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University of Washington forecasts 145000 US COVID-19 deaths by August – MSN Money

FILE PHOTO: Empty street is seen near Lincoln tunnel in Manhattan borough following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York City, U.S., March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon/File Photo

(Reuters) – University of Washington researchers estimated on Monday that 145,728 people could die of COVID-19 in the United States by August, raising their grim forecast by more than 5,000 fatalities in a matter of days.

On Friday, the widely cited Institute for Health Metrics and evaluation at the university projected 140,496 deaths by August from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Researchers did not give a reason for the abrupt revision.

The new estimate came on the same day that Texas reported its highest number of hospitalizations so far in the pandemic and 22 U.S. states showed at least a small uptick in the number of new confirmed cases, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Among the states with the sharpest increases were Michigan and Arizona, according to Johns Hopkins, while Virginia, Rhode Island and Nebraska showed the greatest decreases.

Infectious disease experts have said that large street protests held in major U.S. cities after the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis police custody, could touch off a new outbreak of the disease.

A total of more than 1.9 million cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, have been reported in the United States, according to a Reuters tally, which has confirmed 110,000 deaths.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Leslie Adler

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University of Minnesota Curbs Relationship With Minneapolis Police Following George Floyd’s Death – Sports Illustrated

Two days after Minnesota resident George Floyd was killed after being pinned to the ground by police, University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel announced the school will no longer use the Minneapolis Police Department for large events such as football games, concerts and ceremonies.

Gabel also said the MPD would no longer be used for specialized services, like those provided by K-9 explosive detection units, at other university events.

“Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death,” Gabel said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. “As a community, we are outraged and grief-stricken. I do not have the words to fully express my pain and anger and I know that many in our community share those feelings, but also fear for their own safety. This will not stand.”

The university’s undergraduate student body president, Jael Kerandi, had issued a letter on Tuesday demanding that the school cut ties with the Minneapolis police department.

“We no longer wish to have a meeting or come to an agreement, there is no middle ground,” Kerandi’s letter said. “The police are murdering black men with no meaningful repercussions. This is not a problem of some other place or some other time. This is happening right here in Minneapolis.”

Floyd, 46, was stopped by Minneapolis police outside of a local grocery store. Video of the scene captured Floyd pinned on the ground as an officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately eight minutes. Floyd died soon after the incident.

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday night for their involvement. Floyd’s death has sparked reaction from the sports world. Houston Texans J.J. Watt called the incident “disgusting,” while former NBA player Stephen Jackson took to social media to mourn Floyd, whom Jackson referred to as his “twin.”

“I’ve seen the video and I think it’s disgusting,” Watt said on Wednesday. “I just don’t see how a man in handcuffs on the ground who is clearly detained and is clearly in distress, I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death.”

The Minnesota Vikings also voiced their support on Twitter, as the incident occurred near U.S. Bank Stadium.

“I write to you to express our overwhelming sadness, and our demands for accountability and justice,” Gabel continued. “Our campuses and facilities area a part of the communities in which they reside. University students, staff and faculty are day-to-day participants in the life of every community in this state, and we must act when our neighbors are harmed and in pain. My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of George Floyd.”

Note: A previous version of this story misstated that Floyd formerly played in the NFL. The man who died in Minneapolis on Monday is a different man named George Floyd. SI apologizes for the error.

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Oxford University, AstraZeneca Join Forces for Coronavirus Vaccine – The Wall Street Journal

AstraZeneca PLC has agreed to manufacture and distribute an experimental coronavirus vaccine from the University of Oxford—one of the most advanced candidates—in a partnership aimed at accelerating the widespread availability of the shot if it proves effective.

The involvement of the British pharmaceutical giant, announced Thursday, helps to overcome the biggest concern for vaccines under development at academic research laboratories: that even if they work, the institutions developing them lack the capacity to make them…

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