By MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News
(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 890,000 people worldwide.
Over 27.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.
Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.
The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 189,114 deaths.
California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 740,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 658,000 cases and over 648,000 cases respectively.
Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, six of which are in crucial phase three trials.
Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.
Sep 07, 4:46 pm
GOP county chair calls on Trump to wear mask at NC rally: ‘There is no excuse’
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s airport rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Tuesday, county GOP chair Dave Plyler is calling on the president to wear a mask.
“There is no excuse,” Plyler told The Winston-Salem Journal. “He just needs to do it.”
“It’s been ordered by the governor,” Plyler said of state’s face-covering edict. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in North Carolina, do as the governor says.”
“He [Trump] is a citizen of the United States, but he is also a guest in our county,” Plyler said. “Without a mask, he could get sick, and he could blame the governor.”
Under North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s restrictions, people are required to wear face coverings in most public venues.
Trump did not wear a mask during his trip to the state two weeks ago when he delivered remarks at the start of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, nor did many of the attendees, despite the RNC claiming it would be mandatory.
Sep 07, 3:02 pm
Florida reports 26th straight day below 10% positivity of new cases
Hard-hit Florida says state data shows a “steady decline” in coronavirus fatalities. The fourth week of July compared to the fourth week of August shows a 75% decline in the average number of reported deaths, the Florida Department of Health said Monday.
Monday marked the 26th straight day below 10% positivity of new cases, the Department of Health said.
Florida has over 648,000 cases of the coronavirus — the third highest in the country, behind California and Texas. Over 11,000 people in Florida have died.
ABC News’ Ben Stein contributed to this report.
Sep 07, 1:22 pm
West Virginia University suspends 29 students, cancels in-person classes for 3 weeks
West Virginia University has canceled in-person classes from Sept. 8 through Sept. 25 due to climbing COVID-19 cases and “increasing evidence that crowded indoor gatherings, such as those that occurred over the weekend, can serve as super-spreader events,” the university said.
The university said there are “several reports of parties held this holiday weekend where groups should have been in quarantine.”
WVU said it put 29 students on interim suspension on Sunday “amid ongoing COVID-19 investigations.”
“The University continues to work aggressively to identify others attending these large off-campus gatherings and will respond swiftly to bring charges against those found violating the Student Code of Conduct,” the school said. “WVU is also working with local officials to see what other measures can be implemented for those not following the rules.”
WVU intends to resume in-person classes on Sept. 28 “if conditions allow,” the school said.
ABC News’ Dee Carden contributed to this report.
Sep 07, 12:47 pm
French Open to allow for spectators at reduced capacity
When the French Open begins on Sept. 21, the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, which can accommodate 20,000 people, will only allow up to 11,500 spectators.
“The French Tennis Federation, with advice from a committee of expert scientists, is acting responsibly and in close collaboration with the French government authorities to draw up a strict protocol that will ensure the health and safety of everyone,” said a statement from Roland-Garros 2020.
Last week the World Health Organization warned against holding “amplifying events” and advised that sporting events take place without spectators. The U.S. Open in Flushing, New York, is currently being played without spectators.
ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.
Sep 07, 9:55 am
New York reaches 1 month with infection rate below 1%
New York state — once the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic — has now seen 31 days with an infection rate under 1%, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
On Sunday, .88% of the tests reported to New York state were positive, Cuomo said.
“As we close out this Labor Day Weekend, I urge everyone to remain smart so we can continue to celebrate our progress in the weeks and months ahead,” Cuomo said in a statement.
New York state has over 440,000 coronavirus cases. New York ranks No. 4 for the highest number of cases in the U.S., behind California, Texas and Florida.
Sep 07, 7:55 am
UK health secretary says rise in cases among ‘more affluent, younger people’
The recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the United Kingdom is primarily among “more affluent, younger people” who are not following social distancing rules, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said Monday.
“The rise in the number of cases we’ve seen is concerning because we’ve seen a rise in cases in France, in Spain and in other countries across Europe,” Hancock said during an interview on LBC, a London-based national phone-in and talk radio station. “Nobody wants to see a second wave here.”
“We are seeing problems of social distancing in some cases,” Hancock told LBC. “The rise in the number of cases we’ve seen over the last few days is largely amongst younger people … under-25s, especially between 17 and 21 (years old).”
“The problem is that spreading the disease amongst young people then leads to older people getting it,” he added.
Sep 07, 6:18 am
Northeastern dismisses 11 students for violating coronavirus restrictions
Northeastern University said it has “dismissed” 11 students after they were found defying the school’s coronavirus-related restrictions.
The students, who were enrolled in the N.U.in Program, a study-abroad experience for first-year students, were found together in a room at the Westin Hotel in Boston on Wednesday night, in violation of university and public health protocols that prohibit crowd gatherings. More than 800 students are staying in two-person rooms at the hotel, less than one mile from the school’s main campus in Boston, as part of the program which was modified due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from Northeastern University.
The school said it has informed the 11 students “that they are no longer part of the Northeastern community for the fall semester.” The school noted that the students “have the right to contest their dismissal at an expedited hearing.”
The students and their parents were informed Friday that they must vacate the hotel within 24 hours and that they are required to undergo COVID-19 testing on campus before departing.
“Northeastern and its community of students, faculty, and staff take violations of health and safety protocols very seriously,” Madeleine Estabrook, senior vice chancellor for student affairs at Northeastern University, said in a statement Friday. “Cooperation and compliance with public health guidelines is absolutely essential. Those people who do not follow the guidelines — including wearing masks, avoiding parties and other gatherings, practicing healthy distancing, washing your hands, and getting tested — are putting everyone else at risk.”
“Testing negative for COVID-19 is not enough,” she added.
Sep 07, 5:27 am
US reports more than 31,000 new cases
There were 31,395 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
Sunday’s tally is well below the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.
An additional 403 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Sunday, the country’s lowest daily death toll since Aug. 2 and down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.
A total of 6,277,005 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 188,941 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.
By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.
An internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News last week shows the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has ticked upward while new deaths has decreased in week-over-week comparisons.
Sep 07, 4:35 am
NYU suspends 20-plus students for violating coronavirus restrictions
New York University said it has already suspended more than 20 students for violating its coronavirus-related health and safety rules.
“Please don’t be next,” the school warned in a post on Twitter over the weekend. “Avoid parties and bars. Wear a mask. Keep your distance.”
The private research university in New York City welcomed students back for the fall semester just last week, with both in-person and remote classes. The school has urged students to stay away from gatherings where people aren’t wearing face masks or practicing social distancing, even at off-campus private residences.
In a message sent to students on Sunday, New York University’s senior vice president for student affairs, Marc Wais, said they “have received reports and videos of large crowds of young people gathering in Washington Square Park” in Lower Manhattan the previous night, “with some people not wearing masks or distancing.”
“The expectations we have set for NYU students apply both on-campus and off-campus,” Wais said. “We are investigating the circumstances from last night and any students who have violated our expectations will be subject to disciplinary action.”
Wais has previously said that a student will likely be suspended for one academic semester if they are found to have participated in a gathering that impacts the community’s health and safety, including by violating public health guidelines. If a student is found to be the instigator of a party that impacts the community’s health and safety, they will likely be suspended for the full academic year. Other disciplinary actions may include restriction from campus, immediate removal from the residence halls and cancellation of the housing license, according to Wais.
Sep 07, 3:22 am
India overtakes Brazil as second worst-hit country
India became the second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, as its cumulative total of COVID-19 cases surpassed that of Brazil.
India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare confirmed 90,802 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the national tally to over 4.2 million. The country has been recording the highest daily caseload in the world for nearly a month.
India’s tally is now only behind the United States, which has more than 6.2 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19. Brazil has the third highest total with more than 4.1 million cases, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The Indian health ministry also reported 1,016 coronavirus-related fatalities in the past day, bringing the nation’s death toll to 71,642. The COVID-19 death toll in the United States is more than double that in India.
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