Good morning, it’s Thursday, June 25.
Here’s your daily coronavirus update.
There are over 9.4 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 482,000 deaths.
The U.S. has over 2.3 million cases with over 121,000 deaths.
Brazil has 1.1 million cases and 53,000 reported deaths.
The U.S. has recorded over 34,500 infections for two consecutive days, putting the country on pace to match the rate of infection recorded in the final weeks of April, when the pandemic was at its peak.
According to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the latest forecast calls for 180,000 Americans to die from the virus by the start of October. That’s down about 22,000 from the previous forecast despite rising case numbers.
Forecasters also predicted that about 33,000 deaths would be prevented if at least 95% of Americans consistently wore masks in public.
Dr. Christopher Murray, IHME’s director, said in a statement, “People need to know that wearing masks can reduce transmission of the virus by as much as 50%, and those who refuse are putting their lives, their families, their friends and their communities at risk.”
The Governor of Nevada has ordered everyone in the state to wear masks in public after a spike in infections.
The Democratic National Convention will be an almost entirely virtual affair Aug. 17-20. Joe Biden will be there in person to accept the presidential nomination but no one else may be present.
The DNC said in a statement that official business, including the votes to nominate Biden and his yet-to-be-named running mate, will take place virtually, with delegates being asked not to travel to Milwaukee.
And the Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers preseason opener at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which was originally slated to take place on August 6 has been canceled alongside the Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony on August 8, per ESPN.
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