The outlook worsens across much of the United States since July begins with a series of cases.
July in America starts miserably.
During the first five days of the month, the United States reported its three total daily cases totals. Fourteen states registered one-day highs. In all, over 250,000 new cases have been announced nationwide, the equivalent of every person in Reno who catches the virus in less than a week.
“The situation is that we are experiencing a widespread diffusion of the community”
In much of the country, the outlook was rapidly deteriorating.
On Sunday, Texas and Florida passed both 200,000 total cases. In Mississippi, where almost all counties reported an increase in cases, the spokesman for the State House of Representatives was among the various legislators to test positively. And in Starr County, Texas, along the Mexican border, hundreds of cases have been identified and hospitals were running out of room.
“Local and valley hospitals are full capacity and have no more beds available,” said Eloy Vera, the top Starr County official, in a Facebook post. “I urge all our residents to meet the needs of hospitalization on the spot, to wear face shields, to practice social removal and AVOID GATHERINGS.”
New groups of cases emerged when people resumed their pre-pandemic routines. At least 16 infections have been linked to a church in San Antonio. Ninety-five people tested positive in a housing facility for farm workers in Oxnard, California. In Missouri, a summer camp closed after more than 40 people, including campers and office workers, tested positive.
But the transition to reopening continues. Some Federal workers are returning to their offices in the Washington, DC area, where confirmed infections have remained constant or decreased.
At the headquarters of the Department of Energy, 20 percent of employees – possibly up to 600 – have been allowed to return. The Interior Department said in a statement that it predicted that around 1,000 workers would return to its main office near the White House early every day. According to a spokesman, the Department of Defense has authorized up to 80% of its workforce to return to the offices, which could result in up to 18,000 employees inside the Pentagon. Many of them are already there.
Three major health organizations have urged Americans to wear masks when they leave their homes an open letter published Monday.
“Covid-19 is not behind us and we must resist the confused reopening with the return to normal,” warned officials of the American health, medicine and nurses associations. “This will intensify this crisis and result in more suffering and death.”
The groups argued that the basic steps for early virus outbreaks were too quickly abandoned and stressed their advice to practice social distancing and to be diligent about hand hygiene in addition to using masks.
President Trump refused to wear a mask in public, but last week said he would wear a “in a tight situation with people”. White House staff chief Mark Meadows reiterated Mr. Trump’s position on Monday.
“The president said he is willing to wear a mask, if any, in confined spaces,” Meadows said on Fox News. “I know some of us have done the same.”
The World Health Organization no approve face coatings until early June, frustrating many health experts. And masks and ventilation may be even more important than previously recognized: in an open letter to be published this week, 239 scientists in 32 countries have invited W.H.O. recognize that the virus can infect people through tiny aerosol particles that linger in the air, not just larger respiratory droplets expelled by infected people in coughing and sneezing.
The most comprehensive look at the racial inequality of the virus in the United States
Earlier numbers found that coronaviruses were black and Latin at higher rates, but new federal data – made available after the New York Times sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – reveal a clearer picture and business suit: Blacks and Latins have been disproportionately affected in the United States, in hundreds of counties in urban, suburban and rural areas and in all age groups.
Latin American and African American residents in the United States were three times more likely to become infected than their white neighbors, according to new data, which provide detailed features of 640,000 infections found in nearly 1,000 U.S. counties. And blacks and Latins are almost twice as likely to die of viruses than whites, data show that.
Inequalities persist across the lines and regions of the state. They exist in rural towns on the Great Plains, in suburban counties, such as Fairfax County, Virginia, and in many of the country’s largest cities.
“Systemic racism is not limited to highlighting itself in the criminal justice system,” said Quinton Lucas, black mayor of Kansas City, Mo. In Missouri, 40 percent of the infected are black or Latino, although these groups represent only 16 percent of the state’s population.
Lucas said: “It is something that we are seeing taking lives not only in urban America, but in rural America and in all kinds of parts where, frankly, people deserve equal living opportunities – to get health care, to do test, to get the track. “
The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, was reopened on Monday, ending a 16-week arrest of the coronavirus that resulted in a loss of over 40 million euros, or about 45 million dollars, in the sale of tickets.
Speaking in front of the great glass pyramid of the Paris museum, its director, Jean-Luc Martinez said the Louvre is losing about 80% of its visitors, most of whom are from abroad, due to restrictions on international flights.
On Monday, around 7,000 visitors booked tickets, compared with 30,000 daily visitors who visited the Louvre before the pandemic.
“This drop in visitor numbers will last a few years,” said Martinez, adding that he is confident of the museum’s finances thanks to the huge subsidy he receives from the French government.
The museum has added a series of health regulations to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. A third of its galleries – those where social distancing is difficult to respect – remain closed, while visitors should follow the arrows that will guide them through the galleries to avoid bottlenecks.
Around 10:30 on Monday, the Salle des États, the room where the Mona Lisa is hanging, hosted only a hundred people, away from the crowds that usually crowd Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece.
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About 270,000 people Spain they re-entered the bloc after the country officially closed its state of emergency on June 21st. Emergency measures entered into force over the weekend in the Galicia region of northwest Spain, as well as the northeastern region of Catalonia around the city of Lleida. The Catalan authorities anticipated that the blockade in Lleida would last two weeks, while Galician officials said their blockade would be limited to five days, which would allow residents to vote on Sunday in the regional elections.
Officials in India postponed the reopening of the Taj Mahal this week. The number of cases in the country began to rise rapidly several weeks ago after the government started lifting a blockade imposed in March, and some cities have already reinstated strict rules to keep their turnover low. India has reported about 700,000 confirmed infections and nearly 20,000 deaths since Monday.
The governor of TokyoYuriko Koike won a second term on Sunday as voters approved his highly visible leadership during the pandemic. The sprawling metropolis has avoided the type of deadly spiral of the virus seen in other capitals of the world.
Pakistan the health minister said he tested positive for the virus. The official, Zafar Mirza, wrote on Twitter that he has mild symptoms and isolation in the home. There have been at least 231,000 cases in Pakistan and at least 4,700 deaths.
With the coronavirus roaring back and positive test results reaching new heights, the Israeli government increased its restrictions on Monday by closing bars, gyms and public pools, reducing meetings in restaurants, synagogues and buses, and canceling summer camps for everyone. except younger children.
Separately, Israel’s largest airline, El Al, has accepted a government bailout plan that will provide it with an infusion of $ 250 million in cash, but which could allow for nationalization based on the proceeds of a separate public offering. The airline was still barely functioning when last week licensed the last 500 crew members.
Israel had done quite well in the early days of the pandemic, having closed its borders relatively early. But the slow compliance and erratic actions of a government rushing to revive the battered economy pushed the numbers to spike last week. The number of daily positive tests reached 781 on June 30th, a new high and 1,138 on Thursday.
The prime minister’s office said government offices would require at least 30 percent of the staff to work from home. No more than 20 people will be allowed on public buses and indoor restaurants. The outdoor restaurants can accommodate up to 30 people. Some measures require parliamentary approval, but others can be imposed by Fiat.
Israeli media reported that government ministers vigorously discussed the new restrictions, with the health minister warning that the number of cases could double in a week due to Israelis’ inability to follow instructions and an ultra-Orthodox minister asking that synagogues be left alone. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel was “one step away from a complete blockade,” according to local reports.
As the virus spreads to Florida, the parties continue.
Miami’s vibrant nightclubs are closed in March, but The parties broke loose in the manger on the waterfront hidden in the lush residential neighborhood of Belle Meade Island, neighbors who spied on professional bouncers at the door and bought earplugs to try to sleep through the beats of the dance say.
They are the type of parties – which attract crowds of masked strangers to go ecstatic until dawn – that local health officials say were instrumental in the growing number of coronavirus cases in Florida, one of the most common infection spots. worrying in the country. Florida reported over 10,000 new cases on Sunday.
State contact detectors, already overwhelmed, found that some infected people refused to disclose who they went out with or who ended up in their homes.
“We are starting to encounter a fair amount of rejections from younger people when you call them and say, ‘We want to get to know everyone who was at your party,'” said Dr. J. Glenn Morris Jr., director of Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a university city where local officials have begged students to stop partying. “There’s a lot of sense of,” It’s none of your business. “
How many parts have been linked to Covid-19 is unclear why Florida does not make public information on confirmed disease groups. On the island of Belle Meade, neighbors fear that the large numbers of people entering and leaving home parties are exactly what public health officials have warned them about.
“We have hundreds of people coming to this island,” said Jeri Klemme-Zaiac, a practicing nurse who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years. “This is how it is spreading: people have no respect for anyone else.”
Regeneron will begin advanced clinical trials on mild and severe forms of Covid-19.
The company is investigating whether the treatment, a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies, will work in people with mild and severe forms of the disease and even though the product, an injection, could also prevent people from getting the infection.
Regeneron is one of several companies that test antibody treatments, which are closely followed as one of the most promising therapies for Covid-19. The treatments are believed to work by giving patients powerful versions of the antibodies that the immune system naturally causes to fight viruses. Regeneron has developed a similar treatment for Ebola and said he hopes to have a treatment available for coronavirus as early as the fall.
The company received at least $ 160 million from the federal government to test and manufacture the product before it is known to work.
The company’s advanced prevention study is being conducted jointly with the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, and will investigate whether it can prevent infection among those who have been exposed to people with the virus. This study hopes to enroll 2,000 patients at 100 sites in the United States.
Other studies will examine how it treats people who have already been infected, including those who are hospitalized and others who are not so sick. Those will be held in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Chile, the company said.
The virus is accelerating a trend towards a cashless future.
In the era of the coronavirus, cash is no longer fashionable.
In Julien Cornu’s cheese shop in Paris, the requirements for social withdrawal and concerns about hygiene push almost everyone who crosses the threshold to pay with plastic.
“People use contactless cards and payments because they don’t want to touch anything,” Cornu said as a line of shoppers wearing masks were a meter away before approaching the La Fromagerie register and passing the cards contactlessly on a player.
While the money is still accepted, older buyers – his clientele more difficult when it comes to adopting digital habits – are also making the switch voluntarily.
Cash had already been cut in many countries as urban consumers paid more and more with apps and cards even for smaller purchases. But coronavirus is accelerating the move to a cashless future, increasing new calculations for merchants and enriching the digital payments industry.
Fears about the transmission of the disease have forced consumers to rethink how they buy and pay. Retailers and restaurants are driving clicks over cash to reduce employee exposure. The Chinese central bank has sterilized the banknotes in the regions affected by the virus. The governments in India, Kenya and Sweden, as well as the United Nations, are promoting cashless payments in the name of public health.
“We have a world where there are fewer contacts,” said Morten Jorgensen, director of RBR, based in London, a consulting firm specializing in banking technology, cards and payments. “People’s habits are changing as we speak.”
The British art sector, largely closed since March due to the pandemic, A lifeline is given through what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described as a “world leader” rescue package for cultural and heritage institutions.
The organizations will receive 1.57 billion pounds, about $ 2 billion, the ministry of culture said on Sunday.
Johnson said in a statement that the money “would help safeguard the industry for future generations by ensuring that art groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff while their doors remain closed and the curtains remain turn down. “
The money will go to a variety of recipients, including Britain’s “local basement” music venues and museums, he added, although he did not provide details. Museums in England were able to reopen on Saturday, but it is unclear when theaters and music venues will be allowed.
The amount of the rescue package is on par with others in Europe’s largest nations.
Friday, Germany Parliament approved a € 1 billion (approximately $ 1.13 billion) fund to restore the functioning of the cultural sector, building on the already generous support of regional legislatures. Many state-funded theaters in Germany receive 70 to 80 percent of their state revenues, compared to around 20-30 percent in Britain.
The French ministry of culture said in a press release last week that it had committed € 5 billion to the arts, although much of it included unemployment benefits and job retention initiatives that are not included in the British or German bailout totals. .
In the battle for pilots, the New York City subway has always cheated buses. Much.
At the height of the pandemic, the equation was turned upside down: the average number of passengers per day in April and May was 444,000 by subway and 505,000 by bus.
It was the first time that had happened since the transit agency started keeping these records more than half a century ago.
Buses stayed on top even when the city started to reopen after a three-month arrest and more commuters returned to work. Average daily counts in June were 752,000 for the subway and 830,000 for the buses.
The city’s sprawling bus system, which has long been overshadowed by the subway, emerged as a crucial part of its recovery.
Buses are counted to keep people out of cars and to alleviate the crowding of the subway when more commuters return, attracting many cyclists who claimed to find buses a safer and less stressful alternative because riders can wait outside for the bus. ‘buses, see how clean or crowded they are before paying the fare, and get off at anytime and be out again.
“I’m more comfortable on the bus,” said Arturo Carrion, 52, who works as a cleaner for Uber. “The train is tight with many people like sardines.”
Nick Cordero, a musical theater actor whose intimidating stature and casual charm brought him a series of tough roles on Broadway, he died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 41 years old.
His death was announced on Instagram by his wife, Amanda Kloots. The couple, who moved from New York to Los Angeles last year, have a 1-year-old son, Elvis.
He did not cite a lawsuit, but was hospitalized for three months after contracting the coronavirus.
Mr. Cordero’s experience with the virus, which included weeks in a doctor-induced coma and amputation of his right leg, was told by Mrs. Kloots on Instagram.
Mr. Cordero’s big break came in 2014, when he played Cheech, a gangster with a passion for theater and a flair for the tap which was the highlight of a musical adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway”. The role earned him a Tony nomination.
She went on to play the main character’s violent husband in “Waitress” and a mafia mentor in “A Bronx Tale”.
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The reporting was provided by Liz Alderman, Stephen Castle, Robert Gebeloff, Christina Goldbaum, Winnie Hu, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Katie Thomas, Apoorva Mandavilli, Alex Marshall, Constant Méheut, Raphael Minder, Zach Montague, Richard A. Oppel Jr., David M. Halbfinger, Patricia Mazzei, Michael Paulson, Motoko Rich, Kai Schultz, Mitch Smith, Kaly Soto , Eileen Sullivan, Will Wright, Carl Zimmer and Karen Zraick.