Coronavirus Stay Updates: As U.S. Instances Rise, States Weigh New Restrictions

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U.S. Cases Reach New Record

Texas and Georgia officials warn that reopening could be reversed due to record numbers in the US and rising deaths.

As coronavirus cases reach new highs and outbreaks in the U.S. in the south and west continue to increase, and fatalities increase daily, officials in two troubled states are warning that they may need to reverse the reopening, which has confirmed a national slowdown Infections had followed.

The United States first reached 60,000 new cases on Friday, and the number eventually rose to over 68,000 – according to a New York Times database, a daily record was set for the seventh time in eleven days. South Carolina reported 2,280 new cases on Saturday, a daily record.

And eight states set one-day death records this week: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Tennessee. The country's average of seven-day deaths reached 642 on Friday, up from 471 earlier this month, but still a fraction of the more than 2,200 deaths the country recorded on average each day in mid-April when the northeastern outbreak was worst.

In Texas, which reported four times a day record of daily cases this week, Governor Greg Abbott signaled the possibility of a new economic "lockout" if the state did not limit the number of cases and hospitalizations that made it one of the worst trouble spots in the country can the pandemic.

Mr. Abbott, a Republican, predicted in a television interview that "things are getting worse" and said that he might take even more drastic steps than a nationwide requirement for a face mask that angered his party's members.

"I made it clear that I made this difficult decision for one reason: it was our last effort to slow the spread of Covid-19," he said.

In Georgia, where more than 4,000 new cases were reported on Friday, Atlanta officials were preparing to return to the “Phase 1” guidelines, which require residents to stay largely at home. Most of the cases in Georgia focused on the boroughs of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who said she tested positive for the corona virus this week, issued a mask mandate in the city on Wednesday and added further limits to large gatherings.

Georgia's growing concerns were also underlined when Governor Brian Kemp said the state was once again turning a convention center in Atlanta into a makeshift medical center as hospitals filled with patients.

A new global record for daily infections was also reached on Friday when the World Health Organization reported that 228,102 new cases had surfaced. The other nations with the largest daily increases were Brazil, Mexico, India and South Africa.

There are 49 state governments that report the home district of people who die from the coronavirus. And then there's Kansas that refuses to do so.

There are 49 state governments that update their total number of coronavirus cases at least five times a week. And then there's Kansas, which doesn't update on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends.

With the number of cases in Kansas rising to record levels – more than 4,000 infections have been announced this month, including spikes in Wichita, Lawrence, and the suburbs of Kansas City – the state is characterized by its opacity.

Since the pandemic began, Governor Laura Kelly's government has refused to disclose the names of meat packaging companies that are associated with thousands of cases, citing privacy concerns. In neighboring Colorado and Missouri, state officials have provided detailed reports of similar outbreaks.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials use the same reason – patient privacy – to refuse to tell which of the state's 105 counties reports coronavirus deaths. All other states have long reported death at the county level. In Kansas, it is up to the local authorities to decide whether to publish this information.

The state government stuck to its policies, even when outbreaks broke out in bars, churches, and colleges in Kansas, and officials in several counties canceled Ms. Kelly's order to require masks.

Until mid-May, Kansas, like almost every other state, updated its public data daily. However, for almost two months, state-level updates have only been done three times a week. This has left Kansans less frequent information at the same time that state republicans tried to contain Democratic Ms. Kelly's emergency agency and when officials in many counties disregarded their reopening plan.

State Department of Health spokeswoman Kristi Zears said the decision to restrict public updates allowed officials to focus on other aspects of the coronavirus response, and that it hadn't slowed the pace of case studies.

"With the increasing number of outbreaks and requests from local health authorities for assistance with case studies and contact tracking, we have focused more on supporting counties," Ms. Zears said in an email.

Disney World and other amusement parks open their doors despite the increasing number of cases.

Disney World went ahead on Saturday with a controversial plan to allow guests to return to parts of its sprawling resort, even as coronavirus cases continued to increase in Florida.

Pre-booked visitors can access the resort's two most popular amusement parks, Magic Kingdom and Disney & # 39; s Animal Kingdom, from Saturday. The other major parks at Disney World, Epcot and Hollywood Studios will reopen on Wednesday.

Other amusement parks are also opening. Dorney Park, Pennsylvania and Cedar Point, Ohio also announced that they would be open to all guests on Saturday after allowing only season ticket holders for several days. SeaWorld Orlando also resumed its rides and marine exhibits on Saturday.

All reopening parks have announced strict measures to limit crowds and regularly clean rides in accordance with the amusement park guidelines established by the disease control and prevention centers. Temperature controls at the entrances are enforced and masks are generally required inside. Seats on some roller coasters are left empty to promote social distance, and some rides that cannot meet the distance requirements are closed.

Cedar Point announced that it would initially work with a capacity of around 20 percent. Hershey Park, Pennsylvania, which reopened last week, said guests should also wear masks in pools and water rides.

But even with the reopening of amusement parks with reduced capacity, concerns remained that large resorts could spread the pandemic, especially in countries where cases have increased in recent days. Ohio set a daily record with 1,525 new cases on Friday, and Florida has set two daily records in the past 10 days, exceeding 10,000 daily cases five times over the period, announcing 10,360 new infections on Saturday.

In anticipation of the reopening, Disney employees anonymously created an online petition asking the company to keep its parks closed until re-infection rates decreased. By Saturday morning, the petition had collected over 20,000 signatures.

The reopening of amusement parks abroad had to address similar concerns. A park in Japan begged visitors to "scream in their hearts" and not out loud, for fear that screeching patrons could spread aerosols containing the virus.

The park also shared a demonstration video of two masked drivers racing silently over the steep falls and sharp banks of a steel roller coaster.

While school districts in the United States are considering whether and how to resume personal instruction, they face two basic uncertainties: no nation has attempted to infect children with the virus that rages on a level similar to America's and scientific research Classrooms sent back to school via the transfer to class are limited.

The World Health Organization has concluded that the virus is transmitted in crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation in the air. This description fits many American schools, and many of the country's 3.5 million teachers feel under pressure from the White House, pediatricians, and children. Some parents resume normal classes.

"I'm just going to say it feels like we're playing Russian roulette with our kids and our staff," said Robin Cogan, a nurse at the Yorkship School in Camden, New Jersey, who serves on the state reopening committee Schools.

Three science reporters for The Times, Pam Belluck, Apoorva Mandavilli and Benedict Carey reviewed relevant studies from around the world. The data they write clearly shows that children are far less likely to contract the virus than adults. And some research suggests that younger children are less likely to infect others than teenagers, although the evidence is inconclusive.

Countries like Norway and Denmark have reopened schools after reducing infection rates and in some cases have seen no increase. They were originally only opened to younger children, increased the disinfection procedures and limited the size of the class, children in small groups during the break and between the desks.

The bigger concern is that children could become infected, many without symptoms, and then spread the virus to others, including family members, teachers, and other school workers. In Israel, the virus infected more than 200 schoolchildren and staff after schools reopened in early May and lifted class size limits a few weeks later, a report by researchers from the University of Washington said.

On the other hand, a study in Ireland of six infected people – two students, one elementary school and three adults – who had spent time in schools prior to their closure in March found that the only documented transmission was for one of the adults and outside of school.

India, which introduced the world's largest coronavirus block four months ago, is reintroducing restrictions in many parts of the country as medical facilities have been marginalized due to the numerous new infections since the first measures were lifted.

In Pune, officials are planning to close the city with record-high new infections next week after a number of days. In Aurangabad, an industrial city, an extended curfew has cleared streets and closed factories. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, almost all shops were closed this weekend.

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide blockade in March that stopped industry and ordered all 1.3 billion Indians to stay at home, it was hoped that the country could escape the worst. But in the past few weeks, when officials began to lift restrictions to save a badly wounded economy, infections have spread quickly.

Now hospitals are reporting a lack of ventilators and other medical supplies. Doctors in New Delhi make life or death decisions as empty beds dwindle and patients are rejected, sometimes until their death. India's recent number of cases rose to the third highest in the world, with around 800,000 confirmed infections and more than 22,000 deaths.

Mahendra Purohit, who runs a dry goods store in Pune, one of the hardest hit Indian cities, said that everyone he knew was wearing a mask and stayed at home as often as possible, but still: “The cases are increasing and increasing. "

"Nobody knows when this will end," he said. "Corona changed everything for us."

Other developments around the world:

  • in the Hong KongA spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said on Saturday that the recent outbreak in semi-autonomous Chinese territory was worse than an earlier high in March due to a growing number of cases of unknown origin and growing clusters related to housing developments, homes for the elderly, and restaurants. Hong Kong saw 29 new infections and 33 preliminary positive cases after a surge this week.

A Scottish pilot who has become the symbol of the Vietnamese virus fight leaves the hospital.

A Scottish pilot in Vietnam, who spent more than two months on life support under the Covid-19 contract and became the subject of national public interest, was released from the hospital on Saturday and taken home on the way to the airport.

The case of pilot Stephen Cameron [43] is an example of Vietnam's efforts to combat the corona virus. The state news media in the communist country reported extensively on his treatment. At one point, Mr. Cameron was so seriously ill that doctors thought about a double lung transplant.

"I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vietnamese people, the dedication and professionalism of the doctors," said Cameron before he left, in a video published by Cho Ray Hospital treating him. "Chances are that I shouldn't be here, so I can only thank everyone here for doing what they did."

Vietnam is one of the most successful countries in fighting the virus. It is the largest country that has not reported a single Covid 19 death. No local transmission cases have been reported since mid-April. In total, only 369 cases were confirmed in the country by more than 97 million people.

Known as Patient 91, Mr. Cameron came to Ho Chi Minh City in February to take a job with Vietnam Airlines. He tested positive for the virus in March after visiting a bar that turned out to be the center of Vietnam's largest coronavirus cluster.

Doctors at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said he was now free of the virus. But he's facing a long recovery period after spending two months in a medical coma.

A Facebook video posted by the hospital on July 3 showed him lying in bed, surrounded by doctors and other workers who welcomed his progress as he answered simple questions and tested the strength in his legs.

The Berlin soccer team wants to win back fans with 20,000 free corona virus tests for every game.

The German football club Union Berlin wants its fans back soon. For this purpose, more than 20,000 fans will be offered free coronavirus tests so that they can fill the stadium seats at the beginning of the next season in September.

From establishing contact tracking to allowing a limited number of fans to stand, clubs across Europe have explored different alternatives so people can see their teams playing in stadiums.

In this case, the Union Berlin plan would be a first. The club said ticket holders should test for corona virus within 24 hours of the game and bring the test results along with their ticket.

When most European countries were in the early stages of the pandemic, a few football games in late February and early March contributed to the spread of the virus before the leagues suspended their season – or canceled it entirely.

With games now being played behind closed doors, the stadiums are exhausted from those who once made them roar and bristle with life. And for many, the financial loss caused by the lack of ticket sales is critical.

Most of the 22,000 seats in the Union Berlin stadium are terraces on which the fans stand close together. Social distancing is therefore not possible, said club president Dirk Zingler in a statement announcing free coronavirus testing.

"And if we can't sing and scream, it's not Union," he said.

Aside from logistics and the cost of running more than 20,000 tests a month, the club can run into other obstacles: large gatherings are prohibited in Berlin until October 24, and even tests can prove to be risky.

In Switzerland, FC Zurich had to postpone two games after it was announced on Saturday that several employees and at least one player had tested positive for the corona virus, which other teams may expect after the end of the current season.

"I couldn't do anything": Repeat suicide of an E.R. doctor in New York.

Recognition…Chris Leary Photography

One afternoon in early April, when New York was in the midst of the deadliest days of the pandemic, Dr. Lorna M. Breen alone in the silence of her Manhattan apartment.

She picked up the phone and chose her younger sister Jennifer Feist, as she did almost every day. Their conversations had been bleak lately.

Dr. Breen, 49, oversaw the emergency room at New York's Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Upper Manhattan. The unit had become a brutal battlefield where supplies were exhausting at an alarming rate and doctors – including them – and nurses were getting sick. The waiting room was constantly overcrowded. The sick died unnoticed.

As Dr. Breen called this time, it sounded strange. Her voice was distant, as if in shock.

"I don't know what to do," she said. "I can't get up from my chair." Her sister helped take her to a psychiatric ward.

More than 50 family members, friends, and current and former colleagues told three The Times reporters the story of Dr. Breen: Corina Knoll, Ali Watkins and Michael Rothfeld. They painted a picture of a accomplished high-flyer. Talented, confident, smart. Unwavering.

She planned exciting trips, joined a ski club, played cello in an orchestra, took salsa classes, and visited Redeemer Presbyterian, a church that attracted top-class professionals. Once a year, she gathered all of her social circles at a party on her roof.

In late February, when elected leaders assured the public that the virus was not a serious threat, she was convinced that it would surprise hospitals. And it did Flooding of emergency rooms like yours with desperately sick people. There would be bodies every day. Ultimately, during the worst crisis, nearly a quarter of the people admitted to the Allen to be treated for Covid-19 would die.

On April 26, Dr. Breen killed. Her family believes that she should be one of the victims of the pandemic. That she was destroyed by the sheer number of people she couldn't save. That she was ashamed of crying for help.

"Lorna kept saying," I think everyone knows I have problems, "said her sister." She was so embarrassed. "

New York relaxes ban on nursing home visits.

The New York Department of Health announced on Friday that residents of certain nursing homes could have visitors after being virtually cut off from outside guests in the early months of the pandemic.

New York originally banned nursing home visitors on March 13 for fear of spreading the virus to the elderly, who epidemiologists expect to be at greater risk of life-threatening complications.

To date, approximately 42 percent of deaths in the United States result from nursing homes and long-term care facilities, including more than 6,400 residents or employees in New York. The toll in New York nursing homes accounts for more than a tenth of the reported deaths in such facilities across the country.

According to the announcement, only those facilities that have not had any new coronavirus cases among residents and employees for at least 28 days can receive visitors. Even then, only 10 percent of residents in eligible institutions are allowed to accept visitors at the same time.

Residents can have visits from up to two people at a time, one of whom must be at least 18 years old. Visitors are also asked to conduct a familiar set of health checks, including temperature tests at the entrances, and to wear facial coverings and social distance inside.

A health department spokeswoman said that according to a report by The Associated Press, around 150 of the more than 600 nursing homes in New York could soon qualify for the admission of visitors.

The US tax day delayed by the corona virus is almost there.

Because of the pandemic, the Treasury has postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline to July 15 – and this time there is no room for maneuver. Last month, the Internal Revenue Service announced that there would be no further delay in flat-rate filing.

For those who have not yet submitted a tax return or who have submitted taxes due for 2019 but have not yet paid, the deadline is Wednesday.

"It's exactly like April 15th, but in July," said Cindy Hockenberry, director of tax research and government relations at the National Association of Tax Professionals, a trading group.

Not so long ago, Colombia and Latin America, in a broader sense, were in the midst of a historic change: the scourge of inequality was shrinking like never before. In the past 20 years, millions of families in one of the most unequal regions on earth have emerged from poverty. The gap between rich and poor in Latin America fell to its lowest level in existence.

Now the pandemic threatens to reverse these achievements like nothing else in recent history, economists say, and could turn politics and entire societies upside down for years to come.

To document this critical moment, two Times reporters, Julie Turkewitz and Sofía Villamil, and a photographer, Federico Rios, traveled more than 1,000 miles through Colombia. Throughout the trip, they experienced a rapid breakdown in prosperity.

Small businesses had finally closed. The universities were bleeding students. Schools that had turned children from construction workers to engineers were on the brink of collapse and could not pay the teachers. Farmers burned their crops, destroyed by disturbed markets. The parents began rationing medication for their children, unsure when they would have money for more.

While some families sold their cell phones to buy dinner, wealthy people withdrew to rural homes.

"It was never my dream to go backwards," said David Aguirre, 32, who had gone from a low bodyguard to the boss of his own strawberry farm. “The victim of many people, working days from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m., rain, sun. And then – so that nothing becomes? "

The number of insecure residents in New York City has doubled to around two million since the pandemic broke out. But new solutions emerged just as quickly as demand escalated.

Those who help feed the hungry get up early, have clipboards in hand, and check deliveries. They make calls and ask for donations. They lead staff and a growing army of volunteers. And they try to keep their minds, despite the long hours, the long to-do lists and the long lines that are becoming too common.

Red Rabbit, a Harlem-based company that was founded by the Wall Street stock trader Rhys Powell, who offered meals to schoolchildren, served 22,000 meals and snacks daily when schools closed in March.

Since then, Red Rabbit has started preparing meals for adults for the first time. Meals are distributed to rescue workers, their children and others in the community. Now 90,000 meals are prepared every week.

And in late March the Rev. Andrew Marko, the The pastor of Evangel Church in Queens turned the 100,000-square-foot building that houses the church and the closed school into a mammoth operation to feed the needy.

Pastor Marko is constantly on the phone chasing donations. "I'm the food screamer," he said, amazed at how the effort affected a life of its own. "I feel like I'm on the back of a speedboat and I'm not sure who's driving."

However, the results are profound.

"We have shipped nearly three million pounds of food since the crisis began," said Pastor Marko.

Thousands of demonstrators demonstrated for the fourth consecutive Friday in front of the Serbian parliament, ignoring a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

The rallies – sparked by a government announcement on Tuesday of plans since then to restore full closure in Belgrade, the capital – have quickly developed into protests against democratic setbacks and under President Aleksandar Vucic, his stance towards Kosovo and the inconsistency politicized ways in which his government imposed social restrictions during the pandemic.

The demonstrations were attended by members of the country's liberal and left-wing opposition, who were frustrated with Mr. Vucic's strong approach both before and during the crisis. The rally also included members of the nationalist right who sang against Mr Vucic for starting negotiations this week on the future of Kosovo, a former Serbian province that abandoned Belgrade in 1999 and Serbia has never recognized its sovereignty .

A few nights the police reacted violently to demonstrators and beat them with batons. Some analysts said it was the most brutal police violence since Slobodan Milosevic's rule that ruled the country during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.

The government said the tough reaction was justified because some demonstrators also attacked the police. On Tuesday, a group briefly entered the parliament building before being driven out.

Even as infections increased, the government held controversial general elections last month that boycotted most opposition figures.

The government only began reintroducing strict social distancing measures after the vote, after Mr. Vucic's party had consolidated its power by winning most seats in parliament. This led critics to argue that Mr. Vucic used the pandemic to meet his political needs.

How to experience cultural institutions from home.

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The coverage was provided by Tara Siegel Bernard, John Branch, Jenny Carolina González, Erica L. Green, Dana Goldstein, Patrick Kingsley, Corina Knoll, Ron Lieber, Jane Margolies, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Zach Montague, Richard C. Paddock and Federico composed by Rios, Michael Rothfeld, Kai Schultz, Eliza Shapiro, Mitch Smith, Farah Stockman, Alix Strauss, Julie Turkewitz, Sofía Villamil and Ali Watkins.

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