Coronavirus updates: New York City Marathon canceled; Fauci warns of 'disturbing surge'; Europe may bar US travelers
Arizona, California and Texas reported record new daily coronavirus cases on Tuesday as case numbers continue to increase in more than half of the U.S. states.
President Donald Trump has blamed increased testing for the top. The Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday to the House legislature that in countries where the percentage of people who test positive is increasing, this is a clear "indication that there are additional infections that are responsible for these increases."
Fauci said the "disruptive increase in infections" was due to a combination of factors, including an increase in human-to-human transmission or a spread of the community.
Today's coronavirus statistics: According to Johns Hopkins University, global infections have exceeded 9.2 million, including 2.3 million in the United States. Worldwide, more than 477,000 people have died, and more than 121,000 in the United States.
Here are the key developments of the day:
Australia, Germany, Portugal and South Korea are trying, among other things, to respond to resurgent outbreaks, the Washington Post reports.
The head of the United Nations told the Associated Press on Tuesday that isolated countries are exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic. "There is a total lack of coordination between countries in responding to COVID," said Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Major League Baseball has a 2020 season with 60 games and has agreed with the players on health and safety protocols, e.g. B. blocking fans from the stands.
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New York City Marathon canceled
The largest marathon in the world, scheduled to take place on November 1st, was canceled on Wednesday.
The organizer of the New York City Marathon, the New York Road Runners, and the Mayor's Office decided to cancel the marathon because "runners, spectators, volunteers, staff, and the many partners and communities who support it have health and safety concerns Have corona viruses. " the event, "said the organizer in a press release.
"While the marathon is an icon and a popular event in our city, I salute the New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of spectators and runners first," said Mayor Bill de Blasio in the press release. "We look forward to hosting the 50th run of the marathon in November 2021."
Fauci: Despite increasing COVID 19 cases, a further block is not necessary
At the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress that despite a worrying surge in states like Texas, Arizona and Florida, states may not have to return to an "absolute shutdown". However, he said that government officials should consider stopping or resetting part of the reopening plan if they see a sudden increase in cases or hospitalizations.
"If someone moves from the gateway to the first to the second phase and gets into trouble in the second phase, they may have to return to the first phase," said Fauci.
The country's leading infectious disease expert also said he had never been ordered to "slow the tests down" despite President Donald Trump's claim that he asked officials to do so. Trump blamed more tests for the increase in cases, although health officials said the growing number of hospital stays and cases was not just a result of an increase in tests.
"When you have all these tests, you have more cases," said the president.
He added, "Then they will say, 'We have more cases.' We want to do tests. We want to do everything. But they use it to make us look bad. "
Texas hits an all-time high in COVID-19 cases
Texas Governor Greg Abbott told residents on Tuesday that they should stay home as the state hits an all-time high for COVID-19 cases. "The hospitalization rate is higher than ever. Coronavirus is spreading across Brazos County and across the state of Texas, which is why action is being taken," Abbott said in an interview on KBTX.
A look at some recent records:
Hours after Abbott's testimony, state health officials reported a record 5,489 new COVID-19 cases.
The state also broke its record for hospitalization on the 12th consecutive day. The Department of State Health Services reported 4,092 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals.
The percentage of tests that were positive also continued to increase. According to state health authorities, the moving average positive case rate was nearly 10% within seven days on Monday. Public health experts say the number should ideally stay below 6%, and Abbott said that a positive rate above 10% would be cause for concern.
"If we cannot curb the rapid spread of COVID-19, there will be more demands on businesses, including the fact that we may even have to consider pushing the expansion of Texas opening stores," he said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission took action against institutions that violated state guidelines and suspended the alcohol license for a dozen bars for failing to follow the coronavirus protocols after weekend undercover inspections.
According to a TABC press release, the guidelines include indoor customer capacity of 50% for bars and 75% for restaurants, and a social distance of at least 6 feet between customer groups. Masks were not mentioned.
Europe can block US travelers when it reopens
Americans are unlikely to be allowed to enter Europe when the continent reopens its borders next week as the US coronavirus pandemic flares up and President Donald Trump bans Europeans from entering the United States.
The European nations appear to be on the right track to reopen their borders by July 1st, and their representatives in Brussels are currently debating what virus-related criteria should apply to the outside world when the March border restrictions are lifted.
In recommendations to the EU member states of June 11, the European Commission said that "travel restrictions with regard to third countries where the situation worsens should not be lifted" as the average in the 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
This should rule out the United States, where new coronavirus infections have risen to their highest level in two months, according to Johns Hopkins University. After more than a month, cases in the US have increased for more than a week.
The United States reported 34,700 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, totaling more than 2.3 million and over 121,000 deaths - most worldwide. Virus outbreaks in Brazil, India and Russia are also remarkably high, and the EU is unlikely to let its citizens in.
- Associated Press
What college could look like in the fall
Most college administrators are considering how to restart their programs without an end to the public health crisis in sight.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which follows the plans of more than 860 institutions, two thirds of the universities plan to resume students personally, while only 7% plan to only hold courses online. Many other universities still have a decision to make.
Their approaches are as diverse as the approximately 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the USA.
- Elinor Aspegren and Samuel Zwickel, USA TODAY Network
Federal funding subhed
What we read
There is a new risk when the universities reopen: The sanitary facilities are as unused as the buildings themselves and pose health risks for returning students and employees.
Oh oh ... people microwave library books and masks to kill COVID-19.
An audience of plants? The Barcelona Opera House reopened and gave its first concert since the Corona virus was blocked to a live audience.
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This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Coronavirus: NYC Marathon canceled; Falls rise in Texas, Florida
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