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Here’s what you need to know about the impact of Covid-19 to navigate the markets today.

• The state of Covid-19 testing in the U.S. is “mind-blowing,”
founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said Sunday in an interview on CNN.
“You’re paying billions of dollars in this very inequitable way to get the most worthless test results of any country in the world,” Gates said. “No other country has this testing insanity.” He blamed the problems with the American testing regime on early mistakes followed by an unwillingness on the part of the federal government to improve testing “because they just want to say how great everything is.” One particular fix Gates said he suggested to the federal government that went unheeded was to deny reimbursement to any test provider that takes more than 3 days to return results to a patient. Right now, he pointed out, commercial testing companies have an incentive to test as many people as they can with no regard for how quickly they can turn around results, because they are being reimbursed by the government based on how many tests they complete, even if they results aren’t timely and therefore, not useful for people receiving them.

New Zealand has now gone 100 days without a reported case of domestically transmitted Covid-19, it’s Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday. The island nation’s response to the coronavirus has been one of the most successful in the world, but Dr. Bloomfield warned that the country could not become complacent. “We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread in places where it was previously under control, and we need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand,” he said. In Australia, for instance, the country’s second-largest city Melbourne has had to impose a strict lockdown to combat a re-emergence of the virus.

The U.S. passed 5 million reported Covid-19 cases on Sunday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There are almost 20 million reported cases globally, with the U.S. leading the world, followed by Brazil with just over three million cases. India has more than two million confirmed cases. Health officials estimate that the actual number of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. is as much as 10 times higher than the number of reported cases due to infected Americans who don’t show symptoms and the limited number of tests available. The U.S. also has the world’s highest number of Covid-19 fatalities, with a death toll of over 162,000.

TikTok and Twitter have held talks about an acquisition, The Wall Street Journal reports. It is unclear if
will go ahead with a deal to buy the popular video-shaping app’s U.S. operations, which President Donald Trump has labeled a national-security risk and threatened to shut down, the WSJ reported. Microsoft said earlier this month that it was in talks to buy TikTok’s operations in the U.S., along with those in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It’s unclear how Twitter would pay for a potential acquisition, while Microsoft has ample cash to do the deal with no need for financing if it chooses.

Vacant department store spaces in malls could be converted into Amazon fulfillment centers, The Wall Street Journal reported. Mall operator Simon Property Group is in talks to turn closed
J.C. Penney
stores in into distribution centers for the online retailer, the Journal said, citing unnamed sources.
already has a foothold in some malls, which have rented their parking lots out for delivery vans. Malls’ prime location near highways and homes make them ideal spots for fulfillment centers. Rents typically range from between $4 and $19 dollars a square foot.

• U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar became the highest-level U.S. government official to visit Taiwan in four decades on Sunday, when he touched down on the island that China claims is rightly its own. The move is a further escalation in U.S.-China relations and the Chinese government said it would retaliate, although it didn’t say precisely what action it might take. China considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province and doesn’t recognize it as a sovereign nation. The U.S. hasn’t had official ties with Taiwan since 1979. Secretary Azar’s arrival was broadcast on live on Taiwanese TV and the nominal focus of his trip is on public health cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan, which has had less than 500 total Covid-19 infections and just 7 reported deaths from the virus.

• President Donald Trump signed executive orders on jobless benefits and payroll tax deferrals on Saturday. The orders call for expired federal unemployment payments to be paid out at a reduced level after Democrats and Republicans could not reach an agreement on a broad coronavirus relief package. Americans will receive an additional $400 a week in extended benefits, President Trump said, down from the $600 a week in additional payments that Americans had received and that had expired on Aug. 1.


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The U.S. State Department no longer says Americans should avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the list of countries welcoming people from the U.S. is still slim.

The agency said travel advisories will now be issued on a country-by-country basis as conditions internationally improve or worsen. But according to most nations, the virus is so widespread in the U.S. that would-be American tourists face barriers or bans.

Meanwhile, a widely cited model predicts U.S. deaths from COVID-19 will reach nearly 300,000 by Dec. 1, even with the assumption that many states will impose new stay-at-home orders as deaths climb. 

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 19,000 deaths and 4.8 million cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 713,000 deaths and 19 million cases. 

📰 What we’re reading: A deadly explosion that rocked Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut has put a further strain on the nation’s health system, which was already running short on personal protective equipment and grappling with more than 5,200 cases of COVID-19.

Our live blog is being updated throughout the day. Refresh for the latest news, and get updates in your inbox with The Daily Briefing.

Los Angeles County passes 200,000 COVID-19 cases, nears 5,000 deaths

Los Angeles County passed the 200,000 mark Thursday for people having tested positive for COVID-19 and is closing in on 5,000 deaths.

The county, which encompasses the city of Los Angeles and all its surrounding suburbs, is already ranked highest in number of cases among counties by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. If the county were a state, it would have a higher case count than all but Florida, Texas, New York and possibly Georgia.

With the addition of 3,290 new cases, Los Angeles County had recorded a total of 201,106 cases. Another 48 deaths were attributed to the coronavirus, bringing the total to 4,869.

The grim new totals came as officials warned against gatherings or parties like the one Monday night at a swanky mansion in the Hollywood Hills that attracted about 200 participants — with few seen wearing masks. The party, which ended in a fatal shooting, attracted widespread news coverage from TV new choppers overhead.

– Chris Woodyard

Arizona advocates call for stop to prison admissions amid outbreak

The day after officials announced that hundreds of inmates in an Arizona prison were infected with COVID-19, advocates slammed the state’s response and called for an immediate stop to prison admissions.

The state announced Tuesday that 517 people, or nearly half of the prison population at Tucson’s Whetstone Unit, tested positive for the disease. Twenty-one inmates in Arizona are believed to have died from COVID-19, according to  The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry data dashboard

“Most people in Arizona are not sentenced to prison to die,” said Joe Watson, a formerly incarcerated person and spokesman for the American Friends Service Committee of Arizona. “And yet, by being so careless with these lives, that’s exactly what (prison officials) are doing.”

– Helen Wieffering, Arizona Republic

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for COVID-19, then later tests negative

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday before he was supposed to greet President Donald Trump. DeWine took a COVID-19 test as part of the protocol to meet Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.

DeWine, 73, has no symptoms, his office said in a statement. DeWine, who plans to quarantine at his home in Cedarville for 14 days, took some of the earliest aggressive action to combat the spread of COVID-19. He was one of the first governors to close bars, restaurants, and wineries in March. 

DeWine then returned to Columbus and took a second COVID-19 test from Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. That polymerase chain reaction, or PCR test came back negative late Thursday night. 

Jackie Borchardt, Jessie Balmert and Jason Lalljee, Cincinnati Enquirer

Georgia boy, 7, becomes state’s youngest COVID-19 fatality

A 7-year-old Chatham County boy has become Georgia’s youngest coronavirus victim, according to the Coastal Health Department.

The African-American boy had no underlying conditions, according to a CHD spokesperson. A date of death was not immediately available; there is often a delay of several days and sometimes weeks from when a person dies to when that death is reported to the state and confirmed.

– Nick Robertson, Savannah (Ga.) Morning News

US deaths predicted at nearly 300K by December, according to new model

A widely cited University of Washington model predicts U.S. deaths from COVID-19 will reach nearly 300,000 by Dec. 1.

The forecast of 295,011 deaths is 137,000 more than the roughly 158,000 U.S. deaths reported so far. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model assumes that many states will impose new stay-at-home orders as deaths climb.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monitors the model along with forecasts from about 30 other modeling groups. Combined, the models predict from 168,000 to 182,000 total COVID-19 deaths by Aug. 22.

US lifts advisory against all international travel

The U.S. State Department lifted its advisory against all international travel. The highest alert level – level 4 – was issued March 19 and has been lifted in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said Thursday. 

The State Department said it will return to country-specific warnings. The CDC has lifted “do not travel” warnings for about 20 locations but advised staying away from the vast majority of the world.

The list of places where Americans can go isn’t that extensive.

Several spots in the Caribbean and Mexico are welcoming guests again and drawing U.S. tourists as airlines resume and add flights. United Airlines said Friday it is adding flights to St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

– Julia Thompson

More than one vaccine may be needed

More than one coronavirus vaccine could stop the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. by 2021, according to experts from Harvard Chan Public Health.

In order to effectively mitigate the spread of the virus, roughly 60% of people globally would have to be vaccinated, a feat that no single company has the capacity to achieve. That’s in part why support for multiple vaccines is widespread among health professionals and global leaders.

“The expectation is that by the end of 2021, there will be plenty of whatever vaccines are safe and effective for the United States, less clear how they will be distributed around the world,” said Barry Bloom, professor of Public Health.

– Khrysgiana Pineda

London Marathon goes remote for all but elite runners

The London Marathon became the latest mass running event to be disrupted by the global pandemic when organizers announced Thursday the the vast majority of the 40,000 registered athletes must participate remotely.

Elite runners will race in a closed, lap course through a city park. Everyone else is welcome to participate from “anywhere in the world,” organizers said. The Boston Marathon and New York Marathon are among scores of major races around the world that faced postponement, cancellation or a switch to virtual racing as a result of social distancing guidelines.

Woman kicked off flight for offensive mask says it was ‘because I’m Black’

A Black passenger ordered off an American Airlines flight for wearing an “offensive” mask says there was an underlying racial issue. 

Arlinga Johns boarded a St. Louis-bound flight in Charlotte on July 29 while wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt and a face mask that read: “(Expletive) 12.” The number 12 is a term used to mean law enforcement or the police. Johns said a flight attendant asked Johns to cover the language on the mask with a new mask the attendant provided. Johns said she covered the mask, but the airline says Johns continued to display the mask in question.

“I think I got taken off the plane because I’m Black,” Johns said in an interview with Florida’s Local 10 News.

Sara M. Moniuszko

LA police says 2 officers attended party at bar despite statewide shutdown

A viral video allegedly shows a private gathering in Los Angeles for “first responders” on July 31 inside Hollywood’s Sassafras Saloon – despite bars being shut down in the state and county since early July. 

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY that two of its officers attended the function. A clip published by the activist media group Knock.LA on Twitter showed multiple people responding “yes” after an individual asked, “You here for the LASD party?” LASD is the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The department has denied throwing the party and says none of its employees attended the gathering.

Joshua Bote

Don’t drink hand sanitizer, CDC warns

Four people have died and nearly a dozen others have suffered health complications after swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that from May through June 30, there were 15 cases of methanol poisoning reported in Arizona and New Mexico, and each was associated with people drinking hand sanitizer. The CDC says hand sanitizers should contain ethanol or isopropanol as active ingredients, but some products imported from other countries contain methanol, which is “not an acceptable ingredient.”

The CDC says washing and disinfecting your hands is an effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19 but that some people apparently drink it for its alcohol content. 

Dalvin Brown

1.2M more workers file for unemployment amid COVID-19 spikes

Employers continue to lay off workers at a historic pace as the pandemic roars on. About 1.2 million people filed initial applications for unemployment insurance – a rough measure of layoffs – last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, down substantially from 1.4 million the prior week and the lowest level since March. 

“The story here, we think, is that layoffs triggered by the second wave of COVID-19 in the South and West are now falling,” Ian Shepherdson, chief economist of Pantheon Macroeconomics wrote in a research note.

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New York City sets up checkpoints to enforce coronavirus quarantines

New York City began establishing registration checkpoints Thursday to try to ensure visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates go into quarantine when they come across the border. The city requires anyone staying in New York from 34 states with high coronavirus cases go 14-day quarantine, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

City police will be intermittently stopping travelers who have visited the states and requiring them to complete a state Department of Health traveler form. The first post was setup for people arriving at Penn Station, the busiest train station in the nation.

“They will be reminded that it is required not optional,” de Blasio said. “They’ll be reminded that failure to quarantine is a violation of state law, and it comes with serious penalties.”

Joseph Spector

North Korea locks down city of Kaesong amid virus concerns

North Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to the southern city of Kaesong, locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said. North Korea, which has closed its borders and cut travel by outsider monitors and journalists, claims only one person who had recently returned from South Korea may have tested positive.

Edwin Salvador, WHO representative to North Korea, told the Associated Press that group gatherings are banned, masks are required in public, and all educational institutions, including preschools, are on an extended summer break.

5 states, Puerto Rico still dealing with record weekly fatalities

Hawaii and Puerto Rico set records for new cases in a week while five states had a record number of deaths in a week, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Wednesday shows. Record numbers of deaths were reported in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada and Oklahoma, and also Puerto Rico. The good news is that some large states that where cases were peeking in recent weeks, such as California, Florida and Texas, are seeing a decline in confirmed cases.

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Two-thirds of K-12 teachers prefer fall classes be remote, new poll shows

A new NPR/Ipsos poll released Thursday finds that more than 8 in 10 teachers are concerned about returning to the classroom this fall, and that two-thirds prefer to teach fall classes primarily remotely rather than in-person.

The poll comes as many school districts prepare to reopen campuses. Some experts fear classrooms will become the next incubators for large coronavirus outbreaks.

A May poll conducted by USA TODAY found that 1 in 5 teachers say they are unlikely to go back to school if their classrooms reopen in the fall, a potential massive wave of resignations.

More COVID-19 resources from USA TODAY

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LIVE UPDATES: Tropical Storm Isaias strengthens slightly as it skirts Florida – WFTV Orlando

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Tropical Storm Isaias continues slow crawl away from Central Florida’s coast

Tropical Storm Isaias continues to move north-northwest at 9 mph just offshore of the Central Florida coast.

Isaias still has maximum sustained winds at 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Some coastal flooding is possible as the storm continues to track away from the state.

Brevard County will see the strongest winds Sunday evening.

Volusia County will see their strongest winds overnight through Monday morning.

Isaias will then move farther north with a few brief passing showers possible through Monday.

Winds from Tropical Storm Isaias pick up on Central Florida’s coast

The worst of Tropical Storm Isaias is expected Sunday night and conditions are starting to worsen on the east coast of Central Florida.

Channel 9 reporter Deanna Allbrittin said winds are starting to pick up in the Indialantic and Melbourne Beach areas of Brevard County.

Wind has picked up a LOT in the past 10-15 minutes in the Indialantic/Melbourne Beach area. Hat flying off, trouble opening car doors and the hotel elevator that goes to our floor has been shut off. We will have to walk up the remaining flights for the remainder of #Isaias.

— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) August 2, 2020

Channel 9′s Volusia County reporter Mike Springer also shared video showing the winds picking up in Daytona Beach.

Conditions to worsen on the coast; SunRail to suspend service

Conditions are expected to worsen through Sunday evening along the coast in Brevard and Volusia counties, especially along the barrier islands, the National Weather Service said.

Elsewhere in Central Florida, SunRail said it is suspending service Monday because of Tropical Storm Isaias.

6pm| Tropical Storm Warnings have been replaced by a Wind Advisory for the Treasure Coast counties, with conditions improving this evening as Isaias continues northward.

Conditions worsening through the evening for the Space & Volusia coasts, especially along the barrier islands

— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias strengthens slightly

A slightly stronger Tropical Storm Isaias is about 40 miles offshore.

Isaias strengthened slightly while moving north-northwestward just off of Central Florida’s coast.

Maximum sustained winds are at 70 mph, and it’s moving north-northwest at 9 mph.

Isaias has strengthened slightly, winds to 70mph now, still a tropical storm. About to begin its pass along our Brevard Co. coastline offshore. Should take about 7-8 hours to do this.

— George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) August 2, 2020

It will continue this movement until Monday morning before shifting to the north-northeast.

Tropical storm force winds will extend up to 115 miles from the storm’s center, but mainly to the east of the system.

Fluctuations in intensity are expected, but overall, the system should remain a tropical storm, even when it approaches the Carolinas, where it is forecast to make landfall Tuesday.

For Central Florida, the forecast remains the same — 1-foot storm surge inundation along northern Brevard and Volusia counties as well as for some inland rivers.

Isaias will skirt Central Florida’s coastline from 8 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday.

LIVE: Tropical Update

Isaias now starting to move along the Brevard County coast, will stay offshore, but impacts are being felt at our beaches. Read:

Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Sunday, August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaías to continue away from Florida, some coastal impacts

Winds are picking up on Cocoa Beach. We have a few people still out here walking along the shore.

One guy kite surfin’. @WFTV meteorologists strongly advise against that! 🪁 🌊 ❌

— Alexa Lorenzo (@ALorenzoTV) August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias 5 p.m. track

Tropical Storm Isaias 5 p.m. track (WFTV)

Tropical storm winds to brush the coast Sunday evening

Tropical Storm Isaias’ winds are at 65 mph. The storm is now 50 miles from southern Brevard County and getting closer.

Parts of Central Florida’s coastline has already experienced 40 mph wind gusts.

The surf is rough at beaches, and it will reach the sand dunes at high tide, which is at 8 p.m.

Beach erosion will be possible in some areas, and some coastal flooding could happen at high tide.

Isaias will likely remain a tropical storm while skirting Central Florida from 8 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday.

Good news: Storm Surge Watch for East Central Florida coast has been cancelled.

Still: Threats exist from the rough surf, including beach erosion, flooding of low-lying coastal areas & some dock damage esp. during high tides. #WFTV #Isaias

— George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) August 2, 2020

The strongest winds during the period will be along the coast, which remains under a tropical storm warning.

For inland areas, including metro Orlando, waves of gusty passing showers will continue into Sunday evening.

A mass (but brief) exodus started here as the rain started coming down a bit harder as a squall moved through, with the storm offshore nearly parallel to us on the beach in Indialantic. (See next tweet)

— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias remains slow but strong

Tropical Storm Isaias continues to hold maximum sustained winds at 65 mph.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center places the storm about 45 miles east of Vero Beach.

The storm is slowly moving to the north-northwest at 9 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 115 miles from the storm’s center.

Isaias is expected to continue to move slowly until late Monday, when its speed will increase as it shifts to the north-northeast.

The storm’s strongest effects will be felt in Brevard and Volusia counties.

Storm surge inundation could top at one foot, even across some inland rivers.

Tropical storm force winds are likely for southern Brevard County’s coastline, while the northern portion of the county and Volusia County should experience a bit more storm surge inundations.

Central Florida will experience intermittent rain bands throughout Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Outer tropical storm force wind field moving into southern Brevard county, several 40+ mph gusts reported at Sebastian Inlet. Tropical storm winds will brush the coast tonight, highest winds staying offshore. @WFTV

— Tom Terry (@TTerryWFTV) August 2, 2020

2PM UPDATE: Tropical Storm Isaias ~50mi. from southern Brevard County, 90mi. from Cape Canaveral. Forecast to move along yet just off our Brevard, Volusia, Flagler coast 8pm-8am.

— George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) August 2, 2020

Winds pick up in Volusia County

Reporter Jeff Levkulich spotted winds starting to pick up as a heavy rain band moved into New Smyrna Beach on Sunday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to bring strong winds and storm surge in excess of 3 feet to Central Florida’s coastline Sunday.

What exactly is the difference between a tropical storm and a category 1 hurricane? Click here to find out.

Video: Volusia County residents could see impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias by Sunday evening

Isaías’ track shifts farther from Florida’s east coast; here’s what to expect locally

Isaias continues to be a disorganized system. Even though it tried to strengthen overnight, the wind shear and dry air has really taken a toll on this system, preventing it from intensifying back to hurricane status.

The 11 a.m. track from the National Hurricane Center places Isaías a bit farther east, away from Central Florida’s coastline. Had it stayed closer to the coast, there would have been more storm surge and erosion.

The coast is still expected to be battered by strong winds and up to 3 feet of storm surge.

Heavy rain bands will continue to sweep across Central Florida just like they had earlier Sunday.

Expect a breezy Sunday and Monday inland as Isaias parallels the coast.

Stronger gusts and rain bands are also possible inland, bringing 1 to 3 inches of rain.

Severe Weather Center 9 will continue to monitor the situation closely, bringing you the very latest on the storm on Channel 9, and the free WFTV news and weather apps. Click here to download them.

Video: Rough waves, high winds in southern Brevard County ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

#Isaías has made its turn to the NNW, but it’ll continue to move slowly at about 8mph until tomorrow AM when it’s expected to gain speed.

The latest track put the TS farther E from Florida´s east coast! Good news. Some heavy rain bands are still expected inland.

— Irene Sans (@IreneSans) August 2, 2020

Isaias shifts slightly east, shows no sign of organization

Tropical Storm Isaias has shifted slightly east. The storm is showing no signs of organization.

Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the storm should be in Brevard County by 8 p.m. Sunday.

The coast should expect gusty winds with localized flooding at the coast.

Meteorologist Brian Shields said the worst weather is staying offshore.

Brevard County officials open shelter ‘in abundance of caution’ ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

As Tropical Storm Isaias moves along Florida’s coast, Brevard County officials have opened a storm shelter “in an abundance of caution.”

Officials said the shelter will be opened at Viera Regional Community Center at 11 a.m. Sunday for county residents in need of safe harbor from potentially dangerous winds and rain conditions that could impact the area.

The shelter is located at the park at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.

The shelter will be laid out to provide for Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recommended social distancing. Health screenings, temperature checks and personal protection equipment will be in place, but those seeking shelter are also asked to bring their own PPE, such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, for personal use, officials said.

The shelter will provide food but residents will need to take their own supplies, including bedding, folding chairs or sleeping bags; any needed medications; changes of clothing and sturdy shoes; personal hygiene items; and entertainment items, like games, cards, books or magazines. Officials said pets are welcome.

Osceola County Emergency Management offers advice for residents ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

Osceola County Emergency Management officials are urging residents to stay alert regarding Tropical Storm Isaias.

They said residents of the eastside of the county, from Holopaw and Harmony south to Kenansville and Yeehaw Junction, may experience winds of 39 to 57 mph and receive 1 to 2 inches of rain. They said wind gusts at times may be higher, and rain may lead to localized flooding in some areas.

Residents on the east side of @OsceolaCountyFl, from Holopaw and Harmony south to Kenansville and Yeehaw Junction, may experience winds of 39-57 mph and receive 1-2″ of rain. Wind gusts at times may be higher, and rain may lead to localized flooding in some areas.

— OsceolaEOC (@OsceolaEOC) August 2, 2020

After the storm, tree limbs may be taken to the following locations:

➡️ Kissimmee

Bass Road Yard Waste Site 407-742-7780.

➡️ St. Cloud

2701 Peghorn Way 407-957-7289.

➡️ St. Cloud/Holopaw: Call the JED landfill at 407-891-3720 to determine if yard waste is accepted.

— OsceolaEOC (@OsceolaEOC) August 2, 2020

Please continue to monitor weather updates, and be sure to secure loose items around your home, including trash and recycling containers or any items left at the curb for pickup until after the storm has passed.

— OsceolaEOC (@OsceolaEOC) August 2, 2020

Squalls from Tropical Storm Isaias moving into Central Florida

Channel 9 meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said squalls from Tropical Storm Isaias are moving into Central Florida Sunday morning.

She said the storm remains 30 miles off the coast of South Florida.

New track shows Tropical Storm Isaias slowing as it skirts Florida’s east coast

Channel 9 meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the 8 a.m. advisory for Tropical Storm Isaias shows the track of the storm continuing to skirt the east coast of Florida.

The 8 a.m. advisory shows Tropical Storm Isaias is slowing down as it moves north along Florida's east coast.

The 8 a.m. advisory shows Tropical Storm Isaias is slowing down as it moves north along Florida’s east coast. ( News Staff)

She said the new track keeps the storm at tropical storm strength with winds of 65 mph.

The storm is moving even slower as of the 8 a.m. update, inching northwest up the coast at 8 mph. It is set to be off the coast of Central Florida very early Monday morning.

Video: Life-threatening surf conditions possible as Tropical Storm Isaias moves north along Florida’s coast

Center of Tropical Storm Isaias off the coast of Palm Beach County, outer bands moving into Volusia, Brevard

The National Weather Service said the center of Tropical Storm Isaias is now off the coast of Palm Beach County. Officials said outer bands are moving into Volusia and Brevard counties.

8:15am | A glance at the radar shows the center of #Isaias is now off the coast of Palm Beach County.

In ECFL, outer bands are moving onshore into Volusia and northern Brevard counties. Brief moderate to heavy downpours and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible through 11am.

— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) August 2, 2020

Channel 9 reporter Megan Cruz said she sought shelter under an awning as a squall moved in to Cocoa Beach.

‘Life-threatening surf’ possible as Tropical Storm Isaias moves north along Florida’s coast

Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said life-threatening surf conditions are possible as Tropical Storm Isaias continues to move north along Florida’s east coast.

“Stay out of the water,” he said.

Coastal flooding/overwash possible today & tonight. Life-threatening surf. Stay out of the water.

— Brian Shields (@BrianWFTV) August 2, 2020

WATCH: Choppy surf in Volusia County as Tropical Storm Isaias moves up Florida coast

Brief showers move in to Cocoa Beach

She reported that a brief shower rolled through just after sunrise, quickly drying up. She said the ocean is rough, and it’s a bit breezy, but otherwise a nice morning there so far.

Channel 9 Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi is warning people to stay out of the surf as the storm is forecast to cause dangerous conditions in the water, with 5 to 8 foot waves this morning, getting even higher this afternoon.

Brevard County prepares for possible storm surge flooding

Brevard County Emergency Management officials said Tropical Storm Isaias could produce 2 to 4 foot storm surge flooding along portions of the coast.

Tropical storm warnings in place for east Central Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

Tropical storm warnings are in place for all of east Central Florida except for Lake County, according to the National Weather Service.

Aug 2, 5AM | Tropical Storm Warnings in place for all of east-central FL, except for Lake County. Passing squalls will produce gusts up to 75 mph along the coast & 45-55 mph inland.

Travel on barrier islands will become hazardous as winds increase and squalls move through.

— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) August 2, 2020

There are NO hurricane watches or warnings for Central Florida. I just don’t see issues inland. Watching the immediate coast for some flooding/overwash. Worst weather stays offshore. Live on 9.

— Brian Shields (@BrianWFTV) August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias weakens, worst weather on track to stay off Florida’s east coast

Tropical Storm Isaias is continuing to weaken, according to the 5 a.m. track, now with max winds of 65 mph.

Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the latest track is good news for Florida as it keeps the worst of the storm’s weather off the east coast of the state.

Shields said the storm is not expected to strengthen back into a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Isaias is continuing to weaken, according to the 5 a.m. track, now with max winds of 65 mph.

Tropical Storm Isaias is continuing to weaken, according to the 5 a.m. track, now with max winds of 65 mph. ( News Staff)

“Overall this is better news,” he said.

Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the storm’s continued weakening means the hurricane watches and warnings have been dropped from our coastal areas.

She said there will still be dangerous conditions in the water, with 5 to 8 foot waves this morning, getting even higher this afternoon.

SUNDAY UPDATE: Good News Continues… Isaias continues its weakening trend. The worst weather will stay…

Posted by Brian Shields, WFTV on Sunday, August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias continues slow track towards Florida’s east coast

Tropical Storm Isaias remains a tropical storm early this morning with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Isaias will move back over warm waters through the morning, where some intensification could occur.

Isaias is expected to either remain a high-grade Tropical Storm or intensity to a low-grade Category 1 Hurricane, sliding up our east coast throughout the day.

Near-hurricane force winds remain possible along our coast, with a maximum peak storm surge of 2-4 feet.

Coastal erosion and coastal flooding are concerns.

Timing of Isaias’ impacts are expected Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

New 11pm track update…Isaias still a tropical storm, winds at 70mph. Forecast to intensify slightly, enough to achieve hurricane status before passing along our coast tomorrow later in the day. #WFTV

— George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) August 2, 2020

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Live updates: Birx warns Florida, Texas and California are ‘three New Yorks’ as coronavirus deaths soar – The Washington Post

With the virus spreading rapidly, President Trump abruptly canceled next month’s Republican National Convention events in Florida, a sign that his large, boisterous campaign rallies may be a thing of the past. The about-face is the latest reversal from Trump, who in the past week has begun enthusiastically promoting masks and acknowledging the gravity of the pandemic while conceding that schools may have to delay reopening.

Here are some significant developments:

  • With millions of people days away from losing unemployment benefits — and a federal eviction moratorium about to end — a new stimulus package has been delayed. The White House has backed down from Trump’s demand to include a payroll tax cut in the next coronavirus relief bill, but Republicans are struggling with a major overhaul of the unemployment system and other aspects of the legislation.
  • McDonald’s announced it would require masks in all of its fast-food restaurants beginning Aug. 1. That follows the lead of major retailers, such as Walmart and Target, grocery chains and Starbucks coffee shops. U.S. airlines also have unveiled stricter rules for face coverings, and at least two — American and Southwest — say they will no longer carry passengers who refuse to wear masks.
  • Even as President Trump urges U.S. schools to reopen, his youngest son would probably not be able to return to his own private school full-time in the fall. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the Maryland private school that Trump’s 14-year-old son Barron Trump attends, told families that they should prepare for an all-distance or hybrid learning model in the fall.
  • Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said in an interview that he’s been receiving “serious threats” against his life and his family and now has a personal security detail assigned to him.
  • Fauci, during a live interview with The Post, said states hit hard by the coronavirus in recent weeks needed to halt or walk back their reopenings as they grapple with surges of infections.
  • Some of the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening schools was written by White House officials, rather than health experts, people familiar with the process said.

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  1. What are the latest global developments?

    France's President Emmanuel Macron

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    Thanks for following our coverage of the pandemic today, where the biggest developments were:

    • More than 14.5 million cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed worldwide, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University – the total death toll has also risen to 607,000
    • America continues to be the worst-affected country, with 3.7m cases, followed by Brazil, India and Russia
    • A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford appears safe and triggers an immune response. A technique similar to the Oxford one, developed in China, also seems promising. In total there are 23 vaccines in clinical trials around the world and another 140 in early stage development
    • French and German leaders say they’re cautiously optimistic that the 27 European Union leaders can reach an agreement on a coronavirus recovery package, on the fourth day of intense negotiations. A key sticking point has been what part of the proposed €750bn (£680bn; $857bn) fund would be available to countries as non-repayable grants
    • Nurses in Israel have been staging a general strike over staff shortages and poor working conditions made worse by the coronavirus pandemic
    • Hong Kong is stepping up its measures against the virus after a record new number of cases were recorded on Sunday. Authorities have announced a series of new measures including the mandatory wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces
    • France has become the latest country to make the wearing masks compulsory in indoor spaces such as shops, restaurants and banks. They were already required on public transport. People can be fined €135 (£122; $154) for failing to comply.
  2. Thanks for joining us

    We will pause our coronavirus coverage for the day shortly.

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    and Claire Heald.

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  3. What’s happened in the UK today?

    Vials of vaccine at the Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility in Oxford

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    We’re wrapping up today’s live page shortly. But here’s a quick recap of some of the main stories:

    • The World Health Organization has welcomed early results on the coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford as “a positive result”. The findings showed it is safe and produces an immune response but the WHO says “there is a long way to go” before we know the vaccine protects against Covid-19.
  4. UK has ‘clawed back’ half of fall in output

    Andy Haldane

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    The UK economy has “clawed back” about half the fall in output it saw during the peak of the coronavirus lockdown in March and April, according to the Bank of England’s chief economist.

    Andy Haldane told MPs there had been a “V” shaped “bounceback”.

    Last month, Mr Haldane said the economy was “on track for a quick recovery” – the so-called “V” shape.

    However, other economists have expressed doubts about the potential for such a swift recovery in activity.

    “Roughly half of the roughly 25% fall in activity during March and April has been clawed back over the period since,” Mr Haldane told members of the Treasury Select Committee. The economy had grown by about 1% per week, he said.

    “We have seen a bounceback. So far, it has been a ‘V’. That of course doesn’t tell us about where we might go next,” he added.

  5. NFL players ask for Covid policy clarity

    As cases surge in a number of US states, more than a dozen National Football League (NFL) players have taken to social media to demand clarification of Covid-19 policies to keep players and their families safe.

    Stars including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Houston Texans player JJ Watt used the Twitter hashtag #WeWantToPlay to question the NFL’s safety plan as players are told to report for training camps across the country.

    Wilson tweeted on Sunday: “My wife is pregnant. NFL training camp is about to start.. And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety.”

    Infectious disease experts have put together response plans for the league’s 32 teams, according to USA Today Sports. Protocols negotiated by the league and players’ association include mask requirements, hand sanitising and minimising shared equipment.

    But players say they still have not been told how the league will handle a positive Covid-19 test among teammates, whether they can opt-out of high-risk situations, or if there will be access to daily testing, among other concerns.

    At least 72 NFL players have tested positive for the virus thus far, according to the players’ association.

    So far, the NFL plans for teams to begin training camps for the next few weeks before the season begins in September. Teams will travel as they normally did, but there will be limits on the number of fans in the stadiums.

  6. Texas religious schools exempt from health restrictions

    In Texas – one of America’s virus hotspots, with over 335,000 cases – the state attorney general has said that religious schools are exempt from local health restrictions.

    On Friday, Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in an open letter that it would be unconstitutional to require religious schools to close under any government orders.

    He cited the First Amendment, which protects religious freedoms, as well as the Texas governor’s, which prohibits local governments “from closing religious institutions or dictating mitigation strategies to those institutions”.

    “Religious private schools
    may continue to determine when it is safe for their communities to resume in-person
    instruction free from any government mandate or interference,” Paxton said.

    “Religious private
    schools therefore need not comply with local public health orders to the contrary.”

    The guidance comes as schools across the US’s second most populous state are trying to determine how to reopen amid a Covid-19 surge, with many educators saying they are afraid to resume in-person classes.

    Days after the attorney general’s letter, and after five consecutive days of more than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said US Navy medical teams have been deployed in the state to assist with battling the virus.

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    Video caption: Why Texas is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases
  7. No locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in Cuba

    Will Grant

    BBC News, Havana

    People pass by an image of late Cuban President Fidel Castro amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba, 19 July 2src2src

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    The Cuban health ministry has announced there has been no local transmission of coronavirus on the island for the first time in more than four months.

    There was just one case of Covid-19 registered in the past 24-hours – however, the government said the patient had travelled into Cuba from abroad.

    The Cuban government has been praised by the Pan American Health Organization for its robust response to the pandemic. Face masks are mandatory in most settings and the island is only very cautiously reopening under a gradual three-phased approach.

    Havana is currently in phase one with many economic and social activities suspended. Inter-province travel can begin again under phase two and children will only return to classes once phase three has been declared.

  8. A town welcoming back tourists it begged to stay away

    Southwold beach

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    Image caption: People in Southwold say its summer visitors are returning

    As the UK went into lockdown, the seaside town of Southwold was pleading with visitors to stay away from its pier, golden sands and promenade lined with candy-coloured beach huts.

    Banners around town said that trips to the seaside or to second homes were not essential travel. “Please respect us – don’t infect us,” they said.

    Now they’re trying to encourage visitors back. At ice cream shop Beaches and Cream, Lynda Walker said the banners could not have been made by a business owner. “We want to see holidaymakers – they’re our bread and butter and we are glad they are back.”

    Some said the town already has “that busy summer feeling” but others like market stallholder Darren Crane worry that “we haven’t got many weeks left to make the money to get through the winter.”

    Meanwhile, officials in Wales say beauty spots are experiencing the opposite problem – they’re so overrun by visitors enjoying their restored freedom that the crowds of parked cars are “putting lives at risk”.

  9. New York City enters last phase of reopening

    Outdoor dining at a restaurant in Manhattan

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    Image caption: While outdoor dining has been allowed, indoor dining remains prohibited in New York City

    New York City, once the epicentre of the pandemic in the US, is now entering the last phase of reopening – albeit with some modifications.

    It’s the last region of the state to do so.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio said indoor dining and drinking would still not be allowed to resume and indoor venues like museums would remain closed.

    Other outdoor entertainment and sites, like professional sports, botanical gardens and zoos, can reopen with reduced capacity. Film and television production has also been given the go-ahead.

    It is unclear when indoor-only facilities will be allowed to reopen. The city and state are also still working on a plan to restart schools.

    Also on Monday, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo will visit the southern state of Georgia, one of the states seeing a recent rise in Covid-19.

    Cuomo said he will meet with officials in Savannah, Georgia, to offer guidance and help with testing and tracing programmes as well as to deliver personal protective equipment.

    Cuomo said that health workers from across the country offered help to New York when his state was in the thick of it, and promised to repay the generosity.

    “Whatever they need from us they’re going to get.”

  10. Vaccine hope and high street gloom in the evening update

    Our evening update today takes in the highs of a promising vaccine trial and the lows of job losses at retailers, as Marks and Spencer looks to cut 950 posts in store management and head office.

    There’s also advice from one woman, who started her career in the global recession of 2008, to the young people about to start their careers in a troubling economy today.

    If you want to get up to speed on the five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact today, you can read more here.

  11. Government responds to ‘Honk for Hope’ protest

    Chris Mason

    Political Correspondent

    Coach protest in Westminster

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    Image caption: Coaches descend on Westminster

    Dozens of coaches have spent the afternoon making themselves heard in Westminster.

    They’ve been driving round in circles in Parliament Square blasting their horns – the industry says they have been forgotten by the government during the pandemic.

    I asked the Department for Transport for its reaction earlier this afternoon.

    A spokesman said the government has rovided a generous and wide-ranging package of support for businesses.

    “Our job retention scheme has helped a million employers and protected more
    than nine million jobs across the U.K. We have extended it until October –
    meaning it will have been open for eight months and will continue to
    support businesses as the economy reopens and people return to work,” they said.

    They also highlighted other support measures like bounce back
    loans, tax deferrals, business rates holidays and more than £10 billion of

    “Last week the Chancellor announced the second part of our support
    for the economy through his Plan for Jobs, giving businesses the confidence to
    retain and hire, and providing people with the tools they need to get better
    jobs, including supporting jobs with a £1,000 Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus
    for employers.”

    The coach industry wants help that is specifically tailored to them.

    Today’s demonstration will no doubt not be the last – loads of industries are hurting and hurting badly, in a recession without precedent in modern times.

  12. China netizens mock London anti-mask rally

    Kerry Allen

    BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst

    A demonstrator wears a mask at the Keep Britain Free Movement Anti-Mask Protest

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    An anti-mask protest that took place in London’s Hyde Park over the weekend is being widely mocked in China today, a country where mandatory mask wearing because of Covid-19 has been part and parcel since the beginning of the year.

    Thousands have taken to China’s Facebook-equivalent Sina Weibo, mocking resistance in England towards masks as a perceived restriction of freedom, even though wearing one will become mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July.

    It comes at a time when relations between China and the UK are especially strained, with the UK terminating its agreement with Chinese tech giant Huawei for 5G infrastructure last week, and the UK government changing its extradition arrangements with Hong Kong.

    “Let them watch the ‘freedom’ they value collapse,” one Weibo user says, and many speculate resistance could lead to a second wave in the country.

    Others joke the English are being brainwashed by conspiracy theories. “No masks, no 5G, no vaccines = no lives,” one says. Some call the activists “apprentices of [US President] Trump”.

    You can read more about the different attitudes countries have to masks here.

  13. Zimbabwe investigative journalist arrested

    Outspoken Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has been arrested by police, human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has confirmed.

    He filmed his arrest before being told to put his phone down.

    Chin’ono recently exposed an alleged Covid-19 procurement fraud within the health ministry. The story led to the arrest and sacking of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa fired Mr Moyo earlier this month for “inappropriate conduct” over the $60m (£47.5m) medicines supply scandal.

  14. Q Magazine to close after 34 years

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter, BBC News

    Q Magazine front covers

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    Q Magazine, a cornerstone of rock journalism in the UK, is to close after 34 years.

    “The pandemic did for us and there was nothing more to it than that,”said the editor Ted Kessler in a tweet. He also shared the editor’s letter for the final issue, due on 28 July, in which he said: “I must apologise for my failure to keep Q afloat.”

    The magazine’s circulation had fallen to 28,000 per month from a peak of 200,000 in 2001.

    Founded in 1986 by Mark Ellen and David Hepworth, Q arrived at the same time as the CD revolution took off – and its glossy, aspirational format chimed perfectly with the times.

    Its hefty and comprehensive reviews section not only covered new releases, but the copious re-issues that were starting to appear as record labels plundered their archives to bolster the new format.

    Read more here.

  15. WHO: Vaccine progress positive, but ‘long way to go’

    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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    Image caption: WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed today’s progress towards a vaccine but says work still needs to be done to combat the spread of Covid-19.

    At a briefing in Geneva, Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO emergencies programme, congratulated the scientists behind the Oxford vaccine, saying: “This is a positive result but again there is a long way to go.”

    He added that now, “real world” trials must be done on a larger scale. There are 23 potential vaccines in development thus far.

    “But it is good to see more data and more products moving into this very important phase of vaccine discovery.”

    WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also emphasised that any successful vaccines must be accessible to all.

    He said many countries are seeing the advantages of making the vaccine “a global public good”, but some are “going the reverse direction”.

    “When there is no consensus, it could be actually owned by those who have money and those who cannot afford it may not have access to the vaccines.”

    The director-general also said that while vaccine research continues, “we have to save lives now”.

    “We must continue to accelerate vaccine research while doing more with the tools we have at hand.”

  16. Trump to resume Covid-19 briefings

    Donald Trump

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    US President Donald Trump has said that, from tomorrow he will resume regular public briefings about his administration’s response to America’s coronavirus outbreak.

    Mr Trump gave 35 daily briefings with the White House’s coronavirus task force in March and April, but frequently came under criticism for providing false or misleading statements. In turn, he accused the media of bias.

    He said the revival of briefings would allow him to share “positive things” his administration is doing, and updates on vaccines and treatments.

    “I think it’s a great way to get information out to the public,” the president told reporters. “We had a lot of people watching, record numbers watching in the history of cable television, and there’s never been anything like it.”

    His first briefing is scheduled for Tuesday at 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

  17. UK death toll rises by 11

    Graphic showing UK deaths and confirmed cases

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    A further 11 deaths have been recorded in the UK, bringing the total number of people who died in hospital, care homes and the community after a positive coronavirus test to 45,312.

    According to, there were also 580 new positive tests in the last 24 hours, continuing a trend in recent days when the fall in cases appears to have levelled out.

    It comes after the Department of Health has ordered a review into the UK-wide daily death statistics, after concerns that figures contributed by England may include deaths which occur months after a positive test. Other UK nations have a 28-day cut-off point.

    But Public Health England is continuing to make the figures available on the coronavirus data dashboard. It says that about 4,000 of the 45,000 deaths occurred after more than 28 days, and only 2,000 of those were not attributed by the recording doctor to Covid-19.

    Graph showing the trend in positive tests

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    Graph showing the trend in the number of UK deaths

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    Bar chart showing three measurements of the UK death rate

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  18. Florida sees fifth day of over 10,000 new cases

    Staff member blocks off entrance as curfew starts in Miami

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    Image caption: Miami Beach has enacted a curfew amid rising cases

    Florida has reported its fifth consecutive day of more than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases.

    On Sunday, an additional 12,478 people tested positive for coronavirus, according to the state health agency.

    The total number of cases since March in the Sunshine State is now more than 350,000. The death toll is nearing 5,000, and hospitals across the state say bed space is filling up.

    As officials try to contain the surge, some parts of South Florida have enacted curfews. On Saturday, Miami Beach set a curfew of 20:00 to 05:00. On Friday, Broward County ordered a curfew from 23:00 to 05:00, in place until 1 August.

    Congresswoman Donna Shalala, a Democrat representing part of Miami-Dade county, told ABC News: “The residents here are terrified and I’m terrified, for the first time in my career, because there’s a lack of leadership.”

    About 23% of the total number of cases were reported in just the last week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    In an interview aired on Sunday, US President Donald Trump told Fox News: “We have embers and we do have flames. Florida became more flame-like, but it’s – it’s going to be under control.”

    More on Florida:

  19. Oxford vaccine trial: What was it like to take part?

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    Lydia Guthrie

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    Image caption: Lydia Guthrie said she doesn’t feel “brave or selfless” taking part in the trial

    One of those who volunteered to take part in the Oxford University vaccine trial is Lydia Guthrie.

    She was injected on April 30th with either the experimental Covid-19 vaccine or a placebo vaccine that protects against meningitis.

    Lydia says she developed flu-like symptoms after having her vaccine, but was warned by the research team that this might happen.

    Despite the small risk that was involved, she told BBC OS on World Service radio that she doesn’t feel “brave or selfless”.

    “It’s not that brave because I trust the people involved. It’s also not selfless because if we find a vaccine, I will benefit just as much as anybody else,” said Lydia. “If we get a vaccine I’ll be able to hug my mum again, and that’s really worth it for me.”

  20. What are the next steps for Oxford’s vaccine trials?

    James Gallagher

    Health and science correspondent, BBC News

    These results from the Oxford vaccine trial are exciting, but
    this is only the first hurdle. It is still not a vaccine we can say “works”.

    It is great news the vaccine can induce an immune response, including both antibodies that attack the virus and
    T-cells, which hunt out and kill cells infected by the virus.

    But we do not know what level of
    immune response is needed to protect people from coronavirus. That is why
    further research is still needed.

    The answers at the moment are
    unlikely to come from the UK as there is not enough coronavirus doing the
    rounds to prove whether the vaccine is making a difference.

    The Oxford team already has
    trials under way in South Africa and Brazil and there are plans for one in the
    US too.

    However, it may yet require
    “challenge trials” in which people are vaccinated and deliberately infected
    with the virus to see how effective it is.

    Read more here.

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Coronavirus updates: Cases surpass 10 million worldwide; viral video shows confrontation over maskless shopper – USA TODAY


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As confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe exceeded 10 million early Sunday, face coverings continue to be a national flash point even though health experts recommend their use to stem the rate of transmission in the U.S.

Viral video showed a maskless Trader Joe’s shopper in California being kicked out of the store, an Oregon man was arrested after he refused to wear a face mask in a courtroom and walked out, and The Americans with Disabilities Act website is warning of “fraudulent facemask flyers,” which include fake “face mask exempt cards.”

Meanwhile, as Texas joins numerous states in pausing or rolling back reopenings, Gov. Greg Abbott said he regrets reopening bars quickly as the state now believes bars are “one of the most dangerous spreaders of COVID-19.” 

The U.S. continues to see record single-day increases in new confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic and the growth in cases isn’t because of an increase in testing, health officials say.

Here are the most significant developments of the day:

  • Beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed over Fourth of July weekend, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.
  • A journalist who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week said he has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A new study this week found further evidence of a correlation between severe cases of COVID-19 and brain complications.

📈Today’s stats: The world is nearing a half million deaths, and more than 125,000 of them are in the U.S. As of Sundyay, there have been more than 10 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.5 million in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard

📰 What we’re reading: More than two in five U.S. doctors will be old enough to retire in the next decade and the pipeline of new doctors remains much like it did a generation ago – not as diverse as the overall population.

Our live blog will be updated throughout the day. For first-in-the-morning updates, sign up for The Daily Briefing.

Report: Only two states reporting decrease of new coronavirus cases

Just two states, Connecticut and Rhode Island, reported a decline of new coronavirus cases this week compared to the previous week, CNN reported Sunday.

New cases rose in a staggering 36 states, the report said. Florida and Texas are among the worst affected: Florida reported a record 9,585 new cases on Saturday, shattering its mark for most in a day since the pandemic started. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he would order a pause to the state’s reopening plan.

Brewpub in East Lansing, Michigan, linked to 85 coronavirus cases

The number of COVID-19 infections linked to Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing, Michigan has risen to 85, the Ingham County Health Department said Saturday.

Eighty of those who tested positive with COVID-19 went to Harper’s between June 12 and June 20. Five are “secondary infections,” which means they were exposed by someone who went to the bar.

Fifty-three of the 80 original Harper’s infections are Ingham County residents, health department spokesperson Amanda Darche said. Of the 85 people infected, 23 are asymptomatic. 

– Carol Thompson, Lansing State Journal

As global deaths near 500,000, confirmed cases surpass 10 million

Confirmed global cases of the coronavirus have now surpassed 10 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. And, as the United States continues to break single-day records of new cases, one quarter of those confirmed cases have come in the U.S.

That pattern also applies to global deaths resulting from the virus; of the nearly half a million worldwide deaths, the U.S. accounts for more than 125,000.

Brazil is the next closest country: more than 1.3 million confirmed cases.

Floridians avoid the beaches as state racks up record numbers of coronavirus cases

Surging numbers of new coronavirus cases in Florida had people wary of flocking to beaches Saturday. Many residents stayed home and beachgoers seemed to spread out from one another. 

A typical weekend in late June would see street parking filled up and throngs of people at the end of Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach. On Saturday, however, nearly all of the few hundred people at the popular beach spot were camped out in small groups with plenty of distance between. 

A typical sight along Brevard County beaches from Cape Canaveral to the Melbourne Beach area Saturday was parking lots crowded with cars while people on the beaches themselves maintained physical distance between one another. 

– Tyler Vazquez, Florida Today

VP Pence cancels trips to Florida, Arizona amid coronavirus case surges

Vice President Mike Pence has canceled events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike in those states. President Donald Trump’s campaign confirmed to USA TODAY the events, which included stops as part of Pence’s “Faith in America” tour, were canceled “out of an abundance of caution” as cases climb in Florida and Arizona. 

On Tuesday, Pence was scheduled to give remarks at a “Faith in America” event in Tucson and to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey about the COVID-19 response. Pence had planned to travel to Florida on July 2 for a bus tour, meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis about coronavirus, and to deliver remarks both at a “Faith in America” event in Sarasota after touring Oakley Transport Inc. in Lake Wales. 

The Trump campaign faced criticism for holding a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week. Local health officials called for it to be canceled over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and several campaign staffers and Secret Service employees have tested positive for the coronavirus since the rally, along with a journalist. 

– Nicholas Wu

Cuomo pulls sick leave for New York workers who voluntarily travel to high-risk states

Don’t go to a state with a high COVID-19 rate, come back to New York and expect to get paid sick leave benefits. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Saturday that strips the paid sick leave protections for New York employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states after June 25.

The order is the latest crackdown by Cuomo to avoid a surge in coronavirus in New York as its infection rates have been at record lows, but have hit record highs in parts of the South and West.

– Joseph Specter 

Union members demand Disneyland reopen safely

The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions held a “Disney Caravan for Safety” in Anaheim, California, on Saturday to demand that the park reopen in a manner that would keep visitors and cast members safe amid the pandemic.

“We think now it’s an opportunity for them, when they do reopen, to do it as safely as possible,” said Maria Hernandez, an organizer with Unite Here Local 11, one of the unions within the coalition that represents more than 32,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona.

One union member, Joey Hamamoto, told USA TODAY that he wants COVID-19 testing for Disney employees in order to better protect their own family members, coworkers and Disney guests. 

– Morgan Hines

Severe COVID-19 may be linked to brain complications, study finds

A new study has found further evidence of a correlation between severe cases of COVID-19 and brain complications, but researchers say they still aren’t sure whether those complications are directly caused by the disease.

The preliminary study, billed as the first nationwide survey of the neurological complications of the disease, was published in The Lancet Psychiatry this week.

Over the course of three weeks in April, researchers surveyed 153 hospitalized patients in the U.K. who had both a new confirmed or probable COVID-19 diagnosis and a new neurological or psychiatric diagnosis.

Researchers found that, among the 125 patients with complete medical records, 57 had a stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain and 39 had an altered mental state. Among the patients with an altered mental state, 10 of the patients had developed psychosis – a “break with reality” – and seven had encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.

– Grace Hauck


The coronavirus pandemic has canceled a lot of things, but your summer vacation doesn’t have to be one of them.


Miami closes beaches for Fourth of July

Beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed July 3 through July 7, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Friday, amid a surge of coronavirus cases in Florida.

Gimenez said his emergency order also bans any gatherings – including parades – of more than 50 people throughout the county “for whatever reason.” In those situations, masks and social distancing are required and five groups of no more than 10 people will be allowed, Gimenez said.

“The closure may be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not follow New Normal rules requiring masks to be worn always inside commercial establishments and outdoors when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible,” Gimenez said. “I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules.”

Florida reported a record 8,942 new cases on Friday – a 62% increase over the previous daily record of 5,508 reported Wednesday.

– Grace Hauck

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Florida babies are getting COVID-19 at high rates this month

Infants and young children are rapidly catching the coronavirus and increasingly ending up in the hospital this month, according to an analysis of data from the Florida Department of Health. 

Since June 1, more than 1,100 children ages 4 and younger have been diagnosed with the coronavirus – accounting for 70% of the total cases in the age group. 

While more testing has been opened up to younger people this month, emergency department visits and hospitalizations have dramatically increased in June. More than half the total reported emergency department visits for the state’s youngest have come this month. And 40% of the hospitalizations of children up to 4 have come since June 1. 

Florida hospitals are reporting about 34% capacity of their 620 pediatric intensive care unit beds, according to Florida Agency for Health Care Administration data Friday afternoon. Adult capacity was at 21% of just over 6,000 beds. 

– Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers

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Live updates: Georgia Confederate statue toppled ahead of Juneteenth; Rayshard Brooks to be buried; Atlanta police call out sick – USA TODAY


Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, but the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t apply to all states in the USA. The 13th Amendment brought an end to slavery.


Juneteenth, which commemorates the freeing of slaves at the end of the Civil War, is a state or ceremonial holiday in 47 states and Washington, D.C., and is being marked Friday by peaceful demonstrations, rallies and celebrations.

This year it is playing out against a backdrop of nationwide protests, marches and legal action following the death in Minneapolis last month of George Floyd during an arrest by a white police officer.

The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a keynote address at a Juneteenth celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a white mob destroyed the “Black Wall Street” in 1921. President Donald Trump had initially planned a campaign rally in Tulsa on Friday but later rescheduled to Saturday after learning about the significance of the holiday.

In Atlanta, police officers called out sick Thursday to protest the filing of murder charges against ex-officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back. Brooks was to be buried Friday in a private ceremony. Nearby, in Decatur, a 112-year-old Confederate monument that has become a flashpoint for protests was removed by a crane amid shouts of “Just drop it!”

A closer look at some recent developments:

  • Rayshard Brooks’ funeral will be held Tuesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said the state is “ready” and “excited” for President Donald Trump’s visit Saturday for a campaign rally. Meanwhile, the state’s Supreme Court is expected to rule today whether those who attend the campaign rally must adhere to CDC guidelines for face masks and social distancing.
  • The Georgia Law Enforcement Organization raised $250,000 for fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe.
  • Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has not revealed when his office will conclude its investigation into the conduct of officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
  • Fractured skulls, lost eyes: In an investigation into law-enforcement actions at protests across the country, Kaiser Health News and USA TODAY found that some officers appear to have violated their department’s own rules when they fired “less lethal” projectiles at protesters who were for the most part peacefully assembled.

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Atlanta police call out sick Thursday night

A barrage of sick calls from Atlanta police officers continued Thursday night as members of the force protested murder charges against fired officer Garrett Rolfe. Prosecutors brought felony murder and other charges against Rolfe, a white officer, after the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man.

Interim Chief Rodney Bryant told The Associated Press sick calls began Wednesday and continued Thursday, but said the department has sufficient staff to protect the city. It’s not clear how many officers have called out.

“Some are angry. Some are fearful. Some are confused on what we do in this space. Some may feel abandoned,” Bryant said of the officers. “But we are there to assure them that we will continue to move forward and get through this.”

Crane swoops away 112-year-old Confederate monument in Georgia

Hundreds gathered in Decatur and watched a crane remove a stone obelisk in Decatur, Georgia, on the eve of Juneteenth amid jeers and chants of “Just drop it!”

The monument in the Atlanta suburb was among those around the country that became flashpoints for protests over police brutality and racial injustice in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The monument to the Lost Cause that was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy was often vandalized and marked by graffiti.

Senators plan to introduce bill to designate Juneteenth as national holiday

Sen. Kamala Harris announced Thursday that a group of Senate Democrats will introduce a bill that declares Juneteenth a national holiday.

“Together with my colleagues Cory Booker, Tina Smith, and Ed Markey, we are proposing that Juneteenth be a national holiday. And we are dropping that bill saying that Juneteenth should be a national holiday,” Harris told MSNBC’s Joy Reid.

Harris’ announcement comes after Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday he would introduce similar legislation. “Texans have celebrated this end to slavery for 155 years. It’s an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and a reminder of how far we still have to go,” Cornyn said on Twitter.

Pennsylvania cop fired for ‘derogatory’ email about Black people, journalists and politicians

A longtime Pennsylvania police officer was fired Thursday after sending a “racist and derogatory” email to the mayor and local news reporters.

Erie Mayor Joe Schember announced the firing of 62-year-old Sgt. Jeff Annunziata at a press conference, alongside Police Chief Dan Spizarny. In his email, Annunziata said Black people seeking social justice “cannot take care of their own or anyone else without playing the race card.” He also defended his profession and criticized journalists.

“Sgt. Jeff Annunziata sent an email to members of the media containing racist and derogatory statements,” Schember said. “I condemn these statements. I am appalled and disgusted by the racial insensitivity of this email.”

– Kevin Flowers and Madeleine O’Neill, Erie (Pa.) Times-News

Georgia nonprofit says it raised $250K for fired Atlanta officer Garrett Rolfe

The Georgia Law Enforcement Organization started a fundraiser for fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who is facing a felony murder charge in connection to the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. 

The nonprofit announced Thursday in a Facebook post it had raised $250,000 for Rolfe’s legal fees. In multiple posts, the organization has called the arrest of Rolfe “political.” The fundraiser was started Wednesday. 

“As you can imagine, we have been overwhelmed at the support we have received for Officer Rolfe,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post

– Jordan Culver

More on protests

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says state is ready for Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt told President Donald Trump on Thursday that his state is ready to host a pivotal campaign rally Saturday, dismissing warnings from health officials about hosting a large gathering during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re so excited to have you,” Stitt, a Republican, told the president during a White House event focused on reopening the economy. “Oklahoma’s ready for your visit.”   

Some state officials, including Republicans, have warned against bringing thousands of people into an indoor venue, the BOK Center, during the pandemic. Oklahoma is experiencing record spikes in daily coronavirus cases, though Stitt said hospitalizations remain low.

The rally will mark the president’s first return to the campaign trail since the early weeks of the pandemic and comes at a time when his support is slipping in battleground states.

– John Fritze and David Jackson

Rayshard Brooks’ funeral scheduled for Tuesday; won’t be open to public

Rayshard Brooks’ funeral will take place Tuesday at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church and won’t be open to the public or media, the law firm representing his family said. The service will be livestreamed.

There will be a viewing at the same church the day before, scheduled for 3-7 p.m. and open to the public but with no cameras allowed. Organizers said masks will be required and social distance guidelines will be followed at both events.

Portraits of House Speakers who served in Confederacy removed

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the removal of four portraits in the U.S. Capitol of former Speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy, a symbolic gesture to honor Juneteenth on Friday as the country continues to protest over systemic racism and police brutality. 

Pelosi, at her weekly news conference, said she wrote a letter to House Clerk Cheryl Johnson requesting the removal of portraits of the four former House Speakers, who all served in the 1880s, because “there’s no room in the hallowed halls of this democracy, this temple of democracy to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.”

She said the removal would be happening on Friday, which would mark the Juneteenth holiday, but instead the large portraits were taken down Thursday afternoon, just hours after Pelosi sent her letter to Johnson. 

– Christal Hayes

Kentucky AG won’t put timetable on Breonna Taylor shooting investigation

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron declined on Thursday to say when his office will conclude its investigation into the conduct of officers involved in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

“An investigation of this magnitude, when done correctly, requires time and patience,” Cameron said. “We will do what is right. We will find the truth.”

Cameron, speaking at a news conference, also reiterated that the investigation is “ongoing” and did not announce any decision relating to charges. He also declined to speak about many specifics of the investigation, including whether the scope of the case has expanded beyond the three officers who fired their weapons.

“I’d also like to say to all those involved in this case, you have my commitment that our office is undertaking a thorough and fair investigation,” he said. “This is also a commitment I’m making to the Louisville community, which has suffered tremendously in the days since March 13.”

– Darcy Costello and Tessa Duvall, The Courier Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

Contributing: The Associated Press


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Coronavirus live updates: European nations sign deal with AstraZeneca for 400 million vaccine doses – CNBC

As many U.S. states continue to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions, some are pausing their reopenings in the face of worrisome data around new cases and hospitalizations. States like Texas, Arizona and Arkansas have seen a surge in infections, calling into question aggressive reopening strategies. 

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday additional lockdowns may be needed if rising infection data doesn’t improve, and some researchers are warning the resurgences in some states isn’t even the “second wave” that many feared — it’s still just the first. 

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

  • Global cases: More than 7.7 million
  • Global deaths: At least 427,400
  • U.S. cases: More than 2.05 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 114,875

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Trump addresses West Point grads at socially distanced ceremony

Cadets march into their commencement ceremony on June 13, 2020 in West Point, New York.

David Dee Delgado

2:50 p.m. ET — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the United States Military Academy at West Point graduated more than 1,000 cadets in an in-person ceremony, adapted with social distancing measures aimed at preventing transmission of the disease.

Cadets left the academy on March 6 when the pandemic hit and only the graduating seniors were allowed to return for Saturday’s event. The cadets, informally referred to as members of “The Long Gray Line,” took their oath at the Plain at West Point instead of Michie Stadium, the usual venue.

Their families and other guests were not allowed to attend. Trump’s speech to the Army’s new second lieutenants comes at a particularly tumultuous time, which the president appeared to acknowledge in his address.

“When times are turbulent, when the road is rough, what matters most is that which is permanent, timeless, enduring and eternal,” Trump said. —Amanda Macias

AstraZeneca CEO says in talks with Japan, Russia, Brazil and China on vaccine supplies

12:41 p.m. ET — AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot told reporters the drugmaker is in talks with Japan, Russia, Brazil and China on eventual supplies of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine, Reuters reported. 

Earlier in the day, Italy’s health minister announced a deal between AstraZeneca and that country as well as Germany, France and the Netherlands. The company’s vaccine candidate will soon move into phase 3 trials having already met benchmarks for efficacy and safety, according to the Reuters report. 

Brazil and Russia are among the hardest hit nations amid the coronavirus pandemic, trailing on the U.S. in total infections, based on data from Johns Hopkins University. —Sara Salinas

NY Gov. Cuomo: ‘The signs across the country are frightening’

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks inside of the New York Stock Exchange after earlier ringing the opening bell as the building opens for the first time since March while the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in New York, May 26, 2020.

Lucas Jackson | Reuters

12: 03 p.m. ET — New York has reached the lowest number of coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths since the start of the outbreak in March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo warned that New York is an anomaly in the country because the state’s numbers continue to drop during a gradual reopening, which is not the case in other states that lifted restrictions and saw a spike in virus cases. Fourteen states have seen a surge in cases of more than 25% in the past week.

“Look around the nation and look what’s going on,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “The signs across the country are frightening … The beast is rearing its ugly head. Be careful.”

New York currently has the lowest rate of transmission in the country. Thirty-two people died on Friday from the virus, the governor said. —Emma Newburger

Expiring $600 unemployment benefits are essential for some workers

We don’t know how protests are being surveilled. Here’s why that’s a problem 

10:15 a.m. ET — As activists bring their phones to the streets to document widespread protests for racial justice, some are beginning to fear how they, too, are being documented.

Dozens of lawmakers have called on government agency heads to reveal how they are using technology to track and surveil the protests that have followed the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. And a sweeping police reform proposal places restrictions on body camera usage and data retention.

Privacy researchers say a lack of regulation requiring transparency around law enforcement’s use surveillance and facial recognition technology makes it difficult for citizens to know what they’re up against. Combined with the digital contact tracing efforts being pushed by public health officials to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, privacy advocates fear a slippery slope into further surveillance that could stifle speech.

In the interim, tech companies that supply location data and facial recognition have taken it upon themselves to stop supplying their technology to law enforcement officials. IBM, Amazon and Microsoft all have taken steps to cut off law enforcement use of their facial recognition tools, citing a lack of robust ground rules. And Foursquare has decided not to make analytics on protest data available to its clients. —Lauren Feiner

Italy, Germany, France and Netherlands sign contract with AstraZeneca for Covid-19 vaccine

The molecular biology laboratory of Cannizzaro Hospital in Catania during the analysis of biological samples to detect the presence of Covid-19 on May 22, 2020 in Catania, Italy.

Fabrizio Villa

9:21 a.m. ET — Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands have signed a contract with AstraZeneca to provide European citizens with a coronavirus vaccine, Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza said, according to a Reuters report. The contract will supply 400 million doses of the vaccine.

AstraZeneca’s vaccine is currently in development with the University of Oxford and its experimentation phase is expected to be completed in the fall. Speranza said the first batch of doses would be available at the end of the year, Reuters reported.

EU governments issued a mandate on Friday instructing the European Commission to negotiate advance purchases of promising Covid-19 vaccines. However, it’s unclear if there would be enough money available for these purchases. —Sarah Whitten

San Francisco doctors, back from volunteering in NY, issue a warning

9:15 a.m. ET — San Francisco doctors who risked their lives and volunteered to help coronavirus patients in New York have now returned home – and they are urging people to follow public safety guidelines, CNBC’s Christina Farr reports.

“A lot of people are feeling done with this pandemic,” said Dr. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist based in San Francisco. “They don’t understand this is how it is going to be for a while.”

As states begin to re-open, people are itching to resume life after months of lockdowns. However, the virus is still spreading across the country and public health experts are concerned about the reported increase in diagnosed cases and hospitalizations in some states. —Emma Newburger

Your guide to coronavirus testing

Shalonda Williams-Hampton, 32, has her blood taken by Northwell Health medical workers for the antibody tests that detect whether a person has developed immunity to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury in Westbury, New York, May 13, 2020.

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How one New Jersey Main St. is preparing to reopen

Village Brewing in Somerville, New Jersey, closed on March 16. Since then it’s been surviving on takeout and delivery orders, which are about 10% of usual business.

Will Feuer

9:04 a.m. ET — With New Jersey set to shift into its next phase of reopening on Monday, business owners in Somerville are getting ready to salvage what remains of the usually bustling summer season.

Businesses on Somerville’s popular Main St. like Village Brewing and Verve Restaurant have endured more than 12 weeks of closure already, but on Monday, they’ll be able to partially open for outdoor service. Town officials and business owners are petitioning the state to close Main St., a state highway, to traffic so that retailers and restaurants can bring their business entirely outdoors, where the virus appears to spread less easily.

For Somerville, the pandemic hit right in the middle of something of an upswing for the town, which was attracting new businesses and younger residents in recent years. Depending on the severity of the pandemic’s economic impact and the speed of the rebound, the threat could be existential for many on Main St.

“We would be naive to think that any of us, or any district, no matter where you are in the country, is going to come out of this situation completely unscathed,” Natalie Pinero, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance, said. “I think that there is a genuine concern for our businesses.” —Will Feuer

Small town businesses face uncertain restarts

8:31 a.m. ET — As local economies reopen and lockdown restrictions lift, small town businesses face uncertainty around a restart to operations. 

The pandemic issued a swift, clean halt to business for many. But returning isn’t as cleanly laid out for business owners like Russ Loub, who runs a steakhouse in the college town of Manhattan, Kansas. Loub estimates coronavirus shutdowns resulted in 4,000 canceled reservations almost instantaneously, and he now wonders what the fall football season will look like with a modified college semester. 

“There’s so much unknown. That’s really the most difficult part of it,” Loub told CNBC’s Jesse Pound. “I’m sure if you talk to anyone else, they’ll tell you the same thing. It’s the unknown things that are the scariest.” —Sara Salinas

India reports record daily new cases

A medical worker in PPE coveralls seen outside the emergency ward at AIIMS, on June 11, 2020 in New Delhi, India.

Sanjeev Verma | Hindustan Times | Getty Images

8:07 a.m. ET — India reported 11,458 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, the highest single-day increase for the country to date, the Associated Press reports. The jump pushes the nation’s total infections past 300,000 to 308,993. 

The Health Ministry recorded 386 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 8,884, according to the AP. 

The nation of 1.3 billion people instituted a strict lockdown in late March, but last week began reopening shopping malls, houses of worship and restaurants, the AP reports. Since reopening, the country has recorded close to 100,000 new cases of Covid-19.

India now holds the fourth highest infection total in the world, behind the U.S., Brazil and Russia, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. —Sara Salinas

Read CNBC’s previous coronavirus live coverage here: Food market shut in Beijing after 45 cases; hospitalizations rise in some U.S. states

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