Coronavirus USA: news summary for 25 July 2020
Coronavirus live USA: latest news - 25 July
US coronavirus latest: 15:00 PT / 18:00 ET on Saturday 25 July (00:00 CEST on Sunday 26 July)
According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 15,898,489 cases have been detected worldwide, with 641,716 deaths and 9,163,576 people recovered.
In the USA, there have been 4,154,361 confirmed cases and 146,143 deaths, with 1,261,624 people recovered from the virus.
Florida becomes state with second-highest number of cases
Florida has overtaken New York as the US state with the second-largest number of coronavirus cases. The Florida Department of Health on Saturday reported 12,199 cases in the latest 24-hour cycle, taking the state's total number of infections to 414,511. Only California has registered a higher amount of cases.
Man City-Real Madrid clash in doubt as UK reimposes quarantine
Rising coronavirus numbers in Spain look like having an impact on Manchester City and Real Madrid's Champions League tie at the Etihad Stadium, after the UK government opted to reimpose a 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving from the Spanish mainland or the Canary and Balearic Islands.
Stimulus check: what did Mnuchin say about a second payment?
A second stimulus check, or Economic Impact Payment, is set to be in a proposed coronavirus relief package presented by Senate Republicans next week.
Rising number of Americans believe there’s a Covid-19 death toll conspiracy
According to an Axios/Ipsos poll, whose results were released this week, 31% of Americans believe that the officially reported coronavirus death toll is higher than it really is. This percentage represents an 8% rise on the number of people who gave this answer to the same pollsters in May.
Covid-19 hits Imperial County hard amid surging California cases
Men wait at dawn on Friday in order to be the first in line to enter a bookkeeping shop to fill out unemployment forms near the US-Mexico border in Imperial County, California, which has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Unemployment claims in California have reached their highest levels in almost three months, with surging coronavirus cases upending plans to reopen the economy.
Imperial County currently suffers from the highest death rate and near-highest infection rate from Covid-19 in the state. The rural county, which is 85% Latino, borders Mexico and Arizona and endures high poverty rates and air pollution, while also being medically underserved. In California, Latinos make up about 39% of the population but account for 55% of confirmed coronavirus cases.
(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
Medical experts urge new shut down to contain pandemic
More than 150 medical experts, nurses, scientists, teachers and others have signed a letter calling on politicians to shut the USA back down in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic, as the country surges past the four million confirmed case mark. "The best thing for the nation is not to reopen as quickly as possible, it's to save as many lives as possible," they wrote in the letter which was sent to the Trump administration, leading members of Congress and state governors on Thursday.
NY's COVID Rental Assistance Program
"Since day one we made it clear that no New Yorkers should be thrown on the streets because of hardships caused by this pandemic," Governor Cuomo stated at the launch.
The EU recovery deal has global implications
On Friday morning Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron were sipping mineral water on a sunlit terrace overlooking Brussels as negotiations began on a 750 billion-euro ($860 billion) European stimulus package they’d sketched out two months earlier.
By the early hours of Monday, the leaders of Germany and France were refueling on potato chips and wine as they battled to hold the talks together.
“Crunchtime,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, as he joined them for yet another side meeting with Italy’s Giuseppe Conte and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
How the coronavirus pandemic turned the election
Trump was arguably an unusually lucky president for his first three years, not having to face the type of major crisis that confronted many of his predecessors, enabling him to persist as a gadfly reality TV star tweeting about celebrities instead of reading national security briefs. With the eruption of the virus, that luck ran out spectacularly.
America now has 4m infections and more than 140,000 deaths, the highest tallies in the world. Cases have doubled in the past six weeks even as curves flatten in Europe.
Final Friday figures
The US saw a further 73,715 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday and 1,130 deaths from the disease. The US has now had over 4.1 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 145,546 deaths.
Longer term effects of Covid-19
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed nearly 300 people who had tested positive and 35% said they were still feeling ill two to three weeks after confirmation they had the disease.
Older people are more likely to feel unwell, but even younger people with no underlying conditions have reported symptoms carrying on for lengthy periods of time.
Zion returns to NBA bubble, set to quarantine
Zion Williamson returned to the NBA campus near Orlando and will quarantine there before joining his teammates, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Friday.
The Pelicans' star forward left the team 16 July to deal with 'an urgent family matter.' He was tested daily for the coronavirus while he was away, the team said, and every test came back negative. Now, Williamson must quarantine for at least four days as long as he continues to post negative test results.
There is a chance he could be back in time for the Pelicans' restart to the regular season next Thursday against the Utah Jazz.
Supreme Court decides against Nevada church fighting to overturn attendance limit
The US Supreme Court on Friday denied a petition from a church in Nevada that argued a policy limiting in-person church attendance to 50 during the coronavirus pandemic violated the Constitution. The decision was 5-4.
The church argued that the state policy treated church services differently from other large gatherings including casinos, gyms and restaurants.
A lower court had ruled against the church.
Fauci gets personalized baseball card after first pitch
Dr. Anthony Fauci can add another bullet point to his long and distinguished career: Now he has his own baseball card. The Topps baseball card company honored Fauci with a card Friday, one day after he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Washington Nationals hosted the New York Yankees.
The nation's leading infectious disease expert wore a mask as he took the mound. Granted, the pitch didn't come close to the strike zone, but the 79-year-old savored the experience. 'It went in the wrong direction,' Fauci said to the Washington Post.
'I joked around after and said I used to be a shortstop when I played ball as a young boy, and I thought I was supposed to throw to first base.' Topps took it easy on Fauci, printing a card that zoomed in on his pitch release -- and did not show where the ball ended up.
Watch that pitch...
A nurse screens patients before sending them to a tent to be tested at a Covid-19 testing site at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, amid the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)
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As U.S. coronavirus surges, Trump officials press back-to-school plan
(Reuters) With just weeks to go before U.S. schools begin to open, federal health and education officials on Friday stressed the need for children to get back into the classroom despite fears about safety as coronavirus infections surge.
Administration officials said reopening schools was critical for children's mental and emotional well-being, as well as for allowing parents to get back to work to boost the economy, a priority for President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election in November.
Dr Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news briefing the CDC had released additional resource documents to provide "some more granular detail" for administrators and parents.
"They're all put out with the intent to help facilitate, as was mentioned earlier, the full reopening of schools for face-to-face learning," he said.
The nation's health protection agency added to its guidelines after Trump criticized its first recommendations as too tough, impractical and expensive. The Republican president has been increasingly critical of health experts and their guidance as the surge in cases interferes with efforts to reopen the economy.
Second stimulus check: who is likely to qualify?
Senate Republicans are preparing to present CARES 2, a proposal for a coronavirus relief bill that is set to include a second stimulus check.
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