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US deaths surpass 1,000 for second straight day, jobless claims rise for first time since March; baseball is back

The daily U.S. death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking as the paralyzing coronavirus pandemic showed little sign of easing Thursday.

The Johns Hopkins University data dashboard reported 1,195 U.S. deaths Wednesday, high by standards of recent weeks but still only half of the daily toll during the outbreak’s deadly peak in the spring. The Covid Tracking Project, however, showed almost 60,000 people are currently hospitalized, less than 200 short of the highest totals from April. 

The Labor Department reported Thursday that 1.4 million people filed intial applications for unemployment benefits last week, the first weekly increase since March.

Major League Baseball was providing a silver lining, opening its season Thursday. The virus-shortened season comes almost four months late and minus fans in the stands. The Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series champs, were hosting the venerable New York Yankees – with the

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S. Korea has smallest rise in cases in 2 months

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months as health authorities express cautious optimism that the outbreak is being brought under control.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday still reported 26 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including 22 that were tied to international arrivals.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said during a virus briefing that the four local transmissions represented the first time that such infections came below 10 since May 19. He continued to plead for vigilance, encouraging people to avoid crowded places or even stay at home during the summer holiday period.

Officials consider imported cases as a lesser threat than local transmissions because the country is mandating COVID-19 tests and enforcing two-week quarantines on all people arriving from abroad.

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More Than 200 Businesses Receive HoCo RISE Business Relief Grants

HOWARD COUNTY, MD — More than 200 Howard County businesses have received grants in the first round of funding issued by the HoCo RISE Business Relief Grant Program. Howard County officials allocated $5.7 million in CARES Act funding toward the grant program to provide financial assistance to businesses in targeted sectors that have been most impacted by the coronavirus and plan to reopen. New grants supporting local childcare businesses and the hotel industry have been established, too.

“All of us are trying to get by and move forward. I applaud those making sacrifices in the hope that we will make an impact and save lives, including Howard County small businesses. The first 203 recipients of these grants provide jobs, value and support to our community, and we want to ensure that they too are able to survive,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “These grants address immediate needs and ensure

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U.S. Cases Rise Most Since May 9; Texas Mask Order: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — U.S. cases jumped the most since May 9 and Florida’s new coronavirus infections rose by a record. Texas ordered residents to wear masks as the state reported its second-most daily infections of the outbreak.

The coronavirus may be mutating in a way that may make it easier to spread, said Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease researcher. Houston reported a 4.3% jump in intensive-care patients, and may need to tap extra beds in less than two weeks.

New York City plans to reopen its public schools in September. The U.S. labor market rebound accelerated in June as broader reopenings spurred hiring, though recent virus pickups put the gains in jeopardy.

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Florida Cases Rise Most Ever; Djokovic Is Negative: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Florida’s cases and hospitalizations jumped by the most ever, while deaths rose the most in a month. The cornoavirus may be mutating in a way that may make it easier to spread, said Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease researcher.

Houston reported a 4.3% jump in intensive-care patients, and may need to tap extra beds in less than two weeks. The South Africa province that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria may impose local lockdowns and alcohol curbs as cases surge.

New York City plans to reopen its public schools in September. The U.S. labor market rebound accelerated in June as broader reopenings spurred hiring, though recent virus pickups put the gains in jeopardy.

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Sales rise, online capacity doubled, and Tesco Bank facing loss

A Tesco delivery truck in north London. Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty
A Tesco delivery truck in north London. Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty

Tesco’s (TSCO.L) customers made fewer trips to the supermarket during lockdown but did bigger shops when they did visit.

Shopping frequency fell by 32% in the 13 weeks to 30 May, Tesco said on Friday, but basket size jumped by 64%.

The change coincided with lockdown being announced in the UK, which prompted the government to urge Brits to only shop once a week for essentials. The period also coincided with an outbreak of panic buying before lockdown was announced, as Brits filled store cupboards in anticipation.

Tesco said that overall sales in its first quarter rose by 8.2% in the UK and Ireland when currency fluctuations are excluded.

A cashier at a Tesco supermarket works behind a protective perspex barrier in Croydon, south London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty
A cashier at a Tesco supermarket works behind a protective perspex barrier in Croydon, south London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty

“Through a very challenging period for everyone,

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How the internet is rallying around Disney workers as parks reopen amid a rise in coronavirus cases

As coronavirus cases continue to increase, Disney workers and fans are expressing concern about the dangers that reopening the parks may pose. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
As coronavirus cases continue to increase, Disney workers and fans are expressing concern about the dangers that reopening the parks may pose. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Disney World and Disneyland are still scheduled to reopen in early July, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida and California, where the theme parks are located. And both employees and fans are concerned.

The Florida Department of Public Health revealed earlier this week that the state saw 3,289 new positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 103,506. In California, public health data revealed that the state saw a whopping 7,149 on Tuesday alone.

As of now, Disney plans to reopen the Downtown Disney District on July 9. After that, the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks will reopen on July 17, followed by the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on July

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U.S. Cases Rise 1.6%; New Highs in Texas, Arizona: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, told Congress he was seeing a “disturbing surge” in new cases. California, Texas and Arizona reported their biggest daily jumps, and Florida’s infection rate climbed above 10%.

As many as 31 states have R0 figures above 1, according to the Rt.live website, meaning that each person with the virus infects at least one other. The World Trade Organization said its worst-case scenario for cross-border commerce this year will likely be avoided, depending on whether there’s a second wave of outbreaks.

Novak Djokovic, the world’s leading men’s tennis player, tested positive for Covid-19 days after an exhibition tournament in the Balkans featuring him was cut short. England eased more restrictions as deaths continued to fall.

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Vast Federal Aid Has Capped Rise in Poverty, Studies Find

Groceries loaded into a vehicle at a food bank in San Antonio, Texas, May 18, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)
Groceries loaded into a vehicle at a food bank in San Antonio, Texas, May 18, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — An unprecedented expansion of federal aid has prevented the rise in poverty that experts predicted this year when the coronavirus sent unemployment to the highest level since the Great Depression, two new studies suggest. The assistance could even cause official measures of poverty to fall.

The studies carry important caveats. Many Americans have suffered hunger or other hardships amid long delays in receiving the assistance, and much of the aid is scheduled to expire next month. Millions of people have been excluded from receiving any help, especially migrants in the country illegally, who often have American children.

Still, the evidence suggests that the programs Congress hastily authorized in March have done much to protect the needy, a finding likely to shape the debate over next steps at

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