The latest:There have been more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.The U.S. death toll has surpassed 98,000 people, according to Hopkins.The World Health Organization has temporarily halted studying hydroxychloroquine as a potential COVID-19 treatment due to safety concerns.President Donald Trump honored America’s war dead Monday in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield — against the coronavirus.Virginia’s governor has announced that face masks will be required in public beginning May 29.Virginia’s governor has announced that face masks will be required in public for those age 10 and older beginning Friday, covering stores, restaurants, public transportation, government buildings or “anywhere where people can congregate in groups.”There are exceptions for people exercising, those eating or drinking at a restaurant and others with health conditions that prohibit them from wearing one.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the masks are about protecting people around us, and he strongly recommended any child age 3 and older to wear one to the extent possible. The masks don’t have to be medical grade — those are needed for medical providers, he said. He pointed to how they can be made from cloth and rubber bands or bandannas can be used. Health officials recommend self-quarantine for people who crowded Missouri OzarksHealth officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as well as St. Louis and Kansas City officials, are recommending that people who crowded Land of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend do a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine.A video circulated that showed people not adhering to social distancing or wearing masks.“The reckless behavior displayed during this weekend risks setting our community back substantially for the progress we’ve already made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Lee Norman, secretary with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.St. Louis officials also issued a travel advisory for those going to the Ozarks area.Cases are rising in more than a dozen states Packing beaches, pool parties and outdoor gatherings all over the U.S., many Americans used the holiday weekend to mark the unofficial beginning of summer — ditching the face masks and social distancing urged by health officials.Many people, undoubtedly, continued to abide by new restrictions set in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus — staying in small groups, wearing masks and keeping a distance from others.But in some parts of the country, Memorial Day happenings looked not at all unlike any other year. People jammed into tight spaces, grabbed drinks in groups at oceanfront bars and lined their chairs and towels alongside each other on the beach. The holiday weekend push for a return to normal life comes as health officials continue to warn that the U.S. has not contained the virus.In 10 states, the number of new cases is on the decline, while it seems to be steady in 22 states, according to the data.But in 18 states — including Georgia, Arkansas, California and Alabama — the number of new cases is rising.That didn’t appear to be a concern for some of the thousands of beachgoers who spent the weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama.”My family has the same mindset as me and we kind of just agreed that if we get it, we get it. We’re going to handle it as a family and get over it,” one beachgoer told CNN’s Gary Tuchman.Related video: Hundreds spend Memorial Day at Alabama beachSecond peak is possible, officials sayIn Arkansas, where health officials reported a pool party last week resulted in a cluster of new cases, the governor said the state was experiencing a second peak.Despite the warning, crowds gathered over the weekend in Lake Hamilton, Arkansas, where Karen Lee told CNN affiliate KARK there were many people going without masks.”We’re all just embracing it,” Lee told the news station. “I could get killed by COVID today or I could get hit by a bus or a car tomorrow. I am practicing proper hand washing and hygiene.”Related video: Arkansas State Parks prepare for Memorial DayOfficials with the World Health Organization said this week a second peak during this first wave of the virus is possible — especially if countries discontinue public health and social measures that help slow the virus’ spread.The second wave of the pandemic would likely not hit before the fall, but a second peak in this first wave could be much sooner, officials said.”We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now that it’s going to keep going down and that we’re going to get a number of months to get ready for a second wave — we may get a second peak in this wave,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said Monday.Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, said “all countries need to remain on high alert” and be able to “rapidly detect cases.””A hallmark of coronaviruses is its ability to amplify in certain settings, its ability to cause transmission — or super spreading events. And we are seeing in a number of situations in these closed settings. When the virus has an opportunity, it can transmit readily,” Van Kerkhove said.More than half of states investigating coronavirus-related illnessMeanwhile, officials in at least 26 states are also investigating hundreds of cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a condition doctors believe is linked to coronavirus.Those states include California, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.A CNN survey of health departments across the country identified more than 350 confirmed and potential cases of the syndrome — nearly half of which are in New York.Last week, doctors said children who may have the syndrome need immediate attention and will probably need to be hospitalized immediately.Symptoms do not look like the classic symptoms of coronavirus and may mostly include stomach pain and vomiting, along with fever and perhaps a rash, the experts told other doctors during a meeting last week organized by the CDC.The syndrome appears to develop two to six weeks after infection with coronavirus and affects mostly children who were perfectly healthy beforehand.

The latest:

  • There have been more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • The U.S. death toll has surpassed 98,000 people, according to Hopkins.
  • The World Health Organization has temporarily halted studying hydroxychloroquine as a potential COVID-19 treatment due to safety concerns.
  • President Donald Trump honored America’s war dead Monday in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield — against the coronavirus.
  • Virginia’s governor has announced that face masks will be required in public beginning May 29.

Virginia’s governor has announced that face masks will be required in public for those age 10 and older beginning Friday, covering stores, restaurants, public transportation, government buildings or “anywhere where people can congregate in groups.”

There are exceptions for people exercising, those eating or drinking at a restaurant and others with health conditions that prohibit them from wearing one.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the masks are about protecting people around us, and he strongly recommended any child age 3 and older to wear one to the extent possible. The masks don’t have to be medical grade — those are needed for medical providers, he said. He pointed to how they can be made from cloth and rubber bands or bandannas can be used.

Health officials recommend self-quarantine for people who crowded Missouri Ozarks

Health officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as well as St. Louis and Kansas City officials, are recommending that people who crowded Land of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend do a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine.

A video circulated that showed people not adhering to social distancing or wearing masks.

“The reckless behavior displayed during this weekend risks setting our community back substantially for the progress we’ve already made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Lee Norman, secretary with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

St. Louis officials also issued a travel advisory for those going to the Ozarks area.

Cases are rising in more than a dozen states

Packing beaches, pool parties and outdoor gatherings all over the U.S., many Americans used the holiday weekend to mark the unofficial beginning of summer — ditching the face masks and social distancing urged by health officials.

Many people, undoubtedly, continued to abide by new restrictions set in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus — staying in small groups, wearing masks and keeping a distance from others.

But in some parts of the country, Memorial Day happenings looked not at all unlike any other year. People jammed into tight spaces, grabbed drinks in groups at oceanfront bars and lined their chairs and towels alongside each other on the beach.

The holiday weekend push for a return to normal life comes as health officials continue to warn that the U.S. has not contained the virus.

In 10 states, the number of new cases is on the decline, while it seems to be steady in 22 states, according to the data.

But in 18 states — including Georgia, Arkansas, California and Alabama — the number of new cases is rising.

That didn’t appear to be a concern for some of the thousands of beachgoers who spent the weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

“My family has the same mindset as me and we kind of just agreed that if we get it, we get it. We’re going to handle it as a family and get over it,” one beachgoer told CNN’s Gary Tuchman.

Related video: Hundreds spend Memorial Day at Alabama beach

Second peak is possible, officials say

In Arkansas, where health officials reported a pool party last week resulted in a cluster of new cases, the governor said the state was experiencing a second peak.

Despite the warning, crowds gathered over the weekend in Lake Hamilton, Arkansas, where Karen Lee told CNN affiliate KARK there were many people going without masks.

“We’re all just embracing it,” Lee told the news station. “I could get killed by COVID today or I could get hit by a bus or a car tomorrow. I am practicing proper hand washing and hygiene.”

Related video: Arkansas State Parks prepare for Memorial Day

Officials with the World Health Organization said this week a second peak during this first wave of the virus is possible — especially if countries discontinue public health and social measures that help slow the virus’ spread.

The second wave of the pandemic would likely not hit before the fall, but a second peak in this first wave could be much sooner, officials said.

“We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now that it’s going to keep going down and that we’re going to get a number of months to get ready for a second wave — we may get a second peak in this wave,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said Monday.

Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, said “all countries need to remain on high alert” and be able to “rapidly detect cases.”

“A hallmark of coronaviruses is its ability to amplify in certain settings, its ability to cause transmission — or super spreading events. And we are seeing in a number of situations in these closed settings. When the virus has an opportunity, it can transmit readily,” Van Kerkhove said.

More than half of states investigating coronavirus-related illness

Meanwhile, officials in at least 26 states are also investigating hundreds of cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a condition doctors believe is linked to coronavirus.

Those states include California, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.

A CNN survey of health departments across the country identified more than 350 confirmed and potential cases of the syndrome — nearly half of which are in New York.

Last week, doctors said children who may have the syndrome need immediate attention and will probably need to be hospitalized immediately.

Symptoms do not look like the classic symptoms of coronavirus and may mostly include stomach pain and vomiting, along with fever and perhaps a rash, the experts told other doctors during a meeting last week organized by the CDC.

The syndrome appears to develop two to six weeks after infection with coronavirus and affects mostly children who were perfectly healthy beforehand.

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