Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention because of worries about the coronavirus.
Another concern is the extent to which a “different” type of epidemic is spreading in rural America.
The country’s overall response to the pandemic has allowed the daily count of COVID-19 cases to reach an “unacceptable level,” the nation’s chief health officer, Dr said on Wednesday. Anthony Fauci, warning that the United States will continue to “burn” without a unified effort to stop the virus.
Here are some significant developments:
- More than eight out of 10 teachers are worried about returning to class this fall
- Facebook and Twitter have removed President Donald Trump’s coronavirus posts from his interview with Fox on “almost immune” children.
- Unemployment benefit claims will be a key indicator that the economy has fully recovered.
📈 Numbers today: The United States has recorded over 158,000 COVID-19 deaths and 4.8 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 706,000 deaths and 18.8 million cases.
📰 What we are reading: A fatal explosion that shook the Lebanese capital of Beirut put a strain on the nation’s health system, which was already running out of personal protective equipment and struggling with over 5,200 COVID-19 cases.
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Los Angeles to cut off power, water for party homes
The city of Los Angeles will cut off electricity and water for homes and businesses where recurring parties are held without social estrangement, says Mayor Eric Garcetti. Earlier this week, the county health department banned large gatherings following a highly publicized house party where people crowded together without masks. Violation of the order is “punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both,” the department warned. Garcetti said that outages will come into effect on Friday evening.
“If LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is taking place at a property, and we see these properties offending from time to time, they will notify and initiate the process to request that DWP stop the service within the next 48 hours,” Garcetti said.
Virus testing decreases due to frustration with delays
Coronavirus tests are declining nationwide despite an inexorable run of new cases and the death toll continues to be on average above 1,000 per day, according to an analysis of data from the Associated Press. Some experts attribute the decline in tests to the hours of waiting needed to get a test in some areas and days or weeks of waiting sometimes involved in getting the results of those tests. The number of tests per day has fallen by 3.6% in the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count in 22 states. This includes places where the percentage of positive tests is alarmingly high, such as Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa.
“There is a sense of despair,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute.
Five states, Puerto Rico is still dealing with record weekly victims
Hawaii and Puerto Rico set records for new cases in a week, while five states had a record number of deaths in a week, a US analysis of Johns Hopkins data TODAY through late-Wednesday shows TODAY. Record numbers of deaths have been recorded in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada and Oklahoma, and also in Puerto Rico. The good news is that some large states say that where cases have been peeking in recent weeks, such as California, Florida and Texas, they are seeing a decline in confirmed cases.
– Mike Stucka
The Department of Labor released the latest round of unemployment benefit claims in the United States on Thursday
As states withdraw on the reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, economists will be watching closely when the U.S. Department of Labor releases its latest unemployment claim data on Thursday.
A large measure of layoffs likely continued to fluctuate just below 1.5 million last week, economists say, highlighting a recovery in the job market that lost steam when many states stop or reopen reopenings among COVID-19 peaks. Economists estimate that Americans filed 1.42 million initial applications for unemployment benefits – an approximate measure of layoffs – during the week ending August 1.
Such a count would push total initial complaints beyond 55 million since the outages and layoffs induced by the pandemic began in mid-March.
Birx offers warnings about 9 cities, California’s Central Valley
White House task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx underlined national concern about the high positive test rates in a private phone call with state and local officials on Wednesday, according to a call recording obtained from the center no profit for the public integrity of journalism. Baltimore and Atlanta “remain at a very high level,” Birx said on the call. In addition, according to Birx, Kansas City in Missouri, Portland in Oregon, Omaha in Nebraska and Central Valley in California remain at high levels.
“This outbreak is different from that of March and April in that it is found in rural and urban areas,” said Birx.
Two thirds of K-12 teachers prefer that autumn lessons are remote, new polls
A new NPR / Ipsos survey released on Thursday found that more than eight out of 10 teachers are worried about returning to class this fall and that two thirds prefer to teach fall classes primarily remotely rather than in person.
The survey comes when many school districts are preparing to reopen the campuses. Some experts fear that classrooms will become the next incubators of large coronavirus outbreaks.
A May US survey TODAY found that 1 in 5 teachers say they are unlikely to return to school if their classes reopen in the fall, a potential wave of resignation.
Trump interview clip extracted from Facebook, Twitter
Facebook removed a post from President Trump’s personal page of an interview with Fox News in which he claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, citing his disinformation policy. It was the first time that Facebook removed a post from the president for violating his COVID-19 disinformation policies. Twitter also took action late Wednesday. In question: a video of an interview with Fox & Friends, broadcast on Wednesday morning, in which Trump said that children should go back to school because they are “almost immune” or “practically immune” from the disease.
Doctors say children can capture – and transmit – the coronavirus, which has caused over 150,000 victims.
– Jessica Guynn
Trump supports extended staff protection for airline workers
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will support an extension of wage support for airlines as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devour their businesses. Trump’s support comes after 16 senators signed a letter to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. And to Senate minority leader Charles Schumer, DN.Y., asking for the extension to potentially save tens of thousands of airplane jobs that are at risk after current funding has run out in late September.
“We don’t want to lose our airlines,” Trump told reporters during a White House briefing on Wednesday. More than 8,000 airline pilots have received notification that they could be fired, according to the Air Line Pilots Association.
– Curtis Tate
Navajo Nation reports 39 more cases, 4 died after the outbreak of COVID-19
Health officials from the Navajo Nation reported 39 other COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths, bringing the total number of infected people to 9,195 and the known death toll to 467 as of Wednesday night. Navajo Health Department officials said 83,527 people were tested for coronavirus and 6,766 were cured. The vast reserve covering parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Joe Biden will not go to Milwaukee to get the Democratic nomination
When Milwaukee landed at the 2020 Democratic National Convention over a year ago, city leaders hoped that 50,000 people would flock to the city for four non-stop days and nights of politics. Now even the party candidate will not participate.
Officials announced Wednesday that Joe Biden will accept the party nod from his home in Delaware – and the other convention speakers will not travel to Wisconsin either. The organizers cited the “worsening of the coronavirus pandemic”.
“This convention will look different than any previous convention in history,” said Joe Solmonese, chief executive officer of the convention. “It will reach more people than ever, and it will truly be a convention across America for all Americans, regardless of which party you belong to or who you voted for in the previous election.”
– Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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