A view of the USNS Comfort docked at Pier 90 in Manhattan. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on MSNBC Tuesday that New York City no longer needs the Navy ship USNS Comfort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: The state, which has the most cases and deaths in the U.S., has seen a downward trend of daily hospitalizations, intubations and now deaths, a sign its social distancing measures are working. The ship provided nearly 1,000 extra beds to relieve the strain on the health care system.

  • President Trump said Tuesday the ship will return to port in Virginia to prepare for its next mission.

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Updated Aug 9, 2020 - Health

U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Does not include probable deaths from New York City; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the U.S. surpassed 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.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 20 million worldwide on Monday evening, Johns Hopkins data shows.

The big picture: World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference as the world approached the milestone that 750,000 deaths were set to be recorded this week. "Every life lost matters," he said. "But I want to be clear: there are green shoots of hope and... it's never too late to turn the outbreak around."

Jul 29, 2020 - Health

Florida reports record 216 COVID-19 deaths

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Florida on Wednesday reported 216 coronavirus-related deaths over a 24-hour stretch — a new record for the state.

Why it matters: Florida also reported a record number of fatalities on Tuesday, per Reuters. The state's death toll is over 6,300, with more than 451,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida has the second-most coronavirus cases in the U.S.