Coronavirus relief talks are re-starting Monday as Democrats meet with the Trump administration to hash out a deal. On Sunday, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx warned that the U.S. is in a "new phase" of its battle against the coronavirus, which is "extraordinarily widespread" in both urban and rural communities. On Monday, President Donald Trump targeted Birx in a tweet, saying she "hit us" following reported criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Here are some of the biggest developments today:
- Outbreaks in Florida, Texas, California and Arizona begin to decline
- Coronavirus talks continue as unemployment benefits divide GOP and Democrats
- With two more filings, retail bankruptcies approach highest number in a decade
- Severe Covid-19 can lead to kidney injury or failure, medical studies reveal
- Eli Lilly starts late-stage study of antibody drug in nursing homes
The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
- Global cases: More than 18.1 million
- Global deaths: At least 691,738
- Top five countries: United States (over 4.7 million), Brazil (more than 2.7 million), India (over 1.8 million), Russia (at least 854,641), South Africa (at least 516,862)
Victoria state in Australia will deploy military, tough fines to enforce isolation orders
Australia's Victoria state said it will deploy around 500 military personnel this week to help ensure that people who have contracted the coronavirus comply with their isolation orders, reported Reuters. Those caught breaching the rules can be fined nearly 5,000 Australian dollars ($3,564), the report said.
Reuters said the tougher measures were announced after officials found that nearly one-third of the people infected with Covid-19 were not at home isolating.
Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state and home to Melbourne, has been the epicenter of a recent flare up of coronavirus cases in the country. That led authorities to tighten restrictions on people's movements and close a large part of the local economy.
The state on Tuesday reported 439 new infections, according to Reuters. Australia has reported more than 18,700 cases and 232 deaths so far, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows. — Yen Nee Lee
Trump says U.S. may have vaccine ahead of schedule
President Donald Trump said the U.S. may have a coronavirus vaccine available to the public ahead of the administration's goal of the end of the year or early 2021.
"We're balancing speed and safety and we're on pace to have a vaccine available this year, maybe far in advance of the end of the year," Trump said during a White House press briefing. "And we're mass-producing the most promising candidates in advance so that we're ready upon approval. We have our military lined up. It's logistics, it's all about logistics."
Though scientists expect to have an effective vaccine widely available by next year, there is never a guarantee. While drugmakers are racing to make millions of doses of vaccines, there's a chance the vaccine will require two doses rather than one, potentially further limiting the number of people who can get vaccinated once it becomes available, experts say.
Additionally, scientists say that questions remain about how the human body responds once it's been infected with the virus. The answers, they say, may have important implications for vaccine development, including how quickly it can be deployed to the public. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
Trump says nationwide permanent lockdown is 'not a viable path forward'
President Donald Trump insisted during a press briefing that shutting down the United States in an attempt to curb the coronavirus would cause more harm than good. He said the U.S. only initially shut down to prevent the overflow of hospitals and to allow U.S. health officials and scientists to learn more about the new virus, including developing effective treatments to fight it. He said the U.S. is doing "really well" on developing coronavirus drugs and vaccines.
"It's important for all Americans to recognize that a permanent lockdown is not a viable path forward producing the result that you want or certainly not a viable path forward and would ultimately inflict more harm than it would prevent," Trump said during a White House briefing on the virus.
State lawmakers, rather than the federal government, have imposed harsh restrictions on residents and businesses throughout the nation's coronavirus response. Trump urged Americans to stay "vigilant" against the coronavirus as U.S. officials begin to see new "flare-ups," including in states like Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Missouri. — Noah Higgins-Dunn
Trump giving telehealth a greater role under Medicare for people in rural areas
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for Congress to make telehealth doctor visits an integral part of Medicare, the Associated Press reports.
The AP said this order will apply to the portion of the program's recipients that live in rural areas. Trump administration officials said this step could be the first in more laws creating telehealth options within Medicare for all recipients.
Officials told the AP that the executive order will also see hospitals in rural areas potentially receiving a more steady stream of Medicare payments for reaching higher performance on some measures of quality.
In the last week of April amid the pandemic, 1.7 million Medicare recipients relied on telehealth while only some thousands used telehealth before the coronavirus crisis, according to the news service. –Suzanne Blake
California governor reports 'early good signs' as cases trend downward
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a press briefing that the state is seeing "early good signs" as the state's positivity rate, or the percentage of tests that come back positive, and hospitalizations begin to trend downward. California reported 5,739 additional new cases on Sunday, helping push the state's seven-day average of daily Covid-19 cases down 21.2% from the previous period, Newsom said, citing state data.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has declined 10% over the last 14 days, he said. The state's positivity rate has also ticked down from 7.5% to 7% in two weeks, he said. The positivity rate indicates how broadly the virus is spreading throughout the community, and sees little impact from increased testing capacity, experts say.
"It's not where it needs to be, it's still too high, but again it's good to see this number trending down not trending up," Newsom said at a press briefing. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
With two more filings, retail bankruptcies approach highest number in a decade
Retail bankruptcies are racking up as the pandemic continues, and they're approaching the highest number in a decade.
Two companies joined the list this weekend: Le Tote, owner of Lord & Taylor, and Tailored Brands, parent company of Men's Wearhouse.
The additions bring the total retail bankruptcy filings so far this year to 43, according to tracking by S&P Global Intelligence.
There have already been more retail bankruptcies in 2020 than in the past eight years, according to S&P Global — and there are still five months left in the year. There were 48 filings by retailers in 2010, according to S&P Global, following tremendous tumult and financial strain across the industry during the Great Recession. In 2008, 441 retailers filed for bankruptcy, according to S&P Global. —Melissa Repko
Republicans may be wrong about $600 unemployment boost, studies suggest
Republicans want to eliminate or reduce a $600 supplement to weekly unemployment checks, calling it a disincentive to work since it pays some recipients more money than their prior jobs. However, those theoretical fears haven't played out in reality, according to recent studies.
Specifically, the extra $600 a week hasn't dissuaded people from taking jobs or stifled hiring by employers, the research suggests.
In fact, Americans receiving the aid are helping to prop up the U.S. economy and supporting millions of jobs, according to a number of economists. Ending the aid would cripple the economy as a result, they argue. —Greg Iacurci
Fauci says there 'certainly is a degree' the virus is spreading through air particles
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that he thinks there "certainly is a degree" the coronavirus can spread through particles in the air, although the role it plays in the virus' spread is still being studied. During an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association, Fauci said it has become "much clearer" that someone is likely at greater risk if they're in an indoor space where there's less air circulation and "any degree of aerosolization."
"I think that there certainly is a degree of aerosolization," Fauci, a White House coronavirus advisor, told JAMA. "But I'm going to take a step back and make sure that we learn the facts before we start talking about it."
Health experts have said that the coronavirus is generally transmitted person-to-person through large respiratory droplets, often when someone sneezes or coughs. In July, the WHO published new guidance that acknowledged it can't rule out the possibility the virus can be transmitted through air particles in closed spaces indoors, including in gyms and restaurants. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
Wall Street questions Detroit automakers’ resiliency during pandemic
Detroit automakers largely beat second-quarter earnings expectations, demonstrating resilience in the middle of a pandemic. Still, shares of industry leaders fell last week, suggesting investors aren't yet sold on the strength of GM, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler amid the coronavirus crisis, CNBC's Michael Wayland reports.
GM shares fell 3.2% last week, even as GM reconfirmed plans to invest $20 billion in autonomous and electric vehicles. Shares of Ford dropped 4.6%, while Fiat Chrysler's shares lost 5.3%.
Analysts say the sell-offs were driven in part by skepticism of a quick recovery for vehicle sales and the Detroit carmakers' inability to adapt to new electric and autonomous vehicle technology. –Suzanne Blake
White House makes random coronavirus testing mandatory for staff
Random coronavirus tests at the White House will now be mandatory for staff in the Executive Office of the President, a White House official told CNBC.
The heightened level of enforcement with the random testing policy comes "as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex," the official said.
The random testing policy had already been in place on a voluntary basis for "several months," the official said.