Five U.S. states reported record increases in deaths on Friday, including Florida, which has in recent weeks been a hot spot of COVID-19 cases, and California, which became the first U.S. state to have over half a million cases.
Florida is among at least 18 states that saw cases more than double in July, when almost 25,000 people in the United States died of COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Friday predicted that deaths would rise in the coming weeks, forecasting between 168,000 and 182,000 total fatalities by August 22.
The CDC also released a study that said COVID-19 had spread to nearly half the staff and campers at a sleep-away camp in Georgia over a week and a half ago.
According to the CDC the investigation demonstrated "that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and, contrary to early reports, might play an important role in transmission." Meanwhile, the race for a vaccine marches on.
The Trump administration said on Friday that two major drug companies will supply the U.S. government with 100 million doses of an experimental coronavirus vaccine.
The agreement calls for the U.S. government to pay French drug maker Sanofi and British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline up to $2.1 billion to supply it with enough vaccines for 50 million people, with the option to buy another 500 million doses.
With a novel coronavirus case count nearing five million, the United States now holds about a quarter of all the COVID-19 cases in the world. According to CNN, more than,162,000 Americans have died in the pandemic so far. As of this week, five states account for more than 40% of US infections: California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Georgia. The pandemic shows no sign of slowing. However, that hasn't stopped the surge of school districts across the country from planning to re-open schools.
White House health experts are warning of a slow rise in the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus in U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington and urged local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump took a public swipe at White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx a day after she said infections from the virus were "extraordinarily widespread" in the U.S. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday said America is in a new phase in its ongoing fight against the coronavirus. According to CNN, Dr. Birx said that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold earlier this year. "What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread." Her statement comes as the US has reported more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country in the world.
Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, commented on the progress of research to stop the Covid-19 pandemic. Commenting on the race to develop a vaccine, he said that many companies are close to creating a successful one. He also announced a $2 billion deal with Sanofi and GSX for clinical trials and mass production of 10 crore doses of a vaccine. The US military is prepared to carry out distribution of a vaccine once it gets requisite clearance, said Trump. He also said that 'tremendous work' is being done on therapeutics, or non-vaccine treatment. The US government is looking at such methods 'very, very strongly'. The nation's Covid case tally has crossed 45 lakh, the highest in the world, with over 1.52 lakh deaths so far. The pandemic is set to be the biggest issue, apart from alleged discrimination against African-Americans, in the upcoming Presidential polls in the US. Elections are slated to be held in November 2020, although Trump has called for a postponement which was met with stern opposition. Watch the full video for more.
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From suspension of international flights getting extended to European Union booking potential vaccine doses, here are the top updates on coronavirus. India extended the suspension of commercial international flights till August end. Restrictions, however, won’t apply to cargo and flights specifically pproved by the DGCA. Delhi L-G Anil Baijal overruled AAP government’s decision to re-open hotels and weekly bazaars on a trial basis under Unlock 3. LG’s office said the pandemic situation in the capital continues to be fragile and the threat is far from over. Meanwhile, the European Union has booke d300 million doses of potential Sanofi vaccine for coronavirus. All 27 member countries can buy the vaccine once it is approved. India recorded its highest single day spike with over 55,000 cases in the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data. India breached the 16 lakh cases mark in just two days after reaching the 15 lakh cases mark. Watch the full video for more details.
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British talent judge Simon Cowell has been hospitalized for an accident in which he broke his back. According to CNN, Cowell's spokeswoman said the former 'American Idol' judge broke his back in several places while testing a new electric bike. Cowell tweeted his thanks to hospital staff and well-wishers and reminded first-time electric bike users to read the manual first. The accident took place in the courtyard of Cowell's home in Malibu, California.
Deer in Northern California are dealing with a deadly, highly contagious virus called adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. In the early 1990s, thousands of deer died of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease during a major California outbreak that spread across 18 counties. The illness isn’t known to affect people or pets, but it can be devastating for deer populations.
From India announcing new rules under Unlock 3 to Britain signing a deal for doses of potential Covid-19 vaccine, here are the top updates on coronavirus. Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday announced new rules under its “Unlock 3”. Night curfew has been curbed, yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to open from August 5. Unlock 3 to be implemented from August 1 till August 31. Educational institutions, cinema halls, swimming pools, theatres, bars to remain close till August 31. Independence Day functions to be allowed with social distancing. India crossed 15 lakh cases on Wednesday with nearly 49,000 cases. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump say America may provide coronavirus vaccine to other countries after it is approved. Trump said US has ramped up the production of vaccine and will rapidly produce 100 million doses after it is approved. The British government has signed a deal for 60 million doses of potential Covid-19 vaccine. The deal was signed with GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur. Britain’s GSK and France’s Sanofi have the largest manufacturing capability in the world. Watch the full video for more details on the pandemic.
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Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to HuffPost. Two sobering government reports released Friday show how race does change how COVID effects us. One of the CDC reports looked at children with COVID-19 who needed hospitalization. Hispanic children were hospitalized at a rate eight times higher than white kids. Black children were hospitalized at a rate five times higher, it found. The exact cause for this disparity has not been nailed down, as of yet.
PFAS chemicals are made up of a chain of linked carbon and fluorine atoms, which do not degrade in the environment. A 2015 CDC report found endocrine-disrupting PFAS have been detected in the blood of 97% of Americans. According to CNN, they're used in all sorts of consumer products, including fast food packaging. Foods that contain a lot of grease -- such as burgers, fries, and cookies -- are prime candidates for wrappers made with PFAS.
On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said up to 20% of pregnant women in the U.S. drink alcohol during their first trimester. According to Business Insider the CDC also said that more than 10% admit to binge drinking during that time. In addition, nearly 5% reported consuming alcohol at least once during the second and third trimesters, the CDC said. Nearly 40% indicated that they also used at least one other substance , commonly tobacco and marijuana.
[NFA] For the first time in 25 years a Democratic presidential candidate is running TV ads specifically targeting Texas, and Democrats say even a small investment in the Lone Star state could boost down-ballot contests and force Republicans to shift resources from other battlegrounds. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
A low-security men's prison in Texas presents a cautionary tale about the danger of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in congregate living settings. CNN reports the former holding facility for WWII Japanese and German detainees is the hardest-hit federal prison in the United States. The Bureau of Prisons says more than 1,300 of the roughly 1,750 prisoners at FCI Seagoville prison and camp have tested positive for the virus. Put another way, that's a stunning three out of every four inmates.
(Newser) – A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with providing fentanyl to a player who died in his hotel room after taking it last year. Tyler Skaggs, 27, a pitcher, was found dead on a team road trip to Texas. The Angels said they commissioned their own investigation, which found "unacceptable behavior inconsistent with our code of conduct.
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