US Suffers Biggest Jump In New Cases, Deaths As Governors Battle For Ventilators: Live Updates

US Suffers Biggest Jump In New Cases, Deaths As Governors Battle For Ventilators: Live Updates from Zero Hedge


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Update (1920ET): Johns Hopkins University just updated its database of COVID-19 infections…and the death toll in the US has climbed north of 7k after US states reported 1,314 new deaths on Friday, the biggest one-day jump in the US since the outbreak began. The CDC also confirmed 31,160 new cases, the biggest one-day jump in cases, bringing the US total to 276,037.

If you squint really hard…it almost looks like the curve is flattening out…

Terrified Americans can at least take solace in the fact that Congress – as Mitch McConnell just confirmed – is already working on coronavirus rescue bill No. 4…while most Americans are still waiting for the help from bills 1,2 and 3.

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Update (1740ET): As expected, President Trump said Friday that the CDC has reversed its position on face masks – it had previously recommended that Americans specifically not buy masks to alleviate supply shortages creating problems for hospitals and doctors offices – and is now officially recommending that all Americans wear masks when they venture out in public.

As we noted earlier, circumstances vary widely across the US: there are still a dozen states who haven’t issued mandatory ‘stay at home’ orders. But as supply shortages remain, the unfortunate truth – that masks really do help prevent the spread of COVID-19 – could no longer be ignored, as more empirical evidence suggested that people should wear masks, already a common practice in Asia.

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