The U.S. is about to reach 7 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, as Florida lifts all virus restrictions on restaurants and businesses Friday, New York City could see its first new shutdowns in months. The city’s health department said certain hot spot areas may have nonessential businesses closed if their case numbers continue to rise.
It’s Friday, and this is the Coronavirus Watch from the USA TODAY Network. Here’s what you need to know today, as of 2 p.m. ET:
- In Virginia: Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 the same day that President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally at an airport in the state. The Democratic governor’s staff and other state officials have raised concerns about the rally potentially spreading the virus.
- New coronavirus relief package: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have agreed to talk, the New York Times reported. Meanwhile, House Democrats are working on passing a $2.4 trillion measure next week.
- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her family are facing a $45 million hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists, the monarch’s money-manager said Friday.
- The Pac-12 and the Mountain West Conference will join the Big Ten in attempting to play football this fall. Pac-12 play will begin Nov. 6; Mountain West on Oct. 24.
- Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade for the first time in a century due to the coronavirus, officials said Thursday.
Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 6.9 million cases and 203,000 deaths. Globally, there have been more than 32.3 million cases and over 984,000 fatalities.
New case records were set in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Puerto Rico, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Thursday shows. Record numbers of deaths were reported in North Dakota.
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Author: Ryan Miller, breaking news reporter, @RyanW_Miller