Negotiations over another coronavirus stimulus fell into a state of uncertainty Thursday evening.
“I would say we’re closer on a lot of issues. We’re still a long way off on some very important issues,” Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said after a three-hour meeting, adding that if a deal could not be reached, the White House is still prepared to take short-term action on unemployment.
Meanwhile, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who was due to meet with President Trump on Thursday, has finally tested negative for COVID-19. Earlier today, a quick test gave him a positive reading
Here are some significant developments:
- After two months of record job gains, July’s employment record has become something of a wild card. Economists polled by Bloomberg on Friday estimate the country added 1.5 million jobs last month.
- India took another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases of infection and more than 41,000 deaths. India has the third highest number of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil. He has the fifth number of deaths.
📈 The numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 160,000 deaths and 4.8 million cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there have been more than 713,000 deaths and 19 million cases.
📰 What we read: The day after authorities announced that hundreds of inmates at an Arizona jail were infected with COVID-19, advocates criticized the state’s response to protect the health of those incarcerated and called for immediate end to prison admissions.
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India hits 2 million cases as death toll surpasses 41,000
Two million people in India have tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s health ministry reported on Friday. India, the second largest country in the world, has the third highest number of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil.
The number of cases in the world’s second most populous country has risen rapidly since the government began lifting a months-long lock in hopes of reviving the economy. The Indian government predicts negative economic growth in 2020.
India is also home to the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute, which has increased its capacity to manufacture up to one billion doses of a vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, which is in phase two trials in India. and England.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tests negative after second COVID-19 test
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s second COVID-19 test came back negative Thursday night.
DeWine, 73, tested positive for the new coronavirus on Thursday morning using a rapid test. This test was part of the protocol to welcome President Donald Trump to the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.
DeWine then returned to Columbus and took a second COVID-19 test from Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. That polymerase chain reaction or PCR test came back negative Thursday night.
First Lady Fran DeWine and members of staff have also tested negative.
– Jackie Borchardt, Jessie Balmert and Jason Lalljee, Cincinnati Enquirer
By the numbers: New records in Hawaii
A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through Thursday night shows that one state has set records for new cases in one week, while one state has recorded a record number of deaths in one week. New records for cases have been set in Hawaii. A record number of deaths have been reported in Tennessee, as well as Puerto Rico. The United States has reported 4,883,582 cases and 160,104 deaths.
– Mike Stucka
Los Angeles County, nearly 5,000 dead
Los Angeles County surpassed the 200,000 mark on Thursday who tested positive for COVID-19 and is approaching 5,000 deaths.
The county, which encompasses the city of Los Angeles and all of its surrounding suburbs, is already ranked the highest in number of cases among counties by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. If the county were a state, it would have a higher number of cases than all but Florida, Texas, New York, and possibly Georgia.
With the addition of 3,290 new cases, Los Angeles County has recorded a total of 201,106 cases. 48 more deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus, bringing the total to 4,869.
The grim new totals came as officials warned of gatherings or parties like Monday night’s at a swanky Hollywood Hills mansion that drew around 200 attendees – with few people wearing masks. The party, which ended in a fatal shooting, drew extensive media coverage from the new TV choppers.
– Chris Woodyard
North Carolina school visited by Pence, DeVos in quarantine
All fourth-grade students and teachers at K-5 Thales Academy in Apex, North Carolina, visited by Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week, have started a 14-year quarantine. days after an asymptomatic student tested positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple media reports.
Thales spokeswoman Holly Clark told ABC News the school was told the student tested positive on Monday after being infected by a family member. The student, who last attended class on Friday, had daily temperature and symptom checks, Clark said.
During his visit to campus on July 29, Pence stressed that “students being together is important” for students to have a full educational experience.
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