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Coronavirus Update: Worldwide COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 900,000

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Good morning, it’s Thursday, Sept. 10. Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

According to Johns Hopkins, there are over 27.8 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 904,000 deaths. The U.S. has surpassed 6.3 million cases with nearly 190,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 30,983 new cases reported Wednesday, which is higher than the 22,219 cases reported the day earlier. 584,412 new tests were reported. And 1,089 deaths were reported yesterday, which is higher than the 358 deaths reported on Tuesday.

AstraZeneca Update

Let’s kick it off with an update on the AstraZeneca trial pause. AstraZeneca yesterday held a call with investors to discuss the pause in the trial.

A spokeswoman told TheStreet, via email, “Reports claiming to be based on comments made earlier [Wednesday] by our CEO stating that we have confirmed that a participant in our clinical trial suffered from transverse myelitis are incorrect. He stated that there is no final diagnosis and that there will not be one until more tests are carried out. Those tests will be delivered to an independent safety committee that will review the event and establish a final diagnosis. We can also confirm that there was a brief trial pause in July while a safety review took place after one volunteer was confirmed to have an undiagnosed case of multiple sclerosis, which the independent panel concluded was unrelated to the vaccine.”

AstraZeneca, according to multiple reports, could begin trials as soon as next week. TheStreet asked AstraZeneca for a comment on the reports, but didn’t hear back from the company at the time of publication.

Dr. Francis Collins Calls AstraZeneca Halt 'Exhibit A' of Safety Practices

During a Senate hearing, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said that the halting of the AstraZeneca vaccine trial as “Exhibit A” of safety practices.

And, when discussing the possibility of a vaccine ahead of Election Day in November, Dr. Collins said, “Certainly, to try to predict whether it happens on a particular week before or after a particular date in early November is well beyond anything that any scientist right now could tell you and be confident they know what they are saying,”

President Donald Trump's Interviews With Bob Woodward

Journalist Bob Woodward wrote a new book, “Rage,” and excerpts were released Wednesday. But one tape has caught the eye of the public. It focuses on a conversation between Woodward and Trump where Trump admitted that he knew that the coronavirus was dangerous and impacting more than just the elderly population and Trump said, “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that starting on Sept. 30, indoor dining can resume in New York City at a 25% capacity. A member of the dining party will be required to provide contact info for tracing, masks must be worn when not seated and there will be temperature checks at every front door.

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