U.S. states reimpose virus restrictions; Germany cautions virus risk
Jun 29 2020
In Asia, a large increase pushed India's cumulative cases over the half-million mark, the fourth highest globally behind the U.S., Brazil and Russian Federation, while China and South Korea battled smaller outbreaks in their capitals.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has been a proponent of a rapid reopening.
It allowed bars to reopen in May, but has since witnessed some of the biggest increases in new cases in the United States.
Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma were also among USA states seeing a sharp rise in case.
Cases are once again on the rise amid a resumption of all kinds of activities wherein the masses are throwing caution to the wind.
Officials in parts of the USA are now trying to prevent the virus from spreading - which many experts say is spiraling out of control - by asking citizens to stay away, demanding the use of face masks. and stop their plans to reopen.
On Friday, in an effort to stem the spread of the virus, Gimenez announced the closure of all county beaches and parks during the Fourth of July weekend, July 3-7. Australia said it would continue to reopen its economy despite the rising number of infections in Victoria.
A tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University reached the milestone on Sunday, after India and Russian Federation added thousands of new cases.
The worldwide death toll from the disease that first emerged in China about six months ago is also nearing 500,000 as fears grow of a full-blown second wave.
"We were just getting to where we could pay the bills", said Tish Keller, owner of the Triple J Chophouse and Brew Co.in downtown Lubbock. On Friday, San Francisco announced it was delaying plans to reopen zoos, museums, hair salons, tattoo parlors, and other businesses on Monday, citing a spike in new cases.
In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee similarly said that he would not reimpose any restrictions to curb COVID-19 that were lifted to restart the economy after the single-day record Friday.
Australia braced for more imported cases as citizens return home. In Mississippi, officials pointed to fraternity functions as a person of the motorists at the rear of the state's instances.
Colleen Corbett, a 30-year-old bartender at two places in Tampa, said that she was disappointed and anxious about being unemployed again but that the restrictions are the right move.
A volunteer wearing a mask is shown at a drive-thru food distribution event sponsored by Feeding South Florida of Boynton Beach at the Boynton Beach mall parking lot.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week that the state is pausing all reopening plans at this time, in a bid to stem the rapidly increasing number of recently seen coronavirus cases.
"We have made truly remarkable progress in moving our nation forward", Vice President Mike Pence said at what has become a rare public briefing by the coronavirus task force in Washington.
NY still has the country's highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths, but the day-to-day numbers have been steadily falling: At its peak, the virus claimed 1,000 lives a day in the state; on Thursday, the state recorded 17 deaths.
Phoenix has recorded 13,169 new cases in seven days-a almost 150% jump over the previous week. The amount rivals that of New York's peak in day-to-day scenarios in early April.
Deaths in the US are running at about 600 per day, down from a peak of around 2,200 in mid-April. Total infections are at 509,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.
About 1.83 million people statewide have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, the Florida Department of Health said Saturday. But health officials believe the true number of infections is about 10 times higher.
In recent days, officials across the United States have reported a rise in cases among younger groups.
In a reversal of fortune, NY said it is offering equipment and other help to Arizona, Texas, and Florida, noting that other states came to New York's aid when it was in the throes of the deadliest outbreak in the nation this spring.
"We will never forget that graciousness, and we will repay it any way we can", Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.