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Day 91: It’s Time To Reopen Dummy

  • 28,000 missing deaths: Tracking the true death toll of the coronavirus crisis. (New York Times)
  • The Trump administration doesn’t have a plan to cover coronavirus treatment for the uninsured two weeks after pledging to have a plan. (Politico)
  • The malaria drug widely touted by Trump showed no benefit – and more deaths – in a U.S. veterans study. About 28% who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11% of those getting routine care alone. About 22% of those getting the drug plus azithromycin died too. (Associated Press)
  • The World Health Organization warned that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus outbreak, reviving the alarm just as many countries ease restrictive measures aimed at reducing its spread. (NBC News)
  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommends against using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19 patients because of potential toxicities. Trump, however, has suggested the combination might be helpful. (NPR)
  • Trump faces his next coronavirus test: Trump’s advisers recognize his bumpy rollout of coronavirus testing represents a major vulnerability in an election year. (Politico)
  • We are living in a failed state: The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken. (The Atlantic)
  • The White House and congressional leaders reached agreement on a $484 billion coronavirus relief package. (New York Times / Washington Post / NBC News / CNN / CNBC / Wall Street Journal / Politico)
  • Trump declared – via tweet – that he will sign an executive order suspending most immigration to the U.S. because of the coronavirus pandemic, (New York Times / Politico / Bloomberg / Washington Post / NBC News / Associated Press / Reuters / CNN / CBS News)
  • The director of the CDC warned that a second wave of the coronavirus will likely be worse because it will probably coincide with the start of flu season.(Washington Post)
  • The World Health Organization warned that we must “ready ourselves for a new way of living for the foreseeable future” as many countries lift lockdowns and other social distancing measures. (ABC News)
  • Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department will consider taking legal action against governors who continue to impose strict social distancing rules after coronavirus cases begin to subside.(Bloomberg / NPR / The Guardian)
  • Several Southern states took steps to reopen businesses despite health officials warning that reopening too early without expansive testing could lead to a surge in new infections. South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee all moved to relax social distancing and stay-at-home orders. (Wall Street Journal)

Today’s projections:

Total projected cases in the US: 837,512
Total projected deaths in the US: 45,653

Actual cases in the US: 827,093
Actual deaths in the US: 45,425

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