Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, attributed rising case numbers in the United States at least partially to the fact lockdown measures were more lenient than those in some European countries that have since managed to turn the tide on the virus.
More than 800,000 new coronavirus cases were detected in the United States in June. At least 125,602 deaths have been reported since the start of the pandemic.
Here are some significant developments:
- The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, sending the unemployment rate down to 11.1 percent. But new data also released by the Labor Department showed that 1.4 million people filed unemployment claims for the first time last week, marking the 15th straight week of claims that exceeded 1 million.
- Stocks rose dramatically in response, with the Dow Jones industrial average swelling more than 400 points, or about 1.7 percent to begin the trading day. The Standard & Poor’s increased by 46 points, or 1.5 percent. The Nasdaq composite gained 144 points, or 1.42 percent.
- The U.S. is on track to have a vaccine against the coronavirus by the end of this year or early 2021, according to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn. The FDA has given authorization to proceed with clinical trials for four vaccines, Hahn said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
- California, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia all broke their previous single-day records for new reported coronavirus cases on Wednesday, while Louisiana’s infection rates continued to rise.
- Nashville, the most populous city in Tennessee, announced that it would revert to Phase 2 of reopening on Friday. Elsewhere, New York City and the states of California and Michigan became the latest to rethink some aspects of reopening.
- The World Health Organization has warned that the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes the Middle East, is at a “critical threshold,” as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases there continues to rise.
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