The governors of California and New York have now both said they will not follow controversial new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The guidance says people without symptoms who have been exposed to infected people might not need to be tested for Covid-19, a reversal from the agency’s previous guidance. The Food and Drug Administration has also now authorized a new Covid-19 test from Abbott Labs that the company says costs just about $5 and produces results rapidly.
The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
- Global cases: More than 24.2 million
- Global deaths: At least 826,300
- U.S. cases: More than 5.8 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 179,700