South Carolina restaurants and bars will have to close alcohol sales by 11 p.m., beginning Saturday, under an order issued Friday by Gov. Henry McMaster.
The big picture: The U.S. had another record single-day spike of 63,200 new coronavirus cases from Thursday. COVID-19 cases in South Carolina have increased, with 21,560 cases recorded in the last two weeks.
- "Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down. It's not for me to say because each state is different," Anthony Fauci told a WSJ podcast on Wednesday.
By the numbers: The U.S. has more than 3.1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with more than 133,000 deaths, per Johns Hopkins data. Over 38 million tests have been administered and 969,000 people have recovered.
What else is happening: Some 250,000 to 370,000 deaths may have been averted between March and May 15 as a result of the statewide stay-at-home orders enacted to mitigate the virus' spread, a study published Thursday in Health Affairs projects.
- Airlines are trying to reassure customers the risk of infection while on a flight is low because of their improved cleaning efforts and sophisticated cabin ventilation systems.
- 1,018 federal TSA employees have tested positive as travelers begin using planes again.
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 to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, but the 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.
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.