Coronavirus USA news summary: cases and deaths - 14 July

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Coronavirus USA latest: 15 July

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A second check appears to be coming as many states are facing a surge in new Covid-19 cases and parts of the economy are being shut down to curb the spread.

Fauci defiant despite White House criticism

The White House Coronavirus Task Force expert said he hasn't considered stepping down from his position despite increasing attacks from supporters of President Donald Trump as the coronavirus pandemic continues across the US. 

BLM protesters shut down Brooklyn Bridge

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Vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join 'COVAX' access facility

More than 75 countries have expressed interest in joining the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee rapid and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccines, the GAVI vaccines alliance said on Wednesday.

The 75 countries, which would finance the vaccines from public budgets, partner with up to 90 poorer countries supported through voluntary donations to GAVI's COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), the alliance said in a statement. The interest, from governments representing more than 60% of the world's population, shows a 'vote of confidence' in the effort to secure global access to Covid-19 vaccines, it added.

Coronavirus response Poll - Fauci Leads Trump by 26%

According to a new Morning Consult/Politco poll published Wednesday, 62 percent of voters rated Dr. Anthony Fauci's handling of the coronavirus "excellent" or "good," compared with the 36 percent of voters who answered the same for Trump.

More details on the data here.

The Phase 1 testing for Moderna's vaccine showed a good immune response. 

More info on the growth rate in coronavirus cases in the US.

White Castle, the home of the greaser, is having to innovate during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Trump continues to call everyone liars while those he is calling liars start to defend themselves. He has recently rounded on the Centre for the Control and Prevention of Diseases.

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The US added 70,000 positive cases to their tally in the last two days.

The smearing of Fauci's expertise and work continues

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 An undated handout image captured and color-enhanced at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland, USA and made available by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows a colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (yellow), isolated from a patient sample (issued 15 July 2020). The black area in the image is extracellular space between the cells. The novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2, which causes the COVID-19 disease, has been recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

More evidence that masks work. 

Here is the poster Cuomo had created to celebrate himself.

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Here is the poster Cuomo had created to celebrate himself.

Despite New York being a hotspot for a very long time, Cuomo seems to be using the coronavirus as a political tool to drum up support for himself. 

Newsom’s early success in the Covid-19 crisis turned into a sobering reversal Monday after the state flared into a deadly hot spot, prompting the governor to impose the nation's most sweeping reclosure to contain the alarming outbreak.

The amount of disinformation coming out of the United States regarding coronavirus is scary and people want to remove the politics and just hear from experts.

Brazil recorded 41,857 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 1,300 additional deaths, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

California’s governor on Monday clamped new restrictions on businesses as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soared, and the state’s two largest school districts, in Los Angeles and San Diego, said children would be made to stay home in August.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he signed legislation and an executive order to hold China “accountable” for the national security law it imposed on Hong Kong.

 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said on Tuesday that if all Americans wore a mask, the rising cases of COVID-19 could be under control within four to eight weeks.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday morning for treatment of a possible infection, a court spokeswoman said.

Fauci says decision on school openings should be left to local officials

(Reuters) Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Tuesday said decisions on whether to open schools in U.S. regions hit hard by the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak should be left to local officials.

"We should try, as the default, to get the kids to stay in school," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at an event hosted by Georgetown University.

"If you're in the part of a country where the dynamics of the outbreak are really minimal, if at all, then there's no problem at all in getting back. If you're in a situation where you're in outbreak mode, then you leave it up to the local individuals," he said.

The Internal Revenue Service is providing tips on how to file, pay and get check refunds online as the 2019 tax returns and payments deadline approaches.

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Republican U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Tuesday, making him at least the 10th member of Congress with a COVID-19 infection either confirmed or presumed by doctors.

Stimulus check: what income limits will apply to second payment?

The HEROES Act makes considerably more generous provisions for US citizens but the Republicans are looking at a targeted approach.

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Will the $600 benefits boost be in the next stimulus package?

As part of the CARES Act, out-of-work Americans have been receiving an extra $600 a week in jobless benefits during the coronavirus crisis.

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Trump: "Our testing is the best in the world"

Donald Trump has again put forward his disproved claim that the US’ surging coronavirus case count is merely a reflection of increased testing in the country. 

"Our testing is the best in the world […],"Trump said. "If China, if Russia, if India did tests like we did, check out how many cases they’d have. We’ve done a great job, got no credit for it."

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Trump again attacks China over Covid-19 in announcement of sanctions over HK

Donald Trump has used his press conference in the Rose Garden to announce he has signed legislation imposing sanctions on China over its interference in Hong Kong's autonomy - and has also taken the opportunity to again attack the Asian nation over the coronavirus.

"We hold China responsible for concealing the virus and unleashing it upon the world," Trump said on Tuesday, referring to the coronavirus as the "Chinavirus". "They could have stopped it; they should have stopped it."

Trump has also fired a veritable salvo of barbs at former US Vice-President Joe Biden, the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee. For example:

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

All the information you need to understand the coronavirus and ways to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Coronavirus live US updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, US-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which as of 19:00 ET on Tuesday had registered just over 3.4 million cases and 136,000 deaths in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 13.2 million cases and 575,000 fatalities, JHU estimates.

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