Today’s In Crisis headlines

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(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

White Georgia sheriff’s deputy seen beating Black man in viral video fired
A white Georgia sheriff’s deputy seen in a viral video repeatedly punching a Black man who was pinned to the ground has been fired for excessive use of force. The man in the video, 26-year-old Roderick Walker, remained locked up at the Clayton County Jail on Sunday, two days after he was held on the ground by two Clayton County sheriff’s deputies and was pummeled by one of them as his five-year-old son watched. Walker’s family demanded he be released from jail immediately. An attorney for Walker said the incident quickly escalated after a ride-share vehicle Walker was a passenger in was pulled over for a routine traffic violation. A criminal investigation of the incident will be turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 29,030,058
Global deaths: 924,831.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 194,084.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 19,649,654

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 6,520,606 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 194,084.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,023.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,451,406
U.S. total people tested: 88,819,861

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 762,135 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,060,308 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 892,257 reported cases.

COVID-19 cases hit 29 million worldwide
According to Johns Hopkins University, global COVID-19 cases have hit 29 million as of Monday. More than 924,000 have died globally. The U.S. is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.5 million diagnosed and at least 194,000 deaths. 

Meanwhile, India is reporting the highest daily increases worldwide. The health ministry reported 92,071 new cases on Monday bringing the total to 4,754,356, as well as 1,136 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 79,722. India’s highest one-day increase was reported Sunday with 95,249 newly diagnosed cases.

Flu shots may be best bet to beat COVID-19 this fall
This year’s flu shot may be the most important one you ever get. As scientists worldwide work towards a COVID-19 vaccine, doctors are saying the flu shot could be our best chance to avoid a public health crisis this fall.

If we improved flu shot rates by just 5%, the CDC estimates we would avoid nearly 483,000 flu infections. According to Dr. Atul Nakashi, a policy adviser for the LA County Department of Health Services, that extra 5% is the most measurable impact we can have on COVID right now because it’ll keep U.S. health care systems from overloading.

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