The news comes as the global community marked yet another grim milestone Sunday, with the confirmed worldwide death count from the novel coronavirus surpassing 500,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Here are some significant developments:
- The director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned Monday that although the outbreak began six months ago, it is far from over. “We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives,” he said. “But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over.”
- The Trump administration said Monday that it has coronavirus under control, but a resurgent outbreak in Sun Belt states continued to worsen.
- A coronavirus mutation has spread across the world, and scientists are trying to understand why. The mutation doesn’t appear to make people sicker, but a growing number of scientists worry that it has made the virus more contagious.
- The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act since its birth a decade ago, forcing Republicans to go on the record about healthcare during the pandemic.
- Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir, the first covid-19 treatment found to have worked in clinical trials, said it will charge U.S. hospitals $3,120 for the typical patient with private insurance.
- The chief executives of some the nation’s largest companies expect the economic fallout from the pandemic to extend through 2021, and nearly a third of them say the harm will last even longer.