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Virus morning update: US sends unproven drug to Brazil; states, cities plead for new aid. Get caught up here.
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Virus morning update: US sends unproven drug to Brazil; states, cities plead for new aid. Get caught up here.

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The U.S. has sent to Brazil more than 2 million doses of a malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump as potentially protecting against and treating the coronavirus, even though scientific evidence has not backed up those uses.

No large, rigorous scientific studies have found the drug, hydroxychloroquine, safe or effective for preventing or treating COVID-19, and some smaller studies have indicated worse outcomes from those taking the drug.

Meanwhile, as local leaders are pleading for more federal aid — even before protests over police violence erupted in almost every corner of the country — the Senate resumes session Monday with no immediate plans to consider a fresh round of relief.

The House's staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, but Republicans are focused instead on ending the pandemic's stay-home economy by trimming unemployment benefits to push some of 41 million suddenly jobless Americans back to work when jobs return. Read these stories here:

Here's an update on all developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • Tuesday's primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new ways of getting out the vote during a time when it can be dangerous to leave your home.
  • The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe on Monday. The Colosseum opened its ancient doors in Rome, ferries restarted in Bangladesh, golfers played in Greece, students returned in Britain and Dutch bars and restaurants were free to welcome hungry, thirsty patrons.
  • Around 6.19 million infections have been reported worldwide, with over 372,000 people dying, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The true death toll is believed to be significantly higher, since many died without ever being tested. The U.S. has seen nearly 1.8 million infections and over 104,000 deaths in the pandemic, which has disproportionately affected racial minorities in a nation that does not have universal health care.
  • Britain, which with over 38,500 dead has the world's second-worst death toll behind the United States, eased restrictions despite warnings from health officials that the risk of spreading COVID-19 was still too great.
  • A mid-morning greyhound race in a virtually empty venue in central Birmingham wouldn’t typically be an occasion warranting special attention. For English sports fans, it was a moment to savor. When six dogs flew out of the traps at Perry Barr at 10:21 a.m. on Monday, it marked the return of competitive sports in England after a 75-day shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for some tips as states reopen and interactive maps tracking the virus.


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