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Coronavirus live updates: Deaths surpass 200,000 worldwide; WHO says no evidence recovery prevents second infection

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday, with deaths in the United States topping 53,000 as some states moved forward with plans to reopen parts of their economies.

For the third time in the past week, single-day deaths in the United States exceeded 2,000, and infection rates continued to climb in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and other hard-hit states.

Georgia has emerged as a flash point in debate over whether to lift shutdown orders that have stymied business and kept vast portions of the population indoors. The state is moving faster than any other to roll back restrictions that public health experts say should remain in place to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Doctors are still struggling to get a complete picture of how the coronavirus behaves and how it affects the human body. Young and middle-aged patients, barely sick with covid-19, are dying of strokes for reasons that remain mysterious to medical professionals, who say they’ve seen growing evidence that the virus not only attacks the lungs but nearly every major organ system.

With worldwide infections approaching 3 million, the World Health Organization cast doubt on the notion that people who have recovered from covid-19 are immune from a second infection. In a scientific brief, the organization warned that there was no evidence that people couldn’t get the disease again and advised against governments issuing “immunity passports” to people who have already had it once.

In Washington, President Trump signaled he was ready to do away with the hours-long White House news conferences he has held for weeks, saying he now thinks they’re a waste of time.

“What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately,” he tweeted. “They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!”

The remarks came after Trump received universal condemnation for speculating that injecting light or disinfectant could guard against the virus.

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