COVID-19 all-in-one update

(NEW YORK) -- Here's the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus as of 9:40 a.m. ET.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 6,294,222
Global deaths: 376,077.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 105,147.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 2,711,241

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 1,811,277 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 105,147.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 29,917.
U.S. total patients recovered: 458,231
U.S. total people tested: 17,340,682

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 371,711 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 185,374 reported cases out of a total population of 8.88 million.

Latest reported deaths per state
Visit https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html for the latest numbers.

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
Infectious disease experts sound alarm over protests spreading COVID-19

The ongoing protests prompted by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week have many infectious disease experts concerned that the large gatherings could be so-called ‘superspreader’ events that could result in untold numbers of COVID-19 transmissions.  Dr. Simone Wildes of South Shore Health in Massachusetts says she’s “definitely worried about outbreaks,” particularly among “the black and brown community,“ which statistically are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.  Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Medicine with the Division of Infectious Diseases at Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while noting that many protestors were wearing masks, nonetheless declared, “These are large gatherings with close contact, people are exhaling vigorously.  All of those are circumstances that could promote the transmission of COVID-19 readily, exactly the sort of circumstances we’ve all been recommending against.”  Several experts warned of the possibility of a viral infection spike in the next two weeks – a scenario that already existed because of states in the process of lifting pandemic lockdowns.

COVID-19 deaths in the US pass 105,000
The death toll in the U.S. from the COVID-19 pandemic has officially surpassed 105,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.  The milestone was passed Monday, five days after the official U.S. death toll passed 100,000.  Given inconsistencies and time lags in data reporting, most medical experts concur that the actual number of deaths is likely to be significantly higher than the available data indicate.  Despite the growing U.S. death toll, states across the country continue to reopen, even as health officials continue to caution that, if social distancing measures aren't followed, a stronger second wave of the virus can hit in the fall.  In the meantime, the global search for a vaccine continues.

Congressional Budget Office says pandemic will cost US economy $8 trillion through 2030
With unemployment already at its highest since the Great Depression and the economy sliding further into recession, the Congressional Budget Office warns the U.S. economy will shrink by some $8 billion dollars when it’s all over – and it won’t likely be over for 10 years.  In a letter to lawmakers, the CBO – the non-partisan congressional office that provides budgetary figures – declared that the U.S. economy will grow by $7.8 trillion less than previously projected from now through 2030, according to a report by The Washington Post.  This diminished growth is directly the result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the U.S. and world economies, and represents a 3% decline in the initially projected U.S. GDP.  Unemployment in the U.S. currently stands at 14.7%, with many experts predicting it could soon rise as high as 20%.

Good news!
Japan to pay residents to be tourists in their own country
As Japan’s economy struggles like others around the globe to weather the devastating impact of COVID-19 lockdowns, government officials are encouraging residents to become tourists in their own country – and are willing to pay them to do it.  As the South China Morning Post reports, the government is offering up to 20,000 yen a day – about $190 USD – to any resident who takes a domestic trip.  The money will come in the form of discounts or vouchers for participating hotels, restaurants, attractions and transportation.  The program, set to begin in July, is intended to encourage residents to spend money with local businesses to help stimulate the faltering Japanese economy.

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