Washington: Sunday marked the 41st straight day that the seven-day average for new daily coronavirus infections in the United States trended upward. Six months after the novel coronavirus reached America, more than 3.7 million cases have been detected, and at least 137,000 people have died. Globally, the global death toll has surpassed 600,000, fueled in part by recent surges in states such as Texas, Florida and California.
President Trump who aides say no longer attends coronavirus task force meetings because he does not have time showed himself to be particularly misinformed about the basics of the virus that has been ravaging the nation. He told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday that “young people that would heal in a day” made up many of the new cases. “They have the sniffles and we put it down as a test,” Trump said. Washington post reported
Here are some significant developments:
1. Kentucky, Louisiana, Oregon and South Carolina all set new single-day records for new cases on Sunday. Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa and five other states have seen their seven-day averages for daily new fatalities rise by more than 40 percent in the past week.
2. More than 100 Florida hospitals have run out of ICU beds for adults. The state has reported more than 10,000 new covid-19 cases on 12 different days in July.
3. Vulnerable GOP senators are facing heightened pressure as they work to craft new coronavirus relief legislation in an election year. Meanwhile, Trump said Sunday that he “would consider not signing” any aid bill that does not include a payroll tax cut.
4. Los Angeles is “on the brink” of shutting down again, Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) said. Over the past week, Los Angeles County has seen its highest number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations since the pandemic began.
5. Although more than half of all states are requiring masks, and recent Centre’s for Disease Control and Prevention reports confirm their effectiveness, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he does not plan to make face coverings mandatory. “If I believed that was the best way to save lives in my state, I would have done it a long time ago,” Reeves said.
6. A new mask requirement went into effect in France on Monday, making face coverings mandatory in all public enclosed spaces as the country tries to thwart a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Mask mandates are gaining increasing prevalence around the world.