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Coronavirus Update: Major League Baseball Sees a July Start

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Good morning, it’s Wednesday, June 24. 

Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are over 9.2 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 477,000 deaths.

The U.S. has over 2.3 million cases with over 121,000 deaths.

Brazil has 1.1 million cases and 52,000 reported deaths.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a House committee that he believes “it will be when and not if” there will be a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Fauci also contradicted President Donald Trump, who said on Saturday that the U.S. was slowing down testing. Fauci said that neither he nor any other officials he knew of had been asked by the president to slow testing and that they planned to do the opposite.

He also said that the pandemic is a “mixed bag” with some states doing well in controlling the spread of the virus, but said that the surge in other states is “very troublesome to me.”

Texas recorded more than 5,000 new cases in the past 24 hours, a record daily toll, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, who said he didn’t want to backtrack on reopening the state but urged residents to take greater precautions, saying people shouldn’t go out unless absolutely necessary.

California also reported more than 5,000 new cases and hospitalizations in the state hit a record of 3,700.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered residents to wear face masks in public. Positive tests of the virus rose 35% in the state last week.

And Florida changed how it records intensive care unit occupancy by coronavirus patients. The move might lower the figures ahead of the state’s next phase of reopening, which is set to happen sometime in July.

But, in good news, sports might be back. Major League Baseball announced late last night that players will be reporting to training camps on July 1, a move that comes after a lot of back and forth between owners and players. 

The MLB says that it expects to launch a 60-game season starting around July 24.

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