COVID-19 all-in-one update

(NEW YORK) -- Here's the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus as of 9:20 a.m. ET.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 5,614,458
Global deaths: 350,876.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 98,929.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 2,307,510

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 1,681,418 diagnosed cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 98,929.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 29,302.
U.S. total patients recovered: 384,902
U.S. total people tested: 14,907,041

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 363,836 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 19.5 million.  That is the most reported cases than in any other single region in the world.  New Jersey is next, with 155,764 reported cases out of a total population of 8.88 million.

Latest reported deaths per state
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School closures
For a state-by-state interactive map of current school closures, please visit the Education Week website, where numbers are updated once daily.

There are 98,277 public schools and 34,576 private schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those schools educate almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students.

The latest headlines
President Trump calls for states to open "ASAP" as death toll nears 100k
After the World Health Organization cautioned that the globe faces a second wave of COVID-19 if social distancing guidelines aren't followed, President Donald Trump is urging states to forge ahead with reopening efforts to stimulate the economy.  The president tweeted that he's already seeing promising signs that the country's economy is recovering. "Stock Market up BIG, DOW crosses 25,000. S&P 500 over 3000. States should open up ASAP," he tweeted Tuesday. "There will be ups and downs, but next year will be one of the best ever!"  Meanwhile, President Trump has criticized North Carolina's governor, a Democrat, for wanting the Republican National Convention -- which will be held in the state this August -- to practice social distancing measures.  In addition, the governor is asking the RNC to provide a proposal on how it'll keep attendees safe.  "It's OK for political conventions to be political, but pandemic response cannot be," said Governor Roy Cooper. "Already, we've been in talks with the RNC about the kind of convention that they would need to run and the kind of options that we need on the table."  President Trump has given Cooper "a week" to decide if the event can proceed as planned, saying Cooper has "been acting very, very slowly and very suspiciously."  The president says if he doesn't hear a response, he will move the RNC elsewhere.  President Trump's remarks about reopening the country came as the U.S.'s death toll neared 100,000 on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. remains the hardest-hit country in the world, with over 1.68 million Americans infected by the virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.  Globally, over 5.6 million people have been infected by COVID-19 and roughly 351,000 people have died.

Global COVID-19 death toll tops 350,000
More than 350,000 people around the world are known to have died from COVID-19.  The numbers crossed that grim milestone Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, which puts the current global death toll at 351,077.  Some 35% of those deaths -- 98,929 as of Monday morning -- have been reported in the United States, which remains the hardest-hit country and where the death toll is on track to exceed 100,000 in the next 24 hours, even as all 50 states continue to loosen lockdown restrictions intended to slow the spread of the disease.  The U.K. has the second-highest number of COVID-19 deaths, with 37,130, while Brazil has the second-highest number of reported infections, with 391,222, followed by Russia, the U.K. and Spain.

COVID-19 cases among US health care workers top 62,000
Of the 1.68 million people the U.S. infected with COVID-19, at least 62,000 of them are doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.  That’s according to data just released by the Centers for Disease Control a Prevention.  At least 291 health care workers have died.  The number of infected health care workers may actually be significantly higher: The CDC reports fewer than 25% of the 1.3 million people whose data the CDC analyzed disclosed whether they worked in the health care industry.  Further, the death status was available for only about 57% of the 62,344 COVID-19 cases among U.S. health care workers.  The number of cases of COVID-19 reported among U.S. health care workers six weeks ago was 9,282, with the median age of infected workers 42, nearly 75% of which were women.  Compared to that 9,282 figure, the current number of infected health care workers represents a nearly 84% increase, although that may be attributable at least in part to data collection inconsistencies rather than an actual infection spike.  Although most infected health care workers weren't hospitalized for the disease, severe outcomes -- including death -- were reported among all age groups.

Good news!
New app helps Japanese fans cheer their favorite teams
As amateur and professional sports organizations wrestle with how to resume playing while being mindful that fans need to maintain social distancing, a Japanese company has developed a novel approach.  The Remote Cheerer system is an app designed by Yamaha Corporation.  It allows fans to cheer, or boo, players during games via their smartphones, sending either a pre-recorded shout-out or their own personal message. The messages are then sent to stadium loudspeakers, where they’re broadcast to the competing teams as venue stands remain empty.  Mind you, this approach is likely much more viable in Japan, where cheering your favorite team from the stands at sporting events is a far more organized, and polite, activity than it generally is in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league is set to resume play on June 19, with J-League soccer expected to resume on June 27 or July 4. However, no fans will be in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are some 16,623 people currently confirmed infected in Japan, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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