The United States reported 66,273 new coronavirus cases and 941 related deaths today, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
That raises the national total to 3,497,847 cases and 137,407 deaths.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.
2:42 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020
Fauci says he’s "walking a tightrope" as people try to pit him against the president
From CNN's Shelby Lin Erdman
The public battle between President Donald Trump's economic and medical advisers has commanded national attention all week, with attempts from the administration to discredit top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
But Fauci, who has become the lead scientific face of the fight against the pandemic, said he doesn’t like conflict, and doesn’t “like to be pitted against the president.”
“I’m an apolitical person,” Fauci told CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell in an interview published Wednesday on InStyle.com.
“It’s pretty tough walking a tightrope while trying to get your message out and people are trying to pit you against the president.”
Attacks on Fauci: Unnamed staffers released so-called “opposition research” on the doctor to reporters on Monday, listing perceived errors in Fauci’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Then top white house trade adviser Peter Navarro openly attacked Fauci Tuesday in an op-ed in USA Today, claiming Fauci "has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on."
“It’s very stressful,” Fauci said in the wide-ranging and revealing interview that included his wife bioethicist Dr. Christine Grady.
Relationship with Trump: President Donald Trump has said he has “a very good” relationship with Fauci, who has not met with the president in more than a month.
Fauci, for the most part, agreed with that assessment.
“You know, it’s complicated. Because in some respects I have a very good relationship with him. During the times that I was seeing him a fair amount, it was quite a collegial relationship. And in many respects, it probably still is, but I don’t see him very much any more,” he said.
1:58 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020
Texas governor on potential shutdown: "The answer is no"
From CNN's Ashley Killough
Texas Governor Greg Abbott rejected any idea of reimposing shutdowns on Wednesday, even as coronavirus continues spreading rapidly across the Lone Star State.
"I get this question, it seems like a thousand times a day. People are panicking, thinking I'm about to shut down Texas again," he told CNN affiliate KPRC in Houston. "The answer is no. That is not the goal."
This comes after the state reported its highest daily jump in new cases and deaths. Abbott pointed to recent comments by the CDC director saying the virus could get under control if everyone wore masks for four weeks.
"No lockdown," Abbott said. "All we need is for people to wear a mask. If everyone wears a mask, nothing will be locked down."
Abbott also pushed a message of adaptability, saying "we're only a few months away" from getting medical treatments and then a "few months after that" for vaccines.
"This is a very short period of time," he said, arguing people will get to back to normal soon if they can push through the next several months.
8:12 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020
Arizona will bring in nearly 600 nurses from out of state to help with the outbreak
From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) will bring in nearly 600 critical care and medical-surgical nurses from out of state to help in Arizona hospitals, according to an ADHS press release.
Hospitals that need support with critical staffing may receive the nurses for free for up to six weeks from ADHS while they fill their gaps in staffing. Hospitals will be prioritized based on a variety of criteria.
“Covid-19 hospitalizations in Arizona have increased with hospitals reporting nearly 3,500 Covid-19 inpatients and more than 900 patients in their intensive care units. Hospitals have reported the ability to activate additional beds in their facilities with access to more nursing staff,” the release said.
The release added that federal partners had already sent nearly 100 National Disaster Medical System personnel to Arizona on a two-week deployment at the request of state and local public health and hospitals.
12:03 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020
China's economy is growing again. That's good news for the rest of the world
The world's second-largest economy grew 3.2% in the April-to-June period compared a year ago, according to government statistics released on Thursday. That's better than the 2.5% growth that analysts polled by Refinitiv were expecting.
It also means that China averted recession. In the first quarter, the $14 trillion economy shrank 6.8%, the worst plunge for a single quarter on record since China started publishing those figures in 1992. That was also the first time China reported an economic contraction since 1976.
Growth this quarter would confirm that the "post-virus recovery is underway in China, at least one to two quarters ahead of the rest of the world," analysts at ANZ Research wrote in a report published before the GDP figures were announced.
The rebound had been widely expected by analysts. China -- the early epicenter of the outbreak and the first in the world to impose draconian measures to quell the virus -- was also the first major economy to reopen.
Australia’s Victoria state registers its worst day since the pandemic began
From CNN's Angus Watson in Sydney
The Australian state of Victoria has suffered its worst day since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, with 317 new cases reported within 24 hours, said state officials on Thursday.
Two men in their 80s died due to Covid-19 in the past day, said Premier Daniel Andrews. That brings Victoria’s death toll to 29, and the national toll to 111.
Of the 317 new cases, only 28 were linked to known outbreaks. The remaining 289 cases are still under investigation.
The number of coronavirus-related patients in Victoria hospitals has risen to 109, with 29 in ICU, Andrews said.
Meanwhile, the neighboring state of New South Wales recorded 10 new Covid-19 cases, its Health Department announced Thursday. The NSW outbreak has been linked to the Victoria outbreak, with a man having traveled from Melbourne to Sydney in June, then meeting with friends at a pub in July.
8:13 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020
Latin America and the Caribbean top 3.5 million Covid-19 cases and more than 150,000 deaths
Latin American and Caribbean countries have now recorded more than 3.5 million Covid-19 cases and more than 150,000 deaths, according data from Johns Hopkins University.
The 33 countries in the region have reported a total 3,524,908cases and 150,973deaths.
The following 33 countries are included in this region:
Brazil, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Panama, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Uruguay, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Belize, Saint Lucia, Dominica, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
12:32 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020
Mexico reports more than 550 new Covid-19 deaths
From Karol Suarez in Mexico City
Mexico's health ministry recorded 6,149 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the country's total to 317,635.
The ministry also reported 579 new deaths from the virus, bringing Mexico's death toll to 36,906.
Some context: On Wednesday, Latin American and Caribbean countries surpassed more than 3.5 million Covid-19 cases and more than 150,000 deaths, according to a CNN tally based on data from Johns Hopkins University.