Coronavirus cases in the United States rise as Labor Day weekend begins

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As Labor Day weekend began, the United States reported more than 50,000 new cases of the coronavirus, the largest increase since mid-August, as some governors warned of the potential for spread of the virus during large weekend gatherings.

New cases in the United States rose by 50,502 on Friday and the death toll approached 188,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The total number of confirmed cases in the country has exceeded 6.2 million. Despite the rise in the number of new cases on Friday, the figure remains below the records reached in July.

Visitors sit on a bench on the pier amid the coronavirus pandemic in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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The seven-day average of daily new cases across the United States was nearly 40,319 for Sept. 3, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. Although that number is the lowest weekly average in the country since June 29, that average is much higher than in parts of May and June where it was in the 20,000 population.

The potential for a continued large number of daily cases has raised concerns among some health officials.

“We should be facing this with a much greater sense of urgency than we are,” said Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has warned residents and visitors to wear masks and socially distance themselves over Labor Day weekend. (AP Photo / Haven Daley)

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Governors in some states have warned people to take precautions over the long weekend.

“As Labor Day weekend approaches, remember COVID will not be taking a vacation,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote in a tweet. “Wear a mask. Be smart. Plan well. ”

The race to find a vaccine to fight Covid-19 has progressed, with some major drugmakers continuing to test possible vaccines. Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams said states should prepare to start administering vaccines by November “just in case” in an ABC News interview on Friday.

“It’s not just about having a safe and effective vaccine – it’s about being ready to distribute it,” Dr. Adams said.

Drugmakers, meanwhile, plan to publicly commit to seeking government approval only after the vaccines they are testing are found to be safe and effective, while hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices went out of their way to make sure they have the infrastructure to deliver the vaccines once they are. ready.

Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Moderna Inc. plan to issue a pledge on safety to build confidence in vaccines, according to a draft statement reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

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People enjoy the view at the Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach on Wednesday in Pompano Beach, Fla. (Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

World

India: India has reported a record one-day increase in coronavirus cases, pushing the country’s total above the four million mark. The United States and Brazil are the only other countries to have surpassed four million infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins. India has reported 86,432 new cases and more than 1,000 deaths, while the death toll was around 70,000, according to data from the country’s health ministry.

China: From September 15, air travelers flying directly to China from the United States will be required to submit a negative coronavirus test within three days of their trip, according to a notice issued by the Chinese Embassy.

South Korea: South Korea has reported 168 new cases, the third day in a row that new infections have remained below 200. Health officials said on Friday they would expand social distancing measures in the metropolitan area from Seoul, where most of the recent infections have been, for another week.

Australia: Australia reported 82 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday – the lowest tally since July 3 – and 11 deaths as the country’s second wave of the pandemic continued to decline. The federal government on Friday announced plans to ease state border restrictions by December. Most states have agreed in principle to move away from general border restrictions between regions.

Guam: The government of the U.S. Territory of Guam in the Western Pacific has said the island will remain on lockdown, with only essential businesses allowed to open for at least a week, after reporting 59 new cases of the coronavirus. The number of hospitalizations continues to rise, raising concerns about the medical infrastructure.

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