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

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: 18,316,072
Global deaths: 694,715.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 155,478.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 10,935,280

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 4,718,249 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 155,478.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 32,719.
U.S. total patients recovered: 1,513,446
U.S. total people tested: 57,543,852

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 520,857 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That is second only to Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 560,218 cases, as the most reported cases of any single region in the world.

COVID-19 headlines
President Trump declares COVID-19 “is receding,” despite increasing fatalities
President Trump insists “the virus is receding,” one day after his White House coronavirus task force doctor, Deborah Birx, warned that COVID-19 is “extraordinarily widespread” as the U.S. enters “a new phase” of the pandemic. “We are beginning to see evidence of significant progress,” Trump said Monday evening in a press conference, even as coronavirus cases increase in roughly 15 states and deaths have increased in 35, with overall deaths in the U.S. now numbering more than 1,000 per day.  Overall, the national average test-positivity rate remains stubbornly high at 7.9% for the last week, although that’s down from 8.6% for the prior seven-day period.  As of Monday morning, there were 4.7 million reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 155,478 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  Updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasts between 168,000 and 182,000 total reported U.S. COVID-19 deaths by August 22.  Even so, COVID-19 positivity rates in California and Florida in are at least beginning to trend down, while hard-hit Dallas and Houston, Texas are reporting lower COVID-19 “new case” counts, lower hospitalizations and lower positivity rates.  

FDA commissioner warns of COVID-19, “We have to take this seriously”
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the COVID-19 outbreak is still not under control, and urged Americans to “take this seriously.”  Commissioner Stephen Hahn told ABC’s Good Morning America, “This virus is still with us, and it is around the country and we’re seeing these cases come not just in the United States but around the world.  That’s really the message we want the American people to know, that we have to take this seriously.”  Hahn called on Americans to continue practicing the “common-sense public health measures” to prevent the further spread of the virus, including frequent hand washing and social distancing.  “These measures appear to be working in the areas that are hotspots,” he said.  When asked whether political considerations will play a role in the FDA determining whether a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, Hahn said they “will make that decision based upon the science and the data from the clinical trials that are going,” adding, “The science and data are really going to guide this decision and nothing else.”

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