But as the pandemic rages in new epicenters in the United States, the Trump administration is increasingly sidelining its own health experts in pivotal decisions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is coming under intense pressure from President Trump and his allies, who are downplaying the dangers in a bid to revive the economy ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
Here are some significant developments:
- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify in the southern and western United States, at least five states — Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Montana and Wisconsin — hit records for their single-day high of new cases.
- The U.S. reported more than 800 deaths from the virus for three consecutive days this week, including 929 Tuesday, a potential sign that the fatality rate could be catching up the the surge in new cases.
- Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease official, is advising that some states seriously consider “shutting down” again if they are facing major resurgences of the virus.
- The World Health Organization updated its description of how the coronavirus spreads, noting that it may linger in the air, particularly in indoor settings with poor ventilation, and called for more research.
- WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that “the pandemic is still accelerating” and noted that the total number of cases worldwide has doubled in the past six weeks, to roughly 12 million.
- More than 1,000 employees at the Transportation Security Administration have tested positive for coronavirus, according to figures the agency released Thursday. Almost all are security officers who have screened passengers at airports throughout the pandemic.