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Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 732,000 people worldwide.

Over 19.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5 million diagnosed cases and at least 163,100 deaths.

Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

1:20 p.m.: Philadelphia school sports suspended until 2021

The Philadelphia Public League is suspending all interscholastic sport competitions until 2021 following a recommendation from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI reported.

Wolf said Thursday, "We ought to do everything we can to defeat that virus ... the guidance from us, recommendation, is that we don't do any sports until January first."

The Philadelphia Public League said, according to WPVI, "If guidelines released by the Governor's office change, or are updated in a way that would allow programming to resume, we reserve the right to revisit our decision and provide further guidance on a safe return to play."

12:40 p.m.: COVID-19 is not demonstrating a seasonal pattern, WHO says

COVID-19 "has demonstrated no seasonal pattern" so far, World Health Organization (WHO) emergencies chief Dr. Mike Ryan said Monday.

"What it has clearly demonstrated is: you take the pressure off the virus, the virus bounces back," Ryan warned.

"You can call that a second wave, you can call that a second spike, you can call it a flare-up, you can call it anything you like," he said. "Take the pressure off the virus, the virus will bounce back. And that's what we would say to countries in Europe: keep the pressure on the virus."

Many countries in Europe -- like France, Germany, Spain and Italy -- had major outbreaks but when they took action they were able to suppress it, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

"We all want to see schools safely reopened but we also need to ensure that students, staff and faculty are safe. The foundation for this is adequate control of transmission at the community," Tedros said. "My message is crystal clear: suppress, suppress, suppress the virus. If we suppress the virus effectively, we can safely open up societies."

12:15 p.m.: DC adds 5 new states to its quarantine list

Washington, D.C. has added Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Minnesota to the district's quarantine list.

Those traveling to D.C. from these high-risk states must quarantine for two weeks: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

States are added to the list if their seven-day moving average of daily cases is 10 or more per 100,000 people.

Traveling to and from D.C.'s neighboring states, Maryland and Virginia, will not apply to the list.

11 a.m.: 20% of Florida's ICU beds available

In hard-hit Florida, 20.79% of the state's ICU beds were available as of Monday morning, the state's Agency for Healthcare Administration reported.

Thirty-eight hospitals had no available ICU beds Monday while 22 hospitals in the state had just one available bed, the agency said.

These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.

Florida has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. behind California.

Florida has over 536,900 diagnosed cases and at least 8,406 fatalities, according to the state's Department of Health

9:40 a.m.: TSA screens over 800K people for 1st time since March

The Transportation Security Administration screened 831,789 people on Sunday, marking the first time over 800,000 people traveled in one day since March 17.

This is still down about 70% compared to the same day last year when the TSA screened 2,647,897 travelers.

Major U.S. airlines don't expect recovery to be linear as infection rates and state quarantine rules change over time in different parts of the country.

9:10 a.m.: Cases rising in Lebanon after explosion

Coronavirus cases are rising in Lebanon after the explosion in Beirut last week that killed at least 160 people.

Lebanon reported 294 new cases on Sunday, according to Health Ministry data. Seven days earlier, the daily number of new cases was 155, according to the data.

Lebanon now has a total of 6,517 diagnosed cases and at least 76 COVID-19 fatalities.

8:35 a.m.: Clorox says demand for its wipes is up 500%

Clorox says demand for its wipes is up 500% during the pandemic.

"We are making wipes in record numbers and shipping them to stores in record numbers," Clorox CEO Linda Rendle told ABC News' Good Morning America on Monday.

Since January, Clorox has made 100 million more disinfecting products than before -- a 50% increase, Rendle said.

Clorox is now making nearly one million packages of disinfectant wipes every day, Rendle said.

7:25 a.m.: UK has 'moral duty' to fully reopen schools next month, PM says

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated Monday that he's "very keen" for all schools to fully reopen in England next month.

"It’s not right that kids should spend more time out of school," Johnson told reporters while visiting a school in East London. "It’s much, much better for their health and mental wellbeing, obviously their educational prospects, if everybody comes back to school full-time in September."

"It's our moral duty as a country to make sure that happens," he added.

Johnson said he's been "impressed" by the work administrators and teachers have done to make sure schools are safe.

Last month, the U.K. government outlined a plan for the "mandatory" return to classrooms across England in September, with students being restricted to "class or year sized bubbles" and teachers being told to "address gaps in knowledge."

Schools across the United Kingdom shuttered in mid-March at the start of the pandemic. Some pupils returned to classrooms in England in June.

Meanwhile, Scotland is set to fully reopen its schools on Tuesday.

6:49 a.m.: India's former president tests positive for COVID-19

India's former president, Pranab Mukherjee, has tested positive for COVID-19.

"On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today," Mukherjee, who served as president of India from 2012 to 2017, announced via Twitter on Monday. "I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for Covid-19."

With more than 2.2 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19, India has the third-highest tally in the world, behind the United States and Brazil.

5:36 a.m.: Coronavirus testing site opening along U.S.-Mexico border

A coronavirus testing site will open soon near the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California's San Diego County, according to a report by San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

The appointment-free, walk-up testing site will be located at the San Ysidro Port of Entry’s PedWest crossing, one of the world's busiest pedestrian international border crossings. The site, among more than two dozen others across San Diego County, will be the closest one to the border with Mexico so far for the region.

The United States and Mexico are two of the worst-affected nations in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hispanic community makes up just 34% of San Diego's population and yet, as of Sunday, they accounted for 62% of the city's COVID-19 cases, according to KGTV. That figure will likely rise after the new testing site opens up within the next couple weeks, since the area is dominated by Spanish speakers.

However, Chicano Federation Chief Strategy Officer Roberto Alcantar said many in the Latino community are still afraid of getting tested.

"Our community is nervous about losing their jobs, not being able to go to work, the real economic impact that comes from being positive and feeling that that might hinder them in a way," Alcantar told KGTV.

4:21 a.m.: Australia sees record rise in virus-related deaths

An additional 19 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday -- the highest single-day increase in fatalities that the country has seen since the start of the pandemic.

"This news is devastating no matter what age COVID affects people, and we just want to reaffirm again our support through every channel we can provide it," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services also reported 322 new cases of COVID-19 -- the lowest daily count recorded in the state since July 29.

"We are seeing some stability. That's a good thing. But that's not enough," Victoria's state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne. "And that's the product of masks and Stage 3. That's what the experts tell us. The next stage, though, is all about these restrictions that we've had to painfully impose."

Andrews declared a state of disaster in Victoria on Aug. 2, giving authorities additional powers to ensure people are complying with public health directions. Victoria is home to Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, which has become a hotspot in the country's novel coronavirus outbreak.

In total, Australia has reported more than 21,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 313 deaths.

3:45 a.m.: US records under 50,000 new cases for first time in six days

There were 46,395 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, bringing the nationwide total soaring past five million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

It's the first time in six days that the nation has recorded under 50,000 new cases. An additional 516 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported.

Sunday's caseload is well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.

A total of 5,044,864 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 162,938 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country's cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.

Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some -- including Arizona, California and Florida -- reporting daily records. However, new data published last week in an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests that the national surge in cases could be leveling off.

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(CHICAGO) -- At least 100 people were arrested in Chicago overnight as looting and violence overtook the streets, injuring multiple police officers, authorities said.

Thirteen officers were injured, including a sergeant who was attacked with a bottle, and at least two civilians were shot during the unrest after midnight Sunday, in the early hours of Monday morning, as hundreds overran the city's upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and surrounding areas with vandalism and violence, authorities said.

The suspects face several charges, including looting, battery against police and disorderly conduct, authorities said. Investigators are also searching for suspects who fired shots at police, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said on Monday.

"In one incident, officers were arresting a suspect who was seen carrying a cash register he had looted out of a store," Brown said. "As officers were making the arrest, another vehicle passed by the officers and fired shots at the officers, as their vehicle turned the corner, resulting in an exchange in gunfire between officers and the suspects. A bullet was found lodged in the cage of the police vehicle."

The officers were not wounded by gunfire.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she implemented a community protection program -- a lockdown with massive police presence -- that will be in place “for foreseeable days until we know our neighborhoods are safe.”

Lightfoot said the criminal activity had nothing to do with "legitimate" organized protests and described it as "an assault on our city.”

"These individuals engaged in what only could be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and destruction. To be clear, this had nothing to do with legitimate, protected First Amendment expression," Lightfoot said on Monday.

Investigators said the unrest was sparked Sunday afternoon by inaccurate reports online about an unarmed juvenile being shot by police in the Englewood area. The shooting victim was actually a 20-year-old man who allegedly opened fire on police while being chased, authorities said.

"Tempers flared, fueled by misinformation as the afternoon turned into evening. CPD became aware of several social media posts encouraging looting downtown," Brown said. "Officers were dispatched to our downtown area once we got word of the social media posts. Four hundred officers were dispatched to our downtown."

Much of the unrest happened along the Magnificent Mile, one of the city's most-popular tourist attractions, where looters were seen stuffing vehicles with shopping bags full of stolen merchandise and store equipment.

ATM machine were compromised, cash registers were stolen and at least one bank was broken into, according to the Chicago Tribune.

City officials said residents should expect a heavy police presence downtown until further notice. Lightfoot said the city was still "working on the specifics" of a looming lockdown that could include closing some bridges and expressways.

"We are working on the specifics now," Lightfoot told reporters Monday. "We are looking at the bridges. But we want to make sure obviously that the people who work and live downtown have easy access to the downtown area."

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(NEW YORK) -- A Southern California church that was sued and issued a restraining order over hosting indoor services defied state and local mandates when it opened its doors on Sunday.

Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Ventura County hosted three indoor services, marking its latest run-in with orders that the church's pastor said are an attack on "religious liberty."

The county, meanwhile, has referred to the church's actions as a "callous disregard of public health orders during a global pandemic," according to court records.

As alleged in a lawsuit filed by Ventura County, Godspeak has hosted several indoor services in recent weeks, despite a July 13 statewide order prohibiting several businesses and activities -- including places of worship -- from holding indoor operations in the county amid a rise in cases of COVID-19.

In its complaint, filed Wednesday, the county also alleged that the church "allowed and encouraged" its attendees to violate mandates to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.

The suit stated that the church's actions will cause "great and irreparable injury" to the public "by creating a significant risk of further community spread of COVID-19, including hospitalizations and deaths, which in turn is likely to result in continued and further restrictions on businesses and other operations and activities within Ventura County, detrimentally affecting the quality of life of the entire community."

On Friday, a judge issued a two-week restraining order banning the church from holding indoor services.

Immediately following the hearing, the church's pastor, Rob McCoy, said in an update posted to YouTube that they would be "violating the judge's order" and opening Sunday.

"We want to worship. And we're going to worship," McCoy said in the video.

Sunday's 9 a.m. service drew several hundred attendees, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV. There was also a mix of protesters -- those against and those in support of the church reopening -- who briefly clashed outside.

The local sheriff's office didn't plan to cite people attending the services, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Godspeak is allowed to host services outdoors, such as in a park -- a notion McCoy has rejected as "impossible" due to the size of the congregation.

"Fifteen-hundred people -- what park?" he said in Friday's video.

He also said that the church has received threats, "so our people would be in danger" at the park.

In a second update, posted Saturday to the church's YouTube page, McCoy called the measures "unprecedented" and "draconian."

"This is a religious liberty issue," said McCoy, a former City Council member who resigned in April, after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared churches a nonessential service.

Throughout the pandemic, churches have often been the source of outbreaks. McCoy said his church hasn't had any cases of COVID-19 since it reopened on May 31.

On Friday, Ventura County reported 111 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of cases the area has seen to 8,146. There were also seven new deaths, totaling 89.

A hearing in the county's lawsuit is scheduled for Aug. 31.

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(NEW YORK) -- Another heat wave is developing across the eastern United States Monday all the way from Texas to Massachusetts.

There are 12 states from Oklahoma to Massachusetts under Heat Advisory and some areas will feel like its near 110 degrees.

For the Northeast, there could be another heat wave from Washington, D.C. to Boston but in order for this to be officially considered a heat wave, temperatures have to be 90 degrees or higher for three consecutive days or more.

Meanwhile in the West, more than 80 wildfires are burning from Texas to Washington state.

One of the bigger fires is the Pine Gulch Fire in western Colorado where it is 25,026 acres and only 7% contained.

It is not the best news for firefighters in the West Monday either as the forecast looks windy with gusts near 50 mph in some areas.

There are also numerous fire weather watches and Red Flag Warnings issued from Washington down to California and east to Wyoming with erratic winds from thunderstorms.

A heat wave is also developing in the Southwest with Heat Watches and Warnings posted for Phoenix where the city could see temperatures near record highs by the end of the week.

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(NEW YORK) -- Three wildlife researchers were killed in a helicopter crash in West Texas while they were conducting an aerial survey, officials said.

Wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, fish and wildlife technician Brandon White and state wildlife veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar were researching desert bighorn sheep in Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County on Saturday when their helicopter crashed, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said in a statement.

The pilot, a private contractor, survived the incident and was rushed to an El Paso hospital, the agency said. His condition was unknown as of Sunday evening.

Carter Smith, the TPWD executive director, said in a statement the three researchers spent years documenting and studying the state's wildlife.

"No words can begin to express the depth of sadness we feel for the loss of our colleagues in this tragic accident," he said in a statement. "Wildlife conservation in Texas lost three of its finest as they so honorably and dutifully carried out their calling to help survey, monitor and protect the bighorns of their beloved west Texas mountains."

Gov. Greg Abbott asked Texans to remember the researchers in their thoughts.

"Our hearts ache today for those who died in this tragic accident," he said in a statement.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Game Wardens are investigating the crash.

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- As protests over the police killing of George Floyd spread across all 50 states, Black Lives Matter art popped up on walls, streets, signs and thousands of boarded up businesses that have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The murals and graffiti by protesters and professional artists tell a story of pain and resistance -- expressions that will become historical artifacts from the largest civil rights movement in U.S. history.

But in some cases, the art has already been destroyed or taken down.

A Black Lives Matter painting calling for an end to racism was vandalized in Fayetteville, North Carolina; a Black Lives Matter painting outside Trump Tower in New York City was defaced with buckets of black paint as the vandals shouted “all lives matter;” a 140-foot colorful mural in Spokane, Washington was vandalized with splashes of white paint and in Lansing, Michigan and Brownsville, Texas artists worked to restore defaced murals of George Floyd. Moreover, as businesses opened up across the country, art-covered plywood started to disappear.

But in Minneapolis where Floyd was killed, local activists have launched efforts to preserve the art and keep it in the community.

How art inspired a movement

As video of a police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly 8 minutes went viral, Minneapolis native and activist Kenda Zeller-Smith tried to avoid the images.

“I don't really watch those videos anymore only because I feel like they are very detrimental to my mental health and my emotional well-being,” she told ABC News. “I felt really afraid and scared, but at the same time, I wasn't processing my emotions … I just feel like I was numb and I wasn't I wasn't able to emotionally feel much."

Similarly, for activist Leesa Kelly, who has been working with Zellner-Smith on the “save the boards” effort, Floyd’s killing was “a really intense, and a really devastating experience.”

Protesting daily took a toll on her physical and mental health.

“I would have days where I couldn't get out of bed,” Kelly told ABC News.

But a few days later as Zellner-Smith drove to work, a piece of new protest art caught her eye and the emotions it elicited allowed her to experience a “really powerful” and “uplifting” moment.

“It wasn't a big, colorful piece it was something more just straight to the point. And I remember that was like the first time, you know, in my car that I felt something -- like really felt something that wasn't these weird kind of gray area emotions,” she said.

“I felt like we've been hurt and I felt like people this time get it, like it's not just Black people that are watching this video and being like this has happened again and again and again,” she added. "This time everyone has heard and it's our city is heard.”

When Zellner-Smith got to work and shared her experience, one of her co-workers mentioned that she noticed that some new Black Lives Matter art created amid the protests had already been taken down.

It was then that she felt a sense of urgency and created an Instagram account to “save the boards.”

Meanwhile, seeking other ways to support the protest and keenly aware of the power of visual art, Kelly said that she also became intrigued by the idea of preserving the murals honoring Floyd.

Kelly launched her own project, “Memorialize the Movement,” and has since connected with Zellner-Smith to join efforts in saving the art.

“[These] beautiful elaborate murals have been an expression of grief. It's been a way for Black people to cope with what's happening, and to express their pain, their anger and the hope that they have for a better America, for a better Minneapolis,” Kelly said.

Keeping the art in the community

Over the past couple of months, Zellner-Smith has been working with other activists to track down artists and convince businesses to donate the art instead of getting rid of it. She has been picking up the plywood art in a truck and has so far, collected more than 40 pieces in a warehouse. Zellner-Smith hopes to find a home for the pieces -- one that would keep them in Minneapolis and accessible to the city’s Black community.

“I feel like that art just deserves to be here and serve as a reminder of our power as a community,” she said, adding that it’s important to preserve all forms of expression and not just the “pretty” art because the authentic messages of expression were the pieces that “really started my healing process.”

Meanwhile, Kelly said she has collected 30-40 boards, which make up six or seven large murals.

She said that she felt it was critical for history to be recorded and documented through these murals for people to be able to visualize what had happened, and thus gain a deeper and better understanding of these historically significant demonstrations against systemic racism.

The artwork speaks to the severity of the situation, Kelly continued, and therefore, “we need the story told in a way that people will absorb it. But not in a way that makes them feel comfortable, they don't need to feel comfortable. They need to know what's happening.”

Zellner-Smith and Kelly’s long-term plans for the plywood murals is still in the works. They, alongside several other organizations, and activists across Minneapolis, are working to find a long-term solution to exhibit and preserve the art permanently.

But both women stressed the importance of the art remaining accessible to the Black community in Minneapolis.

“If all of a sudden this stuff disappears, and it goes into these spaces, you know, that are generally predominantly white spaces, or these institutions, it takes away from the people that don't have access to get over there,” Zellner-Smith said.

“Our pain, our suffering and our healing is not something to be bought, and it's not something to be put on display for others outside of the community,” she added. “… I didn't want people to be coming to pay or not pay, but to look at something that is a really raw, real and current representation of our pain and our trauma.”

Kelly said that she reached out to the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, the only Black-owned and operated museum in Minnesota, to see if they would be willing to host an exhibit of the murals, and “tell the story the way that it needs to be told, which is really honest and really raw and told by Black people.”

“This is something we're still facing every single day. And so we need to tell that story in a way that makes people understand that this is an ongoing issue, and it needs a solution,” Kelly said.

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(NEW YORK) -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that they will stop using nicknames of celestial bodies that are culturally insensitive.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Aug. 5, NASA said that it had become clear that certain cosmic nicknames were not only insensitive but actively harmful and that they were taking these initial steps to address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field.

“As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, as the 'Eskimo Nebula,'” NASA said in the statement. “'Eskimo' is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions. Most official documents have moved away from its use.”

NASA also said that they would stop referring to a distant galaxy as the “Siamese Twins Galaxy.”

“NASA will also no longer use the term ‘Siamese Twins Galaxy’ to refer to NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, a pair of spiral galaxies found in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster,” the statement from NASA said. “Moving forward, NASA will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.”

“Siamese twins” is an antiquated term that references a pair of Siamese-American conjoined twins in the 1800s who regularly appeared in what was known as “freak shows” at the time.

Nicknames are often given to celestial bodies and are often referred to by them rather than their official names, such as Barnard 33, also known as "the Horsehead Nebula" because of how it looks.

But NASA said these “seemingly innocuous” nicknames can be harmful and ultimately take away from the science.

“I support our ongoing reevaluation of the names by which we refer to astronomical objects,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters, Washington. “Our goal is that all names are aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion, and we’ll proactively work with the scientific community to help ensure that. Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value.”

Going forward, NASA said that they will be working with diversity, inclusion and equity experts to provide advice and guidance for designated nicknames.

"These nicknames and terms may have historical or culture connotations that are objectionable or unwelcoming, and NASA is strongly committed to addressing them," said Stephen T. Shih, associate administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at NASA Headquarters. "Science depends on diverse contributions, and benefits everyone, so this means we must make it inclusive.”

There has been a cultural reckoning in the months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis and NASA is the latest organization to join the likes of an ever-growing list -- alongside the likes of the Washington Football Team, musical groups “The Chicks” and “Lady A,” and food products such as Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth’s and Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream who announced it was dropping the brand "Eskimo Pie" after a century -- in examining the power of names.

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(NEW YORK) -- The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 727,000 people worldwide.

More than 19.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than five million diagnosed cases and at least 162,833 deaths.

Here's how the news developed Sunday. All times Eastern:

9:13 p.m.: Major League Baseball postpones another series

Major League Baseball officials announced that the three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, scheduled for Monday through Wednesday in St. Louis, has been postponed due to the virus.

The announcement follows the league's decision on Friday to postpone games over the weekend between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, after the Cardinals reported additional positive coronavirus tests in their clubhouse.

"In light of the most recent positive test results, MLB and the [St. Louis] Club believe it is prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play," MLB officials said in a statement Sunday evening.

The Cardinals have not played since July 29 due to positive coronavirus tests.

5:54 p.m.: New York state reports its lowest positivity rate yet

New York state's COVID-19 testing positivity rate has reached a record low.

The state's rate fell to its lowest level so far during the pandemic on Saturday, with 0.78%, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday. New York's positivity rate has been hovering at around 1% since early June. It peaked at nearly 47% in early April, when testing wasn't widely available.

There were 515 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths in the state reported on Saturday. The number of ICU patients was 131, the lowest since March 16, the governor said.

Portions of the state began moving into Stage 4, the final phase of its reopening plan, in late June, allowing for low-risk indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment, higher education, and professional sports without fans.

New York City entered a modified Stage 4, with some limitations, on July 20.

3:09 p.m.: Ohio crosses 100,000 cases

Ohio has become the latest state to record over 100,000 COVID-19 cases, according to its Health Department.

As of Sunday, there were 100,848 confirmed cases in the state and 3,669 deaths.

Ohio becomes the 17th state to have over 100,000 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Virginia and South Carolina also both passed the milestone this weekend, according to the university.

12:18 p.m.: Texas reports highest average positivity rate

The Texas Health Department said that its seven-day average for COVID-19 positivity rate reached a record high Saturday with 19.41%.

This was two percentage points higher than the previous record on July 16, according to Health Department data. The average was steadily falling from July 16 to July 29, when the seven-day average was 12.09%, however it has been increasing steadily since July 30, Health Department data indicated.

An increase in test positivity could reflect an increase in new cases, a reduction in tests conducted, or both. The state has administered over 4.3 million COVID-19 tests so far, the Health Department said.

11:42 a.m.: Washington records 1st teen to die from COVID-19

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced it recorded the first coronavirus death to affect a Washington state resident under 20 years old.

The unidentified teen lived in South Hill resident and had no reported underlying health conditions, according to the Health Department.

"The disease is everywhere. To drive down the spread and protect our loved ones, we all need to mask up, maintain physical distance, and stay close to home,” Anthony L-T Chen, the director of health of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, said in a statement.

Washington state has 62,523 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,688 deaths as of Sunday, according to the state's Health Department.

11:28 a.m.: Maryland positivity rate hits a new low

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the seven-day average of the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate reached a new all-time low of 3.75%.

The state conducted 1.03 million tests so far and 17.2% of the state's population has been tested, according to the governor. Maryland conducted 40,473 tests on Saturday and had a positivity rate of 2.72%, the governor said.

The statewide positivity rate has been under 5% since June 25, and is now more than 86% lower than its April 17 peak, Hogan's office said.

The state has 95,903 total COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning and 3,448 deaths, according to the state's Health Department.

11:15 a.m.: Florida records over 6,200 new cases, 77 new deaths

The Florida Health Department said it recorded 6,229 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 532,806. The state recorded 77 new deaths during that time frame, bringing the total number of coronavirus related fatalities to 8,315, according to the state's Health Department.

Florida recorded 254 new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, and the virus has hospitalized 30,505 people so far, the health department said.

Approximately 20% of the state's ICU beds are available, according to Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. Thirty-seven hospitals across the state have run out of ICU beds, and four counties have no ICU beds available, according to the agency.

10:15 a.m.: US reaches 5 million coronavirus cases

The U.S. recorded its five millionth COVID-19 case Sunday morning, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The number of deaths in the country is above 162,000, the data indicated.

Globally, there are roughly 19.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 727,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The U.S. has led the world in coronavirus cases for months, with nearly 2 million more than Brazil, which has the second-most cases.

1:22 a.m.: Minnesota Vikings player needs open-heart surgery after post-COVID diagnosis shows heart problem

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith posted on his Instagram page Saturday night that he will need open-heart surgery to fix a defective valve that he's had since birth.

The condition was discovered from additional tests administered following his COVID-19 positive diagnosis.

"Earlier this week I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with," Smith's statement read. "Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!"

Smith concluded: "There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn’t think twice about going with that one. By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. I'm going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback!"

12:40 a.m.: Cardinals vs. Pirates on Monday postponed due to coronavirus

The Pittsburgh Pirates' flight to St. Louis on Sunday has been canceled and their game on Monday against the Cardinals has been postponed, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

By Sunday, the teams will have a better sense as to whether they'll play Tuesday and Wednesday, sources told Passan.

The Cardinals' three-game series against the Chicago Cubs this weekend was postponed after the league said two Cardinals players and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus from samples collected over the past two days.

In total, nine Cardinals players and seven staffers have tested positive since last week. The Cardinals haven't played since July 29.

12:15 a.m.: Biden on the U.S. reaching 5 million COVID-19 cases: 'It’s a number that boggles the mind and breaks the heart'

Former Vice President Joe Biden reacted Saturday evening to the news that the United States has reached 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In a paper statement, Biden said the number "boggles the mind and breaks the heart," urging Americans to continue taking steps, including mask-wearing, to combat the spread of the virus and eventually overcome it.

As he has throughout the pandemic, Biden also slammed Trump's lack of leadership on the crisis, writing that the country "continue[s] to hear little more from President Trump than excuses and lies."

"No other high-income economy is still struggling to get this under control. In fact, Americans are no longer welcome in much of the world, because we are seen as a public health threat. And we are where we are today for one simple, infuriating reason: Trump waved the white flag and gave up. He didn’t want to deal with the pandemic, so he stopped trying. He didn’t do his job," Biden wrote.

"Trump has already thrown away months of the American people’s sacrifice and hard work. Imagine what four more years of his failures will cost us," he added.

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Jefferson County, MS Sheriff's Office via FacebookBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) -- Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Mississippi Highway Patrol officer while he was moonlighting as a postal worker.

Lt. Troy Morris, 58, was working his second job for the USPS and driving a postal truck early Friday morning when he called highway patrol and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to notify them of a flat tire, police said.

"We dispatched a deputy who arrived a short time later and found Mr. Morris had been shot to death inside his truck,” Jefferson County Sheriff James Bailey told reporters.

Morris had been a 27-year veteran with the force, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Sean Tindell, the Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner said in a statement he was in contact with Morris's family and they have received an outpouring of support from around the state including Gov. Tate Reeves.

On Saturday, Treyon Washington, 24, Damion Whittley, 25, and Cdarrius Norman, 17, were arrested and charged with murder in connection to Morris' death.

Washington was arrested in Jefferson County while Whittley and Norman were taken into custody in New Orleans.

There were no signs of theft from the truck, according to investigators. Norman and Whittley are awaiting extradition back to Mississippi, investigators said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to investigators.

"While we are pleased with the progress of this investigation, we realize there is much work left to be done," Col. Randy Ginn of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol said in a statement.

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DC Police Department via TwitterBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS

(WAHINGTON) -- A 17-year-old was killed and an off-duty police officer was "struggling for her life," after they, and many others, were shot during a large gathering in southeast Washington D.C. early Sunday morning, police said.

The incident took place at 33rd Street and Dubois Place at around 12:30 a.m. where over 100 people had gathered, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters at a news conference. During the gathering, a dispute broke out and "multiple weapons were produced," by at least three individuals and they opened fire into the crowd, Newsham said.

In total, 21 people were shot, 11 of whom were women and two of whom were teens, police said. One of the teens, Christopher Brown, 17, was pronounced dead, according to Newsham.

The chief said that the injured off-duty D.C. police officer was transported to the hospital in very serious condition.

"She is struggling for her life right now," he said.

The D.C. Fire Department said nine of the victims transported to hospitals suffered serious to critical wounds.

Two injured persons who were found outside of the gathering and taken to hospitals may have been linked to the shooting, officials said. One was picked up from a location away from the gathering while another came to a firehouse, a D.C. Fire spokesperson said.

"Sadly several people who have no regard for human life opened fire at what had been people together, enjoying themselves," Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters.

Newsham said there were officers in the vicinity of the gathering, which violated the city's ban on large crowds, but they were unable to control the gathering or break it up.

Investigators are still searching for clues and witnesses and did not immediately have a motive, according to Newsham.

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(SPARTA, N.C.) -- A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the border between North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday morning.

The earthquake was reported near Sparta, North Carolina, at 8:07 a.m., according to the USGS.

There are no reports of damage or injuries. The tremors were felt from Virginia to South Carolina.

The quake is the strongest the area has seen in over 100 years. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916, according to the USGS.

There were several smaller earthquakes in the area in the hours leading up to the main quake Sunday morning, officials said.

"It trembled our house. And then it shook our bed. And we was like, What in the world was that?" Charlotte, North Carolina, resident Nisha Thomas told ABC affiliate WSOC. "I didn't know what it was. Honestly, I don't even know if it was earthquake or not. I experienced earthquakes little kid back in California, but I didn't know if that was an earthquake or not. It really startled me."

"To me, I thought, like, I didn't even know that earthquakes actually exist in North Carolina because I'm from California. And I didn't even know that they exist. So I was really startled," Thomas told the station.

Aftershocks are possible in the region following the initial quake the USGS said.

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(NEW YORK) -- A line of thunderstorms is moving across portions of Missouri and Illinois this morning.

Flash Flood Watches are in effect as some spots could see as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain with due to thunderstorms.

Another round of storms is expected to follow a cold front across Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska as it moves through the region this afternoon and evening.

Storms are expected to continue through the overnight hours as they spread into parts of Wisconsin by sunrise on Monday.

Some storms could be strong to severe, with large hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph being the main threats. The tornado threat remains low at this time.

A heat advisory is in place across portions of southeastern Nebraska, southwestern Iowa, eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas as heat index values are forecast to be in the 100s across much of the Southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley.

After a brief trend of below average temperatures in the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, temperatures are forecast to return to the 90s plus for major metros like Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Elsewhere, a tropical wave is located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and has a 20% chance of development in the next 48 hours.

Slow development is possible over the next few days while the cluster of showers and thunderstorms moves westward across the tropical eastern Atlantic.

An “extremely active” Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year as a number of factors were taken into consideration.

First, there is a very active west African monsoon meaning that the waves, or disturbances, that move west off the coast of Africa expected to be more capable of becoming better organized as they move into the Atlantic Ocean.

Second, tropical cyclones thrive in environments where the wind is calmer and does not change as much with height. This is called vertical wind shear.

In the month of July, the average wind shear in the Atlantic was observed as the second lowest on record since 2005 meaning potentially a more favorable environment for tropical systems to thrive if the trend continues.

Very warm water temperatures help sustain tropical cyclones and the warmer the water, the more fuel it has to thrive on.

The odds of an El Nino to develop -- cooler Atlantic water temperatures -- this summer into the fall are extremely low.

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(ATLANTA) -- Nine people have tested positive for COVID-19 at a Georgia high school where a photo of a packed hallway went viral earlier this week.

Six students and three staff members who were at the school last week have tested positive, according to a letter sent to parents Saturday that was acquired by ABC News. The positive cases were reported to the school after private tests.

"We have anticipated that COVID-19 would impact us as it has nearly every community, and the district has worked in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to proactively implement safety precautions and response plans," the letter reads. It does not say whether anyone will be quarantined or if the school will close fully or in part, but says custodial staff will continue daily disinfecting procedures.

The photo showed students crammed wall-to-wall at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia. Some students were wearing masks, but many were not, and social distancing was not possible.

The picture prompted outrage from parents and outside observers, but also punishment for the student who shot the pictures and shared them.

Hannah Watters, 15, a 10th grader at the school, was suspended over sharing the photos with media. The school even warned over the loudspeaker that others who did the same could be punished.

On Friday, however, her suspension was rescinded, as was the punishment of another student. She told ABC News on Friday, before the letter about the positive tests, she planned to go back on Monday.

The past week was the first that students were back at school.

"Going in [to school] I was nervous, but trusting that Paulding would keep us safe," Hannah told ABC News earlier this week. "But it was worse than I thought it was going to be. I didn't feel safe, especially coming home to family after going to school."

The school wrote in a letter following the release of the photos, "Under the COVID-19 protocols we have adopted, class changes that look like this may happen, especially at a high school with more than 2,000 students."

President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have both pushed for schools to reopen for in-person learning whenever possible.

"Our strategy is to aggressively shield those at the greatest risk while allowing younger and healthier citizens to safely resume work and school," Trump said Saturday at a press conference announcing multiple executive actions targeting COVID-19 relief.

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(BIRMINGHAM, Al.) -- A mother of three from Kansas has now been missing for a week after leaving on a trip to visit family in Alabama.

Marilane Carter, 36, left her home in Overland Park, Kansas, just outside Kansas City, on the night of Saturday, Aug. 1, according to police. She was last seen in surveillance footage checking into a hotel in West Plains, Missouri, the following morning.

Law enforcement said Carter last spoke to family on that Sunday near Memphis, Tennessee, before her phone went dead. Police confirmed her cellphone last pinged in that area.

Her husband, Adam Carter, told Kansas City ABC affiliate that his wife spent about three hours at the Missouri hotel before leaving and was speaking to her when her phone died. She spoke to her mother minutes later and her phone died again.

The Overland Park police said she "made concerning statements to her family and has not been heard from since later Sunday, August 2nd."

Authorities did not specify what was said.

"She was seeking some mental health care and she didn't want to go to any place in Kansas City, but she wanted to go to a place she was familiar with," Adam Carter, who works as a pastor in Kansas, told KMBC on Saturday.

Marilane Carter's mother lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and she was also going to see her newborn niece.

Carter said the family has been searching in the area of the Interstate 55 bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis where the cellphone last pinged her location. She has not used her phone or credit card since speaking to her husband and mother on Sunday evening.

"We are devastated because she has three children and they cry every night," Marlene Mesler, Marilane's mother, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. "They are asking for their mommy. Her husband loves her so much."

Police said she was driving a gray 2011 GMC Acadia with the Kansas license plate, 194 LFY.

Carter is about 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds with long brown hair and green eyes. Police said she was last seen wearing a green T-shirt and black yoga pants.

"She's a loving mother, loving wife. We have a great relationship ship. I miss her terribly. I want her home. I want her home with our kids," Adam Carter said.

ABC News' Erin Calabrese and Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 721,000 people worldwide.

More than 19.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

The United States is the worst-affected country around the world, with more than 4.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 161,358 deaths.

Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.

4:26 p.m.: Ohio governor tests negative again

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said that he has again tested negative for coronavirus, according to a statement released by his office.

DeWine had tested positive earlier in the week, but then later that day announced that via a separate test he tested negative.

The test that DeWine originally took was a rapid-result test and, according to The Associated Press, considered to be less accurate than the one he took later.

His office called the first positive result a "false positive."

DeWine's wife, Fran, had the same results.

10:49 a.m.: Hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase in Florida

The Florida Department of Health reported increases in both hospitalizations and deaths Saturday.

Hospitalizations were up by 521 in the last 24 hours, with 6,991 active hospitalizations, while deaths rose by 182, putting the total number at 8,233, according to the department.

Cases also increased by 8,502 and 86,175 tests have been conducted. The state has now seen 526,577 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Bay County, of which Panama City is the county seat, has the highest positivity rate in the state at 16.3%.

However, Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in the state, has the highest number of new cases at 1,801.

8:54 a.m.: Princeton shifts learning plan for fall semester

Princeton University will not bring freshman and juniors back to campus in the fall, as originally planned, due to coronavirus cases that have "soared" in recent weeks, according to a statement from the president of the university.

Courses will now be fully remote for undergraduates in the fall semester, president Christopher L. Eisgruber said. Graduate students will be allowed on campus because of the "different instructional and residential programs."

"This combination of health concerns and restrictions will significantly diminish the educational value of the on‑campus experience. It will also render that experience confining and unpleasant for most students," Eisgruber said.

He also noted that students from 34 states would have to quarantine upon arrival in New Jersey for 14 days and that the phased opening for the state has been paused over fear of rising cases.

"New Jersey’s careful approach has helped to keep the pandemic in check, but public health principles and state guidance still limit very substantially what we can do on campus," Eisgruber said.

The president said that the university will accommodate students who aren't able to return home or study from home, as well as a limited number of students with previously approved exceptions, which recognized their need to be on campus for their senior thesis research or other work essential to their degree programs.

Eisgruber said that while he knows the news is "disheartening and disappointing," the university is doing its best to prepare to welcome students back in the spring.

New Jersey was among the states hit hardest in the early stages of the pandemic, but has since seen some of the lowest daily infection rates. Gov. Phil Murphy has warned of late about rising numbers.

5:57 a.m.: Georgia school district reports 100 COVID-19 cases among students, staff

As the debate about reopening schools continues across the country, many children are already back in classrooms or are about to start. One state that has grabbed headlines this week is Georgia, where photos of crowded hallways showing students without masks went viral.

Now, one of the largest school districts in the Peach State is reporting that 100 of its students and staff are suspected of having tested positive for COVID-19, even before in-person classes have started. Those figures were provided to the district by the Georgia Department of Health.

Cobb County Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the district would remain virtual "until public health data in Cobb County changes and guidance from state and local public health officials recommends it," according to ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB. The district, which has about 113,000 students, starts remote learning on Aug. 17.

Georgia exceeded 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Aug. 5, according to an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News. It took four months for the state to reach 100,000 cases and just four weeks to reach 200,000.

Cobb County, according to the Georgia Department of Health, has more than 13,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 1,363 current hospitalizations. The county has at least 317 COVID-19 deaths, the second most in the state, trailing only Fulton County's 420 deaths.

The state has more than 209,000 confirmed cases, with at least 4,117 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.

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