US lawmakers work on a new aid package.
With coronavirus cases increasing in the United States, the debate in Washington on a new aid package to help people and businesses overcome the crisis is expected to take center stage in the coming week, and negotiators met in the weekend in the hope of making progress on an agreement.
Trump administration officials and top congressional Democrats met on Capitol Hill on a dead end on Saturday for new aid, hours after unemployment benefits expired for tens of millions of people.
The gap between the latest relief packages proposed by Democrats and Republicans is under discussion.
A $ 1 trillion proposal issued by Senate Republicans and administration officials last week includes a two-thirds reduction in the $ 600 per week unemployment payments that workers had received since April and to provide tax cuts and responsibility for businesses.
A $ 3 trillion aid package approved by House Democrats in May includes an extension of jobless aid, nearly $ 200 billion for rental assistance and mortgage cuts, $ 3.6 billion for strengthening security election and additional food aid.
Ms Pelosi said she wanted to fight for more funding, especially for schools. But Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, warned against letting the cost exceed $ 1 trillion.
Beat by the virus, Florida hurries to look for Isaias.
The crowded grocery stores, empty shelves and barren streets of South Florida in the early days of the pandemic resembled the rush of preparations that preceded a hurricane.
Perhaps a state accustomed to dealing with unpredictable forces of nature would have an advantage in handling the coronavirus.
The virus took root in communities from Pensacola to Key West, killing over 7,000 Floridians. Friday’s 257 Florida deaths accounted for nearly a fifth of all deaths attributed to Covid-19 that day in the United States.
With the scourge of virus death, the tropical storm Isaias arrived – although the calendar had just passed in August, usually too early to worry much about the storms.
“It was just the way 2020 has gone so far,” said Howard Tipton, administrator of St. Lucie County on Florida’s Treasure Coast. “But we’re going, aren’t we? We are unable to determine which cards are dealt to us. “
The tropical storm Isaias threatens the entire east coast, but it is the south that has seen a recent spike in new coronavirus cases. Health officials in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have warned that hospitals could be under excessive strain.
To avoid exposure to viruses in shelters, the first choice is for coastal residents in flood-vulnerable homes to stay with relatives or friends further inland, being careful to wear masks and stay socially distant.
“Thanks to Covid, we believe you are safer at home,” said Bill Johnson, director of emergency management in Palm Beach County. “Shelters should be considered your last resort.”
Officials in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, it announced more stringent measures on Sunday in an attempt to stem a coronavirus outbreak that is raging despite a blockade that began four weeks ago.
For six weeks starting on Sunday, Melbourne metro residents will be curfew from 20:00. at 5 in the morning except for work or giving and receiving treatment.
As in the current blockade, the permitted reasons for leaving home include: purchases of essential goods and services; medical assistance and assistance; and exercise, work and study needed. Food shopping is limited to one person per family per day and outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per person per day, both about three miles from home. Public meetings are limited to two people, including family members.
In explaining the new measures, Premier Daniel Andrews said that the high transmission rate of the community, including 671 new cases reported in Victoria on Sunday, suggested that the virus was more prevalent than known.
“You have to err on the side of caution and go further and go harder,” he said.
Less stringent restrictions have been introduced in the rest of the state starting Wednesday midnight, and further business measures will be announced on Monday.
Victoria had 11,557 confirmed cases, almost all in the Melbourne subway, and 123 deaths.
The United States records more than double the total of any other month as July cases.
The United States recorded over 1.9 million new infections in July, nearly 42% of the over 4.5 million cases reported nationwide since the start of the pandemic and more than double the number documented in any other month, according to data compiled by the New York Times. The previous monthly high came in April, when over 880,000 new cases were registered.
The virus is reaching dangerous speeds throughout much of the Midwest – and in the states of Mississippi, from Florida to California, which they thought had already seen the worst.
The sense that the country could soon understand the pandemic has passed. In many states, troubled government officials are restricting restrictions on residents and businesses and issuing warnings about an increase in virus hospitalizations.
The north-east, once the main hotspot of the virus, has improved significantly since its April peak. However, cases are increasing slightly in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as residents move more freely and gather in groups more frequently.
The picture is equally distressing abroad, where even governments that seem well suited to fighting the virus are seeing surges.
New daily infections in Japan, a country with a long tradition of wearing face masks, increased by over 50% in July. Australia, which can break away from the rest of the world more easily than most, is battling a wave of infections in and around Melbourne. Hong Kong, Israel and Spain are also fighting the second wave.
As the pandemic devastates nations around the world, many Ethiopians who found work elsewhere in Africa or in the Persian Gulf before the coronavirus arrived are returning home without work.
The wave of thousands of migrant workers returning to thousands, some of whom may have been infected along the way, now represents serious tension for Ethiopia’s fragile health system.
More than 30,000 workers have returned to Ethiopia since mid-March. Of these, at least 927 had the virus on their return, according to the government, although that figure hasn’t been updated in over a month and is almost certainly a subtitle.
Workers in many Gulf countries were confined to crowded prisons before being deported and faced harrowing conditions on the return journey. Some claimed to have been hunted and shot on the road, or paid traffickers to help them cross streams on their return trip to Africa.
Health officials in Ethiopia are reporting spikes in the number of migrant workers seeking treatment for coronavirus. And many fear that workers who have already faced stigma and oppression abroad are slipping into the country without being seen, perhaps infecting others and suffering even more from the virus.
Even on the return, many face poor job prospects and those who have contracted the virus face very limited treatment options in medical facilities already running out of equipment and staff.
Five months after the coronavirus engulfed New York City, the subway pass is 20 percent of the pre-pandemic levels, although the city has largely contained the virus and has reopened some activities.
But an image emerging in major cities around the world suggests that public transportation may not be as risky as New Yorkers believe.
In countries where the pandemic has declined, the number of passengers has rebounded far greater than in New York City – yet no mass transit superspander event occurred, according to a survey conducted by agencies transportation conducted by the New York Times.
In Paris, public health authorities searching for contacts found that none of the 386 infection clusters identified from early May to mid-July were connected to the city’s public transportation.
A study of coronavirus clusters in April and May in Austria linked no one to public transport. And in Tokyo, where public health authorities aggressively tracked down groups of viruses, none have been connected to the city’s famous crowded railway lines.
However, public health experts warn that evidence should be considered with caution. They note that the flyover in other large cities is still well below pre-pandemic levels, that it is difficult to trace clusters directly to public transport and that the level of threat depends largely on how much a city has reduced its rate of overall infection.
Among the range of urban activities, some experts claim that driving in a subway car is probably more risky than walking outdoors but safer than indoor meals – as long as the car is not full of people and most motorcyclists wear face protectors.
Could humans transmit coronavirus to wildlife, particularly North American bats?
It may seem like a minor concern – very low on the list of concerns like getting sick, losing a loved one or staying busy. But as the pandemic made clear, the more alert people are to the viruses that pass between species, the better.
The scientific consensus is that coronavirus originated in bats in China or neighboring countries. A recent article tracing the genetic lineage of the virus found evidence that it probably evolved into bats in its current form. The researchers also concluded that this coronavirus or others that could make the leap in humans may be present in bat populations.
So why bother infecting multiple bats with the current virus?
The U.S. government regards it as a legitimate concern both for bat populations, which have been devastated by a fungal disease called white nose syndrome, and for humans, due to potential roadside problems. If the virus can easily pass between species, it could potentially fall on humans.
Another concern is the speed with which coronavirus can spread from bats to other types of wild or domestic animals, including pets. Much attention has been paid to the small number of pets that have been infected, but health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that although the information is limited, the risk of animals spreading the virus to humans it’s short.
They recommend to anyone with Covid-19 to take the same precautions with their pets as they would with human family members.
In the capital of Russia, the anxieties about the pandemic seem to have slipped away, at least judging by the maskless crowds that crowd restaurants and bars.
Despite laws requiring gloves and masks in public spaces, many people seem to have become blasé from the dangers of coronavirus, packing themselves into small spaces for eating and drinking. However, according to official statistics, random attitudes towards personal protection do not seem to have led to a public health crisis so far.
According to government data, Russia has not had an increase in infections and the daily rate of infection nationwide has gone from 5,000 to 6,000 cases since President Vladimir V. Putin declared victory over the pandemic last month.
A certain amount of data manipulation can be responsible. The mayor of Norilsk, an industrial city in the Arctic, recently resigned after accusing regional officials of underestimating coronavirus figures. He said that the real number of cases was more than double the official count.
But while masks have not become as politicized as in the United States, they have quickly lost favor with older men and young people who have labeled them out of date. Some trendy restaurants popular with young people have even started banning them.
“It’s better to go out and live normally and maybe even get sick rather than staying home forever without doing anything,” said Polina Fedotova, 27, the patroness of a cocktail bar in Moscow.
“We are people, not robots, and we want to have a life,” said his partner, a 28-year-old doctor who works in a large Moscow hospital and who previously had contracted the virus.
Mexico’s love affair with melodrama seemed to be over. Now, thanks in part to the pandemic, the soap opera is roaring back.
Confined to their homes, millions of Mexicans have dedicated their evenings to traditional melodramas and other kitsch classics, finding in the familiar faces and in the happy ending a balm for the anxieties raised by a health crisis that has left at least 43,000 dead and millions of unemployed in the nation.
The renaissance was a blessing for Televisa, once a media monopoly that had beaten streaming services. During the second quarter, 6.6 million people watched Televisa’s flagship channel every evening in the early evening, when telenovelas and other melodramas aired. The number of spectators was around five million in that period last year, according to the network.
Miguel Ángel Herros, executive producer of the melodrama “La Rosa de Guadalupe”, was shot for shorter periods, in places that leave ample room for his crew. The actors take their temperatures when they arrive on set and rehearse with face masks and shields.
It is unclear whether success will last through a pandemic that has forced physical displays of affection outside the telenovelas.
“There are no kisses, hugs, caresses, scenes in bed,” said Herros.
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The report was provided by Emily Cochrane, Tess Felder, Christina Goldbaum, James Gorman, Andrew Higgins, Jennifer Jett, Natalie Kitroeff, Simon Marks and Patricia Mazzei.