Coronavirus Updates: West Point Seniors Graduate amid pandemic


  • The United States Military Academy organized a socially distanced degree.
  • Florida recorded its third day in a row with the highest number of new cases.
  • New York City recorded its lowest one-day death toll since the beginning of the pandemic.

More than 1,000 West Point seniors wearing masks marched on the main parade ground of the U.S. Military Academy, known as Plaine, Saturday morning after two weeks of isolation and other coronavirus restrictions before their opening ceremony.

President Donald Trump was present as keynote speaker. The graduates removed their masks as they sat in chairs several feet apart on the parade grounds. Spectators, including family members, were not allowed to attend.

The former cadets, now recently beaten as military officers, were sent home in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. They returned to campus after it was announced that Trump would speak at the ceremony. The students spent two weeks back on campus divided into isolated groups of about 250 who ate and lived together, according to the New York Times.

They moved on shifts and practiced on marked and socially distanced running trails. Fifteen of them tested positive for coronavirus and were quarantined separately, but have since joined the rest of the class.

More than 7.7 million people worldwide are known to have been infected with COVID-19, and at least 427,670 have died, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University. The United States recorded more than 2 million cases and 115,059 deaths.

Latest updates

United States:

-New Orleans bars were allowed to reopen Saturday, with limited capacity and other restrictions in place, including no live music.

-Students at Kennett High School in New Hampshire graduated by climbing a chairlift to the top of the Cranmore Mountain ski resort, collecting their diplomas and descending. The students, dressed in caps and dresses, were allowed to be joined on the elevator by four guests.

-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a daily press briefing Saturday that 32 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 on Friday, the More since the coronavirus pandemic set in in the city in mid-March. Cuomo said the state has also seen its lowest number of hospitalizations since March 20. Nearly 31,000 people in New York have died of COVIDS-19 in the past 90 days, and more than 386,000 are known to have been infected.

-Florida reported a record number of new cases for the third day in a row. The state now has more than 73,500 confirmed cases of VOCIDE-19, the eighth highest number in the United States, and nearly 3,000 deaths.

Cadets from the United States Military Academy attend the 2020 graduation ceremony in West Point, New York, on June 13, 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

(TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

-Baltimore school students will most likely wear masks when school resumes, Sonja Santelises, general manager of Baltimore City Public Schools, said at a CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall on Saturday. Santelises said a number of safeguards are under consideration, including staggered schedules and distributed offices, and that “there is a good chance that you will have to wear a mask when you return to school.”

-Drones will be dropping off library books for children in Christiansburg, Virginia, this summer, thanks to a local college librarian who has reached an agreement with Wing, a drone delivery service. “I think the kids will be thrilled to know that they will be the first in the world to receive a library book by drone,” librarian Kelly Passek told The Associated Press.

-The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines that include tips on adventure or hosting guests in your home. Advice includes wearing a fabric face covering in public, choosing outdoor activities rather than indoor activities and continuing to stay 6 feet away from others. “In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer this interaction, the greater the risk of COVIDE-19 spread,” the CDC explains.

Cars lined up to enter SeaWorld as it reopened on June 11, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. The park had been closed since mid-March to stop the spread of coronavirus.

(AP Photo/John Raoux)


-Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands have formed an alliance and reached an agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to take delivery of 400 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year, AP reported. The vaccine is currently being tested by the University of Oxford.

-Some 20 million masks made by French textile and clothing companies languish in warehouses, unused after many consumers opted for cheaper imported disposable masks. Manufacturers, who have moved to the next level to speed up the production of masks at the request of the government, are asking for help in promoting and finding buyers.

-Beijing’s largest meat and vegetable market has been closed after a group of coronavirus cases, according to the Washington Post. The incident raised concerns about a second wave of infections in China, from which the pandemic began.

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