Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
As of Thursday night, there are now 869,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 3.1 percent increase from yesterday) and 49,887 deaths (a 6.6 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.7 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 4,660,250 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 18.7 percent have come back positive. There are 123,621 Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 complications (a 1.5 percent increase from yesterday), and 80,203 have recovered from the virus (a 4.7 percent increase from yesterday).
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 45.4 percent of American adults are at an increased risk of developing coronavirus-related complications due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, hypertension, or cancer.
We got some more harrowing unemployment figures Thursday, with an additional 4.4 million Americans filing claims in the last week. More than 26 million people have now filed jobless claims in recent weeks.