Coronavirus live updates: Merck aims for large treatment studies in September; Apple’s iPad, Mac sales pop

A coronavirus relief agreement in Congress remained in doubt, just as extended unemployment benefits are set to end and new economic data showed a U.S. economy buckling under the pandemic’s weight. The Commerce Department said gross domestic product from April to June plunged 32.9% on an annualized basis, the biggest quarterly plunge in activity ever. Meanwhile, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield warned Congress of “significant public health consequences” if schools don’t reopen in the fall.

Here are some of today’s biggest developments:

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 17.3 million 
  • Global deaths: At least 673,822
  • U.S. cases: More than 4.4 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 152,075

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