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Coronavirus updates: Louisiana ravaged twice by virus; dozens of cruise crew members test positive; Berlin protests shutdown

Added 08-01-20 01:04:04pm EST - “A powerful resurgence of the virus is hitting Louisiana hard. Thousands in Berlin protest shutdowns. Latest COVID-19 news Saturday.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Coronavirus updates: Louisiana ravaged twice by virus; dozens of cruise crew members test positive; Berlin protests shutdown”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Americans without employment in the COVID-19 crisis are in limbo this weekend as Congressional leaders headed home without acting to extend a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep both families and the economy afloat.

It's the latest blow for the millions of jobless people who have been caught in a tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats over how to proceed in the next phase of trying to get the sagging economy back on track. 

And while health leaders remain optimistic that a vaccine may arrive by the end of the year, the nation's death toll swelled to over 153,000 heading into Saturday. A weekly USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Friday shows three states set records for new cases per week while seven states had a record number of deaths in a week.

Baseball teams continued to struggle with players coming down with the virus. Friday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed after two players on the Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus.

It could be safe for students to return to campus this fall if colleges conduct rapid coronavirus screening every two days, according to a study published Friday.

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