Today's In Crisis headlines


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DA wants bond revoked for accused Rayshard Brooks killer after alleged violation for vacation
The Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney’s Office has asked a judge to revoke the $500,000 bond for former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, accused of shooting and killing Rayshard Brooks June 12 in a Wendy’s parking lot.  WXIA-TV Atlanta reports the request comes after Rolfe reportedly traveled to Florida for vacation Monday, in alleged violation of the terms of his June 30 bond, which includes a curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and “expressly states that the Defendant is only allowed to leave home for medical, legal, or work related obligations,” according to the motion to revoke bond.  The DA’s office further says they received an email from Rolfe’s attorneys Monday afternoon informing them of Rolfe’s out-of-state travel, but that Rolfe had already left the state as of 7:00 a.m. that same morning.  Rolfe is charged with murder, aggravated assault and other alleged crimes for shooting and killing Brooks during the June 12 encounter.
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: 18,566,769
Global deaths: 701,278.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 156,839.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 11,160,547

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 4,771,846 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 156,839.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 32,725.
U.S. total patients recovered: 1,528,979
U.S. total people tested: 58,239,438

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 526,968 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That is second only to Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 575,589 cases, as the most reported cases of any single region in the world.

COVID-19 headlines
Global death toll tops 700,000; new US cases now over 60,000 a day
More than 700,000 people have now died worldwide from COVID-19.  Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows that as of Wednesday morning, at least 701,278 people were reported dead from the virus, with some 18,566,769 total reported infections.  In the U.S., reported infections have topped 4.7 million, with new cases running at more than 60,000 a day.  While that’s down from the record of more than 77,000 daily cases in a 24-hour period, set July 16, cases are on the rise in 26 states, many in the South and West, and deaths are climbing in 35 states.  However, an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night suggests that the national surge in cases could be leveling off.  As of Wednesday, only seven states and territories are on an upward trajectory of new cases, while 10 states are at a plateau and reported new cases are decreasing in 39 states, according to the memo.  As of Wednesday morning, the number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. stood at 156,839.

Democratic and Republican governors join forces to fill testing void
A bipartisan group of governors of Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia have all signed on to an agreement with the New York-based, privately funded Rockefeller Foundation to attempt to expand the use of rapid antigen tests to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, secured the deal with foundation in what a press release calls “the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic.”  The governors are now in talks with the U.S. manufacturers of the FDA-authorized, fast-acting tests, which deliver results in 15-20 minutes, to purchase 500,000 per state, for a total of three million tests.  “With severe shortages and delays in testing and the federal administration attempting to cut funding for testing, the states are banding together to acquire millions of faster tests to help save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19,” Hogan said in a statement Tuesday night.  The latest data from The COVID Tracking Project shows an average 750,000 tests a day have been administered in the U.S. in the last seven days.

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