People sit on the beach in Miami Beach, Florida, US, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Photo: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg)

US breaks two-month-old record for new cases: Global virus update

People sit on the beach in Miami Beach, Florida, US, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Photo: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg)

Key Developments:

  • Global Tracker: Cases top 9.6 million; deaths pass 489,000
  • Meat shortages reopen costly path to small U.S. slaughterhouses
  • COVID-19 is exacerbating the churn in retailing: QuickTake
  • Vaccine plan to end pandemic’s worst phase to cost $18 Billion
  • Strokes, altered mental states seen in some acute cases
  • In Silicon Valley, a $300 million bet on the return to offices
  • For Black Brazilians, COVID-19 is deepening painful inequalities

US Breaks Two-Month-Old Record for New Cases

The resurgent coronavirus produced a record number of new cases in the US, topping the peak seen in April during the initial outbreak, after many Americans let down their guard on social distancing.

Total cases in the U.S. surpassed 2,418,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, marking the highest daily increase in more than two months.

Florida Reports Most New Cases Ever

Florida reported 122,960 COVID-19 cases on Friday, up 7.8% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 4.1% in the previous seven days. The one-day increase of 8,942 was the most ever.

Deaths among Florida residents reached 3,366, an increase of 1.2%, according to the report, which includes data through Thursday.

American to Sell Full Flights

American Airlines Group Inc. will sell flights to capacity starting on Wednesday, abandoning limits on passenger loads to promote social distancing just as the pandemic worsens in parts of the US largely spared earlier this year. Customers will still be notified when they’re booked on crowded flights and can change to a different flight at no cost, the airline said in a statement. In addition, starting Tuesday, American will ask customers to certify that they have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for the previous 14 days.

United Airlines Holdings Inc. hasn’t guaranteed to block seats. By contrast, Delta Air Lines Inc. has said it will keep middle seats open through Sept. 30. Southwest Airlines Co. has committed to block middle seats unless customers are traveling together.

Portugal Has Most New Cases Since May

Portugal reported 451 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the biggest increase since May 8, taking the total to 40,866, the government said. Health Minister Marta Temido said the situation in Portugal remained under control. Most new cases have been found in the greater Lisbon region, where authorities have tightened restrictions in some areas and increased testing after new clusters were identified.

Trump Administration Eyes Testing Groups: Wash. Post

The Trump administration is considering testing people for coronavirus in groups, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Washington Post. Under this method, one test would be used on a pool of samples from several people. If it came back negative, researchers would move on to another pool. If it’s positive, then each individual in the sample gets tested. Fauci said the current approach isn’t working.

Biden Would Require Mask-Wearing If President

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that if he were in the White House now, he would “insist” that everyone wear masks in public. Asked if he’d use executive actions to try to require behavior changes on masks, Biden said he would.

“I would do everything possible to make it required that people had to wear masks in public,” he said in an interview with CBS affiliate KDKA.

Crowded UK Beaches Stir Virus Concern

Summer heat saw crowds of daytrippers descend on U.K. coastal resorts, leading one southern town to declare a major incident and Health Secretary Matt Hancock to warn that he could close beaches to head off any potential new round of coronavirus cases.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on Friday, Environment Secretary George Eustice denied the beach crowding was linked to the government’s decision to ease the lockdown next week, instead blaming hot weather that meant “a lot of people had the same idea.” “The British weather being what it is, perhaps this will be a short-lived phenomenon,” he said.

Germany Virus Tracing App Has 80% Success

Germany’s coronavirus tracing app is 80% accurate in showing whether a user comes within 2 meters of an infected person for 15 minutes, said Juergen Mueller, chief technology officer and head of data operations at SAP SE. The Corona-Warn-App is a joint project between SAP and telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG.

Russia Has Fewest New Cases Since April

Russia reported 6,800 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past day, taking the total to 620,794, the lowest number of new cases since April 29. Another 176 people died over the past day, bringing total death toll to 8,781.

AstraZeneca in Talks to Supply Potential Vaccine to Japan

AstraZeneca Plc said it’s agreed to talks with the Japanese government on the supply of a coronavirus vaccine candidate it’s developing with Oxford University.

AstraZeneca will supply Daiichi Sankyo and Meiji Holdings group companies Meiji Seika Pharma and KM Biologics with undiluted solution, and the four companies will work together on vial filling, storage and delivery.

Trump Hails Falling Mortality Rate

US President Donald Trump said “flare ups” of the coronavirus will be addressed as needed after data showed a record number of new cases in the country.

“Coronavirus deaths are way down,” Trump also said in a tweet hailing a decline in the mortality rate.

Britain’s Car Production Tumbles; France Optimistic

UK car production plunged to the lowest level for May since 1946 after carmakers had to idle factories to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Output dropped 95% to just 5,314 vehicles in the month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Still, that’s an improvement on April, when 197 cars were built.

In neighboring France, the industry group La Plateforme Automobile is expecting June car sales to approach normal levels, in a sign government incentives are helping the sector claw back from a deep slump. Vehicle registrations are on pace to be within striking distance of June 2019 results, according to Marc Mortureux, the group’s director general. The lobby is scheduled to publish its figures on July 1.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Says He Had Virus

Brazil reported a 3.3% rise in new cases, to 1.23 million, as deaths increased 2.1% to 54,971, the health ministry said. Sao Paulo state has 248,587 cases, 13,759 deaths.

President Jair Bolsonaro said he believed he has already been infected with Covid-19.