COVID-19 Update: Unemployment Claims Pass 40 Million

New unemployment claims in the U.S. passed the 40 million mark since the pandemic took hold. Approximately 1 in 4 U.S. workers have filed for unemployment since mid-March. 

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Hong Kong's Autonomy Threatened by China

New Security Law Threatens Hong Kong's Autonomy

Last week  at China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), spokesman Zhang Yesui confirmed that the NPC will propose a national security law for Hong Kong. China’s parliament will draft the legislation directly into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution (Basic Law) bypassing the territory’s Legislative Council (LegCo).

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COVID-19 Update: Total Deaths Cross 100,000 Mark

  • More than 100,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Illinois top the list of total deaths. 

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COVID-19 Update: Jobless Claims Hit 38,600,000

  • According to the Department of Labor, 2.4 million people filed for new unemployment claims last week, bringing the pandemic-driven total to nearly 39 million over the last several months. Economists warn that the recovery may not be as quick as hoped.
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COVID-19 Update: All 50 States Begin Reopening

  • As of today, all 50 states have begun to reopen on some level. Health officials are closely monitoring for spikes in new cases, but these may not be seen for 10-15 days after reopening.
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COVID-19 Update: U.S. Cases Pass 1.5 Million

The drugmaker Moderna out of Cambridge, Massachusetts announced that their coronavirus vaccine appears to be safe and able to stimulate an immune response against the COVID-19 virus. The initial results are from testing performed on eight volunteers. The second phase involving 600 people will begin soon and is on an accelerated timeline. 

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COVID-19 Update: States Begin Lifting Restrictions

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a two-week extension of stay-at-home orders for parts of the state, including NYC, that do not meet certain criteria laid out by the state. Five regions of New York were cleared to reopen some non-essential businesses; the Finger Lakes, including Rochester; Central New York, a five-county area including Syracuse; the Southern Tier, which borders Pennsylvania; the Mohawk Valley, west of Albany; and the rural North County, which includes the Adirondack Mountains.

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COVID-19 Update: Daily New Cases Trending Down

The number of daily new cases recorded in the U.S. has been slowly trending down over the last four days, largely due to significant declines in new cases in New York City, Detroit, and New Orleans. 

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COVID-19 Update: U.S. Death Toll Passes 80,000

The death toll from COVID-19 passed 80,000 in the U.S. on 11 May. There are more than 1,000,000 active cases in the U.S. 

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COVID-19 Update: New Cases Spiking in Brazil and Russia

There are nearly 1.3 million cases in the U.S.

  • The death toll from COVID-19 stands at 77,000 in the U.S. There were more than 4,500 deaths recorded in the last 48 hours. 
  • According to Labor Department statistics, more than 20 million jobs were lost in April. The unemployment rate now stands at 14.7 percent. More than 33 million people have filed unemployment insurance claims since the pandemic-driven lockdown began in mid-March. 

  • In Pennsylvania, the stay-at-home order was extended to 04 June for "red" counties with high rates of COVID-19 infections. Businesses in "yellow" counties will be allowed to re-open with some restrictions starting 08 May. 
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