Of the confirmed two million coronavirus cases, more than 113,000 Americans have died since the virus emerged here a few months ago.
The number of daily U.S. cases surged above 50,000 for the first time and showed no indication of ebbing, but President Donald Trump preferred to focus on encouraging jobs numbers Thursday.
The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June as states, in fits and starts, slowly eased restrictions and more Americans went back to work. “These are historic numbers in a time that a lot of people would have wilted. They would have wilted,” Trump said. “But we didn’t wilt, and our country didn’t wilt.”
The Johns Hopkins data dashboard reported 50,655 new cases, pushing the U.S. total to more than 2.7 million since the pandemic began six months ago. The daily death count was 645, about average among recent days but down from daily totals that exceeded 2,000 in April.
But a study out this week determined there were 87,000 more deaths than expected in the U.S. from March 1 to April 25 alone, based on the average from the previous five years. Only 65% of those deaths were directly attributed to COVID-19, suggesting the rest were linked to the pandemic but not ruled as the main cause, researchers say.
Here are some major developments from Thursday:
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has delayed indoor dining indefinitely.
- Sheriff deputies will begin to issue citations to people who are not wearing masks in West Hollywood, California. The fine will be $300 total.
- Following the Senate’s lead, the House voted Wednesday to pass the Paycheck Protection Program extension deadline allowing small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic to apply by Aug. 8.
📈Today’s stats: Globally, there have been more than 10.7 million cases and 517,000 deaths. In the U.S., cases have surpassed 2.7 million and over 128,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.
📰 What we’re reading: While the CDC says face shields should not be worn to replace a cloth mask, more and more people are turning to them for additional protection. Here’s where you can buy them.
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Florida smashes daily record, posts more than 10,000 new cases
Florida added 10,109 cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, a new record. It marks the ninth consecutive day that at least 5,000 new cases have been counted, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide is now 169,106.
The state’s total number of cases has nearly tripled since the Phase 2 reopening began on June 5 (61,488). Bars were closed for the second time during the pandemic June 26 to try to limit the spread of the virus.
The number of reported deaths of Florida residents rose to 3,617, including the first death of someone between the ages of 5 and 14. The death…