Coronavirus USA news summary for 11 July

Coronavirus live US: latest Covid-19 news - 11 July


US coronavirus latest: 13:40 PT / 16:40 ET on Saturday 11 July (22:40 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University12,589,749 cases have been detected worldwide, with 562,137 deaths and 6,919,392 people recovered.

In the USA, there have been 3,225,721 confirmed cases and 134,580 deaths, with 983,185 people recovered from the virus.

 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 3,173,212 cases of coronavirus as of Friday, an increase of 66,281 from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 811 to 133,666.

The deal was worth $450 million with a $140 million injury guarantee, according to ESPN, making it the biggest contract in NFL history.

Trump's planned order on 'dreamers' will not include amnesty, White House says

American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

'Witch Hunt': Trump commutes longtime adviser Roger Stone's prison sentence


This is how the fight against coronavirus is lived in one of the largest hospitals in Arizona

Walt Disney World reopened in Orlando, Florida despite the high number of infections in recent days

Retroactive certification in California

People have been approved for unemployment benefit, but still need to certify they are elegible. Here's what's going on...

If children go back to school in the fall...

The mask question is going to be the next big debate

Lysol gets approval

Two products have been shown in the lab to be effective

US labs struggling with testing capacity

According to USA Today, some results are being delayed by up to a week as labs buckle under the amount of Covid-19 testing in US hotspots.  

From Florida to California, large and small labs running 24/7 can’t process samples quickly enough from millions of Americans tested every week. That means COVID-19 test results are delayed a week or longer in hotspot communities, undercutting public health efforts to track, isolate and prevent spread.


Mayor Wayne Fournier is pictured during an interview in front of the 1890s-era press being used to print wooden money, in Tenino, Washington. Tenino had become a ghost town, and small businesses were struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic, so local officials revived an unconventional idea from the last century: print its own currency on planks of wood. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

Disney World reopens


A Citilab study of eviction filings in Boston shows that most cases — now suspended by a state-level moratorium — are in African-American and immigrant neighborhoods. 

A mixed mask bag in Californian courts

Christine Kroger, a deputy public defender in San Joaquin County, did an “inventory” last week to see how many people were wearing face coverings in the county’s courthouse.

She toured every Superior Court department that was open.

In 7A, she reported: “Judge and court clerk had masks, court reporter had mask around nose, bailiff, no mask, D.A., no mask.”

$24 billion bailout loans for West Virginia Gov

In case you missed this story, companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family received up to $24 million from one of the federal government’s key coronavirus economic relief programs, according to data made public.

At least six companies from Justice’s empire showed up on the list of Paycheck Protection Program aid recipients released by the Small Business Administration.

Covid-19 outbreak in Mississippi Capitol

“If you have been in contact with anyone in the Legislature, or if you have been in contact with any staff person that works at the Legislature, you need to get tested,” warned Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has tested negative.

Reeves has urged people to wear masks and maintain social distancing, but he has not always done those things himself. He went bare-faced at the funeral of a deputy sheriff and while signing a bill to change the flag.

The politics of a pandemic

The coronavirus does not discriminate in terms of your political persuasion, however, as the spread has impacted on different regions of the country, so too have the political considerations changed.

Florida's early efforts being quickly undone

From Miami to Jacksonville and Tampa, hospitals in June and July have seen their numbers of coronavirus patients triple, with new patients outpacing those being discharged.

Louisiana puts live music on hold

"We know this is a hard time for many, including for business owners, but we must continue to be driven by the data," said Aly Neel, spokeswoman for the health department.

"Given what we currently know about Covid-19 spread and our recent alarming trends, that meant firmly moving live entertainment out of Phase 2. The virus dictates the timeline, not us."

Maryland hospitalisations down

There was some (relatively) positive news coming out of Maryland this week.

Nursing home visitors to return in New York

"With the knowledge we now have about how Covid-19 came into nursing homes – mainly through asymptomatic staff and visitors through no fault of their own – it is critical that as we resume visitations to these facilities we do it in a smart and cautious way to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff," State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement.

Bill Gates calls for medicines to go to people who need them, not 'highest bidder'

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for Covid-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the 'highest bidder,' saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic.

'If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we'll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic,' Gates, a founder of Microsoft, said in a video released on Saturday during a virtual Covid-19 conference organized by the International AIDS Society.

'We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors.'

Russia reports 6,611 new infections

Russia on Saturday reported 6,611 new coronavirus cases, taking its nationwide tally of infections to 720,547, via Reuters.

The country's coronavirus crisis response centre said 188 people had died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 11,205.

Russia said 497,446 people have recovered from the virus.

A state-by-state assessment of Covid-19

The coronavirus has hit some states much harder than others. For much of the pandemic, a large share of U.S. cases have been centered around New York City. As of early June, New York state, Connecticut and New Jersey accounted for about 30% of total cases in the nation and 42% of deaths, although new cases have been dropping in these three states. Across the country, other large, populous states such as California, Illinois and Texas have high totals as well.

Some smaller states have had a heavy burden of disease relative to their population size, such as Nebraska and Iowa, which have high case counts per capita, and Louisiana and Michigan which have a high death count per capita.

Trump deflects blame onto Dr Fauci

“Dr. Fauci's a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes,” Trump said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.

“Like you don’t have to ban them coming in from very infected China. I did it anyway and we saved hundreds of thousands of lives. I banned Europe from coming in when Italy and France and Spain were having all the problems.”

SC: 23:00 curfew for bars and restuarants

"We know that young adults who are rapidly contracting the virus and spreading it into our communities frequently congregate in late-night atmospheres which simply are not conducive to stopping its continued transmission," McMaster said in a statement.

"This measured, carefully tailored approach will lessen the opportunity for South Carolinians to put themselves and their loved ones in harm's way."

Stock market review

With concerns growing over the stability of the US economy, Gary Shilling talks to CNBC about the potential for a stock market decline.

WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic

Healthcare systems worldwide need to upgrade to control disease transmission and cope with large numbers of sick people during the coronavirus pandemic as well as future outbreaks, the head of the World Health Organization's emergencies program warned on Friday.

Dr. Michael Ryan of WHO, speaking during a video panel session organized by the International AIDS Society, said world leaders grappling with the current pandemic 'need to take a leaf out of the HIV/AIDS activist book' and make sure access to healthcare is equitable and evidence-based. The coronavirus pandemic, which has not yet peaked in many parts of the world, has exposed weaknesses and left billions of people without reliable and affordable access to essential health services, he said.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS, was often a fatal infection when it emerged in the 1980s, but today is considered manageable with antiretroviral drugs. There is no vaccine to protect against HIV, which is highly variable and cannot be eliminated by the body's own immune response. But researchers do expect to eventually have vaccines effective against the novel coronavirus, which people can recover from on their own.

The WHO official said the two viruses are 'different in scope and nature, but are comparable in so many other ways,' exposing the same inequities and generating similar injustices and denial. 'We cannot become distracted with retrospection and finger-pointing. ... We need to look ahead,' Ryan said.

NHL players agree to resume virus-hit season in Canada

The NHL will resume its virus-interrupted season next month with a Stanley Cup tournament in Canada after players ratified a return-to-play plan and extension to a labor deal, both sides said on Friday.

An expanded 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs will now start on 1 August in Edmonton and Toronto without fans, nearly five months after the National Hockey League halted its season due to Covid-19.

'Today the NHL and NHLPA announced a significant agreement that addresses the uncertainty everyone is dealing with, the framework for the completion of the 2019-20 season and the foundation for continued long-term growth in our league,' Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Black Lives Matter murals have appeared across the U.S.

The new coronavirus is likely spreading through the air to some degree, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Friday Anthony Fauci.

“In the current situation it is unlikely we can eradicate this virus”, said Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme.

Crushers or those that went Swedish

A view on how states have taken very different approaches to dealing with the pandemic.

Team Trump not taking Covid-19 seriously

Politico have looked deeper into the president's campaign team and there have been some worrying, if unsurprising, revelations.

State-by-state testing overview

Is your state doing enough testing? All you need to know from the NYT.

799 more deaths confirm US CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 3,106,931 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 59,260 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 799 to 132,855.

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as Covid-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 16:00 ET on 9 July compared with its previous report a day earlier. The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

Covid-19 catch up

Here is a selection of some of the stories that have been making the coronavirus-related headlines over the past 24 hours:

- Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered California prisons officials to expedite the release of up to 8,000 inmates

- Coronavirus pandemic prompts record drop in global emissions, study finds

- States are starting to crack down on business that violate coronavirus health restrictions

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

- Trump claims border wall stopped US being 'inundated' with coronavirus despite 133,000 deaths

- Dr Anthony Fauci said he has not briefed President Donald Trump in at least two months

US coronavirus latest: 16:00 PT / 19:00 ET Friday 10 July (01:00 CEST on Sat 11 July)

According to the latest figures published by John Hopkins University, 12,439,087 cases have been detected worldwide, with 558,562 deaths and 6,827,859 people recovered.

In the USA, there have been 3,173,446 confirmed cases and 133,940 deaths, with 983,185 people recovered from the virus.

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

The global number of Covid-19 cases has surpassed the 12-million mark and shows little sign of slowing anytime soon. The US is a major contributor making up a quarter of that, with nearly 3.2 million cases. 

The global death toll stands at over 558,000, with the US on the verge of 134,000 reported deaths from the novel coronavirus.