Live updates: U.S. reports more than 30,000 coronavirus cases in record day; Scientists alarmed by government’s response

Live updates U.S. reports more than 30,000 coronavirus cases in record day Scientists alarmed by government’s response
Live updates U.S. reports more than 30,000 coronavirus cases in record day Scientists alarmed by government’s response

News From: The Washington Post

The United States reported on Friday more than 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in a day for the first time, bringing the American total to more than 273,000 and the death toll to over 7,000. It came as President Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear a simple, cloth face covering while out in public.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post investigation uncovered alarm and dismay among scientists at health labs about the Trump administration’s reliance on a flawed coronavirus test developed by the CDC, which was used for weeks as the virus began to spread across the United States.

Here are some significant developments:

  • A health-care provider says it is cooperating with a federal fraud investigation into a deal for millions of N95 respirators that fell through, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kaiser Permanente is the latest group to get misgivings about the supplier touted by a worker’s union as ready to distribute 39 million of the now-precious masks.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus, has invited opposition parties in Parliament to a briefing next week on the country’s measures against the virus.
  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that countries in the Indian subcontinent are “walking a tightrope” in regard to their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Chinese leaders observed three minutes of silence to remember the victims of the outbreak, the traditional day for “tomb sweeping to remember deceased relatives.

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