Coronavirus cases exceed 10 million worldwide as the number of deaths approaches 500,000.
According to a New York Times database, the total number of coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday as countries around the world struggled to prevent new infection rates from reaching out of control levels while trying to get out of painful locks to come out.
The number of confirmed infections, which doubled after about 40 days after five million in May, could be significantly underestimated, according to health authorities. Data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that actual numbers in many regions of the United States are likely to be ten times as reported.
In the United States, early trouble spots occurred in the northeast, particularly in the New York metropolitan area. However, the recent surge was mainly in the south and west, forcing some states to withdraw from plans to reopen.
Other countries are also affected by a wave of new infections.
And India, which reports more infections every day than anyone else except the United States and Brazil, confirmed that the number of cases has risen to over 500,000 this weekend. Last month, India pushed ahead with reopening public life despite rising case numbers, and officials said they were considering trying to test the entire population of New Delhi – nearly 30 million people – to better scale the outbreak determine.
Dozens of countries that took early steps to contain and track the pandemic were able to control the virus within their borders. However, experts fear that fatigue from lockdowns and social distancing has allowed the virus to spread with new intensity in many parts of the world.
Vice President Mike Pence and the country’s chief health official, Alex M. Azar II, continued to say on Sunday that reopening in many countries did not lead to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, but rather that increased testing revealed more and more infections.
However, her position was contested by other public health experts, who said that expanded testing not only revealed more overall cases, but also a higher rate of positive cases.
On Fox News Sunday, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that both the total number and percentage of positive tests for coronavirus had increased in several states. There is also no doubt that the virus has the upper hand. “He predicted that the spread of explosives in some states will worsen in the coming weeks.
While much of Sunday’s talk shows focused more on examining reports that Russia had offered Taliban fighters to kill US soldiers and paid bounties for, the country’s growing pandemic remained an important issue. The comments from Mr. Pence, Mr. Azar and Dr. Dr. The conflicting positions of the White House, which is pushing ahead to reopen the economy, and the resumption of the personal campaign for the fall elections by Mr. Trump and the health professionals alarmed by the cases across the country.
Mr. Pence said in the CBS “Face the Nation” program: “I know that there is a temptation to relate the new cases in the sun belt to the reopening,” but denied this as true, adding that many states are involved elevated cases had already reopened weeks ago.
When the show’s host, John Dickerson, cited health experts’ concerns that states had opened too early, Mr. Pence replied, “I disagree.”
Although residents in some states have been turned away from test sites that have reached their capacity, Mr. Pence incorrectly said that anyone who wanted to be tested for the corona virus could be tested.
“Because of the public-private partnership that President Trump initiated, we can literally test anyone in the country who wants a test that comes up,” said Pence.
Along with the increasing number of cases, many places where the coronavirus is now spreading quickly report another statistic that tends in the wrong direction: an increasing proportion of the coronavirus tests are positive again.
In Los Angeles County, officials said Saturday that the rate of positivity had risen to 9 percent; two weeks ago it was 5.8 percent on average. In Texas, the rate rose over 13 percent on Friday; it fluctuated 7 percent two weeks ago.
The positivity rates in Arizona have risen steadily since the beginning of May and, according to a week, are on average over 20 percent Figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Public health experts monitor positivity rates, hospitalization rates, deaths and other key indicators to get the clearest picture of how common the virus is in a particular city or state and how quickly it is spreading.
“The positivity rate is a very important indicator of how a state tests and how the state works,” said Dr. Thomas Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center for Health Security.
However, don’t read too much in the specific numbers: they can vary widely from location to location due to the availability and criteria of the tests, the way the data is compiled, and other factors that are not directly reflected , significantly differentiate what the virus does. If everything else is the same, limited tests are expected to result in higher positivity rates than widely used tests just because those who are tested are more likely to show signs of infection or have known exposure.
The most important thing about positivity rates is which direction they are going, and an increase is not a good thing. It’s strong evidence that the pandemic is gaining strength – and that rapidly increasing case numbers aren’t just the result of further testing, as President Trump and Vice President Pence recently argued. If only there were more extensive tests, the positivity rates should be flat or falling and not increasing.
“It should make public health officials and political leaders very concerned and make them really rethink existing policies,” said Dr. Inglesby.
The C.D.C. The criteria for each phase of reopening after a ban include the requirement that the positivity rates decrease for 14 days. According to Johns Hopkins Only 12 countries reported lower average positivity rates last week than the previous week.
The governors of New York and Washington sharply criticize the Trump administration.
Two governors, who had sometimes irritated ties to the White House during the pandemic, voiced vigorous reactions to the government’s insistence on postponing local governments, rather than offering a strict national policy to contain the virus at a time when outbreaks in a row escalate from states.
Vice President Mike Pence vigorously defended the approach on the CBS show “Face the Nation”, while the increase in cases is due to increased testing and irresponsible behavior by young people.
“One of the elements of America’s genius is the principle of federalism, state and local control,” said Pence. “We made it clear that we want to oppose the governors. We want to oppose the local officials and people should listen to them.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo described this approach as negligent in the NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “You basically deny the problem,” he said. “They don’t want to tell the American people the truth. And they don’t want a federal response other than the support of the states.”
Mr. Cuomo said that New York, once a global epicenter, reported five deaths on Sunday, the lowest since the pandemic started. However, he feared that travelers from countries with higher infection rates could reverse his country’s hard-won profits.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee expressed frustration at the President’s unwillingness to wear masks or do more to encourage his followers to wear them. “Instead of tweeting recently about the importance of masks, he tweeted about monuments,” he said on Face the Nation. “We need a president who cares more about living Americans and less about dead Confederates.”
Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she supports a federal mandate that all Americans must wear masks. “This is definitely long overdue,” Ms. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in ABC’s “This Week”. She asked Mr. Trump to wear one in public and said, “Real men wear masks. Be a role model for the country. “
The Secretary for Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, stated on “Meet the Press” that Mr. Pence put on a mask for a public appearance on Friday, “although he doesn’t have to test everyone around him, he’s in a bubble.”
President Trump and the surrounding area “are constantly being tested,” he said, and repeated that the government recommends that people wear face coverings if they cannot practice social distancing.
US test sites in the west and south see long lines and sometimes stubborn crowds.
Corona virus test sites in Arizona, Florida and Texas have become a source of tension and risk. Many residents wait in long lines, others are turned away as soon as the capacities of the locations are reached. The crush increases the risk of infection, as people rush to the top in some centers.
Inhabitants of this and other hard-hit states are being tested in droves as the virus continues to grow in the south and west, threatening to overwhelm areas that have until recently been spared the worst pandemic.
“Pushing, Screaming, NULL Social Distancing Enforced” A Houston resident wrote on Twitter. Two test sites in the Houston stadiums reached their capacity a few hours after the opening on Saturday. according to the local health department. The city’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, said the intensive care units there are almost full.
Elsewhere in Texas, Stefano West drove more than an hour from Killeen to Austin to find a test site and found that only a few were available nearby. He said he waited about four and a half hours in his car at the construction site.
“I was upset,” said Mr. West. “There was no real communication. Nobody explained the process.”
In Florida, the first car was tested on Saturday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando at 12:30 p.m. according to the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, although testing didn’t start until 9 a.m. At one site in Jacksonville, the test line was interrupted in the early afternoon before the association closed said on Twitter.
In Arizona, people looking for corona virus tests in Phoenix are faced with car lines up to three miles long. On Friday, the state’s largest laboratory received twice as many samples as it could process.
Nationwide, coronavirus cases have increased by 65 percent in the past two weeks. Over 42,000 cases were reported in the U.S. on Saturday, including one-day records in Florida, Nevada and South Carolina. It was the third day in a row with more than 40,000 new cases in the country.
Outbreaks of restaurants are increasing as more and more U.S. states allow eating indoors.
As more and more restaurants and bars are open for indoor meals, difficult-to-understand outbreaks in several states are leading to warnings from health officials.
In Michigan, more than 70 cases have been linked to Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing. In Alaska, the Seward Alehouse closed and encouraged customers to get tested after an employee became infected with the virus.
In Kansas, cases have been linked to the Wild Horse Saloon in Topeka and a bar called Hawk in Lawrence. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health’s Sonia Jordan said her department released details of the Hawk outbreak because “we’re not sure we can identify everyone who was there.”
Outbreaks of restaurants are often included in a handful of known cases. However, in the past few weeks they have also been the site of widespread infections. At least 100 cases were associated with the nightlife of Tigerland in Baton Rouge, La.
In Michigan, where dozens of people infected at Harper’s Restaurant were between 18 and 23 years old, officials asked other visitors to the company to isolate themselves.
“There are likely to be more people infected with Covid-19 who have not yet been identified,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County’s health officer, in a statement. “We need help from people who went to Harper during the exposure dates so we can contain the outbreak. We need everyone who is exposed to stay at home.”
The rapid identification of restaurant clusters contrasts with the continuing insecurity about infections resulting from protests against racially biased policing More than 2,000 U.S. cities since George Floyd’s death in police custody on May 25. The Times reached dozens of cities that had big protests and a few small case groups, but no larger clusters.
So far, approximately 50 protests-related infections have been identified in the effort, including members of the National Guard in Nebraska, Minnesota and Washington, D.C.
The Ukrainians are stuck in the belligerent east of their country because they cannot access a quarantine app.
A rule in Ukraine requiring travelers to quarantine themselves has had a surprising impact, stranding dozens of people in a buffer area within the war zone in the east of the country.
Ukraine has been fighting a Russian-backed uprising in the east since 2014, which has long been stuck along a series of trenches separated by a no-man’s-land with landmines, snipers, and artillery shells. Each side has its own checkpoints.
Before the pandemic, the Ukrainians crossed the no man’s land more than a million times a month, sometimes for reasons as simple as collecting pensions, although some also have family and property throughout the war zone.
But this week, a group of civilians crossing the separatist territory was suddenly faced with Ukraine’s request to quarantine newcomers for two weeks, either by checking into a hospital or staying at home while doing a location Use the app.
About 50 people trying to cross – including pregnant women, the elderly, and children – either didn’t have a smartphone to download the app, or in some cases couldn’t figure out how to use it. The separatists refused to leave her on their territory and left her stranded with no possibility of quarantine, as Ukraine requested.
“Dozens of people have had to camp overnight in the middle of an active military conflict in some cases just because they didn’t have a smartphone to download an app,” said Laura Mills, a human rights researcher in Europe and Central Asia. said in a statement.
By Friday, 17 had agreed to check into a state-run hospital to escape the buffer zone. Others were able to get out after relatives or volunteers from non-governmental groups passed smartphones at a checkpoint, said Denys Yaroshenko, a monitor for a nonprofit organization in the region called Right to Protection. The separatists eventually allowed others to re-enter. No one was injured, but it is unclear how many are left.
The Ukrainian authorities have provided tents and food for those who are still stranded.
While some lawsuits miss their first pride march, a gathering in Taiwan shows support.
This weekend would normally have been a time for big pride marches, parades and parties. And in New York City, the events on Sunday would have that 50th anniversary of the city’s Pride March.
Instead, these events have been replaced by small gatherings and virtual events, including a 24-hour online celebration that has been streamed to YouTube and as public life has only gradually resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic – and restrictions in some places tightened, where the cases have increased in recent days, the Global Pride website.
And while the Pride celebrations are not canceled on their own, few other events are less about being seen – by everyone. This year, some L.G.B.T.Q. People miss an important moment of visibility and acceptance: their first pride.
“It’s something that defines our identity as LGBTQ people,” said Fred Lopez, General Manager of San Francisco Pride. “It’s really inspiring to remember the time when we went hand in hand with a friend or crush could, even among hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands of people. “
A personal Pride gathering however, was held in Taiwan on Sunday as the self-governing island has largely kept the corona virus at bay with only 446 registered cases and seven deaths since the first case was reported in January.
A giant rainbow flag led a procession across Liberty Square, a large square in central Taipei, at an event that Darien Chen, one of the organizers, hoped would bring consolation to millions of people around the world who had benefited from this Event could not attend large gatherings of the pandemic.
“We really hope that we all L.G.B.T. Community that cannot march for itself this year, ”he said.
One morning, Yemeni militiamen rumbled to a group of migrants in a settlement and fired machine guns at Ethiopians caught in the middle of another’s war. The militiamen shouted: Take your corona virus and leave the country or face death.
“The sound of the bullets was like a thunder that would not stop,” said Kedir Jenni, 30, an Ethiopian waiter who had fled the settlement near the Saudi border in northern Yemen earlier this April. “Men and women are shot next to you. You see them die and move on. “
These and other scenes were told in telephone interviews with half a dozen migrants in Saudi prisons. Although their accounts could not be independently verified, human rights groups have confirmed similar incidents.
The Houthis, the Iran-backed militia that controls most of northern Yemen, have driven thousands of migrants at gunpoint over the past three months, blaming them for the spread of the coronavirus, and throwing them into the desert without food or water.
Five years of war between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition that supports the Yemeni government have searched the poorest country in the Middle East, starving and killing its people.
Humanitarian officials and researchers say the African migrant workers who Cross Yemen every year torture, rape, extortion, bombs and bullets in desperation to reach Saudi Arabia. And this spring, when the pandemic made them scapegoats for Yemen’s problems, they even lost this slim hope.
“Covid is just a tragedy in so many other tragedies these migrants face,” said Afrah Nasser, a Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch.
The community around the University of California at Davis used to have 70,000 residents and a thriving economy. Rents were scarce. The city center was congested. Hotels were booked months in advance for the start.
When the campus was closed due to the corona virus in March, an estimated 20,000 students and faculty members left the city. They were accompanied by about a third of the demand for goods and services, from books to bicycles to brunch. And officials expect most of this demand to go away after the city reopens.
Depending on institutions that were once insensitive to recessions, town and gown communities that have developed around rural locations – Cornell, Amherst College, Penn State – are not only confronted with Covid-19, but also with Covid-19 also large losses in population, income and jobs.
The forecast is daunting for the cities involved. In most university cities, students, faculties and staff are a major market. The local economy depends on its number and dollars, from sales taxes to soccer weekends to federal funds determined by the US Census.
Where recently an attempt was made to work as usual, the punishment followed: Last week, Iowa’s health officials in the two largest university cities reported spikes in young adults after the bars reopened. And on the campus in the United States, attempts to bring soccer teams back for pre-season training have led to outbreaks.
“One of the things that makes a university city so wonderful is the lively young population,” said Davis’ new mayor Lucas Frerichs, who attended the university and has lived in the city for 24 years. “You are the elixir of life.”
Including last week’s votes in New York and Kentucky, 46 states and the District of Columbia have now completed primaries or party conventions and are facing the major challenge of not only voting during a pandemic, but also post-record voting.
Despite debates in some states, votes were counted and winners largely selected without incident – a remarkable achievement, some say, since many states had only a few weeks to remove decades of personal voting habits for postal voting.
However, the challenges – and the stakes – will be exponentially higher in November when the Americans elect a president and much of Congress.
For a start, the election boards already lack the money in some areas. Postal and election workers who are overwhelmed by more than 55 million pre-election voters face triple turnout in November.
States need to recruit army of election workers to replace older ones who were prevented from working due to the virus – almost six out of ten election workers were 61 or older in 2018. after an analysis by the Pew Research Center.
And polling stations have to process millions of ballot papers that are packed in millions of other special envelopes – which only a handful of companies can print.
The primaries “created a kind of training ground for states to go around the corner by post,” said Barry C. Burden, director of the Wisconsin-Madison University Research Center.
November, he said, could be like the pandemic itself: manageable if done properly, but prone to unpredictable trouble spots – “and we only need to go bad in some places so that the whole election is in trouble.”
How The gradual reopening of New York City has been introduced in the past few weeks. People come back to restaurants, bars, offices and hairdressing salons. And on Sunday, the city’s famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be open to the public for the first time since blocking measures were introduced.
Attendance at the cathedral – home of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York – is limited to 25 percent, and those present are subject to strict health and safety guidelines. The cathedral was too renovated to prepare for the trade fairs, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. East.
The closure of places of worship around the world during the pandemic was painful for those who normally seek comfort and fellowship there, especially on religious holidays.
It has also been the subject of heated debate, with some arguing that the closings violate religious freedom and others fear the risk to public health, as closed spaces have triggered outbreaks with large numbers of people in close contact.
Many have held worship services and events online during the pandemic, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral will continue to do so with its masses. When it was closed at Easter, Palm Sunday attracted more than 100,000 spectators.
“We miss the people in the pews,” said Jennifer Pascual, the music director of the cathedral. “It’s strange to have a mass and show it to an empty cathedral. You look out there and there’s nobody there.”
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The coverage was written by Christopher Cameron, Rebecca Chao, Melina Delkic, Nicholas Fandos, Tess Felder, Jeffrey Gettleman, Rebecca Halleck, Chris Horton, Shawn Hubler, Sheila Kaplan, Sarah Kliff, Andrew E. Kramer, Pierre-Antoine Louis and Pat Lyons . Zach Montague, Raphael Minder, Tiksa Negeri, Aimee Ortiz, Elian Peltier, Michael Shear, Mitch Smith, Maria Varenikova, Michael Weine, Vivian Yee, Carl Zimmer and Karen Zraick.