The impending arrival of Hurricane Isaias forced the closure of some outdoor test sites even as Florida hit a new daily death record and other states on the storm’s path prepared for shelters from emergency consistent with social distancing measures.
“We had to put safety first,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said on Friday.
Meanwhile, Mexican health officials reported 688 new deaths on Friday, bringing the country’s confirmed total to over 46,600. That puts Mexico just ahead of the UK, which has more than 46,100, according to the report. Johns Hopkins University count.
Some countries are seeing encouraging signs: China has reported a drop of more than 50% in newly confirmed cases, which could indicate that its last major outbreak in the northwestern Xinjiang region may have run its course.
However, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, infections continue to rise.
Hong Kong reported more than 100 new cases on Saturday among a population of 7.5 million. Officials have reimposed dining restrictions and mask requirements.
Tokyo experienced its third straight day of record-breaking cases on Saturday, the metropolitan government said.
Nationwide, the daily number of cases in Japan totaled 1,579 people on Friday, the health ministry said. The growing number has alarmed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as other regional leaders.
And Vietnam, a former success story, is struggling to control an epidemic that is spreading through its most famous seaside resort.
A third person has died there from complications from the coronavirus, officials said on Saturday, a day after recording his first death as he battled a new outbreak after 99 days without a local case.
All three died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than 100 cases last week.