IHME model forecasts 300,000 deaths; unemployment

A new forecast warns that COVID-10 deaths could reach 300,000 by December without widespread use of masks. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says consistent use of a face covering would lower the figure by 70,000.

Meanwhile, negotiations over another coronavirus stimulus tumbled into a state of uncertainty Thursday night. After a three-hour meeting, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said the White House is still willing to do a short-term measure on unemployment if a broader deal cannot be reached.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who had been set to meet with President Trump on Thursday, ultimately tested negative for COVID-19. Earlier in the day, a rapid test gave him a positive reading

Here are some significant developments:

  • Job report:The economy added 1.8 million jobs in July while unemployment fell to 10.2%, the Labor Department said Friday.
  • If you’re visiting New York, you may face a travel checkpoint as the state starts aggressive enforcement of its quarantine rules.
  • India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases of infection and more than 41,000 deaths.
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