U.S. death toll from a coronavirus pandemic exceeding 100,000 Wednesday, according to NBC and the New York Times. But about half of Americans are not sure they will get vaccinated if a vaccine is available, a new poll shows.
As of the end of March, the US had registered around 4,000 deaths. But that number increased dramatically in April, when the disease killed nearly 60,000 Americans, and continued at a slower but still devastating pace.
Countries continue to carefully reopen their economies while trying to control the number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths. In the state of New York, where nearly 30,000 people were killed, Long Island began reopening Wednesday, leaving New York City as the only area that was basically locked. In California, barbers and hair salons are permitted to reopen in most states.
“We are making progress,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said, “We are moving forward.”
Globally, Brazil is fast becoming the epicenter of the latest pandemic earthquake. There are more than 5.6 million confirmed cases worldwide, with almost 1.7 million cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. More than 352,000 people have died worldwide. The US has lost more than 100,000 people in less than four months, more than the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam and Korean wars.
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Here are some of the main developments from Wednesday:
Only about half of Americans say they will get the COVID-19 vaccine, an AP-NORC poll.
Six out of 10 parents say they are unlikely to send their children back to the classroom if they reopen in the fall, and 1 in 5 teachers say they are unlikely to return, according to the exclusive USA TODAY / Ipsos poll.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clarifies the “confusing” guideline language about the spread of coronavirus on surfaces and objects.
What we are talking about: In the American debate about facial masks, public ridicule and judgment have become commonplace – for people who selectively cover up and for those who ignore it altogether.
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Something to smile: A man builds a giant kookaburra, laughing when he is locked in to “cheer us up.”
The US reaches the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths due to coronavirus
The United States, the only country to record around 1 million cases of the corona virus, reached a grim milestone on Wednesday when it became the first to surpass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to the NBC and New York Times.
The road to 100,000 – more than twice as many deaths than the next country on the list, Britain with more than 37,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data – has been bleak and fast. As of the end of March, the US had registered around 4,000 deaths. But that number increased dramatically in April, when the disease killed nearly 60,000 Americans, and continued at a slower but still devastating pace. Some models estimate the death toll could approach 200,000 in early August.
In addition, epidemiologists generally agree that the true number of deaths is greater, given that there is no certainty about when the first US victim of COVID-19 died. In addition, deaths outside the hospital setting may not be recorded due to coronavirus, especially in the early stages of the outbreak.
Public health officials continue to monitor the case and the number of deaths in hopes of suppressing any major turmoil stemming from easing social distance measures across the country in May. After Democratic Party leaders requested that flags in public buildings be hoisted with half-staff on the day when the 100,000th death of COVID-19 was recorded, President Donald Trump ordered them in that way over Memorial Day weekend to commemorate those killed by the disease.
– Jorge Ortiz
Fauci said the mask could help prevent a second wave of infections
Americans must wear masks in public to protect each other and help prevent the second wave of coronavirus infections, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Wednesday. Fauci said that, with adequate protection, an increase in confirmed cases was generally expected because countries easing restrictions on staying at home might be avoided. President Donald Trump, however, has refused to wear a mask in public and this week mocked a reporter wearing a mask because “it was politically correct.”
“I want to protect myself and protect others,” Fauci, a top infectious disease expert at the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN. “I want to make it a symbol for people to see things like that you should do.”
Walt Disney World set a July 11 opening date for Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World plans to reopen July 11, according to a presentation the company made to the economic recovery task force on Wednesday.
The theme park has been closed since March 15 due to a coronavirus pandemic, and reopening will follow Florida’s rival, Universal Orlando, which will reopen on June 5.
Disney is planning a gradual reopening, with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opening July 11. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen July 15.
Visitors to Disney World will undergo a temperature check and are asked to wear a mask. The park will provide masks for people who do not bring their own masks.
Social distance markers will be seen throughout the park. Disney’s “cast members” will enforce rules, including mask requirements, as part of social forces that distance themselves. The capacity of the park will also be limited and not all attractions will be reopened soon.
– Curtis Tate
Keep your distance: How to stay safe from coronavirus in swimming pools and beaches
While videos that are widely distributed about billiard parties and busy boardwalks on Memorial Day weekend show what to avoid, trips to the pool or beach can be done safely, public health experts say.
Joseph Khabbaza, a pulmonary and critical care doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, said the same practice of going to the grocery store or restaurant can also be applied at the pool or beach: Stay in your group and maintain social distance.
“Keeping it in this arrangement is really the key to minimizing transmission,” he said.
Khabbaza, who treats coronavirus patients, says ongoing and close contact with other people helps transmit the virus. Practices that limit such contacts help slow their spread.
“Swimming must limit the number of people who can enter,” he said. “This beach is good because it’s so much easier to get out.”
– Jayme Deerwester, Veronica Bravo, and Curtis Tate
Only half of Americans would want a COVID-19 vaccination
Only about half of Americans say they will get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available, according to a poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll found 31% unsure whether they would be vaccinated. 1 in 5 said they refused. Among Americans who say they will not be vaccinated, 7 out of 10 are worried about security. Dr. Francis Collins, who heads the National Institutes of Health, said that the agency would test leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates to tens of thousands of people to prove whether they were working and safe.
“I don’t want people to think that we are taking shortcuts because that would be a big mistake,” Collins said. “I think this is an effort to try to achieve efficiency, but not sacrifice rigidity.”
Jobless claims can reach 41 million in 10 weeks because of a U.S. business slowly reopened
Between 2.1 million and 2.4 million Americans submitted initial applications for unemployment insurance last week, economists estimate. At the high end, it would match the number who filed claims the previous week, but that is down from the record 6.9 million asking for help at the end of March.
However, if the latest calculations are according to estimates, that means about 41 million Americans have applied for unemployment in just 10 weeks. The Labor Department will report the number of claims Thursday.
A record 20.5 million jobs were lost in April, according to the Labor Department, increasing the unemployment rate to 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression and four times the 3.5% unemployment rate reported in February which represents a 50-year low.
– Charisse Jones
Look for wholesale prices to go up – and stay there briefly
We will all pay more at the grocery store, at least for the next few weeks or months. Blame the corona virus. Unprecedented demand, termination of some food manufacturing facilities and a shift to more workers who have to collect orders for collection and delivery add costs to the food business, and some of these costs will eventually reach the checkout line, industry observers say .
“You will start to see inflation creep into food supplies in the wholesale market,” said Rick Shea, president of Shea Food Consultants, a Minneapolis packaging and goods consulting company. “It will not return to (how it was in) January,” before the outbreak.
– Joe Taschler
Trump, Cuomo to discuss ‘supercharge’ for the recovery of New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday to discuss pumping money into the sleepy New York economy. Cuomo sought federal funding for infrastructure improvements, such as tunnels under the Hudson River, to help supercharge the country’s return.
“If there is time to really address the needs of large infrastructure development that is past this time, now is the time,” Cuomo said on Tuesday. “There is no better time to build than now. You need to restart the economy, you need to create jobs and you need to renew and improve the economy and infrastructure of this country.”
Brazil’s death toll is expected to rise sharply, close to the number of US
Brazil reports the death toll, now around 25,000, could exceed 125,000 in early August and continues to increase after that, according to estimates from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. IHME projects total US deaths at 132,000 in early August, but the US is expected to approach the end of the cycle at that time. IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said Brazil must follow in the footsteps of Wuhan, China, as well as Italy, Spain and New York by implementing measures to reduce transmission of the virus and gain control of a fast-growing pandemic.
“Until then, IHME estimates that the number of deaths in Brazil will continue to rise,” Murray said. “There will be a shortage of critical hospital resources, and the peak of death may not occur until mid-July.”
Small wineries staggered due to the effects of COVID-19
The $ 30 billion wine industry in the country will lose nearly $ 6 billion this year, with smaller wineries being hit, according to a report prepared for the Wine Institute by Jon Moramarco, editor and partner with the Gomberg-Fredrikson Report. Wineries that produce 1,000 to 5,000 chests per year could lose 47.5% of their income in 2020 due to tasting space and restaurants. Those who produce less than 1,000 cases can see a 66% risk. Industrial safety can become e-sales, because orders staying at home encourage online wine purchases, said e-commerce expert Paul Mabray, CEO of Emetry.io.
“We are the last industry that cannot be changed by the internet in a meaningful way. Now, wineries learn quickly, “Mabray said.
– Jessica Guynn
Confused School: Facing challenges online
Participation in live teacher-led video chats, entering online learning platforms and submitting assignments are some of the ways schools in most countries track student “attendance”, or more importantly, their participation in learning while school buildings remain closed due to the COVID pandemic 19 The US Department of Education tells schools that they will not be required to report attendance information during a crisis, but schools are still trying to track their students – not to report truancy but to ensure children are fine and can continue to learn in the new world of education that brave.
“The honest truth is we don’t, however, know how to best monitor when children emerge,” said Hedy Chang, executive director and president of Attendance Works, a national initiative aimed at addressing chronic absence.
– Arika Herron and MJ Slaby, Indianapolis Star
The CDC clarifies guidelines on coronaviruses and their spread on surfaces, objects
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an update to their latest changes to the coronavirus guidelines. Two days after the guidelines said COVID-19 “did not spread easily” by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, the CDC clarified that the words they used were “confusing.”
“This change is intended to make it easier to read, and not the result of new knowledge,” the CDC said in a news release. The agency has always warned that “it is possible” to be infected with coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface or object even though the main way to get infected is through person-to-person contact. The statement still applies with the recently updated guidelines saying: “This is not considered the primary way of spreading the virus, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.”
Nevada will reopen casinos with social restrictions on June 4
Nevada will welcome tourists again soon because the casino will open June 4 with social distance restrictions, Governor Steve Sisolak announced late Tuesday.
“We welcome visitors from all over the country to come here, to have fun, no different from before, but we will be careful,” Sisolak told reporters.
Sisolak said the country would be ready to close again if there was a surge in the case. He closed the casino 10 weeks ago in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. The governor also announced the reopening of the second phase which will begin Friday. The gym, fitness studio, movie theater, shopping center and bar will reopen with restrictions. Direct religious services with up to 50 people will also be permitted, he said. Brothels, night clubs and strip clubs are not included.
Joe Biden called Donald Trump “stupid” because he said the mask was politically correct
President Donald Trump called wearing face masks “politically correct” on Tuesday, while former vice president Joe Biden called Trump “stupid” for demeaning them, highlighting the politicization that appeared around facial masks during the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, during a press conference at Rose Garden, Trump asked a reporter, “Can you take it off, because I can’t hear you,” referring to a face mask. The reporter said he would speak louder.
“Okay, you want to be politically correct. Go ahead,” Trump answered. The reporter refused to take off his mask.
Last week, Ford executives encouraged Trump to wear a mask during his visit to one of his factories, but he said he chose not to wear it near the photographer because he “did not want to give the press pleasure to see it.”
– Savannah Behrmann
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli revealed COVID-19 infection
Andrea Bocelli is the latest star on a long list of celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19. In a video distributed by the Italian newspaper La Stampa and translated by the French outlet France 24, the opera singer, 61, confirmed to a group of reporters that he and his family had experienced a novel coronavirus.
“My whole family is contaminated,” he said in an English translation. “We all have a fever – though fortunately it’s not high – with sneezing and coughing.”
He continued, “I have to cancel many concerts … It feels like living in a nightmare because I feel like I’m no longer controlling things. I hope to wake up anytime.”
– Sara M Moniuszko
Los Angeles opens the largest coronavirus testing site in the US at Dodger Stadium
The City of Los Angeles opens the largest testing site at Dodger Stadium, which can test up to 6,000 people every day for free. This is the largest site in the US, according to the Organized Community Response Effort, a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable people during crises.
“Dodger Stadium is a place where Angelenos usually gather around a shared goal of victory on the pitch – and today, unites us around a mission to save lives,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.
CORE has worked with state and city officials to open 12 sites in Los Angeles, and 28 sites throughout the country. Los Angeles is the first US city to offer free testing to all residents, whether they have symptoms or not.
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More than 100 Apple Stores are scheduled to reopen this week throughout the US
Some Apple Stores will reopen this week, with 100 of 271 U.S. outlets. reopen their door. However, shopping will not continue as it used to do pre-coronavirus. In most stores, customers will not be permitted to enter the location, and instead will only be able to pick up products in front of the store or through special roadside locations. Apple will arrange Genius Bar appointments in front of the store too.
Genius Bar is where customers go to get free technical support, or move data from Apple devices. However, some stores will allow customers to come and shop, including locations in San Diego and the Santa Barbara area in California, Las Vegas, Houston, Texas, and Boca Raton, Florida.
– Jefferson Graham
NHL announced plans to start again with a 24 team postseason tournament
The NHL took a big step on Tuesday to complete the 2019-20 season amid a coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the 24-team playoff format received by the Players Association through a vote that ends Friday.
The tournament will feature the top 12 teams at each conference, with seeds based on percentage points and calculated using the records of each team at the break. The top four seeds in each conference will automatically advance to the round of 16, but the No. 1 seed. 5 to 12 must play. Tourists will be played in two connecting cities which will be announced later, Bettman said – one for the Eastern Conference playoffs and one for the Western Conference playoffs.
– Vincent Z. Mercogliano
Contributing: The Associated Press
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