Coronavirus USA summary: cases, deaths, news - 10 July

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Coronavirus live US: latest Covid-19 news - 10 July


US coronavirus latest: 13:30 PT / 16:30 ET Friday 10 July (22:30 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by John Hopkins University, 12,376,147 cases have been detected worldwide, with 557,241 deaths and 6,795,141 people recovered.

In the USA, there have been 3,163,505 confirmed cases and 133,847 deaths, with 969,111 people recovered from the virus.

Prisoner release expedited in California

“These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff,” said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz in a statement. “We aim to implement these decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety.”

Global emissions drop by record levels

Lockdowns, travel bans and closed manufacturing sites have caused global emissions to drop by 4.6%, or 2.5 gigatonnes, according to a University of Sydney review of 38 regions and 26 sectors published in the journal Plos One.

Fine particle pollution decreased by 3.8% and two other types of air pollution declined 2.9%: sulfur dioxide – which is linked to a number of respiratory issues, and nitrogen oxide, which leads to smog.

Attitudes inside the Trump administration

“The governor’s office did not want to get bogged down in a political fight,” said an individual familiar with those discussions, adding that Northam’s team concluded that his orders should be viewed as guidance.

“They basically ducked a fight with the administration over this.” Northam’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

Rule-breaking business starting to feel the pinch

They tried the proverbial carrot, but it wasn’t enough. Now, governors and city leaders who want people to stay six feet apart, wear masks, and change their business practices to slow the spread of the coronavirus are turning to the stick. 

Faced with surging case numbers, defiant businesses, and quarantine-fatigued residents, some officials have increased enforcement efforts throughout the country.

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On eve of Disney World reopening, Florida posts another daily surge in Covid-19 cases

Florida confirmed its place as an emerging epicenter of the Covid pandemic in the United States on Friday by reporting its second sharpest daily rise in cases, while Walt Disney Co. prepared to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando to the chagrin of some employees.

Florida recorded 11,433 new coronavirus cases, the state health department said, more evidence that the virus is still spreading largely unchecked throughout parts of the country. The state experienced the surge after initially avoiding the worst of the outbreak that hit New York and other northeastern U.S. states. Friday's total was just short of the state's record high for new cases, set last Saturday.

The Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando will open to a limited number of guests on Saturday. To lower the risks, visitors and employees will have to wear masks and undergo temperature checks, and the resort will not hold parades, fireworks displays and other activities that draw crowds. Around 19,000 people, including workers, signed a petition asking Disney to delay the reopening and the actors' union that represents 750 Walt Disney World performers has filed a grievance alleging retaliation against its members over the union's demand that they be tested for the coronavirus.

Florida is one of the few states that does not disclose the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients. But more than four dozen Florida hospitals reported their intensive care units reached capacity earlier this week.

Factchecking the easily spread (mis)information

Claim: Schools will require a deadly Covid-19 vaccine for returning students, and those vaccines will contain RFID chips.

USA Today helps people who want to know the truth a better understanding of it.

Trump claims border wall helped keep infections down

Donald Trump claimed on Friday, without providing supporting evidence, that the United States would have been "inundated" with coronavirus had his administration not erected over 200 miles of barrier along the US-Mexcio border – ignoring surging cases, hospitalisations and deaths in several border states, the Independent reported.

But the United States has seen 133,000 of the 556,000 global deaths from the virus. It also has recorded 3.1m of the 12.3m – or one-fourth – of all confirmed cases worldwide.

The president called what is being erected along the country's southern border "real wall" that one cannot get over. He again said over 200 miles have been constructed since he took office, saying 400 miles should be done soon. Full story

Dr Fauci has not briefed Trump for two months

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Friday he has not briefed President Donald Trump in at least two months and not seen him in person at the White House since 2 June, despite a coronavirus resurgence that has strained hospitals and led several states to pause reopenings.

Another Trump rally postponed

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Covid-19 crisis could affect food supply

Disruption to food production and supplies due to COVID-19 could cause more deaths from starvation than the disease itself, according to an Oxfam report published Thursday.

The report found that 121 million more people could be “pushed to the brink of starvation this year” as a result of disruption to food production and supplies, diminishing aid as well as mass unemployment. The report estimates that COVID-19 related hunger could cause 12,000 deaths per day: the peak global mortality rate for COVID-19 in April was 10,000 deaths per day.


Arizona posts more coronavirus cases per capita than any country in the world

According to a graph published by the New York TimesArizona has recorded at least 3,300 new coronavirus cases per one million residents. The state currently has over 108,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,963 deaths. On Wednesday, the Arizona Department of Health reported 3,520 newly confirmed cases.


U.S. coronavirus cases rise by record 60,565 in single day, deaths increasing

The United States reported at least 60,565 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new record increase and the second day in a row infections have risen by at least 60,000, according to figures.

For a third day in a row, U.S. deaths climbed by more than 800, the highest levels seen since early June, according to the tally. Florida reported a record increase of 120 deaths and California had 136 new fatalities, not far from a record of 149 set the previous day, according to the tally.

With California, Florida and Texas recently breaking records, hopes are fading for an economic rival and U.S. stocks closed down about 1% as investors worry another lockdown will cripple businesses.

Even outside the nation's three most populous states, cases are rising. Alabama, Montana and Wisconsin recorded their biggest one-day rise in cases ever on Thursday. Infections are increasing in 41 out of 50 states, according analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.


Trump says he expects to wear a mask when he visits military hospital

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has avoided being seen wearing a face covering in public, said on Thursday he expects to wear a mask when he next visits U.S. troops at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

"I expect to be wearing a mask when I go into Walter Reed. You're in a hospital setting. I think it's a very appropriate thing. I have no problem with a mask," Trump told Fox News in an interview.


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US coronavirus update

These are the latest figures for COVID-19 in the United States; the picture does not look good

Chronic fatigue syndrome post Covid-19

Stories about this are becoming more and more prevalent. Anecdotal evidence, of course, but three people we know who have had Covid-19 are still struggling with side-effects over a month after supposedly recovering.

Testing capacity has fallen

There's now a nationwide supply chain crisis. In San Bernardino County the testing capacity has fallen from 4,500/day to 1,800. 

11-year-old dies from Covid-19 in Florida

An 11 year-old girl from Broward County has died from Covid-19 complications, the fourth minor in Florida to die from the disease.

While children tend to have more mild symptoms, being young does not make you immune. 


Mask mandate for 13 counties in Mississippi

Governor Tate Reeves has ordered the mask mandate for: 

Hinds, DeSoto, Harrison, Rankin, Jackson, Washington, Sunflower, Grenada, Madison, Claiborne, Jefferson, Wayne and Quitman counties.

The counties have seen either 200 new cases within the last 14 days or have had an average of 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 14 days.

Los Angeles County numbers still rising

Los Angeles County saw deaths from coronavirus have rise by 50, bringing the total to 3,689 on Thursday, according to the county health department. That's down from 65 yesterday.

It has also seen the number of cases rise by 1,777 with the total now at 124,738.

Worries over school reopening

People are really worried.

Texas GOP sues Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner over cancellation of convention

He says they can go to Montgomery County.

The event was expected to bring in around 6,000 people. 

This comes as Mayor Turner has said the numbers "are moving in the wrong direction for us. The Covid-19 virus in the city, quite frankly in the state, it's out of control". 

This looks bad...

The 7-day running average of deaths has now increased for three days in a row, for the first time since April. 

So much info at Covidexitstrategy. which is plotting each state's progress on key measures. There's a lot of green in the testing column, but the 14 day trends of Covid cases make horrible reading.

Texas sees new record death number for second day running

After recording 98 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, Texas saw 105 deaths on Thursday, taking the total in the state to 2,918. 

Texas saw a rise of 9,782 cases on Thursday, taking the total to 230,346. 

Fauci: Covid-19 is the "perfect storm"

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the "really striking transmissibility of the new coronavirus makes the "virus the perfect storm". 

"Not to be hyperbolic about it — it really is the perfect storm and [an] infectious disease and public health person's worst nightmare. It's a spectacularly transmissible virus. The efficiency with which this transmits is really striking."

The fact the virus has such a range of effects, from no symptoms to people who end up very, very ill in intensive care or die, make the pandemic "a very complex situation to really get control of," said Fauci. 

Why Trump shouldn't be comparing the US to certain European countries on reopening schools

The charts make it pretty clear (although Sweden which didn't lock down like many other European countries is more similar to the US).

Trump all in on reopening schools

Trump saying it's a purely political decision if people do not want to open schools, however the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Robert Redfield, has said he won't change their guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from Donald Trump, who wants all schools to open as a blanket measure.

The CDC's guidelines make it clear that "decisions about how to open and run schools safely should be made based on local needs and conditions." They set out a checklist encouraging parents to carefully consider whether they should send their kids back to school in person or seek virtual instruction. Schools in New York for example have said students will only return part-time in the fall.

Trump said the guidelines were "tough and expensive" and were asking schools to do "impractical things." 


Yosemite open again

In our live feed cover photo, you can see visitors taking pictures at Glacier Point with Half Dome in the background in Yosemite National Park. The park was closed for two months due to the pandemic, and wildlife has taken over much of the areas used by the public. Although it is open, there are limited services and facilities to those with day-use reservations, reservations for in-park lodging or camping, and wilderness or Half Dome permits.

WHO releases brief on transmission of Covid-19

The WHO's guidance updated to say that, while more research is needed, "short-range aerosol transmission, particularly in specific indoor locations, such as crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces over a prolonged period of time with infected persons cannot be ruled out."

A group of scientists wrote to the WHO arguing that aerosols likely can spread the disease, as opposed to just larger droplets than cannot travel far through the air.

Global cases over 12 million

According to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University the total number people worldwide confirmed to have been infected with Covid-19 is now over 12 million. In reality, because many people who have had the virus were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms and were never tested the real number of people who have been infected with the novel coronavirus will be far higher. 

The number of confirmed cases is triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually. 

From the initial cases being recorded in China in January it took 149 days to reach six million cases. It has taken just 39 days to reach 12 million cases from that point. 

The death toll now stands at over 550,000. 6.6 million people have recovered from the virus.

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

On Thursday the global number of Covid-19 cases went over the 12 million mark, with the US making up a quarter of that, with nearly 3.1 million cases. 

The global death toll stands at over 550,000, with the US having seen more than 130,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

The bad news right now is that the number of cases across much of the US are still rising quickly.