulsory in Mexico City - flouters face jail

In Nuevo León, Mexico, anyone who knowingly has Covid-19 and puts others at risk could face up to three years in jail. “The use of face masks is compulsory,” Manuel de la O Cavazos, state health secretary explained on Tuesday. Any infected person who endangers others or does not comply with the state’s stay-at-home orders would face a fine of 34,752 pesos and three months to three years in prison.

By Tuesday, Mexico had registered 220,657 positive cases of Covid-19 with 27,121 deaths and 170,147 people having recovered from the virus.

Remdesivir

US buys up world stock of Covid-19 drug Remdesivir

The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world, The Guardian reports.

“They’ve got access to most of the drug supply, so there’s nothing for Europe,” said Dr Andrew Hill, senior visiting research fellow at Liverpool University.

Coronavirus could have been circulating in NYC in February - reports 

A new study offers the first physical evidence that the coronavirus was circulating at low levels in New York City as early as the first week of February, the New York Times reports.

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EU excludes United States from 'safe' travel list

The European Union has excluded the United States from its initial 'safe list' of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel from Wednesday. The 27-member bloc gave majority approval on Tuesday to leisure or business travel from 14 countries beyond its borders, the Council of the EU, which represents EU governments.

The countries are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China has also been provisionally approved, although travel would only open up if Chinese authorities also allowed in EU visitors.

Reciprocity is a condition of being on the list. Russia, Brazil and Turkey, along with the United States, are among countries whose containment of the virus is considered worse than the EU average, and so will have to wait at least two weeks for approval. 

What is the Boogaloo movement and who are the Boogaloo bois?

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Facebook tackles 'boogaloo'-related accounts

Facebook stepped up the battle against the amorphous anti-government "boogaloo" movement on Tuesday, banning accounts of adherents who encouraged violence during recent anti-racism protests across the United States.

The social media company for the first time designated a subset of boogaloo followers as a dangerous organization, marking them for the same sanctions Facebook applies to 250 white supremacist groups and organizations it categorizes as supporting terrorism around the world.

The move came four days after Attorney General William Barr established a Justice Department task force to counter violent anti-government extremists including boogaloo as well as the left-wing antifa movement.

 

National mask order could save the U.S. economy $1 trillion

A nationwide mask order could save the U.S. economy $1 trillion, or a 5 percent loss in gross domestic product (GDP) caused by renewed lockdown measures, according to a study conducted by investment bank, Goldman Sachs.

Research from the investment bank found that wearing face coverings has significant and sizable economic outcomes. Analysts estimated that a national mandate would increase the wearing of face masks among 15 percent of Americans, which would effectively cut an increase in new daily cases of the virus by 1 to 0.6 percentage points.

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US Covid-19 cases rise by 40,000 for the fifth day in a week

Positive Covid-19 cases rose by 40,000 on Tuesday - it is the fifth time during the past six days that the daily infection figures have exceeded 40,000, according to a Reuters study.

Ice T's father-in-law hospitalised with Covid-19

Rapper Ice T published a tweet on Tuesday confirming that his father-in-law is in hospital being treated for Covid-19. The father of his wife Coco Austin was admitted to a hospital in Arizona where he is battling the virus.

All you need to know about Coronavirus in our extensive guide 

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Hello and welcome to our live, rolling coverage of the coronavirus in the United States

Over 128,000 people have lost their lives to the virus since it started to spread at the beginning of the year. They first wave was believed to be over but that is obviously not the case. Texas, Florida, Arizona and California have seen a resurgence in new cases reaffirming fears that a second wave is a very real possibility.

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