Coronavirus Now: COVID-19 Updates for May 30

As of May 30, confirmed cases of COVID-19 now number at more than 6 million around the world, including more than 1.784 million cases in the United States and more than 104,000 U.S. deaths. You can see a breakdown of coronavirus cases throughout the world and within the U.S. on the map and chart above.

Below you’ll find updates on the latest news about the coronavirus.

May 30 News Updates

Worldwide Cases Surpass 6 Million for the First Time

For the first time, worldwide cases of coronavirus have surpassed 6 million. Worldometers‘ and Newsbreaks’ app statistics (shown in the map above) both indicate that we’ve now passed more than 6 million cases in the world. There have been more than 366,000 recorded deaths, including more than 104,000 deaths just from the United States.

Lake of Ozarks Employee Terrified About Returning to Work

Tinara Lynch works at the Land Shark Bar and Grill restaurant at the Lake of Ozarks, Missouri. Photos of similar restaurants nearby showed huge crowds packed close together, and Lynch said the same thing happened at her location.

Lynch, 21, said that with the restaurant reopening, she would lose unemployment benefits if she didn’t return to work, MSN reported. But her father has multiple sclerosis and by returning to work, she might risk passing the coronavirus on to him. Choosing between an income and keeping her father safe has been a heartbreakingly difficult decision for her to make.

She said she had to work in the middle of big crowds and only a few people were wearing masks. “There’s absolutely no way to even be six feet apart,” she said. She wished her employer let them extend their unemployment and monitor what happens with the reopening, but that wasn’t an option.

Additional Vaccine Updates

GettyA woman leaves Life Care Center of Kirkland on February 29, 2020, in Kirkland, Washington.

Moderna’s new vaccine has shown promise in early trials of eight volunteers who received two doses, The New York Times reported. The vaccine showed a safe immune response. The trial will now be repeated with hundreds and later thousands of people in a July trial. The vaccine uses mRNA from the virus, which is a new process. The earliest a Moderna vaccine might be available would be the end of this year or early 2021.

Oxford University researchers have tested a vaccine that successfully works in monkeys and is being tested in Britain volunteers, WUSA9 reported in late April. If all goes well, the first few million doses could be ready as soon as September. The vaccine uses genes from a spikey protein to help the immune system make antibodies.

Bill Gates is funding factories that will test seven vaccine candidates to help mobilize vaccines faster, Business Insider reported in early April. He said: “Even though we’ll end up picking at most two of them, we’re going to fund factories for all seven, just so that we don’t waste time.”

A second potential COVID-19 vaccine is entering Phase 1 clinical human trials, TechCrunch reported in early April.  This one is from Inovio and is the INO-4800 DNA vaccine. Inovio completed Phase 1 trial for a similar DNA vaccine for MERS. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is backing this trial.

On March 30, Johnson & Johnson announced that it will start human clinical trials for a vaccine in September, with the first round not being available until early 2021.

A clinical vaccine trial funded by NIH at Kaiser Permanente in Washington began on Monday, March 16. Forty-five people participated in the first round. The vaccine candidate code is mRNA-1273. As of May 1, about 2/3 of the participants had gotten their first of two doses, NBC News reported.

Israeli scientists have said they may be close to a vaccine, The Jerusalem Post reported. Scientists have been working on a vaccine against a bronchial disease that affected poultry. Dr. Chen Katz told The Jerusalem Post that out of luck, they had chosen a coronavirus as the proof of concept for their technology, and the DNA of COVID-19 is very similar.

Greffex in Houston has a potential vaccine ready for animal testing, Yahoo! reported. And Walter Reed and the U.S. Army have been conducting animal studies since January.

Coronavirus Trends in the United States

An interactive map from shows recent trends in deaths per state over the last 14 and 7 days. You can view the full map here. Green means the trend is decreasing, red means the deaths are increasing. Circles show the prior 14 days and triangles show the prior seven days.

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Another map sourcing the most recent news about the virus can be found here.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, talk with your doctor right away.

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