Coronavirus cases exceed 10 million worldwide as the number of deaths approaches 500,000.
According to a New York Times database, the total number of coronavirus cases on Sunday exceeded 10 million because countries around the world had difficulty preventing new infection rates from getting out of control while trying to get out of painful locks.
The number of confirmed infections, which doubled after about 40 days after five million in May, could be significantly underestimated, according to health authorities. Data released Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said actual numbers in many regions of the United States are likely to be ten times as reported.
In April, about a month after the World Health Organization declared the corona virus a pandemic, The worldwide virus deaths were over 100,000. This number then rose to 250,000 in early May and has almost doubled in less than two months. More than A quarter of all known deaths occurred in the United States.
In the United States, early trouble spots occurred in the northeast, particularly in the New York metropolitan area. However, the recent surge was mainly in the south and west, forcing some states to withdraw from plans to reopen.
Other countries are also affected by a wave of new infections.
BrazilThe company, which reported the second highest total number of infections, saw a significant increase in case numbers in June. The country has over 1.3 million cases and over 57,000 deaths.
And India, that is report more new daily infections as everyone except the United States and Brazil, they confirmed that the number of cases has risen to over 500,000 this weekend. India last month pushed the reopening of public life Despite the increasing number of cases, officials said they would check to see if this was the case try to test the entire population of New Delhi – almost 30 million people – to better determine the extent of the outbreak.
Dozens of countries that took early steps to contain and track the pandemic were able to control the virus within their borders. However, experts fear that fatigue from lockdowns and social distancing has allowed the virus to spread with new intensity in many parts of the world.
When the Texas governor warned that the virus had taken a “very quick and very dangerous turn”, Vice President Mike Pence asked people to wear masks during a state visit on Sunday.
Governor Gregg Abbott said the rate of positive Covid 19 tests rose from less than 4 percent last month to more than 13 percent, and this is an “alarm bell” for Texas residents.
Mr. Abbott made the grim assessment after meeting Mr. Pence and Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Mr. Pence and Dr. Together with the governor, Birx asked all Texans to cover their faces and avoid close contact in the crowd.
“I really appeal to every Texan to wear a mask,” said Dr. Birx. “I’m just here to really ask each of them to wear masks, each of them to wear a mask.”
Mr. Pence, wearing a mask during his visit, refused to answer a question directly as to whether President Trump declined to do so wear one – and his claim that people who do so make a political statement against him – was responsible for the high number of Texans and others who do not wear masks when they are in crowded areas.
Dr. Ben Carson, the secretary for housing and urban development, who was present at the meeting with the vice president, appeared to question Mr. Trump’s masking and said: “We just need to spread this information, influence everyone in their field and even that To be a role model. “
Even if the cases exploded in the state, the vice president offered to the Texans Assurances.
“Every day we are one day closer to the day we brought this pandemic into the past,” said Pence. “And if we do this, with this governor and president we will bring Texas and America back bigger and better than ever.”
In some states, governors have complained that the federal government has not provided the resources it needs to test the virus and treat patients. On Sunday, Mr. Pence promised that the government would help Texas and other states see a new surge in cases.
“We will stay with you to ensure that Texas and your Texas health care system have the resources, supplies, and staff to meet that moment,” he said.
Mr. Pence and Ms. Birx will visit Florida and Arizona in the coming days to hold similar briefings with government officials.
Mr. Pence and the country’s chief health official, Alex M. Azar II, continued to allege on Sunday that reopening in many countries did not lead to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, but that increased testing revealed more and more infections. Experts say that this is not the case.
“Because of the public-private partnership that President Trump initiated, we can literally test anyone in the country who wants a test that comes up,” said Pence.
In some states, however, residents have been held from test sites that have reached their capacity.
It’s not just the number of cases that is increasing. In many places, other statistics also go in the wrong direction: An increasing proportion of the coronavirus tests are positive.
In Los Angeles County, officials said Saturday that the rate of positivity had risen to 9 percent; two weeks ago it was 5.8 percent on average. In Texas, the rate rose over 13 percent on Friday; Two weeks ago it was around 7 percent.
The positivity rates in Arizona have risen steadily since the beginning of May and, according to a week, are on average over 20 percent Figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Public health experts monitor positivity rates, hospitalization rates, deaths and other key indicators to get a feel for how common the virus is in a particular city or state. and how quickly it spreads.
“The positivity rate is a very important indicator of how a state tests and how the state works,” said Dr. Thomas Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center for Health Security.
However, the numbers can vary widely from location to location, as the availability of the tests and the criteria for compiling the data differ greatly. If everything else is the same, limited tests are expected to give higher positivity rates than widely used tests.
What is most important about positivity rates is that the pandemic is gaining strength – and that rapidly increasing case numbers are not just the result of further testing, as President Trump and Vice President Pence recently argued.
The C.D.C. The criteria for each phase of reopening after a ban include the requirement that the positivity rates decrease for 14 days. According to Johns Hopkins only 12 states reported lower average positivity rates last week than the week before.
The criteria also require widespread availability of tests, but in hot-spot states like Arizona, Florida, and Texas, many people have had difficulty being tested, with long lines and crowds that increase tension and risk of infection.
“Pushing, Screaming, NULL Social Distancing Enforced” A Houston resident wrote on Twitter. Two test sites in the Houston stadiums reached their capacity and had to reject people a few hours after the opening on Saturday. according to the local health department.
In Florida, the first car was online at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. according to the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, although testing only started at 9 a.m. At one site in Jacksonville, the test line was interrupted in the early afternoon before the association closed said on Twitter.
Lines of cars at car locations in Phoenix stretched up to three milesand the state’s largest laboratory received twice as many samples on Friday as it could process.
Coronavirus cases have increased 65 percent nationwide in the past two weeks. Over 42,000 new cases were reported on Saturday, including one-day record numbers in Florida, Nevada and South Carolina.
The governors of New York and Washington sharply criticize the Trump administration.
Two governors, who had sometimes irritable ties to the White House during the pandemic, voiced sharp reactions to the government’s insistence on postponing local governments, rather than offering a strict national policy to contain the virus at a time when outbreaks in a row escalate from states.
Vice President Mike Pence vigorously defended the approach on the CBS show “Face the Nation, “While the increase in cases is due to increased testing and irresponsible behavior by young people.
“One of the elements of America’s genius is the principle of federalism, state and local control,” said Pence. “We made it clear that we want to oppose the governors. We want to oppose the local officials and people should listen to them.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo described this approach as negligent on the NBC “Meet the Press” program. “You basically deny the problem,” he said. “They don’t want to tell the American people the truth. And they don’t want a federal response other than the support of the states.”
Mr. Cuomo said that New York, once a global epicenter, reported five deaths on Sunday, the lowest since the pandemic started. However, he feared that travelers from countries with higher infection rates could reverse his country’s hard-won profits.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee expressed frustration at the President’s unwillingness to wear masks or do more to encourage his followers to wear them. “Instead of tweeting recently about the importance of masks, he tweeted about monuments,” he said on “Face the Nation”. “We need a president who cares more about living Americans and less about dead Confederates.”
Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she supports a federal mandate that all Americans must wear masks. “This is definitely long overdue,” said Ms. Pelosi, California Democrat on ABC’s “This Week”. She asked Mr. Trump to wear one in public and said, “Real men wear masks. Be a role model for the country. “
The Secretary for Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, stated on “Meet the Press” that Mr. Pence put on a mask for a public appearance on Friday, “although he doesn’t have to mean that everyone around him is tested, he’s in a bubble.”
President Trump and the surrounding area “are constantly being tested,” he said, and repeated that the government recommends that people wear face coverings if they cannot practice social distancing.
Outbreaks of restaurants are increasing as more and more U.S. states allow eating indoors.
As more and more restaurants and bars are open for indoor meals, difficult-to-understand outbreaks in several states are leading to warnings from health officials.
In Michigan, more than 70 cases have been linked to Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing. In Alaska, the Seward Alehouse closed and encouraged customers to get tested after an employee became infected with the virus.
In Kansas, cases have been linked to the Wild Horse Saloon in Topeka and a bar called Hawk in Lawrence. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health’s Sonia Jordan said her department released details of the Hawk outbreak because “we’re not sure we can identify everyone who was there.”
Outbreaks of restaurants are often included in a handful of known cases. However, in the past few weeks they have also been the site of widespread infections. At least 100 cases were associated with the nightlife of Tigerland in Baton Rouge, La.
In Michigan, where dozens of people infected at Harper’s Restaurant were between 18 and 23 years old, officials asked other visitors to the company to isolate themselves.
“There are likely to be more people infected with Covid-19 who have not yet been identified,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County’s health officer, in a statement. “We need help from people who went to Harper during the exposure dates so we can contain the outbreak. We need everyone who is exposed to stay at home.”
In California, the state ordered bars in some cities, including Los Angeles and Fresno, to close on Saturday, and recommended closing them in other cities, including Sacramento, Contra Costa, and Santa Barbara.
The rapid identification of restaurant clusters contrasts with the continuing insecurity about infections resulting from protests against racially biased policing more than 2,000 US cities Since George Floyd’s death in police custody on May 25, the Times has reached dozens of cities that have had major protests and a few small case groups but no major clusters.
So far, approximately 50 protests-related infections have been identified in the effort, including members of the National Guard in Nebraska, Minnesota and Washington, D.C.
The Ukrainians are stuck in the belligerent east of their country because they cannot access a quarantine app.
A rule in Ukraine requiring travelers to quarantine themselves has had a surprising impact, stranding dozens of people in a buffer area within the war zone in the east of the country.
Ukraine has been fighting a Russian-backed uprising in the east since 2014, which long ago stuck in a stalemate along a series of trenches separated by a no-man’s-land with landmines, snipers, and artillery shells. Each side has its own checkpoints.
Before the pandemic, the Ukrainians crossed the no man’s land more than a million times a month, sometimes for reasons as simple as collecting pensions, although some also have family and property throughout the war zone.
But this week, a group of civilians crossing the separatist territory was suddenly faced with Ukraine’s request to quarantine newcomers for two weeks, either by checking into a hospital or staying at home while doing a location Use the app.
About 50 people trying to cross – including pregnant women, the elderly, and children – either didn’t have a smartphone to download the app, or in some cases couldn’t figure out how to use it. The separatists refused to leave her on their territory and left her stranded with no possibility of quarantine, as Ukraine requested.
“Dozens of people have had to camp overnight in the middle of an active military conflict in some cases just because they didn’t have a smartphone to download an app,” said Laura Mills, a human rights researcher in Europe and Central Asia. said in a statement.
By Friday, 17 had agreed to check into a state-run hospital to escape the buffer zone. Other managed to finish After relatives or volunteers from non-governmental organizations handed them smartphones at a checkpoint, Denys said Yaroshenko, a monitor for a nonprofit in the region called Right to Protection. The separatists eventually allowed others to re-enter. No one was injured, but it is unclear how many are left.
The Ukrainian authorities have provided tents and food for those who are still stranded.
While some lawsuits miss their first pride march, a gathering in Taiwan shows support.
This weekend would normally have been a time for big pride marches, parades and parties. And in New York City, the events on Sunday would have that 50th anniversary of the city’s Pride March.
Instead, these events have been replaced by small gatherings and virtual events, including a 24-hour online celebration that has been streamed on YouTube and as public life has only gradually resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic – and restrictions in some places where the cases have increased in the past few days Global Pride website.
And while the Pride celebrations are not canceled on their own, few other events are less about being seen – by everyone. This year, some L.G.B.T.Q. People miss an important moment of visibility and acceptance: their first pride.
“It’s something that affects our identity as L.G.B.T.Q. people,” said Fred Lopez, the managing director of San Francisco pride. “It is really inspiring to remember the time when we could go hand in hand with a friend or crush, even among hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands of people.”
A personal Pride gathering took place in Taiwan on SundayHowever, since the self-governing island has largely kept the coronavirus at bay, only 446 cases and seven deaths have been recorded since the first case was reported in January.
A giant rainbow flag was processioning through Liberty Square, a large square in central Taipei, in an event that Darien Chen, one of the organizers, hoped would bring comfort to millions of people around the world who had benefited from this Event could not attend large gatherings of the pandemic.
“We really hope that we all L.G.B.T. Community that cannot march for itself this year, ”he said.
One morning, Yemeni militiamen rumbled to a group of migrants in a settlement and fired machine guns at Ethiopians caught in the middle of another’s war. The militiamen shouted: Take your corona virus and leave the country or face death.
“The sound of the bullets was like a thunder that would not stop,” said Kedir Jenni, 30, an Ethiopian waiter who had fled the settlement near the Saudi border in northern Yemen earlier this April. “Men and women are shot next to you. You see them die and move on. “
These and other scenes were told in telephone interviews with half a dozen migrants in Saudi prisons. Although their accounts could not be independently verified, human rights groups have confirmed similar incidents.
The Houthis, the Iran-backed militia that controls most of northern Yemen, have driven thousands of migrants at gunpoint over the past three months, blaming them for the spread of the coronavirus, and throwing them into the desert without food or water.
Five years of war between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition that supports the Yemeni government have searched the poorest country in the Middle East, starving and killing its people.
Humanitarian officials and researchers say the African migrant workers who Cross Yemen Every year they suffer torture, rape, extortion, bombs and bullets in desperation to reach Saudi Arabia. And this spring, when the pandemic made them scapegoats for Yemen’s problems, they even lost this slim hope.
“Covid is just a tragedy in so many other tragedies these migrants face,” said Afrah Nasser, a Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch.
The community around the University of California at Davis used to have 70,000 residents and a thriving economy. Rents were scarce. The city center was congested. Hotels were booked months in advance for the start.
When the campus was closed due to the corona virus in March, an estimated 20,000 students and faculty members left the city. They were accompanied by about a third of the demand for goods and services, from books to bicycles to brunch. And officials expect most of this demand to go away after the city reopens.
Depending on institutions that were once insensitive to recessions, town and gown communities that have developed around rural locations – Cornell, Amherst College, Penn State – are not only confronted with Covid-19, but also with Covid-19 also large losses in population, income and jobs.
The forecast is daunting for the cities involved. In most university cities, students, faculties and staff are a major market. The local economy depends on its number and dollars, from sales taxes to soccer weekends to federal funds determined by the US Census.
Where recently an attempt was made to work as usual, the punishment followed: Last week, Iowa’s health officials reported falls among young adults in the two largest university cities after the bars reopened. And on the campus in the United States, Try to bring soccer teams back for the pre-season practice has led to outbreaks.
“One of the things that makes a university city so wonderful is the lively young population,” said Davis’ new mayor Lucas Frerichs, who attended the university and has lived in the city for 24 years. “You are the elixir of life.”
Including last week’s votes in New York and Kentucky, 46 states and the District of Columbia have now completed primaries or party conventions and are facing the major challenge of not only voting during a pandemic, but also post-record voting.
Despite debates in some states, votes were counted and winners largely selected without incident – a remarkable achievement, some say, since many states only had a few weeks to remove decades of personal voting habits for postal voting.
However, the challenges – and the stakes – will be exponentially higher in November when the Americans elect a president and much of Congress.
For a start, the election boards already lack the money in some areas. Postal and election workers who are overwhelmed by more than 55 million pre-election voters face triple turnout in November.
States need to recruit army of election workers to replace older ones who were prevented from working due to the virus – almost six out of ten election workers were 61 or older in 2018. after an analysis from the Pew Research Center.
And polling stations have to process millions of ballot papers that are packed in millions of other special envelopes – which only a handful of companies can print.
The primaries “created a kind of training ground for states to go around the corner by post,” said Barry C. Burden, director of the Wisconsin-Madison University Research Center.
November, he said, could be like the pandemic itself: manageable if done properly, but prone to unpredictable trouble spots – “and we only need to go bad in some places so that the whole election is in trouble.”
How Gradual reopening of New York City was introduced in the past few weeks, people have started to return to restaurants, bars, offices and hairdressing salons. And on Sunday, the city’s famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral was opened to the public for the first time since blocking measures were introduced.
Attendance at the cathedral – home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York – was limited to 25 percent, and attendees were subject to strict health and safety guidelines. The cathedral was too renovated to prepare for the trade fairs, registered for 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. SUMMER TIME.
The Closure of places of worship around the globe During the pandemic, it was painful for those who normally seek both comfort and community there, especially on religious holidays.
It has also been the subject of heated debate, with some arguing that the closings violate religious freedom and others who are aware of the risk to public health as closed spaces are in close contact with a large number of people fueled outbreaks.
Many places of worship have held worship services and events online throughout the pandemic, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral will continue to do so with its masses. When it was closed at Easter, Palm Sunday attracted more than 100,000 spectators.
“We miss the people in the pews,” said Jennifer Pascual, the music director of the cathedral. “It’s strange to have a mass and show it to an empty cathedral. You look out there and there’s nobody there.”
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The coverage was written by Christopher Cameron, Rebecca Chao, Melina Delkic, Nicholas Fandos, Tess Felder, Jeffrey Gettleman, Rebecca Halleck, Chris Horton, Shawn Hubler, Sheila Kaplan, Sarah Kliff, Andrew E. Kramer, Pierre-Antoine Louis and Pat Lyons . Zach Montague, Raphael Minder, Tiksa Negeri, Aimee Ortiz, Elian Peltier, Michael Shear, Mitch Smith, Maria Varenikova, Michael Weine, Vivian Yee, Carl Zimmer and Karen Zraick.