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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today

Around the World Today:

  • New information released by Moscow officials added more than 5,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May, despite official nation-wide statistics showing just over 6,000 have died since the start of the outbreak in mid-March.

  • Moderna confirmed that it plans to start a trial of 30,000 volunteers of its much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine in July as the company enters the final stage of testing.

  • The Defense Department's largest biomedical lab, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland, selected a lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate for additional research as well as two backup vaccine candidates.

  • Data released Thursday by the Department of Labor showed that more than 1.5 million people filed for unemployment for the first time last week. The claims came slightly below economists' expectations of 1.6 million first-time jobless claims and was a third of the peak of claims from early April.

  • Nashville delayed its next reopening phase as the city saw a slight increase in new COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, Mayor John Cooper said.

  • Reports showed that coronavirus cases are rising in nearly half the states, as many places roll back lockdowns.

  • U.S. stocks dropped sharply as investors weighed sobering economic forecasts and new data, along with indications that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from subsiding.

  • Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that removed many restrictions in Georgia starting June 16, including allowing restaurants and movie theaters to no longer enforce maximums on the number of people who can sit together.

Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and NBC News


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