Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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    Coronavirus news, updates: D-Day memorial; Trump on vaccines

    Saturday’s ceremony marking that historic day 76 years ago when Allied troops changed the course of World War II on the beaches of Normandy will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever.

    COVID-19 is keeping almost everyone away. No government leaders. Aging veterans are staying away. 

    In the United Kingdom, leaders of a large study testing hydroxychloroquine and other medicines for hospitalized COVID-19 patients say they will stop putting people on the drug because it’s clear it isn’t helping.

    In the United States, as protests continue over the death of George Floyd, an infectious disease specialist says he has serious concerns that police could be spreading the coronavirus by spraying tear gas on demonstrators. 

    The coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon. The number of confirmed cases and the United States is inching closer to 2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. 

    What’s in the news

    • In Michigan: Hair salons, barber shops and other personal service shops, such as nail salons, can reopen in northern Michigan next Wednesday and in the rest of Michigan June 15, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced. – Detroit Free Press
    • Trump on vaccines: If and when scientists determine an unspecified vaccine is safe, President Donald Trump says 2 million doses are “ready to go.” – CNBC
    • Wall Street’s good day: Stocks extended a recent rally Friday after record-setting job creation in May gave hope that the economy could be recovering. – USA TODAY 
    • Sex: Wear a mask and don’t kiss if you are being intimate with someone who you aren’t isolating with. – CNN

    What we’re reading

    Don’t wash your food with bleach. That may seem like common sense, but a report from the CDC suggests Americans are throwing logic out the window as they attempt to keep the coronavirus out of their homes.

    From USA TODAY’s Opinion section: I treat COVID patients and work with WHO. Trump is risking our health by cutting ties.

    Wanna get away? As restrictions ease and travel feels more comfortable, one trend is becoming clear to Vrbo: People want to get out, but many aren’t willing to go far. Their top exec talked with USA TODAY. Read more.

    Joining a protest? Read this first-person account from columnist Jennifer Jolly to find out what you might want to do with your technology before you go.

    Teens in quarantine: These at-home proms are just so sweet.

    Contributing: Associated Press; Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press; Jessica Menton, USA TODAY

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