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

President Trump still planning to visit Kenosha today
With emotions still raw over the police shooting of Jacob Blake a week ago Sunday, President Trump says he will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin today, despite a request from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to stay away.  “I have to see the people that did such a good job for me and we’re meeting with numerous people and we have tremendous support in the state of Wisconsin so I promised them when it all gets taken care of, we’ll go,” the President declared of his planned visit. The White House says the president has no plans to meet with Blake’s family while there. Meanwhile, the president seemed to suggest that Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of shooting and killing two people and injuring a third during Kenosha protests last week, was acting in self-defense. “He was in very big trouble” and “probably would have been killed,” the president responded when asked during a White House press briefing whether he’d condemn Rittenhouse’s actions. Rittenhouse has been charged with six criminal counts, including first-degree intentional homicide. The Kenosha County sheriff says 205 people have been arrested since protests began last week over Blake’s shooting, with more than half coming from outside of Kenosha. The mayor announced the city curfew would be extended through at least Labor Day.

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: 25,508,364
Global deaths: 851,099.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 183,602.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 16,847,923

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 6,031,286 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 183,602.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 32,957.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,184,825
U.S. total people tested: 78,292,321

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 712,597 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 792,541 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 804,342 reported cases.

COVID-19 headlines
Concerns over ‘twindemic’ make seasonal flu shot important, experts say
The U.S. is still in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the time for a much-discussed autumn ‘second wave’ just arrived. But experts also worry that the annual flu season could further complicate matters, resulting in a so-called ‘twindemic’ that could overwhelm health care resources. For that reason, health experts stress getting a flu vaccine this season is more important than ever. “Vaccines are one of the most powerful tools we have in science and modern medicine,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in an exclusive interview with ABC News. “The flu is a serious infection that can cause severe illness, and vaccination can really impact that in a positive way.” The CDC has acquired an additional two million pediatric flu shots for children who aren’t insured, and nine million more adult flu shots for those who are deemed at risk, according to Redfield. In addition, pharmacists are now able to administer flu shots to people in the pharmacy. The CDC estimates more than 35.5 million people contracted flu in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 season, resulting in 490,600 hospitalizations and 34,200 deaths.

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