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Global cases surpass 30M; Moderna targets November for candidate vaccine; 790K more Americans file for unemployment

The worldwide total of known COVID-19 cases surpassed 30 million on Thursday and global fatalities crept closer to one million, both signs of the virus’ continuing global impact.

The World Health Organization said cases are surging again in Europe, with more than half of European countries seeing a 10% or greater spike in cases in the past two weeks. COVID-19 is also disproportionately affecting healthcare workers, according to WHO data. 

Health workers make up 2-3% of the global population but account for about 14% of reported COVID-19 cases. “Thousands of health workers infected with COVID-19 have lost their lives worldwide,” the organization said.

Meanwhile, progress toward a vaccine continued Thursday: Moderna said it was moving up its trial results timeline. The company said it could have enough clinical trial results for its candidate vaccine as soon as November.

That news followed cautions from Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers

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Post online misstates Sturgis Rally’s coronavirus cases

The claim: A post online attributes 88 positive tests to Sturgis Rally, 0.02% infection rate of attendees

Motorcyclists from around the country converged on Sturgis, South Dakota, for the town’s annual motorcycle rally in August — most unmasked and ignoring social distancing guidelines. Some on social media are claiming the event had little effect on the spread of COVID-19.

“Mass testing of Sturgis workers, residents result in no more positive results % than the rest of the state average,” a screenshot of a post reads. “Actually on the low end of the scale. All positive cases were asymptomatic.”

The post goes on to say the South Dakota Department of Health is allegedly attributing 88 positive tests to the rally, and that with 450,000 rally attendees, that’s a 0.02% infection rate.

The screenshot has been shared by Facebook group Bikers for Trump and multiple individuals. That group did not respond to

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Vaccine trial results could come in November; thousands of health workers have died; cases in Europe up

As the race to find a coronavirus vaccine continues, the World Health Organization on Thursday announced grim reminders of COVID-19’s global impact.

The WHO said cases are surging again in Europe, with more than half of European countries seeing a 10% or greater spike in cases. COVID-19 is also disproportionately affecting healthcare workers, according to WHO data. 

Health workers make up 2-3% of the global population but account for about 14% of reported COVID-19 cases. “Thousands of health workers infected with COVID-19 have lost their lives worldwide,” the organization said.

Meanwhile, progress towards a vaccine continued Thursday: Moderna said it was moving up its trial results timeline. The company said it could have enough clinical trial results for its candidate vaccine as soon as November.

That news followed cautions from Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday. Redfield urged the use of face masks

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Workers Reveal Disney Is Covering Up Its COVID Cases

Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images
Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images

In early July, the Walt Disney Company reopened parts of two amusement parks: Disney World near Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The former reopened to house the tightly controlled 13-week experiment known as the NBA Bubble, in which staff, players, coaches, and personnel adhered to strict social distancing guidelines and isolation requirements, paired with regular on-site testing. The latter welcomed back its workers with less grandeur, opening up a sprawling outdoor shopping district called Downtown Disney, with a select staff of several hundred. 

Though they reopened within days of each other, the two parks worked with wildly different resources. Unlike the Bubble, the Downtown Disney district had no on-site testing. In a letter to the unions in June, Disney Labor Relations Director Bill Pace called testing “not viable” and prone to “false negatives,” in spite of the fact that it

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Quebec reports its largest spike since June with 205; Four Ontario regions make up majority of 158 new cases

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

6,393 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 131,895 diagnoses, 9,145 deaths and 116,357 recoveries (as of Sept. 6, 4:00 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,433 active cases (14,474 total cases, including 242 deaths, 12,799 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,233 active cases (6,162 total cases, 211 deaths, 4,706 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 409 active cases (1,323 total cases, 16 deaths, 898 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 3 active cases (192 cases, 2 deaths, 187 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 2 active cases (270 total cases, 3 deaths, 265 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories

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CDC changes testing guidelines for asymptomatic people; University of Alabama cases skyrocket; 2 reinfections in Europe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines and now says people without symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” – even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Just last week, the CDC updated its travel guidelines that no longer mandate a 14-day quarantine for anyone who’s traveled outside of their state or the country. The revisions to CDC guidelines have been met with concern by medical experts, who caution that less testing may lead to more cases and hinder contact tracing efforts.

Tensions between the federal government and scientists remain high: Earlier this week, some doctors spoke out against the approval of blood plasma as a COVID-19 treatment, and what that may mean for future vaccines, as the Food and Drug Administration offered inaccurate data as evidence of its effectiveness.

Meanwhile, efforts to learn more about how the virus spreads remain unwavering. Researchers in

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New coronavirus cases are emerging at schools. How much you know depends on where you live.

As children and teachers started returning to classrooms over the past few weeks, new cases of COVID-19 emerged, forcing some schools to temporarily shift to online-learning only and hundreds of students to quarantine at home until their health was assured.

While those developments have been well-documented, it’s what remains unknown that has been more troubling for some parents and educators.

Information that schools, health officials and state agencies share about known cases varies substantially, leaving some stakeholders to wonder how safe they or their children may be when new cases emerge.

In Gainesville, Florida, where several staff members working at an in-person summer program contracted the coronavirus, the absence of a community-wide notification protocol allowed rumors and fear to spread. Despite assurances from district officials that they will share as much information as they can about cases this fall, some parents and teachers remain skeptical that they will learn enough

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Pope warns against the rich getting vaccine priority; another NC university reports cluster; world cases top 22M

First, the University of North Carolina. Now, North Carolina State University.

A day after university officials in Chapel Hill decided to pivot to online classes after at least four clusters of outbreaks of COVID-19 in student living spaces, the Raleigh university reported its first cluster of positive cases that included some of its own students.

Also Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame said it was moving to online classes for two weeks in hopes that infections won’t surge.

Meanwhile, a new survey shows that parents with children who have switched to online learning say they have gone into debt paying for all of the at-home school expenses, including breakfast and lunch, during the pandemic.

Some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has 5.4 million confirmed infections and more than 171,000 deaths. Worldwide, there have been more than 781,000 deaths and 22.1 million cases, according to John Hopkins University data.

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623 virus cases linked to South Korea church

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean health workers have found more than 600 coronavirus infections linked to a Seoul church led by a vocal opponent of the country’s president as officials began restricting gatherings in the greater capital area amid fears that transmissions are getting out of control.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said Wednesday that health authorities are also seeking location data provided by cellphone carriers while trying to track thousands who participated in an anti-government protest on Saturday, which worsened the virus’s spread. The march was attended by members of the Sarang Jeil Church and its ultra-right pastor, Jun Kwang-hun, who has been hospitalized since Monday after testing positive.

Kwon Jun-wook, director of South Korea’s National Health Institute, said 623 cases have been linked to church members after the completion of some 3,000 tests. Police are pursuing around 600 church members who remain

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Cases of coronavirus in Canada

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

4,780 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 122,872 diagnoses, 9,032 deaths and 109,060 recoveries (as of Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,132 active cases (12,412 total cases, including 224 deaths, 11,056 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 743 active cases (4,594 total cases, 198 deaths, 3,653 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 232 active cases (731 total cases, 9 deaths, 490 resolved)

  • New Brunswick -15 active cases (186 cases, 2 deaths, 169 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 2 active cases (268 total cases, 3 deaths, 263 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories –

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