Meantime, U.S. public health officials are warning that the massive countrywide demonstrations against police brutality, which show no sign of abating, could be followed by a sudden increase in novel coronavirus cases. Black people have been affected by the virus at higher rates than other demographics, and they are among those out in force protesting.
Here are some significant developments:
- A nationwide Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that despite the shared disruption of their daily lives since stay-at-home orders began, partisans differ sharply on how the country should move forward. Eighty-one percent of Democrats say trying to control the spread of the coronavirus is most important right now, while 66 percent of Republicans say restarting the economy is more important.
- More than 25,000 elderly residents died and 60,000 were infected as the virus swept through U.S. nursing homes in recent months, particularly affecting facilities with a history of low marks for staffing and patient care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced.
- Stocks began June with a pop Monday as investors looked past weekend protests, growing U.S.-China tensions and the coronavirus, putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 index on track for its best quarter since December 1998.
- World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the United States’s “immense” commitment to global health, and said he hopes collaboration continues. The remarks came after President Trump announced Friday that the United States would be “terminating” its our relationship with the WHO.