According to a report by the Pew Research Center, discrimination and racism have increased due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, especially among Asians.
With more than 66,000 new infections, the United States accounted for almost 29% of the 230,000 cases that the World Health Organization reported worldwide on Sunday.
Almost 15,300 of the new cases in the United States were confirmed in Florida, where the most recent records were broken with 269,811 cases. California held the previous daily record of 11,694, which was set four days ago. New York had 11,571 deaths on April 15.
Internationally, the wife of a French bus driver, who was beaten to death after asking four passengers to wear face masks on board his vehicle, called on Saturday for the “exemplary punishment” of his murderers. The bus driver had been hospitalized in critical condition after the July 5 attack, and his death was announced on Friday.
Some recent developments:
- A leading medical adviser in the Trump administration said on Sunday that he expected the “deaths” to increase for two or three weeks before the country “turned around”. Meanwhile, Education Minister Betsy DeVos said on Sunday that there is no risk of sending children back to school.
- Large and small 24/7 laboratories cannot process samples from millions of Americans tested every week quickly enough. This means that COVID-19 test results in hot spot communities are delayed by a week or more, undermining public health efforts to track, isolate, and prevent spread.
- The “best estimate” of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently states that approximately 40% of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. The probability of transmission of people without symptoms is 75%, according to the data.
📈 Today’s statistics: According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has exceeded 3.3 million cases with over 135,000 deaths. There were 12.9 million cases worldwide and over 569,000 deaths.
📰 What we read: Public health experts fear a scenario in which vaccination nationalism “me first” will put nation against nation to get and keep enough doses for its citizens. Countries are now concentrating on their own vaccine development programs instead of working together to pool resources.
New York health officials have reported no deaths for the first time since March 11
Initial data released on Sunday by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that on July 11, exactly four months after the state’s first official death on March 11, no one in the city had died of the virus .
Officials also had no confirmed deaths the previous day, but reported two likely deaths.
The good news comes after a harrowing four-month stretch in the country’s most populous city. The peak of confirmed daily deaths was April 7 at 597, although another 216 people may have died from the virus that day, although no positive laboratory tests were performed.
In total, New York reported 18,670 COVID-19 deaths and 4,613 probable deaths.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that the state had maintained a “low and stable” number of people who tested positive for coronavirus.
Oklahoma reports the state’s first teenage death, a 13-year-old at Fort Sill
The Oklahoma Department of Health reported the first COVID-19 death in Oklahoma in the 5-17 age group.
The patient was identified as a 13-year-old who died at Comanche County Memorial Hospital on Friday evening, local news broadcaster KSWO-TV reported. Oklahoma’s military base, Fort Sill, said the teenager is dependent on an active duty member at the post where family members are isolated.
The State Department reported 456 new coronavirus cases across the state on Sunday, increasing the total number of positive cases in the state to 20,235.
Mexico outperforms Italy in confirmed deaths; Fourth highest total of all countries
Mexican officials say the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has exceeded 35,000, leading them past Italy with the fourth most common deaths in any country in the world.
Only the United States, Brazil, and the United Kingdom have seen more deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the latest news was “positive, it’s good” as only nine of the country’s 32 provinces saw an increase in infections.
“The bottom line is that the pandemic is going down and losing intensity,” he said.
In Italy, one of the first hot spots for the virus in Europe, hospitals have declared themselves free of coronavirus. The country’s death on Saturday fell to 7, with confirmed daily cases falling below 200, according to health officials.
The French widow condemns the “barbaric” death of a driver who was hit over masks
Veronique Monguillot said she told French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin that she had been “destroyed” by the fatal attack on her husband at a bus stop in Bayonne, southwestern France.
“We have to hit a fist on the table so that it never happens again,” she said. “It’s barbaric, not normal. We have to stop this massacre. “
Bus driver Philippe Monguillot was attacked on July 5 after asking four passengers to wear face masks that are required in French public transport. Monguillot was then verbally attacked, kicked out of the bus and beaten and kicked in the head.
His death was announced on July 10 after being hospitalized in critical condition. Four men were arrested and charged in connection with the fatal attack.
Florida is the daily record of new cases in every state as the school year looms
Florida reported the largest one-day surge in positive coronavirus cases in a state since the pandemic began on Sunday. The 15,299 additional cases represent almost 3,700 more than a state reported in a single day. Last week was Florida’s deadliest: nearly 500 deaths.
Two months ago Florida was one of the first states to start reopening its economy. A month ago, less than 5% of the tests were positive on a daily average. Last week the daily average was over 19%.
Next month is the new school year, which begins in many parts of Florida on August 10th. Governor Ron DeSantis has cited the “tremendous cost” involved when there is no personal school and has ordered schools to offer five days per school – week classroom tuition.
“Fortunately, the risk of a corona for students is incredibly low,” he said.
The Republican National Convention for Jacksonville is also scheduled for next month. The GOP is considering moving Congress to an open-air stadium, the Washington Post reported last week.
Long lines for COVID-19 tests and stressed laboratories delay the results as demand increases
The American test system is tense again and the laboratories are trying to keep up with the coronavirus raging faster than ever in the south and west.
The number of daily tests reached an all-time high of more than 719,000 on July 3 and, according to the COVID Tracking Project, averaged almost 640,000 per day last week.
Because of this increase, 24/7 large and small laboratories cannot process samples from millions of Americans tested every week quickly enough.
Test centers in Sunbelt cities such as Tallahassee, Florida and Phoenix routinely draw long lines and sometimes have to reject people. In addition to hospitalized patients, who prioritize laboratories, delays in the south and west of transit and walk-up test centers, emergency care, medical practices, and government-sponsored test sites are common.
– Ken Alltucker
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