Meanwhile, infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci confirmed that the United States has the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak, saying, “I mean, the numbers don’t lie. ”
The United States, which represents less than 5% of the world’s population, leads all other countries in coronavirus infections and deaths. The nation accounts for more than 22% of coronavirus deaths worldwide and more than 25% of infections on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he would not travel to Milwaukee to accept his party’s nomination later this month due to virus concerns. President Donald Trump has also said he plans to deliver his acceptance speech at the Republican White House convention.
As of Thursday morning, the United States had more than 4.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and nearly 160,000 deaths, according to an NBC News tally.
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the United States:
Los Angeles DWP authorized to shut off utilities to homes, mayor announces
Homes whose utilities have been confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department will have their utilities cut, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday. The announcement came following reports from parties during the coronavirus pandemic in recent days, NBC Los Angeles reports.
The Ministry of Water and Energy is now allowed to shut down public services within 48 hours of the LAPD confirming the holidays, the mayor said.
“You are breaking the law,” the mayor said in response to a question about the constitutionality of shutting down public services on private property.
A party in the Beverly Crest area on Monday brought together hundreds of people apparently without social distancing or wearing masks, but police were unable to take action to end the rally. Later that night, a 35-year-old mother of three was killed in a shooting incident at the event.
NYC to Impose COVID-19 Checkpoints to Enforce Cuomo Quarantine Order, Mayor Says
Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City would begin implementing checkpoints in all five boroughs to help enforce Governor Andrew Cuomo’s quarantine order for travelers to viral hotspots, citing the continued national threat of COVID.
The measure announced on Wednesday is New York City’s first major effort specifically to help enforce the 14-day quarantine for travelers from 34 states and Puerto Rico, reports NBC New York. In revealing it, de Blasio said the state was “absolutely right” to impose the travel restriction in the first place. Cuomo announced it at the end of June.
The governor said the quarantine itself was flawed, and Mayor de Blasio admitted that New York City’s new enforcement plan also had some caveats. But the idea, the mayor said, is to send a strong message to those entering.
“The checkpoints are going to send a very powerful message that this quarantine is serious. Even though we can’t reach every person, I think it will get the message across, ”de Blasio said. “We don’t want to penalize people. We want to educate them, make sure they play by the rules. “