The number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the U.S. was nearing 5 million on Sunday morning, per Johns Hopkins data.
The big picture: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden noted in an emailed statement that 5 million "is more than the entire population of Alabama — or of more than half the states in our union, for that matter," as he blamed President Trump for his handling of the pandemic.
"No other country in the world has been hit as hard as we have. No other high-income economy is still struggling to get this under control."— Biden statement
- Trump on Saturday signed four executive actions to provide relief from economic damage sustained during the coronavirus pandemic after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon. His actions were criticized by Democratic leaders, who urged Republicans back to negotiations.
By the numbers: The U.S. has reported more cases (more than 4.99 million) and deaths (over 162,400) from the novel coronavirus than any other country. Brazil is second, with more than 3 million infections and more than 100,400 deaths from the virus.
- The CDC projects the U.S. death toll could top 180,000 by Aug. 22, according to a memo obtained by Yahoo News.
- More than 61 million tests have been conducted and over 1.6 million Americans have recovered from the virus.
What's happening: K-12 students throughout the southern region of the U.S. are returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in crowded halls, quarantines and chaos.
- Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Howard are set to hold fall classes online.
- NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Friday the chances are "not great" that the COVID-19 vaccine will be 98% effective.
- One in three Americans would decline a coronavirus-19 vaccine, a Gallup poll released Friday shows.
- A growing body of research has made it clear that airborne transmission of the coronavirus is possible.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that all school districts across the state can choose to reopen for in-person learning because it has so far maintained low enough coronavirus transmission rates.
- White House officials are recommending President Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced that the state's second phase of reopening is "postponed indefinitely" in response to a modest increase in coronavirus cases.
- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams stressed the importance of Americans getting flu vaccines for the next influenza season.
- Princeton University announced that all courses in its undergraduate program will be fully remote in the fall semester.
Trends to watch:
- Vaccine: Nations around the world and the global economy are desperately waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, and experts say there is a chance one will become available in record time.
- New risk factors: The CDC included more demographic groups at risk for the coronavirus such as younger people who are obese and who have underlying health problems.
- When to wear a mask: Scientific evidence shows face masks can help control the spread of the coronavirus, but nuances and changes in messaging about their use are complicating public health efforts.
- Elections: States need to determine how to hold safe elections by this fall. And state governments are facing budget shortfalls that threaten layoffs for public sector employees.
- School: Millions of kids are about to head back to school, but students, teachers, administrators and parents still don't have a clear picture of how it's going to work.
Editor's note: The graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14. This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest.