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United States reaches a grim milestone of 4 million coronavirus case

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U.S. Coronavirus Update: New Cases Pass 50,000 For First Time ...

By WASHINGTON POST

The United States has reached a grim milestone of 4 million coronavirus cases, doubling the total number of infections in just six weeks as deaths and hospitalizations continue a sharp rise in many states. Despite the rosy picture painted by President Trump at his latest White House briefing, almost every metric shows America losing its fight against the virus.

Positivity rates are at alarming levels in numerous states, hospitalizations are soaring, and for the third straight day on Thursday, more than 1,000 new coronavirus deaths were reported, according to Washington Post tracking. The rolling seven-day average of infections has doubled in less than a month, reaching more than 66,000 new cases per day Wednesday. The U.S. death toll now exceeds 141,000.

Here are some significant developments:

President Trump made a surprise announcement Thursday that he has canceled the Republican national convention scheduled for next month in Jacksonville, Fla., saying he wanted to keep his supporters safe from the coronavirus pandemic and protesters.
A Marine assigned to the helicopter squadron in which the president and other top government leaders travel has tested positive for coronavirus, officials say. But they also say “the infected Marine was never in direct contact with the president’s helicopter, Marine One.”
Senate Republicans are preparing to roll out a $1 trillion coronavirus relief package after three days of deliberations that exposed a rift between the White House and some GOP members who oppose the high price tag or object to Trump’s insistence on including a payroll tax cut.
Employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration are suing the Trump administration for hazard pay they claim they’re entitled to for being exposed to coronavirus on the job.
Despite mounting anecdotal evidence, doctors remain unsure whether it’s possible to get the coronavirus twice.
U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday as disappointing jobs data raised fears that the economic recovery would stall out.
Major League Baseball begins its pandemic-shortened season Thursday, although there are questions about whether the sport can make it through October without having to abort.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 23, 2020 at 09:31PM

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