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Coronavirus live USA: latest Covid-19 news - Sunday 27 September

Patrons at Meat Market have dinner on the first day of full capacity seating on September 25, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allows bars and restaurants to enter Phase 3 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Octavio Jones/Getty Images/AFP

Florida surpasses 700,000 coronavirus cases

Florida has reported 1,882 of Covid-19 cases this Sunday, bringing the state's total 700,564. 

Florida becomes the third state to surpass the 700,000-mark after California and Texas. Florida confirmed 10 more deaths from the virus as its total death toll reaches 14,032. 

Trump paid no income taxes in 10 of last 15 years -New York Times

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing tax-return data.

Trump also paid no income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years, the Times reported. (Reuters)

Coronavirus cases growing "at an alarming rate" in Brooklyn and Queens

While the overall positivity rate is around 1% in New York City, coronavirus cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens “continue to grow at an alarming rate”, NY's Department of Health has said in a statement. 

Here are the affected neighborhoods, with their respective test positivity rate (via CNN):

Gravesend/Homecrest (6.75%)

Midwood (5.34%)

Kew Gardens (3.82%)

Edgemere/Far Rockaway (3.9%)

Borough Park (4.63%)

Bensonhurst/Mapleton (4.41%)

Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay (3.91%)

Flatlands/Midwood (3.85%) 

Blood banks looking for people who have recovered from Covid-19 

If you have recovered from coronavirus, you could be become a much needed 'Super Donor' as blood banks are looking for people with high levels of antibodies against the disease and are willing to donate regularly.

France reports 11,123 new confirmed coronavirus cases

France registered 11,123 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, above the symbolic threshold of 10,000 but below a daily record of 16,096 set earlier this week.

The total number of cases now stands at 538,569, Health Ministry data showed. The number of people who have died from the infection increased by 27 to 31,727. (Reuters)

Detecting coronavirus with infrared

This CNBC report focuses on how infrared is fast becoming the method of choice for detecting coronavirus symptoms in places where people congregate....

Patrons at Meat Market have dinner on the first day of full capacity seating on September 25, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allows bars and restaurants to enter Phase 3 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Octavio Jones/Getty Images/AFP

Florida surpasses 700,000 coronavirus cases

Florida has reported 1,882 of Covid-19 cases this Sunday, bringing the state's total 700,564. 

Florida becomes the third state to surpass the 700,000-mark after California and Texas. Florida confirmed 10 more deaths from the virus as its total death toll reaches 14,032. 

UK reports 5,693 coronavirus cases on Sunday

Britain recorded 5,693 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, down on the 6,042 reported a day earlier, data published on the government's website showed. 

Pelosi: "I believe we can come to an agreement" on Covid-19 relief bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said on Sunday she thinks a deal can be reached with the White House on a coronavirus relief package and that talks were continuing.

"We are having our conversations. And when I have a conversation with the administration, it is in good faith," Pelosi said on CNN. "I trust (Treasury) Secretary (Steve) Mnuchin to represent something that can reach a solution. And I believe we can come to an agreement."

Formal talks between Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows aimed at hammering out a relief package broke down on 7 August with the two sides far apart. Pelosi and Mnuchin have since spoken by phone.

With formal Covid-19 relief talks stalled for weeks, HouseWays and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal on Thursday said Democratic lawmakers were starting to draft a bill totaling at least $2.2 trillion.

Pelosi on Sunday said it was "definitely a possibility" that she would offer legislation in the coming days if the impasse with the Trump administration continued but said she would rather have a deal with the White House than a "rhetorical argument."

Century 21

Pandemic leaves retailers reeling

A person holds a sign advertising a sale at Century 21 in New York on Saturday. The popular retail outlet announced earlier in September that it was filing for bankruptcy and is closing all of its stores due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

(Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

US elections 2020: Can I vote by mail without an excuse?

Election officials are preparing for greatly increased mail-in voting and voters are wondering whether to vote in person or by mail, and if they can do so if they choose the latter.

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Socially-distanced move nights in New York

Viewers are seen seated in outlined sections, created to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, while watching a screening on Saturday as part of a series of Tribeca Film Festival movie nights held at the Backyard at Hudson Yards in New York.

(Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Stimulus checks every two weeks?

With a view to kick-starting the American economy amid the coronavirus crisis, billionaire investor Mark Cuban has called for all US households to get recurring stimulus checks.

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How a Fort Worth area trainer moved Special Olympics online to engage athletes

When the coronavirus pandemic hit North Texas, Fort Worth area Special Olympics organisers were left wondering how athletes would cope with stay-at-home orders and the loss of their sporting communities.

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Non-filer deadline

As talks continue for a new relief bill, here's when and how to register for coronavirus relief payments if you don't normally file tax returns.

The Covid-19 airline crisis 

“What Congress and the administration did back in March was a remarkable effort to save the US economy and to save aviation,” United Airlines Chief Executive Scott Kirby said. His airline, which employs 79,000 people, received $5 billion in the first coronavirus relief package.

“But this is taking longer than most people expected six months ago and the reality is we need to do more to keep those professionals and to keep their support of the economy intact.”

The Post looks into the hardships being caused in the travel industry.

Flu vs Covid-19

With more than 200,000 deaths in the US - and unfortunately many more expected to come before the end of the year - some people are still comparing this similarly to the annual influenza impact. They are wrong, especially given the fact that there is no vaccine for Covid-19.

As a very basic guide, the flu has been responsible for between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths per year since 2010.

Want more info on how the two compare. Here's a guide 

Flags

If you were wondering what our main photo was, it was a segment of more 8,000 flags representing the number of Covid-19 deaths in Massachusetts.

These have been placed in the yard of Mike Labbe in Grafton, where he started planting the flags shortly after people began to die from Covid-19 in his state.

Study finds fewer than 10% of Americans have antibodies

The study, published in The Lancet, surveyed plasma from 28,503 people receiving dialysis in July through partnerships with 1,300 dialysis centres across the country.

They found, "Residents of non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic neighbourhoods experienced higher odds of seropositivity… compared with residents of predominantly non-Hispanic white neighbourhoods.

Residents of neighbourhoods in the highest population density quintile experienced increased odds of seropositivity...compared with residents of the lowest density quintile."

How the USA has turned Covid red

With much of the debate right now about which states are blue or red, this map from scientist Eric Topol shows how the spread of coronavirus continues to take over.

Florida update: over 100 new deaths

After the news that Gov. DeSantis is lifting the restrictions for a number of businesses including restaurants, the numbers are not looking great.

An epidemiologist remembers

Eric Feigl-Ding shares a video that points to all the times President Trump downplayed the pandemic, and the deaths that followed.

A Texas Tycoon Throws Millions at the Covid-19 Testing Puzzle

A hotly debated attempt to solve America’s coronavirus testing shortage began with a sick, frustrated billionaire at home in a leafy Texas Hill Country town north of San Antonio.

Graham Weston, co-founder of cloud-computing company Rackspace Hosting Inc., owns a pair of homes in New Braunfels. When the pandemic hit in March, he flew his son back from studying in the UK and quarantined him in a spare riverside ranch house.

Full story below:

'Everything is uncertain': Argentina, cases top 700,000

Argentina's coronavirus infections topped 700,000 on Saturday with new daily infections and deaths among the top five globally, Reuters data showed, despite seven months of quarantine that have ravaged the frail economy.

The country reported a rolling seven-day average of 11,082 new cases daily, behind only India, the United States, France and Brazil, all countries with far larger populations than the South American nation. Argentina's average daily death toll this week hit 365.

The virus had exposed once again the perils of the ailing economy and healthcare systems, with different healthcare coverage meaning some are immediately tested, while others are not.

Covid-19 catch-up

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

Brazil court postpones league game after spate of Covid-19 positives

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced he’s blanketing Florida airwaves with a $40 million TV ad buy, the first since he pledged to spend $100 million in the Sunshine State to defeat President Trump

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledges to use India vaccine-production capacity to help 'all humanity'

Russia's daily tally of new coronavirus cases hit its highest level since 22 June on Saturday at 7,523, bringing its total to 1,143,571

The latest hot spot for the coronavirus in the United States is the heartland

- Florida governor Ron DeSantis announced the lifting of state restrictions for restaurants and many other businesses

Trump, White House demand FDA justify tough standards for coronavirus vaccine, raising concerns of political interference

US coronavirus latest: 23:00 PT Saturday 26 Sept / 02:00 ET Sunday 27 Sept (08:00 CEST)

Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.

Worldwide

Cases: 32,840,145
Deaths: 994,146
Recoveries: 22,715,575

US

Cases: 7,078,088
Deaths: 204,491
Recoveries: 2,750,459

Welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of coronavirus news and reaction from the US and related stories from around the world.

Cases in the United States have already surpassed seven million in the country, a million more than an other, while the death toll now sits at over 204,000. 

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