Coronavirus in US: Almost two million people infected with COVID-19


There are almost 2 million confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the US, while the world total has surpassed 5,6 million infected people. The US death toll has surpassed 103,000.

The US coronavirus death toll has risen to 103,572. The US has currently the highest death toll in the world due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The second-highest death toll is reported from Russia. More than 1,8 million Coronavirus cases have been recorded in the United States.

New York reopening as the US coronavirus death toll climbs

The most populous city in the United States has announced plans for a phased reopening as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country. NYC mayor says he expects between 200,000 and 400,000 people to head back to work during the first phase.

De Blasio said he expected the first phase of reopening to be announced in the first or second week of June and it would include four business sectors: construction, manufacturing, wholesale suppliers and non-essential retail.

President Donald Trump in social media war after fact-check move

United States President Donald Trump has escalated his war on social media companies, signing an executive order on Thursday challenging the liability protections in US law that serve as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.

The move followed Twitter’s decision to apply fact checks to two of his tweets about voting. 

Trump said the fact checks were “editorial decisions” by Twitter and amounted to political activism. He said it should cost those companies their protection from lawsuits for what is posted on their platforms.

Trump and his allies, who rely heavily on Twitter to attack their foes, have long accused the tech giants of targeting conservatives on social media by fact-checking them or removing their posts.

US major airlines roll out more options to avoid staff layoffs

The top three United States airlines, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, are rolling out fresh programmes to induce tens of thousands of employees to accept voluntary leave or early retirement in the hope of avoiding widespread furloughs in the fall, company memos show.

Around 100,000 employees of American Airlines Group Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc and United Airlines Holdings Inc have already accepted offers for temporary or permanent leaves, the companies have said.

Salaries get chopped for the many US citizens who manage to keep jobs

Companies across the U.S. are cutting salaries as they fight to survive the Coronavirus. The hard numbers won’t be in for months, but anecdotal evidence is piling up. On earnings calls, big businesses including The Container Store Group and Lyft have cited what they say are temporary salary reductions.

The pandemic has triggered unemployment on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. Pay cuts for Americans who’ve managed to hold onto their jobs may hobble the return to normal. People will have to use a bigger chunk of their income for fixed obligations such as housing and other debts – leaving less for the kind of spending that can help spark the economy back into life.

President Trump urges to end the lockdowns as US Coronavirus death toll surpasses 100,000

President Donal Trump is continuing to pressure state governors to reopen their states after being close down due to Coronavirus in the US. The closure of some states has received a lot of backlashes and protesting, as the US economy has begun to fall.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, President Donald Trump bragged about early gains in the US stock market indices and insisted that, “There will be ups and downs, but next year will be one of the best ever!”

However, there are more than 30 million in the US who have lost their jobs due to Coronavirus in the last 2 months.

Officials in all 50 states have already relaxed earlier restrictions to some extent. Even in California, with some of the most stringent coronavirus containment rules in the country, public health officials announced on Monday that retail with in-store shopping and places of worship may now open.

In New York City, the iconic trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) opened for the first time in two months on Tuesday, but with new restrictions. The NYSE says fewer traders will be on the floor at a given time in order to support six feet physical distancing requirements, and those who are on the floor will be required to wear masks.

US beaches and parks are open despite the rising number of infections

The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the US brought big crowds to some beaches, parks, and other destinations across the US, and warnings from experts about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules.

The outbreak in the US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has killed nearly 100,000 people and infected 1,626,000. As all 50 states have begun to ease restrictions in some capacity, experts have warned citizens to stay vigilant and continue to take precautions to avoid a resurgence.

US bans Brazil arrivals as coronavirus toll surges 

The United States said on Sunday that it was banning all travel into the US by non-citizens who have been in Brazil. Brazil registered 653 deaths on Sunday and an additional 15,813 cases, bringing the total to 363,211.

Trump debating to ease voting due to Coronavirus

President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his campaign against absentee voting in the United States by threatening to withhold unspecified federal funding from two states that recently moved to make the practice easier because of the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his campaign against absentee voting in the United States by threatening to withhold unspecified federal funding from two states that recently moved to make the practice easier because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rights groups: Trump’s ‘exploiting a health crisis’ to end asylum

The Trump administration on Tuesday indefinitely extended its policy of urgently expelling most migrants and asylum seekers crossing the border irregularly in a move rights groups said is an effort to “exploit a health crisis” to effectively end asylum at the US-Mexico border. 

Fauci warns against reopening US too soon

Dr Anthony Fauci has said that if federal guidelines to reopen were not followed, “little spikes” would become outbreaks. He also said the real US death toll is probably higher than the official tally of approximately 90,000.

His message is at odds with the tone of US President Donald Trump, who is keen to get the economy going again. Fauci was one of several White House experts testifying to the US Senate from quarantine after a White House staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump admin awards contract to make COVID-19 drugs in US

Looking to lessen dependence on foreign supply chains for critical medicines in the fight against coronavirus, the Trump administration has awarded a contract worth up to $812m for a newly formed United States company to manufacture drugs and drug ingredients to fight COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the US dependence on China and India for both drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients – APIs – the raw materials needed to make medicines.

US-Canada border to remain closed through June 21

Canada and the United States have agreed to extend a ban on non-essential travel between the two nations by another 30 days as part of the fight against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

Trudeau said the border is a source of vulnerability, so the agreement will be extended by another 30 days. The restrictions were announced on March 18 and were extended in April.

Death toll in America surpasses 90,000 as president Trump urges states to reopen

The coronavirus death toll in the United States surpassed 90,000 on Monday as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed above 1.5 million across the country, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. 

The grim milestones came as US President Donald Trump tweeted to “REOPEN OUR COUNTRY!” and the White House attempted to shift blame, including onto its own scientists, for the high number of deaths.

US attacks WHO for ‘failure’ to curb coronavirus

The United States has accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of failing to obtain information that the world needed to fight COVID-19. World leaders have spoken at the virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly, as many countries called for an independent probe into the pandemic.

Globally, there have been more than 4.7 million known cases of COVID-19, and nearly 315,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.7 million people have recovered.

Coronavirus tests hospitals in parts of the US as some states reopen

Governors are starting to slowly reopen some segments of their local economies, pointing to evidence that the numbers of COVID-19 deaths and new hospitalizations are peaking or starting to recede in their states.  While many state and local officials see modest signs of progress in the pandemic fight, coronavirus outbreaks are testing public health networks in pockets of the US.

More people protesting against lockdown in the US

Hundreds of people angry or frustrated by the state of Michigan’s coronavirus stay-at-home order protested again outside the state capitol on Thursday, braving heavy rain to call for a loosening of restrictions and for business owners to reopen in defiance of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

36.5 million Americans have lost their jobs in Coronavirus pandemic

Another week, another staggering number of people filing for unemployment benefits in the United States.

Some 2.98 million Americans filed initial jobless claims in the week ending May 9, the US Department of Labor reported on Thursday, pushing the total number of Americans who have lost their jobs in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns over the past two months to 36.5 million.

Tesla is working on making electric cars less expensive

Electric carmaker Tesla Inc plans to introduce a new low-cost, long-life battery in its Model 3 sedan in China later this year or early next that it expects will bring the cost of electric vehicles in line with petrol models. It may also allow EV batteries to have second and third lives in the electric power grid.

For months, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has been teasing investors, and rivals, with promises to reveal significant advances in battery technology during a “Battery Day” in late May.