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US averaging 45,000+ new positive virus tests a day, CDC says
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US averaging 45,000+ new positive virus tests a day, CDC says

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The U.S. is averaging more than 45,000 new COVID-19 positive tests a day, up 8% from the previous week and more than double what the country was seeing in June, the CDC reports, as lockdown restrictions were easing.

It's a case count experts warn is far too high ahead of what's forecast to be a challenging — and deadly — winter season. The latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ensemble forecast says U.S. virus deaths could reach 233,000 by the end of this month.

And projections from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show more than 2,900 Americans could be dying daily by January.

Read more about the latest numbers:

In other coronavirus developments:

  • President Donald Trump insists he is ready to resume campaign rallies after his coronavirus diagnosis and hospitalization, and his doctor said the president ”completed his course of therapy" for the disease.
  • Stocks were rising on Wall Street Friday as talks appear to be continuing in the start-and-stop drive on Capitol Hill to deliver more aid to the ailing economy. The S&P 500 was 0.6% higher in early trading, on track for its third straight gain.
  • Fans of Broadway will have to wait a little longer for shows to resume — until at least late May. Although an exact date for various performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through May 30.
  • New York Jets players and coaches were sent home from their training facility after a presumptive positive coronavirus test, a person with direct knowledge of the test told AP. The player was retested, and the results were expected to be known later Friday.
  • COVID-19 patients now occupy 40% of ICU beds in the Paris region. Despite being one of the world’s richest nations, France hasn’t added significant ICU capacity or the staff needed to manage extra beds, according to national health agency figures and doctors at multiple hospitals.
  • Spain’s government declared a state of emergency in Madrid on Friday, wresting control of efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 from local authorities in a region that is experiencing one of Europe’s most significant coronavirus outbreaks.
  • China, which has at least four coronavirus vaccine candidates in the last stage of clinical trials, said Friday it is joining an international initiative to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to countries worldwide known as COVAX, a move that may help the country find an international market for its coronavirus shots.
  • Small gyms across the U.S. are being hit hard by the pandemic, with capacity limits and virus fears keeping many fitness buffs away.

For more summaries and full reports, select from the articles below. Scroll further for the latest virus numbers.

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