More than 6.3 million people worldwide – including more than 1.8 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies.
Live updates for Tuesday, June 2, continue below:
Trump, Biden win Pennsylvania primary amid unrest, pandemic
Update 11:30 p.m. EDT June 2: Pennsylvania held a primary election Tuesday amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in some counties and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county election bureaus to their limits.
The result of the highest-profile contest on the ballot was a foregone conclusion: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, uncontested for their party’s nominations, both won their primary Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
The lack of drama in the outcome of the presidential primary and the huge number of voters who opted to vote by mail meant turnout was light.
Still, voters in some places were dealing with late-arriving mail-in ballots and a dramatic consolidation of polling places in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Montgomery County to cope with the difficulty of recruiting poll workers fearful of the coronavirus.
Ultimately, more than 1.8 million voters applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot, smashing expectations by state officials for the debut of the state’s new vote-by-mail law and drawing warnings that many contest results will be delayed well past election night.
Officials in Philadelphia and its suburbs, in particular, had been concerned that voters wouldn’t receive their ballots in time for the post office to return them by Tuesday’s 8 p.m. deadline
Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina
Update 9:30 p.m. EDT June 2: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.
Trump tweeted the news Tuesday night, complaining that the state’s governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, other officials “refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena” and were not “allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised.”
Texas virus cases rise again after one-day dropoff
Update 8:30 p.m. EDT June 2: The day after one of Texas’ lowest new coronavirus case counts in six weeks, state health officials reported a spike of 1,688 new cases Tuesday.
The figures came after just 593 were reported Monday, which was a dramatic decrease after a week that saw Texas twice hit new record highs. Sunday’s count of 1,949 cases is the highest one-day total since the state began tracking the numbers.
Texas has reported 66,568 total infections, including 1,688 deaths. State health officials reported 20 new fatalities Tuesday. The true number is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Arkansas reports another 1-day record in new virus cases
Update 7:20 p.m. EDT June 2: Arkansas on Tuesday marked another one-day record for new coronavirus cases, and the governor said plans to further loosen restrictions on businesses remained on hold because of the spike.
The Health Department said at least 7,818 people tested positive for the virus, an increase of 375 over the 7,443 reported Monday. The department said it marked the biggest one-day increase in cases among non-incarcerated people, as only one of the new cases was somebody who was incarcerated.
The true number is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The number of people in the state who were reported to have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, reached 136.
Officials said 132 people are hospitalized, a new high for the state.
The increases follow moves by the state to allow businesses that have closed because of the pandemic to reopen but with capacity limits and other restrictions. Arkansas did not have a stay-at-home order in place but had other restrictions Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been rolling back in recent weeks.
Senate confirms special watchdog for pandemic recovery
Update 6:20 p.m. EDT June 2: The Senate has confirmed a new inspector general to oversee money distributed as part of the $2 trillion economic rescue law, putting at least one watchdog in place as oversight of the money has lagged.
The Senate confirmed Brian Miller, a lawyer in the White House counsel’s office, on a 51-40 vote Tuesday. Democrats voted against Miller after questioning his independence from President Donald Trump, who nominated him for the post.
Responding to those concerns, Miller told the Senate Banking Committee during his confirmation hearing last month that “independence is vital” for the special inspector general for pandemic recovery. He pledged to conduct audits and investigations “with fairness and impartiality.” The post would place him in charge of overseeing a roughly $500 billion Treasury fund for businesses and localities created as part of the economic rescue law approved in March.
Republicans pointed to his previous experience as an independent watchdog. Miller has worked at the Justice Department and was inspector general for nearly a decade at the General Services Administration, which oversees thousands of federal contracts. Miller helped force out the GSA’s director during President George W. Bush’s administration, drawing criticism from the White House and Republican lawmakers.
But most Democrats weren’t convinced, with only one – Alabama Sen. Doug Jones – voting for him. Another Democratic moderate, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, said in a statement that he voted against Miller because “I believe his current role in the Office of White House Counsel and relationship with the president makes it impossible for him to remain independent as he investigates the administration’s response to the pandemic.”
As Miller assumes the post, he will be one of the sole checks on the massive pot of money as other oversight bodies set up in the law have foundered. The Pandemic Recovery Accountability Committee, a committee of inspectors general, still has no leader after Trump sidelined the original chairman, Glenn Fine, by demoting him. A bipartisan congressional commission is also rudderless as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have not yet agreed upon and appointed a chair, as the law directs them to do.
Number of new COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts jumps under new reporting system
Update 3:05 p.m. EDT June 2: Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 3,840 new coronavirus cases statewide Tuesday, a sharp jump that officials said was explained by a change in how coronavirus case numbers are being reported, WFXT reported.
Following new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials said that they have begun to include the number of probable COVID-19 cases in their counts. According to WFXT, the cases are defined by the CDC as people who have had COVID-19 symptoms and were exposed to a positive case with or without positive results from an antibody test.
As of Tuesday, authorities said 7,035 people have died statewide from COVID-19. Officials said 100,805 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infections in Massachusetts.
Ohio governor planning for schools to return in fall
Update 2:40 p.m. EDT June 2: Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio announced Tuesday that officials aim to restart K-12 schooling in the fall, WHIO-TV reported.
The governor noted that the date to start school will ultimately be up to local school boards, according to WHIO-TV.
DeWine also announced that healthcare providers are able Tuesday to resume all surgeries and procedures that had previously been delayed.
708 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey
Update 2:05 p.m. EDT June 2: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Tuesday that 708 new coronavirus infections have been reported, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 161,545.
On social media, the governor encouraged people to continue social distancing, noting that it "works."
“Wearing a face covering works,” he said. "Keep it up, and we’ll get through Stage 2 of our restart and recovery."
Officials also reported 51 more deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, 11,770 people have died statewide of COVID-19.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina reach single-day high
Update 1:45 p.m. EDT June 2: Health officials in North Carolina reported the state’s highest single-day number of hospitalizations connected to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, WSOC-TV reported.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 716 people were hospitalized due to severe complications associated with the novel coronavirus.
Officials have reported 29,889 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. More than 920 people statewide have died of coronavirus infections, WSOC-TV reported.
More than 6.3M cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide
Update 1:10 p.m. EDT June 2: More than 6.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide as of Tuesday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States continues to lead the world with the most number of coronavirus infections reported. As of Tuesday, more than 1.8 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 105,000 people have died of the viral infection nationwide.
The second-most cases in the world have been reported in Brazil, where officials had confirmed more than 526,000 cases of COVID-19 by Tuesday.
1,653 new coronavirus infections reported in the UK
Update 12:25 p.m. EDT June 2: Officials in the United Kingdom reported 1,653 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, raising the country’s total number of infections to 277,985.
Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, the most recent date for which data was available, 39,369 people had died nationwide of COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases ‘at an all-time low’ in New York, governor says
Update 12 p.m. EDT June 2: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Tuesday that COVID-19 cases in the state were “at an all-time low."
The governor said 58 more people have died of COVID-19 statewide. The number of new fatal cases reported one day earlier was 54.
29 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC
Update 11:15 a.m. EDT June 1: Health officials in Washington D.C. said Tuesday that 29 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 8,886.
Officials also announced that two more people, both aged 79, had died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 470.
Americans charged, accused of violating social distancing rules in Singapore
Update 11 a.m. EDT June 2: Authorities in Singapore have charged two Americans with violating the country’s social distancing rules, according to NBC News.
The Americans, identified in court records obtained by NBC as Jeffrey Brown, 52, and Bao Nguyen Brown, 40, were accused of meeting with an Australian man at a restaurant on May 16 to socialize, the news network reported.
If convicted, the Browns could face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $7,100, according to NBC News.
Stocks open higher as investors hope for economic recovery
Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 2: Stocks opened modestly higher Tuesday on Wall Street, despite deepening unrest across the U.S., as investors hope that the gradual lifting of lockdown provisions will help economies recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The S&P 500 rose 0.2% in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. The gains were led by stocks that would stand to gain the most from a growing economy, including banks and industrial companies. The price of crude oil rose again, which helped energy companies.
Markets in Europe and Asia also rose. Bond yields rose slightly, another sign that pessimism was ebbing among investors.
Global cases near 6.3M, death toll tops 376K
Update 8 a.m. EDT June 2: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 376,077 early Tuesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 6,294,222 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 16 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,160.
The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows:
• The United States has reported 1,811,277 cases, resulting in 105,147 deaths.
• Brazil has recorded 526,447 cases, resulting in 29,937 deaths.
• Russia has confirmed 423,186 cases, resulting in 5,031 deaths.
• The United Kingdom has reported 277,738 cases, resulting in 39,127 deaths.
• Spain has confirmed 239,638 cases, resulting in 27,127 deaths.
• Italy has reported 233,197 cases, resulting in 33,475 deaths.
• India has reported 199,785 cases, resulting in 5,610 deaths.
• France has confirmed 189,348 cases, resulting in 28,836 deaths.
• Germany has reported 183,771 cases, resulting in 8,557 deaths.
• Peru has reported 170,039 cases, resulting in 4,634 deaths.
US air travel sees slight uptick as coronavirus restrictions ease
Update 7:04 a.m. EDT June 2: Air travel in the United States began crawling out of its coronavirus-imposed gridlock in May, but the road to recovery will be a long one.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, nearly 949,000 passengers were screened during the past weekend, compared with only 476,000 during the first weekend of May, CNN reported.
Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar stepping down
Update 6:37 a.m. EDT June 2: Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar, announced Monday he will step down from the post June 30.
Giroir, who assumed the role in March, said during a Monday meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS that he will return to his prior role as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, The Washington Post reported.
Meanwhile, an HHS spokesperson confirmed to NPR a testing czar successor will not be named for Giroir.
US coronavirus cases eclipse 1.8M, deaths top 105K
Update 12:41 a.m. EDT June 2: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States climbed past 1.8 million early Tuesday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,811,357 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 105,160 deaths.
The hardest-hit states remain New York with 371,711 cases and 29,917 deaths and New Jersey with 160,918 cases and 11,723 deaths. Massachusetts, with 100,805 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 7,035, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 121,234. Only 15 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each.
Six other states have now confirmed at least 53,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:
· California: 114,733 cases, resulting in 4,217 deaths
· Pennsylvania: 76,646 cases, resulting in 5,567 deaths
· Texas: 65,593 cases, resulting in 1,683 deaths
· Michigan: 57,532 cases, resulting in 5,516 deaths
· Florida: 56,830 cases, resulting in 2,460 deaths
· Maryland: 53,327 cases, resulting in 2,552 deaths
Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut and Louisiana each has confirmed at least 40,000 cases; Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 34,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington and Arizona each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 19,699; Alabama and Wisconsin each has confirmed at least 18,000 cases, followed by Mississippi with 15,752; Rhode Island and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases, followed by Missouri with 13,724, South Carolina with 12,148 and Kentucky with 10,046; Utah, Kansas and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases; New Mexico and Arkansas each has confirmed at least 7,000 cases, followed by Oklahoma with 6,913 and South Dakota with 5,034..
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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