NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson tests positive for Covid-19, will miss Sunday's race
- Johnson tested positive Friday afternoon after learning that his wife, Chandra, had tested positive, according to a news release.
- In Johnson's absence, Justin Allgaier will drive the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday at the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- The news comes weeks after NASCAR restarted its season on May 17.
- Other American sports have slowly followed, despite rapidly rising coronavirus cases in the US.
- Earlier this week, six players on the MLS team FC Dallas tested positive for Covid-19.
What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 3
- A CNN analysis of policies across 18 nations has shown that most of the countries that have now been designated by the European Union as having the epidemic under control only started easing their regulations after seeing sustained drops in daily new cases of Covid-19.
- The new mutation makes the virus more likely to infect people but does not seem to make them any sicker than earlier variations of the virus, an international team of researchers reported yesterday.
- But a team at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan said yesterday its study of 2,541 hospitalized patients found that those given hydroxychloroquine were much less likely to die.
- The city-state is facing a new public health crisis with more than 14,000 dengue cases reported since the start of the year.
MLB cancels its 2020 All-Star Game
- Major League Baseball made the announcement Friday, writing that -- with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- the annual game between the American League and the National League wouldn't be possible this year.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers were supposed to host the game this year, but will now host in 2022 instead.
- This is not the first time the All-Star game, also known as the Midsummer Classic, has been canceled.
- In 1945, the game was canceled amidst strict travel restrictions during the war.
- The MLB season is scheduled to resume later this month -- on either the 23rd or the 24th -- and players reported to training camp this week.
- Typically, the season would have started in late March or early April, but the coronavirus made that impossible.
- There will be some changes to the season, though, most notably the lack of roaring fans and the ban on spitting.
Fact check: Biden lambasts the President on coronavirus response
- Washington (CNN) - Hours after the June jobs report -- which announced an increase of 4.8 million jobs -- was released Thursday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech lambasting President Donald Trump over his response to the coronavirus.
- As some states reverse course on their reopening efforts amid record high increases in coronavirus cases, Biden claimed hospitals and health care workers are not fully equipped to handle these spikes.
- Facts First: While it's unclear what funds Biden is specifically referencing, there have been red flags when it comes to oversight on funds from the CARES Act. Then, after acting inspector general for the Pentagon, Glenn Fine, was selected to chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee -- a group of inspectors general who oversee the stimulus spending -- Trump replaced Fine.
Coronavirus infections rising in 36 states as July Fourth weekend starts
- California, Arizona, Texas and Florida all posted record new cases this week -- Florida reported nearly 9,500 additional coronavirus cases on Friday.
- Florida is averaging more new cases per day -- 7,870 -- than any other state, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory that requires people arriving from eight states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for two weeks.
- Coronavirus cases in South Dakota currently remain stable, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with 6,893 confirmed cases and 97 deaths as of Thursday.
- The new mutation makes the virus more likely to infect people but does not seem to make patients any sicker than previous variations, according to an international team of researchers.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects nearly 148,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by July 25.
‘We are living in a different world’: Scenes from a drive across America
- While I’ve taken plenty of road trips, I’d never moved myself 2,500 miles across the country in the middle of national protests and a global pandemic.
- But I’d made my own one-woman parade out of a moving truck and the small flags tucked in the front seat to keep me company on the way to a new home, a new community.
- The wind buffeted me as I stopped for gas about an hour outside Amarillo, Texas, on a stretch of old Route 66 parallel to the modern interstate.
- I imagined people—imagined, because I didn’t see any people—nursed on a mid-century belief we’d one day make a home in the stars; people who’d grown under a sky so huge and close they might have been wicked up into it if they’d only stretched a little taller.
Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine—but the ecosystem may suffer.
- In 2016, a synthetic alternative to crab lysate, recombinant factor C (rFC), was approved as an alternative in Europe, and a handful of U.S. drug companies also began using it.
- But on June 1, 2020, the American Pharmacopeia, which sets the scientific standards for drugs and other products in the U.S., declined to place rFC on equal footing with crab lysate, claiming that its safety is still unproven.
- But she and other conservationists fear that without rFC or other alternatives available, the ongoing burden on horseshoe crab blood for COVID-19 vaccines and related therapeutics may imperil the crabs and the marine ecosystems that depend on them.
- According to the statement from Lonza, Charles River Laboratories and another lysate maker, Associates of Cape Cod, Inc., raise horseshoe crabs in hatcheries and release them into the ocean.
- Lonza’s statement says the company would also prefer to use lysate alternatives and has trademarked its own rFC, called PyroGene.
Australians on UK travel exempt list
- Experts say that's because clinicians have become more skilled and are deploying new tactics as they learn more about the course of COVID-19; some are using ventilators more selectively; many hospitals are less overwhelmed than when the virus first inundated Wuhan, parts of Italy and New York City; and early data on ventilation and death did not present a true picture.
- Almost 30 per cent of genome sequencing data from samples of the COVID-19 virus collected by the World Health Organisation (WHO) have shown signs of mutation, but there is no evidence this has led to more severe disease, a top WHO official said on Friday.
- Brazil was set to pass 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, as the virus continues to ravage Latin America's largest country even as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.
Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme that implies masks don't work - Insider
- Donald Trump Jr. took to Facebook earlier this week to share a misleading meme about face masks, despite recommendations from experts and lawmakers aiming to curb the novel coronavirus.
- Trump Jr. captioned his post "Solid point," implying that masks are ineffective at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
- Trump Jr.'s post came as the tide was shifting among some on attitudes towards masks, with Republican lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraging constituents to wear protective gear.
- The president also voiced his support for masks this week, saying he was "all for them" despite refusing to wear one in public himself.
- On the same day he shared the meme to Facebook, Trump Jr. spoke positively of masks on Fox Business, saying that he agrees with a policy mandating that masks should be worn during the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.
Chicago mandating 14-day quarantine for travelers from 15 states - Insider
- Travelers entering Chicago from states with COVID-19 outbreaks will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival, the city's mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday.
- Coronavirus numbers are rising in 40 of 50 states, and the US set records on both Wednesday and Thursday for the number of daily new cases.
- According to the city of Chicago website, states with more than 15 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day period will be designated as part of the mandate.
- Travelers who violate the order could be fined up to $7,000, with a daily fine of between $100 to $500.
- The mandate only applies to the city of Chicago, so those traveling to other areas of Illinois will not have to quarantine.
- For instance, travelers who have layovers or just stop for gas in a state on the list wouldn't have to quarantine.