Is help on the way in the fight against the coronavirus? The WHO said work is being accelerated on seven or eight “top” vaccine candidates to combat COVID-19, while Dr. Anthony Fauci testified a vaccine was “more likely than not,” during an appearance before the Senate.
Meanwhile, an announcement that Los Angeles would be under a stay-at-home order for the next three months cast doubt on sports returning to the country’s second-largest city. And the Cal State University system said it would cancel most in-person classes this fall, causing concern for the future of college sports for the 23 schools impacted, including Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State.
There are now more than 82,000 deaths and 1.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Worldwide, the virus has killed roughly 292,000 people. More than 4.2 million people have been infected.
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Here are some of the most significant developments from Tuesday:
- During a hearing on the coronavirus Tuesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., asked about the prospects for treatments or a vaccine be ready in time for colleges planning to start classes in August. Fauci warned relying on that prospect was “a bridge too far.”
- Fauci did say a vaccine was “more likely than not,” but cautioned about the prospects of a second wave of the virus in the fall. He said it was critical to develop better testing and to identify and trace who is sick and stock up on emergency supplies.
What we’re talking about today: With no end in sight for the coronavirus lockdown and millions of Americans still out of work, House Democrats are proposing another round of stimulus. The bill would spend more than $3 trillion in aid to unemployed and small businesses.
Some good news: The wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero announced her husband is awake after more than a month in a medically induced coma due to complications from the coronavirus.
Street vendors across the U.S. demand rights and coronavirus aid
Street vending advocates and vendors from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. will come together Wednesday for a virtual town hall to discuss how to help street vendors amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The four organizations – the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign, the Street Vendor Association of Chicago, the Street Vendor Project in New York and Many Languages One Voice in Washington, D.C. – will present a national agenda with “recommendations on how policy must be changed to support the thousands of micro-entrepreneurs who contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to our economies, but are consistently left out of small business support systems,” says the news release.
Mohamed Attia of the Street Vendor Project in New York told USA TODAY that they’re demanding that the government to “step up” and think about workers in the informal economy.
The groups in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. have set up emergency relief funds to distribute to vendors. Vendors from each city will also share how the coronavirus pandemic has affected them during the town hall.
– Jessica Flores
Disney parks in US likely to require masks when properties reopen
Facemasks are expected to be mandatory for workers and guests when Disney parks reopen in the U.S.
In a CNBC interview published on Twitter, Disney CEO Bob Chapek addressed the coronavirus safety precautions that will be required in the era of the pandemic.
“Along with social distancing, one of the things we’re likely going to require is masks for both the cast and the guest,” Chapek said.
In Shanghai Disneyland, which reopened Monday, Disney is limiting visitor numbers, requiring masks and checking for the virus’ telltale fever.
– Charles Trepany
Amanda Kloots announces husband Nick Cordero has emerged from his coma
Broadway star Nick Cordero has emerged from his coma, wife Amanda Kloots triumphantly announced on Instagram Tuesday to repeated cries of “He’s awake!” The star has spent more than a month in a medically induced coma over coronavirus complications.
“I asked the doctor today, ‘Can we say he is awake?’” said Kloots, speaking on Instagram Stories about Cordero while holding their 1-year-old son Elvis “And he is awake.”
Over the course of six weeks, Cordero faced several coronavirus complications, including a leg amputation and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker.
– Bryan Alexander
Los Angeles County closed through August? Sports leagues could be further delayed
The largest county in the nation is expected to extend stay-at-home orders into August, jeopardizing the chances of multiple sports leagues resuming or beginning seasons in a uniform fashion.
Los Angeles County — home to the Lakers, Clippers, Rams, Chargers, Kings, Dodgers, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, Sparks, Galaxy, Los Angeles FC, USC and UCLA — will “with all certainty” extend stay-at-home orders for the next three months, county health director Barbara Ferrer told a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
That would extend past the hoped-for early July start Major League Baseball has proposed to the MLB Players’ Association, in addition to the July 14 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, which was likely to be postponed anyway.
California has been home to some of the earliest and strictest stay-at-home orders since the pandemic accelerated in March. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday eased the state into what he called “early Stage 2” reopening, most notably allowing for retail curbside pickup and delivery. Stage 3 — which includes sports facilities opening for games without fans — was expected to be a more rigorous leap, though Newsom allowed that there may be variance among individual counties.
– Gabe Lacques
Accidental poisonings from disinfectants continue to rise
For the second consecutive month, accidental poisonings from misuse of disinfectants, bleach and hand sanitizers rose in April compared to last year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
The AAPCC’s National Poison Data System, which scrapes information from poison control centers across the nation, saw a spike of 122% in reported cases of accidental poisonings related to disinfectants, according to Forbes. That included a 77% jump for bleach and a 56% increase for hand sanitizer.
What is unclear is what effect, if any, President Donald Trump’s comments during a White House briefing on the possibility of disinfectants helping cure coronavirus had on the reported cases.
California State University system to cancel in-person classes this fall
California State University system chancellor Timothy White announced Tuesday that in-person classes at its 23 campuses would be cancelled and replaced with online instruction for the fall semester.
The move impacts schools such as Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State.
White made the announcement during a meeting with board of trustees members.
“This virtual planning approach for the next academic year is necessary because of the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID 19,” White said during the meeting, according to KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
Democrats unveil $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus proposal
State and local governments would share nearly $1 trillion in federal aid to cover coronavirus-related costs and families would get another round of direct payments under a stimulus bill House Democrats unveiled Tuesday.
The more than $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act, also would expand unemployment assistance, boost food stamps and increase emergency grants to small businesses.
The bill is likely to get a cool reception in the GOP-controlled Senate where leaders have said they want to let the first $2.4 trillion of stimulus spending take full effect before moving on another measure that would pile on to the nation’s soaring debt.
– Ledyard King
Walmart, Sam’s Club giving hourly employees coronavirus cash bonuses worth $390M in June
Walmart and Sam’s Club are giving hourly employees another round of cash bonuses. The retailers announced Tuesday they would give the bonuses worth more than $390 million combined in June to all hourly U.S. employees “to recognize them for their many contributions to communities across the country during this unprecedented time.”
The bonus is $300 for full-time workers and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates who work in stores, clubs, supply chain and offices if they are employed as of June 5.
The retailers previously gave employees cash bonuses worth a combined $365 million April 2 and handed out quarterly bonuses worth $180 million a month early on April 30.
– Kelly Tyko
What you need to know from the Senate coronavirus hearing
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn; head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield; and Adm. Brett Giroir, the coronavirus “testing czar” at the Department of Health and Human Services, all testified during a Tuesday Senate hearing on the coronavirus response.
- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. clashed with Fauci over school reopenings and said child mortality rate from the virus was lower than in adults. “As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end all,” Paul said. “I don’t think you’re the one person who gets to make the decision.”
- Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., highlighted differences in how South Korea and the U.S. responded to the coronavirus, saying “We’ve got a long way to go.” When Kaine asked about the death toll, Fauci said, “A death rate that high in any manner or form in my mind is unacceptable.”
- Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., criticized the Trump administration for withholding detailed guidance from states about how to reopen their economies, saying the information that was provided was “criminally vague.” In response, Redfield said the guidance would be released “soon.”
- When asked by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, whether the virus was contained, Fauci said the U.S. was headed “in the right direction” but that “we don’t have it completely under control.”
- Fauci said that while patients treated with Remdesivir recovered 31% faster, he emphasized that the result was “statistically significant, but really modest.”
– Bart Jansen, Maureen Groppe and William Cummings
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52 children diagnosed with inflammatory syndrome in New York City
In New York City, 52 children have been diagnosed with a rare pediatric syndrome possibly linked to the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. Another 10 cases are pending, he said, and one child has died.
Children elsewhere in the U.S. and in Europe also have been hospitalized with the condition, known as pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome.
“It’s sobering, it’s bluntly frightening,” de Blasio said, “and I want to say to parents out there, if you’re hearing this information about pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome and it sounds scary, it does sound scary.”
Wuhan plans city-wide test for all 11 million residents
Over a 10-day period, the Chinese city of Wuhan plans to administer coronavirus tests to all residents, according to Reuters, which cited an internal document.
Each district was asked to submit by Tuesday a detailed plan for how it could conduct the comprehensive testing in their respective regions. According to BBC News, the document states that older residents and densely-populated regions should be prioritized for testing. The document refers to the testing plan as “The 10-day battle.”
Wuhan, which became the first global epicenter to suffer a coronavirus outbreak, reported a cluster of new cases over the weekend. Wuhan lifted a strict lockdown on April 8. According to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard, Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, has reported 68,134 cases as of Tuesday morning, with 4,512 deaths.
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Contributing: Associated Press