COVID-19 Update: US Death Toll Nears 160,000; UN Chief Warns World Facing ‘Generational Catastrophe’ on Education; and More

World News:

On Tuesday, August 4, there are now 18.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, and the novel respiratory disease has caused close to 700,000 fatalities, according to statistics aggregator Worldometer.

Outside of the United States, which remains by far the world epicenter, the countries with the most confirmed infections are:

  • Brazil: 2,751,665 confirmed cases; 94,702 deaths.
  • India: 1,865,947 confirmed cases; 39,081 deaths.
  • Russia: 861,423 confirmed cases; 14,351 deaths.
  • South Africa: 516,862 confirmed cases; 8,539 deaths.
  • Mexico: 443,813 confirmed cases; 48,012 deaths.

UN Secretary Warns that World is Facing Educational Catastrophe

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the world is facing a “generational catastrophe” due to mass school closures caused by COVID-19. He added that, “Getting students back into schools and learning institutions as safely as possible must be a top priority.”

National News

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

US Death Toll Nears 160,000

As of Tuesday, the United States verges on hitting yet another grim milestone in terms of fatalities – Worldometer reports 159,369 deaths from the novel coronavirus. The US has a world-leading 4.8 million confirmed infections. Cases of COVID-19 are now so widespread that White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx to state that the country has now entered a “new phase” of the pandemic.

The US states with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 are:

  • California: 522,030 confirmed cases; 9,507 deaths.
  • Florida: 497,330 confirmed cases; 7,402 deaths.
  • Texas: 461,266 confirmed cases; 7,455 deaths.
  • New York: 445,841 confirmed cases; 32,791 deaths.
  • Georgia: 195,435 confirmed cases; 3,842 deaths.

Florida ICUs Reaching Capacity

At least 45 hospitals in Florida have reached ICU capacity, according to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

NYC Reports Third Straight Day of No Deaths

On a positive note, New York City saw no COVID-19 deaths for the third consecutive day. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reported that three people died across the state of New York on Monday.

Monday, August 3, 2020

US Death Toll Nears 160,000; Two More States Surpass NY in Confirmed Cases

On Monday, August 3, there are now 4.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and the death toll verges on 160,000 (currently 158,495). Over the weekend both Florida and Texas surpassed New York in confirmed infections with 491,884 and 454,364 cases, respectively. California remains the state with the most confirmed cases at 515,686. Outside of the top 4, the US states with the most number of confirmed coronavirus infections are:

  • Georgia: 193,177 confirmed cases; 3,840 deaths.
  • New Jersey: 188,048 confirmed cases; 15,913 deaths.
  • Illinois: 183,224 confirmed cases; 7,714 deaths.
  • Arizona: 179,497 confirmed cases; 3,779 deaths.
  • North Carolina: 126,532 confirmed cases; 1,999 deaths.

Update on Stimulus Negotiations

Bipartisan agreement on a second coronavirus stimulus package remains far apart. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said they expect to resume discussions on Monday. “We obviously need bipartisan support to get any deal done, the last two deals we got done 96-0 and 100-0. I think it’s pretty fair to say that we’re not going to do that again,” Mnuchin told reporters Sunday, per a CNN report.

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