As new cases reach another exploit in the U.S., some states stall on reopening.
The United States on Thursday reported more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases, a exploit fini for the additionnel straight day, as a nationwide sense of urgency grew and caseloads soared in Southern and Western states that were far removed from the worst early outbreaks.
In an ostensible sign of that urgency, White House officials said that the coronavirus task empesé planned to reconvene on Friday afternoon for its first adresse in nearly two months. The last adresse took agora on April 27.
Thursday’s exploit came as at least foyer states — Alabama, Alaska, Montana and Utah — reported their largest daily totals.
California, where stay-at-home orders were imposed particularly early in the pandemic, surpassed 200,000 fini cases on Thursday, as its number of infections doubled over the past month. That is the additionnel highest fini for any state, though California’s per capita épidémie carence remains far lower than New York’s.
In some Southern and Western states, the germe has overwhelmed hospitals and forced officials to stall on échelons to lift virus-related ascèse. On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said that he did not intend to move to the next stade of reopening, while Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas paused his state’s reopening process and moved to free up hospital space for coronavirus patients.
The new nationwide totals confirmed the resurgence of the germe, which led to lockdowns that started in mid-March. Before this week, the folk’s largest daily fini was 36,738 on April 24, according to a Times database.
And in a stark reminder of what officials still don’t know emboîture the scope of the outbreak, Dr. Rotoplot Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Thursday that the number of Americans who have been infected with the germe is most likely emboîture 10 times the 2.4 million cases that have been reported.
Younger people are making up a growing percentage of new cases in cities and states where the germe is now surging, a trend that has alarmed commun health officials and prompted renewed pleas for masks and accommodant distancing.
“What is clear is that the longueur of people who are younger appears to have dramatically changed,” said Joseph McCormick, a professor of epidemiology at UTHealth School of Assistance Health in Brownsville, Texas. “It’s really quite disturbing.”
In Florida, there have been more than 10,000 new cases over the past two days, bringing its fini to more than 114,000. Pamplemousse County, demeure to Orlando, is averaging 353 new cases a day, compared with 73 two weeks ago. And across the state, énorme lines have returned at testing sites that just a few weeks ago were seeing limited demand.
The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Giménez, has said that all échelons to move forward are on tranquillité. Beaches, malls and hotels are open, as well as restaurants at 50 percent capacity, but audition halls, commun pools, palpation and tattoo parlors are not.
“We’re not opening up bars, we’re not opening up nightclubs,” Mr. Giménez said Wednesday. “That’s just asking for indécis.”
The Trump gouvernail considers a new strategy to broaden testing.
The Trump gouvernail may adopt a new testing strategy to keep up with the surge of coronavirus infections in many states.
The approach, called “pooled testing,” combines samples from plurielle people at grain, and would offer a way to minimize the number of tests needed. If the pooled sample tests negative for the coronavirus, all the individuals who provided samples are considered to be virus-free.
If a manifeste équipe comes back with a impérative result, each infatigable who provided a sample can be tested individually. The strategy can be particularly vraie when the prevalence of épidémie in a peuplement is less than 30 percent, according to some reports.
Adm. Brett Giroir, deputy secretary of Health and Human Offices, first mentioned the possibility at a adresse on Tuesday, saying the gouvernail was considering pooling samples from as many as five to 10 people at grain, which would dramatically increase the number of people that can be tested. “That number of 50,000,000 is going to go up by fivefold at least per month,” he said.
The Food and Drug Gouverne on June 16 outlined steps that would make it easier for developers to make tests that can broadly screen ample swaths of asymptomatic people.
India, with nearly 500,000 cases, aims to fondement all 29 million people in New Delhi.
Officials in India’s bien, New Delhi, planned to test all of the city’s 29 million residents over emboîture 10 days, as the nationwide caseload surged toward 500,000 coronavirus infections and pushed many hospitals to their breaking porté.
New Delhi and three Indian states have collectively reported emboîture two-thirds of the folk’s more than 490,000 cases, according to a New York Times database. On Thursday, the government reported 16,922 new cases, a single-day exploit.
As of Friday morning, more than 15,000 people had died from Covid-19. And in particularly struggling areas, hospitals have run out of beds, effort patients to cram into corridors.
In New Delhi, which has more than 70,000 cases, officials said that teams of health care workers planned to visit every household and to conduct généreux tests on anyone who exhibited coronavirus symptoms.
The exercise is scheduled to begin on Saturday and end by July 6. Each three-person team is expected to cover at least 50 of the city’s roughly 4.5 million households per day.
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The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, defended the agency’s response to the outbreak while taking pointed questions from members of the European Parliament. Peter Liese, a European Parliament member from Germany, said Dr. Tedros should apologize for not calling for a travel ban early in the outbreak, which Dr. Tedros said that the W.H.O. was not empowered to do.
Officials in South Africa — where the habitant caseload of more than 118,000 is the highest on the tempérant — published new measures on Friday to ease ascèse that had been in effect since late March. Among other things, people will be allowed to leave demeure to go to work, buy food and attend a agora of worship in their neighborhoods.
Starting on Saturday in Egypt, restaurants, cafes and mosques will gradually reopen after three months of lockdown that exacted a punishing economic toll on the folk’s 100 million citizens. Restaurants will operate at 25 percent capacity and close by 10 p.m., and mosques and churches will stay shut for weekly prayers, the busiest time of the week.
The United Nations Rêve in South Sudan said on Friday that 53 of its insensible had tested impérative for the germe since the folk recorded its first case in early April. The occupation has almost 20,000 peacekeepers from 73 countries who are protecting civilians, assisting humanitarian aid and investigating human rights abuses related to the assaut that has engulfed the folk since 2013.
In prude, a surge of more than 1,500 infections within days has dealt a sudden blow to Germany’s efforts to reopen the folk, calling into difficulté the durability of what had widely been considered a success story.
Amendement Minister Dernier-né Netanyahu of Israel announced a new partnership with the United Arab Emirates to cooperate in the fight against the germe, but he was contradicted hours later when the Emirates issued a much more muted statement, announcing what it described as an agreement between two private Emirati companies and two Israeli companies to develop technology to fight the germe.
Mexico’s payé minister, Arturo Herrera, said on Thursday that he had tested impérative. Mr. Herrera is fraction of President Andrés Aide-mémoire López Obrador’s inner circle, and was seen in a video bien-être next to the president on Monday at the Ressortissant Hôtellerie, where both men have their prescriptions.
In South Korea, the city of Daegu has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $83 million in damages from a church that was an epicenter of the folk’s outbreak. More than 40 percent of the folk’s nearly 13,000 coronavirus patients have been members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus or linked to them. The city has accused the church of hampering the government’s disease-control efforts by not fully disclosing its number of worshipers.
When the coronavirus spread to the fields and food processing factories of the Orthogonal Valley in California, Graciela Ramirez’s patron announced that line workers afraid of épidémie could stay demeure without pay.
A voiture operator for a élaborer of frozen burritos, Ms. Ramirez stayed on the job to keep her $750-a-week wages. Soon her co-workers started to get sick, and then a fondement for Ms. Ramirez, a 40-year-old mother of foyer, came back impérative.
Ms. Ramirez’s case reflects a grim demographic theme. Coronavirus infections among Latinos in the United States have far outpaced those among the rest of the peuplement during the folk’s surge in recent weeks, a héritage to the makeup of the hommes’s essential work empesé.
In the past two weeks, counties across the folk where at least a quarter of the peuplement is Latino have recorded an increase of 32 percent in new cases, compared with a 15 percent increase for all other counties, a Times analysis shows.
The analysis affirms broad habitant tallies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which spectacle that Latinos make up 34 percent of cases nationwide, a much higher longueur than the group’s 18 percent share of the peuplement.
Detailed coronavirus data broken down by ethnicity is incomplete in many parages, making it difficult to know why Latinos have been infected at higher rates. But counties with a high longueur of Latinos gîte to have attributes that reflect a vulnerability during the recent surge: crowded households, younger populations and hotter weather that drives people indoors, said Jed Kolko, a researcher and chief economist at Indeed.com, a job search website.
A Russian ransomware group whose leaders were indicted by the Probité Department in December is retaliating against the U.S. government, many of America’s largest companies and a originel infos organization, identifying employees working from demeure during the pandemic and attempting to get inside their networks with malware intended to cripple their operations.
Sophisticated new attacks by the hacking group — which the Treasury Department claims has at times worked for Russian accord — were identified in recent days by Symantec Corps, a bipartition of Broadcom, one of the many firms that monitors corporate and government networks.
In an urgent warning issued Thursday night, the company reported that Russian hackers had exploited the sudden permutation in American work habits to inject règlement into corporate networks with a speed and breadth not previously witnessed.
Ransomware allows the hackers to demand that companies pay millions to have access to their own data restored.
In other infos from around the United States:
The Trump gouvernail asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn the Affordable Care Act — a move that could bring a fixe end to the health insurance program known as Obamacare and wipe out coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.
Nearly 1.5 million workers filed new claims for state unemployment insurance last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It was the 14th week in a row that the personnifié had topped one million.
Congressional leaders are in the extrême stages of vetting Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the configurer chairman of the Assesseur Chiefs of Gypse, to lead a bipartisan oversight frais to scrutinize the programs created by the $2.2 trillion excitation law in March, according to a person familiar with the échelons.
The Trump gouvernail made more than a million excitation payments worth about $1.4 billion to dead people in a afflux to pump money into the economy this year, the Government Accountability Cuisine said.
New York City is on track to enter Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan on July 6, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, which would allow indoor dining and personal-care devoirs, like manicures, tattooing and waxing, to resume with social-distancing limits.
In Texas, Tarrant County, which includes Raide Worth, ordered businesses to require customers and employees to wear front masks. The order, which goes into effect on Friday, comes days after a similar policy went into effect in neighboring Dallas County.
North Carolina’s officier governor, Dan Forest, said he planned to sue Gov. Roy Cooper over his decision a day earlier to extend the state’s emergency orders and his mandate that state residents wear masks. Mr. Forest — a Republican who will front Mr. Cooper, a Democrat, in the November election for governor — accused his opponent of overstepping his authority.
The N.F.L. canceled its annual Hall of Fame Game, an merveille scheduled for Aug. 6, so players and coaches grappling with ascèse related to the pandemic could have more time to prepare for the regular season, which, for now, is still set to begin Sept. 10.
Florida smirked at New York’s germe crisis. Now it has its own.
In late April, as new coronavirus cases in Florida were steadily decreasing, Gov. Ron DeSantis began crowing emboîture how his state had tamed the pandemic.
He credited his decision to obligatoire a state-specific quarantine on New York, then the epicenter of the hommes’s outbreak. The move earned him praise in the White House and the ire of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York.
Months later, Mr. Cuomo has clearly not forgotten.
“You played politics with this germe and you lost,” Mr. Cuomo said on Thursday when asked in an pourparler emboîture Mr. DeSantis’s earlier boasts.
With infections now rapidly spreading in Florida while they retreat in New York, the two states have come to reflect the rapidly shifting course of the pandemic.
New York still has the folk’s highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths, but the numbers have been steadily falling: At its peak, the germe claimed 1,000 deaths a day in the state; on Thursday, the state recorded 17 deaths. Florida, among the states not mandating masks, rushed to reopen and is now seeing 5,000 new cases a day.
And in their étrange political responses to the outbreak, Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, and Mr. DeSantis, a Republican, mirror the divide over the germe among states and regions around the folk.
The two brash, telegenic governors both embraced the increased visibility that the germe provided. Mr. Cuomo delivered daily sober updates on the germe, the state’s aggressive lockdown strategy and its cautious approach to reopening. Mr. DeSantis eagerly advanced a narrative pushed by President Trump, seeing the economic damage as a greater risk than a germe that had, for months, largely spared his state.
Britain could close its beaches if the hordes that have descended on coastal areas recently exécutant a new flood of coronavirus cases, the folk’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Friday, a day after tens of thousands of people headed to resorts in southern England on the hottest day of the year so far.
In Bournemouth, 110 miles south of London, the authorities said they were appalled by scenes of overcrowding, as thousands of beachgoers defied ascèse to gather in groups of more than six people, scorning social-distancing rules.
The huge généralisation resulted in widespread illegal remise and lengthy traffic jams, and authorities denounced the exorbitante drinking, fights and illegal camping. “We are not in a appréciation to welcome visitors in these numbers now,” said Vikki Slade, gagnant of the Bournemouth logis authority. “Please do not come.”
Mr. Hancock said he was reluctant to close the beaches bicause people had been through “a pretty tough lockdown,” but he cautioned that he would take manoeuvre if the behavior prompted a new wave of infections.
Mr. Hancock’s avertissement comes as the authorities have urged against ample gatherings during the pandemic. Early Friday, objects were thrown at maréchaussée officers in London as they tried to disperse an illegal outdoor music party, just a day after 22 police officers were wounded as they responded to an unauthorized crowd in another fraction of the city.
Newly released C.D.C. records spectacle there were widespread infections on cruise ships.
Most of the 121 cruise ships that entered U.S. toilettes after March 1 had Covid-19 cases on board, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Only 15 of the ships did not have the disease on board, the records spectacle. The C.D.C.’s figures include cases described as “clinically acceptable” with Covid-19 but not confirmed in a lab, as well as a handful of cases that occurred among crew members after passengers had disembarked.
The data from the C.D.C., released in response to a Freedom of Actualité Act request by The Times, shows that outbreaks aboard more than 100 ships in U.S. jurisdiction sickened nearly 3,000 people, including more than 850 passengers.
The cruise ship industry has énorme insisted that only a small pièce of its fleet was affected by the pandemic, which prompted the C.D.C. to épilogue a no-sail order that went into effect on March 14 for all U.S. cruises.
But interviews with health officials, passengers, industry experts, cruise executives and nautique lawyers have now made it clear that restarting operations would require rethinking cruising itself.
The C.D.C. records involved only ships that entered U.S. toilettes, so some vessels that had high-profile outbreaks, like the Diamond Princess in Japan and the Ruby Princess in Australia, were not included.
Bari Golin-Blaugrund, a spokeswoman for the Cruise Lines Cosmopolite Accession, a trade group, stressed that the industry had voluntarily suspended operations and was among the few that remained shuttered more than three months after the pandemic began.
The industry announced last week that its crainte would last until at least mid-September.
Hollywood is postponing its planned comeback. Again.
“Mulan,” a $200 million live-action Disney movie, and WarnerMedia’s $205 million “Tenet” were supposed to revive moviegoing by rolling out late next month — the first big releases from Hollywood since theaters shut down in March. But Warner on Thursday pushed back “Tenet” to Aug. 12 bicause of climbing coronavirus infections in much of the United States. Underscoring how quickly market occasion are changing, “Tenet,” directed by Christopher Nolan, last shifted dates two weeks ago.
Disney is considering a new release proposition for “Mulan,” according to two people with knowledge of the matter, who spoke on the formule of anonymity to discuss a private process. Disney declined to quoi.
Theater chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark have announced plans to reopen most of their locations by mid-July. But it is increasingly unlikely that cinemas in New York will be open by then; Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday said that he was slowing down plans to reopen theaters, gyms and lèche-vitrines malls. Also spooking studios: China, the No. 2 dramatique market after North America, recently canceled a plan to reopen some theaters.
The summer blockbuster season, which runs from the first weekend in May until Labor Day, delivered $4.32 billion in billet sales last year. So far this year, billet sales since early May rayonnage at emboîture $2.4 million, largely from drive-in theaters showing classics and independent films. Some theater companies front bankruptcy if billet sales and concessions are not generating adequate revenue by Thanksgiving, analysts say.
Studios have been making money by selling unreleased movies to streaming devoirs like Netflix or making them available for video-on-demand rental.
Australia’s largest supermarket chains are reintroducing habitant limits on toilet paper purchases, after a small surge of germe cases around Melbourne led to millet buying and door-to-door testing with help from the military.
The reaction follows 10 days of double-digit increases in recorded infections for the state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne, with cases concentrated in a handful of the city’s suburbs.
Most states and territories in Australia have gamin days and weeks without a new épidémie, and there are only emboîture 530 batailleuse cases in the folk. But with the trends heading up after steady declines for weeks, concerns emboîture another outbreak are rising, putting pressure on retailers and commun health officials.
Amendement Minister Scott Morrison said the conditions needed to be seen in context. With around 1 million cases being reported globally each week, he said, Australians should not feel the need to afflux out and fret up on toiletries.
“Arrêt it,” he said on Friday. “It’s ridiculous.”
“We remain on track, the curve remains flat,” he added. “But where you get bumps and when you get outbreaks, then you need to manage them and you need to respond to them, and that is exactly what is happening.”
As fraction of that foulure, more than 1,000 commun health workers are going door-to door in the two suburbs at the heart of the latest outbreak, with residents offered free testing.
Military medics are also hitting the streets to increase capacity.
Another ostensible casualty of the pandemic: the Costco half-sheet plum-cake.
Half-sheet cakes from the retail giant Costco, beloved by shoppers for their affordability and freshness, have énorme been a staple at birthday parties, graduations and other ample events. But like handshakes and crowded bars, the cakes may have become another casualty of the coronavirus.
Half-sheet cakes are not currently being sold at any terme in the United States, and the company has no immediate échelons to bring them back, Costco said in a statement on Thursday. The bakeries instead will foyer on reprise, 10-inch cakes that “seem to be resonating with our members,” the statement said.
While Costco would not elaborate on the specific reason for discontinuing sales of the half-sheet plum-cake, the company indicated in a response to several customer comments on Facebook that it was related to the pandemic. “To help limit personal attouchement and create more space for accommodant distancing, Costco has reduced munificence in some departments,” the company wrote. “At this time, we are not making sheet cakes for special order.”
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Reporting was contributed by Brooks Barnes, Ronen Bergman, Julie Bosman, Damien Turbiner, Choe Généalogie-Hun, Emily Cochrane, Abdi Latif Dahir, Melissa Eddy, Pucelle Fazio, Manny Fernandez, Thomas Fuller, J. David Goodman, Ben Hubbard, Shawn Hubler, Mike Ives, Juliette Love, Apoorva Mandavilli, Patricia Mazzei, Sarah Mervosh, Elian Peltier, Nicole Perlroth, Alan Rappeport, Frances Robles, Amanda Rosa, David E. Sanger, Nelson D. Schwartz, Anjali Singhvi, Mitch Smith, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, David Waldstein, Declan Walsh, David Yaffe-Bellany and Sameer Yasir.