Face Masks Required? Top Stories, Sports and Business News — July 14

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Here are the top sports and business stories on July 14.

How's Dak Prescott?

The NFL is about two weeks away from starting training camp, but Wednesday, July 15 is a major date in the league: it's the deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals.

A few notable players that signed their franchise tag and are waiting for a long term deal include Dak Prescott, Derrick Henry, Leonard Williams, Hunter Henry, and Brandon Scherff.

Prescott and the Cowboys have had extensive negotiations and the team says they want to get a long-term deal done. If they can’t come to terms on a new contract, Prescott will play under a one-year, fully-guaranteed contract for $31.4 million.

And then he’ll be right back in the same negotiations the minute this season ends.

So why does the NFL have this deadline for players on the franchise tag? It’s mainly to use as pressure for both sides to make a deal happen.

Coronavirus Daily Update

There are 13 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 574,000 deaths. The U.S. has over 3.3 million cases, and 135,000 deaths.

According to the New York Times, over 61,000 new cases were reported on July 13, with 425 new deaths in the United States. The U.K. has around 292,000 cases and 45,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that people in England will be required to wear masks inside of shops and supermarkets.

England now follows Scotland, Italy and Germany in requiring face masks.

The rising death rates in states such as Texas and Arizona might necessitate the use of mobile morgues. In San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, in a press briefing on Monday, said that there are refrigerator trucks on standby.

And the CDC is saying in a new report that Americans quickly adopted wearing face masks after guidance was released earlier this spring.

Finally, in stock-related news, Moderna  (MRNA) - Get Report said that it will begin a late-stage coronavirus vaccine trial on July 27. The trial will enroll 30,000 participants across 87 locations. The participants will receive a 100-microgram dose the first day and another dose 29 days later. Some patients will receive a placebo.

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