Coronavirus updates: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

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As the Ivy League cancelled fall sports over coronavirus concerns Wednesday, hospitalizations continued to rise and ICU beds were quickly filling as the nation surpassed 3 million coronavirus cases.

The stunning milestone hit less than six months after the first confirmed case was reported Jan. 21, in Everett, Washington. Tuesday saw a record 60,021 new cases as the nationwide surge showed no signs of ebbing. In hopes slowing spread in his state, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he would require masks outdoors.

The number of new daily cases has risen exponentially since the middle of last month, reaching a record high of 57,209 on July 3. At a Senate hearing last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified that the U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” and that he “would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”

The virus has killed more than 132,000 Americans and put a strain on the health care system. In California, hospitalizations are up 50% from two weeks ago. In Arizona, more than 90% of its ICU beds were filled, and the percentage was growing. In Savannah, Georgia, hospitalizations have nearly quadrupled in a month.

In Florida at least 56 hospital intensive care units have reached capacity – and some Republican senators said they won’t attend the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month.

Here are some recent developments:

    After President Donald Trump tweeted his disagreement with them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is revising its guidance on reopening schools, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday.A group of national movie theater chains filed a lawsuit against New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for not allowing them to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand officials said they will press charges against a COVID-19 patient who escaped quarantine to go shopping.San Francisco has indefinitely delayed reopening plans for outdoor bars and indoor restaurants.

📈 Today’s stats: The U.S. surpassed 3 million confirmed cases and more than 132,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University data. Globally, there have been almost 12 million cases and more than 546,000 deaths.

📰 What we’re reading: Hundreds of millions of dollars has gone to COVID-19 contractors accused of prior fraud. Those contracts range from masks and medical equipment to janitorial cleaning, video productions and even ferryboat services.

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Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration over ICE foreign-student rule

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology challenges the Trump administration’s attempt to bar foreign students from attending colleges that will teach entirely online in the fall term. 

ICE announced policy changes on Monday that would keep international students from entering the U.S. or make them subject to deportation if the colleges they were enrolled in taught remotely. 

Many schools are planning to teach classes remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has tweeted his displeasure with the guidelines set by the CDC for school reopening, calling them “very tough and expensive.”

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said the ICE order was unexpected, “its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness.”

– Jorge L. Ortiz

Coronavirus surge in Tulsa is ‘likely’ result of Donald Trump’s rally, protests

Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart said at a news conference Wednesday that it was “more than likely” the large gatherings in the last few weeks that added to a record number of cases this week, including Trump’s Tulsa rally and protests.

A record 261 new cases of the virus were recorded in the county Monday, just over two weeks after Trump’s rally. An additional 206 cases were reported on Tuesday, according to the Tulsa Health Department. 

“The past few days we’ve had almost 500 cases, and we know we had several large events a little over two weeks ago, which is about right, so I guess we just connect the dots,” Dart said, citing Trump’s rally and “other protests.”

Trump’s Tulsa rally drew some 6,200 attendees and was met with hundreds of protesters. 

– Jeanine Santucci

Ivy League cancels fall sports in what could be barometer for major college football

The Ivy League will not have sports until Jan. 1 due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference announced Wednesday. .

The decision impacts the entire fall season for football as well as men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s field hockey and volleyball. The delay on winter sports includes men’s and women’s basketball and hockey. 

“As a leadership group, we have a responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students who attend our institutions, as well as the faculty and staff who work at our schools.” The Ivy League Council of Presidents said in a joint statement. 

“A decision on the remaining winter and spring sports competition calendar, and on whether fall sport competition would be feasible in the spring, will be determined at a later date.” 

– Eddie Timanus

‘A gut punch’: United Airlines to lay off up to 36,000 US employees in October

In a memo to employees, Chicago-based United Airlines said 36,000 employees, or 45% of its front-line workers in the USA and more than a third of its overall workforce of 95,000, face layoffs on or around Oct. 1. The most affected groups: flight attendants and airport customer service and gate agents, which account for 26,000 of the 36,000.

The airline calls them involuntary furloughs because most of the affected employees will be eligible to be recalled when travel demand returns under terms of their union contracts.

Airlines are prohibited from laying off workers until Oct. 1 under the payroll protection provisions of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

– Dawn Gilbertson

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander: WHO withdrawal could interfere with vaccine development

A top Senate Republican sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization, saying it could jeopardize the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and impair efforts to stop the global pandemic. 

“Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that are essential to the development of vaccines, which citizens of the United States as well as others in the world need,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate health committee, said in a statement Tuesday after the White House formally notified Congress it had begun the WHO withdraw process. 

Alexander also said withdrawing from the WHO could make it harder for the United States to work with other countries to stop the spread of coronavirus and other diseases before they hit the U.S.

– Deirdre Shesgreen

CDC revising back-to-school guidelines after Donald Trump complains on Twitter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is revising its guidance on reopening schools after President Donald Trump tweeted his disagreement with them, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday. Trump tweeted dissatisfaction with the CDC’s “very tough & expensive guidelines” for opening schools as the coronavirus pandemic continues. He also threatened to withhold funding from schools that don’t fill their classrooms this fall.

“As we work with Congress on the next round of state support, we’re going to be looking for ways to give states a strong incentive and encouragement to get kids back to school,” Pence said at a news conference at the U.S. Department of Education.

Maureen Groppe

Help wanted: At least 30,000 volunteers sought to test vaccines

The National Institutes of Health launched the COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network, part of the effort to find volunteers to test possible COVID-19 vaccines. The network is a combination of four existing federal clinical trial networks at over 100 hospitals and clinics nationwide. It will help researchers find the at least 30,000 volunteers, especially people in populations who are most affected by COVID-19, including racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly and pregnant women. The first group of volunteers is expected to test the vaccine candidate developed by Moderna. That study will begin this summer, NIH said. You can volunteer here.

“Community engagement, particularly with the communities most vulnerable to COVID-19’s severe outcomes, will be critical to the success of this research,” said National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.  

Elizabeth Weise

US surpasses 3 million cases. No end in sight.

The U.S. now has 3 million documented cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, a virulent bug that crawled into the national consciousness early in the year and now is likely to consume the rest of it.

The milestone reached Wednesday represents roughly a quarter of the world’s cases and the same percentage of its deaths. It took the U.S. a little more than three months to hit 1 million cases on April 28. It took about half that time, 44 days, to get to 2 million on June 11, and only 26 days to reach 3 million on July 8. By that gauge, if no new measures are taken, 4 million cases could be tallied as soon as July 22.

“Like a runner coming from behind in a macabre race, it has surpassed the death toll of many diseases so many Americans consider important,” says Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Marco della Cava and Jorge L. Ortiz

New Jersey to require masks outside when social distancing not possible

New Jersey will require masks to be worn outside under an order expected to be signed Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Murphy has been reticent since the state’s first reported COVID-19 case in March to require masks, citing enforcement issues. But he said he decided to issue the new requirement when social distancing is not possible because of “hot spots” of the virus in other areas of the country. New Jersey, which saw its peak in April and the second-highest amount of deaths in the United States, “can’t go through that hell again,” Murphy said.

Dustin Racioppi, Asbury Park Press

Ryder Cup golf event postponed until 2021

The Ryder Cup, among the premiere events in professional golf, was postponed for one year Wednesday, the latest major sports event to fall victim to the pandemic.

PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA TOUR jointly announced Wednesday the one-year delay. The tournament, played every two years, features a team of elite U.S. golfers against a team representing the rest of the world. It was set for Sept. 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, but has been pushed back a year, to Sept. 21-26, 2021.

New York City unveils schools plan for mix of in-class, remote learning

New York City’s public schools plan to open in September with a mix of in-person and remote learning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. Plans call for no more than a dozen students in a classroom at once. Most students will not  report to the schools every day, although some “cohorts” of students will attend five days, including many special needs children. De Blasio said he understands that having kids at home will put a strain on many working parents but noted that day care centers are beginning to reopen.

“There is a huge amount of work to be done,” de Blasio said. “If the data tells us to do something differently, we will. But my responsibility is to get the schools ready to go.”

China rips US withdrawal from WHO, dismisses ‘habitual quitter’ 

The United States decision to drop out of the World Health Organization damages the global fight against COVID-19 and reflects U.S. unilateralism, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday. Zhao Lijian made the remarks a day after the U.S. formally submitted its notification of withdrawal to United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres.  President Donald Trump has  blasted the multilateral institution as an ineffective tool of China.

“This move has once again revealed the U.S. side’s pursuit of unilateralism as a habitual quitter,” Zhao said. “We also call on the international community to … increase support for the WHO, and jointly safeguard global public health security.”

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Coronavirus updates: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

A man walks past a mural by US muralist Kyle Holbrook with health workers and Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage wearing a mask in Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida on June 29, 2020. The City of Miami issued an emergency order mandating facial coverings be worn in public at all times and until further notice. Officials will start issuing fines of up to $500 for not wearing a mask in public. CHANDAN KHANNA, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

A man rides a bike past a coronavirus-related mural by urban artists Mick Martinez and “Were Torres” in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on June 27, 2020. HERIKA MARTINEZ, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

People wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, pass a mural on a business that has reopened, in San Antonio, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in San Antonio. Cases of COVID-19 have spiked in Texas and the governor of Texas is encouraging people to wear masks in public and stay home if possible. Eric Gay, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils works in his mural depicting healthcare workers’ faces carved on a wall of Sao Joao Hospital in Porto on June 17, 2020. Vhils unveiled on June 19, 2020 this carving-graffiti artwork at the Sao Joao hospital that pays tribute to the health professionals who were at the frontline fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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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

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An Emergency room doctor paints a mural outside of Zuni restaurant to honor medical workers during coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on June 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Doctors and medical workers helped paint a mural honoring healthcare workers on boarded up windows in a project spearheaded by San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and Paint the Void. Justin Sullivan, Getty ImagesFullscreen

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A coronavirus-related mural in Mexico City, photographed on June 9, 2020. ALFREDO ESTRELLA, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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A mural depicting a girl and a teddy bear wearing face masks that reads “I miss school” is pictured in the town of Ferizaj, Kosovo on June 7, 2020, amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. All schools remain closed in Kosovo since March 14 as part of coronavirus lockdown measures. ARMEND NIMANI, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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A man walks past a wall painted to thank workers and frontline medical staff as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, after the government loosened a lockdown as preventative measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Dhaka on June 7, 2020. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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Men walk next to a graffiti of a man covering his face with a hoodie on June 1, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. After 77 days, Maduro Administration eases the restrictions against COVID-19, allowing certain activities to reopen. Carolina Cabral, Getty ImagesFullscreen

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A woman walks past a mural honoring health care workers during the new coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Dita Alangkara, APFullscreen

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A Tanzanian woman carries a basket on her head as she walks in front of a graffiti painted by the Wachata artists group to raise awareness about wearing masks to avoid the risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Dar es Salaam on May 26, 2020. ERICKY BONIPHACE, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A motorist goes past a graffiti depicting the COVID-19 coronavirus during a nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Mumbai on May 16, 2020. Indranil Mukherjee, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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An artist paints a floor mural dedicated to police forces to thank their service braving all risks during a nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on May 16, 2020. Indranil Mukherjee, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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A woman wearing a face mask passes by a mural featuring William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’ s characters Tom & Jerry mentioning the safe distance to be held from each other – “One meter” – in Rome, Friday, May 15, 2020. Alfredo Falcone, APFullscreen

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A person wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks by a closed storefront in Lebanon, Pa., May 12, 2020. Matt Rourke, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

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A mural to a bakers covers the back wall of a shop along Market Street as businesses creak back to life with the easing of restrictions to check the spread of the new coronavirus, May 13, 2020, in Denver. David Zalubowski, APFullscreen

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A “Kill the Virus” mural covers plywood boards at the shuttered Evel Knievel-themed Evel Pie restaurant in the Fremont East Entertainment District amid the continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on May 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nev. Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesFullscreen

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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

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A person walks past a mural on a building on May 7, 2020 in New York City. ANGELA WEISS, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

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Coronavirus updates: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

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: US hits daily record; New Jersey to require masks outdoors; United Airlines announces major layoffs

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. Berlin has closed all Bars and pubs because of the corona virus outbreak in Germany. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Sven Hoppe, dpa via APFullscreen

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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

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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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US coronavirus map: Tracking the outbreak

WHO: Evidence ’emerging’ of airborne transmission of virus

Evidence of airborne transmission of the coronavirus in “crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings… cannot be ruled out,” said Benedetta Allegranzi, the World Heath  technical lead for infection prevention and control. The acknowledgement comes days after 239 health experts, in an open letter to the international science community, urged their colleagues to take airborne transmission seriously as COVID-19 cases rise.

The World Health Organization had not recognized such transmission except in health care settings through “aerosol-generating procedures.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called airborne, person-to-person transmission over long distances “unlikely.” But Dr. Matthew Heinz, hospitalist at Tucson Medical Center in Arizona, said there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence “based on who I’m admitting and their described behavior.”

Adrianna Rodriguez

More on the coronavirus from USA TODAY

Where a face mask is required: Many governors are instituting or renewing orders requiring people to wear face coverings in public as cases continue to rise. Is your state on the list? See it here. 

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