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With latest executive orders, Trump gets approval from his golf club crowd – POLITICO

People wait to watch President Donald Trump speak at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey on Aug. 7, 2020. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — As White House negotiators and Democrats tried — and failed — to reach a deal that could help the millions of Americans who are unemployed and facing evictions, the man who calls himself a master dealmaker was missing in Washington.

President Donald Trump had retreated at the end of last week to his private club here in New Jersey, where he watched his political troubles mount: His poll numbers against Joe Biden were sliding, and White House negotiators failed to force Democrats to cave and reach a deal that would address the pressing concerns of a nation ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and exhausted by the economic side effects.

Frustrated by the gridlock and his own grim political news, Trump did what has become routine for the president when he faces political impasse: He ordered his aides to draw up executive actions to sign and asked his team to assemble the press, in an attempt to put a Trumpian spin on the failures back in Washington.

To the delight of club members in pastel-colored polo shirts and golf cleats who, at times, sounded like a sitcom laugh track for the president’s jabs at Democrats and the press, the president put on back-to-back shows in the ballroom of his property.

The news conferences and executive actions were reminiscent of other times when Trump decided to act on his own when unable to reach a deal, like when he declared a national emergency to get funds for the border wall and end an argument over funding that shut down the government. And while the signings and speeches gave the optics of progress, it’s doubtful the power of pen will completely alleviate the financial pain being felt by millions across the country as the virus continues to spread. Questions have already been raised about the legality of the measures and how they will be funded.

Trump’s own aides acknowledged that executive actions would fall far short of what was needed to tackle the economic crisis, but the president wanted to convince the public otherwise.

On Friday evening, Trump stepped out to a podium set up in a ballroom of his club with crystal chandeliers and tall windows overlooking a perfectly groomed golf course, to send a threat to Congress that if a deal wasn’t made he would act on his own. But by that night there were no more plans for negotiations and his team was already drawing up executive actions for him to sign.

Then on Saturday, the president walked out to the podium once more with four leather-bound folders filled with official documents to sign. He declared that his actions would “take care of, pretty much, this entire situation,” and said once again that the virus — which has infected more than 5 million people in the U.S., has claimed the lives of over 164,000 and continues to spread — was “disappearing.”

The president touted the measures he was taking as “important” and signed actions to give unemployed Americans $400 in weekly assistance ($200 less than what people had been receiving), and deferrals of payroll taxes and federal student loans. He also issued a vague memo that directs the secretaries of Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury to identify “any and all Federal funds to provide temporary financial assistance to renters and homeowners” who are unable to pay rent or mortgages because of the coronavirus.

“So, that’s the story,” Trump said on Saturday, as he closed the cover of an executive action he’d just signed, and then handed his signature Sharpies to club-goers.

But Trump’s version of the story failed to acknowledge just how little his executive actions would accomplish, the potential legal challenges, and the major hurdles still facing the country. In his remarks, the president placed blame on Democrats for wanting additional measures, like in a deal to address the coronavirus, even though he personally pushed for things such as money for a new FBI building in downtown D.C.

Also missing from what the president said was the fact that it was Senate Republicans who couldn’t muster the votes in their own caucus to advance a relief bill — months after House Democrats passed their own version to address the ongoing crisis.

Democrats immediately panned the executive actions. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, appearing Sunday morning on ABC News’ “This Week,” called them “paltry.”

“Unfortunately, the president’s executive orders, described in one word, could be paltry; in three words, unworkable, weak and far too narrow,” the New York Democrat said. “The event at the country club is just what Trump does, a big show, but it doesn’t do anything.”

A White House official on Saturday said the president had the “upper hand” by moving forward with actions and showing how little the Democrats were willing to actually negotiate.

“It just shows Trump is willing to get things done and work on the weekends, unlike Chuck and Nancy,” said Jason Miller, a Trump campaign adviser, referring to the minority leader and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But throughout negotiations the president himself was largely missing, although he said he was updated regularly by his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. And while the country has been rocked by the pandemic, the president has not spoken to Pelosi since last year, and suggested he wouldn’t anytime soon.

“We’ll see what happens, but right now they’re not ready,” Trump said, referring to Democratic lawmakers. “And they’re not ready because, frankly, I don’t think they care about people.”

The president was happy with how the news conferences went, according to aides, especially in the company of members from his club. Some came straight from happy hour holding glasses of wine.

Ahead of the first news conference, according to CNN, the president was heard on a microphone telling members: “You’ll get to meet the fake news tonight. You’ll get to see what I have to go through. Who’s there? Oh, all my killers are there, wow. So you’ll get to see some of the people that we deal with every day.”

People in the room booed and hissed when a reporter asked why members at his club appeared to be flaunting New Jersey guidelines by crowding into the room. Trump called it a “peaceful protest” at his country club.

“You know, you have an exclusion in the law. It says peaceful protest or political activity, right?” Trump said. “I call it a peaceful protest because they heard you were coming up and they know the news is fake, they know it better than anybody.”

The weekend was meant to help Trump reset. On Friday, the president met with his top campaign advisers, including Bill Stepien and Jason Miller, at Bedminster, and spent time Friday and Saturday with one of his closest allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). On Saturday morning, Trump and Graham called into a South Carolina Republican Party meeting, according to a person familiar. First lady Melania Trump and their son Barron spent the weekend at Bedminster, too.

The weekend away was also part of a big fundraising push by the Republican National Committee. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel traveled with the president on Marine One and accompanied him at exclusive fundraisers on Thursday in Ohio, and then over the weekend in the Hamptons and New Jersey. On Saturday, Trump got a boost from hobnobbing with friends at fundraisers at the ritzy homes of the Wall Street billionaire John Paulson and Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., in the Hamptons that raised $15 million for Trump Victory.

His Sunday fundraiser took place on the shore of New Jersey in Long Branch, where people acted as if there was no pandemic. Supporters, not socially distanced and without masks, crowded along the side of the road to see the president.

But even though the pandemic seemed far away for some of the public in New Jersey, the president had a gut-wrenching reminder of the virus’s toll when he visited. His final fundraiser of the weekend was held at the home of Stanley Chera, an old friend of the president’s and a fellow real estate tycoon who died of the coronavirus this spring.

“A great person, and a very early supporter,” Trump said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.”

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Corning says its latest Gorilla Glass can survive a two-meter drop – Engadget

Today, Corning revealed Gorilla Glass Victus, its toughest glass yet for mobile electronics. According to Corning, Victus is twice as scratch resistant as its predecessor Gorilla Glass 6, and it can withstand drops from two meters onto hard, rough surfaces. For comparison, most competitive glasses typically fail when they’re dropped from 0.8 meters, Corning says.

Gorilla Glass is used in more than eight billion devices by more than 45 brands, and Corning says durability is one of the biggest concerns for consumers. What makes Gorilla Glass Victus unique, the company says, is that it improves both drop and scratch performance.

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New York City’s latest reopening phase leaves much of the economy still frozen – Politico

Dining chairs and tables are stacked at Little Tong Noodle Shop. | AP Photo/John Minchillo

Dining chairs and tables are stacked at Little Tong Noodle Shop in New York. | AP Photo/John Minchillo

NEW YORK — New York City entered the fourth and final scheduled phase of its coronavirus reopening on Monday, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said there’s no timeline for when still-shuttered indoor facilities like restaurants, museums, theaters and malls will be able to open.

Until they do, the city’s economy remains largely at a standstill. A report from the Partnership for New York City, first reported Monday by POLITICO, painted a bleak picture of the city’s economic future. As many as one-third of the 230,000 or so small businesses across the city may close permanently. A report from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce found more than half of that borough’s small businesses were struggling to stay open through the summer.

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The phase four reopening does include some outdoor cultural sites like zoos and botanic gardens. The Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, Empire State Building observation deck and outdoor sections of Liberty Island are among the iconic spots opening this week, with capacity limits in place and some with the first days open only to members.

“The heroic efforts of New Yorkers fighting back this disease have made this possible,” de Blasio said during his daily briefing Monday. “So many things are moving forward.”

TV, movie and music production have the green light to start up on Monday, and professional sports are returning with no fans.

Since it began to emerge from a monthslong lockdown in early June, the city has every two weeks entered a new phase of the reopening plan. Now that it has reached phase four, there are no more planned milestones on the calendar.

Indoor restaurants and bars have been ordered to stay shut in the city, and indoor museums were nixed from the fourth phase. Gyms, movie theaters and malls are among the other businesses still under indefinite shutdown orders.

“There’s so much concern about certain types of indoor activities, and right now we are all about keeping New York City safe, being smart, being cautious about it,” de Blasio said.

“We do not have a deadline, quote unquote, by which we’re looking to make a decision on indoor dining or malls,” he said. “We want to keep watching the overall situation in the country, the overall situation in the city, and how all these other things interact — including, most obviously, when people start to come back more in September to school and work.”

Jay Varma, a top public health adviser to the mayor, said the city was shaping its approach based on the experience of other places where reopening has sparked a surge in virus cases.

“We understand completely this presents an incredible challenge for the businesses throughout the city. But we’ve seen what has happened in many other places around the world — particularly places that have done an exceptional job at controlling this epidemic — have had to repeatedly open and close indoor bars, restaurants, other shopping facilities because of resurgence,” he said.

“We need to be very cautious because of the experiences throughout the world.”

The city has been reporting a few hundred new coronavirus cases each day, and there has been an increase in the infection rate among young adults.

In the latest data reported Monday, 74 people entered hospitals for Covid-19 symptoms, public hospital ICUs were treating 311 patients and 2 percent of coronavirus tests came back positive.

De Blasio also vowed enforcement against establishments that flout social distancing rules — saying an Astoria lounge, Brik, which was a focal point for maskless crowds partying on Steinway Street over the weekend, has been shut down.

“No one wants to shut down bars and restaurants, but if they do not cooperate in our efforts to contain the coronavirus, they will be shut down,” de Blasio said. “If we have to, we’ll give out summonses. So there will be heavier enforcement by the sheriff’s office, and when needed by the NYPD as well, around bars and restaurants.”

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Latest number of coronavirus cases, deaths in South Carolina released by DHEC: Tuesday, July 14 – WYFF4 Greenville

>> FIRST TO BREAKING NEWS OUTS OF NORTH CAROLINA. STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM IN AUGUST. THIS AS LONG AS COVID-19 CASES DO NOT SPIKE IN THE STATE. GOVERNOR ROY COOPER ANNOUNCED THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE STATE WILL GO FORWARD WITH PLAN B, WHICH IS IN-PERSON LEARNING, BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR DISTRICTS TO CHOOSE A PLAN C, WHICH IS ON-LINE LEARNING. PLAN B INCLUDES MODERATE SOCIAL DISTANCING, FACE COVERINGS FOR EVERY TEACHER, STAFF, AND STUDENT, KINDERGARTEN THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN BUILDINGS, DAILY SYMPTOM SCREENINGS, INCLUDING TEMPERATURE CHECKS AND FREQUENT HAND WASHING BREAKS, AND INCREASED CLEANING. OFFICIALS SAY NON-ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND OUTSIDE DISTRICT EVENTS WILL BE ELIMINATED. >> WE KNOW THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME RISK WITH IN-PERSON LEARNING, AND WE’RE DOING A LOT TO REDUCE THAT RISK. BUT AS PEDIATRICIANS AND OTHER HEALTH EXPERTS TELL US, THERE IS MUCH RISK IN NOT GOING BACK TO IN-PERSON SCHOOL. >> NOW THE GOVERNOR SAYS REMOTE LEARNING IN PLAN C IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE. IN DISTRICTS WHERE BOTH OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE, FAMILIES CAN CHOOSE WHICHEVER LEARNING FORMAT IS BEST FOR THEM AND WE DO HAVE A BREAKDOWN ON WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS IT FALL. YOU CAN FIND IT ON OUR WEB SITE, WYFF4.COM, OR ON OUR WYFF NEWS 4 MOBILE APP. NOW TO THE NUMBERS. HEALTH OFFICIALS IN NORTH CAROLINA SAY THE STATE IS SEEING THE HIGHEST SINGLE DAY INCREASE IN COVID-19 ASSOCIATED DEATHS. AND A RECORD NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS. NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE REPORTING MORE THAN 1900 NEW CASES OF COVID-19, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES ACROSS THE STATE TO OVER 89,000. THE STATE ALSO ANNOUNCED 42 MORE DEATHS, BRINGING THE TOTAL ACROSS THE STATE TO 1,552. THERE ARE 1,109 PEOPLE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED. HOWEVER, WE DO NEED TO NOTE THAT ONLY 91% OF HOSPITALS IN THE STATE ARE REPORTING THEIR NUMBERS TODAY >> TONIGHT, SOUTH CAROLINA DHEC IS REPORTING MOR THAN 2200 NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS. THAT BRINGS THE STATE’S TOTAL OF CONFIRMED CASES TO MORE THAN 60,000. OF THE TESTS RETURNED TODAY, DHEC SAYS MORE THAN 21% WERE POSITIVE. HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ALS REPORTING 23 MORE CORONAVIRUS-RELATED DEATHS, BRINGING SOUTH CAROLINA’S DEATH TOLL TO 984. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE MORE THAN 2800 IN-PATIENT HOSPITAL BEDS AVAILABLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. CURRENTLY OVER 7,000 ARE IN USE. OF THOSE BEDS, HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN 1500 ARE OCCUPIED BY PATIENTS WHO HAVE EITHER TESTED POSITIVE OR ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR COVID-19. >> WYFF NEWS 4 INVESTIGATES IS WORKING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DATA. TODAY’S QUESTION, HOW MANY PEOPLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE RECOVERED? DHEC ESTIMATES THE RECOVERY RATE IN THE STATE IS 89%. AS OF JULY 9, THE AGENCY SAYS NEARLY 2600 PEOPLE EITHER PASSED AWAY OR REMAIN ILL. IT IS AN ESTIMATE BECAUSE DHEC ONLY HAS SYMPTOMS DATA FROM ABOUT 24,000 OF THE MORE THAN 52,000 CASES. WE EXPLAIN HOW DHEC COMES UP WITH THE ESTIMATE IN OUR STORY ON THE HOME PAGE WYFF4.COM. AND SEND YOUR DATA QUESTIONS

Latest number of coronavirus cases, deaths in South Carolina released by DHEC: Tuesday, July 14

(Coronavirus headlines for North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia above.)The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Tuesday there are 2,205 new confirmed cases and two new probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional confirmed deaths. There are currently 1,550 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19, and 203 of those patients are currently on ventilators.This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 60,220, probable cases to 169, confirmed deaths to 984 and 9 probable deaths. Related: CORONAVIRUS QUESTION: How many in SC have recovered?Fourteen of the deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Charleston (4), Colleton (1), Florence (1), Georgetown (1), Horry (2), Lancaster (1), Lexington (2), Sumter (1), and Williamsburg (1) counties, and nine of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Berkeley (3), Charleston (2), Georgetown (1), Greenville (1), Orangeburg (1), and Sumter (1) counties.The number of new confirmed cases by county are listed below.Abbeville (6), Aiken (67), Allendale (3), Anderson (69), Bamberg (7), Barnwell (18), Beaufort (81), Berkeley (117), Calhoun (4), Charleston (412), Cherokee (11), Chester (8), Chesterfield (9), Clarendon (12), Colleton (32), Darlington (18), Dillon (5), Dorchester (91), Edgefield (6), Fairfield (5), Florence (69), Georgetown (26), Greenville (210), Greenwood (21), Hampton (10), Horry (148), Jasper (6), Kershaw (24), Lancaster (16), Laurens (26), Lee (2), Lexington (113), Marion (14), Marlboro (6), Newberry (22), Oconee (10), Orangeburg (44), Pickens (34), Richland (232), Saluda (8), Spartanburg (89), Sumter (38), Union (1), Williamsburg (12), York (43)Probable cases: Greenville County (2)PGRpdiBjbGFzcz0ndGFibGVhdVBsYWNlaG9sZGVyJyBpZD0ndml6MTU5NDEyNjA5MjcxNScgc3R5bGU9J3Bvc2l0aW9uOiByZWxhdGl2ZSc+PG5vc2NyaXB0PjxhIGhyZWY9JyMnPjxpbWcgYWx0PScgJyBzcmM9J2h0dHBzOiYjNDc7JiM0NztwdWJsaWMudGFibGVhdS5jb20mIzQ3O3N0YXRpYyYjNDc7aW1hZ2VzJiM0NztTQyYjNDc7U0NDYXNlQXZlcmFnZXMmIzQ3O0Rhc2hib2FyZDImIzQ3OzFfcnNzLnBuZycgc3R5bGU9J2JvcmRlcjogbm9uZScgLz48L2E+PC9ub3NjcmlwdD48b2JqZWN0IGNsYXNzPSd0YWJsZWF1Vml6JyAgc3R5bGU9J2Rpc3BsYXk6bm9uZTsnPjxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSdob3N0X3VybCcgdmFsdWU9J2h0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGcHVibGljLnRhYmxlYXUuY29tJTJGJyAvPiA8cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nZW1iZWRfY29kZV92ZXJzaW9uJyB2YWx1ZT0nMycgLz4gPHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J3NpdGVfcm9vdCcgdmFsdWU9JycgLz48cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nbmFtZScgdmFsdWU9J1NDQ2FzZUF2ZXJhZ2VzJiM0NztEYXNoYm9hcmQyJyAvPjxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSd0YWJzJyB2YWx1ZT0nbm8nIC8+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J3Rvb2xiYXInIHZhbHVlPSd5ZXMnIC8+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J3N0YXRpY19pbWFnZScgdmFsdWU9J2h0dHBzOiYjNDc7JiM0NztwdWJsaWMudGFibGVhdS5jb20mIzQ3O3N0YXRpYyYjNDc7aW1hZ2VzJiM0NztTQyYjNDc7U0NDYXNlQXZlcmFnZXMmIzQ3O0Rhc2hib2FyZDImIzQ3OzEucG5nJyAvPiA8cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nYW5pbWF0ZV90cmFuc2l0aW9uJyB2YWx1ZT0neWVzJyAvPjxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSdkaXNwbGF5X3N0YXRpY19pbWFnZScgdmFsdWU9J3llcycgLz48cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nZGlzcGxheV9zcGlubmVyJyB2YWx1ZT0neWVzJyAvPjxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSdkaXNwbGF5X292ZXJsYXknIHZhbHVlPSd5ZXMnIC8+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J2Rpc3BsYXlfY291bnQnIHZhbHVlPSd5ZXMnIC8+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J2xhbmd1YWdlJyB2YWx1ZT0nZW4nIC8+PC9vYmplY3Q+PC9kaXY+ICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIDxzY3JpcHQgdHlwZT0ndGV4dC9qYXZhc2NyaXB0Jz4gICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIHZhciBkaXZFbGVtZW50ID0gZG9jdW1lbnQuZ2V0RWxlbWVudEJ5SWQoJ3ZpejE1OTQxMjYwOTI3MTUnKTsgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIHZhciB2aXpFbGVtZW50ID0gZGl2RWxlbWVudC5nZXRFbGVtZW50c0J5VGFnTmFtZSgnb2JqZWN0JylbMF07ICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICB2aXpFbGVtZW50LnN0eWxlLndpZHRoPSc4MDBweCc7dml6RWxlbWVudC5zdHlsZS5oZWlnaHQ9JzgyN3B4JzsgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIHZhciBzY3JpcHRFbGVtZW50ID0gZG9jdW1lbnQuY3JlYXRlRWxlbWVudCgnc2NyaXB0Jyk7ICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICBzY3JpcHRFbGVtZW50LnNyYyA9ICdodHRwczovL3B1YmxpYy50YWJsZWF1LmNvbS9qYXZhc2NyaXB0cy9hcGkvdml6X3YxLmpzJzsgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIHZpekVsZW1lbnQucGFyZW50Tm9kZS5pbnNlcnRCZWZvcmUoc2NyaXB0RWxlbWVudCwgdml6RWxlbWVudCk7ICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIDwvc2NyaXB0Pg==Testing in South CarolinaAs of Monday, a total of 563,948 tests have been conducted in the state. See a detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina on the Data and Projections webpage. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.Percent Positive Test Trends among Reported COVID-19 CasesThe total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Monday statewide was 10,262 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 21.5%.More than 100 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled StatewideAs part of our ongoing efforts to increase testing in underserved and rural communities across the state, DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics that bring testing to these communities. Currently, there are 101 mobile testing events scheduled through August 1 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.Residents can also get tested at one of 180 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.Hospital Bed OccupancyAs of Tuesday morning, 2,813 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,976 are in use, which is a 73.93% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,976 inpatient beds currently used, 1,550 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.How South Carolinians Can Stop the SpreadEvidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don’t know they are infectious. This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else. Steps we can take to protect ourselves and others include:Practicing social distancing Wearing a mask in public Avoiding group gatherings Regularly washing your hands Staying home if sickFor the latest information related to COVID-19 visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19.Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

GREENVILLE, S.C. —

(Coronavirus headlines for North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia above.)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Tuesday there are 2,205 new confirmed cases and two new probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional confirmed deaths.

There are currently 1,550 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19, and 203 of those patients are currently on ventilators.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 60,220, probable cases to 169, confirmed deaths to 984 and 9 probable deaths.

Related: CORONAVIRUS QUESTION: How many in SC have recovered?

Fourteen of the deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Charleston (4), Colleton (1), Florence (1), Georgetown (1), Horry (2), Lancaster (1), Lexington (2), Sumter (1), and Williamsburg (1) counties, and nine of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Berkeley (3), Charleston (2), Georgetown (1), Greenville (1), Orangeburg (1), and Sumter (1) counties.

The number of new confirmed cases by county are listed below.

Abbeville (6), Aiken (67), Allendale (3), Anderson (69), Bamberg (7), Barnwell (18), Beaufort (81), Berkeley (117), Calhoun (4), Charleston (412), Cherokee (11), Chester (8), Chesterfield (9), Clarendon (12), Colleton (32), Darlington (18), Dillon (5), Dorchester (91), Edgefield (6), Fairfield (5), Florence (69), Georgetown (26), Greenville (210), Greenwood (21), Hampton (10), Horry (148), Jasper (6), Kershaw (24), Lancaster (16), Laurens (26), Lee (2), Lexington (113), Marion (14), Marlboro (6), Newberry (22), Oconee (10), Orangeburg (44), Pickens (34), Richland (232), Saluda (8), Spartanburg (89), Sumter (38), Union (1), Williamsburg (12), York (43)

Probable cases: Greenville County (2)

Testing in South Carolina

As of Monday, a total of 563,948 tests have been conducted in the state. See a detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina on the Data and Projections webpage. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

Percent Positive Test Trends among Reported COVID-19 Cases

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Monday statewide was 10,262 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 21.5%.

More than 100 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled Statewide

As part of our ongoing efforts to increase testing in underserved and rural communities across the state, DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics that bring testing to these communities. Currently, there are 101 mobile testing events scheduled through August 1 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.

Residents can also get tested at one of 180 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.

Hospital Bed Occupancy

As of Tuesday morning, 2,813 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,976 are in use, which is a 73.93% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,976 inpatient beds currently used, 1,550 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

How South Carolinians Can Stop the Spread

Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don’t know they are infectious. This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else. Steps we can take to protect ourselves and others include:

  • Practicing social distancing
  • Wearing a mask in public
  • Avoiding group gatherings
  • Regularly washing your hands
  • Staying home if sick

For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19.Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

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Coronavirus latest: US cases top 2.5 million as states halt lockdowns – DW (English)

A quarter of the global cases are in the US, as several states struggle to manage skyrocketing infection rates after reopening. Follow DW for the latest.

  • Global infections surpass 10 million, with more than 2.5 million in the US

  • France is casting ballots in municipal elections, while Poland is holding a presidential vote

  • Nearly 500,000 have been killed due to COVID-19

  • Brazil records 1.3 million infections, with more than 57,000 deaths  

All updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT) 

13:42 Indonesian President Joko Widodo has threatened to shuffle his cabinet and potentially close down government agencies if they do not do enough to combat the pandemic.

“I see that many of us are working as though things are normal. That’s what’s irritating me. Don’t you have feelings? This is a crisis,” Widodo said in publicly released comments to his cabinet.

“I will take any extraordinary measures for our 267 million people, for the nation. It can be disbanding agencies, can be a reshuffle, I have thought of everything,” he said.

Widodo said he may also issue more emergency decrees if needed.

Indonesia recorded its biggest daily rise in infections on Saturday, with 1,385 new cases. It has a total of 54,010 cases and 2,754 deaths — the highest in East Asia outside China.

12:54 The English city of Leicester could face a complete lockdown due to a rise in cases, the UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said Sunday.

“There will be support going into Leicester and in fact the health secretary was in touch with many of us over the weekend explaining some of the measures, the support on testing, resources that will go into the local authority as well,” she told the BBC.

Reports in the Sunday Times newspaper said the government was set to reimpose strict lockdown rules on Leicester “within the next few days” after a spike of 658 new cases were reported in the two weeks up to June 16. 

The increases were linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants and reports of large gatherings outside takeaway restaurants.

Boris Johnson’s government is set to ease virus lockdown restrictions by opening pubs, restaurants and hairdressers among others across England from July 4 — despite predictions of a second wave.

11:02 China has imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding the capital Beijing to contain a fresh coronavirus cluster, as authorities warned the outbreak was still “severe and complicated.”

After China appeared to have largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in neighboring Hebei province in recent weeks.

Health officials said Sunday that Anxin county — about 150 kilometers (90 miles) from Beijing — will be “fully enclosed and controlled,” the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year.

Only one person from each family will be allowed to go out once a day to purchase necessities such as food and medicine, the county’s epidemic prevention task force said in a statement.

The move comes after another 14 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours in Beijing, taking the total to 311 since mid-June and spurring the testing of millions of residents.

10:20 In the German district of Gütersloh — the site of a massive coronavirus outbreak at a Tönnies slaughterhouse — the number of positive tests in people unrelated to the abattoir has increased “noticeably.”

The district said the rise is likely due to an increased amount of testing in the area. Many of those tested showed no symptoms. In the seven days up to and including Friday, 75 cases without any connection to the Tönnies meat company were discovered.

This was 28 more than in the comparable period the day before.

07:35 Swiss authorities say they’ve ordered 300 people into quarantine after a “superspreader” outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Zurich nightclub. Officials said a man who had been at the Flamingo Club a week ago tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and that five people who were with him subsequently tested positive.

Based on a list of guests provided by the club, authorities got in touch with the others and ordered them into quarantine for 10 days.

Swiss officials say the incident shows how important it is to stick to hygiene and distance regulations as lockdown measures are gradually lifted. Like many European countries, Switzerland had drastically reduced the number of new coronavirus infections and is now starting to see a slight uptick as it tries to restart its economy.

In its latest report posted Sunday, Switzerland reported 69 new cases overnight from Friday to Saturday for a total of 31,555 cases; 1,681 people have died.

07:17 France is holding the second round of municipal elections in 5,000 towns and cities on Sunday, after ballot casting had been postponed due to the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Voters are set to choose mayors and municipal councilors at polling stations operating under strict hygiene rules. Face masks, soap or hand sanitizers, and maintaining 1 meter (about 3 feet) distance between each person in lines are mandatory. Voters have been told to bring their own pens to sign the register.

The spread of the coronavirus has slowed significantly in France in recent weeks and almost all restrictions on social and business activity were gradually lifted over the last month.

Still, the virus is expected to hurt Sunday’s turnout

France has so far reported nearly 200,000 confirmed cases and 29,781 deaths in the pandemic.

07:09 The number of coronavirus infections in Pakistan crossed the 200,000 mark on Sunday, as authorities imposed restrictions in major cities across the country in a struggle to control the spread of the virus.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 202,944 and related deaths reached 4,118. At least 4,072 new cases and 83 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday. More than 92,000, or 45% of people infected, have recovered whereas 2,805 are in critical condition at hospitals.  

The rise in the number of infections accelerated after Prime Minister Imran Khan lifted lockdown restrictions last month, with over 100,000 new cases reported during the last 20 days.

Officials say the country is still at least a month away from the projected peak of the pandemic. Violations of lockdown guidelines prompted authorities to seal markets, shopping malls and residential areas in several parts of the country.

06:57 The Czech Republic’s daily number of new infections jumped to 260, the highest since April 8, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday. That is nearly triple that of the 93 recorded on Thursday.

Data showed a significant increase in new cases was recorded in the Karvina region, by far the most affected region in the country at present.

Chief public health officer Jarmila Razova told public radio that the rise could be linked to intensive testing in several places where the disease is spreading fast. These include a mine in the east of the country and a company in the north.

In total, the country of 10.7 million has confirmed 11,298 COVID-19 cases, with 347 deaths as of the end of Saturday.

05:28 The German state of Bavaria is to intensify COVID-19 testing on a “massive” scale, according to the state health ministry. 

“A cornerstone of our Bavarian test concept is that all people who want to be tested for SARS-COV-2 infection should be able to find out whether they have been infected,” regional Health Minister Melanie Huml said in Munich. 

The tests are set to focus on abattoirs and meat processing plants in a bid to “to prevent major outbreaks like in Gütersloh,” she added. 

The government was offering tests for all Bavarian residents as quickly as possible, even for people without symptoms.

04:05 Australia’s Victoria state has made it mandatory for returning travelers to get tested for coronavirus after the state recorded a spike in the number of infections. Australia also requires all returning locals to quarantine in hotels for two weeks. 

People in quarantine will be tested twice, first on day three and then on day 11 of their-two week quarantine period. Those still refusing testing will be required to remain in quarantine for a further 10 days, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrew said.

Victoria, the country’s second-most populous state confirmed 49 new cases in the past 24 hours, its highest daily increase in more than two months.

03:07 The UK government is considering imposing a lockdown on the city of Leicester after a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been examining the legislation required to shut down the city of around 350,000 people, after it confirmed over 650 cases in the two weeks leading up to June 16, the newspaper said, quoting senior government sources.

Hancock sent a mobile testing unit to the city last week to help manage the outbreak and is considering “all options” on how to respond to the latest surge of infections. 

02:55 Germany‘s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen by 256 to 193,499, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. There were three recorded deaths, bringing the total to 8,957.

Yesterday, Germany logged 687 new cases and six deaths.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday warned people against ignoring the dangers posed by the coronavirus, saying that the pandemic is not over — and the situation in the country remains serious.

Read moreCoronavirus outbreaks: Will Germany become Europe’s next major hot spot?

01:35 China has confirmed 17 new cases of coronavirus, out of which 14 were reported in Beijing. Officials in the capital city have temporarily closed the wholesale food market, which is believed to be the source of the latest outbreak. 

Schools in the Chinese capital have been closed and some neighborhoods have been put under lockdown. As many people are traveling during the four-day holiday weekend, anyone leaving Beijing must have tested negatively for the virus within the past week. The city has also increased its testing capacity to up to 300,000 a day. 

After the latest figures, China’s total infections stand at 83,500. The death toll in the country has remained unchanged at 4,634 since mid-May.

01:05 Mexico reported 4,410 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total infections to 212,802. The country’s Health Ministry also reported 602 additional deaths. So far, 26,381 people in Mexico have died due to the coronavirus. The government has said the actual numbers may be significantly higher than the confirmed cases figure.

00:00 The US has confirmed more than 2.5 million cases of the coronavirus, far more than any other country. It has also recorded 125,435 deaths, about one-fourth of the worldwide tally, which stands at over 495,000.  

Southern and western states saw the most notable surge in cases, as many have begun to ease lockdown measuresTexas and Florida have reimposed some restrictions, while Washington Governor Jay Inslee is putting the state’s reopening plan on hold.  

Catch up on yesterday’s coronavirus news here

In reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise specified, DW uses figures provided by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Coronavirus Resource Center in the United States. JHU updates figures in real-time, collating data from world health organizations, state and national governments, and other public official sources, all of whom have their own systems for compiling information.

Germany’s national statistics are compiled by its public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures depend on data transmission from state and local levels and are updated around once a day, which can lead to deviation from JHU.

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The Latest Pandemic Shortage: Coins Are The New Toilet Paper – NPR

Banks around the U.S. are running low on nickels, dimes, quarters and even pennies because of problems with production and distribution caused by coronavirus pandemic.

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Banks around the U.S. are running low on nickels, dimes, quarters and even pennies because of problems with production and distribution caused by coronavirus pandemic.

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Just as supplies of toilet paper are finally getting back to normal, the coronavirus has triggered another shortage of something we typically take for granted: pocket change.

Banks around the U.S. are running low on nickels, dimes, quarters and even pennies. And the Federal Reserve, which supplies banks, has been forced to ration scarce supplies.

“It was just a surprise,” said Gay Dempsey, who runs the Bank of Lincoln County in Tennessee, when she learned of the rationing order. “Nobody was expecting it.”

Dempsey’s bank typically dispenses 400 to 500 rolls of pennies each week. Under the rationing order, her allotment was cut down to just 100 rolls, with similar cutbacks in nickels, dimes and quarters.

That spells trouble for Dempsey’s business customers, who need the coins to stock cash registers all around Lincoln County, Tenn.

“You think about all your grocery stores and convenience stores and a lot of people that still operate with cash,” Dempsey said. “They have to have that just to make change.”

Rural banks in particular seem to be getting shortchanged, according to Colin Barrett, CEO of the Tennessee Bankers Association.

Rep. John Rose, R-Tenn., sounded the alarm last week during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee.

“My fear is that customers who use these banks will react very poorly,” Rose said. “And I know that we all don’t want to wake up to headlines in the near future such as ‘Banks Out of Money.’ ”

The congressman warned that if businesses are unable to make exact change, they’ll be forced to round up or round down, “in a time when pennies are the difference between profitability and loss.”

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell assured Rose that the central bank is monitoring the situation closely.

“We’re working with the mint to increase supply, and we’re working with the reserve banks to get that supply where it needs to be,” Powell said. “So we think it’s a temporary situation.”

The U.S. Mint produced fewer coins than usual this spring in an effort to protect employees from infection. But the larger problem — as with many other pandemic shortages — is distribution.

During the lockdown, many automatic coin-sorting machines that people typically use to cash in loose change were off-limits. And with many businesses closed, unused coins piled up in darkened cash drawers, in pants pockets and on nightstands, even as banks went begging.

“The flow of coins through the economy … kind of stopped,” Powell said.

The Fed chairman stressed that this clog in the financial plumbing should clear quickly, now that businesses are reopening, and that supplies of coins should soon be back to normal.

In the meantime, Dempsey, the banker, has secured an emergency stash of coins from some of her business customers who run vending machines and laundromats.

While a growing number of people rely on credit cards or smartphone apps for many transactions today, the coin crunch is a reminder that sometimes you just need change.

“Cash is still king, I guess,” Dempsey mused.

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Apple’s latest iPad mini drops to $349 at Amazon – Engadget

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It’s now a little easier to get a small tablet that still packs a punch. Amazon is selling Apple’s current-generation iPad mini with 64GB of storage for $349, or $50 below the official price. You’ll get $50 off the price if you want 256GB of storage or LTE, too. This is close to the lowest price we’ve seen, and should make the iPad mini easier to justify versus the larger but slower 10.2-inch iPad.

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Elon Musk’s latest fight with Alameda County follows familiar path – The Mercury News

Silicon Valley titan Elon Musk likes to do it his way. And when he can’t, he rarely holds back.

Musk’s combative nature revealed itself again this weekend when the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive challenged Alameda County government officials about reopening his electric car manufacturing plant in Fremont in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Saturday night fit, Musk had a lawyer file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to block Alameda County from enforcing an order that prevents the plant from reopening immediately. He went to court even though Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty said Sunday they were close to an agreement to reopen the plant in the coming week.

The federal suit also argued that local government officials had overstepped their authority: “Alameda County’s power-grab not only defies the Governor’s Order, but offends the federal and California constitutions,” the lawsuit said.

The controversial action was the latest in the past month by the iconoclastic billionaire best known as a serial entrepreneur and serial tweeter.

To wit:

— Tweeting Saturday night, Musk said he would move Tesla’s headquarters from Palo Alto to Texas or Nevada, states with favorable tax laws that have been luring California companies for the past decade.

— Wednesday, Musk put two multimillion-dollar Bel Air mansions on the market after saying he would sell almost all physical possessions. “Don’t need the cash,” he tweeted. “Devoting myself to Mars and Earth. Possession just weigh you down.”

— On Tuesday, Musk and Grimes, the Canadian musician Claire Elise Boucher, announced on Twitter the birth of their newborn boy. They named him X Æ A-12 Musk.

–On May 1, Musk tweeted that Tesla’s stock prices were too high, causing an immediate 10 percent drop. (The stock rebounded and closed Friday 7.78 percent higher than the day of the tweet.)

— In an April 29 conference call with reporters, Musk lashed out at shelter-in-place orders. “To say they cannot leave their house and that they will be arrested if they do, that’s fascist,” he said. “That is not democratic — this is not freedom. Give people back their goddamn freedom.”

Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, did not flinch when learning of Musk’s threat to abandon the Bay Area.

“Nothing ever surprises me anymore when it is related to Elon Musk,” he said Sunday. “I’m sure there are more surprises to come.”

Hancock described Musk’s remarks as “extreme impatience. We can completely understand it. Nobody gets to do anything they would like to do” while dealing with a global pandemic.

But Musk, a South African immigrant worth almost $40 billion, according to reports, is used to getting his way. And he is not afraid to air his frustrations publicly when he doesn’t.

With 33.9 million followers on Twitter, Musk commands a large audience. He did not respond Sunday to requests to talk about the Tesla situation through Twitter and email. Tesla Inc. also did not respond to an email request for comment.

“There is a reason he builds rockets: He moves at the speed of sound,” said Haggerty, the Alameda County supervisor who helped bring Tesla to the former General Motors Fremont assembly plant in 2010. “It is hard for people to keep up with him.”

Haggerty said Tesla officials threatened Thursday to sue Alameda County over the plant closure. The weekend filing still surprised him.

“I don’t think he is going to leave,” Haggerty said. “I think he wants to feel valued.”

Nevada would be a happy beneficiary if Musk does follow through with the threats, said Cara Clarke, vice president of the Las Vegas chamber of commerce.

“Nevada is always looking to diversify and expand businesses here,” she said Sunday. “Right now in this tentative economy, new jobs are something we would welcome.”

The 5.3-million-square foot Tesla plant that assembles the Model 3, Model S, Model X and Model Y vehicles temporarily closed March 23 to comply with the shelter-in-place order after first defying public health officials. It appeared the electric carmaker would reopen about the same time as America’s three big automakers that are scheduled to resume operations on May 18.

“We were close, we were really close,” said Haggerty, who added he had been working with Tesla executives and county health officials for three weeks to create a safety plan. “For some reason, Elon had it in his mind he wanted to open it this week. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Elon couldn’t wait a few more days.”

Hancock hopes the latest dispute does not lead to relocation.

“You’re talking about severing ties to 14,000 people who have given their lives to Tesla, who are loyal, devoted, who he cares about,” Hancock said of the plant’s workforce.

“It would be a cold-hearted move on his part, and it also would involve all kinds of start-up costs, relocation costs. None of this makes sense.”

Plus, Hancock added, Tesla is a technology company: “Silicon Valley and Elon Musk were made for each other,” he said.

Haggerty called for the immediate opening of the economy while also praising the work by the Bay Area county public health officials who took early action to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Such measured comments usually are not found on Musk’s unfiltered Twitter feed.

“He’s made of that stuff that made California, that made the Wild West, made Silicon Valley,” Hancock said. “He’s a maverick, he’s a renegade, he’s an innovator and a disruptor.”

Now the question is how far will Musk go to make his latest point.

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SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype passes a key test that puts it on track for a first flight – TechCrunch

SpaceX has been developing its next-generation Starship rocket for some time now, but the large-scale prototypes it’s building in Boca Chica, Texas, have thus far always encountered a fatal error during an important part of testing called “cryo” – or filling the fuel tank to full pressure in conditions that simulate the vacuum of space. The latest prototype, called ‘SN4’ for ‘serial number 4,’ has finally passed this test however, and that clears the way for an engine fire test followed by a short flight.

SpaceX’s SN4 prototype resembles what its final rocket will look like, unlike the Starhopper sub-scale demonstrator that the company originally flew just to show off what its new Raptor engine could accomplish. The SN4, like the Starhopper, is equipped with a single Raptor engine, which will make it possible for the vehicle to make short flights for testing purposes. The next version, SN5, will have three raptor engines according to SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk, which is still less than the six that the full, functional version of Starship is intended to have, but that will allow it to perform longer test flights in preparation for an orbital launch demonstration.

Testing and developing a new rocket and launch system is always going to have hiccups, since all the simulation in the world can’t replicate real-world use conditions and physics. But Starship’s prior failures at the cryo testing phase were beginning to look like they could be a more fundamental problem – it’s what laid low SN1 through SN3, after all.

SpaceX will now perform a static test fire of the Raptor engine installed on the prototype, which could happen as soon as sometime later this week, and then the development craft will look to do a flight of around 150 meters (around 500 feet), which is the same height as the Starhopper performed. That’s nowhere near as high as it’ll need to go to fly orbital missions, of course, but it’s a test that will show how a full-scale vehicle performs at low-altitude, which is key info that SpaceX needs before developing its high-altitude and orbital prototypes.

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Nintendo Goes Big With Latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons TV Ad Campaign – Nintendo Life

And it seems to be paying off

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Have you seen this Animal Crossing TV ad?

With more people stuck inside these days, gaming companies have been seeing large boosts in TV ad impressions just lately. In the US, Nintendo has been top dog in terms of ad impressions for a while now, as these latest statistics continue to prove.

New data from VentureBeat and iSpot.tv, covering 16th March to 15th April, shows that Nintendo took 55.4% of the gaming industry’s TV ad impressions in the country, comfortably topping second-place PlayStation which earned 13.3%. A large chunk of this, as you might expect, comes from advertising for Nintendo’s latest major release, Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Nintendo saw 713 million TV ad impressions between those two dates, all generated by 20 spots that were aired 3,400 times. The most-seen ad was the one you’ll find below, which received 120 million impressions alone. Most of the impressions came from channels like Disney Channel, Nick, and Cartoon Network.

Following Nintendo and PlayStation – the latter of which earned 171.2 million impressions from ads focused solely on Final Fantasy VII Remake, Bethesda was third with 147.5 million impressions, Xbox was fourth with 120.8 million, and GameFly was fifth with 58.9 million.

Have you noticed many ads from Nintendo or other gaming companies recently? Do you find yourself instinctively looking up at the screen as soon as you hear that familiar Switch ‘click’? Let us know in the comments.

[source venturebeat.com, via gamesindustry.biz]

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