Florida and South Carolina Again Set Records as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge

For the third consecutive day, Florida and South Carolina broke their one-day records for new cases, while infection levels for Missouri and Nevada also reached new highs on Saturday.

And on Friday, the United States recorded more than 30,000 new infections, the highest total since May 1, with cases increasing in 19 states in the south, west and midwest.


Florida registered 4,049 new cases on Saturday, breaking Friday's record (3,822) and Thursday's record (3,207). The state has had 93,797 cases and 3,144 deaths.

South Carolina broke its record with 1,155 new cases; Nevada had 452 and Missouri had 375.

The new infections were younger, with more people between the ages of 20 and 30 testing positive, said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.


On Saturday, the Florida Department of Health issued an additional health warning, recommending that people avoid crowds over 50 and encouraging social distance and the use of masks for meetings with fewer than 50 people.

President Trump is expected to deliver his speech at the national convention on August 27 in Jacksonville, Florida, inside an arena that is home to 15,000 people.


Florida "has all the ingredients for the next big epicenter" according to PolicyLab model projections at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

Southern officials, in particular, are speaking with growing alarm over the large number of cases that appear in young adults.

At least 100 cases were linked on Friday to bar staff and customers in the Tigerland nightlife district, near the Louisiana State University campus. In South Carolina, cases among people aged 21 to 30 have grown 413% since April 4. And in Mississippi, state officials said several cases were linked to socializing parties in Oxford, home to the University of Mississippi. Over 80% of new cases in Oxford involved people aged 18 to 24.

"Initial information suggests that they are breaking the law in the number of people attending these parties" said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, The Mississippi state health officer, who noted that internal meetings without social distance should be limited to 20 people.


In South Carolina, officials warned that some young people had become seriously ill with the virus and that those without severe symptoms could still infect family and friends.


"The increases we are seeing serve as a warning that young adults and young people are not immune to Covid-19," said Dr. Brannon Traxler, of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. "They also tell us that the younger Southern Carolinians are not taking social distance seriously. "

Clusters can be of particular concern for colleges and universities that plan to bring students back to campus in the fall, when the coronavirus and the flu virus are expected to circulate simultaneously.

The gradual reopening continues globally this weekend, including the suspension of a state of emergency that Spain imposed almost three months ago. But a return to public life has been accompanied by increases in coronavirus cases – and sometimes a return to restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh announced on Saturday that the West Bank city of Hebron and its neighboring villages will be locked up for at least five days after a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections in these areas.

Medical professionals registered 103 new cases of viruses in the Hebron region on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the area to 356 since the pandemic first emerged in the West Bank in March, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Health.

Shtayyeh said at a news conference in front of his office in Ramallah that movement to and from the Hebron region would be barred, with the exception of those carrying goods. He also said that people would not be allowed to move within the city and neighboring villages, unless they went to places like supermarkets and pharmacies.

Since the beginning of March, there have been only three deaths in the West Bank and 712 known cases of the virus. The prime minister also announced that movement to and from the city of Nablus would be restricted for two days after an increase in cases in the region.

In Turkey, which has the 12th largest known outbreak in the world, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged the loss of terrain against the virus two weeks after the country allowed companies to reopen and people to travel.

The daily rate of infection has now recovered from less than 1,000 a day to around 1,500. The government has announced new blocking periods for this weekend and next, while high school students take specially scheduled exams. Masks were mandatory in three of the largest cities, Istanbul, Izmir and Bursa, which were badly hit.

Here are other developments around the world:

  • More than 1,029 workers in one of GermanyThe biggest meat-packing plants have been infected, according to Sven-Georg Adenauer, regional commissioner for North Rhine-Westphalia. The factory is closed for 14 days and all 6,500 workers are quarantined, while contact trackers try to identify chains of infection. Schools and daycare centers in the region were closed, infuriating families that began to return to cautious normality after more than two months in the confinement of Germany.

  • At the Italy, Pope Francis held one of your first audiences for a group since the country lifted its blockade. In his comments on Saturday at the Vatican, the pope thanked the participants, who included masked health workers from the most affected region of Lombardy, for their work. He also warned against a return to individualism after the crisis disappeared.

  • At the Australia, which has been widely praised for containing the virus, Victoria state said on Saturday it was returning tougher restrictions on meetings. The state, which includes Melbourne, registered 21 new cases on Wednesday, its biggest increase in one day in more than a month. Premier Dan Andrews said in a statement that "the numbers are being largely driven by families – families who have big dates and don't follow advice on social distance and hygiene". At least three cases also involved protesters who participated in recent Black Lives Matter demos.

  • Beijing is struggling to track and contain a new outbreak which raised fears of wider contagion. While some limits are being reset in the Chinese capital – which reported 22 new infections confirmed on Sunday to a total of 227 since June 11 – officials have not turned to the type of widespread rigid blocks introduced in January after the emergence of the coronavirus at the end from last year in the city of Wuhan. The change is, in part, an acknowledgment that it is not possible to close societies during the pandemic, which shows no signs of disappearing.

  • At the Afghanistan, , who is facing a rapidly growing outbreak and a violent war, said a US embassy spokesman on Saturday that the infections had spread among diplomats, contract workers and local officials. The spokesman did not offer numbers, but the Associated Press reported up to 20 cases.

  • Spain ended its state of emergency, which means visitors from Britain, the Schengen area and almost the entire EU. member states can enter the country without being quarantined. (Neighboring Portugal asked to keep the land border closed until July 1, when Spain is expected to open up to most other international visitors.) Travel between Spanish regions has also resumed, but other restrictions remain, including mandatory use masks in public places across the country. . Spain recorded 40 coronavirus deaths and about 1,500 new infections last week, a huge drop in early April, when deaths rose by more than 900 a day.

  • Saudi Arabia is set to suspend curfew across the country on Sunday morning, allowing "all economic and commercial activity" to be restarted, the state news agency SPA reported on Saturday, despite the resurgence of infections since the kingdom began reopening in recent weeks. Nearly 4,000 new cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 154,233. Large meetings, international flights and land entrances are prohibited.

President Trump, ignoring the health guidelines of local officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, held his first campaign-style demonstration in several months on Saturday night. Speaking to a sparse, almost unmasked crowd, in a 19,000-seat indoor arena he hoped to gather, Trump said he wanted to slow down tests of the virus that killed 121,000 Americans.

Trump tried to blame the media for the low turnout because of his reporting on health problems before the internal rally, and campaign advisers said his supporters had trouble entering the arena because of the protesters. But in reality, there were few protests across the city.

Trump was scheduled to approach a crowd of supporters outside before the demonstration, but those plans were dismissed at the last minute. The campaign did not make it clear why, although the external area was also sparsely populated.

The president falsely claimed that the United States was reporting a large number of coronavirus cases because more people were being tested, saying that "when you do tests on this extension, you find more people, you find more cases". Trump said he asked authorities to "slow down testing", joking that a young man with "fungi" would be falsely considered a positive case for Covid-19.

Concerns that the event might spread the coronavirus were heightened hours before Trump took the stage, when his campaign acknowledged that six team members working at the rally had tested positive.

In Oklahoma, there were at least 10,037 cases of coronavirus, according to a New York Times database. By Saturday night, at least 368 people had died. The state registered 331 new cases on Saturday, its third highest daily total, behind the totals reached on Thursday and Friday.

Tulsa health officials have expressed concern that the rally, in a large indoor arena, has the potential to become a "super sprinkler" event. But Trump supporters gathered in Tulsa seemed less concerned about the virus and more exuberant about the president's return to the campaign.

"If it's God's will that I get coronavirus, that's the will of the Almighty," said Robert Montanelli, a resident of a Tulsa suburb. "I will not live in fear."

The campaign emphasized that all participants in the rally were receiving temperature checks before going through security and received wristbands, face masks and hand sanitizer. Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary of the White House, said on Friday that wearing the masks would be optional.

The pandemic has devastated economies around the world, closing deals and cutting spending. But unlike the United States, where the unemployment rate has skyrocketed, workers in Japan resisted the pandemic with impressive success, remaining employed in large numbers.

Pro-labor attitudes in Japan, reinforced by strong legal precedents, make it extremely difficult for Japanese companies, except under severe pressure, to lay off workers. And a constellation of social and demographic factors, including Japan's aging population and shrinking workforce, have enabled workers to retain their jobs and benefits to a large extent, even when the economy has suffered major impacts.

Japan's production shrank 2.2% in the first three months of the year, leading the country into a recession. April data suggest that conditions are likely to continue to worsen.

Nevertheless, Japan's unemployment rate has risen just two tenths of a percentage point since February, to 2.6%. And the low rate helped Japan to a large extent avoid the feeling of anxiety that workers in other countries experienced when companies laid off employees, leaving millions without benefits in the midst of a public health crisis.

According to a New York Times database, Japan had 18,495 cases of coronavirus and 959 deaths.

The National Institutes of Health said on Saturday they had stopped two clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug that President Trump promoted to treat the virus with little evidence of its effectiveness.

One study, which enrolled close to 500 patients, ended because the drug was unlikely to be effective and the other did not have enough patients enrolled. Both are the most recent indications that scientists are increasingly concluding that the drug's promise fell short of initial expectations.

"The drug didn't really work," said William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, of the first study, which the medical community had been following closely because it was funded by the federal government. – controlled and administered by respected researchers. "I think we can put this medicine aside and now dedicate our attention to other potential treatments."

Trump called the drug a "game change" and said he was taking.

The N.I.H. said on Saturday that a supervisory board that monitors security met on Friday and "determined that, while there is no damage, the study drug is very unlikely to be beneficial for patients hospitalized with Covid-19." Later on Saturday, the N.I.H. he said he had closed another study – of hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin – because only about 20 patients had enrolled in the planned study of 2,000 people.

The initial study, which was being conducted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a division of NIH, was one of several placebo-controlled studies that were organized to test the drug after a series of small, poorly controlled trials. early signs of a benefit.

Since then, several other major trials have been halted or have not shown that the drug is effective against the virus.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration revoked the emergency authorization had given hospitals to administer hydroxychloroquine and a related drug, chloroquine, to hospitalized patients. The agency said "the drugs are unlikely to be effective" and that they can carry potential risks.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said he was stopping the hydroxychloroquine arm of a large clinical trial that was testing various treatments against the virus because the evidence showed that it did not reduce the mortality rates of hospitalized patients.

And on Friday, the Swiss pharmacist Novartis said it was discontinuing its clinical trial because it was not possible to recruit enough patients to enroll.

As Latin America has emerged as the epicenter of the pandemic, with deaths and infections on the rise, efforts to contain the virus have been hampered by several corruption scandals.

Fraud investigations have reached the highest levels of government. The former Bolivian health minister is under house arrest, awaiting trial on charges of corruption, after the ministry paid a million dollars more than the value of 170 fans – which didn't even work properly.

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    • What is a paid pandemic license?

      The coronavirus rescue package grants leave to many American workers if they need to take time off because of the virus. It gives qualified workers two weeks paid sick leave if they are sick, quarantined or seeking diagnosis or preventive care for the coronavirus, or if they are caring for sick family members. It gives 12 weeks paid leave to people who care for children whose schools are closed or whose daycare provider is unavailable due to the coronavirus. It is the first time that the United States has had a wide paid leave by federal mandate, and includes people who do not normally receive these benefits, such as part-time and savings workers. But the measure excludes at least half of workers in the private sector, including those of the country's largest employers, and offer small employers significant leeway to deny leave.

    • Does the asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 happen?

      So far, the evidence seems to show it is. A widely cited paper published in April suggests that people are more infectious about two days before the onset of coronavirus symptoms and estimated that 44% of new infections were a result of the transmission of people who still had no symptoms. Recently, a World Health Organization expert said that transmission of the coronavirus by people who had no symptoms was "very rare". but later she returned to that statement.

    • What is the risk of getting the coronavirus from a surface?

      Touching contaminated objects and then infecting ourselves with germs is usually not how the virus spreads. But it can happen. A number of studies flu, rhinovirus, coronavirus and other microbes have shown that respiratory diseases, including the new coronavirus, can spread by touching contaminated surfaces, especially in places such as day care centers, offices and hospitals. But a long chain of events has to happen for the disease to spread this way. The best way to protect yourself from the coronavirus – be it surface transmission or close human contact – is still social detachment, washing your hands, not touching your face and wearing masks.

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    • How many people lost their jobs due to the coronavirus in the USA?

      The unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May, the Department of Labor reported on June 5, an unexpected improvement in the country's labor market, as hires recovered more quickly than economists expected. Economists had predicted that the unemployment rate would rise to as much as 20% after reaching 14.7% in April, which was the highest since the government started keeping official statistics after World War II. But the unemployment rate fell, with employers adding 2.5 million jobs, after more than 20 million jobs were lost in April.

    • Will the protests trigger a second viral wave of coronavirus?

      Mass protests against police brutality that took thousands of people to the streets in US cities are increasing the spectrum of new coronavirus outbreaks, leading political leaders, doctors and public health experts to warn that crowds can cause an increase in cases. Although many political leaders affirmed the protesters' right to express themselves, they urged the protesters to wear face masks and maintain social distance, both to protect themselves and to prevent the spread of the virus by the community. Some infectious disease experts were reassured that the protests were held outdoors, saying that outdoor settings could mitigate the risk of transmission.

    • My state is reopening. Is it safe to leave?

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    • How can I protect myself during the flight?

      If air travel is unavoidable, There are a few steps you can take to protect yourself. Most importantly, wash your hands frequently and stop touching your face. If possible, choose a window seat. AN Emory University study found that during the flu season, the safest place to sit on a plane is by a window, as people sitting in the window seats had less contact with potentially sick people. Disinfect hard surfaces. When you get to the seat and your hands are clean, use disinfectant wipes to clean the hard surfaces of the seat, such as the headrest and armrest, the seat belt buckle, the remote control, the screen, the back pocket and the desk. tray. If the seat is hard and not porous or leather or pleather, you can also clean it. (Using wipes on upholstered seats can lead to a damp seat and spread germs instead of killing them.)

    • Should I wear a mask?

      The C.D.C. has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a change in federal orientation, reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms. Until now, the CD, like W.H.O., recommended that ordinary people shouldn't need to wear masks unless they were sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical grade masks for healthcare professionals who desperately need them when they are continually in short supply. Masks are not a substitute for hand washing and social detachment.

    • What should I do if I am sick?

      If you have been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have it, and if you have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give advice on whether to get tested, how to get tested and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.

Dozens of civil servants and local entrepreneurs are accused of exploiting the crisis for personal enrichment, selling influence to hospitals and governments that cover prices and medical supplies, including masks, disinfectants and ventilators.

In Brazil, which has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths after the United States, government officials in at least seven states are under investigation for the misuse of more than $ 200 million in public funds during the crisis.

The chief of police and the Peruvian interior minister resigned after their subordinates bought diluted disinfectant and flimsy face masks for police officers, who then began to die from virus infections at alarming rates.

In Colombia, the attorney general is investigating reports that more than 100 political campaign donors have been given lucrative contracts to provide emergency supplies during the pandemic.

"People are dying on the streets because the hospital system has collapsed," said Diana Salazar, Ecuador's attorney general. "To profit from the pain of others, with all these people who are losing their loved ones, it is immoral."

Even though states like Texas and Florida have seen considerable peaks in new cases of coronavirus in recent days, other corners of the United States, where the virus has been contained so far, are planning to let customers eat again at restaurants.

On Friday, the mayor of Baltimore said the city would join the rest of Maryland by allowing restaurants and bars open for dining indoors with certain restrictions. Massachusetts and Washington, DC, are enacting similar plans on Monday.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers restaurants that allow indoor dining to be one of the riskiest environments among establishments that have opened so far. As scientists' understanding of the virus has evolved, crowded indoor spaces with little airflow have been identified as one of the most likely situations in which the virus can spread, especially when people laugh, talk and take off their masks to eat.

Companies will still have to comply with the restrictions. In both Massachusetts and Washington, dining establishments will have to keep the tables at five feet and parties at any table cannot exceed six people. Washington will also limit restaurants to people with a 50% capacity.

The C.D.C. warned that even with these restrictions, meals indoors still gather people in tight spaces who may not live with each other and urged individuals to take extra precautions.

Other cities are experimenting with new ways to allow people to dine together more safely, such as encouraging them to stay in designated areas outside. This weekend, Grand Rapids, Michigan, established four new "social zones", where it planned to grant permissions to allow people to gather and eat outdoors on demarcated streets and sidewalks.

"The idea is simply to allow restaurants to serve more customers while at the same time allowing those who still don't want to go to the country to feel safe," said Lou Canfield, acting assistant director of design, development and community involvement at city, in a Press release. "It is a new concept for us and it will be experimental in some ways."

Here are other developments in the United States:

  • Favorite Tiz the Law won the Belmont stakes, traditionally the last stage of the Triple Crown, as the race started the series for the first time in history. But the only people who were there were the staff needed to take the horses and their jockeys during the day.

  • As cases in Florida continue to increase, the Yankees and Mets are moving their pre-season training out of state and back to their stadiums at home in New York. All Major League Baseball spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona were temporarily closed for deep cleaning after players from both locations tested positive for coronavirus.

Federal health officials confirmed on Friday that the first batch of tests designed to diagnose the coronavirus and sent to 33 state public health offices was probably contaminated in laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when the coronavirus began to develop. spread.

The Department of Health and Human Services report echoed the findings of the Food and Drug Administration, which inspected the CD. laboratories in late February, after learning that the tests did not work. The F.D.A. reported in April that C.D.C. Atlanta labs violated their own manufacturing standards, making the test unusable. Researchers entered and left the labs without changing their coats and gathered ingredients for the tests in the same room where the researchers dealt with positive samples of coronavirus, the F.D.A. reported.

The H.H.S. the report released Friday confirmed the FDA's discovery that one of the ingredients used in the test was probably contaminated in Atlanta labs. The department said that because state laboratories were unable to validate the tests, the tests were not used to diagnose patients.

In a statement, Michael Caputo, a department spokesman, acknowledged that the contamination may have delayed the CDC's ability to provide tests to public health laboratories, but added: "We have never had a test portfolio in this country." His claim is contradicted by the experience of state health officials across the country who have complained for months about a lack of diagnostic tests.

Rest assured, the French Minister of Culture says: Kissing has not been banned from films.

Franck Riester, the minister, said on Friday that when film and television filming in France began to slowly restart after months of blockade, the actors were working on ways to kiss each other safely again.

"The kiss started again, if I may say so, on film sets", Riester said RTL radio, although he did not refer to any specific film or actor. "Some artists were tested, waited for a while and then gave that kiss that is so important in cinema."

Last month, the body that oversees health and hygiene conditions in French settings issued a guide on how to keep the virus at bay, including measures for scenes that require physical intimacy.

This included adapting or rewriting the action, postponing filming or asking the actors to be tested or to regularly measure the temperature. It was also recommended to use masks, allowing camera angles.

The government has created a € 50 million guarantee fund to help producers who are forced to cancel a shoot for reasons related to the coronavirus, but some fear that insurers will refuse even the slightest deviation from the guidelines.

Marina Foïs, actress, express frustration on French television last week that "insurance will have an opinion on how we make a film" and said it would be difficult to follow the social distance guidelines with his colleagues while filming.

"If I want to do well, I need to abandon something, I need to let what will happen happen," she told France 5.

Cinemas are one of the few companies still closed in France. They are scheduled to open next week, but will only be able to fill half of their seats, with distances between spectators. Masks will be recommended, but not mandatory, although individual cinemas may define their own rules.

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The reports were contributed by Livia Albeck-Ripka, Aurelien Breeden, Nancy Coleman, Ben Dooley, Joe Drape, Melissa Eddy, Tess Felder, Ben Fenwick, Carlotta Gall, Matthew Haag, Maggie Haberman, Astead Herndon, Sheila Kaplan, Tyler Kepner and Natalie Kitroeff. Iliana Magra, Mujib Mashal, Patricia Mazzei, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Raphael Minder, Zach Montague, Adam Rasgon, Mitch Smith, Mitra Taj, Katie Thomas, Anton Troianovski, Hisako Ueno and Vivian Yee.

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