Show an ad over header. AMP

World coronavirus updates: Global death toll tops 600,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

The global death toll surpassed 600,000 on Saturday night, as the World Health Organization announced over a quarter of a million cases — a record number of new coronavirus cases globally for the second straight day.

The big picture: COVID-19 is continuing to spread nearly unchecked across the world, with the U.S. reporting the second the second-highest number of single-day cases on record.


By the numbers: More than 601,400 people have died from the virus and over 14.2 million have tested positive worldwide. More than 7.9 million have recovered.

  • Per the WHO, 259,848 people around the world tested positive for COVID-19, surpassing the previous record set Friday of 237,743 new cases.
  • Brazil has the world's second-highest number of deaths (over 78,700) and infections (2 million-plus) after the U.S., where there have been more than 139,900 deaths and over 3.69 million confirmed cases.

What's happening: The Canadian government denied the Blue Jays' request to play at their home field in Toronto, Ontario, this season over fears surrounding the surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S.

  • Children and teenagers aged 10 to 19 can spread the coronavirus at least as effectively as those over the age of 20, a new study out of South Korea finds.
  • India surpassed 1 million novel coronavirus infections on Friday, per Johns Hopkins. Schools, colleges, movie theaters, pools, religious gatherings and metro travel remain shut down across the country until at least the end of July.
  • Hong Kong's secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens will closed on Monday, per education secretary Kevin Yeung.
  • Japan is reporting more novel coronavirus cases daily and surpassed 200 daily infections several times last week, per Johns Hopkins data.
  • The WHO: "The greatest threat we face is not the virus itself," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a Geneva briefing, per the New York Times. "Rather, it is the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global and national levels."

Between the lines: Policy responsesto the crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitical rivalry. But the scientific work to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.

Coronavirus symptoms include: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat and a loss of taste or smell.

Editors 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. 

Go deeper... The coronavirus: What you can do

Less travel is causing the NBA to see better basketball

In addition to keeping out the coronavirus, the NBA bubble has also delivered a stellar on-court product, with crisp, entertaining play night in and night out.

Why it matters: General managers, athletic trainers and league officials believe the lack of travel is a driving force behind the high quality of play — an observation that could lead to scheduling changes for next season and beyond.

Keep reading... Show less

Senate Republicans release report on Biden-Ukraine investigation with rehashed information

Senate Republicans, led by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), on Wednesday released an interim report on their probe into Joe Biden and his son's dealings in Ukraine.

Why it matters: The report's rushed release ahead of the presidential election is certainly timed to damage Biden, amplifying bipartisan concern that the investigation was meant to target the former vice president's electoral chances.

Keep reading... Show less

The high-wage jobs aren't coming back

Reproduced from Indeed; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic has caught up with high-wage jobs.

The big picture: Early on, the pandemic walloped hiring across the wage spectrum and in every sector. Now, states have opened up, and the lower-wage retail and restaurant jobs have slowly come back — but higher-paying jobs are lagging behind.

Keep reading... Show less

The FDA plans to toughen coronavirus vaccine standards

The Food and Drug Administration plans to toughen the requirements for a coronavirus vaccine emergency authorization, which would make it more difficult for one to be ready by the election, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Why it matters: Public skepticism of an eventual vaccine keeps increasing as President Trump keeps making promises that are at odds with members of his own administration.

Keep reading... Show less

Wall Street fears meltdown over election and Supreme Court

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and President Trump's vow to name her replacement to the Supreme Court before November's election are amplifying Wall Street's worries about major volatility and market losses ahead of and even after the election.

The big picture: The 2020 election is the most expensive event risk on record, per Bloomberg — with insurance bets on implied volatility six times their normal level, according to JPMorgan analysts. And it could take days or even weeks to count the record number of mail-in ballots and declare a winner.

Keep reading... Show less

Election clues to the country level

Ipsos and the University of Virginia's Center for Politics are out with an interactive U.S. map that goes down to the county level to track changes in public sentiment that could decide the presidential election.

How it works: The 2020 Political Atlas tracks President Trump's approval ratings, interest around the coronavirus, what's dominating social media and other measures, with polling updated daily — enhancing UVA's "Crystal Ball."

Keep reading... Show less

Trump pushes to expand ban against anti-racism training to federal contractors

President Trump announced late Tuesday that the White House attempt to halt federal agencies' anti-racism training would be expanded to block federal contractors from "promoting radical ideologies that divide Americans by race or sex."

Why it matters: The executive order appears to give the government the ability to cancel contracts if anti-racist or diversity trainings focused on sexual identity or gender are organized. The memo applies to executive departments and agencies, the U.S. military, federal contractors and federal grant recipients.

Keep reading... Show less

GoodRx prices IPO at $33 per share, valued at $12.7 billion

GoodRx, a price comparison app for prescription drugs at local pharmacies, on Tuesday raised $1.14 billion in its IPO, Axios has learned.

By the numbers: GoodRx priced its shares at $33 a piece, above its $24-$28 per share offering range, which will give it an initial market cap of around $12.7 billion.

Keep reading... Show less

Insights

mail-copy

Get Goodhumans in your inbox

Most Read

More Stories