Deaths from the virus have continued to climb upward since June, a troubling trend that gives credence to experts who expected an increase in fatalities following the recent surge in infections.
With cases, hospitalizations and deaths mounting in many areas, governors in Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota on Wednesday joined the growing momentum for mandating face coverings statewide. More than 30 states now require people to wear masks as top health officials and federal leaders, including once-skeptical President Trump, tout their effectiveness.
Here are some significant developments:
- California on Wednesday passed New York in the number of total confirmed cases, as the pandemic once concentrated in the tri-state area shifts to the South and the West.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing to unveil an approximately $1 trillion coronavirus relief bill as early as Wednesday but faces deep divisions between Senate Republicans and the White House.
- President Trump said Wednesday he would be “comfortable” sending his school-age son and grandchildren to in-person school this fall even as the country struggles to contain the pandemic.
- The president’s maskless appearance at Trump International Hotel this week — in apparent defiance of D.C. coronavirus regulations — has caught the attention of local authorities, who say they plan to investigate the hotel’s compliance with city rules.
- An unusual new video with former president Barack Obama and Joe Biden marks a new tactic for campaigning for the country’s highest office in the midst of a pandemic.