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USA# Texas Sees Record Jump In COVID-19 Deaths 2 Weeks Into Reopening: Live Update

Summary:

  • Texas cases see record spike 2 weeks into reopening
  • CDC issues re-opening guidelines to help schools and workplaces determine whether they are ready to open for business.
  • NY investigating 110 cases of mysterious pediatric respiratory illness
  • NIH launches study of hydroxychloroquine and Z-Pak
  • New study sheds light on how loud talks can spread virus
  • UK & Italian numbers are out
  • German new infections hit 5-day high
  • Trump praises Wisconsin Supreme Court decision
  • Trump sits for interview with Maria Bartiromo
  • Trump: ‘I wonder what would happen if we cut ties with China?’
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down stay at home order
  • Maryland to start reopening Friday
  • French government ‘incensed’ by Sanofi offer to give vaccine to US first
  • Singapore reports another 750+ cases
  • Japan starts using remdesivir on COVID-19 patients
  • Burundi latest African country to boot WHO
  • UK minister defends timing of nursing home lockdown
  • Spain sees ‘center’ of outbreak shift from area surrounding Madrid to Catalonia

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Update (1750ET): Two weeks into Texas’s reopening – its the largest state that’s allowed restaurants, retailers, movie theaters, malls and most other businesses to reopen (so long as they comply with certain heavily encouraged social distancing guidelines) – public health officials just reported the largest single-day jump in deaths yet.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the state recorded 58 deaths yesterday, breaking the record of 50 deaths set late last month.

Texas reported its highest number of deaths in one day since the coronavirus pandemic began.

New official state data released on Thursday showed Texas is now reporting 1,216 deaths — an increase of 58 from yesterday’s tally.

Previously, Texas had reported as many as 50 deaths once before, on April 30.

The spike in deaths comes as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been trying to re-open the state’s economy. Last week he allowed hair salons and barbershops to reopen and was planning to allow gyms to open next week. Before that he allowed restaurants, malls, retail stores and movie theaters to reopen at 25 percent capacity.

On Monday, Abbott was scheduled to announce whether the state had made enough progress to reopen restaurants, retail stores, theaters, and malls to re-open at 50 percent capacity.

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