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New cases in the US account for 20 percent of all new global cases as the pandemic increases worldwide.
According to the New York Times, the United States accounted for 20 percent of all new infections worldwide on Sunday, as the coronavirus spreads at a record pace worldwide, even though the country’s population is approximately 4.3 percent of the world’s population.
In 22 states, particularly in the west and south, new cases continued to increase over the weekend. Oklahoma and Missouri reported their biggest one-day cases so far on Sunday, and Florida has totaled 1
The situation is bad in Yakima County in Washington, where the number of cases has more than doubled in the past month. Governor Jay Inslee said the county was at a “break point”. Due to the lack of hospital beds, patients were taken to Seattle for medical care more than two hours away. Yakima hospitals also report a significant shortage of staff due to staff who have contracted the virus or are in a 14-day quarantine after exposure.
The head of the World Health Organization warned the countries on Monday not to make the virus a political issue, especially as infections are increasing worldwide.
“We know that the pandemic is so much more than a health crisis – it’s an economic crisis, a social crisis, and in many countries a political crisis,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Although it did not proclaim certain countries, the virus is politically controversial in several countries, including the USA where the White House has started resetting its own virus and Brazil precautions.
At the weekend, Brazil was the second country to record more than 50,000 virus-related deaths. New cases across the country continue to grow, particularly in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Some epidemiologists say if this trend continues, Brazil could lead the United States in most virus-related deaths by the end of July.
The number of cases and deaths in Mexico is also increasing, causing officials in Mexico City – who have seen the brunt of the infection – to hold back their plans to reopen mall and outdoor markets.
In Germany, which has been praised for the rapid implementation of locks and large-scale tests, an increase in infections has recently been linked to the country’s largest pork processing plant. that has registered more than 1,300 cases among workers.
Parts of Africa are also becoming global hotspots after being largely spared the virus earlier this year. South Africa currently has an average of 1,000 new cases per day and virus deaths Egypt is on the rise.
Germany is trying to curb a rapidly growing outbreak in the country’s largest pork processing plant.
The authorities confirmed 1,331 new cases among workers at the Tönnies plant in northwestern Rheda-Wiedenbrück last week. The surrounding community was quarantined and schools and day care centers were closed. State and federal health workers and soldiers had been deployed to conduct large-scale tests.
Some workers blamed a lack of security measures and space for social distancing. A video released in early April, apparently taken by a worker, showed an overcrowded cafeteria. The prosecutor said he was considering opening an investigation.
With the new cases, the country’s R0, which is the number of new infections likely to come from a single case, rose to 2.7 on Monday, a number that has not been seen since a nationwide shutdown began in March . However, the national health authority, the Robert Koch Institute, warned that the R0 was high precisely because the number of cases remained relatively low.
In other international news:
India Underfunded hospitals have started to bend, the country reports more infections per day than in any other country except the United States and Brazil. People who urgently need treatment are turned away, especially in New Delhi. Numerous people have died on the street or in the back of an ambulance.
A top health official in South Korea, Jeong Eun-kyeong said that the country had been fighting a “second wave” since the beginning of May, but the number of cases remained too low to be classified as a real “wave”. South Korea has reported new double-digit cases in the past few weeks after registering up to 800 cases a day a few months ago.
Local authorities in Spain On Monday, blocking restrictions had to be reintroduced in some communities in Huesca, a northeastern province, after new clusters of infection surfaced, including one among seasonal workers. The step back was only one day after Spain lifted the nationwide state of emergency.
French schools Seriously opened their doors after weeks of walking, although there are only two weeks left until the summer break. Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer told France Inter Radio that the delivery was a “global education disaster” for students and vowed that special support would be given to those who fell behind during the ban.
Thousands of Palestinians, many wearing masks and gloves, gathered in the West Bank to demonstrate against the prospect of annexing Israel. Mai Kaila, the Palestinian Authority health minister, stressed the urgency of the protest. “Our people know about the dangers of the corona virus, but they wanted to send a message against the annexation to the entire international community,” she said. Hundreds of new virus cases were registered in the West Bank last week, for a total of just under 1,000.
NEW YORK ROUNDUP
New York City begins a new phase of reopening: offices.
Two weeks after the virus restrictions were relaxed, New York City reached another important milestone on Monday, as offices were opened and up to 300,000 people were present expected to return to work in person.
Phase 2 of the reopening also allows for outdoor dining, some in-store shopping, hair salons, barbershops, and real estate work.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “a huge step for this city” at his daily meeting on Monday.
“This is where most of our economy is located,” he said.
As the offices had to limit their maximum capacity to ensure social distance, the number of people returning to work seemed to be only a fraction of those who used to elbow in crowded subways and skyscrapers.
“It’s nice to get back to normal, even if it’s not 100 percent normal,” said Kiki Boyzuick, 45, who works in the Midtown Manhattan Human Resources department.
On Monday morning, a time when Midtown was normally crowded with workers, the sidewalks remained largely empty and the subway cars still felt relatively empty.
The mayor said that while some companies would hesitate to reopen their offices in the summer, he would encourage them to bring workers back in the fall.
“The more people see that it works, the more people will want to come back,” he said. “I think a lot of companies will say,” We just can’t do this job if people don’t spend more time together. “
In a survey conducted by the Partnership for New York City group this month, respondents from 60 companies with offices in Manhattan predicted that by August 15, only 10 percent of their employees would return.
At the Fancy Wave Salon in Flushing, Queens, hairdressers wore face protection, gloves, and masks while taking care of their customers’ hair. Derrick Chan, the owner, said he was thrilled to reopen.
“We pretty much had to stay home, no income,” he said. “That’s why you have to save for the rainy days.”
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More drivers Return to public transportation during transit phase 1 in New York City. In the subway, the daily number of drivers rose to 17 percent of the pre-pandemic when the number of drivers exceeded five million. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority expects up to two million people in phase 2.
Regarding phase 3Mr de Blasio said on Monday that the city would wait the state-prescribed minimum of two weeks and that officials should see special evidence of the easing of the outbreak.
“It will of course be a higher bar because it affects so many millions of people here to do something,” he said.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo from New York said Monday on CNN that he discussed with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut What do you do with travelers from other states that experience an increase in certain cases? just as he described a Florida quarantine imposed on New Yorkers in March as “more political than anything”.
“I would not target a particular state,” he said. “I would consider the countries with the highest transfer rates. If someone comes to New York from that state, there is a quarantine period during which they quarantine themselves to ensure that they do not spread them.”
In New York State, there were 10 additional ones virus-related deaths, Mr. Cuomo said Monday. Governor Philip D. Murphy said 27 more people died in New Jersey.
New Jersey casinos could reopen on July 2 with a 25 percent capacity, Murphy said. Further restrictions will be announced shortly.
Clusters in the United States are increasingly associated with social and religious meeting places.
When parts of the country were provisionally reopened, clusters of cases spread from the most popular locations – such as meat packaging companies, nursing homes, and prisons – to locations that received far less attention.
Four people who have spent time at Cruisin ‘Chubby’s Gentlemen’s Club, a Wisconsin strip club, have recently had positive reviews. In Colorado, at least 11 Eagle Lake Overnight Camp employees contracted the virus before campers showed up, causing the camp to be closed for the rest of the summer.
Other clusters have been linked to fraternity rush parties in Mississippi. Officials said these gatherings appeared to violate rules that prohibit indoor gatherings of more than 20 people unless social distancing measures are taken.
Churches that have been discussed about reopening are becoming sources of large clusters across the country. At least 236 cases have recently been linked to the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Oregon.
Experts say that clusters across the country are likely to continue to emerge as people come into contact.
“The reopening is part of the story,” said Dr. Arnold S. Monto, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, determined that more people will be at risk when the states go back into operation. But the virus is also notoriously unpredictable, he said, and certain people are more likely to transmit it than others.
“They have individuals who are super spreaders,” he said, not because they are irresponsible, but because there is something else about how their bodies respond to the virus. “It’s a biological phenomenon that we don’t understand.”
Studies have shown that federal aid has averted the poverty of millions of people in the United States.
An unprecedented expansion of federal aid has prevented the rise in poverty that experts predicted this year, when the pandemic brought unemployment to its highest level since the Great Depression, two new studies suggest.
The studies contain important reservations. Many Americans have suffered from hunger or other difficulties due to long delays in receiving aid, and much of the help is slated to expire next month. Millions of people have been excluded from any help, especially undocumented migrants who often have American children.
However, the evidence suggests that Congress’ s hastily approved programs in March have done much to protect the needy. This finding is likely to shape the debate on next steps at a time when 13.3 percent of Americans remain unemployed.
“Right now, the safety net is doing what it’s supposed to do for most families – helping them make a decent living,” said Zachary Parolin, a member of the Columbia University team that predicts this year’s poverty rate. “This is really remarkable given the scale of the job loss.”
According to the Columbia Group’s midrange forecast, poverty will only increase slightly this year to 12.7 percent compared to 12.5 percent before the virus. Without the March law, which provided most Americans with one-time checks and weekly unemployment benefits, it would have reached 16.3 percent, the researchers found. That would have driven almost 12 million more people into poverty.
A separate study analyzing survey data from the Census Bureau found that in April Americans in need increased in spite of high unemployment at the start of government payments.
This study by researchers from the University of Chicago and Notre Dame estimated that poverty in April and May fell from 10.9 percent in January and February to 8.6 percent in the past 12 months. (They use a different definition of poverty than the Columbia group.)
Easier-to-administer treatment leads to human studies.
Gilead Sciences, an American biopharmaceutical company, Trials will soon begin with an inhalable version of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that is currently promising as a virus treatment, the company said in a statement Monday.
Remdesivir is currently being administered intravenously, which limits its use to hospitals. Gilead’s inhalable version of the treatment would be administered through a nebulizer, a device that is commonly used to treat asthma patients and sends a mist of therapeutic fluid into the airways. Gilead scientists hope that patients at various stages of infection can use more convenient treatment.
Nebulizers are more common than IV devices, said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University. “Pretty much every outpatient emergency clinic has it.” She said the device could potentially be used to treat people who have tested positive but have no symptoms immediately.
Remdesivir, which interferes with virus replication, is the first drug to show efficacy against coronavirus in human studies. On May 1, it received emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration, allowing doctors to give the drug to Covid-19 patients. However, the drug has not yet been approved and its safety and efficacy are currently under investigation in several clinical studies.
Starting this week, healthy volunteers will be screened for participation in phase I trials that test safety. Covid 19 patients are expected to be enrolled in August.
Cultural and sports summary
The Golden Globes chose a later date for their event in 2021, a date that the Oscars abandoned.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the small group of journalists who distribute the globes, had previously announced no date for their ceremony. The Globes have been taking place in January since 1973, also because the press association likes to set the pace for the Oscar race – or at least tries to. The February slot allows the globes to maintain this position.
The Oscars were rescheduled for April 25, with the Academy of Arts and Sciences for Feature Films emphasizing that it selected this date in consultation with the Los Angeles County Department of Health. The press association, which works with Dick Clark Productions and NBC to host the televised Globes ceremony, has made no explanation for its selection.
There was also no indication of how the February date would affect the eligibility of film and television series that normally correspond to the calendar year. The window for the best viewing at the upcoming Oscars has been extended to February 28 instead of December 31 to compensate for the pandemic closure of theaters. In other cultural and sports news:
The P.G.A. championship announced that the first big golf championship this year without spectators would be at T.P.C. Harding Park in San Francisco. Originally planned for May, the event would be the first golf major of 2020 to be held without fans, but may not be the last. The The US Open, which was scheduled for mid-June to September 17th to 20th, also spoke about an event without fans.
An exhibition tennis tournament organized by the high-level men’s player. Novak Djokovic, caused panic in Zadar, the small coastal town in Croatia that had no confirmed infections until it hosted part of the competition. One of the players, Grigor Dimitrov, announced on Sunday that he had tested positive and three other infections had been confirmed: player Borna Coric and two coaches. The tournament had none of the expected protocols – no one was wearing face masks, and no social distance was enforced in the stands, where many fans sat shoulder to shoulder.
Wednesday is the deadline for N.B.A. Players must tell their teams if they want to withdraw if the game continues on July 7th at the Walt Disney World Resort. The number of confirmed cases in Orange County, Florida, where the resort is located, has increased dramatically in the past week, and many players are still grappling with fears that the return to full-time basketball will detract from the dynamic of their participation in the resort could be the Black Lives Matter movement. There is also concern that players are at increased risk of injury after the longest break from normal play for many.
The Critics’ Choice Association on Monday said its 26th annual ceremony would be held on March 7th with Taye Diggs as the host. The Critics’ Choice Awards, broadcast by the CW, usually take place in January.
The United States is preparing to meet virtually for the first time.
The United Nations General Assembly will be holding its annual meeting in September for the first time, practically for the first time, and the world’s leaders are expected to deliver their speeches on pre-recorded video statements, the president of the 193-strong organization said Monday.
However, the president, Tijjani Muhammad-Gange from Nigeria, did not rule out that some leaders could speak in person despite the challenges posed by the pandemic this year, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
The annual general assembly is the world’s largest international diplomatic gathering, where dozens of leaders typically meet at the United States headquarters in New York. This year the meeting begins on September 15th and the leaders are to speak alternately from September 22nd.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Muhammad-Gang said that it was impossible for the General Assembly to hold its meeting in the usual way. But it wasn’t until Monday that he announced how the world leaders should make their statements.
At a press conference, Muhammad Gang said further details of how the event would be held over the next few days – and he suggested that some leaders may still be able to deliver their comments live in the General Assembly hall.
For those who don’t, he encouraged them to submit their recorded speeches early – and not make any last-minute changes.
“We want to make sure there are no problems,” he said.
The F.D.A. warns that 9 hand sanitizers made in Mexico could be dangerous.
The Food and Drug Administration warns consumers to avoid nine Mexico-based hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, a substance that can be toxic if absorbed or absorbed through the skin.
in the In a Friday report, the agency said it had tested samples of two products, Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ, and found that they contained 81 percent and 28 percent methanol, also known as wood alcohol.
“Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitizers and should not be used because of its toxic effects,” the agency said.
The F.D.A. said on June 17 that the manufacturer, Eskbiochem SA de CV of Mexico, had recommended that its products be removed from the market, but the company had not yet responded.
An Eskbiochem representative, Alexander Escamillo, said the manufacturer had only heard of the agency’s warning on Monday: “We would never do this, maliciously sending a toxic chemical,” said Escamillo, adding that the company is taking action against one person who did this was involved in shipping the disinfectant.
The F.D.A. recommended that anyone exposed to methanol hand disinfectants be treated immediately. Significant exposure to methanol can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, permanent blindness, and seizures, among other things.
The psychological consequences of the pandemic have not yet been fully demonstrated, but some experts have predicted it a stream of new disturbances.
The World Health Organization warns of a “massive increase in mental illness” due to fear and isolation.
Digital platforms such as Crisis Text Line and Talkspace reported activity peaks in the spring.
And more than half of American adults said that the pandemic had worsened their mental health, according to a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
However, history suggests that the problems may not persist in the long run.
Psychiatrists and therapists who work with people after earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters find that anxiety and helplessness are natural responses, but rarely become traumatic or chronic.
“Most disasters are good for the vast majority of people,” said Dr. Steven Southwick, a professor of psychiatry in Yale, who worked like cataclysms like mass shootings with survivors. “Very few people understand how resilient they really are until they are exposed to exceptional circumstances.”
Surviving a pandemic is not like surviving a sudden, rapid natural disaster. It’s more of a psychological marathon than a sprint.
At least temporarily, a wave of new mental health problems can actually occur, especially if the cases explode again or the economic downturn worsens.
State-funded universities have always tried to keep the smartest students in their state at home, knowing that many of those who leave their communities will never return.
Now that the pandemic is eroding the economy and unrest is taking over the country, it’s college They see success in their efforts to reverse the long-term brain drain. Students respond to a new focus on basics like family and community about prestige.
Let’s take New Jersey, long a major student exporter.
This spring, 10 presidents of public colleges and universities founded the New Jersey Scholar Corps, their version of a pandemic peace corps. The goal was to get New Jersey students studying in other states to return by offering an accelerated application exam and volunteer opportunities.
At one of the 10 Montclair State University, 16 students applied for a return transfer from abroad, and half accepted admission offers, while others were in progress. Overall, the acceptance rate in the state of Montclair has increased by almost 2 percent compared to the previous year.
“We are at the moment when we can draw the attention of families who have historically overlooked their state opportunities and may start to change attitudes,” said Joseph A. Brennan, vice president of communications and marketing.
The University of Kansas has also received more transfer students from other four-year institutions.
“In many cases, these are Kansas students who have gone to facilities that will then return to Kansas,” said Matt Melvin, vice provost for enrollment management. “We always see some of it, but it seems to be more pronounced because of the pandemic.”
Belarusian President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, was once praised by a large section of the population for keeping the country stable – and for avoiding the turmoil and mass unemployment that is affecting much of the former Soviet Union in the United States were observed in the 1990s.
Now Mr. Lukashenko faces a fundamental wave of criticism, particularly for its abuse of the pandemic. So unsettled by growing dissatisfaction and support from potential rivals in the August 9 elections that he has directed his propaganda machine against Moscow, he has long been his closest ally and main beneficiary.
Despite only incomplete tests Belarus has reported over 58,000 cases, compared to around 32,000 in neighboring Poland, which has four times as many residents. Mr. Lukashenko has spent weeks criticizing barriers elsewhere and calling them “frenzy and psychosis”.
“There are no viruses here,” he said in March, pointing to a crowded arena after taking part in an amateur ice hockey tournament. “Do you see any of them flying around? I don’t see her either. “
Last month, Mr. Lukashenko continued his own parade on Victory Day, saying that it was better to “die standing than kneel”.
In contrast, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin bowed to health warnings and held a large military parade in Red Square to celebrate the Red Army’s defeat against Nazi Germany. (It was postponed for Wednesday.)
Maryna Rakhlei, an Eastern Europe expert at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, said that Mr. Lukashenko’s problems were largely due to the widespread tiredness of citizens over his long term in office and his poor response to the virus.
“The situation threatens to get out of control for Lukashenko,” said Ms. Rakhlei. “He is not really able to silence the protests because they are largely on social media and are spreading like a forest fire.”
So the housework can be safely resumed.
With the reopening of communities, many people wonder when it will be safe for babysitters and housekeepers to return to work. Here are some tips on how domestic workers and their employers can stay safe.
The coverage was written by Ian Austen, Brooks Barnes, Aurelien Breeden, Christopher Clarey, Choe Sang-Hun, Troy Closson, Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Jeffrey Gettleman, Rick Gladstone, Michael Gold, James Gorman, Andrew Higgins, Annie Karni and Jeré Longman . Iliana Magra, Raphael Minder, Joe Orovic, Matt Phillips, Tariq Panja, Suhasini Raj, Adam Rasgon, Dagny Salas, Christopher F. Schütze, Nate Schweber, Daniel E. Slotnik, Megan Specia, Mitch Smith, Marc Stein, Eileen Sullivan, Lucy Tomkins, Neil Vigdor, Katherine J. Wu, Mihir Zaveri and Karen Zraick.