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US Coronavirus updates: Fauci says new cases could hit 100,000 daily; new 'pandemic potential' found in China; vaccine on track

22:10  30 june  2020
22:10  30 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Fauci tells House committee he's 'cautiously optimistic' about progress made on coronavirus vaccine

  Fauci tells House committee he's 'cautiously optimistic' about progress made on coronavirus vaccine Dr. Anthony Fauci is among those who are scheduled to testify before House lawmakers on Tuesday about the Trump administration's coroanvirus response.Fauci said there were a number of promising vaccines in development and that it's about "when and not if" they get positive results. He reiterated his hope that a vaccine could be made available by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death “Lower the rhetoric of division,” Biden says . Then he pivots to hit Trump for having tweeted out footage Biden is asked whether he’ll release a list of names of potential Supreme Court nominees.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death “Lower the rhetoric of division,” Biden says . Then he pivots to hit Trump for having tweeted out footage Biden is asked whether he’ll release a list of names of potential Supreme Court nominees.

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home the nation's leading infectious disease expert warned that new cases could reach 100,000 per day if the trend isn't averted.

"I think it is important to tell you and the American public that I'm very concerned because it could get very bad," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

More states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down the alarming boom in coronavirus cases. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut doubled the number of states on its quarantine list, to 16. Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

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Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death “Lower the rhetoric of division,” Biden says . Then he pivots to hit Trump for having tweeted out footage Biden is asked whether he’ll release a list of names of potential Supreme Court nominees.

Doug Ducey wearing a suit and tie: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night Ñ a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt. © Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night Ñ a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt.

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In China, researchers are concerned about a new swine flu strain in pigs that could have "pandemic potential." Fauci, however, said the strain was not an immediate threat to Americans.

Here are some major developments:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials testified before Congress Tuesday on the state of the pandemic.
  • Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir that is shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill patients, said Monday that it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the U.S. and other developed countries.
  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sticking to the July 15 deadline to file taxes. The IRS had postponed the tax-filing deadline from April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a webcast Monday the surge of COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks is "very discouraging."

????Today's stats: The number of confirmed cases globally is over 10.4 million, and the death toll is more than 509,500. There are more than 2.5 million cases in the U.S. and over 126,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

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Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death “Lower the rhetoric of division,” Biden says . Then he pivots to hit Trump for having tweeted out footage Biden is asked whether he’ll release a list of names of potential Supreme Court nominees.

'I would say between 100 , 000 and 200, 000 cases ,' he said , correcting himself to say he meant The government is particularly looking at easing restrictions in areas that have not been hard- hit by the Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could potentially be between 100 , 000 to 200, 000 deaths related to the

???? What we're reading: As coronavirus cases surge in Arizona and Gov. Doug Ducey orders bars, gyms and theaters to close again, this town's mayor says he won't cancel events nor require masks. "My response from the onset of COVID-19 pandemic has been that we will err on the side of freedom," Eagar Mayor Bryce Hamblin said in a statement.

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Fauci: Vaccine possible in early 2021; infections going in 'wrong direction'

There is no guarantee that a safe and effective vaccine will soon be ready, but public health experts remain "cautiously optimistic" that doses will be available to the public early next year, Fauci told a Senate panel Tuesday. Fauci also acknowledged the nation was going in the "wrong direction," citing  the recent surge in new COVID-19 cases. He said several states may have eased restrictions before meeting standards laid out for a safe reopening and warned that daily new cases could more than double, to 100,000.

Trump says he thinks coronavirus will 'just disappear' despite rising cases

  Trump says he thinks coronavirus will 'just disappear' despite rising cases Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he "would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000" new cases per day."I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network.

Fauci and White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx had long supported extending the guidelines and gave a strong presentation with the new models that showed the 100 , 000 to 200, 000 people could die, a source familiar INTERACTIVE: Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US.

Fauci says protests could cause an increase in cases . Increased voting by mail this spring offers The United States surpassed two million coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to a New There have been more than 100 new cases in the last week alone, bringing the state’s total since the

"We’ve really got to do something about that and we need to deal with it quickly," he said. "It could get very bad."

Health care, food disruptions could cost lives of 250,000 babies, toddlers

Disruptions to health care and lack of food from COVID-19 are likely to cost the lives of at least 250,000 babies and young children and more than 10,000 mothers in low- and moderate-income countries over the next six months, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, modeled how many extra deaths could be expected from COVID-19’s impact on the food supply and medical systems in these countries. The study found a dramatic increase in maternal deaths from the absence of childbirth interventions such as antibiotics and clean birth environments. Children will be more likely to die from lack of nutrition, reduced availability of antibiotics for pneumonia, sepsis and rehydration solution for diarrhea, according to the study.

Karen Weintraub

CDC chief concerned by 'significant increases' in COVID-19 cases

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said he is concerned about the "significant increases" in coronavirus cases across the nation, which he attributed to increased testing, community transmission and individual outbreaks. Dr. Robert Redfield said hospitalizations are rising in 12 states and daily deaths are increasing in Arizona. He said from March to May when testing was still ramping up, health officials were probably detecting only one case in 10. Truer numbers are now being revealed, he said.

Ex-CIA director Panetta: Trump has 'essentially gone AWOL' amid pandemic

  Ex-CIA director Panetta: Trump has 'essentially gone AWOL' amid pandemic Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta this week accused President Trump of having gone "AWOL" when it comes to leading the country during the coronavirus pandemic.Panetta told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday that Trump has "essentially gone AWOL from the job of leadership that he should be providing a country in trouble," noting that the pandemic is a "major crisis.""But the president, rather than bringing together some kind of national strategy to confront this crisis, simply resorts to tweeting about vandalism and other things to kind of divert attention from the crisis that's there," said Panetta, who served un

The United States should have 100 million doses of one candidate coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, Dr. Anthony Fauci , the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday.

Which countries could be seeing a 'second wave' of cases ? Previous pandemics have unfolded in In China , the official death toll is some 4,600 from about 85, 000 confirmed cases , although critics have But a number of states reported record daily coronavirus infections this week and several

The CDC was planning to release recommendations for reopening elementary, secondary and higher education schools as well as businesses, he said.

"It's imperative that we take the personal responsibility to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and embrace the universal use of face coverings," Redfield told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "I'm addressing the younger members of our society, the millenials and the generation Zs. I ask those that are listening to spread the word."

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Swine flu in Chinese pigs monitored for 'pandemic potential'

A swine flu virus found in Chinese pigs has the potential to jump to humans and even spark a pandemic, researchers say.

The Chinese and British scientists, writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, urge immediate measures to control the virus in pigs and to closely monitor workers who handle them. The predominant G4 EA H1N1 virus has acquired increased human infectivity, the researchers say, which greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and "raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses."

Martha Nelson, an evolutionary biologist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center, told Science magazine the likelihood of this variant causing a pandemic is low. Fauci, the top infectious-disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, told a Senate committee Tuesday that the virus was “not an immediate threat” but something to “keep your eye on.”

Fauci warns U.S. is "knee-deep" in coronavirus first wave

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Headed for New York? Almost half of Americans would need to quarantine

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut added travelers from California, Tennessee and six other states to its quarantine list Tuesday morning, pushing the total to 16 states representing 48% of the U.S. population. Travelers from the affected states will now have to isolate for 14 days upon arriving in the three northeastern states, doubling the original list of eight states included in the joint travel advisory issued last week.

"We've set metrics for community spread just as we've set metrics for everything the state does to fight COVID-19," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "Eight more states have reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York's travel advisory."

Joseph Spector

Americans banned from traveling to European Union

Americans will not be allowed to travel to European Union countries when the bloc opens up to international visitors July 1, the European Council announced on Tuesday. Travelers from 14 countries will be welcomed to the EU, including Canada, South Korea and Australia. But Americans and citizens of many other nations will be barred as too risky because of spiking coronavirus cases in their home countries. Chinese travelers will be allowed to visit if that country's government confirms a policy of reciprocity, the council's announcement said.

The United States leads the world in the number of coronavirus cases with nearly 2.7 million infections as of June 30, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Biden preparing for 'multiple scenarios' on COVID-19 vaccine: Official

  Biden preparing for 'multiple scenarios' on COVID-19 vaccine: Official He announced a new plan to bolster U.S. supply chains amid coronavirus. "I would say the vice president and the team are working through multiple scenarios. One of those scenarios would involve the existence of a vaccine, in which case, one of the biggest tasks would be the broad-based manufacture and equitable distribution of that vaccine which is an enormous logistical challenge," the official said on a call Tuesday morning.

Julia Thompson and Deirdre Shesgreen

USA TODAY panelists: We're one-third of the way toward vaccinations for all

If you think of a clock ticking from midnight (when the pandemic began around Jan. 1) to noon (when vaccines will be widely available in the United States), then a panel of experts assembled by USA TODAY says it’s now about 4 a.m. We are about one-third of the way there, the panel of 10 physicians and scientist estimates. That timeline gets us to the promised land of near normalcy sometime next spring. That's a bit less optimistic than Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has repeatedly said he hopes a vaccine could be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021.

“I think we’ll have a vaccine by the middle of next year,” said panel member Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Weise and Karen Weintraub

Arizona delays opening of public schools

Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes this year until at least Aug. 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey announced, adding that "we'll continuously reevaluate this target date." The state's schools usually open in early August. But a spike in COVID-19 cases across the state has schools facing difficult decisions – including whether to offer in-person classes at all. Schools can offer online instruction before the reopening date.

The state has more than 74,000 confirmed cases, with 3,000-plus new cases reported on five of the past seven days. People younger than 20 make up about 11% of the cases.

"We were hopeful that schools could reopen and that with mitigation strategies that our schools could still offer in-person instruction," Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said. "But more recently, it's become more clear that's not advised."

Lily Altavena, Arizona Republic

Trump attacked Fauci's advice and boasted of ignoring government experts in his coronavirus response

  Trump attacked Fauci's advice and boasted of ignoring government experts in his coronavirus response President Donald Trump said the US was "in a good place" with the virus, a stark departure from Dr. Anthony Fauci's urgent pleas to change course.In an interview with the former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, the president said he disagreed with earlier comments from Fauci that the US was still "knee-deep in the first wave" of the coronavirus crisis.

Hundreds of US kids developing serious inflammatory condition

At least 286 U.S. children have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to the coronavirus and while most recovered, the potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown, two new studies suggest.

The papers, published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide the fullest report yet on the condition, known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. It is considered uncommon and deaths are rare; six children died among the 285 in the new studies. Including cases in Europe, where it was first reported, about 1,000 children worldwide have been affected, a journal editorial said.

Youth sports march on despite boom in new cases

Many privately run youth sports leagues and tournaments have largely carried on as the pandemic, even in recent coronavirus hot spot states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and South Carolina. Jon Solomon, the editorial director for the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit think tank, believes many youth sports entities will continue to push forward unless or until government officials determine otherwise, even in states where the virus is spreading rapidly.

"There’s a lot of money at stake for these competitive organizations," he said. "There are a lot of parents who are fine and they don’t necessarily see hospitalizations or positive tests within the people that they’re associating with. ... It’s sort of like out of sight, out of mind."

Tom Schad

Schools, students brace for outbreaks as fall semester nears

Colleges and universities are rolling out their plans for the fall semester as students and teachers brace for what could be a new burst of COVID-19 cases. Some schools will end the fall semester before Thanksgiving but forgo the customary fall break to prevent students from leaving campus in October and returning with the virus. Some will stagger arrival dates, delay the start of classes to September and restrict access to residential and academic buildings. There are no national guidelines, and some experts have little faith the protocols will prevent outbreaks.

“The expectation would be that COVID-19 will run through campuses like wildfire,” said Dave Blake, an associate professor at Augusta University’s Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. “That’s probably what’s going to happen if you don’t have really good surveillance testing procedures in place. And I don’t see universities setting those up in a way to do that and be effective.”

Suzanne Hirt

What we're reading

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  • Brooklyn Nets' stars test positive for COVID-19
  • Tipping point: Starbucks barista's GoFundMe at more than $80,000 after he told customer to wear mask.
  • Los Angeles and several Florida counties are closing their beaches Friday to help stop the spread of the virus during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Infection rates highest in lower-income, non-white neighborhoods

A USA TODAY analysis of ZIP code-level data shows neighborhoods with the highest rates of infection from the coronavirus are more densely populated, and they have lower household incomes and higher percentages of non-white residents.

USA TODAY’s exclusive analysis draws from reported cases of COVID-19 by ZIP code of residence of those testing positive for the virus. It affirms a set of trends revealed by case counts available in April, when far fewer jurisdictions reported such granular data.

The data from more than 8,500 ZIP codes – about 26% of all U.S. ZIPs – was collected during the week of June 15 from 49 state, county and local health departments that publish data at that geographic level.

Mark Nichols, Mitchell Thorson, and Carlie Procell

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Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus updates: Fauci says new cases could hit 100,000 daily; new 'pandemic potential' found in China; vaccine on track

Trump attacked Fauci's advice and boasted of ignoring government experts in his coronavirus response .
President Donald Trump said the US was "in a good place" with the virus, a stark departure from Dr. Anthony Fauci's urgent pleas to change course.In an interview with the former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, the president said he disagreed with earlier comments from Fauci that the US was still "knee-deep in the first wave" of the coronavirus crisis.

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