US public health expert said another wave of infections ‘not inevitable ... if you approach it the proper way’Leading US public health expert and White House coronavirus taskforce member Dr Anthony Fauci has said the US may not see a “second wave” of cases of Covid-19.According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, the US has recorded more than 2m cases of Covid-19 and nearly 115,000 deaths. Continue reading...
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12 states reported record coronavirus case counts this weekend. This could be the beginning of the second wave.
Summary List Placement Across the US, coronavirus outbreaks across seem to be larger than ever before....Summary List Placement Across the US, coronavirus outbreaks across seem to be larger than ever before. On Saturday, 12 states hit record seven-day rolling average case counts, according to a Business Insider analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project, which compiles data from state and territory-level public health authorities. Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, and Utah recorded more new infections in the last seven days than they ever have in a one-week period. The US overall has recorded more than 50,000 new cases each day for the last four days. The country hasn't seen such a streak since mid-August. Case counts are high — with a seven-day daily average of at least 15 new cases per 100,000 people — in 26 states, according to analysis from The New York Times. Daily case counts are growing in another 16 states and Washington, DC. "We are all seeing increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients who are coming into our ERs, who are getting really sick, requiring hospitalization and even intensive care," Megan Ranney, an emergency-room physician and Brown University associate professor, told CNN on Sunday. "We are all deeply afraid that this is the beginning of that dreaded second wave." Experts have long warned that the coronavirus could make a fall resurgence, as children and college students return to classrooms and cooler weather sends people indoors. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the nation's top infectious-disease expert, has said that Americans need to "hunker down and get through this fall and winter." "As we get into the fall and we do more indoor things, we are likely to see upticks in COVID-19," Fauci said in a September panel discussion with Harvard Medical School. Daily death counts are still trending downward. But deaths usually lag behind case counts by three to four weeks as it takes time to die of a coronavirus infection. An influential COVID-19 model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is now projecting that deaths will peak at about 2,300 per day in mid-January and that the total death toll will nearly double to 400,000 by February. If 95% of the population wore masks in public, the IHME model projects, the death toll would be about 315,000 my February. Currently, less than 70% of people surveyed have said they do so.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: About half of the farmworkers in the US don't have legal status. They're risking getting COVID-19 to supply our food.
California governor ties reopenings to health metricsUS breaks daily record with 77,255 new cases as Trump...California governor ties reopenings to health metricsUS breaks daily record with 77,255 new cases as Trump approval rating dropsEsper effectively bans display of Confederate flags at military basesTeachers’ chief denounces Trump plan to reopen schoolsMillions fret as Republicans threaten to halt $600 weekly lifesaverSign up to our First Thing newsletter 9.35pm BST More from the Guardian’s Mario Koran on California’s approach to reopening schools:New guidance handed down by California creates for the first time a statewide approach to reopening schools as cases across the state continue to surge.Until now, counties have been allowed a wider degree of discretion in how to move forward, which has created an uneven patchwork of plans.That was seen this week when the state’s two largest school districts in Los Angeles and San Diego announced they’d open the school year with online classes only. Meanwhile, education officials in Orange county, between the two, recommended that students return to school with in-person instruction, without the use of masks.The recommendations endorsed by the Orange County officials made the case that masks can lead to anxiety, depression and even learning disabilities — a claim, one doctor told me, that was not backed by any evidence that he was aware of.An educational consultant told EdSource that governor Gavin Newsom made the decision to support school staff and insulate district officials from angry parents who want schools to reopen for in-person classes. Newsom’s move effectively takes that decision out of the hands of county school officials. Related: Los Angeles and San Diego schools to remain online-only in autumn 9.17pm BST Fox News Sunday has released a teaser of Chris Wallace’s interview with Trump, and it features the president arguing with the news anchor about an easily verifiable fact.Wallace noted the recent increase in shootings in many cities, and he asked Trump why he thinks such violence is on the rise now.NEW: Chris and President Trump sit down to discuss the recent spike in violence in major cities across the country. Tune in Sunday to catch the full interview. #FoxNewsSunday pic.twitter.com/r7hwgyVhKM Continue reading...
Restrictions imposed on Indian city of Bangalore and state of Bihar; Venezuela’s capital Caracas to go...Restrictions imposed on Indian city of Bangalore and state of Bihar; Venezuela’s capital Caracas to go into a strict lockdown on Wednesday; Face masks mandatory in France; Follow the latest updates133m re-enter lockdown in India as cases top 900,000Cities worldwide reimpose lockdowns as Covid-19 cases surgeFrance: baby boy infected with coronavirus in wombDoes coronavirus spread in the air and how do we stay safe? 3.24am BST A Guardian Australia analysis of Victorian coronavirus cases shows that infections have been increasing in areas outside the locked-down postcodes, and that all significant growth areas are now contained within the wider Melbourne lockdown.Using data aggregated daily from the dashboard of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) here, we calculated the number of new cases a day for every local government area in Victoria. Related: Victoria and Melbourne coronavirus map: where Covid-19 cases are rising or falling 3.11am BST Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the response to a second wave of Covid-19 infections cannot be shutting the country down to try to eliminate the virus, and he’s moved to reassure people his government will not be withdrawing income support “for those in need”.Morrison said lockdowns were necessary in Victoria given the significant spike in infections in the state, but “your protection against the virus is not shutting things down all the time”. Related: Scott Morrison says we can't shut down Australia to contain second wave of Covid-19 Continue reading...