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Vice President Mike Pence will return to work at the White House on Monday after Trump administration officials denied a report on Sunday that he was self-isolating.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to release more details on Monday of the reopening, one day after revealing new rules for nursing homes, a hot spot for coronavirus deaths in the state.

There have been nearly 80,000 deaths and more than 1.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States on Monday morning, according to the John Hopkins University data dashboard. Worldwide, the virus has killed more than 282,000 people and exceeded 4.1 million infections.

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Here are some of Monday’s most important developments:

  • Trump administration officials have denied a report that Vice President Mike Pence would self-isolate and said he would be back at work at the White House on Monday.
  • Economic advisers will hold a conference call on Monday with senators on both sides of the aisle as leaders strive to agree on a new economic stimulus package.
  • Investigations of foodborne illness have slowed and food recalls have dropped due to disruptions in the US food security system caused by coronavirus, according to a survey by USA TODAY.

Good news: Visitors in facial masks flocked to Shanghai Disneyland as the theme park reopened on Monday in a major step towards reviving tourism.

What we are talking about today: A photo of a crowded flight posted on Twitter by a California cardiologist returning from New York could hint at the difficulties of social separation as air travel resumes.

England, Germany and France start reopening schools and businesses

Prime Minister Boris Johnson “actively encouraged” people who cannot work from home to go to work while stores and elementary schools in Germany and France reopen on Monday. Libraries in the Netherlands are also opening their doors and hairdressers, nail technicians, beauticians, masseuses and occupational therapists are back at work. Spain keeps schools closed but allows the reopening of churches and mosques at a level below its capacity.

Johnson’s announcement on Sunday evening was greeted with great confusion Monday morning as some people rushed back to work. His administration later suggested that the real start date would be Wednesday. More details will be released later Monday.

New York’s “patient zero” at home and feels much better

The man identified as the “zero patient” for New York’s coronavirus remembers going to the emergency room in February. The next thing he remembers is waking up from a coma. Lawrence Garbuz told NBC Today that he thought he had just coughed. At this point, the disease was not on its radar and New York had not yet taken strict measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

” I am a lawyer. I sit at a desk all day, “he said. “I think at the time, we were focusing on people who may have traveled abroad, which I hadn’t done.”

But the epidemic in his city of New Rochelle prompted the governor to create a “containment zone,” which closed schools and places of worship before the rest of the state was subject to residence orders. home. Garbuz, 50, said he had no pre-existing conditions. He is home now and said he was feeling much better.

The divided parties on the composition of the next bailout bill

Trump administration’s economic advisers will hold a conference call on Monday with senators from both sides of the aisle as leaders struggle to agree on a new economic stimulus package. Trump wants a payroll tax cut that Democrats have categorically opposed. Democrats are adamant about increasing funding for state and local governments. And some Republicans prefer to wait and see how the nearly $ 3 trillion in relief already approved vanishes. The pressure for another package could intensify, however, as unemployment forecasts could approach the 25% rate reached during the Great Depression.

“Before we take on a new bill, let’s have a hearing,” said minority leader Kevin McCarthy today. “As states open up, there will be a difference between what is needed today and what will be needed tomorrow. “

– Christal Hayes and Michael Collins

Food Safety Investigations Recalls Fall

Investigations of foodborne illness have slowed and food recalls have dropped due to disruptions in the US food security system caused by coronavirus, according to a survey by USA TODAY. The pandemic has hit the system at every level – from federal agencies responsible for stopping contaminated food before leaving farms and factories to state health departments that test sick residents for food-borne illnesses such as than E. coli. Experts say there is no evidence of widespread health problems yet, but food security advocates say Americans are now more at risk.

“We have so many different backups built into our system, and one by one, COVID is eliminating the chunks,” said Sarah Sorscher, deputy director of regulatory affairs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

– Kyle Bagenstose

New York Mayor of Blasio Unveils Efforts to Fight Kawasaki Disease

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to test all children with Kawasaki disease symptoms for the coronavirus and its antibodies. Thirty-eight city children are suffering from the symptoms and one has died, he said. Statewide, three young people have died and more than 80 have or are suffering from fever, rashes, abdominal pain and vomiting linked to some form of Kawasaki disease, officials said. Almost all have tested positive for coronavirus or antibodies that reflect exposure to the virus.

A health alert has been sent to parents in city public schools and child enrichment centers have been urged to strengthen the application of face blankets, masks and hand sanitizer, said de Blasio .

“For all parents: early detection is the key to fighting this,” said de Blasio. “It can be treated. If you see these symptoms, take them seriously and act immediately. “

Trump administration accuses China of hacking vaccine data

The Trump administration has allegedly accused China of trying to hack information from American researchers rushing to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus. Federal officials believe that hackers are exploiting the pandemic and are looking for “valuable intellectual property and public health data through illicit means linked to vaccines, treatments and tests,” reports the New York Times. A draft warning to be released in the coming days by the FBI and Homeland Security delves into theft and action by]”Non-traditional actors” – researchers and students could have exploited data inside academic and private laboratories, reports the Times. The Wall Street Journal published a similar report.

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds plan more flyovers to honor frontline workers

As a tribute to frontline workers fighting the coronavirus, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over five cities this week.

The Blue Angels will tour the skies of Detroit, Chicago and Indianapolis on Tuesday, and the Thunderbirds will fly over Austin and San Antonio on Wednesday.

The flyovers are part of a Pentagon plan to fly over three dozen major American cities. The two groups have already conducted joint and separate overflights in cities like Miami, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Dallas.

States reopen: Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina to reopen restaurants

The start of the new week will bring important steps toward normalcy in the United States. Alabama, Arizona and South Carolina will allow restaurant service with restrictions on occupancy in restaurants, New Hampshire will allow hair salons, hair salons, retail stores and drive-ins. to reopen, and Arkansas will allow dental offices to reopen.

In addition, Minnesota will allow dentists, doctors and veterinarians to resume elective surgeries. Find out the latest news in your state.

National Park Service tests access to Utah and prepares visitors for “new normal”

After it closed in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Park Service is testing public access to several parks across the country, including two in Utah, with limited offers and services.

Visitor centers and campgrounds remain largely closed in Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, but visitors are welcome at some sites.

Interim Park Services Director David Vela said visitors should prepare for a “new standard” that is unlikely to match their last trip.

Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander self-quarantines for 14 days

Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander will self-quarantine for 14 days after a staff member tests positive for COVID-19. The 79-year-old Republican is doing well and has no symptoms of respiratory disease, according to a Sunday evening statement from his office. He tested negative for COVID-19 last week.

Because of his age, Alexander is among the elderly considered to be at high risk for the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 80,000 Americans and more than 280,000 worldwide.

Little information has been released about the staff member who tested positive, but the senator’s office said the person is recovering and doing well. Alexander will continue to oversee the Senate Health Committee hearing during his self-quarantine.

– Anna Celia Gallegos, The Tennessean

White House denies report that Vice President Mike Pence would self-isolate

Vice President Mike Pence is not self-insulating and will be back at work in the White House on Monday, said a Pence spokesman, denying a published report.

The Bloomberg story came two days after his press secretary tested positive for the virus. Earlier in the week, a valet parking for President Donald Trump also tested positive. In addition, three members of the White House Coronavirus task force entered quarantine after being close to a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Both Trump and Pence have produced negative results.

“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House medical unit and is not in quarantine,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement. “In addition, Vice President Pence has tested negative every day and plans to be in the White House tomorrow. “

As part of the new protocols announced on Sunday, Trump and Pence will be tested daily for the virus, as will every staff member near them. White House guests will be tested, work areas will undergo regular deep cleaning, and staff will follow social distancing guidelines, undergo daily temperature checks, and have their symptom history reviewed.

– Michael Collins

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New York establishes new rules for nursing homes, a hot spot for coronavirus

As its rate of new infections and deaths from COVID-19 continues to slow, New York State is taking new steps to protect those most susceptible to the disease.

Nursing homes that cannot provide a prescribed level of patient care for any reason will have to transfer them to another facility or contact the state health department, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during the meeting. his Sunday press conference.

In addition, nursing homes that cannot treat residents with coronavirus will have to do the same. Cuomo also said that nursing home staff will have to be tested for the virus twice a week, and that hospitals will not be allowed to refer patients to these facilities unless they have obtained a negative result for COVID-19.

“This virus uses nursing homes. They are at zero point, ”said Cuomo. “They are the vulnerable population in the vulnerable area. It’s a congregation of vulnerable people. “

More US Coronavirus News and Information TODAY

LGBTQ community fears that coronavirus will impact the scope of the census

For decades, LGBTQ people have fought for a seat at the census table.

Then, in 2020, hope appeared when same-sex couples living together were first included in the 10-year survey, even though questions of sexual orientation and gender identity were absent. Defenders rallied the LGBTQ community, calling for full participation.

Then, in the middle of the deployment this spring, a global health crisis erupted – disrupting lives and muddying census awareness efforts.

“Because of social isolation, people are not there to push the census,” said Glennda Testone, executive director of the LGBT Community Center in New York. “My fear is that the number of responses will decrease. “

– Susan Miller

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Unemployment rate could exceed 20%, White House adviser to CBS says

White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett estimates that the unemployment rate could exceed 20% and that the worst job losses would occur in “May or June” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

When asked on Sunday what would be the “bottom” of the pain of unemployment in the country, Hassett, who advises the Trump administration on economic policy and is the former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, told Face to the CBS nation “get unemployment rates like the ones we’re about to see … which, I think, will climb to 20% by next month, you really have to go back to the Great Depression to see that. ”

Asked about the “low point” of the unemployment rate, he replied: “Unfortunately, I am looking for rates north of the 20”.

The United States lost 20.5 million jobs in April and the unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, two record numbers as the nation felt the economic effects of the coronavirus. Social distancing has forced the closure of businesses across the country, resulting in layoffs and layoffs.

– Nicholas Wu

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