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Coronavirus Update: EU Leaders Agree to 'Historic' Deal

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Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 21. Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are 14.7 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 610,000 deaths.

The U.S. has over 3.8 million cases with over 140,000 deaths.

James Davis, an executive vice president with Quest Diagnostics, told the Financial Times there was "no way" the current swab testing capacity in the U.S. would expand enough to handle the fall flu season.

Davis said that the country would have to come up with alternative ways to detect COVID-19 infections

The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to coronavirus testing protocols in time for the start of training camp.

Dr. Allen Sills, the league's chief medical officer, said players will be tested daily for the first two weeks of camp. If the positive test rate falls below 5% after the two weeks, the league would transition to testing players every other day. If the positive test rate does not dip below 5%, daily testing will continue until it reaches that mark.

After arriving at training camp, players and staff members will be required to test negative twice before they're allowed to enter team facilities. They must arrive on-site, undergo testing and then go home during their first two days at camp. If they test negative both times, they can begin working.

And then there’s the European Union.

EU leaders agreed to a historic €1.85 trillion budget and stimulus package early Tuesday in Brussels, following five days of marathon talks that will see the region's executive, the European Commission, raising €750 billion in the capital markets and dispersing it among the 27 member states. A €1.1 trillion budget, covering the next six years of the bloc's spending priorities, was also agreed by the EU leadership during the contentious negotiations in the Belgian capital. 

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