World WHO reports record rise in global coronavirus cases
More than 500,000 people worldwide have now died from the coronavirus
A half-million people have now died from COVID-19 worldwide, and the death toll has doubled in just over seven weeks.That grim milestone – marked Sunday by Johns Hopkins University – is particularly unsettling given warnings by health experts that the pandemic is still in its infancy.
A record number of newcaseswas reported globally on Saturday with the United States, Brazil and India showing the biggest increases, according to
Worldwide, cases rose by 212,326 in 24 hours, the data showed, breaking the previous record of 190,566 set on June 28.
As July Fourth celebrations got into full swing, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recordedand 661 deaths on Saturday, taking the total to 2,789,678 cases and 129,305 deaths.
With 11,458 new cases of the virus reported Saturday,. It neared , according to NBC Miami and the New York State Department of Health.
NFLPA recommends canceling all 2020 preseason games
Of course, the NFL has full authority over whether to schedule preseason games or not, and it’s unclear whether the league will consider the union’s recommendation. As Breer points out, teams would lose out on gate revenue — if fans are allowed in stands, which is a dubious proposition — and local TV money. Plus, the NFL Network usually sees its highest ratings in August, so cancelling the preseason slate altogether would be a tough pill to swallow.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools.
As the country is grappling with a rising number of cases, some states had toand .
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, a senior administration official told NBC News. During a to celebrate July 4th on Friday, he only briefly mentioned the virus, as the White House readies a new message for the nation on coronavirus:
In Brazil, where the virus has been rampant,and 1,091 deaths were recorded Saturday, health officials said. The country has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the world at more than 1.5 million with a cumulative death toll of 64,265, according to the country's health ministry.
NFL will treat COVID-19 players as injured players
The NFL has a lot of issues that need to be resolved before training camp start. Here is the latest on the NFL’s efforts to finalize a new setup for the impending COVID-19-altered season. A key takeaway from Friday’s NFLPA conference call: contracts relating to the coronavirus. Once teams report to camp, players who test positive for the virus will be treated the same way — contractually speaking — as injured players, Albert Breer of SI.com tweets. They will be paid.
Both Russia and Mexico reached grim milestones on Saturday, with the number of deaths in Russiaand the death toll in Mexico now at , overtaking France to become the fifth-highest in the world.
India reported a rise of 24,850 cases on Sunday, health officials in the country said. A total of 673,165 cases have now been reported in India, the fourth highest in the world.
Globally, more than 11 million coronavirus cases have been recorded and nearly 531,000 people have died so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The WHO has also announced on Saturday it will discontinue the use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug, as a treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
Interim trial results have shown that hydroxychloroquine produces," the organization said.
Coronavirus updates: US nears 3M cases; Florida hospital ICUs reaching capacity; movie theater chains sue to reopen in New Jersey
The U.S. nears 3M cases; Hospitalizations spike in Florida; Movie theater chains file lawsuit to reopen in New Jersey. Latest coronavirus newsThe stunning milestone will hit less than six months after the first confirmed case was reported January 21, in Everett, Washington. The virus has killed more than 130,000 Americans.
Around the world lockdown restrictions continued to be eased, while some countries ramped up measures to prevent new outbreaks.
This weekend England relaxed most of its restrictions,, cafes, restaurants and hair salons. Despite authorities urging the public to maintain social distancing, in some places, including central London, many ignored the warnings.
Meanwhile, the Spanish northeastern region of Catalonia reimposed coronavirus restrictions, limiting movement of more than 200,000 people after an increase of infections.
On Saturday, Barcelona's famous Sagrada Familia basilica reopened after almost four months of lockdown, giving frontline workers the chance to have the usually tourist-packed landmark to themselves in recognition of their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. Spain was one of the worst affected countries in Europe, recording 28,385 coronavirus deaths.
NHL, NHLPA hoping to finalize CBA, return-to-play agreement Saturday?
The NHL and NHLPA are hoping that they will finalize a six-year CBA agreement Saturday along with a tentative agreement on Phase 3 and 4 protocols as well as a critical calendar.Assuming the new CBA is agreed upon, it would need to be ratified by the Board of Governors and the full membership of the NHLPA, where the players would get 72 hours, starting Monday.
In Australia, which has so far managed to contain the pandemic, authorities locked down around 3,000 people in nine apartment buildings in the southeast state of Victoria to try to stem a new outbreak after a rise in cases.
In addition to the complete lockdown orders, more than 30 Melbourne suburbs are also under strict social-distancing orders, but people there can leave their houses to go to work, school or to buy groceries.
In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani warned Saturday that Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, Reuters reported.
Iran was one of the early epicenters of the pandemic, and is still battling the spread of the virus, with the total number of cases hitting 240,438 on Sunday.
Reuters contributed to this report.
ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns .
When asked about the challenges the NBA will face as it attempts to mount a comeback next month, Burke didn’t mince words.“The thing that I felt the most was fatigue and headache,” Burke said about having coronavirus. “So for a good stretch of the first two weeks of that, I was just thinking I had a bad flu, because my symptoms were not aligning with what was being told were the main symptoms — the shortness of breath, the pressure on the chest — I didn’t have those scary symptoms. So for a good stretch of time, I didn’t think I had it. But then I finally decided to get tested.