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Coronavirus: Virus infections surpass 1,000 in New Mexico, deaths climb

Coronavirus: Virus infections surpass 1,000 in New Mexico, deaths climb

Coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know

Coronavirus: Virus infections surpass 1,000 in New Mexico, deaths climb

More than 1.6 million people worldwide – including more than 500,000 people in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. Officials are attempting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. as hospitals brace for unprecedented patient surges.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here.

Live updates for Friday, April 10, continue below

Virus infections surpass 1,000 in New Mexico, deaths clim

Update 10:30 p.m. EDT April 10: Confirmed COVID-19 infections surpassed 1,000 on Friday across New Mexico as the pandemic claimed two more lives and tightened its grip over the Navajo Nation in the northwest part of the state.

New infections brought the statewide tally to 1,091 cases, with 19 related deaths. Per-capita rates of infection have surged in sparsely populated San Juan and McKinely counties along the state lines with Arizona and Colorado.

Authorities have begun issuing cease-and-desist orders to nonessential businesses that flout emergency directives to shut down, amid an emergency declaration that bans public gatherings of two or more people.

Cases in the US surpass 500,000

Update 10:30 p.m. EDT April 10: As the number of worldwide cases approaches 1.7 million, the United States reported more than 500,000 cases.

Earlier Friday, the U.S. daily death rate was at least 2,056, setting a new record and bringing the total deaths to 18,693 according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

The U.S. will likely pass Italy as the country with the most deaths from the pandemic. Italy had 18,849 deaths as of Friday evening.

US daily death rate surpasses 2,000

Update 9:45 p.m. EDT April 10: The number of people confirmed dead in a single day passed 2,000 according to The Washington Post.

In data compiled by the Post, there were at least 2,056 new deaths reported Friday.

Health officials investigate beef plant over COVID concerns

Update 6:50 p.m. EDT April 10: Health officials are investigating working conditions at a beef plant in northern Colorado where dozens of employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Weld County’s health department said Thursday that concerns at the JBS USA facility include the proximity of workers to each other and employees working while they are sick. If the plant does not comply with the county’s public health order, it could be closed, but compliance is the “preferred solution,” the statement said.

“Conversations continue with JBS leadership to promote quick compliance,” it said.

On Tuesday, JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira told The Greeley Tribune he was confident workers inside the plant were safe from the virus and strongly disputed claims by employees that people were going to work sick.

Nevada COVID-19 cases jump to more than 2,500 cases

Update 5:30 p.m. EDT April 10: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nevada has spiked overnight and brought the total statewide to more than 2,500.

State date published Friday reported that Nevada has 2,571 cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports this was the seventh straight triple-digit rise in the daily updates posted by the state Department of Health and Human Services on the nvhealthresponse.nv.gov website.

The confirmed cases were drawn from tests on 22,595 people, representing an infection rate of just over 11 percent. That number is likely elevated, however, because an ongoing shortage of testing supplies has largely limited testing to the seriously ill and those who have been in close contact with a diagnosed patient.

Apple, Google to harness phones for virus infection tracking

Update 5:10 p.m. EDT April 10: Apple and Google launched a major joint effort to leverage smartphone technology to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

New software the companies plan to add to phones would make it easier to use Bluetooth wireless technology to track down people for who may have been infected by coronavirus carriers. The idea is to help national or regional governments roll out apps for so-called “contact tracing” that will run on iPhones and Android phones alike.

The technology works by harnessing short-range Bluetooth signals. Using the Apple-Google technology, contact-tracing apps would gather a record of other phones with which they came into close proximity. Such data can be used to alert others who might have been infected by known carriers of the novel coronavirus, although only in cases where the phones’ owners have installed the apps and agreed to share data with public-health authorities.

White House points to hopeful signs as deaths keep rising

Update 4:40 p.m. EDT April 10: At the end of a week officials had warned would be this generation’s Pearl Harbor, White House officials pointed to hopeful signs Friday that the spread of the coronavirus could be slowing, even as President Donald Trump insisted he would not move to reopen the country until it is safe.

At the same time, Trump said he would be announcing the launch of what he dubbed the “Opening our Country” task force next Tuesday to work toward that goal.

“I want to get it open as soon as possible,” he said at a Good Friday briefing, while adding: “The facts are going to determine what I do.”

With the economy reeling and job losses soaring, Trump has been itching to reopen the country, drawing alarm from health experts who warn that doing so too quickly could spark a deadly resurgence that could undermine current distancing efforts.

But Trump, who had once set Easter Sunday as the date he hoped people in certain parts of the country might begin to return to work and pack church pews, said he would continue to listen to health experts like Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx as he considers what he described as the “biggest decision I’ve ever had to make.”

“I listen to them about everything,” he claimed, adding: “We’re not doing anything until we know that this country is going be healthy. We don’t want to go back and start doing it over again.”

Trump’s comments came at the end of a week officials had warned would be a devastating one for the country. Hours earlier, Johns Hopkins University announced that the worldwide death toll from the coronavirus had hit a bleak milestone: 100,000 people. That includes about 18,000 in the U.S., where about half-million people have been confirmed infected.

Feds post $119 billion pre-virus budget deficit in March

Update 3:50 p.m. EDT April 10: The latest figures on the federal budget deficit don’t yet show the negative economic impact of the coronavirus, as the government reported a budget shortfall in March of $119 billion, raising the 2020 deficit to $743.6 billion, over $52 billion more than the same point a year ago.

Even before the coronavirus shuttered businesses and forced Congress to approve an over $2 trillion economic rescue package, the White House projected a deficit in 2020 of over $1 trillion, for the first time since 2012.

Depending on how much aid is actually spent by Uncle Sam - and how much more is approved by lawmakers in coming months - it’s not hard to imagine the deficit setting records later this year, and possibly topping $2 trillion.

Trump plans to unveil task force aimed at reopening country

Update 3:15 p.m. EDT April 10: President Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to announce the names next week of people who have agreed to join a new coronavirus task force aimed at reopening the country.

Trump said the group would likely be called the “Opening Our Country Task Force.” It would aim to allow for businesses shuttered by coronavirus to reopen as soon as it’s feasible and safe to do so.

“This country was meant to be open and vibrant and great,” Trump said Friday at a Coronavirus Task Force meeting.

He denied allegations that he might rush the process.

“The facts are going to determine what I’m going to do,” the president said.

Feds buying machines to sterilize N95 masks, allowing health care workers to use cloth gowns

Update 3 p.m. EDT April 10: Food and Drug Administration Administrator Stephen Hahn said Friday that his agency has approved of two companies to sterilize N95 masks for reuse by health care professionals and approved of allowing the use of cloth gowns in medical settings.

Hahn said Friday that 60 machines, each capable of sterilizing 80,000 masks per day, were being bought by the federal government. The machines will be sent to facilities nationwide.

Hahn also said the FDA has revised guidance around the use of cloth gowns in medical settings instead of the plastic ones typically used.

“This is not something that normally happens around the country,” he said.

The revision was made in order to help health care workers who are struggling with a shortage of medical gowns.

Trump bemoans loss of life due to coronavirus

Update 2:30 p.m. EDT April 10: President Donald Trump on Friday bemoaned the “horrible” number of Americans who have died due to the coronavirus while pointing to signs of hope that infection rates are stabilizing nationwide.

“In the midst of grief and pain” the country is seeing “clear signs that our aggressive strategy” is working, Trump said. That included a decrease in hospital admissions in some places.

Trump’s comments came on the same day that Johns Hopkins University’s worldwide death toll hit 100,000.

Trump, who is weighing when to re-open the country’s economy, pointed to models that are now forecasting U.S. death rates far lower than originally estimated.

“We’re saving so many lives compared to what it could have been,” he said.

But experts have warned that re-opening the country too soon could cause a devastating new spike in infections.

‘We have not hit the peak’ of coronavirus infections, US officials say

Update 2:25 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials on the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force warned Friday that although there are signs nationwide that the virus infection rate is slowing, the United States has yet to hit its peak infection rate.

“As encouraging as (the signs) are, we have not hit the peak,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, emphasized that despite the positive signs, “this is not the time ... (to be) pulling back at all" in terms of social distancing measures.

President Donald Trump said that there are indications that the number of deaths due to coronavirus in the U.S. could be “headed to a number substantially below the 100,000” mark he previously named as the minimum expected deaths from the virus.

“Hard to believe that if you had 60,000 (deaths), you can never be happy, but that’s a lot fewer than we were originally told and thinking,” he said.

Coronavirus Task Force holding news briefing Friday

Update 1:50 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials with the federal Coronavirus Task Force are holding a news conference Friday to update the public on ongoing efforts to stymie the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

More than 100,000 killed by COVID-19 worldwide

Update 1:45 p.m. EDT April 10: The world reached a grim milestone Friday in the coronavirus pandemic when the death toll associated with the virus topped 100,000 globally, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

A majority of the world’s coronavirus deaths were reported in Italy, where health officials have reported 18,849 deaths. The second-most number of fatal cases was reported in the United States, where more than 17,000 people have died. Spain had the third most number of COVID-19 deaths in the world with 15,843 reported deaths.

Louisiana reports 970 new coronavirus infections

Update 1:40 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials in Louisiana reported 970 new coronavirus infections Friday, raising the state’s total number of infections to 19,253.

The number was slightly lower than the 1,263 new cases reported Thursday.

Officials also reported 53 more fatal coronavirus cases. Statewide, 755 people have died of COVID-19.

Feds launch investigation of veterans nursing home stricken by virus

Update 1:35 p.m. EDT April 10: The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division have opened an investigation into the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where more than two dozen residents have died since March, WFXT reported.

>> Read more on Boston25News.com

The investigation, which is separate from one being conducted by the state attorney general and Gov. Charlie Baker, will focus on whether the soldiers’ home “violated the rights of residents by failing to provide them adequate medical care generally, and during the coronavirus pandemic.”

UK officials report nearly 1,000 new fatal coronavirus cases

Update 1:20 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials in the United Kingdom recorded 980 new fatal COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the country’s coronavirus death toll to 8,958.

The number was slightly higher than the 881 new fatal coronavirus cases reported one day earlier.

Authorities with the British Department of Health and Social Care also announced a total of 73,758 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infections in the U.K. The number was 8,681 higher than the number of cases reported nationwide Thursday.

Nearly 20,000 coronavirus cases reported in Pennsylvania

Update 1:15 p.m. EDT April 10: Health officials in Pennsylvania reported 1,751 new COVID-19 cases Friday, raising the state’s total number of coronavirus infections to 19,979, WPXI reported.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Health also reported 78 new deaths, more than twice the 29 new deaths reported Thursday.

According to WPXI, 416 people have died of coronavirus in the state.

Trump participates in Oval Office Easter prayer

Update 1 p.m. EDT April 10: President Donald Trump said Friday that although Americans will not be able to gather as they normally would on Easter, they can use “this sacred time” to focus on prayer, reflection and on growing their relationship with God.

The president participated in an Easter prayer from the Oval Office on Good Friday.

He acknowledged the sacrifices that people are making to end the pandemic, saying “at this holy time, our nation is engaged in a battle like never before.”

The president asked all Americans to pray that God would heal the nation, bring comfort to those who are grieving and to give strength to the nation’s health care providers.

Connecticut governor extends social distancing measures until May 20

Update 12:55 p.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut extended his state’s mandated social distancing measures Friday until May 20 due to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Lamont said data has shown the curve beginning to flatten in Connecticut, but he warned that "returning to normal too soon will have too many negative consequences.

“I will continue to consult with medical experts every day and do our best to protect the health and safety of Connecticut,” he said.

HHS begins distributing $30B in grants for health care systems

Update 12:20 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials with the federal Health and Human Services Department said Friday that they’re releasing the first $30 billion in grants provided by the stimulus bill to help keep the U.S. health care system operating during the coronavirus outbreak.

Congress provided $100 billion for the health care system in the $2 trillion stimulus bill.

Officials said the relief funds will go to hospitals and doctors through Medicare and will be based on their billings to the program last year. Hospitals are supposed to use some of the money to cover COVID-19 treatment for the uninsured, although an independent study earlier this week suggested it might not be enough.

New York governor ‘cautiously optimistic’ COVID-19 infection rate slowing

Update 11:50 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Friday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that the spread of COVID-19 is slowing in the state, which has recorded more coronavirus cases than anywhere else in the world except the United States itself.

Cuomo said Friday that 777 new fatal coronavirus cases have been reported, slightly lower than the 799 fatal cases reported one day earlier. The governor added that admissions to intensive care units were down to a negative number for the first time Friday, making him “cautiously optimistic” that the infection rate has slowed.

Still, the governor urged New Yorkers continue social distancing efforts.

“What we do today will affect the infection rate two to three days from now,” he said Friday at a news conference. “Even though it is a grind, we have to stay with it.”

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 7,844 people have died of COVID-19 in New York.

Vermont governor extends state’s state of emergency

Update 11:40 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont said Friday that he’s extending a previously issued state of emergency until May 15 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“These are incredibly difficult times, and I know this extension is disappointing news for many,” Scott said in a statement posted Friday on Twitter. “But the fact is, Vermonters are saving hundreds of lives by staying home. We’re making big sacrifices to save lives but we can’t let our foot off the gas yet.”

The state of emergency was declared March 13 and originally set to expire April 15.

Florida officials report 705 new coronavirus cases

Update 11:25 a.m. EDT April 10: Health officials in Florida reported 705 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the state’s total number of cases to 17,531, WFTV reported.

A vast majority of the cases involve Florida residents, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Officials also reported 19 new coronavirus-related deaths, WFTV reported. Statewide, 390 people have died of COVID-19.

More than 1,600 coronavirus infections reported in DC

Update 11:20 a.m. EDT April 10: Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. said Friday that 137 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, bringing the total number of cases in the capitol to 1,660.

Bowser said Friday that six people between the ages of 61 and 89 also died of COVID-19. Thirty-eight Washington D.C. residents have died of coronavirus, officials said.

New Jersey governor signing order that may release some low-risk inmates

Update 11:10 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Friday that he’s signing an executive order which may allow some low-risk inmates to be paroled early amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Murphy said the order will establish a process “to provide temporary home confinement for certain incarcerated individuals or grant parole if already eligible.”

“Social distancing is extremely hard to accomplish in a prison setting,” he said. “Allowing some of our most vulnerable individuals who do not pose a public safety threat to temporarily leave prison will protect both their health and the health of those working in our correctional facilities.”

Among the inmates who would be affected by the order are those at-risk of serious complications from COVID-19 due to their age or health status, inmates who were denied parole within the last year and inmates whose sentences are set to expire in the next three months.

“No one convicted of a serious crime – such as murder, or sexual assault, among others – will be eligible for consideration,” Murphy said.

Florida judge rules isolation order violators can be jailed without bond

Update 11:05 a.m. EDT April 10: The chief judge over Brevard and Seminole counties in Florida issued an order this week saying that people suspected of violating isolation orders can be held in jail without bond until they see a judge, WFTV reported.

The preemptive decision was aimed at helping officials determine how to handle such cases if they arise, according to the news station. Chief Judge Lisa Davidson said in a statement that the order applies solely to individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and who ignore commonsense guidelines for social distancing and self-quarantining anyway, WFTV reported.

>> Read more on WFTV.com

About 100 people opposed to Ohio’s stay-at-home order protest at statehouse

Update 10:55 a.m. EDT April 10: About 100 protesters gathered Thursday outside Ohio’s statehouse in opposition to Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, which they claim is unconstitutional, WHIO-TV reported.

>> Read more on WHIO.com

DeWine told reporters Thursday that the protesters had “every right to be there.”

“They have every right to say what they want to say," DeWine said, according to WHIO-TV. "My job is to communicate as honestly and candidly as I can. I will guarantee you will not be going to keep these orders on one day longer than we have to.”

3,627 new COVID-19 cases reported in New Jersey

Update 10:45 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said health officials reported 3,748 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 54,588 in the state.

The number is slightly lower than the 3,748 new cases reported Thursday but higher than the 3,088 new cases reported Wednesday.

Officials also reported 233 new fatal COVID-19 cases Friday. Statewide, 1,932 people have died of coronavirus.

University of Mississippi cancels in-person events until August

Update 10:30 a.m. EDT April 10: Officials with the University of Mississippi announced Friday that in-person, on-campus summer camps, conferences and events will be canceled through Aug. 1, WHBQ-TV reported.

Officials with Ole Miss said online or remote experiences would be offered where possible, according to the news station.

>> Read more on Fox13Memphis.com

Oklahoma high school 3D printing respirators for hospitals

Update 10:25 a.m. EDT April 10: Companies and at least one high school in Oklahoma are using 3D printers to produce ventilators for area hospitals, KOKI-TV reported.

A bulk of the respirators are being printed in the fabrication lab at Muskogee High School, the news station reported. Other companies, including Indiana Capital Technology Center and Optronics, are helping with the project.

KOKI-TV reported that producers hope to have the first batch of ventilators out to health care providers by next week.

>> Read more on Fox23.com

Ohio manufacturers team up to produce face shields for health workers

Update 10:10 a.m. EDT April 10: A partnership of Ohio manufacturers led by the recently created Ohio Manufacturing Alliance are working together to make personal protective gear for health care workers amid the coronavirus outbreak, WHIO-TV reported.

Four companies that typically produce tools and molds, including Trifecta Tool and Engineering in Kettering, are making molds for face shields, the news station reported. Four more companies, including Evenflo in Piqua, will begin mass production of face shields next week with a goal of producing 650,000 shields across the state within four weeks.

“Our manufacturers have been busy, rapidly doing the hard work required to transform production lines, design products and source materials from supply chains to make the PPE that is critical to keeping our front line workers safe," said Phil Ratermann, director of FastLane, the group coordinating the effort, according to WHIO-TV.

>> Read mo>> Read more on WHIO.comre on WHIO.com

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recovering from COVID-19, ‘must rest up,’ father says

Update 10 a.m. EDT April 10: The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that his son “must rest up” after he was moved Thursday out of intensive care at a London hospital.

“He almost took one of the team and we’ve got to make sure we play properly now,” Stanley Johnson told BBC News on Friday.

A spokesman for 10 Downing Street told the news network that Johnson is in an “early stage" of his coronavirus recovery and that he “continues to be in good spirits."

Johnson spent three nights in an intensive care unit at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital. He tested positive March 26 for COVID-19.

Atlanta buildings light up in blue in support of front line workers

Update 9:55 a.m. EDT April 10: Landmarks and buildings across the country are being lit in blue to show appreciation for workers on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, WSB-TV reported.

>> Read more on WSBTV.com

A few places in metro Atlanta joined the #LightItBlue campaign Thursday, including the Braves’ Truist Park, according to WSB-TV.

Washington working to release nonviolent offenders from prison, governor says 

Update 9:45 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and state Corrections Secretary Steve Sinclair said Thursday that officials were working to release some nonviolent offenders from prison due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, KIRO-TV reported.

The announcement came less than a day after more than 100 inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex “revolted” when they learned six fellow inmates and five prison staff members all tested positive for the coronavirus.

No one was injured, according to KIRO-TV.

>> Read more on KIRO7.com

Fauci: Officials discussing possibility of immunity certificates

Update 9:20 a.m. EDT April 10: Federal officials are mulling over the possibility of having Americans carry certificates of immunity as authorities continue working to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.-"This is something that’s being discussed. I think it’s something that might actually have some merit under certain circumstances."

Antibody test will be available to Americans ‘in a week or so,’ Fauci says

Update 8:50 a.m. EDT April 10: Americans wondering whether they’ve unknowingly had and recovered from COVID-19 will have access to antibody tests in about a week, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday.

“In the period of a week or so, we’re going to have a rather large number of tests that are available,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.

“These antibody tests are tests that we do on other diseases but they need to be validated. You need to make sure that they’re consistent and that they’re accurate. And that’s what we’re doing now.”

Fauci said the tests will be particularly useful while figuring out when to allow businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic to reopen.

“It’s very important to appreciate and to understand how much that virus has penetrated the society because it’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic and did not know they were infected," Fauci said.

“If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate a kind of strategy about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable of getting infected. This will be important for health care workers, for first line fighters -- those kinds of people.”

Global coronavirus deaths approach 97K, worldwide cases top 1.6M

Update 8:02 a.m. EDT April 10: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 96,787 early Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 1,612,646 people worldwide. Five countries – the United StatesSpainItalyGermany and France – have now confirmed total infection counts well above China’s 82,940 cases.

• The United States has reported 466,299 cases, resulting in 16,686 deaths.

• Spain has confirmed 157,022 cases, resulting in 15,843 deaths.

• Italy has reported 143,626 infections, resulting in 18,279 deaths.

• France has confirmed 118,785 infections, resulting in 12,228 deaths.

• Germany has reported 118,235 cases, resulting in 2,607 deaths.

• China has recorded 82,940 cases, resulting in 3,340 deaths.

• Iran has recorded 66,220 cases, resulting in 4,110 deaths.

• The United Kingdom has reported 65,872 cases, resulting in 7,993 deaths.

• Turkey has recorded 42,282 cases, resulting in 908 deaths.

• Belgium has confirmed 26,667 cases, resulting in 3,019 deaths.

NY hires contractors to bury dead as coronavirus toll continues mounting

Update 7:06 a.m. EDT April 10: After three consecutive days of record-breaking coronavirus deaths, New York City officials have hired contract laborers to bury the dead in its potter’s field on Hart Island.

Since the 19th century, the city has used the site off the coast of the Bronx borough for primarily indigent burials and those for whom no next of kin could be located, Reuters reported.

Read more here.

WeWork proposes redesigned shared-office layouts for a post-coronavirus workforce

Update 5:31 a.m. EDT April 10: WeWork has a few tweaks in mind for shared office space in a post-coronavirus world, The Washington Post reported.

The shared workspace company has proposed in an email to clients and real estate brokers, obtained by the Post, the adoption of new floor plans, the addition of sanitizing capabilities and foot traffic-flow reviews, The Washington Post reported.

WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani stated in the email the adaptive steps will be implemented over the next six weeks and will include enhanced cleaning techniques, the posting of new capacity signage for meeting rooms and the adoption of “every other” desk occupancy in private offices.

Yemen confirms 1st novel coronavirus case

Update 5:20 a.m. EDT April 10: War-torn Yemen confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday.

According to The Associated Press, the national emergency committee for COVID-19 infections in Yemen’s southeastern province of Hadramawt said in a tweet the patient is in stable condition and receiving treatment.

Nasser Baoum, the minister of health for Yemen’s internationally recognized government, told the AP the case involves a 73-year-old Yemeni national who works at the al-Shahr port in Hadramawt.

Amazon developing own coronavirus testing lab after workers in 64 warehouses fall ill

Update 4:58 a.m. EDT April 10: In a bid to fast-track the return of operations to normal, Amazon announced Thursday it is developing its own laboratory to screen its workers for the novel coronavirus.

In a blog post made public Thursday, the Seattle-based e-commerce juggernaut said it has begun assembling the necessary equipment to build the testing facility and is hopeful testing for “small numbers of our front-line employees soon.”

According to The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, employees in at least 64 of the company’s warehouses and shipping facilities have tested positive for the virus.

“Regular testing on a global scale across all industries would both help keep people safe and help get the economy back up and running,” Amazon wrote in its blog post, adding, “But, for this to work, we as a society would need vastly more testing capacity than is currently available.”

In reversal, coronavirus testing sites to maintain threatened federal funds if desired

Update 3:15 a.m. EDT April 10: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reversed course Thursday, announcing community-based novel coronavirus testing sites across the country will continue to receive federal funding.

In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the HHS announced local authorities can now opt to maintain federal oversight and assistance or transition to state control which would still include federal technical assistance as well as supply requests through traditional FEMA channels.

FDA warns Infowars founder Alex Jones to halt promotion of unapproved coronavirus cures

Update 2 a.m. EDT April 10: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned InfoWars founder Alex Jones to remove several products advertised on his website as potential coronavirus cures.

In a letter to Jones, the FDA singled out products such as “SuperSilver Whitening Toothpaste,” the “SuperSilver Wound Dressing Gel” and “Superblue Fluoride Free Toothpaste” as both "unapproved” and “misbranded” in violation of agency regulations.

Specifically, the letter requests Jones “take immediate action to cease the sale of such unapproved and unauthorized products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or cure of COVID-19.”

US coronavirus deaths hit 16,690, total cases top 466K

Published 12:47 a.m. EDT April 10: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 466,000 early Friday morning across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 466,033 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 16,690 deaths. U.S. cases now more than triple the 153,222 reported in Spain and the 143,626 confirmed in Italy.

Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 7,067 – or roughly 42% of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 1,709 in New Jersey, 1,076 in Michigan, 702 in Louisiana and 551 in California.

In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest hit with at least 161,799 confirmed cases – more than three times the next-closest state – followed by New Jersey with 51,027, Michigan with 21,504 and California with 19,950.

Five other states have now confirmed at least 16,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:

• Massachusetts: 18,941, resulting in 503 deaths

• Pennsylvania: 18,633, resulting in 365 deaths

• Louisiana: 18,283, resulting in 702 deaths

• Florida: 16,826, resulting in 371 deaths

• Illinois: 16,422, resulting in 528 deaths

Meanwhile, Georgia and Texas each has confirmed at least 10,000 novel coronavirus infections; Connecticut and Washington state each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Indiana, Colorado and Maryland each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases; Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; North Carolina, Missouri and Arizona each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, Nevada and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases.

Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Nearly 6.3 million people worldwide – including more than 1.8 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Tuesday, June 2, continue below:  708 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey Update 2:05 p.m. EDT June 2: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Tuesday that 708 new coronavirus infections have been reported, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 161,545. On social media, the governor encouraged people to continue social distancing, noting that it 'works.' “Wearing a face covering works,” he said. 'Keep it up, and we’ll get through Stage 2 of our restart and recovery.' Officials also reported 51 more deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, 11,770 people have died statewide of COVID-19. COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina reach single-day high Update 1:45 p.m. EDT June 2: Health officials in North Carolina reported the state’s highest single-day number of hospitalizations connected to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, WSOC-TV reported. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 716 people were hospitalized due to severe complications associated with the novel coronavirus. Officials have reported 29,889 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. More than 920 people statewide have died of coronavirus infections, WSOC-TV reported. >> Read more on WSOCTV.com More than 6.3M cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide Update 1:10 p.m. EDT June 2: More than 6.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide as of Tuesday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The United States continues to lead the world with the most number of coronavirus infections reported. As of Tuesday, more than 1.8 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 105,000 people have died of the viral infection nationwide. The second-most cases in the world have been reported in Brazil, where officials had confirmed more than 526,000 cases of COVID-19 by Tuesday. 1,653 new coronavirus infections reported in the UK Update 12:25 p.m. EDT June 2: Officials in the United Kingdom reported 1,653 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, raising the country’s total number of infections to 277,985. Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, the most recent date for which data was available, 39,369 people had died nationwide of COVID-19. COVID-19 cases ‘at an all-time low’ in New York, governor says Update 12 p.m. EDT June 2: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Tuesday that COVID-19 cases in the state were “at an all-time low.' The governor said 58 more people have died of COVID-19 statewide. The number of new fatal cases reported one day earlier was 54. 29 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC Update 11:15 a.m. EDT June 1: Health officials in Washington D.C. said Tuesday that 29 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 8,886. Officials also announced that two more people, both aged 79, had died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 470. Americans charged, accused of violating social distancing rules in Singapore Update 11 a.m. EDT June 2: Authorities in Singapore have charged two Americans with violating the country’s social distancing rules, according to NBC News. The Americans, identified in court records obtained by NBC as Jeffrey Brown, 52, and Bao Nguyen Brown, 40, were accused of meeting with an Australian man at a restaurant on May 16 to socialize, the news network reported. If convicted, the Browns could face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $7,100, according to NBC News. Stocks open higher as investors hope for economic recovery Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 2: Stocks opened modestly higher Tuesday on Wall Street, despite deepening unrest across the U.S., as investors hope that the gradual lifting of lockdown provisions will help economies recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P 500 rose 0.2% in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. The gains were led by stocks that would stand to gain the most from a growing economy, including banks and industrial companies. The price of crude oil rose again, which helped energy companies. Markets in Europe and Asia also rose. Bond yields rose slightly, another sign that pessimism was ebbing among investors. Global cases near 6.3M, death toll tops 376K Update 8 a.m. EDT June 2: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 376,077 early Tuesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 6,294,222 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 16 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,160. The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows: • The United States has reported 1,811,277 cases, resulting in 105,147 deaths. • Brazil has recorded 526,447 cases, resulting in 29,937 deaths. • Russia has confirmed 423,186 cases, resulting in 5,031 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 277,738 cases, resulting in 39,127 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 239,638 cases, resulting in 27,127 deaths. • Italy has reported 233,197 cases, resulting in 33,475 deaths. • India has reported 199,785 cases, resulting in 5,610 deaths. • France has confirmed 189,348 cases, resulting in 28,836 deaths. • Germany has reported 183,771 cases, resulting in 8,557 deaths. • Peru has reported 170,039 cases, resulting in 4,634 deaths. US air travel sees slight uptick as coronavirus restrictions ease Update 7:04 a.m. EDT June 2: Air travel in the United States began crawling out of its coronavirus-imposed gridlock in May, but the road to recovery will be a long one. According to the Transportation Security Administration, nearly 949,000 passengers were screened during the past weekend, compared with only 476,000 during the first weekend of May, CNN reported. Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar stepping down Update 6:37 a.m. EDT June 2: Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar, announced Monday he will step down from the post June 30. Giroir, who assumed the role in March, said during a Monday meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS that he will return to his prior role as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, The Washington Post reported. Meanwhile, an HHS spokesperson confirmed to NPR a testing czar successor will not be named for Giroir. US coronavirus cases eclipse 1.8M, deaths top 105K Update 12:41 a.m. EDT June 2: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States climbed past 1.8 million early Tuesday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,811,357 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 105,160 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 371,711 cases and 29,917 deaths and New Jersey with 160,918 cases and 11,723 deaths. Massachusetts, with 100,805 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 7,035, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 121,234. Only 15 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each. Six other states have now confirmed at least 53,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: · California: 114,733 cases, resulting in 4,217 deaths · Pennsylvania: 76,646 cases, resulting in 5,567 deaths · Texas: 65,593 cases, resulting in 1,683 deaths · Michigan: 57,532 cases, resulting in 5,516 deaths · Florida: 56,830 cases, resulting in 2,460 deaths · Maryland: 53,327 cases, resulting in 2,552 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut and Louisiana each has confirmed at least 40,000 cases; Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 34,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington and Arizona each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 19,699; Alabama and Wisconsin each has confirmed at least 18,000 cases, followed by Mississippi with 15,752; Rhode Island and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases, followed by Missouri with 13,724, South Carolina with 12,148 and Kentucky with 10,046; Utah, Kansas and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases; New Mexico and Arkansas each has confirmed at least 7,000 cases, followed by Oklahoma with 6,913 and South Dakota with 5,034.. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Protests and demonstrations have led to violence in at least 30 cities across the United States in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Floyd, 46, died after he was detained for questioning regarding a possible forgery in progress. Video of his death caught by bystanders showed a Minneapolis police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than five minutes as Floyd pleaded for air, sparking outrage.  As of Tuesday morning, at least 40 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews.  Live updates for Tuesday, June 2 continue below:  About 300 people arrested during protests in Washington DC Update 2 p.m. EDT June 2: Authorities in Washington D.C. arrested about 300 people during protests Monday in the capitol, most for violating the city’s 7 p.m. curfew, police Chief Peter Newsham said Tuesday. Arrests were also made for burglary and rioting, Newsham said during a news conference. “We are working right now with our investigative team to compile images of anyone who was in our city over the past three or four nights who was involved in destruction of property or the throwing of missiles and the hurting of people,” he said. Law enforcement officers in the Carolinas stand in solidarity with protesters Update 1:20 p.m. EDT June 2: Law enforcement officials in North Carolina and South Carolina joined demonstrators Monday who took to the streets Monday to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, WSOC-TV reported. In Columbia, South Carolina, Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan decided to march side-by-side with protesters. Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin also walked alongside demonstrators, according to WSOC-TV. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, there was a touching moment as police were seen kneeling in solidarity with protesters. 9 officers and 2 protesters injured, 20 arrested during protests in Pittsburgh Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 2: Nine police officers and two protesters were injured Monday during demonstrations in Pittsburgh, according WPXI. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said the injured officers were evaluated and released from the hospital Monday, WPXI reported. Two protesters were also taken to the hospital with injuries that they said came from bean bags, according to the news station. Hissrich said 20 people were arrested Monday, including four people who are not from Pennsylvania, WPXI reported. >> Read more on WPXI.com Virginia governor rejects national guard request Update 12:35 p.m. EDT June 2: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam rejected a request from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to send between 3,000 to 5,000 of the state’s national guard to Washington D.C. as part of a massive show of force organized by the Trump administration in response to violent protests, according to Northam’s chief of staff, Clark Mercer. Mercer said Trump’s comments to governors in a phone call Monday, in which the president said most governors were “weak” and needed to “dominate” the streets, played a role in the decision. “The president’s remarks to the governors heightened our concerns about how the guard would be used,” he said. 6 Atlanta police officers charged with using excessive force during arrest of college students Update 12:15 p.m. EDT June 2: The district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, on Tuesday charged six Atlanta police officers with using excessive force following the arrest of two college students during protests Saturday night, WSB-TV reported. Body camera footage and video posted on social media showed officers use Tasers on two students, Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, as they sat in a car Saturday before the officers dragged the pair out of the car and arrested them, according to WSB-TV. Four officers involved in the incident were charged with aggravated assault. Other charges filed against the officers include criminal damage to property and aggravated battery, according to WSB-TV. >> Read more on WSBTV.com Archdiocese of Washington criticizes St. John Paul II National Shrine for allowing Trump visit Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 2: As President Donald Trump headed Tuesday to the St. John Paul II National Shrine, the archdiocese of Washington on issued a statement criticizing the facility for allowing the president’s visit. In the statement, Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he found it “baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree.” His comments came after police under federal command deployed tear gas Monday to push back protesters who had gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, where they were chanting against police brutality and Floyd’s death. “Saint Pope John Paul II was an ardent defender of the rights and dignity of human beings. His legacy bears vivid witness to that truth,” Gregory said. “He certainly would not condone the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace.” New York City mayor extends curfew through end of week Update 11:40 a.m. EDT June 2: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that an 8 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew enacted amid protests of the killing of George Floyd will continue through the end of the week. “I am extending the curfew,” de Blasio said Tuesday after chaos broke out late Monday in midtown Manhattan and the Bronx. “We’re going to have a tough few days. We’re going to beat it back.” On Monday, an 11 p.m. curfew -- the city’s first in decades -- failed to prevent destruction as groups of people smashed their way into shops, including Macy’s flagship Manhattan store. Police said nearly 700 people were arrested and several officers were injured during the chaos Monday night and early Tuesday. Minnesota AG: ‘There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable’ Update 11:30 a.m. EDT June 2: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Tuesday that the investigation into the killing of George Floyd is continuing with “nothing off the table.” “We’re moving expeditiously, yet we have to move carefully,” he said during an appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He acknowledged that the pace of the investigation has frustrated some people considering many “have waited too long and been too patient over the years,” but he said that “this case must be done methodically and we are doing that right now.” Investigators are looking into whether to charge the other three officers who were with then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25 when he held his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the 46-year-old pleaded for air. On Tuesday, Ellison declined to outline a timeline for charging decisions. “There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable,” Ellison said on “Good Morning America.” He said he expects charges will be filed “very soon.” Biden blasts Trump over clearing protesters for church photo Update 10:55 a.m. EDT June 2: Joining widespread condemnation from Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday for having police clear demonstrators from Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Monday so that the President could walk to a nearby church where he was photographed holding a Bible. 'The President held up the Bible at St. John's Church yesterday,' Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia. 'I just wish he opened it once in a while instead of brandishing it. If he opened it, he could have learned something.' “In addition to the Bible, the President might want to open the Constitution once in a while,” Biden added. Biden urges Congress to act on police reform: ‘No more excuses, no more delays’ Update 10:50 a.m. EDT June 2: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Congress to take action on police reform and vowed to “reverse the systemic racism” if he is elected as president. Biden said that with the upcoming election in November, “We’re in the battle for the soul of this nation.” “We can’t leave this moment thinking that we can once again turn away and do nothing. We can’t do that this time,' he said. “The moment has come for our nation to deal with systemic racism, to deal with the growing economic inequity that exists in our nation, to deal with the denial of the promise of this nation made to so many.” The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action on the issues highlighted by protests nationwide sparked by the killing of George Floyd. “No more excuses, no more delays,” Biden said. “If Mitch McConnell can bring in the United States Senate to determine Trump’s unqualified judicial nominees who will run roughshod over our Constitution now, it is time to pass legislation that will bring true meaning to our constitutional promise of equal protection under the law.” Trump praises response to DC protests after tear gas used to disperse peaceful protesters Update 10:30 a.m. EDT June 2: President Donald Trump praised the response to protests Monday in Washington D.C. amid criticism over the decision to use tear gas on peaceful demonstrators gathered near the White House. “D.C. had no problems last night,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination.” He also praised himself for the lack of violence during protests in Minneapolis. Earlier in the day, George Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, encouraged demonstrators in the city to remain peaceful, saying that destruction was “not going to bring my brother back at all.” Police under federal command deployed tear gas Monday to push back protesters who had gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, where they were chanting against police brutality and Floyd’s death. The sudden shift in tactics against the protesters was initially a mystery, according to The Associated Press. Then, after finishing his Rose Garden remarks, Trump emerged from the White House gates and walked through the park to St. John’s Church, where an office had been set on fire the previous night. Trump, who rarely attends church, held up a Bible and gathered a group of advisers — all white — to pose for photos. The moment was quickly decried by Trump's critics, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying the president “used the military to push out a peaceful protest so he could have a photo op at a church.' “It’s all just a reality TV show for this president,' he said on Twitter. “Shameful.” Police apologize for ‘unwarranted’ tear gas deployment on protesters in Virginia Update 10:10 a.m. EDT June 2: Police in Richmond, Virginia, apologized Monday after authorities used tear gas to disperse a peaceful protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd. In a statement posted on Twitter, police said Chief William Smith reviewed video of the situation Monday, which he called “unwarranted.” “These officers have been pulled from the field,” police said. “They will be disciplined because their actions were out side (department) protocols and directions given.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported police used the gas on demonstrators gathered at a statue of Robert E. Lee on Monday, about 30 minutes before the city’s 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. Video posted on social media showed protesters running as smoke and shouts filled the air. Music industry goes silent on social media for ‘Blackout Tuesday’ to protest George Floyd’s killing Update 9 a.m. EDT June 2: Members of the music industry have pledged to go silent Tuesday on social media to protest George Floyd’s death in an event dubbed “Blackout Tuesday.' Music labels and Warner Music Group, Sony Music and Universal Music Group pledged to stay silent, Rolling Stone reported. Their flagship labels also will take part, as will Def Jam Recordings, Interscope and Columbia Records, CNN reported. Television networks, sports teams and celebrities have also joined the protest. Denver police arrest man suspected of driving car into officers during weekend protest Update 7:36 a.m. EDT June 2: Denver police have arrested a man they believe drove his vehicle into three fellow officers during Saturday night protests. Anthony Knapp, 37, was arrested Sunday after the officers suffered serious injuries. According to CNN, Knapp is being held for first-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault.  According to the police department’s Statement of Probable Cause, officers were in full uniform standing next to a fully marked Denver Police vehicle when a dark sedan traveling at a 'high rate of speed swerved toward the officers and, as a result, struck three of the officers with the car,” the network reported. Rep. Seth Moulton implores military to ‘lay down your arms’ if ordered to face protesters Update 6:36 a.m. EDT June 2: Rep. Seth Moulton, a Marine veteran, is calling upon military members to “lay down your arms” if ordered by the U.S. government to confront protesters in cities across the country. The Massachusetts Democrat took to Twitter shortly after President Donald Trump vowed Monday night to deploy active-duty forces on American soil to quell nationwide protests since the death of George Floyd while in police custody. “We must therefore, with every ounce of conviction, every commitment to peace, and every glimmer of hope, join in lawful protest to overcome (Trump’s) tyranny. And if he chooses to abuse the military as a tyrant would do — to stifle dissent, suppress freedom, & cement inequality — then I call on all our proud young men & women in uniform, as a veteran & a patriot, to lay down your arms, uphold your oath, & join this new march for freedom,” Moulton tweeted. Moulton joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001, served four tours in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star. See the full Twitter thread here. NY state senator pepper sprayed, handcuffed at peaceful Monday protest, he says Update 6:06 a.m. EDT June 2: New York state Sen. Zellnor Myrie told CNN he had been protesting peacefully when police handcuffed and pepper sprayed him late Monday. “I am from Brooklyn. I happen to represent a huge swath of central Brooklyn, and when I heard there was a group of folks protesting police brutality I decided to make my way down,” Myrie told the network. Willing to offer his services as liaison between protesters and police, Myrie said he identified himself to authorities upon arriving, but none of that mattered once things escalated. “As I was obeying orders, they were telling us to back up, I was backing up. Trying to protect some of the protesters behind me. Being compliant. I started getting hit in my back by bicycles wielded by the police officers. I was pushed. I was shoved. Ultimately pepper-sprayed, and subsequently handcuffed. Simply because I was there to forcefully protest,” he told CNN, adding, “Had I not had the luxury of my title, I would have been in the system and processed, much like any of the other protesters.' Hit-and-run driver strikes NYPD sergeant Update 5:30 a.m. EDT June 2: A sergeant with the New York Police Department is in serious but stable condition Tuesday morning after being struck by a black sedan that sped away, CNN reported. NYPD Detective Adam Navarro told the network the sergeant was responding to a break-in at a Bronx pawn shop when the vehicular assault occurred. NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti told CNN the sergeant has suffered leg and head injuries. Indianapolis protesters, police hug, march together; BLM calls foul Update 5:03 a.m. EDT June 2: Hundreds of demonstrators squared off briefly with police in Indianapolis near the Indiana governor’s mansion after Monday night before finding common ground and marching forward together, The Washington Post reported. Although officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department did, at one point, fire a pepper-spray projectile toward the protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd for violating the city’s 8 p.m. curfew, the standoff deescalated when protesters began introducing themselves to the officers, the Post reported. Within a short period, the crowd and officers began walking toward downtown, with some law enforcement personnel hugging and linking arms with demonstrators. Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter Indianapolis took exception to the display, offering its own analysis of the exchange via Twitter. Boxing great Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeral Update 4:42 a.m. EDT June 2: Funeral arrangements for George Floyd in Houston will be handled by boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, ESPN reported. Family attorney Ben Crump confirmed to CNN that Floyd’s funeral is scheduled for June 9. Mayweather’s involvement was confirmed by Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Productions. “He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, (Mayweather) is definitely paying for the funeral,” Ellerbe told ESPN in an emailed response. Las Vegas officer shot, 2nd involved in separate shooting as unrest envelops city Update 4:29 a.m. EDT June 2: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed one officer has been shot in the area of the Strip and another has been involved in a shooting in the downtown area, The Associated Press reported. The department said both shootings occurred on Las Vegas Boulevard. The condition of neither officer has been reported. 4 St. Louis police officers shot Update 3:18 a.m. EDT June 2: St. Louis police confirmed four of their own were shot early Tuesday morning after peaceful protests ended and social unrest escalated. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, most of the peaceable protesters dispersed on their own, but police did fire tear gas into the remaining crowd just before 9 p.m. Within one hour, looting and pillaging began with at least one 7-Eleven set ablaze and raided, while heavy gunfire rang through downtown after midnight, the newspaper reported. St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, during an early-morning news conference, said two officers were shot in the leg, one was shot in the arm and one was shot in the foot. Minnesota officials: No evidence tanker driver plowed into protesters intentionally Update 2:26 a.m. EDT June 2: Bogdan Vechirko was arrested Monday and charged with assault for driving his tanker truck toward protesters in Minneapolis Sunday. By early Tuesday morning, however, Minnesota investigators walked back the initial belief that Vechirko purposefully incited a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. “We don’t have any information that makes this seem like this was an intentional act,” Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told CNN. “He saw the crowd, and from what it looked like, panicked.” According to jail records, Vechirko remains in police custody without bail. US military helicopter buzzes downtown DC protesters Published 2 a.m. EDT June 2: A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flew just above rooftops in a downtown Washington D.C. neighborhood Monday night, employing a military tactic typically reserved for combat zones, The Washington Post reported. The helicopter flew just above rooftop level, snapping branches off trees and shattering some storefront window, the Post reported, noting the low-flying maneuver is normally performed to scare off insurgents. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Employees at a Virginia Walmart weren’t going to miss their graduation because of coronavirus. Any employee who was also attending school was honored with a graduation ceremony at their store, WHSV reported. Nineteen high school students and one college student got to walk in a ceremony to mark their accomplishments. The idea came to fruition thanks to Angela Sowers, the store’s people lead, but she said she got the inspiration from the company’s corporate office, WHSV reported. The ceremony was held in front of the store and each graduate wore a graduation cap and face masks, Northern Virginia Daily reported. They were also given a “Walmart diploma” and gifts, the newspaper reported.
  • 12:30 p.m. UPDATE: Tropical depression 3 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal in southwestern Gulf of Mexico Monday afternoon.  Over the last 24 hours, the National Hurricane Center tracked its organization over the Bay of Campeche as it slowly drifted to the West.  By Sunday, the storm is expected to have 65 mile per hour winds, but it is not expected to move very far, very fast.  The forecast for Central Florida calls for increased rain chances toward the end of the work week.
  • The current Miss America will have a longer reign than normal. Camille Schrier will wear the crown for two years because the coronavirus has forced the cancellation of the 2020 Miss America Pageant. Schrier, who has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology, is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was crowned in December 2019. Pageant officials have decided to forgo a competition this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Miss America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the competition in 2021. Schrier spoke to People magazine about the postponement saying, “I realized now that I’m probably going to be a “Jeopardy” question. It’s definitely incredible. As someone who is a nontraditional competitor in the Miss America organization ... it’s kind of on-brand for me to do it this way.” Schrier’s platform is to promote drug safety and abuse prevention while promoting STEM education.

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  • Joining widespread condemnation from Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday for having police clear demonstrators from Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Monday, so the President could walk to a nearby church where he was photographed holding a Bible. 'The President held up the Bible at St. John's Church yesterday,' Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia. 'I just wish he opened it once in a while instead of brandishing it. If he opened it, he could have learned something.' 'In addition to the Bible, the President might want to open the Constitution once in a while,' Biden added. Biden began his speech by quoting the final words of George Floyd, the black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. 'I can't breathe,' Biden began, as he said the nation was 'crying out for leadership.' 'That's why I'm running,' the former Vice President added. The likely Democratic Party nominee for President denounced violence in America's cities as a response to the Floyd killing, urging a conversation about the plight of minorities in America. 'There's no place for violence, no place for looting or destroying property or burning churches or destroying businesses,' Biden said. Biden's speech marked his first major campaign appearance since mid-March, when the arrival of the Coronavirus suddenly shut down the 2020 campaign. It was the third straight day that the Floyd story had drawn Biden out of his home in Delaware - where he had been sidelined by the virus outbreak. On Sunday, Biden visited the site of a protest in his home town of Wilmington and spoke with members of the black community. On Monday, Biden visited a local church, and met with black clergy from the area. 'These are difficult days for the country,' Biden said in a Monday live stream with mayors from Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, as Biden denounced the street violence around the nation. 'Violence that endangers lives, guts local businesses is no way forward,' Biden said, as he joined calls by Democrats for a more direct conversation on what led to the death of Floyd, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. 'What are the reforms, if any, within police departments that we should be focusing on,' Biden suggested to the mayors.