This is your June 4, 2020, Daily Update. Follow the daily updates here.
Protests across the country continued to trend toward a more peaceful tone than experienced at the beginning of the week. Conflict and violence continued in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and other major cities. Three police officers serving on the anti-looting patrol in New York were injured by an attacker Wednesday evening. The violent incidents appeared to be the exception to the national reality rather than the rule.
Although the protests continue the chaos of the first week since George Floyd’s death appears to be winding down.
Murder charges against the officer involved in George Floyd’s death were issued yesterday. Also included were charges of aiding and abetting for the three officers who stood by while Floyd died. Minnesota’s attorney general said it would be difficult to secure a guilty verdict against the police officers.
Former President Obama issued remarks on the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans in recent months.
Former Defense Secretary and Marine General Mattis published a statement in the Atlantic condemning President Trump. Mattis said, “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.”
Mattis’s statement was a rare departure from his past efforts to stay clear of criticizing the President.
Pandemic June 4, 2020 Update
Global Confirmed Cases – 6,596,713
Global Deaths – 388,424
There were more than 121,000 newly confirmed cases around the world in the last 24 hours. Brazil is now seeing nearly as many deaths in a day as the US. Brazil surpassed the US for most new cases reported in a 24 hour period yesterday. Confirmed cases in Egypt are surging.
Globally, more than 450,000 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. More than 600 nurses have died.
At least 70 coronavirus testing centers across the US shut down in the last week due to the protests.
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