While talks in Washington on emergency coronavirus assistance have stalled, both sides are playing the blame game on Thursday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Republicans who did not give her “a damn thing.”; (August 13)
As California approaches the 600,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the state ordered a private school closed after it welcomed students Thursday without face or social distance masks.
The school, with about 600 students, is now on the state oversight list.
Meanwhile, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the U.S. could face a deadly decline if Americans do not follow public health guidelines such as wearing a face mask and holding six legs apart.
And, in Hawaii, Governor David Ige is considering another order to stay home for Oahu and may delay launching a program that allows tourists to visit while COVID-19 cases in Spiked. On Thursday, the state reported a new daily record of 355 infections and a total of 40 deaths.
Here are some significant developments:
- President Donald Trump on Thursday offered contradictory statements if he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Here is what we know.
- A COVID-19 vaccine will not help if not enough people are willing to get one, experts say.
- Congressional Democrats blamed Republicans on Thursday, while Republicans blamed Democrats, and President Donald Trump suggested talks on a coronavirus stimulus package are doomed.
Numbers Today’s Numbers: The US has 5.2 million confirmed infections and 167,000 deaths. Worldwide, there have been 760,000 deaths and more than 20.9 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Ojmë What we are reading: Critics say teachers are shirking their duties as front-line workers. But as early elementary schools see reports of new infections, some of the horrific union predictions are coming true.
New Zealand extends the blockade to its largest city
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that the New Zealand government was extending blockade orders for another 12 days in Auckland, the country’s most populous city, after a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 cases was discovered this week.
New Zealand had spent more than 100 days without a single new case of COVID-19, earning international acclaim for effectively reducing the new coronavirus. That changed Tuesday when the new band was unveiled in Auckland. There are now 30 cases related to the blast, which health officials believe came from outside and possible spread through transport workers.
“Together, we’ve gotten rid of COVID before,” Ardern said. “We can do all this again.”
Thousands of students, teachers are in quarantine: reports
While schools in some states have been restored after a month-long hiatus from in-person instruction, students, teachers and staff members across multiple states are in quarantine due to positive COVID-19 cases.
According to CNN, more than 2,000 students, teachers and staff in five states are in quarantine after at least 230 positive cases. According to ABC News estimates, at least 2,400 students and staff became infected themselves or were isolated.
In Georgia alone, 1,600 were quarantined as cases increase.
“I was not surprised at all,” said Jenny Hunter, a nurse and mother of two in Cherokee County, just outside Atlanta, told USA TODAY. “My son was saying how low in volume some of his class were all day because of the children being quarantined. It was a question of when, not if.”
– Grace Hauck and Ryan Miller
Hawaii officials’ are watching ‘tourists return late’ between cases
Hoping for a vacation in Hawaii in September? You may need to review those plans.
Given the increasing number of COVID-19 state cases, officials are “watching” by delaying the launch of a highly anticipated program that would allow overseas visitors to rest there without quarantine for 14 days by submitting a negative COVID Test 19, said Hawaii Governor David Ige during a press conference late Thursday.
The program, set to begin Sept. 1, was already delayed once, a month ago, due to rising issues on the mainland and in Hawaii.
“If things do not improve, we will have no choice but to look at more restrictions,” Ige said.
– Agimi Gilbertson
COVID-19 in some ways comparable to the 1918 Spanish flu that killed 50M
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 claimed an estimated 50 million lives worldwide, yet in some ways the COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst, according to a study published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open.
The current pandemic has been linked to less than 1 million deaths. But the study compares two months after the first recorded death of COVID-19 in New York City – the epicenter of the U.S. epidemic for weeks – with the two deadliest months of the 1918 disaster.
“They are comparable events in terms of size,” said Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and lead author of the study. “What our numbers show is that what happened in New York was very similar to what happened in the biggest modern pandemic.”
– Jorge L. Ortiz
Cinemas opened in Mexico after being closed for four months
Movie theaters in Mexico City reopened this week after closing for four months. Film temperatures are checked upon entry. Consumers are required to wear face masks and can only be lifted to eat or drink. And no more than two people are allowed to sit next to each other.
Theaters in the capital are allowed to open at only 30% of capacity. Mexico is the fourth largest film market in the world following China, India and the United States.
California orders private school to close after controversial reopening
California ordered a private school closed after it reopened in defiance of a state health order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Fresno County issued a health order Thursday against Immanuel Schools in the town of Reedley. The K-12 school was told to close its classrooms until the county is removed from a state list for two weeks.
The school, with about 600 students, allowed students in the classroom on Thursday without masks or social distance. Believers and the school supervisor say they believe student development will suffer if they cannot be taught on campus.
Coronavirus stimulates bill negotiations in a deadlock
The parties negotiating a bill to provide relief from the economic devastation of the coronavirus agree on one point: They are in a deadlock.
“I want you to see how big our differences are,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Told a news conference Thursday. She showed a large blue poster detailing the wide gap between what Republicans and Democrats want to pay for different priorities. “It is no wonder we have a big difference because this administration, the other Republicans in Congress, have never understood the gravity of this situation.”
On the other side of the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Condemned Democrats who stood by a “completely unrealistic, leftist proposal” and held “hostage” negotiations on “ideological points unrelated to COVID.” . “
– Michael Collins, Christal Hayes and Nicholas Wu
Six national restaurants, including IHOP, in deep trouble amid the pandemic
Some of the largest restaurant companies in the US are struggling with capacity constraints in indoor dining and trying to entice customers by getting in the effort to avoid financial disaster.
Owners of chains like Outback Steakhouse, Applebee’s and The Cheesecake Factory are on a recently updated list of national restaurants that are facing the highest likelihood of not paying their debts. When companies do not take out loans, they are often forced to file for bankruptcy protection, nearby locations or occasionally liquidate.
One chain, California Pizza Kitchen, has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with plans to close several locations.
– Nathan Bomey
NCAA Division II drops deferred championships amid COVID-19 concerns
As conference after conference in the Division I postponed the fall sports, the NCAA has made the inevitable decision that there will be no fall championships at the highest levels of the organization in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We can not, at this point, drop the NCAA Championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a video interview posted Thursday night, adding that it is hoped the championships can be moved to the 2021 calendar year.
Emmert noted that the Board of Governors requirement that 50% of schools play to hold this season would not be achievable.
“Sadly, tragically, this is going to happen this fall,” Emmert said. “That does not mean we should not and can not turn to winter and spring and say” Okay, how can we create a legitimate championship for all those students. ‘ “
– Eddie Timanus
China says chicken wings from Brazil were positive for the coronavirus
A sample of frozen chicken wings transported from Brazil to China tested positive for COVID-19, Chinese officials announced on Thursday.
But there is no evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted by eating or treating food, according to health experts.
Health officials in Shenzhen Longgang District inspected frozen food on Wednesday when a surface sample of frozen chicken wings was tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement issued by the Shenzhen Office of Prevention and Epidemic Control.
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