In Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Mississippi, Utah and Arizona, there are an increasing number of patients under supervised care since the holiday weekend because of covid-19 infections. The spikes generally began in the past couple weeks and in most states, are trending higher.
There have been more than 7.1 million cases of covid-19 officially reported worldwide, including more than 405,000 fatalities, though the totals are likely higher. Nearly 2 million cases have been reported in the United States, with more than 109,000 of those fatal.
Here are some significant developments:
- The World Health Organization was forced on Tuesday to clarify its position on whether people without symptoms are widely spreading the new coronavirus, saying much remains unknown about asymptomatic transmission. A day earlier, an official with the organization called such transmissions “very rare,” touching off a furious scientific debate and attracting widespread criticism.
- A CDC study of 382 young adult U.S. service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in April found that 1 in 5 who tested positive for the virus reported no symptoms, while those that used masks and practiced social distancing, significantly reduced their risk of contracting it.
- Members of the D.C. National Guard tested positive for covid-19 in the wake of the mass protests across the nation’s capital last week. It did release a number, but they believe it is small.
- U.S. stock markets fell Tuesday amid an uptick in U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus, halting what had been a robust June rally. Though investors were encouraged by last week’s better-than-expected jobs report, an upswing in new infections could renew calls for strict restrictions.
- U.S. retailers will shutter 20,000 to 25,000 stores this year, according to projections released Tuesday, with as many as 60 percent of those closures occurring in malls.
- Polling locations in Georgia suffered from long lines, machines that wouldn’t work and other issues in the state’s first hours of voting in primary elections, which were also being held Tuesday in Nevada, South Carolina, West Virginia and North Dakota.
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