Published 3:00 PM EDT Jun 13, 2020
President Donald Trump was expected to address West Point’s graduating class on Saturday during a socially distanced ceremony.
Gray-uniformed cadets will sit in chairs spaced six feet apart. Diplomas will be handed out in advance, and cadets will salute the official party instead of crossing the stage when their name is called.
As confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in at least a dozen U.S. states, the virus is wreaking havoc across the globe. Brazil on Saturday surpassed Britain’s deaths in the No. 2 spot behind the U.S. India reported a record daily new cases. And in China, parts of Beijing have been locked down.
By the numbers: The coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon. Confirmed cases in the United States are more than 2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. America’s death toll is more than 114,000. Globally, there are more than 7.7 million confirmed cases and more than 426,000 people have died.
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What’s in the news
- The CDC released new guidelines for safely holding and attending events and gatherings, as well as precautions to take when going out to the bank, gym, nail salons, libraries, restaurants or cook-outs. Here’s the gist: The closer you are to other people, the longer you interact with them and the more people involved in the interaction, the higher the chance of COVID-19 spread.
- More than two out of five Americans say they are still worried about the coronavirus, even as states continue to relax pandemic restrictions and some are reporting a rise in the number of daily cases.
- A cemetery crisis in Brazil: The city of São Paulo has said it will exhume bodies buried years ago and store their bagged remains in large metal containers in a bid to free up space during the crisis. – The Guardian
- San Francisco doctors who risked their lives and volunteered to help coronavirus patients in New York have now returned home – and they are urging people to follow public safety guidelines. – CNBC
- Public health workers spread across states, cities and small towns make up an invisible army on the front lines of the pandemic. But that army, which has suffered neglect for decades, is under assault when it’s needed most. – USA TODAY
What we’re reading
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