Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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As the race to find a coronavirus vaccine continues, federal health officials have already planned to distribute the vaccine within 24 hours of approval. 

Until then, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R. Redfield told a Senate panel on Wednesday that face masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have.” He also said a vaccine may not be available until next year.

President Donald Trump, however, later contradicted Redfield’s comments and said, “I believe he was confused” by the questions asked about the virus.

Redfield responded on Twitter: “I 100% believe in the importance of vaccines and the importance in particular of a #COVID19 vaccine. A COVID-19 vaccine is the thing that will get Americans back to normal everyday life. The best defense we currently have against this virus are the important mitigation efforts of wearing a mask, washing your hands, social distancing and being careful about crowds.”

In sports news, the Big Ten announced its plan to return on Oct. 24, reversing its August decision to postpone its fall football season. The NCAA said the men’s and women’s college basketball season can start on Nov. 25.

Some significant developments:

    Hawaii’s pre-arrival testing program for out of state visitors will begin Oct. 15, Gov. David Ige announced.California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to make an announcement on theme park reopenings “very, very shortly.”A CDC report found the majority of children, teens and young adults who’ve died from COVID-19 are Hispanic, Black or Native American. 

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 6.6 million cases and 196,800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Globally, there have been more than 29.8 million cases and 941,000 fatalities.

📰 What we’re reading: The CDC has received widespread scrutiny for yielding to political pressure from the White House. These interviews and records provide the most extensive look yet at how the CDC, paralyzed by bureaucracy, failed to consistently perform its most basic job: giving public health authorities the guidance needed to save American lives during a pandemic.  

🗺️ Mapping coronavirus: Track the U.S. outbreak, state by state

This file will be updated throughout the day. For updates in your inbox, subscribe to The Daily Briefing newsletter.

Trump blames ‘blue states’ for overall coronavirus death toll in US

President Donald Trump blamed “blue states” for increasing the nation’s death rate from coronavirus, suggesting that if “you take the blue states out” of the equation the United States would be far more competitive with other countries. 

Trump has long blamed Democratic leaders for a variety of ills, including “Democrat-run” cities where protests against police have occasionally turned violent. But his remarks Wednesday were his most explicit politicization yet of the handling of COVID-19. It comes as Trump has been forced to defend metrics that indicate the U.S. has been in a worse position than many other nations dealing with the pandemic. 

The president, speaking to reporters at the White House, started off arguing that the United States was handling the virus well compared to other nations “despite the fact that the blue states had tremendous death rates.

“If you take the blue states out,” he continued, “we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at. We’re really at a very low level but some of the states — they were blue states, and blue-state management.”

– John Fritze and David Jackson

Hawaii to start pre-travel testing program for out-of-state visitors on Oct. 15

Hawaii officials announced the start of a pre-travel testing program that has been delayed twice due to a spike in coronavirus infections.

Starting Oct. 15, out-of-state travelers won’t need to quarantine for 14 days if they tested negative for the virus, Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday. Ige said travelers must get tested within 72 hours before arriving to Hawaii.

Kaiser Permanente and CVS will be conducting the tests.

India sees another record jump in cases

India has confirmed another record jump in coronavirus cases, logging 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours.

The Health Ministry said Thursday that the new cases raised the nation’s confirmed total to more than 5.1 million. It said 1,132 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 83,198.

At the current rate of infection, India is expected within weeks to surpass the 6.6 million reported cases in the United States, currently the country with the most reported infections.

Feds will distribute COVID-19 vaccine 24 hours after the first one is approved

The United States plans to begin distributing coronavirus vaccine within 24 hours of one being approved, federal officials said Wednesday.

It’s an audacious goal in an already franticly paced COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution program being overseen by the White House’s aptly-named Operation Warp Speed.

The goal is that 24 hours after a license or an Emergency Use Authorization is issued “we have vaccine moving to administration sites,”  Lt. Gen. Paul A. Ostrowski, Operation Warp Speed deputy chief of supply, production and distribution, said on a media call Wednesday morning.

The initial rollout could begin as early as late this year or January. The announcement came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a 56-page “playbook” outlining details of how the vaccine will be distributed to medical providers nationally.

– Elizabeth Weise and Karen Weintraub

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Inspired by Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and a Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait, a mural promoting wearing face masks nears completion at the Court Square building downtown, in St. Louis, July 30, 2020. Artist Dan Ricketts of St. Louis Sign and Mural was hired by the building’s owner to create a series of panels six-feet apart. He and Evan Nichols of Topcoat Sign Co. did the work. Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch via APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man walks past a coronavirus-themed mural honoring health workers in an alley in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 27, 2020. The world’s most populous Muslim nation is the country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia. Writings on the mural read “Together, we can stop coronavirus.” Dita Alangkara, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

An Indian man speaks over his cell phone as he walks in front of a mural on July 21, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Spike of 37,148 cases and 587 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the total toll at 1,171,356 in the country. India confirmed COVID-19 infections crossed over 1 million mark as the worlds third worst hit country grapples to deal with the impact of the global epidemic. Even as death toll due to the deadly virus mounted to 28,329 with record 587 fatalities in a last 24 hours, according to data released by the health ministry on early Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendara Modi in a televised address said the country was ensuring one of the best recovery rates in the world in its fight against COVID-19. Yawar Nazir, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing a mask walks in front of a mural on July 17, 2020 in New Delhi, India. With the highest single-day surge of 34,956 cases, India’s confirmed COVID-19 infections crossed the 1 million mark as the world’s third worst hit country grapples to deal with the impact of the global pandemic. Yawar Nazir, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A boy sells fish at his street stall in front of an informational mural warning people about the dangers of the new coronavirus and how to prevent transmission, with words in Swahili reading “We are the Cure”, painted by youth artists from the Uweza Foundation, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Brian Inganga, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man, wearing a protective face mask as a measure to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, walks past a mural depicting a tug-of-war between health workers and Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro aided by a cartoon-styled coronavirus character, with a message that reads in Portuguese: “Which side are you on?,” in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, June 19, 2020. Andre Penner, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada works on a 20,000 square foot mural of a health care worker in a parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Queens borough of New York, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The mural is to honor those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic, especially minority health care workers. The portrait was inspired by Dr. Ydelfonso Decoo, an immigrant doctor who died from coronavirus complications while serving hard-hit communities of color. Seth Wenig, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti artist Angelo Campos paints a mural in honor of health workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Campos, 39, has lost two relatives to the new coronavirus. Silvia Izquierdo, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Mary Cruz takes a cell phone video of a coronavirus-themed mural Monday, May 18, 2020, in the arts district of Los Angeles. Marcio Jose Sanchez, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A woman wearing a protective facemask walks past a paste-up by French street artist Ardif in Paris, depicting a Marianne and a member of the medical staff as a tribute to thank the caregivers, on May 15, 2020, as France eases the lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19. Joel Saget, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

An elderly couple wearing facial masks to protect against the coronavirus walk past graffiti on a street divider calling on the coronavirus to go away, May 11, 2020, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mary Altaffer, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Local artist Claudia La Bianca, left, works on a mural honoring health care workers on the sides of a parking garage at Jackson Memorial Hospital during the new coronavirus pandemic, May 9, 2020, in Miami. Lynne Sladky, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Danielle Glassman, New Brunswick, and Paul Lavadera, Long Branch, walk along the north end of the Ocean Grove, NJ, boardwalk, May 5, 2020, with a “Sorry We’re Closed” sign behind them. The art is signed by #JackGreenArt and stands on the border with Asbury Park near the Casino building. Thomas P. CostelloFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A mural painted by artist Juliana LaChance thanks frontline workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, Ontario, May 10, 2020. Justin Tang, The Canadian Press via APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

An elderly man sits behind a mural of a woman wearing a face mask in Acapulco, Mexico, on May 6, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. FRANCISCO ROBLES, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing a face mask walks past a mural in support of health workers in the window of a restaurant during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Arlington, Va. on May 6, 2020. OLIVIER DOULIERY, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Street art graffiti paying tribute to the NHS, (National Health Service) in the United Kingdom, is pictured on a wall in Glynn, north of Belfast on May 5, 2020. PAUL FAITH, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Street artist Lapo Fatai (R) finishes a mural in honor of medical workers, next to the Auxological San Luca hospital on April 30, 2020 in Milan, Italy during the country’s lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. MIGUEL MEDINA, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man looks at a mural painted over wood used to board up a closed business on Sixth Street in Austin,Texas on April 28, 2020. Owners in the area known for its shops, bars, restaurants and clubs boarded up after the stay-at-home order and artists have painted murals on the plywood. Chuck Burton, USA TODAY NETWORKFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

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A man walks past a coronavirus-related mural, in Acapulco, Mexico, on May 1, 2020. FRANCISCO ROBLES, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Motorcyclists go by a recently painted mural with a depiction of artist Grant Wood’s famed American Gothic painting, subjects wearing masks, April 30, 2020, in Torrance, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A boys rides his bike beside his father as they walk past COVID-19 graffiti in Barcelona, Spain on April 26, 2020 amid a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. JOSEP LAGO, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man walks past a mural featuring various healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment and television show personality from “Tiger King,” Joe Exotic wearing a face mask, April 24, 2020, in Miami. Muralist Kyle Holbrook originally painted Exotic without a mask but later changed it to include the mask and added the healthcare workers to honor their work. Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing a bandana on his face walks past a mural painted on a boarded up business that is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, April 27, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Eric Gay, APFullscreen

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A postal carrier walks past a mural on a business closed during the coronavirus outbreak, May 2, 2020, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man takes a selfie photo in front of a stencil graffiti depicting US actors John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in their roles of “Vincent Vega” and “Jules Winnfield” in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”, wearing face masks, in Madrid on May 3, 2020 amid a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. – Spain today counted another 164 coronavirus deaths, the lowest daily number in nearly seven weeks as the country begins to gradually lift its strict lockdown. GABRIEL BOUYS, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Brazilian mural artist Eduardo Kobra works on his recent work “Coexistence” which shows children wearing face masks due to the new coronavirus, COVID-19, bearing symbols of different religions (L to R) Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism, in Itu, Brazil on April 25, 2020. NELSON ALMEIDA, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A Palestinians man wearing a face mask walks past a mural depicting the coronavirus COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Gaza City on April 28, 2020. Mohammed Abed, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Palestinians children walk past a mural depicting the coronavirus and a prison cell, in Gaza City during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 28, 2020. Mohammed Abed, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

In this April 22, 2020, photo, a man in a mask rides a scooter by coronavirus inspired artwork on plywood covering the doors and windows of a temporarily shuttered donut shop in Las Vegas. John Locher, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti showing US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing protective mask kissing is seen during the novel coronavirus crisis on April 26, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Germany is taking its first steps to ease restrictions on public life that had been imposed weeks ago in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Shops across the country are reopening, factory assembly lines are restarting and high schools are holding final exams. Health leaders are monitoring the process carefully for any resurgence of coronavirus infections. The number of infections nationwide is still rising, though so far at a declining rate. Maja Hitij, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A family looks at a mural by artist Rachel List paying tribute to NHS staff battling the COVID-19 outbreak painting on a wall in Pontefract, northern England, on April 23, 2020. OLI SCARFF, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing a face mask and gloves to protect from coronavirus walks past a recently painted mural by professional street artist David Speed and the Graffiti Life collective to show appreciation for the people who work in the NHS (National Health Service), in east London, Thursday, April 23, 2020. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes. Matt Dunham, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A graffiti mural of Louis Armstrong wearing blue gloves and a face mask on the bell of the trumpet is displayed on Frenchmen Street on April 24, 2020 in New Orleans, La. An artist has been painting plywood panels on shops and restaurants that remain closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Chris Graythen, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A woman and her dog pass a mural by artist FAKE, titled “Super Nurse”, paying tribute to all health care and medical professionals in times of the coronavirus, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, April 19, 2020. Peter Dejong, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A Palestinian artist paints a mural in a show of support for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Gaza City on April 20, 2020. MOHAMMED ABED, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A passerby snaps a phone photo of a Banksy mural modified to depict the current COVID-19 pandemic, on April 21, 2020 in Southampton, England. Naomi Baker, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A piece of coronavirus COVID-19 themed street art grafitti is pictured in East London on April 19, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Glyn Kirk, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A piece of coronavirus COVID-19 themed street art grafitti is pictured in East London on April 19, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Glyn Kirk, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A piece of coronavirus COVID-19 themed street art grafitti is pictured in East London on April 19, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Glyn Kirk, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A piece coronavirus COVID-19 themed street art grafitti is pictured in East London on April 19, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Glyn Kirk, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of “githeri”, or mixed beans and maize, for him to eat as he walks past an informational mural warning people about the risk of the new coronavirus, painted by graffiti artists from the Mathare Roots youth group, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, April 18, 2020. Brian Inganga, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Members of the public walk past graffiti in the Meadows during the coronavirus pandemic on April 17, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jeff J Mitchell, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing a protective face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks past a graffiti reading “Hard Times” in Pristina on April 16, 2020. Armend Nimani, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A cyclist passes coronavirus-related graffiti under an overpass in San Antonio, Thursday, April 16, 2020. San Antonio remains under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eric Gay, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A woman shoots a picture of a mural depicting a medical worker with a mask covering her mouth and nose, wearing boxing gloves and angel-like wings on her back is seen on April 14, 2020 in downtown Denver. Rick T. Wilking, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A motorists stops near a mural painted as a tribute to medical workers in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, April 15, 2020. Dita Alangkara, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man looks at graffiti depicting bunting in the shape of people with the words “we’re all in this together” written above on a wall in Pontefract, England on April 14, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. OLI SCARFF, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A young boy carrying a toy gun runs past a mural depicting coronavirus themes in Depok on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, April 15, 2020. Dita Alangkara, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing a protective mask rides a scooter near a mural in the Wynwood Arts District during the coronavirus pandemic, April 13, 2020, in Miami. Wilfredo Lee, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A motorist wearing a face mask rides past a coronavirus themed mural in Depok on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Dita Alangkara, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A woman, walking a dog, looks at graffiti on a wall in Pontefract, England on April 14, 2020. OLI SCARFF, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

This picture taken on April 9, 2020 shows mural artist Liong Fadilah posing with his artwork as local artists join the campaign in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Depok, West Java. ADEK BERRY, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Artist Mauricio Ramirez stands in front of his new mural on April 10, 2020 at the intersection of 6th and Lincoln on the south side of Milwaukee. The new mural is dedicated to medical workers on the front lines during the Coronavirus pandemic. Zhihan Huang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORKFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A mural depicting hand washing is seen in Logan Square by artist James Mosher, April 11, 2020 in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A COVID-19 mural is seen in Chicago’s Logan Square, April 10, 2020. Nam Y. Huh, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti by street artist ‘Uzey’ depicts the coronavirus and the great toilet roll grab with a lettering reading “spread love, not panic” on a wall in Hamm, Germany, on Easter Monday, April 13, 2020. Martin Meissner, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A cyclist passes graffiti as the United Kingdom continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in London, April 13, 2020. Kirsty Wigglesworth, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A cyclist passes a coronavirus graffiti reading “Happy Easter” on a wall in Hamm, Germany, on Easter Monday, April 13, 2020. Martin Meissner, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing a face mask walks in front of a mural at the Leishenshan Hospital that had offered beds for coronavirus patients in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province on April 11, 2020. NOEL CELIS, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A mural near a hospital pays tribute to nurses amid COVID-19 concerns in Dallas, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. LM Otero, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past a mural addressing the current coronavirus situation by artist HIJACK depicting a couple armed with hand sanitizer, rolls of toilet paper and a vacuum cleaner on April 6, 2020 in Los Angeles. FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

People walk past graffiti of Prince Harry wearing a hoodie reading “Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands,” on April 7, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles. ROBYN BECK, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

The artists “SULE” and “ZitrOne” spray a graffiti with a coronavirus theme on a wall in Hamm, Germany, on April 8, 2020 amid the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. INA FASSBENDER, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A cyclist drives past a graffiti painted by artist Kai ‘Uzey’ Wohlgemuth featuring a nurse as Superwoman on a wall in Hamm, Germany, on April 8, 2020 refering to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. INA FASSBENDER, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A close-up view of a recently painted coronavirus mural of lovers embracing while wearing face masks by Unify Artist is displayed in London, April 7, 2020. Matt Dunham, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A graffiti of the Star Wars character Baby Yoda wearing wearing a face mask, is painted on a wall in Guatemala City, April 6, 2020. Moises Castillo, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A couple stand in front of the “Lennon Wall” with a face mask attached to the image of John Lennon on April 6, 2020 in Prague where most activities slowed down or came to a halt due to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. MICHAL CIZEK, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A Palestinian boy walks by a mural depicting planet earth with a face mask in Gaza city during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 7, 2020. MOHAMMED ABED, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man walks past a Coronavirus-inspired piece of graffiti in Glasgow on April 4, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. ANDY BUCHANAN, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man wearing gloves and a face mask walks by a mural reading “Cancel Plans Not Humanity” during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 4, 2020 in Los Angeles. APU GOMES, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A painting by the graffiti artist Bandit titled Our Nurses, Our Saints is seen on a wall in the lower ninth ward on April 3, 2020 in New Orleans, La. Chris Graythen, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man walks by a mural by Hijackhart, where soldiers wearing face masks fight COVID-19 with disinfectant and hand sanitizers during the coronavirus pandemic on April 4, 2020 in Los Angeles. APU GOMES, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A mural by street artist Lionel Stanhope with a face mask reference to coronavirus painted on a bridge wall in London, April 2, 2020. Matt Dunham, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A woman runs past graffiti in the empty streets of Manchester on April 4, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. OLI SCARFF, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man photographs a mural of Cardi B that was updated by the artist Colton Valentine to include a face mask to reflect the coronavirus pandemic, in San Antonio, Monday, March 30, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, San Antonio an many other Texas cities are under stay-at-home orders. Eric Gay, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A youth wearing a face mask walk past a mural depicting people wearing face masks during the first day of a 21-day government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on March 25, 2020. India’s billion-plus population went into a three-week lockdown on March 25, with a third of the world now under orders to stay indoors, as the coronavirus pandemic forced Japan to postpone the Olympics until next year. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A woman walks past a mural that invite people to fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Surabaya, East Java on March 26, 2020. JUNI KRISWANTO, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A Palestinian artist paints a mural reading “By fighting the epidemic, we protect the human being and preserve the earth” as a youth watches him in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 29, 2020. MOHAMMED ABED, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

In this file photo taken on March 23, 2020, a pregnant woman wearing a face mask as a precautionary measure walks past a street mural in Hong Kong, on March 23, 2020. Chinese scientists reported on March 26, 2020, it is possible, although rare, for pregnant mothers with the COVID-19 illness to pass the infection down to their babies. The team followed 33 pregnant women from Wuhan, the city where the disease behind a deadly pandemic was first identified — and found that three babies were infected with the new coronavirus at birth (a rate of nine percent, albeit in a very small sample). ANTHONY WALLACE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A jogger passes by a mural with a message reading “Achoo Covid-10” in the street on April 1, 2020, in Paris, on the sixteenth day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19. FRANCK FIFE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Motorists drive past a large graffiti drawn at a traffic junction urging people to cooperate with the a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Bangalore, India on April 1, 2020. MANJUNATH KIRAN, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A man bikes by a street art mural, depicting a healthcare worker in a face mask by Belgian street artist CAZ, with a hashtag in Dutch that reads ‘thank you’, during a partial lockdown against the spread of COVID-19 in Wetteren, Belgium, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Virginia Mayo, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti artist Bram De Ceurt works on a street graffiti piece of a nurse with a mouth mask to protect against coronavirus in Antwerp, Belgium, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Virginia Mayo, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Members of the Senegalese graffiti collective “RBS CREW” paint informational murals advising how to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, on the wall of a high school in the Parcelles Assainies neighborhood of the capital Dakar, Senegal Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Sylvain Cherkaoui, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Artist S.F., 16, spray paints graffiti inspired by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on the roof of his apartment building in Athens Greece on March 23, 2020. ARIS MESSINIS, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A member of the Senegalese graffiti collective “RBS CREW” paints informational murals advising how to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, on the wall of a high school in the Parcelles Assainies neighborhood of the capital Dakar, Senegal Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Sylvain Cherkaoui, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A member of the Senegalese graffiti collective “RBS CREW” paints informational murals advising how to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, on the wall of a high school in the Parcelles Assainies neighborhood of the capital Dakar, Senegal Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Sylvain Cherkaoui, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti art adorns the bar Pour Choices on East 6th Street on Tuesday March 24, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Bar owners on the street commissioned graffiti artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery to use the boarded up business as a canvas for art with an uplifting message amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman/ USA TODAY NetworkFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Aaron Darling finishes his mural at The Lodge bar on East 6th Street on Tuesday March 24, 2020 in Austin. Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman/Austin American-Statesman/ USA TODAY NETWORKFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti art adorns the bar Toulouse on East 6th Street on Tuesday March 24, 2020 in Austin. Bar owners on the street commissioned graffiti artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery to use the boarded up business as a canvas for art with an uplifting message amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman/ USA TODAY NetworkFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti art adorns Bijou Lounge on East 6th Street on Tuesday March 24, 2020 in Austin. Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman/ USA TODAY NetworkFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A graffiti artist known as ER works on his art the bar Touche on East 6th Street on Tuesday March 24, 2020 in Austin. Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman/ USA TODAY NETWORKFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A pedestrian covering her face amidst fears over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus walks past a wall graffiti creating awareness about the pandemic, in Mumbai on March 23, 2020. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A pedestrian walks past an awareness graffiti in Mumbai on March 23, 2020. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A graffiti of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wearing a face mask is seen on a wall while a delivery man rides a bike in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 24, 2020 during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The Rio de Janeiro state government is requesting people not to go to the beach or any other public areas as a measure to contain the coronavirus pandemic. MAURO PIMENTEL, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Graffiti showing Gollum from “Lord of the Rings,” holding a roll of toilet paper with note “My precious,” on March 23, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. The coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are having a fundamental impact on society, government and the economy in Germany. Public life has been restricted to the essentials in an effort by authorities to slow the spread of infections. Hospitals are scrambling to increase their testing and care capacity. An economic recession seems likely as economic activity is slowed and many businesses are temporarily closed. Schools, daycare centers and universities remain shuttered. And government, both federal and state, seek to mobilize resources and find adequate policies to confront the virus and mitigate its impact. Maja Hitij, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

S.F., a 16-year-old Greek graffiti artist, spray-paints a design, a woman wearing a face mask referring to protection against coronavirus, on the roof of his apartment block in Athens, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Greece has imposed a wide range of public safety measures to try and contain the coronavirus outbreak, including school and store closures. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. Thanassis Stavrakis, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A graffiti on the square in front of the cathedral reads “to the devil with corona” in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The city closed all bars and restaurants due to the coronavirus outbreak. All public and private events are banned. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Martin Meissner, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A resident wearing a face mask amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walks past a graffiti of Buddha wearing face mask, in Mumbai on March 16, 2020. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A giant graffiti depicting medical staff holding a figure shaped as a boot representing Italy and reading ” To you all… Thanks”, is painted on a side of the Brescia hospital, Italy, Monday, March 16, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. Luca Bruno, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A graffiti consisting of the text “Stay Home” and a symbolic novel coronavirus has been sprayed on the ground in Munich, Germany, Monday March, 16, 2020. Sven Hoppe, dpa via APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

A youth walks past a graffiti with a positive message painted on a wall in a street in Mumbai on March 14, 2020. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Robert Redfield touts masks again; NCAA basketball sets Nov. 25 start date; US surpasses 196K deaths

Art student Gregory Borlein prepares his graffito with the inscription “The Corona Virus is a Wake up Call an our Chance to built a new and loving Society” on a wall in the slaughterhouse district in Munich, Germany, Saturday, March 14, 2020. Only for most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. Peter Kneffel, dpa via APFullscreen

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Big Ten football will begin Oct. 24, reversing August decision

Bowing to pressure from players, coaches and politicians, the Big Ten’s presidents decided Wednesday morning to move forward with an eight-game football season beginning on the weekend of Oct. 24, reversing their August decision to postpone the fall schedule and ending weeks of drama that spread from campuses all the way to the White House.

Citing new information presented by the league’s medical advisory board last weekend, including the imminent availability of rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 that can be administered on a daily basis, Big Ten presidents concluded they can safely conduct a football season, even as some of them struggle with infection rates on their own campuses. 

“From the onset of the pandemic, our highest priority has been the health and the safety of our students.  The new medical protocols and standards put into place by the Big Ten Return To Competition Task Force were pivotal in the decision to move forward with sports in the conference,” said Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, who chairs the Big Ten’s council of presidents and chancellors. 

– Dan Wolken

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy criticizes YouTube stars for mostly maskless events

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy slammed the YouTube stars Nelk Boys on Wednesday after a crowd of roughly 2,500 mostly maskless fans descended on Seaside Heights, New Jersey, for pop-up events touched off by the group’s appearance in the borough.

Murphy said the events in Seaside Heights Monday night, which were broken up by police, may be the most “extreme” and “egregious display of knucklehead behavior” the state has seen during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Crowds of revelers gathered outside the “Jersey Shore” house, made famous as the one-time home of cast members from the hit MTV reality series, where the Nelk Boys were staying to promote the debut of new merchandise. A short distance away, another group of about 1,000 fans gathered for a related car club show, police said.

“It’s exactly the type of situation we cannot have,” Murphy said at a coronavirus briefing in Trenton. “It was irresponsible from top to bottom in every respect. And these so-called influencers need to be taken to task.”

– Andrew J. Goudsward, Asbury Park Press

Database tracks coronavirus cases in Wisconsin schools

Within days of Wisconsin students’ return to K-12 classrooms, there were dozens of reports of COVID-19 cases among students and school employees.

Disease experts and education advocates have said it’s important to fully inform communities about transmission at schools, including sharing which schools have cases, how many cases there are and what’s being done about them.

Because state health and education officials aren’t naming schools or districts with known cases, journalists at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin are keeping track of them using this database.

To see if there are cases at schools near you, search here.

– USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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