Coronavirus News: U.S. Hits Record for New Cases, Remdesivir Reduces Risk of Death

By Anna Breuer on 10 July 2020
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Driven largely by states that prematurely reopened their economies, the United States once again hit a daily record for new coronavirus cases, its sixth in ten days. The United States reported a daily record of 63,247 according to data published by Johns Hopkins University.

The death toll has reversed its decline in some of the country’s most populous states, possibly signaling an end to a long period during which the national daily death toll had continually fallen.

Hospitals across the South and West of the country, where the greatest number of new patients are encountered, strain to keep up with the influx of new Covid-19 patients. In Florida, there were at least 11,433 new Covid-19 cases and 93 deaths on Friday, according to data posted on the Florida Department of Health website. The figure is the second highest since the start of the pandemic.

Officials in Ohio mandated the wearing of face masks in 12 counties there but said that there was no need for a state-wide order, and officials in Allegheny County – a region that includes Pittsburgh – issued a temporary two-week order barring indoor dining and bar service, the Health Department director, Dr. Debra Bogen, said in a news release.   Finally, there are fewer than 1,000 ICU beds remaining throughout the state of Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

The situation in regions of the United States contrasts greatly with that in Bergamo, one of the provinces in Italy most affected by the coronavirus, where a major hospital for the first time since the start of the epidemic had no new coronavirus patients on Wednesday.

Gilead Sciences published new data Friday showing that its antiviral drug Remdesivirreduced the risk of death for severely sick coronavirus patients by 62% when compared with standard care alone.

The mayor of Houston, cancelled the Texas Republican Party’s convention in that city and a county court judge denied the party’s request to block the city from restricting the convention on the grounds of limiting the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Ivy League said it was placing all sports on hold until at least January. It is the first Division I conference to suspend football for the fall. The move places a broad array of sports ranging from football and basketball to cross countryand sailing into a state of limbo for the time being.

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