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A daily news roundup on the latest headlines happening in America. Follow us on Twitter @InAmericaPod for the latest stories.
Jul 5, 2020
WHO Raises Alarm On America’s Massive Remdesivir Purchase
Quick Take * The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for students to be physically present in school. * The WHO raises concerns over America’s purchase of nearly all global supply of remdesivir. * California and NYC order closure of indoor dining as daily coronavirus cases reach 50,000. * Out of state healthcare reinforcements are being brought in to assist with hospitals in Texas.
Jul 5, 2020
Airbus Cuts 15,000 Jobs Across Global Workforce
Quick Take * The Senate extended the application period for the Paycheck Protection Program. * Several states across the Midwest are seeing a resurgence in coronavirus cases. * European nations have now reopened their borders to nonessential travelers from a list of countries. * Airbus has announced that it will cut nearly 15,000 jobs across its global workforce.
Jul 1, 2020
Sunbelt States Pause Reopening Plans
Quick Take * Pandemic measures are extended in Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, and California. * California reports a near doubling in coronavirus cases over the past week. * The WHO will investigate the original source of the virus in Wuhan, Chan. * NYC cuts the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion and cancels the planned hiring of 1,163 police officers.
Jul 1, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence Urges Public To Wear Masks
Quick Take * Outbreaks are prompting from restaurants and bars as indoor dining restrictions are lifted. * Vice President Mike Pence urged the public to wear masks during a visit to Texas. * Governors criticize the Trump Administration for deferring pandemic responsibility to states. * The rate of positive coronavirus cases in Arizona climbs above 20 percent.
Jun 28, 2020
Judge Orders Release Of Migrant Children In Detention Centers
Quick Take * Miami prepares to close beaches from July 3rd to the 7th amid record breaking case counts. * New CDC data suggests 10 times higher case counts than reported in some parts of the county. * A federal judge ordered the release of migrant children held in family detention centers. * 43 percent of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Jun 26, 2020
Record Breaking Case Counts Across America
Quick Take * Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he does not intend to move to the next phase of reopening. * Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott reversed reopening measures, ordering all bars to close. * The S&P 500 was down about 2 percent as news broke about re-imposed restrictions. * Dr. Fauci warned that coronavirus outbreaks largely in the South and West could engulf the country.
Jun 25, 2020
Texas Pauses Reopening And Elective Surgeries
Quick Take * Texas pauses its reopening process and moves to free up hospital space for virus patients. * NYC is on track to enter Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan on July 6. * The government reported that over 1 million stimulus checks, worth $1.4 billion, were sent to dead people. * Disneyland cancels its plan to reopen California theme parks on July 17th.
Jun 24, 2020
Coronavirus Testing Centers Lose Federal Funding
Quick Take * California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state recorded more than 7,000 new cases today. * Federal funding for 13 COVID-19 testing sites is set to end on June 30th. * The GOP Justice Act was blocked by Senate Democrats, calling for more stringent police reform. * Caesars Entertainment is now requiring everyone to wear masks while indoor at its hotels and casinos.
Jun 23, 2020
New York Requires Mandatory Quarantine For Travelers
Quick Take * The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts that the global economy will shrink 4.9 percent this year. * More than 35,000 new coronavirus cases were reported across the country yesterday. * New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will begin requiring certain out-of-state travelers to quarantine. * The S&P 500 fell more than 2 percent largely from shares of retailers, airlines and cruise companies.
Jun 22, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Is Still On Track For Early 2021
Quick Take * Dr. Anthony Fauci told House lawmakers that the nation is experiencing a “disturbing surge” of coronavirus infection. * Arizona reported a record 3,591 new cases and 42 deaths. * President Trump has signed an executive order that suspends the issuance of new work visas. * Steven Mnuchin said that he could foresee another economic stimulus package passing in Congress by the end of July.
Jun 19, 2020
AMC Theaters Reverses Stance On Face Mask Policy
South Carolina reported a new record high of 990 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. AMC Theaters reversed its stance on mask wearing in cinemas. The Fed works to create more coin supply as the pandemic disrupted circulation. Apple temporarily closes 11 retail stores amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.
Jun 18, 2020
45 Million Unemployment Claims Over Past 13 Weeks
Quick Take Former Atlanta police officer faces murder charges in Rayshard Brooks shooting. More than one million Americans applied for state unemployment benefits for the 13th straight week. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has confirmed that the city will ease more restrictions on Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he will allow mayors to require mask wearing.
Jun 17, 2020
New Cases Spike In Florida, Texas and Arizona
Quick Take Over the last 24 hours, Florida reported 2,783 new cases, Texas reported 2,622, and reported Arizona 2,392. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says NYC is on track to enter its next phase of reopening as soon as Monday. Stocks on Wall Street drift as investors regrouped after a week of turbulent trading. Tulsa health officials voiced concerns over the Trump rally on Saturday.
Jun 16, 2020
Police Chief Resigns After Officer Kills Black Man
Quick Take Atlanta's Police Chief stepped down after officers shot and killed a black man. Scientists at the University of Oxford say a steroid drug could reduce coronavirus deaths. Officials in Tulsa, Okla., warn that President Trump’s indoor rally could lead a spike in cases. Texas and Arizona continue to see a surge in coronavirus cases.
Jun 12, 2020
Record High Coronavirus Cases In Texas And Florida
Quick Take Texas and Florida report their highest daily totals of new coronavirus infections. CDC forecasts suggest up to 140,000 COVID-19 related deaths by July 4th. Stocks on Wall Street rose Friday, rebounding from their steepest drop in months. 1.7 million Americans are waiting for their passports after the State Department shut down.
Jun 11, 2020
Additional 1.5 Million Americans Filed For Unemployment
Quick Take An additional 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. Education Secretary issues emergency rule banning virus relief funds to undocumented students. Oregon pauses efforts to reopen the state’s economy for a week amid a recent rise in cases. Twitter removes more than 23,000 fake accounts coordinated to spread misinformation about China’s response to the virus.
Jun 10, 2020
Starbucks Permanently Closes 400 Stores
Quick Take Starbucks to permanently close 400 stores in North America, including 200 stores in Canada. The Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged at near zero. Coronavirus cases are rising in 21 states since restrictions have been lifted. Dr. Anthony Fauci warns protests could lead to a spike in new infections.
Jun 9, 2020
New York City Phase One Reopening
Quick Take NYC begins phase one reopening, allowing as many as 400,000 workers to return to work. NY lawmakers approve a bill allowing prosecutors to charge police officers who use chokeholds. Arizona urges hospitals to fully activate their emergency plans amid an increase in cases. President Trump promotes a new conspiracy theory against a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo.
Jun 8, 2020
Minneapolis City Council To Dismantle Police Department
Quick Take Minneapolis City Council members pledge to dismantle the city’s Police Department. President Trump orders National Guard troops to begin withdrawing from D.C. FDA discourages the reuse of certain N95 masks manufactured in China. Tropical storm hits southeast Louisiana, causing 3 to 5 feet of flooding across the coastline.
Jun 6, 2020
Buffalo Police Suspended After Injuring Elderly Man
Quick Take A 75-year-old protester suffers a serious head injury after being shoved to the ground by police officers. A new video shows Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old black man, dying while in custody by police officers. The national unemployment rate has fallen to 13.3 as employers added 2.5 million jobs in May. Mall operator sues Gap for nearly $66 million in unpaid rent.
May 22, 2020
Millions Siphoned In Fraudulent Unemployment Claims
Quick Take The U.S. Department of Health will provide up to $1.2 billion to develop a potential coronavirus vaccine. Fraudsters targeting Washington State’s unemployment system siphoned millions of dollars. Stanford economist estimates that 42 percent of recent layoffs will result in permanent job loss. Long Island and the suburban counties north of New York City could begin reopening next week.
May 21, 2020
5 Million Coronavirus Infections
Quick Take 38 million people have filed claims for unemployment benefits over the past nine weeks. Thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes in Michigan after catastrophic flooding. New York State is investigating 157 cases of a new life-threatening childhood illness. President Trump’s former personal lawyer who has been released from federal prison.
May 20, 2020
U.S. Borders Stay Closed For Another Month
Quick Take The U.S.-Canadian and Mexican borders will remain closed for another month. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned of more severe job losses in the months to come. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announces a new pilot program for allowing visitors at hospitals. The CDC quietly released detailed guidance for schools, businesses, and transit systems.
May 19, 2020
Economic Recovery May Take A While
Quick Take The Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says economic recovery could stretch into late 2021. President Trump admits he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for a week and a half. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets swabbed for coronavirus during his daily live coronavirus briefing. Illinois makes it a misdemeanor for business owners to defy pandemic restrictions. Get the full story 👉 here.
May 7, 2020
Trump Says U.S. Death Toll Could Reach 100,000
Quick Take President Trump says he predicts the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. could reach 100,000. Top economic adviser says the administration is in no rush to push with another financial aid package. Seven Eastern states join together to buy $5 billion in vital virus-fighting supplies and equipment. J. Crew, a fashion company that operates 170 retail stores, files for bankruptcy.
May 2, 2020
Department of Agriculture Spends $300 Million On Surplus Food
Quick Take Department of Agriculture spends $300 million on surplus food and sends it to food banks. Ashford Inc. returns $70 million in loans received through the Paycheck Protection Program. Protesters across Illinois, Michigan, California, and Louisiana demand the reopening of their states. LA coronavirus testing website is overwhelmed with online visitors and testing requests.
May 1, 2020
FDA Approves Emergency Use Of Remdesivir
Quick Take World Health Organization extends its declaration of a global health emergency. FDA approves emergency use of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that seems to boost recovery time. Over 75 laboratories participate in a national initiative to speed up research of the virus. CDC report shows that more than 4,000 meatpacking workers have been infected with coronavirus.
Apr 30, 2020
11 States No Longer Have Stay At Home Orders
States with expired stay-at-home orders: Colorado, Montana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Idaho, Maine, Georgia, Indiana, and Missouri. Eight other states never enforced such as order. States with eased business restrictions: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Maine, Georgia, and Alaska.
Apr 29, 2020
3.8 Million Americans Filed For Unemployment Last Week
Quick Take FDA requests manufacturers to make hand sanitizers taste bitter. Tupac Shakur files for unemployment along with 3.8 million Americans. California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines a four-phase reopening plan. Governors in twelve states allow stay-at-home orders to expire.
Apr 28, 2020
Federal Government To Help Meat Plants Amid Closures
Quick Take President Trump declares meat processing plants as critical infrastructure to ensure facilities remain open. Vice President Mike Pence defies a policy to wear a face mask at a medical center in Rochester, NY. The biggest operator of malls plans to reopen shopping centers across the United States. Bank of America claims the SBA only approved 1,000 of its 184,000 loan applications from small businesses.
Apr 27, 2020
States To Reopen Nonessential Businesses
Quick Take Trump suggests for governors to reopen their public schools before the end of the academic year. Under growing pressure, President Trump unveiled a plan to ramp up federal assistance for testing. Texas reopens businesses starting Friday, May 1st. A top ER doctor at a Manhattan hospital committed suicide after being on the front lines of battling the pandemic.
Apr 26, 2020
1 Million Americans Infected With Coronavirus
Quick Take New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined a phased reopening plan starting May 15th. Dr. Deborah Birx says the US needs a technological breakthrough to screen the U.S. population on a scalable level. IRS makes enhancements to the Get My Payment application, providing an update for millions of Americans left waiting for their payment. All patients from the USNS Comfort hospital ship in New York City have been discharged. Get the full story 👉 here.
Apr 25, 2020
WHO Warns Against “Immunity Passports”
Quick Take Systemic disconnects between the IRS and the tax preparation industry causes additional delays for stimulus payments. CDC adds six new coronavirus symptoms to its website. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows independent pharmacies to collect and coronavirus tests. The WHO pushes back against the theory that individuals can only catch the coronavirus once.
Apr 24, 2020
Georgia Reopens Nonessential Businesses
Quick Take Clorox and Lysol issue warnings against ingesting cleaning products. Georgia opens gyms, salons, and barbershops despite much criticism. President Donald Trump signs a $484 billion relief package into law, toping a $3 trillion deficit. The Navy recommends for the Defense Secretary to reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier.
Apr 23, 2020
1 in 5 New Yorkers May Have Had COVID-19
Quick Take An antibody study shows that 21 percent of 1,300 people in New York City have had COVID-19. The House has approved a $484 billion coronavirus relief package. California reported its deadliest day with 115 fatalities. Trump suggested medical experts study the use of light and “injecting” disinfectant into the human body.
Apr 22, 2020
CDC Director Warns Second Wave Will Be More Difficult
Quick Take CDC director Robert Redfield warns of the resurgence of coronavirus in Fall. President Trump suspends the issuance of new green cards for 60 days, impacting spouses of U.S. citizens. Autopsy shows the first coronavirus death in the U.S. was on Feb. 6th in California. Dr. Rick Bright has been abruptly dismissed after questioning the hard push for hydroxychloroquine.
Apr 21, 2020
U.S. Senate Approves $480 Billion Stimulus Bill
Quick Take NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Trump agreed to waive the state match for the costs related to using FEMA. The U.S. Senate passed a new $480 billion round of fiscal stimulus aimed for small businesses. Doctors report sudden strokes in COVID-19 infected adults in their 30s and 40s. Tyson Foods shuts down its largest pork plant as 91 workers test positive for coronavirus.
Apr 20, 2020
U.S. Crude Oil Prices Go Negative
Quick Take U.S. crude oil hits a record -$37.63 a barrel. U.S. Senate reaches a $484 billion coronavirus relief deal including funding for small businesses. A team at Oxford begins trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine this week. The Netherlands cancels public gatherings until Sept. 1st but opens elementary schools next month.
Apr 16, 2020
U.S. Investigates Laboratory In Wuhan
Quick Take The U.S. government investigates possible COVID-19 origination from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. NY extends the state’s shutdown to May 15th and mandates face coverings in public. $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program runs out of funds and declines new applications. Japan makes roughly $1,000 cash payments to individuals as the nation declares an emergency.
Apr 15, 2020
WHO Reviews Impact From U.S. Funding Withdrawal
Quick Take Trump halts WHO funding as the administration reviews its role in handling the virus. Trump administration reaches a $25 billion agreement with major airline companies. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will be moving from its broad stay-at-home order to a more individual approach. NYC death toll spikes as 3,778 unaccounted deaths are added.
Apr 13, 2020
Lockdown Measures Extended Into May
Quick Take U.S. governors form a consortium to reopen from stay-at-home orders. China reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in more than five weeks. A US Navy sailor aboard the Theodore Roosevelt ship has died due to complications from coronavirus. Italy, France, and Britain extend national lockdown measures into May.
Apr 10, 2020
Denver Meatpacking Plant Closes After Second Death
Quick Take Federal projections show a spike in mid-summer if current stay at home orders are lifted. Spain allows factory and construction workers to go back to work. A JBS meatpacking plant in Colorado has shut down after a second worker died. France reports dozens of heart incidents linked to hydroxychloroquine.
Apr 7, 2020
Black Americans Are Hit Hardest By Coronavirus
Quick Take New York has reported 779 deaths in the 24 hours, bringing its death toll in the state is 6,268. Black Americans constitute 28% of NYC deaths, but make up just 22% of the city's population. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson begins his third day in intensive care been as symptoms worsen. WHO director-general responds to trump’s comments about being China-centric.
Apr 3, 2020
China Hoards Masks As CDC Urges Public Wearing
Quick Take New CDC guidelines urge Americans to wear face coverings in public. 3M has pushed back against the government's order to prioritize U.S. orders. California National Guard constructs field hospital in Shasta County. Google data shows New Yorkers are doing less social distancing than residents of hard-hit Spain and Italy.
Apr 2, 2020
Florida And Georgia Issue 30 Day Stay-At-Home Order
Quick Take Florida and Georgia issue a 30-day stay-at-home order effective Friday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom warns the state is on track to run out of hospital beds by mid-May. Japan sends two reusable cloth masks to each of the country’s 50 million households. The United Nations postpones a climate change conference scheduled for November. World-renowned HIV/AIDS researcher Gita Ramjee dies at the age of 50 from COVID-19 complications.
Apr 1, 2020
U.S. Projects 240,000 Deaths With Mitigation
Quick Take Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci project that up to 240,000 people will die from coronavirus in the U.S. Amazon terminates an assistant manager after he led a protest calling for coronavirus protections. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio pleads for help as deaths in the city top 1,000. A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died in a south London hospital.
Mar 31, 2020
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Surpass China
Quick Take Italy, Spain, and the U.S. have surpassed China in coronavirus cases and deaths. Ford and General Electric team up in a race to build tens of thousands of ventilators. The UK’s temporary Nightingale Hospital will accept patients this week. Austria requires all residents to wear face masks when they shop for groceries.
Mar 30, 2020
New York Reports Record 237 Deaths In One Day
Quick Take 237 people in New York have died from coronavirus in one day. President Trump has also extended the National Social Distancing Guidelines until April 30, 2020 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns things will get worse before getting better. Dr. Anthony Fauci says that the United States could record 100,000 to 200,000 coronavirus deaths. The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine.
Mar 27, 2020
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tests Positive
Quick Take UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson becomes the first leader of a major power test positive for coronavirus. US President Donald Trump calls for U.S. manufacturers to build 100,000 ventilators. US FDA allows hospitals to repurpose medical equipment to serve as ventilators. Apple works with CDC and FEMA to develop a COVID-19 screening application.
Mar 26, 2020
U.S. Overtakes China In Coronavirus Cases
Quick Take Italy’s death toll surpasses 8k although new cases slow down. France reports 365 new coronavirus deaths, including a 16-year-old girl. 3 million Americans file for unemployment, IRS to send out checks. New York reports 100 deaths in 24 hours, including the death of a Manhattan hospital nurse.
Mar 25, 2020
US Senate To Pass $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
Quick Take Spain overtakes China in coronavirus deaths with nearly 4,000 fatalities. U.S. Senate reaches an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus package. A study finds injury to the heat a common condition among people hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Steven Dick, Deputy Head of Mission for the British embassy in Budapest, died at age 37 after contracting coronavirus.
Mar 24, 2020
Teenager Dies From COVID-19 In Los Angeles
Quick Take Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi orders India's 1.3 billion people to not leave their homes for 21 days. A teenager dies from coronavirus in Los Angeles. Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are postponed until 2021. The UK calls in the military to build a temporary hospital with up to 4k beds in east London. A UN official urges top 20 nations to adopt a wartime plan including a multi-trillion dollar stimulus package.
Mar 23, 2020
1.5 Billion People Under “Stay At Home” Quarantine
Quick Take Boris Johnson issues a national stay-at-home order, banning all public gatherings of more than two people. US President Trump activates the National Guard in New York, California, and Washington State. Italy may have reached its peak as daily deaths have decreased from a high of 793 deaths in one day. Unemployed Australians to receive a $550 payment booster.
Mar 20, 2020
California Orders Mandatory “Stay At Home” As U.S. Cases Top 20k
Quick Take Italy considers extending lockdown as it sees 627 deaths in one day. California and Illinois mandated a mandatory “Stay At Home” order. Border closures to non-essential travelers from Canada and Mexico take effect this weekend. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces the nationwide closure of cafes, pubs, and restaurants.
Mar 19, 2020
U.S. State Department Urges Americans “Do Not Travel” Abroad
Quick Take According to the CDC, 20% of COVID-19 patients aged 20-44 were hospitalized in the U.S. Italy’s death toll increased to 3,405, overtaking the death toll in China The US State Department has also issued a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” abroad alert. Amazon temporarily closes Prime Pantry nationwide to restock. IBM supercomputer identified 77 compounds that could potentially stop coronavirus from spreading.
Mar 18, 2020
Italy Reports 475 Coronavirus Deaths In One Day, Cases Top 35,000
Quick Take All schools in the UK to close starting Friday until further notice. Italy reports 475 new coronavirus deaths in a single day. The U.S. dispatched the USNS Comfort hospital ship to New York City. Australia enforces a level 4 travel ban, preventing Australians from leaving the country.
Mar 17, 2020
Coronavirus Global Cases Surpass 200k
Quick Take Global confirmed cases surpass 200,000 and more than 8,000 deaths. The US federal government gives taxpayers a 90-day extension to pay owed income taxes owed for 2019. Thousands attend “Vive Latino” in Mexico despite coronavirus concerns. Swiss official warns Switzerland’s health care system could collapse if the current rate of spread continues.
Mar 16, 2020
Spain Nationalizes All Private Hospitals Amid Massive Coronavirus Spike
Quick Take The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates to 0.25%. The CDC urges against gatherings of over 50 people. Amazon will open 100,000 new positions. UK PM Johnson orders a stop on non-essential travel. Spain sees a spike in cases, topping 342 deaths.
Mar 15, 2020
Italy Reports 368 New Deaths In 24 Hours Time
Quick Take In Italy, 368 new coronavirus deaths were recorded in the past 24-hours. In China, as cases drop, China sends 150 pulmonary respirators and 5 million face masks to Italy. In Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega calls for a large march despite WHO suggestions against gatherings. In the U.S., bars and restaurants have been ordered to close in Ohio, Illinois, and Washington D.C.
Mar 14, 2020
Trump Declares A National Emergency
Quick Take US President Trump has declared a national emergency, providing $50 billion in emergency funding. Disney Parks, Mount Everest, the Eiffel Tower, and schools across the US close. JetBlue bans a passenger who flew with coronavirus. Infections in China fall to just eight new reported cases and medical aid is sent to Italy.
Mar 12, 2020
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Warns Many Families Will Lose Loved Ones
Quick Take El Salvador President Nayib Bukele declares a national quarantine, despite no cases in the country. Coronavirus claims the lives of over 1,000 people in Italy, 188 deaths happening in just 24 hours time. A Brazilian press secretary tests positive for coronavirus just days after meeting Trump. China says the coronavirus peak may be over in the country as cases drop to single-digits in Wuhan. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns many families will lose loved ones.
Mar 12, 2020
World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus Outbreak A Pandemic
Quick Take World Health Organization declares coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Italy Prime Minister orders almost all businesses nationwide to close as infections soar. British Airways and Ryanair cancel all flights to and from Italy with some rescue flights scheduled until Friday. President Trump suspends all travel to the US from European countries, except the UK, for 30 days.
Mar 10, 2020
Italy Prime Minister Locks Down Entire Country To Stop Coronavirus
Quick Take Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte places the entire country on lockdown until April 3rd. Clusters of the virus swell on both coasts of the U.S. with 70 cases now tied to a conference in Boston. China’s leader Xi Jinping visits Wuhan for the first time since the outbreak.