More than 15,000 new cases of coronavirus were announced in Florida on Sunday. This is the highest number of known days in a state since the pandemic started.
Florida's surge has surpassed the previous record of more than 12,000 cases per day in New York. This happened in April, during the worst outbreak when the tests were scarce. And Florida reports far fewer deaths than New York.
Florida also had daily records in counties that include Florida's largest cities, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Pensacola, and Sarasota.
Florida has registered more than 269,800 cases, including more than 4,200 Total deaths, according to a New York Times database.
The increase has put additional strain on hospitals. In Miami-Dade County, Florida, six hospitals have reached their capacity as virus cases increase. The increase in cases caused Mayor Carlos Gimenez to postpone plans to reopen by imposing a curfew and closing restaurants for indoor meals.
"We have definitely seen a sharp increase in the number of people going to the hospital, the number of people in the I.C.U., and the number of people using ventilators," he said. "We still have capacity, but I'm very concerned about that."
President Trump wore a mask in public for the first time on Saturday after repeatedly pushing aides for it to be a necessary message to send to the Americans.
During a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Mr. Trump wore a dark mask that had the President's seal on it. He was surrounded by Secret Service agents and others who also wore masks.
The President had repeatedly rejected suggestions that he should wear a face cover that often appears without one in public space, mocked those who did, and ignored public health regulations in several states.
But Mr Trump had recently signaled that he was more open to masks and told reporters before visiting the medical center that he was going to wear one.
"I think when you are in a hospital, especially in this special environment where you talk to a lot of soldiers and people who in some cases have just fallen off the operating table," Trump said. "I think it's great to wear a mask. I've never been against masks, but I think they have a time and a place."
Contrary to Mr. Trump's reluctance, more and more Republican and Democratic governors, and even Vice President Mike Pence, have taken on the matter in recent weeks.
Several Republican senators – Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, Lamar Alexander from Tennessee and Mitt Romney from Utah – have also said that the president should wear facewear at least as a symbolic gesture.
In an interview earlier this month, Mr. Trump said he would "wear one if I was in a group of people and be around" and added that he "somehow liked" the way he looked.
"It was a dark black mask," he said at the time, "and I thought it looked fine. I looked like the lonely ranger. "
As the corona virus continued to boom above the sun belt, the governor of Louisiana ordered Saturday to close the bars and wear most of the residents outside a mask. The state had an early outbreak, which then declined before the number of cases and hospitalizations increased recently.
South Carolina posted the highest daily coronavirus case rate on Saturday with more than 2,200 infections. More than 22 percent of the tests in the state were positive on Friday – the highest positive rate for the state so far, according to health authorities.
Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, North Carolina and Oregon also had daily highs on Saturday. More than 60,000 new coronavirus cases were announced in the United States on Saturday, more than on any other day of the pandemic, except on Friday, when the country recorded more than 68,000, marking the seventh time in eleven days.
The average of the country's seven-day deaths on Saturday was 700 versus 471 on July 5, but still far below the more than 2,200 deaths the country recorded on average each day in mid-April. And eight states have issued one-day death certificates in the past few days Week: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Tennessee.
South Carolina and Florida were among the first states to reopen and are now among the most severely affected. Florida has set twice daily records in the past 10 days, exceeding 10,000 daily cases five times, with 10,360 new infections announced on Saturday.
According to a New York Times database, there were more than 54,000 coronavirus cases and more than 950 deaths in South Carolina on Saturday.
Governor Henry McMaster announced that alcohol sales in all bars and restaurants will be prohibited from 11 p.m. on Saturday. Mr. McMaster said he hoped the move would help reduce transmission among young adults. More than 20 percent of the cases confirmed by the state concern people between the ages of 21 and 30.
Florida and Texas closed bars again last month, and bars in Las Vegas and Reno closed for the second time at midnight on Friday. Public health experts have said that the virus spread quickly in bars because people have to stay, drink, and often shout or come closer to listen to roaring music.
Louisiana has more cases per capita than anyone else except New York and New Jersey, and the state recorded over 2,600 positive tests on Friday, more than any other day since April 2.
"Especially after the numbers we saw yesterday, I realized that our current restrictions are not enough," said Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards at a press conference announcing the order.
At least 60 people on two U.S. naval bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa are infected with the corona virus, according to naval officials.
A spokesman for the Marines said that commanders at Camp Hansen and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma bases had issued "soft shelter-in-place orders" and that only key personnel are allowed in and out of these areas.
"Cleaning teams have been deployed and thorough contact tracking is being carried out to identify and isolate those who may have been exposed to infected personnel," spokesman Major Kenneth Kunze said in a statement on Saturday.
According to the Pentagon, US military cases have more than doubled within a month. This is a worrying surge reflecting a similar trend across the country.
On Friday, Pentagon statistics reported 16,637 cases across the military. On June 10th there were only 7,408.
A navy familiar with the situation in Okinawa, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the virus was likely to be transmitted to at least one of the bases in mid-June after a unit stationed there .
It is believed that some in the unit became infected with the virus after sneaking out of the base for the July 4th celebrations, the Navy said, and a message from a naval official.
"Okinawans are shocked by what the US military has told us about the outbreak," Okinawa's governor Denny Tamaki said at a press conference, according to The Associated Press. He questioned disease prevention measures taken by the U.S. military.
The outbreak could trigger long simmering tensions over the presence of American military bases on Okinawa that date back to the end of World War II. Okinawans have complained about crime, noise, and other base-related issues and have questioned why a significant number of the 50,000 American troops are stationed in Okinawa in Japan.
One of the biggest stars from Bollywood tests positive for the virus.
On a day when India reported more than 28,000 new coronavirus infections, one case in particular caught the attention of the entire country: Amitabh Bachchan, a Bollywood star and one of India's most revered personalities.
Mr. Bachchan, known as Big B, announced on Saturday to his 43 million followers on Twitter that he had tested positive, and urged his recent contacts to have themselves tested. His son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, both actors, are also infected.
India now has more new infections reported every day than any country except the United States and Brazil. It also has the third highest total number of infections after the same two countries with approximately 850,000 confirmed cases and more than 22,000 deaths. Hospitals in India are so crowded that pregnant women died at birth after being rejected.
The upswing has prompted officials across India to reintroduce restrictions after trying to loosen things up to boost a critically wounded economy. The borders between states are closely monitored and international travel is still closed. However, India's population density makes it difficult to practice social distancing in cities like Mumbai, where Mr. Bachchan lives.
It's hard to exaggerate how famous Big B is after appearing in more than 200 films in the past 50 years.
"He is like God," said Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, a filmmaker who worked with him. "I have never seen a star that is so powerful and credible. It is the greatest superstar this country has ever seen."
Mr. Bachchan's illness can lead to more fear across India. But Mr. Dungarpur predicted that many Indians would find his fight inspiring and would say, "If Amitabh Bachchan can fight this, we can do it too."
Other developments around the world:
Australian Citizens returning to New South Wales from overseas, which includes the city of Sydney, will be charged for their mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine on July 18, the Prime Minister said on Sunday. In Queensland and the Northern Territory, mandatory hotel quarantines are already in place at similar costs, and other parts of the country will likely also charge travelers when a new outbreak occurs in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city. The border has been closed to non-residents since March.
Xu Zhangrun, a law professor in Beijing Those who criticized the Chinese government's treatment of the coronavirus outbreak were released on Sunday, a week after the police took him away.
in the Hong KongA Ministry of Health spokeswoman said the recent outbreak in semi-autonomous Chinese territory was worse than a March high point due to a growing number of cases of unknown origins and clusters related to housing developments, homes for the elderly, and restaurants. Hong Kong recorded 38 new infections and 20 preliminary positive cases on Sunday.
Voters in Poland decide on a runoff election between incumbent President Andrzej Duda and his challenger, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Nationalism and populism were at the center of their race when the coronavirus – the country had more than 37,800 infections and more than 1,500 deaths – but precautionary measures in polling stations, including social distance requirements, recalled the continuing threat.
Spain is holding its first elections since the pandemic broke out and will vote in two northern regions, Galicia and the Basque Country, on Sunday. Both votes were originally scheduled for April, but were postponed when the country was banned in March. A key concern is that voter turnout could drop to record lows as voters fear to get infected in polling stations.
Education Minister Betsy DeVos is pushing for the Trump administration's request to reopen schools.
Education Minister Betsy DeVos pushed the Trump administration's print campaign on schools on Sunday to resume personal lessons in the fall. A television show tour was used to downplay both the recurrence of the virus and the guidelines of the administration's health authorities.
"I think the point of contact must be children in school, personally, in the classroom, because we know for most children that this is the best environment for them," said Ms. DeVos in the CNN's State of the Union program.
Ms. DeVos has increasingly become the face of government efforts to step up the demand for a full reopening of schools after President Trump protested last week against the guidelines of the Centers for Control and Prevention of Disease, threatening federal funding for schools to cut back the campuses that were not reopened.
At both CNN and Fox News Sunday, Ms. DeVos reiterated the government's stance that the C.D.C. Guidelines that describe personal instruction as the most risky scenario and recommend a number of safety precautions to ensure the safety of children and teachers have not been binding.
On Fox News Sunday, Ms. DeVos called her "common sense approaches," but said, "The guidelines are that too – guidelines, they should be helpful in showing how you actually do things and how you actually move ahead."
This caused a rejoinder from spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, which appeared on State of the Union after Ms. DeVos and said the C.D.C. Guidelines "should be requirements."
Ms. Pelosi sharply criticized the Ministry of Education's plans to reopen schools and called Ms. DeVos's comments "wrongdoing and breach of duty."
"Back to school is the greatest risk of the spread of the coronavirus," said Ms. Pelosi. "They ignore science and they ignore governance to do that."
When asked about Mr. Trump's threats to federal funding, Ms. DeVos gave contradictory answers. She said to Fox that if the schools did not reopen, "they shouldn't get the money" while saying to CNN that "there is no desire to take money away – in fact we want the schools to open and have agreed to that committed to ensuring this. " The resources are there for that. "
The hosts of both programs found that she was apparently not authorized to carry out the threat.
OPEC and Russia can increase oil production as demand increases, but new cases cloud hope for a smooth recovery.
Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, and other major oil producing countries are likely to increase production in August as lockdowns wane and demand rises again.
The organization of petroleum exporting countries, Russia and other manufacturers is expected to ease the record production cuts they agreed in April and extended until July. A committee of officials from the organization will video meet on Wednesday to discuss their approach.
The oil producing countries want to ensure that they maintain or increase their share of the recovering market. However, analysts say that the actions of OPEC and its allies could be offset by the impact of the pandemic on demand.
The International Energy Agency said oil demand fell more than 16 million barrels a day in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. The Paris-based group predicts a strong recovery, but said that in countries like the US and Brazil, the virus "casts a shadow" on the outlook by increasing the prospect of further barriers to driving and other activities could hinder.
Overall demand for gasoline in the United States increased in early July, the agency said, citing data from research company Kayrros, but has declined in Texas, Arizona, and Florida, where increases have been reported in the reported cases.
"We could expect a second dose of falling demand," said Bill Farren-Price, director at RS Energy Group, a market research company.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are not only the women who run the Michigan government, but also have a lot in common.
All three are accomplished democratic lawyers and Gen-Xers who were elected to be part of a wave that has changed much of Michigan leadership from red to blue. And they all argued with President Trump.
According to Joseph R. Biden Jr. in polls among voters in Michigan, a major battlefield country, Mr. Trump has targeted Ms. Whitmer and her colleagues for their mission to expand voting rights. He has made it his mission to call Governor Whitmer – who is considered a potential supporter of Mr. Biden – "this Michigan woman".
The three women reacted vigorously to Mr. Trump and focused on his viral response. Ms. Whitmer said Tuesday that “it is up to each of us to mask ourselves from the White House to the State House,” adding, “The fact that we stand behind the rest of the world is a shame. ”
Ms. Nessel has joined or filed dozens of lawsuits to reverse the Trump administration's guidelines, including a lawsuit against Education Minister Betsy DeVos for a new rule that allocates money to virus schools for private schools. Ms. DeVos is a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
Ms. Nessel also called Mr. Trump "an irritated child" after refusing to wear a mask when he visited a Ford Motor Company plant in Ypsilanti in May. "I swear I wake up some days thinking Montgomery Burns is president," she said, referring to the greedy boss in The Simpsons. Mr. Trump accused Ms. Nessel of using her language to keep companies away from Michigan.
Three weeks ago, officials in Pittsburgh announced a milestone that was enviable for almost every major city in America: a day had passed without a single new confirmed case of the coronavirus. It was good news for a city that had had only a modest outbreak all the time, even as the virus raged through places like Philadelphia and New York.
That was back then.
Western Pennsylvania is suddenly experiencing an alarming rise in infections. Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, reported more than 100 new cases for the first time on June 30. Two days later, the daily case count was over 200. In two weeks in late June and early July, the county recorded more new cases than in the previous two months combined, and in a few days caused nearly half of all new known cases in Pennsylvania.
"Allegheny County is currently the big problem," Governor Tom Wolf said at a press conference this week.
The rise in the Pittsburgh region offers a warning story: an eruption can flare up even after months of vigilance. While the current flood of new cases in the U.S. has been mainly caused by the spread of the coronavirus in the south and west, experts fear that other areas – including places like Cleveland, Milwaukee and Kansas City, Mo. – all of these areas are seeing new growth – could be close behind.
"You see what could be the beginning of what we saw in Texas and Arizona," said Dr. Bill Miller, professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University. "We cannot give up our vigilance."
At the beginning of June there were days when hardly anyone in Corpus Christi, Texas, tested positive for the corona virus. One case in a day. Three closest. Then zero. Zero. Zero.
Now, the city of 325,000 residents has one of the fastest growing outbreaks in Texas, a state where records of positive cases were set for four consecutive days last week. Almost 11,000 were registered on Thursday. Corpus Christi has seen more cases per capita than Houston and a rapidly increasing death toll: of the 38 pandemic deaths, 30 occurred in July, including a baby under 6 months.
Local officials have tried to forestall an outbreak that was quickly in full swing. As of June 15, the city had counted 360 cases throughout the outbreak. On Wednesday alone there were 445.
The city's two dozen contact tracers are so overwhelmed that they are unable to get detailed information about each new infection. The hospital beds filled up at an alarming rate, which led to requests for additional staff.
The surge in cases has forced local executives, businesses, and residents to confront the uncomfortable reality that the same out-of-towers that help the city thrive economically could have caused the outbreak. The feeling is less resentment than frustration in an apparently impossible dilemma.
"In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd say to tourists," Don't come to our beaches, "said Mayor Joe McComb, 72.
"Nobody wants to be the first, but if someone is, it's okay for someone to be the next," said Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth's longtime football coach, about the Ivy League.
By Wednesday, at least 426 college athletes had tested positive for the coronavirus in around 50 Division I programs, and the number of cases is likely to be much higher. About half of American universities either did not respond to New York Times requests for test results or refused to provide numbers to protect athletes' privacy.
The state of Ohio has not announced how many students tested positive this week when it suspended its off-season training programs. It was only said that the shutdown affected seven sports, including football.
In professional sports, some competitions that are desperately trying to save their season and win have been carefully reopened, testing a critical component. However, there was no blueprint for screening athletes to such an extent. So a patchwork of companies and laboratories came together, all of which had completely different tasks before the pandemic to try to meet the needs.
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The reporting was done by Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, John Branch, Chris Buckley, Catie Edmondson, Jeffrey Gettleman, J. David Goodman, Kathleen Gray, Erica Green, Maggie Haberman, Jennifer Jett, Zach Montague, Giulia McDonnell, Sarah Mervosh, Raphael Minder, Stanley Reed, Campbell Robertson, Rick Rojas, Mitch Smith, Lucy Tompkins and Karen Zraick.