Coronavirus Newsbites

Two teens in Florida die of coronavirus complications
Two more teenagers, between the ages of 14 and 17, have died from Covid-19 in Florida -- bringing the total deaths of children and teens in the state to seven. More than 38,000 minors have contracted the coronavirus in Florida, a hotpot of the pandemic in the United States.

The deaths are a reminder that while younger people seem less vulnerable to the coronavirus, they are not immune. If the virus spreads more, more children will inevitably get sick and some may die.

CNN Coronavirus Update
Globally, more than 5,900 people are dying every day from Covid-19 on average, according to CNN calculations based on Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data from the past two weeks. That is 248 people per hour, or about one person every 15 seconds.

"We're lower than the world," Trump said in an incomprehensible response when pressed on the climbing US death toll.

... "The bottom line is we have people in this country contracting Covid at record rates, dying at record rates," said Ron Klain, the former Ebola czar under President Barack Obama, on Tuesday. "We’re losing Americans out here right now at about the same pace we were losing Americans in World War II. We certainly didn't hear FDR tell people 'it is what it is.'"

Southwest Airlines cuts back on Covid-19 cleanings to speed up flight turnarounds
Southwest Airlines is throttling back on its passenger cabin cleaning procedures instituted because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The changes -- such as no longer sanitizing seat belts between flights -- will reduce the time aircraft spend on the ground between flights, the airline told flight attendants in a memo obtained by CNN. Deep overnight cleanings will continue.

Coronavirus: Trump pushes school re-openings by insisting children 'virtually immune'
Donald Trump has claimed children are “virtually immune” to the novel coronavirus while pushing for schools to reopen nationwide amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president repeated his assertion that young people do not suffer severe symptoms associated with Covid-19 during a Wednesday morning interview on the network’s morning show, Fox & Friends. He also noted that older teachers "shouldn't be going in" during the pandemic, or as he put it: "Until this thing goes by."

It’s a talking point Mr Trump has used in several recent interviews while demanding schools open for in-person classes throughout the fall, even as many states across the country face a reemergence of the novel virus, which has already killed at least 155,000 Americans, according to daily tracking data.

'Numbers don't lie': Fauci says you can't deny the US has the world's worst COVID-19 outbreak
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday said "the numbers don't lie" when asked if the US has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world.
  • "Yeah, it is quantitatively if you look at it, it is. I mean the numbers don't lie," Fauci said.
  • Fauci's comments on Wednesday stand in stark contrast with recent rhetoric from President Donald Trump, who has fervently defended his administration's handling of the pandemic as deaths and cases rise.
  • Trump has repeatedly downplayed the impact of COVID-19 in the US.