What you need to know today about the virus outbreak (May 27)

By The Associated Press

Las Vegas casinos plan to welcome tourists again on June 4. South Korea on Wednesday announced a spike in new infections and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions, revealing the setbacks ahead for others on the road to reopening. The European Union unveiled a massive stimulus package for the bloc's ailing economies as European nations scrambled to emulate South Korea's widely praised strategy of tracing, testing and treating that initially tamed its outbreak. In the United States, the confirmed death toll is approaching 100,000 — the highest by far in the world. Nations from Mexico to Chile to Brazil are struggling with surging cases and overwhelmed hospitals.


— More than one in every six young workers have stopped working during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. labor agency reported, warning of long-term fallout that could lead to a "lock-down generation" if steps aren't taken to ease the crisis.

— Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if scientists produce one. An additional 31% simply aren't sure, while one in five say they'd refuse. That's according to a survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

— The European Union proposed a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help countries weather a painful recession triggered by the coronavirus. The fund, to be mostly made up of grants and tied to the 27 member nations' common budget, comes as the world's biggest trading bloc enters its deepest-ever recession.

— Latin America is facing increased infections and spiking deaths, according to the World Health Organization. But there's no sign of any slowdown for swindlers in the region even in the midst of a devastating pandemic. Reports of fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks and other medical supplies are piling up.

— A French environmental group is finding virus-era detritus, like surgical masks and rubber gloves, littering the Mediterranean floor near the French Riviera resort of Antibes and is trying to raise awareness and clean it up.

— U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. Rubio is the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

ONE NUMBER: 100,000: As America's official tally reaches 100,000 deaths, AP national writer Ted Anthony says the COVID-19 saga is unfolding gradually over time, unlike hurricanes or mass shootings in the U.S.