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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today

Around the World Today:

  • South Korean health authorities said they are aggressively working to increase contact tracing efforts after a recent spike in new coronavirus infections. The country reported 29 new cases in the past day.

  • Japan lifted its state of emergency around much of the country with the exception of certain areas, including the country’s capital Tokyo. Japan recorded a total of 16,079 confirmed cases.

  • The United Nations warned of a looming global mental health crisis as the world struggles to cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  • Newly released figures showed that more than 2.9 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment claims last week, bringing the eight-week total to more than 36.5 million.

  • The first confirmed coronavirus case was detected in a Bangladesh camp, home to more than 1 million Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.

  • Delta Air Lines announced that it is retiring its entire fleet of Boeing 777 jets as part of cost-cutting measures.

  • An experimental coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University appeared to be effective at preventing COVID-19, according to findings from a small study in six monkeys. The preliminary findings were posted on the preprint server bioRxiv.

  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the Jersey Shore will be open by Memorial Day, but “with social-distancing guidelines in place.”

  • The CDC released some of their long-delayed guidance that schools, businesses, and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns. The “decision tool” documents apply for schools, workplaces, camps, childcare centers, mass transit systems, and bars and restaurants.

  • The New York Stock Exchange President Stacey Cunningham announced that the NYSE will reopen on May 26, with a "subset" of brokers — who will wear face masks — allowed back onto the trading floor.

  • The CDC issued a health alert to physicians about what has emerged as a rare but potentially deadly condition linked to COVID-19 in children. The illness, known as "multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children" or MIS-C, has been reported in at least 19 states and Washington, D.C.

  • U.S. military officials said a Navy hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, will leave Los Angeles on May 15, although some medical personnel will remain in the area to help amid the coronavirus epidemic.

  • The FDA issued an alert warning that a common COVID-19 diagnostic test, the Abbott Labs' ID NOW point-of-care test used by hospitals across the country, could be giving inaccurate results.

  • The Mississippi Gaming Commission said that casinos in the state can start reopening on May 21.

  • Disney Theatrical Productions said it was shutting down its Broadway production of "Frozen" for good. The production had 851 performances since 2018 before it was shut down as a result of New York's ban on large gatherings that began on March 12.

Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and NBC News


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