The The American death toll has risen to a few hundred from 200,000 On Monday, California became the fourth state to record 15,000 deaths, joining New York, New Jersey and Texas.
The pandemic has also strained California’s unemployment services, and state officials announced over the weekend that they would not accept new applications for two weeks in an effort to clear nearly 600,000 claims that had not been processed for more than 21 days.
On the other coast, Maryland restaurants will be allowed to increase their indoor dining capacity from 50% to 75% starting at 5 p.m. Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its coronavirus guidelines, once again, on how COVID-19 spreads. The updated guidance says: “COVID-19 is likely to be spread through the airborne droplets and particles that form when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, speaks, or breathes.”
Some important developments:
- California surpasses 15,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths.
- The US isn’t the only country where COVID-19 restrictions have caused unrest: Police in London clashed with protesters on Saturday in a rally against the coronavirus restrictions.
- The eighth death has been linked to the coronavirus outbreak caused by a wedding and reception party in the northern part of Maine.
Today’s numbers: The United States has reported more than 6.8 million cases and 199,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data as of late Sunday shows that new case records have been set for seven days in Montana, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Record numbers of deaths have been reported in Virginia and West Virginia. Globally, there have been over 31 million cases and over 961,000 deaths.
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Some students in the country’s largest school district returned to the classroom Monday New York City schools opened their doors and began a twice-delayed reopening plan.
New York is one of the only major school districts in the United States to try to bring students back into the classroom in some capacity this year. Special education and kindergarten students were the first to return on Monday, while elementary, middle and high school students are scheduled to return next week. The city intends that students will spend part of their time in personal classes and part of their time learning roughly this school year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio postponed a plan to reopen his school for the second time last week as the effort drew criticism from some parents and teachers who feared a lack of safety and staff.
New Zealand lifts most of its lockdown restrictions
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that New Zealand will lift the remaining lockdown restrictions across the country, with the exception of Auckland.
New Zealand, which had heralded its response to the epidemic, re-imposed lockdown measures last month after a new outbreak of the Corona virus in Auckland. The outbreak now appears to be under control, and health authorities reported no new cases on Monday.
Ardern said Auckland will ease some of its restrictions, with the maximum of 10 people on gatherings increasing to 100 on Wednesday, then canceling within two weeks. “While we have reasonable confidence that we are on the right track, there is still a need in Auckland for this cautious approach,” she said.
The UK’s chief medical officer said Monday that the country has crossed the corner “very badly” and is now heading in the “wrong direction” with COVID-19 rates.
Medical director Chris Whitty The country faces soaring infection rates, with numbers indicating that there will be explosive growth in the disease unless action is taken. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be considering a blanket two-week lockdown to stem the outbreak.
Nearly 400,000 people in the UK have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 41,000 have died.
A new treatment program originally intended for elderly patients Showed promising results for so-called “long-term” COVID-19 The patients. Dr. Noah Greenspan, a heart and lung physiotherapist and founder of the Pulmonary Wellness Foundation in New York City, said about 750 patients have enrolled in his COVID-19 training program and many of them are reporting progress. Boot camp patients are required to walk for four minutes, in two periods of two minutes, increasing by one minute each day. The program also includes breathing exercises and weight lifting exercises, which can be as simple as lifting a person’s arm over their head for a minute.
“Little by little, it’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle and disarming a bomb at the same time,” Greenspan said.
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian “Healthy Sail Panel” submitted a 65-page report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the agency’s request for public comment. The CDC’s current “no-sail” order is set to expire at the end of the month, although the Industrial Trade Group issued an optional suspension until October 31. The team report contains 74 recommendations To prevent the entry of COVID-19 and mitigate its spread on cruise ships, including testing, face coverings and temperature checks, among others. Recommendations are also posted on each cruise company’s website.
“This is a very comprehensive approach with multiple layers of trying to ensure safety on board the ship,” Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner who co-chaired the committee, told USA TODAY.
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The CDC has updated its guidance regarding how COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, can spread, now indicating that the virus may spread through airborne droplets and particles that spread with coughing, sneezing, singing, speaking, or even just Breathing. The updated guidance says, “There is increasing evidence that airborne droplets and particles can remain suspended in the air and can be breathed in by others and traveled distances exceeding 6 feet.”
CNN reported that the guidance was updated Friday, the same day the agency reversed its course on controversial testing guidelines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “indoor environments without good ventilation” increase the risk of infection by suspended droplets and airborne particles.
Long been E! Host Juliana Ransik and special reporter Vivica A. Fox missed coverage of the Emmys’ virtual red carpet show on Sunday after both tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They were replaced on the show by Brad Goreski and Nina Parker. Veteran E! Host Rancic, 46, released a video message for “Live From the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards,” saying her entire family had tested positive for the virus during the show’s initial testing. She said she, her husband Bill, 49, and her 8-year-old son Duke are recovering at home.
“I’m not underestimating the loss of the awards show, but unfortunately this year is completely different,” Rancic said.
Fox, 56, also announced her absence through a statement read by Goreski: “During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we follow all safety and health rules and guidelines to protect ourselves and each other,” the statement said.
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With the death toll in California topping 15,000 on Sunday, officials said they will not accept jobless claims for the next two weeks to reduce the backlog. The state said in a press release that nearly 600,000 California residents are part of their backlog of unemployment claims that have not been processed by the state’s Employment Development Department for more than 21 days. There are also 1 million cases in which residents received payments but were awaiting resolution of their revised claims.
The Department of Employment Development has been hampered throughout the pandemic due to outdated technology at a time when California is experiencing an unprecedented wave of unemployment claims. While the department estimates that about 2.1 million residents were unemployed statewide last month, California’s unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August, down from 13.5% in July.
White House Coronavirus Task Force member Admiral Brett Gerwier said Sunday that even a few million doses of the vaccine would be enough for the United States to obtain “80% to 90% of the benefit” of mass vaccines. Girwer said, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, that a few million doses may be available in late November or December. Gerwier said vaccinating nursing home workers, teachers, people with pre-existing conditions, and the people around them will be crucial to stem the tide of COVID-19.
Gerwier said: “The vaccine as soon as possible, even if with a few million doses, will be a godsend in terms of results, disease cases and deaths.”
Contribution: The Associated Press