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

Jacob Blake recovering as Kenosha weathers second night of protests, curfew
Kenosha, Wisconsin faced a second night of protests Monday following Sunday’s shooting of 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake by city police officers.  Peaceful protests Monday afternoon degenerated in some areas to looting, with local businesses and a storefront church set on fire, as well as a probation and parole office.  National Guard members helped separate protestors from firefighters.  Protests continued despite an 8:00 p.m. curfew.  Meanwhile, attorney Ben Crump told ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday that Blake remains hospitalized in stable condition and is recovering from his wounds, though Blake’s father tells ABC News that his son currently can’t feel his legs and that he “prays it’s not permanent.”  A bystander captured Blake’s shooting Sunday on cellphone video, with a police officer shooting an apparently unarmed Blake in the back.  Police said they were responding to a call about a domestic dispute when they encountered Blake, and didn’t say whether Blake was armed or why police opened fire.  Crump told GMA that Blake was at his son’s birthday party at the time of the shooting and that he was shot multiple times, though the exact number is unknown.  Crump also said there was no indication Blake was armed at the time.  The officers involved in the shooting remain on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, with the Wisconsin attorney general promising a “complete and transparent probe.”

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: 23,677,221
Global deaths: 813,802.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 177,284.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 15,358,658

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 5,741,189 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 177,284.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 32,887.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,020,774
U.S. total people tested: 72,889,910

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 676,478 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 693,398 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 756,480 reported cases.

COVID-19 headlines
FEMA memo says new US COVID-19 cases, deaths have decreased substantially
Some good news in the fight against COVID-19 in the U.S. The number of new cases and deaths have both decreased substantially in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Monday night.  Just five states and U.S. territories are currently trending up in new cases, while five states have plateaued and 46 states are trending downward, the memo said. There were 300,366 new cases confirmed during the period of Aug. 17-23, a 16.2% decrease from the previous seven-day period. There were also 6,873 new deaths recorded Aug. 17-23, an 8.5% decrease from the previous week, according to the memo.  At the same time, the national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests ticked downward slightly from 6.4% to 5.5%, the memo said.

US reports fewer than 500 new COVID-19 deaths for second straight day
There were 38,045 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  That tally is well below the U.S. record set on July 16, when 77,255 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.  An additional 450 COVID-19 deaths were also recorded Monday, well below the record 2,666 single-day fatalities reported on April 17.  Monday marks the second consecutive day that the U.S. has reported fewer than 40,000 new cases and 500 new deaths.  As of Tuesday morning, a total 5,741,189 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 177,284 confirmed deaths.  The latest forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is for between 187,000 and 205,000 U.S. deaths by the week ending September 12.

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