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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll tops 140,000

Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 140,000 in the U.S. on Sunday morning, Johns Hopkins data shows.

The big picture: The U.S. confirmed on Saturday more than 71,500 new cases in 24 hours— second highest to the record 75,600-plus set last Thursday.


  • 19 states this week set new highs for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health departments. 11 states surpassed records set just last week.

By the numbers: More than 3.7 million people have tested positive for the virus, almost 45 million tests have been conducted and more than 1.1 million have recovered.

What's happening: The Food and Drug Administration said Saturday it granted the first emergency use authorization for pooled coronavirus testing to speed up the process.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday allowed New York City to enter its fourth and final phase of reopening after shutting down in mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Texas on Friday gave public schools the ability to offer online-only instruction for up to the first eight weeks of the school year to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, during an hourlong online conversation with Anthony Fauci on Thursday, criticized the Trump administration's coronavirus response and called for "a reset."
  • Doctors and hospitals have learned a lot about how best to treat people infected with the coronavirus in the months since the pandemic began.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its No Sail Order for cruise ships through Sept. 30 amid "ongoing" outbreaks on some ships.

The big picture: Debates over face-covering mandates and school reopening plans have escalated throughout the country.

Trends to watch:

  • Vaccine: Nations around the world and the global economy are desperately waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, and experts say there is a chance one will become available in record time.
  • New risk factors: The CDC included more demographic groups at risk for the coronavirus such as younger people who are obese and who have underlying health problems.
  • When to wear a mask: Scientific evidence shows face masks can help to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, but the nuances and changes in messaging about their use are complicating public health efforts.
  • Elections: States need to determine how to hold safe elections by this fall. And state governments are facing budget shortfalls that threaten layoffs for public sector employees.

Go deeper ... In photos: Life in the era of coronavirus across the U.S.

Editor's note: The graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14. This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest.

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