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Dr. Fauci Had Doubts on a Mask Mandate. He's Reconsidering

Nation's top infectious disease expert says we may need to require masks as US sees record daily high

(Newser) - On Friday, the US reached what CNN calls a "harrowing milestone": the nation's highest daily count of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 83,010 cases recorded, per the COVID Tracking Project . Forbes notes that the previous one-day record was 76,842, recorded on July 17.... More »

We Haven't Seen This COVID Number Since July

Daily new case count in US surpasses 70K

(Newser) - On Thursday, the United States saw a new coronavirus case count of 71,671, according to Johns Hopkins University—that's the third most ever, behind 77,362 on July 16 and 73,107 on July 24, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reuters' count is even worse: It logs 76,... More »

In '11th Hour' of Nuclear Pact, an Offer From Putin

Russian president wants to extend treaty for one year, but US has a new ask

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin made a strong call on Friday to save the last existing nuclear arms control pact between his country and the United States, proposing to extend it for at least one year. Putin's statement comes amid conflicting signals from Russian and US diplomats about the fate... More »

Unwanted Milestone Arrives on COVID

US reaches 200,000 deaths

(Newser) - The unwanted milestone everyone knew was coming has arrived: The US has reached 200,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker . Don't expect the figure to stop growing anytime soon: Axios notes that the US is averaging about 830 deaths a day amid predictions... More »

A Grim COVID Prediction, With One Hopeful Piece of Advice

Model forecasts 300K US deaths by December, but wearing masks could cut that number

(Newser) - Winter will soon be coming, and with it, some not-great news, according to a prominent model with a new prediction on COVID-19 deaths. While Johns Hopkins documents more than 160,100 deaths so far in the US from the coronavirus, the "forecast totals 295,011 deaths by December,"... More »

US, UK, Canada All Point a Big Finger at Russia

Hacking group Cozy Bear is allegedly trying to steal information about a virus vaccine

(Newser) - Britain, the US, and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, the AP reports. The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and... More »

COVID Surge Worries Experts: 'Early Wave of a Lot of Suffering'

US death rate is back on the climb

(Newser) - In mid-April, the daily COVID-19 death toll in the US began to subside, thanks to shutdowns that helped flatten the virus curve. Now, sobering news from the Washington Post : That daily mortality rate has spiked this week, with more than 800 deaths across the nation daily over the past four... More »

North Korea Taunts US Over Protests

'Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House'

(Newser) - North Korea has taken note of the George Floyd protests, and it's not exactly sending a note of support. "Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House," says a statement in one of the main state-run newspapers. "This is the reality in... More »

Hong Kong's Leader Accuses US of 'Double Standard'

Carrie Lam says 'biased' America should look at how it's handling its own protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong's leader has defended China's new national security law blocking secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference in the city while accusing the US of a double standard. "For some countries that have had a high-profile response and claimed they will take action, I can only describe... More »

European Union Makes a Big Ask of Trump

EU wants president to reconsider cutting US funds to World Health Organization amid pandemic

(Newser) - The European Union on Saturday urged President Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organization amid global criticism of the move, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is far from contained. European Commission President Ursula... More »

Is 'Starting Gun' on the Ready for a New US Nukes Test?

Sources tell 'WaPo' Trump administration is mulling having one to give US leverage with Russia, China

(Newser) - Back in January, as tensions between the US and Iran were rising, some experts feared President Trump might consider turning to nukes to remedy things. Now, sources tell the Washington Post that the Trump administration has broached the subject of holding a nuclear test, the first time the US has... More »

America's 10 Best Beaches

Grayton Beach State Park in Florida takes top honors in annual ranking

(Newser) - Imagine a beach with "sugar-white sand and emerald green water," a short distance from sand dunes, tidal lakes, and freshwater ponds. You're imagining Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida panhandle, the best beach in America, according to Dr. Beach . The doctor, aka Stephen Leatherman, is out... More »

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,... More »

Slammed by Virus, Russia Earns Dubious New Distinction

With more than 221K cases, it's now No. 3 in the world, behind only Spain and the United States

(Newser) - Russia has jumped past Italy and the United Kingdom in its struggle with the coronavirus, now making it the country with the third largest number of cases. Per Reuters , the number of confirmed cases there shot to 221,344 as of Monday. It lags only behind Spain, which has just... More »

Millions More Join the Ranks of the Unemployed

20% of US workers have filed for unemployment aid

(Newser) - Another 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total over seven weeks to 33.5 million—or one in five Americans who were employed as of February, per the AP . Economists had predicted 3 million claims, Reuters reports. The week ending May 2 was the... More »

It's by Far the Worst String of Layoffs on Record

4.4M more file for unemployment benefits, bringing total to 26M over 5 weeks

(Newser) - More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for US unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down. Roughly 26 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the five weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began forcing millions of employers... More »

Looking to Get a New Passport? Forget About It for Now

Unless you have 'life-or-death emergency' or are renewing, State Dept. says passports are on hold

(Newser) - The State Department wasn't kidding when it put out its "level four" travel advisory last month urging Americans not to go abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNN reports that on Friday, the department put up a "passport operations" update on its website , and the upshot of that... More »

Doctors as Virus Cases in US Pass 100K: 'We Are Scared'

More than 1,700 people have died in United States as of Saturday morning

(Newser) - Just two days ago, there were about 82,000 cases of the coronavirus in the United States, making it the country with the most cases in the world . Now that count has surpassed 100,000, per Reuters , which reports the US number rose by about 18,000 on Friday—the... More »

Coronavirus Marks 'Grim Milestone' in US

At least 1K Americans have died, and the numbers are still climbing

(Newser) - Wednesday night marked a grim milestone as the coronavirus rampages across the planet: USA Today reports that the death toll in the US has surpassed 1,000, hovering closer to 1,050, per a Johns Hopkins University data dashboard , which put the overall number of known cases in the US... More »

2 Big Moves in Virus Fight: Mexico and Medical Supplies

US and Mexico close border, Trump invokes Defense Production Act for critical medical gear

(Newser) - President Trump got into a testy exchange with a reporter at a Friday news conference about the coronavirus pandemic, but there were other developments at the presser:
  • Trump's action: The president invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies such as ventilators and masks on the front
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