Coronavirus cases have reached 10 million worldwide, with 500,000 deaths. Where are we going from here?
“COVID-19 has taken a very fast and very dangerous turn in Texas in the past few weeks,” said Governor Greg Abbott, who authorized businesses to reopen in early May, but Friday to close bars and restaurants limited to middle of a peak in cases.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has canceled the reopening of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles. He ordered them to close immediately and urged eight other counties to issue local health orders demanding the same.
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More and more Florida beaches will close to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus as authorities try to reduce large crowds amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said youth interactions were the cause of the outbreak.
“Caution has been blown to the wind and so we are where we are,” said DeSantis.
The South African Minister of Health has warned that the current outbreak of cases in the country is expected to increase rapidly in the coming weeks and push hospitals to the limit. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said the current increase in infections has come from people who “have returned to the workplace.
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New clusters of cases in a Swiss nightclub and in the central English city of Leicester have shown that the virus is still widely circulating in Europe, but not with the rapidly growing infection rate seen in parts of the United States, from Latin America and India.
Poland and France, for their part, tried to take a step towards normalcy by organizing elections delayed by the virus.
Wearing mandatory masks, social isolation in the lines and carrying their own pens to sign the voting lists, French voters voted in the second round of the municipal elections. Poles also wore masks and used hand sanitizer, and some in virus-affected areas were asked to mail their ballots.
“I did not go to vote the first time because I am an elderly person and I was afraid,” said Fanny Barouh when voting in a Paris school.
In Texas, Abbott appeared with Vice President Mike Pence, who cut campaign events from upcoming visits to Florida and Arizona due to increasing virus cases in those states.
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Pence praised Abbott both for his decision to reopen the state and for canceling the plans to reopen.
“You flattened the curve here in Texas … but about two weeks ago something changed,” said Pence.
Pence urged people to wear masks when they cannot practice social distancing. He and Abbott wore face masks when entering and leaving the room, removing them while talking to reporters.
Meanwhile, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has argued that President Donald Trump has rarely worn a mask in public, claiming that he does not have to follow the advice of his own administration. , because as a leader in the free world, he is regularly tested and is in “very different circumstances from the rest of us”.
Addressing peak coronavirus cases reported in some states, Azar said on NBC Meet the press that people “must take ownership” of their own behavior by distancing themselves from society and wearing masks if possible.
According to a report released Sunday by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has exceeded 500,000.
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About 1 in 4 deaths – more than 125,000 – have been reported in the United States. The country with the highest number of deaths is Brazil, with more than 57,000, or about 1 in 9.
The true death toll from the virus, which first appeared in China at the end of last year, is widely believed to be much higher. Experts say that, especially at first, many victims died of COVID-19 without being tested.
To date, more than 10 million confirmed cases have been reported worldwide. About a quarter of them have been reported in the United States.
The World Health Organization has announced a new daily record for the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide – exceeding 189,000 in a single 24-hour period. The count eclipses the previous record a week earlier with more than 183,000 cases, showing that the number of cases continues to increase worldwide.
Overall, the United States has by far the largest number of cases. At over 2,450,000 – about double that of Brazil. The number of real cases around the world is much higher.
New York, which was once the epicenter of the country’s pandemic, is now “exactly the opposite,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo in an interview with Meet the press.
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The state reported five new virus deaths on Saturday, its lowest daily death rate since March 15. During the peak of the pandemic in April, nearly 800 people died every day. New York still leads the country in deaths from COVID-19 with nearly 25,000 people.
In Washington State, Governor Jay Inslee has suspended plans to move the counties to the fourth phase of his reopening plan as cases continue to increase. But in Hawaii, the city of Honolulu has announced that campgrounds will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permissions to ensure social distancing.
The British government, meanwhile, is examining whether a local foreclosure is necessary for the central English city of Leicester amid reports of a spike in COVID-19 among its Asian community. It would be Britain’s first local foreclosure.
“We have seen outbreaks across the country in recent weeks,” Interior Minister Priti Patel told the BBC on Sunday.
Polish voters voted, in person and by mail, for a presidential election which should have taken place in May but was chaoticly postponed in the middle of the pandemic. President Andrzej Duda, a 48-year-old conservative backed by the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party, is running against 10 other candidates as he seeks a second five-year term.
Iwona Goge, 79, was encouraged to see so many people voting in Warsaw.
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” It’s bad. Poland is terribly divided and people are getting discouraged, ”she said.
French voters chose the mayors and city councilors of Paris and 5,000 cities in a second round of municipal elections organized under strict hygiene rules. The main battlegrounds include Paris, where the next mayor will preside over the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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Italy honored its dead last Sunday with an evening Requiem concert in the hard-hit province of Bergamo. The ceremony at the epicenter of the European epidemic took place one day after Italy recorded the lowest daily count of deaths from COVID-19 in almost four months: eight.
European leaders did not take a chance to demolish new clusters. German authorities have renewed the lockdown in a western region of around 500,000 people after around 1,300 slaughterhouse workers tested positive.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa continued to climb to a new high of more than 371,000, including 9,484 deaths, according to figures released Sunday by the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to the report.
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