Today’s In Crisis headlines


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

Former officers charged in George Floyd’s death due in court today
The four former police officers charged in George Floyd’s death are due in court today in Minneapolis at 10:00 ET for a long-ago scheduled hearing. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck on May 25, is charged with Floyd’s murder, while the three other former officers who responded that day — James Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are charged with aiding and abetting. The judge is expected to discuss numerous motions that have been filed over the last several weeks, including whether the four officers will be tried together or separately; the prosecution seeks the former, while defense attorneys are advocating for the latter. The defense is also pushing for a change of venue. Cameras will not be allowed in court for the proceedings, after which the Floyd family and their attorneys are expected to make public comments.

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: 28,202,363
Global deaths: 910,140.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 191,802.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 19,022,319

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 6,397,547 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 191,802.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,016.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,403,511
U.S. total people tested: 85,181,078

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 751,547 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 990,795 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 874,754 reported cases.

CDC forecasting up to 217K US COVID-19 deaths by October 3; global cases top 28 million
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised its COVID-19 deaths forecast to estimate between 205,000 and 217,000 fatalities by October 3. The previous CDC forecast was for up to 211,000 U.S. deaths by the week ending September 26. As of Friday morning, the number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. stood at 191,802, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and is on track to exceed 200,000 sometime in the coming week. Meanwhile, the number of reported COVID-19 infections globally has exceeded 28 million, with 28,202,363 reported as of Friday morning. The number of global deaths is currently 910,140. At the current rate, that number is on track to exceed one million before the month ends.

Today marks six months since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic
Today, September 11, marks six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, on March 11.  WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the time, “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.” Worldwide lockdowns began shortly after the announcement. The first known cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019 as a cluster of 44 pneumonia cases of an unknown cause. As of Friday morning, there are 28,202,363 reported cases of COVID-19 globally with 910,140 reported deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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