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Weekly Data In Focus 

Updated 11/06/2020

What follows is a snapshot of the state of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. and the world.

U.S.

  • New cases in the week ended Nov.5: 650,597 compared with 607,112 in the previous week.1

  • New deaths in the past week: 6,532

  • Current hospitalizations: 53,322

  • Total cases: 9.54 million

  • Total deaths: 226,955

  • Total recoveries: 3.78 million

 

World

  • New cases in the week ended October 26: 3.41 million2

  • New deaths in the past week: 45,339

  • Total cases: 47.9 million

  • Total deaths: 1.22 million

 

The U.S. reported 116,255 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a record, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. Wednesday, when the country reported 103,087, was the first time the U.S. has reported more than 100,000 new cases on a single day.

Source: Worldometer

​Latest Developments

  • President Trump and the First Lady test positive for the Coronavirus.

  • Trump takes executive action to extend coronavirus relief. U.S. President Donald Trump took four executive actions on what he said would provide relief for the millions of Americans suffering from unemployment, facing a looming eviction or dealing with other economic fallout from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The move came after negotiations on a relief package between the White House and Congress’ top Democrats failed to yield an agreement. The four measures the president signed included an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “consider whether any measures temporarily halting residential evictions of any tenants for failure to pay rent are reasonably necessary” and to find federal funds to assist renters and homeowners to avoid eviction. The other three documents were memoranda aimed at deferring the payroll tax from September through December, adding $400 per week to unemployment benefits, with the federal government paying $300 of that amount, and an extension of student loan payment relief. Read more here.

  • The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it was ending its trial of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 because it does not reduce mortality for hospitalized patients.1 The decision follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Monday to rescind its emergency authorization to use the drug as a treatment for the disease.

  • The Democratic National Convention has been pushed back to the week of August 17th  in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden will be giving his acceptance speech online. 

  • U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration would stop issuing many green cards, and restrict some other forms of immigration. The order exempts people already in the U.S. legally seeking green cards, spouses and children of U.S. citizens and green card holders, health care and other essential workers.

  • President Trump issued a set of federal guidelines for restarting the economy, but said it would be up to state governors to decide when and how to ease state lockdowns.

 

Further Reading

  • CNN has published an article about the US food supply system and the strains it is facing. 

  • The Wall Street Journal has updated its state lockdown tracker.

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