With a resurgence throughout the South and West, the U.S. hits one other report for brand spanking new instances.
Greater than 47,000 coronavirus instances had been introduced throughout the USA on Tuesday, probably the most of any day of the pandemic. Officers in eight states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas — additionally introduced single-day highs.
Tuesday was the fourth time in every week that the USA posted a brand new single-day case report.
The variety of new instances in the USA has shot up by 80 % up to now two weeks, in accordance with a New York Occasions database.
Greater than 4,600 new instances of the virus had been introduced in Arizona, by far its most in a single day, as Vice President Mike Pence deliberate to journey there on Wednesday. Greater than 7,800 new instances had been introduced throughout California and greater than 6,800 in Texas.
The rise in infections got here because the leaders of probably the most populous counties in Texas pleaded with Gov. Greg Abbott to permit them to difficulty stay-at-home orders. “We’re having an experiment, a raffle, within the hopes that we may be the primary group that out of the blue flattens the curve and not using a stay-at-home order,” mentioned Lina Hidalgo, the chief in Harris County, which incorporates Houston, the hardest-hit space of the state.
California’s case count has exploded in recent days — leading the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to tell travelers from California to quarantine for 14 days, joining the ranks of travelers from other hard-hit states.
And even states that had reported improvements are starting to see the number of new cases rise, causing governors to rethink their plans to get residents back to work.
The Midwest, which had been a national bright spot, is now seeing the beginnings of a resurgence in coronavirus cases. And even in places where case numbers have remained mostly flat, like Illinois and Minnesota, new hot spots have emerged.
The record comes as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, testified before Congress on Tuesday that the rate of new coronavirus infections could more than double to 100,000 a day if current outbreaks were not contained. He warned that the virus’s march across the South and the West “puts the entire country at risk.”
Dr. Fauci offered his grim prediction while testifying on Capitol Hill, telling senators that no region of the country is safe from the virus’s resurgence.
“I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that,” Dr. Fauci said, “because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they are doing well, they are vulnerable.”
Spain and Portugal are officially reopening their land border, an event that will be attended by King Felipe VI and the prime ministers of both countries. The border had been closed since mid-March. Spain reopened its border with France on June 21.
In Belgium, swimming pools, wellness centers, amusement parks, casinos and indoor playgrounds were among the spaces to reopen. Cinemas and theaters additionally opened on Wednesday.
Within the Netherlands, gatherings of as much as 100 are now allowed, though the federal government urged folks keep 5 toes (1.5 meters) aside. Intercourse employees within the nation are additionally allowed once more.
Some international locations within the Center East additionally relaxed virus-related measures on Wednesday. Eating places in just a few vacationer areas in Qatar were allowed to reopen underneath some restrictions. Malls and procuring facilities in Qatar additionally opened their doors, however prayer rooms and cinemas had been among the many areas to stay closed.
Lower than 4 hours earlier than the Paycheck Safety Program was scheduled to shut with $130 billion nonetheless out there for loans to small companies in search of to keep up their payrolls, the Senate accredited extending the appliance interval and permitting small companies to obtain support till Aug. 8.
The laws now heads to the Home, which had completed voting earlier than the invoice cleared the Senate, and would require President Trump’s signature for this system to proceed. Members of each chambers are anticipated to depart Washington for the Fourth of July and aren’t set to completely return for 2 weeks.
The surprising approval of the extension, which required settlement from all 100 senators, got here as lawmakers started to debate the contours of one other coronavirus aid package deal. With a number of components of the $2.2 trillion stimulus regulation set to run out on the finish of this month and new outbreaks forcing many states to gradual efforts to reopen their economies, lawmakers broadly acknowledge that one other measure might be essential.
Over the previous three months, the virus has introduced a devastating loss to one New Jersey family, the Fuscos: It has killed their mother, three siblings and an aunt, and infected at least 19 other family members.
Those who survived did not emerge unscathed.
Joe Fusco, 49, lost 55 pounds and spent 30 days on a ventilator. His sister Maria Reid, 44, cannot shake the memory of the disjointed hallucinations that dogged her during the 19 or 20 days she was unconscious, or the terror of waking up convinced that her 10-year-old daughter was dead.
“This ain’t over,” Mr. Fusco said on a recent afternoon in the backyard of his home in Freehold. “This ain’t over in the least bit.”
The Fuscos were unwilling pioneers charting an early course through all that was unknown about a virus that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States. They are now trailblazers of another kind as the subjects of at least three scientific studies.
Their help may prove useful well should a predicted second wave hit.
The Fuscos can see little logic in the virus’s path.
One infected relative who is a heavy smoker showed no symptoms. Two older uncles with myriad underlying health problems rebounded in about a week. Yet several of the sickest family members had no serious underlying health problems.
Mr. Fusco said he remained frustrated by the lackadaisical attitudes of people shown crowding together near beaches or outside bars without masks.
“These idiots are out there and not taking precautions,” he said.
In Queens, the borough with the most coronavirus cases and the fewest hospital beds per capita, hundreds of patients languished in understaffed wards, often unwatched by nurses or doctors. Some died after removing oxygen masks to go to the bathroom.
In hospitals in other impoverished neighborhoods around New York City, some critically ill patients were put on ventilator machines lacking key settings, and others pleaded for experimental drugs, only to be told that there were none available.
It was another story at private medical centers in Manhattan, which have billions of dollars in endowments and cater largely to wealthy people with insurance. Patients there got access to heart-lung bypass machines and specialized drugs like remdesivir, even as those in the city’s community hospitals were denied more basic treatments like continuous dialysis.
In its first four months in New York, the coronavirus tore through low-income neighborhoods, infected immigrants and essential workers unable to stay home and disproportionately killed Black and Latino people, especially those with underlying health conditions.
Now, evidence is emerging of another inequality affecting low-income city residents: disparities in hospital care.
The pandemic struck the Caribbean at the height of high season, when snow birds, primarily from the United States, pack the beaches for winter and spring break, and provide the revenue to see resorts and sometimes entire countries through the lull of summer and fall.
Now, as the region begins to reopen to international travelers, it faces not just the challenge of the pandemic, but the financial blow dealt by the absence of cruising and the onset of hurricane season.
Excluding Guyana, the Caribbean economy is expected to contract by 3 percent in 2020, according to the World Bank.
“We’re not fooling ourselves. We fully expect to see a slow return of travel,” said Frank Comito, the chief executive and director general of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, which represents 33 national hotel associations in the region.
As countries reopen, most are mandating face masks indoors and social distancing.
As governments have clarified their policies, airlines, including American, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, plan to resume service to many Caribbean destinations in July.
When they do, they’ll be flying into a hurricane season that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted could be above normal. In May, it forecast 13 to 19 named storms, including three to six major hurricanes at Category 3 and above.
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Reporting was contributed by Emily Cochrane, Sheri Fink, Elaine Glusac, Joseph Goldstein, Jenny Gross, Iliana Magra, Raphael Minder, Claire Moses, Sharon Otterman, Brian M. Rosenthal, Mitch Smith, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Tracey Tully and Noah Weiland.