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 U.S. is doing almost as much testing as experts had predicted we'd need, but it's still far from enough given our enormous caseload — which the experts hadn't accounted for.
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.
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.