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UNITED STATES TODAY

Coronavirus cases exploded in states across the country this week as the United States continues to see a record day-long increase in new confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

The United States reported 45,255 new cases on Friday, according to data held by Johns Hopkins University. This is the second day of record increases. On Thursday, 39,972 new cases were reported.

Texas and Florida continued to curb plans to reopen, and California governor Gavin Newsom urged a county to reinstate its stay-at-home order amid increased cases.

In the midst of the resurgence, the White House coronavirus task force held its first public information meeting in nearly two months Friday, urging young adults to follow public health guidelines to contain the epidemic of COVID-19.

The increase in cases is not due to an increase in testing, according to health officials.

Here are the most significant developments of the day:

?Today’s statistics: The world is approaching half a million dead, including more than 125,000 in the United States. As of Saturday, there had been more than 9.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and nearly 2.5 million in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.

? What we read: Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told the Washington Post that officials are talking about implementing a new strategy that tests groups of people together. It is known as a pool test, and here we explain what it is.

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US citizens are unlikely to be allowed to enter the EU anytime soon

European Union envoys are about to finalize a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to re-enter Europe, possibly as of the end of next week, European diplomats confirmed on Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of cases of American coronavirus.

Envoys were expected to lower the exact criteria for countries to list later on Saturday, which includes how the spread of the virus is managed. Another key condition is whether the country has a ban on citizens of European nations.

The number of cases in the United States has jumped in the past week, with a record 45,300 new confirmed daily infections just diagnosed. President Donald Trump also suspended the entry of all persons into the European travel zone without identity checks in a March decree.

EU diplomats have confirmed that an official agreement on the criteria – which would likely include a limit on the infection rate per 100,000 population – is expected Monday evening or Tuesday morning. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the procedure is ongoing and politically very sensitive.

– Associated press

More underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of severe coronavirus

On Thursday, the CDC updated and expanded the list of people who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. The CDC now warns that among adults, the risk increases steadily with age, and it’s not just people over 65 who are at increased risk for serious illness, the CDC said.

The agency has updated the list of underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of serious illness, increasing the number of people in high-risk groups. The more people suffer from underlying medical conditions, the higher their risk, said the CDC. The conditions include:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Obesity
  • Weakened immune system following a solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Type 2 diabetes

Florida Babies Receive COVID-19 at High Rates This Month

Infants and young children get the coronavirus quickly and end up in hospital more and more this month, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

Since June 1, more than 1,100 children aged 4 and under have been diagnosed with coronavirus, which represents 70% of the total number of cases in the age group.

While more tests were opened to young people this month, emergency room visits and hospitalizations increased significantly in June. More than half of the total number of emergency room visits reported for the state’s youngest arrived this month. And 40% of hospitalizations for children up to 4 years of age have occurred since June 1.

Florida hospitals report about 34 percent of the capacity of their 620 pediatric intensive care unit beds, according to data from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration on Friday afternoon. The adult capacity was 21% on just over 6,000 beds.

– Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers

Costco no longer sells leaf cakes

Costco has started bringing back its legendary free samples to select clubs, but they will be prepackaged and kept behind Plexiglass shields, according to Bloomberg, which reported on Thursday that sampling had returned to 30 of Costco’s 548 locations in the United States. United.

As samples return, Costco has stopped selling its half-leaf cakes to all American clubs, the company confirmed to USA TODAY, noting that “at the moment we have no immediate plans to report.”

Costco said the leaf cakes are not available for a special order and explained the decision by responding to comments on the Facebook post.

“To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments,” Costco wrote.

– Kelly Tyko

Journalist at Trump rally in Tulsa positive for COVID-19

A journalist who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week said Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’m quite surprised,” Oklahoma Watch reporter Paul Monies wrote on Twitter. “I have no symptoms (so far) and I feel good. In fact, I ran 5 miles this morning. “

Monies said that he was inside the rally for about six hours on Saturday at the BOK Center and that he wore a mask and practiced social distancing mainly, except when he went to the hall for a snack. He said he was never close to the president.

An Oklahoma City-County health department epidemiologist who informed Monies of his positive result said it was difficult to determine whether he had contracted the coronavirus at the rally.

– Associated press

Dow drops 730 points, caps week of losses as virus cases increase

Stocks closed a volatile week on Friday with heavy losses, as US daily coronavirus cases hit a daily record, dampening prospects for a rapid economic recovery after some states halted reopening efforts following new epidemics.

Investors are considering a possible rebound from the deepest global slowdown since the 1930s and are looking to buy companies that will prosper after the pandemic ends, analysts said. But they warn that the market rise may be too rapid and too early to be supported by uncertain economic prospects.

Dow Jones industrial average lost 730.05 points, or 2.8%, to 25,015.55, wiping out Thursday’s gains after the benchmark average jumped 300 points as regulators eased some financial regulations on banks.

– Jessica Menton

Infections on the rise in certain hot zones: Florida, Texas, Arizona

New coronavirus infections are developing in some of the hottest places in America. Florida became the second state after New York to report more than 8,900 new cases in a single day on Friday. But the New York summit was back in April.

The report came as Florida approached an unprecedented heat record. Texas and Arizona baked in the sun are also particularly affected by coronaviruses. Outside the United States, disabling epidemics are underway in suffocating places like India and Mexico.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested since last winter that the coronavirus would dissipate with the arrival of warm temperatures in April. “The virus we’re talking about, many people think it goes away in April, along with the heat, as the heat comes in, which usually goes away in April,” Trump told governors in February, The Le New York Times reported.

Instead, April was the deadliest month, making 57,723 Americans, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

– Mike Stucka

New Jersey says 1,854 more residents likely died from coronavirus

New Jersey added 1,854 people to its official balance sheet after counting them as COVID-19 probable deaths. Deaths occurred throughout the pandemic, but all previously unaccounted for deaths were included in Thursday’s total – creating an artificial one-day peak in national deaths.

“We are reporting this by nothing other than a sense of solemn duty,” Governor Phil Murphy said on Thursday. “For many families, we hope these decisions will provide a sense of closure and finally knowing. For our state, I hope this strengthens our determination to do everything we can to save every life we ​​can save. “

The state previously counted laboratory-confirmed cases. The new figures released add people whose deaths include COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 or a new coronavirus on death certificates. They also include people who died in known epidemics, such as those in nursing homes, but without tests; and people who received an early but no longer accepted coronavirus test, Gannett New Jersey reported.

Data released by Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday indicated that America had recorded 754 deaths in one day; with New Jersey deaths reported on Thursday, the number has jumped to 2,425. Although relatively few of these deaths have actually occurred recently, this is the largest increase in coronavirus deaths since April 29 in the data by Johns Hopkins.

– Stacey Barchenger and Mike Stucka

California Urges County To Restore Home Stay Order

Governor Gavin Newsom urges the imperial county to “back off” and reestablish its order to stay home amid a wave of positive coronavirus tests there and across much of the state.

According to Dr. Sonia Angell, director of the California Department of Public Health and head of public health, about 23% of people tested in Southern California County, which borders the Mexican state of Baja California, are positive for COVID-19.

The rate is “particularly concerning,” said Angell Friday afternoon. The state places counties on a watch list if more than 10% of people are positive.

– Rebecca Plevin and Mark Olalde, Palm Springs Desert Sun

16 NBA players tested positive for COVID-19

Sixteen out of 302 NBA players tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said on Friday.

“Any player who tests positive will remain in solitary confinement until he meets public health protocols for the termination of solitary confinement and has been authorized by a doctor,” the two organizations said in a communicated.

Teams began mandatory testing for players on Tuesday, and Nikola Jokic of Denver, Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana and Jabari Parker of Sacramento were among those who tested positive.

– Jeff Zillgitt

What we read

Trump administration expands funding to test sites in Texas

The federal government will continue to fund community testing sites across Texas as the state sees a record increase in new daily cases of coronavirus, Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday in a press release.

The Trump administration had planned to end federal funding for 13 coronavirus testing sites in five states on June 30 in favor of a “more sustainable model” done in coordination with state and retail and retail partnerships. pharmacy, according to a senior administration official earlier this week. .

The sites – in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas – were originally scheduled to stop receiving funding in May, but were given a 30-day extension. Texas is home to seven of the sites.

The task force invites adults under the age of 40 to act more responsibly; Pence does not wear a face mask

Administration officials on Friday pleaded with adults under the age of 40 to act responsibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At the first public meeting of the White House coronavirus task force in late April, several administration officials said the growing number of cases in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona suggest that young adults are not following public health guidelines to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Healthy youth are less likely to have the worst symptoms of COVID-19, but they can still infect others – the figures suggest that everyone who gets the virus infects at least one other person, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. And some of these people will be vulnerable to breathing difficulties, organ failure, excessive immune response and even the death of COVID-19, he said.

Vice President Mike Pence did not wear a mask at the press conference. Health officials in attendance, including Fauci, wore masks except when speaking on the microphone.

– Elizabeth Weise and Karen Weintraub

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