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Coronavirus Update: AMC to Open More Theaters, Roche to Roll Out Rapid Testing in Europe

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Good morning, it’s Wednesday, Sept. 2. Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 25.7 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 857,000 deaths.

The U.S. has surpassed 6 million cases with over 184,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 42,401 new cases reported Tuesday, which is slightly up from the 31,406 reported on Monday. 698,161 new tests were reported. And 1,022 deaths were reported yesterday, which is up from the 358 deaths reported on Aug. 31. per the data collected by the Tracking Project.

AMC to Reopen More Theaters

AMC announced that it will reopen 70% of its theaters for the highly anticipated big-screen premiere of Christopher Nolan’s Hollywood film, “Tenet.”

The company said that it will reopen 140 additional theaters by Sept. 4. The majority of the theaters will reopen the day before to coincide with the first showings of “Tenet,” a $200 million action-thriller about avoiding World War III, and the third post-pandemic movie release of the year.

The first in-theater release, Russell Crowe’s road-rage thriller “Unhinged,” came out last month and received decent reviews but only brought in $4 million in box-office sales

“The New Mutants” which is Marvel and 20 First Century Studios spin-off of the “X-Men” franchise came out last weekend and raked in $7 million.

Roche's Rapid Test

And then there’s Roche, which announced late Tuesday that it’s launching its rapid coronavirus test in Europe at the end of September.

The test yields results in 15 minutes.

The company claims that the test can accurately diagnose COVID-19 more than 96% of the time, and can also accurately show a negative result over 99% of the time. This is based on the 426 samples from two separate testing centers.

Roche added that the test is affordable but did not offer further details. As a reminder, Abbott’s rapid test just received a FDA fast-track and costs about $5.

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