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August 13, 2020 5 min

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  • Nearly 100,000 children in the United States tested positive for the coronavirus in July.
  • Pfizer has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences to manufacture remdesivir.
  • Larry Kudlow struggled to explain Trump’s executive orders during an interview with CNN.
  • Upwards of 20 to 50 percent of people may already  have T cells that recognize the new coronavirus.

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  • Trump signed four executive actions on coronavirus relief including $400/week jobless payments.
  • America surpassed 5 million coronavirus cases with the death toll hovering around 1,000 deaths a day. 
  • Two parents sued a school board in Ohio demanding for in-person class instruction.
  • A CDC report shows that hundreds of children were admitted to the ICU due to an inflammatory syndrome.
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    August 11, 2020 5 min

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  • Republicans rejected a Democratic offer to agree to a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus deal.
  • The Labor Department reported that 1.8 million jobs were added to the economy in July. 
  • The State Department lifted its level four travel “do not travel” international advisory.
  • NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced schools across his state can reopen for in-person instruction.

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  • Negotiations continue over a second stimulus package with less than 24 hours to strike a deal.
  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for coronavirus. 
  • Trump signed an executive order requiring the government to purchase medical supplies from American factories.
  • Experts suggest a new quantity-over-quality antigen testing strategy for faster test results.

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  • US Defense Department officials say the Beirut explosion was not an attack.
  • New York City sets up quarantine checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings.
  • Johnson & Johnson strikes a $1 billion deal to produce up to 100 million doses of its vaccine.
  • The 2020 Democratic National Convention will now be entirely virtual.
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  • Tropical Storm Isaias is making its way up the East Coast with wind gusts of up to 70mph.
  • Negotiators continue on Capitol Hill to over resoluting a compromise for a coronavirus relief package.
  • Six governors have partnered up to buy 3 million coronavirus antigen tests.
  • NYC health commissioner resigns over clash with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the coronavirus.
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  • Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says he is justified in demanding Trump's tax returns.
  • Dr. Deborah Birx warns that COVID-19 is extraordinarily widespread.
  • New Jersey’s rate of virus transmission rose from 0.87 in June to 1.48 in July.
  • An estimated 5.4 million American workers lost health coverage because of job losses.
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  • President Donald Trump says he plans to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the U.S.
  • The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced that it trapped its first murder hornet.
  • A student tested positive for coronavirus just hours into the first day of school in Indiana.
  • Serum Institute announced a plan to make hundreds of millions of doses of an unproven vaccine.
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    August 1, 2020 5 min

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  • Florida is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Isaias from Saturday afternoon through Sunday.
  • NYC plans to reopen schools in September as long as the city’s positivity rate remains below 3%.
  • California is now the first state in the nation to have reached 500,000 total coronavirus cases. 
  • $600 enhanced jobless payments have expired for over 30 million Americans.
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  • French drugmaker Sanofi secures a $2.1 billion deal with the United States government.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci gets pressed on protests by Ohio congressman Jim Jordan,
  • 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark is arrested for his alleged involvement in a massive Twitter hack.
  • The United States could see up to a half million fewer births in 2021.
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  • GDP shrank at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter. 
  • Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential nominee, has died from COVID-19.
  • Outbreaks have swept through at least three Alaska fish-processing facilities in recent weeks.
  • An effort to extend enhanced unemployment benefits failed after Democrats blocked a bid to slash payments.
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  • Texas Representative Louie Gohmert tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of meeting with Trump.
  • Trump suggested the administration will push for a narrower aid package with direct payments. 
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the United States will pull 11,900 troops out of Germany. 
  • WHO says there is no evidence that COVID-19 will follow seasonal variations.
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  • Infections trend upward in 39 states as the United States surpasses 4 million confirmed cases.
  • The White House and Senate Republicans neared an agreement on a new economic rescue proposal.
  • 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week as $600 payments are set to expire.
  • A new study shows that hydroxychloroquine did not improve the condition of patients with covid-19.
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  • The Senate extended the application period for the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Several states across the Midwest are seeing a resurgence in coronavirus cases.
  • European nations have now reopened their borders to nonessential travelers from a list of countries.
  • Airbus has announced that it will cut nearly 15,000 jobs across its global workforce.
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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for students to be physically present in school.
  • The WHO raises concerns over America’s purchase of nearly all global supply of remdesivir.
  • California and NYC order closure of indoor dining as daily coronavirus cases reach 50,000.
  • Out of state healthcare reinforcements are being brought in to assist with hospitals in Texas.
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  • Pandemic measures are extended in Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, and California.
  • California reports a near doubling in coronavirus cases over the past week.
  • The WHO will investigate the original source of the virus in Wuhan, Chan.
  • NYC cuts the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion and cancels the planned hiring of 1,163 police officers.
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  • Outbreaks are prompting from restaurants and bars as indoor dining restrictions are lifted.
  • Vice President Mike Pence urged the public to wear masks during a visit to Texas.
  • Governors criticize the Trump Administration for deferring pandemic responsibility to states.
  • The rate of positive coronavirus cases in Arizona climbs above 20 percent.
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  • Miami prepares to close beaches from July 3rd to the 7th amid record breaking case counts.
  • New CDC data suggests 10 times higher case counts than reported in some parts of the county.
  • A federal judge ordered the release of migrant children held in family detention centers.
  • 43 percent of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
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  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he does not intend to move to the next phase of reopening.
  • Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott reversed reopening measures, ordering all bars to close.
  • The S&P 500 was down about 2 percent as news broke about re-imposed restrictions.
  • Dr. Fauci warned that coronavirus outbreaks largely in the South and West could engulf the country.
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  • Texas pauses its reopening process and moves to free up hospital space for virus patients.
  • NYC is on track to enter Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan on July 6.
  • The government reported that over 1 million stimulus checks, worth $1.4 billion, were sent to dead people.
  • Disneyland cancels its plan to reopen California theme parks on July 17th.
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