The commemoration day is treated with a varied approach, from strict closings to overcrowded celebrations.
Those who wanted to celebrate the weekend of Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer in the United States, faced the difficulties of gathering during a pandemic as the country approached the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths.
But elsewhere in the country, crowds flocked to the beaches and parks that were open for the vacation weekend. While many maintained social distance, others celebrated with devotion.
President Trump and the First Lady should celebrate Memorial Day with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony on Monday, followed by a visit to Fort McHenry, Baltimore, “to honor the American heroes who sacrificed their lives to the US – Armed Forces, ”said the White House statement.
In other parts of the world, measures to loosen the barriers have continued gradually Approaching the tourist season is a focus for much of Europe as it goes back to public life. Germany allowed hotels, public swimming pools and campsites in several states to reopen on Monday, which was welcomed by many as an opportunity to revitalize the tourism industry.
Parts of Spain that have been particularly hard hit by the corona virus, including Barcelona and Madrid, have taken significant steps to ease the restrictions. Outdoor terraces were opened in both cities for the first time in months.
And Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an end to the national emergency on Monday, but urged the public to continue taking measures to fight infection.
“We cannot continue to live and work as we have so far,” he said.
All over the world, countries are struggling with the challenge of resuming air travel, a cornerstone of modern trade, but also a dangerous vector of coronavirus infections.
As some nations have brought their outbreaks under control, they are both reopening their skies and identifying other relatively safe countries where travel is permitted.
But nations that were still affected by the pandemic were closed and their people were no longer allowed to accept airports.
When the United States restricted travel, India, which had emerged from a nationwide ban, resumed.
India’s Minister of Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, said domestic flights would begin on Monday with about a third of the operations. Food wouldn’t be served on flights, he said, and Passengers would have to Wear masks and undergo temperature tests.
In Europe, the countries that were most successful in containing the virus were looking for agency contracts.
Officials in Greece have proposed an “airlift” with other nations that have minor outbreaks. International flights to Athens are scheduled to resume on June 15 and to the country’s other airports on July 1.
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Mr. Trump and his advisors said this, but he made little effort to demonstrate it this Memorial Day weekend. He finally ordered the flags in the White House to be cut by half the staff after being asked to do so by his critics, and otherwise, as an American, he took no public notice of them The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached an incredible 100,000.
As the country neared six deaths, the president, who repeatedly criticized his predecessor for golfing during a crisis, spent the weekend on the left for the first time since March. When he wasn’t driving around on a cart, he was on social media, dealing with fringe conspiracy theories. Amplifying news of a racist and sexist Twitter account and insulting playgrounds against alleged enemies, including his own former attorney general.
This was a number of fatalities that Mr. Trump had once predicted that would never be achieved. At the end of February, there were only 15 cases of coronavirus in the United States. Even then, underestimate the actual number and explain that “the 15 will drop to near zero within a few days.” In the annals of the American presidency, it would be difficult to remember a more catastrophic misprediction.
It was 1952 and the young men had returned to the industrial cities in western Massachusetts after serving in World War II. They were children from poor families. And they were damaged: shocked, learned to live without limbs, unable to communicate what they had seen.
But almost 70 years later, when the corona virus spread across the country, that promise was broken. Of the 210 veterans who lived in the facility at the end of March, 89 are now dead, 74 have been tested positive for the corona virus. Almost three quarters of the veterans were infected. It is one of the highest death toll of all institutions at the end of the country’s life.
There was James Leach Miller, who was on D-Day at Omaha Beach at 21 and crowded on a DropShip with other young men. He died of the corona virus on March 30.
There was Emilio DiPalma, a 19-year-old army sergeant. He guarded Hermann Göring, the driving force behind the Nazi concentration camps, during the Nuremberg trials. He died of the corona virus on April 8.
The question of what went wrong at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home will be a long-term issue for Massachusetts.
Investigations have begun, several of which aim to determine whether civil servants should be charged with civil or criminal charges of negligence.
“He died without any worries,” said Linda McKee, Mr. Miller’s daughter. “There was no one to give orders.”
The measures were lifted earlier this month for most of the country after a decrease in the number of new coronavirus cases led officials to withdraw initial requests to close most companies and to keep individuals home.
The Japanese government has no legal authority to block the country and instead has asked for public cooperation to curb the spread of the virus. The The state of emergency started in the urban areas of Japan in early April before being extended to the rest of the nation in mid-month.
The results were more successful than expected and contradicted the predictions that the country’s densely populated capital would experience a catastrophe comparable to that in New York. As of Sunday the country had taken up Nationwide, 16,500 coronavirus cases and 830 deaths, some of the lowest mortality rates among major economies.
After the announcement, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the nation and urged the public to continue taking measures to fight infection, asking them to avoid crowded places.
“We have to create a new normal. Let us change our minds, “he said, warning,” we cannot continue to live and work as we have so far. “
When companies reopened, authorities and medical experts advise that the country must remain vigilant about the risk of a second wave that could quickly reverse progress in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
Japan’s case count is low, but tests have been conducted far less than in other countries, raising concerns that there may be a pool of undetected asymptomatic cases in the country.
Damien Cave, head of the Times office in Sydney, writes about resuming classes in Australia.
I made my daughter her favorite breakfast this morning and put extra snacks in my son’s lunch box. Not even a drenched rain could spoil my mood – if my wife and I popped champagne at 8 a.m., we would have.
After seven weeks at home, filled with zoom lessons, breaks, overdue tasks, TikTok and a few tears, our two children finally returned to their real classrooms all day.
“I’m not looking forward to school,” my 9-year-old daughter Amelia told me as we headed for the morning drop-off in downtown Sydney. “I’m looking forward to a normal life!”
The announcement of a full return came suddenly last week. In our house, cheers rattled on the windows. We had seen Australia’s infection rates are falling and he wonders when the moment will come. We felt that schools brought minimal risk and great benefits.
But when I watched other parents this morning, some in masks, others with hand sanitizers, I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that “normal life” had already narrowed.
Amelia tells me that hugging at school now involves scolding. Dance is still canceled. Her 11-year-old brother Balthazar is unlikely to go to the bush camp with his class next month – a sixth-grade milestone he’d been looking forward to last year.
I want to believe that these little victims are not what they will remember. I want to believe that they will look back and remember these island months as a special interlude, yes, with some arguments, but also with many Snickerdoodles, art projects and fun family videos.
What did we learn? Frankly, less about school than we do.
Our children said they were surprised at how hard their parents worked. I have a deeper understanding of my children as a student – now I know that my normally quiet son is best not studying alone, but in groups, even if that means sitting opposite me. and my daughter, it turns out, is far more industrious than her chatter suggests.
There’s a part of me that will miss them when they’re gone. But I don’t want them back, not just because that would mean a second wave of the virus. also because school, as we now know more than ever, is a wonderful luxury.
Wang Yanyi, head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said the institute received a sample of the virus in late December. At that time, the virus was in circulation in Wuhan, an important travel hub for weeks.
“We had no prior knowledge of the virus, nor have we ever met, researched, or kept the virus,” said Dr. Wang.
Scientists are still investigating how the outbreak first happened. Most of them believe that the virus was spread to humans through an intermediate species of bats that was probably sold in a damp market in Wuhan late last year.
Trump’s national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, appeared on Face the Nation and Meet the Press on Sunday, accusing Chinese officials of covering up the Covid 19 outbreak.
Congregations in the United States still used Facebook or YouTube to hold services on Sunday, or attended their cars in church parking lots.
However, the pastors have shared plans to return to personal service in the coming weeks.
The dispute has become extremely political as more and more churches have resisted restrictions on personal worship and violence President Trump threatened on Friday to override governors who refuse to open places of worship.
“Some governors saw liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but left out churches and other places of worship,” Trump said. “That is not correct. That is why I correct this injustice and call houses of God indispensable.”
The leaders of the Church of God in Christ, a historically black denomination with approximately six million members worldwide, asked the pastors not to start reopening until July.
“The morally certain choice is waiting,” said Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., the presiding bishop of the church. “We don’t think it’s the right time, and neither do the scientists and doctors we consult with.”
In Germany, which has allowed church services for weeks, 40 churchgoers were infected with the corona virus during a service in a Baptist church in Frankfurt, the health authorities said.
According to Vladimir Pritzkau, a leader of the community, six community members were hospitalized.
France took preliminary steps on Sunday to reopen churches, mosques and synagogues. The officials were prompted by a legal challenge to a general ban on public worship, which was only to be lifted at the end of May.
In Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was reopened after being closed for two months. In the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians flocked to the streets early Sunday despite the restrictions of the Corona virus, including many who demanded that the Palestinian authorities reopen the mosques for Eid al-Fitr, the Ramadan fasting festival.
Governments and companies are now demanding or at least recommending this wearing face masks in many public environments. When parts of the United States reopened, some doctors recommended another layer of personal protective equipment: clear plastic face shields.
“I wear face protection every time I enter a shop or other building,” said Dr. Eli Perencevich. “Sometimes I also wear a fabric mask when the business guidelines require it.”
Dr. Perencevich is an infectious disease doctor at the University of Iowa and the Veterans Affairs Health Care System of the City of Iowa. in the In an opinion article published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he and two colleagues argued that simple transparent face shields could help reduce the spread of infections.
Neither has it been investigated how well a person’s face shield protects other people from the transmission of viruses – the concept of source code control, which is a key benefit of surgical masks and fabric masks.
A multi-billion dollar institution in the Seattle region invests in hedge funds, operates two venture capital funds, and works with elite private equity firms like the Carlyle Group.
And earlier this spring, Providence received government funding of at least $ 509 million, one of many wealthy beneficiaries of a federal program designed to prevent healthcare providers from capsizing during the coronavirus pandemic.
With States that prevent hospitals from performing elective surgery and other non-essential services have shrunk in revenue. The Department of Health and Human Services has given US $ 72 billion in grants to hospitals and other healthcare providers as part of the rescue program that was part of the CARES stimulus package since April. The department plans to eventually distribute more than $ 100 billion more.
So far, most of the wealth has flowed into hospitals that have already built up deep financial reserves to withstand an economic storm. In comparison, smaller, poorer hospitals receive tiny amounts of federal aid.
In the world of the performing arts, the coronavirus pandemic has already sunk summer. Now it’s fall.
“I think 2020 is over,” said Anna D. Shapiro, artistic director of the famous Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. “I’ll be stunned when we’re back in the theater.”
Much of the professional theater world follows this example. The Guthrie Theater, a respected nonprofit in Minneapolis, has shaken the industry with the announcement that the next season, which will feature 12 productions starting in September, will be reduced to three starting next March.
“We won’t have a program this fall,” said Chris Coleman, artistic director of the theater group at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. “Part of it is uncertainty about when it will be safe to gather, and part of it is economic – we have been thinking about social distancing, but it makes no economic sense.”
The coverage was provided by Raphael Minder, Melissa Eddy, Megan Specia, Ben Dooley, Joshua Barone, Jesse Drucker, Sarah Kliff, Mark Landler, Stephen Castle, Damien Cave, Joshua Barone, Mariel Padilla, Michael Paulson, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Knvul Sheikh written. Ben Sisario, Michael Wilson, Zachary Woolfe, Kai Schultz and Ellen Barry.