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1:25 a.m. Nov. 15, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 253 million and Austria moves ahead with lockdown of unvaccinatedThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 253.4 million on Monday, while the death toll edged above 5.10 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 47 million cases and 763,092 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado and New Mexico. Austria has moved ahead with its threat to order unvaccinated people to stay at home for an initial 10-day period, The move prohibits unvaccinated people 12 and older from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk - or getting vaccinated. Authorities are concerned about rising infections and deaths and that soon hospital staff will no longer be able to handle the growing influx of COVID-19 patients. "It's our job as the government of Austria to protect the people," Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. "Therefore we decided that starting Monday ... there will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated." India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 463,655 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 611,283 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 251,796 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 143,337.
2:19 a.m. Nov. 12, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 252 million and Netherlands plans partial lockdownThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 252 million on Friday, while the death toll edged above 5.08 million, according to . The U.S. continues to lead the world with a total of 46.9 million cases and 759,677 deaths. The U.S. is still averaging almost 1,200 deaths a day, although cases and hospitalizations are declining, outside of hot spots that include California, Colorado and New Mexico. The Netherlands has opted to take the advice of a panel of experts and implement a partial lockdown, becoming the first Western European country to do so since summer. Bars and restaurants will close early and sporting events will be held without audiences for three weeks as the country faces a new wave of cases. The World Health Organization said this week that Europe is now the only region where cases and deaths are rising on a weekly basis, led by Russia where unvaccinated people have set record daily death tolls for weeks. India is second by cases after the U.S. at 34.4 million and has suffered 462,690 deaths. Brazil has second highest death toll at 610,224 and 21.9 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities at 248,203 deaths, followed by the U.K. at 142,971.
9:46 a.m. Oct. 7, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil futures recoup some recent losses; natural-gas prices end nearly flatOil futures to recoup some price losses suffered a day earlier. Prices found support after that the U.S. Energy Department said it has no plans to tap the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That contradicted comments reported by the Financial Times from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday, who raised the possibility of a release of oil from the SPR. Oil also moved higher along with the stock market after U.S. lawmakers . That took the "risk of a near-term recession off the table, and puts off the potential debt ceiling calamity for another day," increasing oil demand expectations, said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at The Price Futures Group. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose 87 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $78.30 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Natural-gas futures, meanwhile, ended the session almost flat, a day after dropping sharply on news that Russia will raise natural-gas supplies to Europe. November natural gas settled at $5.677 per million British thermal units, compared with Wednesday's finish at $5.675.
1:45 a.m. Aug. 20, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily average of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalization rise to multi-month highsThe global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 210 million as of early Friday, while death toll rose to 4,404,511, according to . The U.S. led the world with a total of 37.29 million cases and 625,166 deaths. The daily average of new cases over the past seven days rose to 143,827 as of Thursday, up 44% from two weeks ago and the most since Feb. 1, according to . The daily average for deaths increased to 911, up 108% in two weeks, and the most since March 31, while hospitalizations of 86,877 was up 53% from two weeks ago and the most since Feb. 9. The number of people that have been fully vaccinated rose to 169.59 million, or 51.1% of the total U.S. population, according to . AstraZeneca PLC said Friday that in a late stage trial. "There were no cases of severe Covid-19 or Covid-19-related deaths in those treated with AZD7442," the company said.
4:33 a.m. Aug. 10, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq rise tepidly to start Tuesday action as investors await Senate vote on infrastructureU.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday morning, as investors watched the global spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and searched for fresh catalysts to keep pushing equities higher. Investors were also awaiting the passage of a infrastructure package by the Senate later in the session. Energy prices , meanwhile, were rebounding from a sharp rout. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% at 35,129, the S&P 500 index advanced 0.1% at 4,436, and the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 0.2% at 14,888. Meanwhile, the Senate was a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure package with broad bipartisan support Tuesday, advancing a central piece of President Biden's economic agenda. In corporate news, shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings climbed after the movie-theater chain reported a narrower quarterly loss late Monday, and a deal with AT&T's Warner Bros. over showing its movies in theaters before streaming. In COVID news, the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 has driven the daily average of new cases in the U.S. above 100,000 for the first time since February and created a crisis in Austin, Texas, where hospitals are running out of intensive care unit beds. The U.S. seven-day average of new cases stood at 110,360 on Sunday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 112% from two weeks ago. Hospitalizations have climbed 90% and deaths are up 92% in the period.
2:14 a.m. June 18, 2021 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Airline shares rise after EU lifts travel ban on Americans: reportShares of U.S. airlines rose in premarket trading on Friday after the European Union reportedly recommended the lifting of a nonessential travel ban for Americans across its member states. Governments made the decision on Friday to add the U.S. to a "white list" of countries, and each country will now be able to decide what kind of restrictions, if any, to place on U.S. visitors, and Bloomberg reported. The European Commission was reportedly pressured by countries heavily dependent on tourism, including Italy, Spain and Portugal, who are trying to save the summer season. EU officials had agreed on Wednesday to recommend lifting those bans in place since the pandemic last year, with that decision reportedly official on Friday. Shares of Delta Airlines and United Airlines were up around 1% each in premarket trading.
7:49 a.m. May 31, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
’Contagious unemployment’ — a controversial theory why companies have difficulty hiring workers ‘Unemployed workers send over 10 times as many job applications in a month as their employed peers, but are less than half as likely per application to make a move’‘Unemployed workers send over 10 times as many job applications in a month as their employed peers, but are less than half as likely per application to make a move.’
7:28 a.m. April 25, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Ireland surpassed China in confirmed COVID-19 deaths — how on Earth did that happen? The Republic of Ireland, a small island at the northwestern tip of Europe, has a population of 4.9 million, compared with China’s 1.4 billion peopleThe Republic of Ireland, the small island on the northwestern tip of Europe, has a population of 4.9 million, compared to China’s 1.4 billion people.
2:27 a.m. April 13, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow futures turn south Tuesday after FDA and CDC call for pause of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccineFutures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 pivoted lower Tuesday morning after said that the U.S. will seek a pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to blood-clotting issues. "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution," the Food and Drug Administration, said jointly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The New York Times, citing officials briefed on the decision, said a rare clotting issue has cropped up in six women within about two weeks of vaccination. Futures for the Dow fell 127 points or 0.4% and those for the S&P 500 were trading 0.3% lower at 4,107. Shares of J&J were down 3% in pre-market action on Tuesday. The FDA and the CDC are requesting that the J&J vaccine not be used at federal sites and is urging states to also follow suit.
1:25 a.m. April 12, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global deaths from COVID-19 climb toward 3 million, as U.S. death toll tops 562,000The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness rose to 136.1 million on Monday, according to , as the death toll climbed to 2,937,730. The U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths by wide margins, with 31.2 million cases, or about 23% of the global total, while the 562,066 death toll made of about 19% of the total. On Sunday, the U.S. added at least 48,147 new cases and 296 new deaths, , although those numbers are likely under-reported given reduced staffing at hospitals at weekends. The U.S. has averaged 69,632 cases per day, up 11% from the average two weeks ago. The rise in new cases comes despite the continued increase in vaccinations. More than 187.0 million doses have been administered and more than 119.2 million Americans -- 35.9% of the total population -- have received at least one dose, with more than 72.6 million people, or 21.9% of the population, being fully vaccinated, according to (CDC). Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 13.53 million and also second with a death toll of 353,137. India is third worldwide in cases with 13.48 million and fourth in deaths at 170,179. Mexico is third by deaths at 209,338 and 14th highest by cases at 2.3 million. The U.K. has 4.38 million cases and 127,331 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.
1:19 a.m. March 19, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily case count climbs above 60,000, as the total count approaches 30 millionWhile COVID-19-related restrictions continue to be lifted, the daily number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has increased for a third-straight day. There were at least 60,782 new cases on Thursday, according to , up from 58,856 on Wednesday, while the daily death toll increased to at least 1,549 from 1,177 the day before. The global tally rose to 121,848,070 as of Friday morning, according to , with the U.S. accounting for 24.3% of the cases with 29,667,305. The global death toll grew to 2,692,244, with the U.S. toll of 539,698 accounting for 20.0%. On the vaccine front, the showed that 151,108,445 vaccine doses have been delivered and 115,730,008 doses have been administered. There have been 75,495,716 people, or 22.7% of the U.S. population, who have received at least one vaccine dose, while 40,981,464 people, or 12.3% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 11,780,820 and also second with a death toll at 287,499. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,514,331 and fourth in deaths at 159,370.
1:27 a.m. March 18, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily case count rises to nearly 59,000, while deaths slip to less than 1,200The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 121,256,160 as of Thursday morning, according to , with the U.S. accounting for 24.4% of the cases with 29,607,486. The global death toll grew to 2,681,790, while the U.S. death count rose to 538,087, or 20.1% of the worldwide total. In the U.S., new cases rose to at least 58,856 on Wednesday, according to , from 54,437 on Tuesday, while the number of deaths slipped to 1,177 from 1,245. On the vaccine front, the latest showed that 147,590,615 vaccine doses have been delivered and 113,037,627 doses have been administered. There have been 73,669,956 people, or 22.2% of the U.S. population, who have received at least one vaccine dose, while 39,989,196 people, or 12.0% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil is second globally in cases at 11,698,838 and also second with a death toll at 284,775. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,474,605 and fourth in deaths at 159,216.
1:23 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Daily U.S. deaths rise above 1,200 as new cases slipThe global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 120,745,792 as of Wednesday morning, , with the U.S. accounting for 24.5% of the cases with 29,549,556. The global death toll grew to 2,671,764, while the U.S. death count rose to 536,922, or 20.1% of the worldwide total. On Tuesday, the number of new cases fell to at least 54,437 from 57,081 on Monday, while deaths increased to 1,245 people from 751 the day before, . For vaccines, show that 142,918,525 vaccine doses have been delivered and a total of 110,737,856 doses have been administered. There have been 72,135,616 people who have received at least one dose, or 21.7% of the population, and 39,042,345 people, or 11.8% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil has the second highest death toll at 282,127 and is second by cases at 11,603,535. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,438,734 million and fourth in deaths at 159,044.
1:28 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: U.S. daily case and death tally edges up, but average for the week falls 18%The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 120,273,942 on Tuesday, according to , with the U.S. accounting for nearly one-quarter of the cases with 29,495,422. The global death toll grew to 2,662,067, while the U.S. death count rose to 535,628, or one-fifth of the worldwide total. On Monday, new cases increased to at least 57,081 from 38,034 on Sunday, and deaths rose to at least 751 people from 572 the day before, . The daily average of new cases over the past week was 55,153, down 18% from the average two weeks earlier. On the vaccine front, the show that 135,847,835 vaccine doses have been delivered, while 109,081,860 arms have been jabbed, including 71,054,445 people who have received at least one dose and 38,335,432 people who have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil has the second highest death toll at 279,286 and is second by cases at 11,519,609. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,409,831 million and fourth in deaths at 158,856. Mexico has the third highest death toll at 194,944 and 13th highest case tally at 2,167,729. The U.K. has the fifth-most cases at 4,276,840, while the death toll of 125,817 is fifth highest in the world and the highest in Europe.
1:31 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global cases close in on 120 million, as U.S. nears 29.5 millionThe global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 grew to 119,913,953 on Monday, , with the U.S. accounting for nearly one-quarter of the cases with 29,438,781. The global death toll rose to 2,654,629 while the U.S. death toll climbed to 534,889, or one-fifth of the total. The U.S. added at least 38,034 new cases on Sunday and at least 572 people died, . The U.S. has averaged 54,832 new cases per day over the past week, down 19% from the average two weeks earlier. The show that 135,847,835 COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered, and 107,060,274 vaccines have been administered, including 69,884,210 people having at least one dose and 37,459,269 people who have been fully vaccinated. Outside of the U.S., Brazil has the second highest death toll at 278,229 and is second by cases at 11,483,370. India is third worldwide in cases with 11,385,339 million, and fourth in deaths at 158,725. Mexico has the third highest death toll at 194,710 and 12th highest case tally at 2,166,290. The U.K. has 4,271,710 million cases and 125,753 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world.
4:32 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
News Corp. to provide Google News Showcase with premium content as part of 3-year news partnershipNews Corp. announced Wednesday a three-year agreement with Alphabet Inc.'s Google, in which News Corp. will provide premium content for the Google News Showcase offering in return for "significant payments" from Google. MarketWatch publisher Dow Jones is a division of News Corp. As part of the agreement, News Corp. will provide news from its news sites, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, MarketWatch and the New York Post; The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun in the U.K.; and The Australian, Sky News, news.com.au and other local titles in Australia. The agreement also includes the development of a subscription platform, the sharing of advertising revenue and investments in video journalism by Alphabet's YouTube. News Corp.'s stock rose 0.3% morning trading and Alphabet shares slipped 0.3%. Over the past three months, shares of News Corp. have rallied 30.7% and Alphabet have advanced 19.5%, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.3%.
1:11 a.m. Dec. 21, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Good news on cases, deaths and another vaccine offset by concerns of new strainAmericans got a double dose of good news on the COVID-19 front over the weekend, as new case, death and hospitalizations fell over the weekend, and Moderna Inc. started . There were 179,801 new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. on Sunday, down from 193,947 on Saturday and from 251,447 on Friday, according to . At least 1,422 people died on Sunday, down from 2,628 on Saturday and 2,815 on Friday, the New York Times data show. And hospitalizations fell for three straight day to snap a long streak of records, to 113,663 on Sunday from 113,929 on Saturday and 113,955 on Friday, according to the . It can't all be good, however, as the good news was offset by concerns over , that may be more contagious than the original strain. That sent the global stock markets in a tailspin, with futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling 676 points. Overall, the U.S. has had 17,847,630 COVID-19 cases as of Monday morning and 317,684 deaths, according to . The U.S. had roughly one-fifth of the global total for cases, which rose to 76,895,589, and for deaths, which grew to 1,694,715.
1:12 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coronavirus tally: Global cases climbs toward 73 million as U.S. death toll tops 300,000The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose to just under 73 million early Tuesday, according to , while the death toll climbed to 1.62 million. The U.S. has roughly one-fifth of the global totals, with a case tally of 16.52 million and a death toll of 300,494. The U.S. recorded 201,073 new cases on Monday, and at least 1,678 new deaths, according to . The U.S. has averaged 209,600 cases a day over the past week, up 31% from the average two weeks earlier. There was a record 110,549 COVID-19 patients in U.S. hospitals on Monday, according to the COVID Tracking Project, topping the previous record of 109,298 set the day before. The rising case and death counts have led a number of European countries to .
9:22 a.m. Dec. 10, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. sets record one-day death toll from coronavirus as FDA committee meets to review Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine FDA head says initial assessment is ‘this is a vaccine that does meet our criteria. ... But we do want to hear from the vaccine advisory committee.’The U.S. set fresh records for single-day fatalities from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 and hospitalizations, as a U.S. regulatory advisory committee gathered to offer its verdict on the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE.
3:36 p.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. suffers deadliest week from coronavirus since pandemic broke out A group of doctors and scientists urge leaders to follow the science and stop the misinformation that has undermined the U.S. response to the crisisThe U.S. has set another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, averaging the most deaths from COVID-19 in a week since the start of the outbreak, as cases continue to rise across the country and hospitals fill with patients
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