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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today

Around the World Today:

  • The U.S. National Park Service said Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim will be open to the public starting May 22 to May 25 for “limited entry and recreational access,” following guidance from the White House, CDC, and state and local public health authorities.

  • British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca received more than $1 billion in funding from the U.S. Health Department’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop a coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

  • Another 2.44 million Americans filed for initial unemployment benefits the week before, bringing the total number of people who lost their job so far during the coronavirus pandemic to almost 40 million.

  • A huge spike in coronavirus cases in the Middle East, where many were observing the Islamic month of Ramadan, led countries to extend and reinforce lockdown measures to prevent its spread during the Eid holiday.

  • Confirmed cases in Pennsylvania surpassed 65,000, as the state’s death toll rose to 4,869.

  • President Trump announced on Twitter that about $300 million was heading to New York's struggling Metropolitan Transit Authority, part of the $3.9 billion that's been allocated for New York under coronavirus stimulus legislation passed by Congress.

  • Amazon confirmed that another warehouse worker died from COVID-19, bringing the total known deaths to eight employees.

  • The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus surpassed 2,000 in Los Angeles County.

  • Brazil recorded another new record for daily coronavirus deaths after 1,188 new fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours. Brazil’s total number of fatalities passed 20,000 and the number of cases nationwide rose to 310,087.

  • The European Union Aviation Safety Agency updated its recommendations for airports and airlines. The new guidelines recommended that all passengers should wear face masks and that access to airport terminals should be limited to only passengers, crew members, and staff.

Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and NBC News


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