Coronavirus Live Updates: Beijing Braces For New Wave Of COVID-19 Cases
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Germany Gears Up To Launch Coronavirus Tracing App — 6/15/20, 4:26 p.m. ET
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Sunday that the country is ready to roll out its coronavirus tracing app sometime this week.
The app uses bluetooth to track and notify people who come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Proponents of the technology hope reliance on bluetooth helps address privacy concerns, as it circumvents the need for a centralized database.
Public health officials hope the app will prove useful in combating a second wave of infections, which would lead to another wave of shutdowns. Many European countries, including Germany, lifted travel bans to other European Union members on Monday.
― Ryan Grenoble
FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization For Hydroxochloroquine – 6/15/20, 12:21 p.m. ET
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has revoked its emergency use authorizations for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, anti-malarial drugs that President Donald Trump has falsely touted as a potential COVID-19 treatment.
After reviewing data from recent clinical trials, FDA officials concluded the drugs “are unlikely to produce an antiviral effect,” and “the known and potential benefits of these products outweigh their known and potential risks.” The risks can include increased heart problems.
Read the FDA’s memo here.
— Marina Fang
Beijing Braces For Resurgence Of Virus — 6/15/2020, 6 a.m. ET
More than 100 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported in recent days in Beijing, after about a month of no local transmission, the Associated Press reported.
The cases have been linked to the Xinfadi wholesale market, which supplies much of the meat and vegetables for the capital city. In response, Beijing has closed the market, put nearby neighborhoods on lockdown, and tested more than 76,000 people.
The resurgence in China, where the virus first appeared, underscores the difficulties countries around the world are having in containing the virus. More than 7.93 million cases have been reported worldwide, with more than 433,000 deaths attributable to the disease.
— Liza Hearon
Fauci: Ban On China, U.K. Travelers Likely To Last Months — 6/14/20, 3:25 p.m. ET
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert on the White House coronavirus task force, said he believes restrictions on travel from the United Kingdom, China and other countries to the United States will likely continue for “months.”
“It’s going to be really wait and see,” he told the British newspaper The Telegraph. “I don’t think there’s going to be an immediate pullback for those kinds of restrictions. My feeling, looking at what’s going on with the infection rate, I think it’s more likely measured in months rather than weeks.”
President Donald Trump restricted travel from China in later January, about a month after the first documented coronavirus case in the Chinese city of Wuhan. He followed up in mid-March with a ban on travel from the U.K., Ireland and 26 other countries in Europe. His delayed decision to shut down travel from Europe prompted criticism from many public health experts.
The virus could “go on for a couple of cycles, coming back and forth,” Fauci told The Telegraph. But a so-called second wave isn’t inevitable if local and state officials take the proper precautions, he said.
There have been more than 2 million confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 115,000 people have died nationwide.
Health Expert Calls Trump’s Tulsa Rally An ‘Extraordinarily Dangerous Move’ — 6/14/20, 3:05 p.m. ET
As President Donald Trump prepares for his first campaign rally in months, health experts are warning the event could lead to a new outbreak of the coronavirus.
The upcoming rally, which is slated to be held in a 19,000-seat arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, could prove to be “an extraordinarily dangerous move for the people participating and the people who may know them and love them and see them afterward,” Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, told the Associated Press.
Trump’s reelection campaign, in a recognition of the risk, has included a notice to those registering to attend the rally that essentially says you can’t sue the campaign if you contract the coronavirus during event.
“By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury,” the waiver states.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert on the White House coronavirus task force, cautioned Friday that attending rallies or protests at this time is “risky” and poses “a danger.”
He urged rallygoers to wear masks and socially distance as much as possible.
Read more from the Associated Press here.
― Hayley Miller
Oregon Governor To Halt Reopening As New Cases Rise — 6/12/20, 9:46 a.m. ET
Oregon will “press pause” on and reevaluate its reopening process for the next seven days “to ensure that the virus is not spreading too quickly,” Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday night.
On Thursday, the state reported a new single-day high in the number of new COVID-19 infections. It’s one of at least a dozen states that have seen a rise in cases, which many experts attribute to loosening restrictions.
— Marina Fang
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