Updated 8:01 a.m. ET, August 17, 2020
- The CDC’s ensemble forecast now projects nearly 189,000 US coronavirus deaths by September 5. More than 5.4 million cases and 170,000 fatalities have been reported in the US.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that if the US allows Covid-19 infections to run rampant to achieve possible herd immunity, the death toll would be massive, especially among vulnerable people.
- New Zealand’s election has been postponed for four weeks because of concern over the spread of coronavirus in the country.
- Japan reported its worst GDP on record as the pandemic dented consumption.