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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 virus spreads at a record pace worldwide, despite the country’s population making up about 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 the virus or are in 14-day quarantine after being exposed to an infected person.
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 with the 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 was praised for the quick implementation of locks and large-scale tests, The recent increase in infections is due 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 that the number of cases remained too low to be considered 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.
Great BritainThe government plans to propose that mergers and acquisitions of foreign companies be monitored to protect their ability to fight a public health emergency, such as the pandemic. An existing law already gives the government control over such transactions for reasons of national security, media diversity and financial stability.
Police in The Hague said on Twitter that they arrested about 400 people on Sunday who protested the Dutch government’s social distancing measures. There has been considerable unrest in the Netherlands over the closure of companies and restrictions on public meetings.
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 enables thousands of offices to welcome employees for the first time since March.
The reopening will be an important test of efforts to keep the virus at bay, with an estimated 300,000 workers returning to work.
“Phase 1 was a big deal,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at his daily meeting on Monday. “But phase 2 is really a big step for this city. Most of our economy is located here. “
However, since the offices had to limit their maximum capacity and ensure the distance between employees, the number of people returning to work seemed to be a fraction of those who once crowded their elbows in crowded subways and crowded into high-rise buildings.
“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 Manhattan was usually crowded with workers, the sidewalks remained largely empty and the subway cars still felt relatively empty.
In addition to the offices, the reopening plan also allows al fresco dining, some shop purchases, and hair salons, barbershops, and real estate companies to resume work.
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.
In the first phase of the reopening, more drivers have already returned to public transport than officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city’s subway systems and buses, had expected.
In May, transit officials predicted that the daily number of drivers on buses in the first phase would reach 40 percent of the pre-pandemic level – 880,000 people. But the number of bus drivers has already reached 56 percent of the usual passenger load.
In the subway, the daily number of drivers has risen to 17 percent of the pre-pandemic – two percentage points higher than the original M.T.A. The transit agency assumes that this number will double in the second phase and reach up to two million people. Before the pandemic, there were more than five million.
Nationwide there were 10 additional virus-related deaths. The governor said Monday.
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 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act – the March law, which provided most Americans with one-off controls and weekly unemployment benefits – the researchers would have reached 16.3 percent. 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.)
Parents across France sighed in relief on Monday as the schools opened their doors seriously after weeks of normal steps. But with the upcoming summer vacation, the return will be short-lived.
So far, there has been no sign of a second epidemic in France, and millions of schoolchildren have been able to return on Monday as authorities eased some of the severe health restrictions that apply in schools after May 11th, when the block was lifted.
For example, physical distance is no longer required in kindergarten, and the obligation to wear masks has been relaxed for middle schools.
Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Monday that the goal was for “100 percent” of students to return to school, except at high schools – if only two weeks before the two-month summer break in France.
“Every day, every lesson counts,” said Blanquer told France Inter Radio, adding that the delivery was a “global educational disaster” for students and that special assistance would be given to those who fell behind during the ban.
France began reopening schools on May 11 after lifting a nationwide ban. However, progress was slow, depending on the age of the children and the location of their school. Schools remained closed in many places; Those who reopened often did so on a reduced schedule.
Before Monday, according to the Ministry of Education, only 1.8 million elementary school children out of a total of 6.7 million had gone back to school. According to the ministry, it was only 600,000 out of 3.3 million for middle schools.
The pandemic has Over 29,500 people have been killed in France, but the number of hospital stays has continued to decrease and the number of cases that have occurred since the block was lifted has remained under control.
A tennis tournament organized by Novak Djokovic fell victim to the virus.
A The exhibition tennis tournament organized by the high-ranking men’s player Novak Djokovic was supposed to fill the vacuum created by the pandemic and bring some of the world’s best players to four stations in the Balkans.
Instead, the tournament is called that Adriatic tour, 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 for the corona virus and sent the Croatian authorities into a riddle to track down and test people who might be with him and other participants during his stay in Zadar Had come into contact.
Since Dimitrov’s disclosure, three other infections have been confirmed: the 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.
Will the pandemic have a lasting impact on mental health?
The psychological consequences of the coronavirus 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.
And so a wave of new mental health problems can occur, at least temporarily, especially if coronavirus cases explode again or the economic downturn worsens.
The wholesale market for cheddar is usually mild. But the fluctuations in supply and demand during the pandemic have caused Sharp fluctuations in cheese prices rose to record highs this month – just a few weeks after falling to nearly 20-year lows.
Consumers buy a lot more cheese, although the usually high demand from restaurants and schools has decreased. Dairy farmers and convenience foods that supply cheese manufacturers with ingredients or buy their products have found disruptions in their businesses. Together, these opposing forces have fueled up and down trading on the market.
“It’s the greatest volatility we’ve ever seen in the cheese market,” said Phil Plourd, president of Blimling and Associates, a dairy consultancy in Madison, Wisconsin.
This month, as restaurants across the country are slowly reopening, companies supplying cheese began to stock up to ensure adequate supplies. So much so that some dairies struggled to meet demand because dairy farmers who cut production during the worst downturn were unable to supply them with enough milk.
According to IRI, a market research company in Chicago, buyers continue to buy 20 to 30 percent more cheese in shops than in the previous year. The return of demand has pushed cheese prices up again, where they are around 3 percent below the record level.
“Orders literally dropped within a few days and literally came back within a few days,” said John Umhoefer, managing director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. “It was all at once, very much a roller coaster.”
A study of wildlife trade in three provinces in southern Vietnam has confirmed that selling this meat is an ideal opportunity for viruses to switch between animal species.
The results of the tests, which were carried out in 2013 and 2014 long before the virus appeared behind the current pandemic, clearly show how Viruses spread between animals when transported under crowded conditions.
The percentage of field rats eaten in Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia that tested positive for at least one in six coronaviruses increased significantly after being transported with other species. It rose from 20 percent of wild-caught rats sold by merchants to just over 30 percent in large markets to 55 percent of rats sold in restaurants.
A team of scientists, including Sarah H. Olson, an epidemiologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society who led the research, published a report on their research that has not yet been peer-reviewed, but was submitted in a scientific journal on an unpublished website Research, bioRxiv.
Dr. Olson said she expected a certain increase in infections because many nearby animals were shipped together, which made them stressful and more susceptible to disease. “It’s classic disease ecology,” she said.
But she hadn’t counted on the degree of increasing infections, she added.
“We have seen this huge gradual increase,” she said. “I kept going back to check the data.”
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 is mainly criticized for its abuse of the coronavirus 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 incomplete tests for the virus, 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, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia bowed to health warnings and organize a large military parade on 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.”
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