California Governor Newsom shuts churches, businesses as Covid-19 cases surge
SACRAMENTO (REUTERS) - California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a massive retrenchment of the state's reopening on Monday (July 13), shutting bars and banning indoor restaurant dining statewide and closing churches, gyms and hair salons in hardest-hit counties.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
California Governor Gavin Newsom shut bars and banned indoor restaurant dining statewide, while closing churches, gyms and hair salons in the hardest-hit counties.Newsom acted as Covid-19 cases strained hospitals in several rural counties and as infections mounted in Los Angeles and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Los Angeles is the second-largest school district in the United States and with San Diego has a combined 706,000 students and 88,000 employees.US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election in November, has demanded schools reopen nationwide for in-person learning in the autumn. His campaign views reopening schools as necessary for economic recovery, especially for working parents with young children.
Trump trails his presumptive Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, in opinion polls both nationwide and in swing states that decide elections.Florida along with Arizona, California and Texas have emerged as the new US epicentres of the pandemic. Infections have risen rapidly in about 40 of the 50 states over the last two weeks, according to a Reuters analysis. headtopics.com
Despite nearly 28,000 new Covid-19 cases in the last two days, Florida has announced no new measures such as a statewide mask mandate, and Disney World in Orlando remains open for business.‘PEOPLE AREN’T LISTENING’ Linda Stuart, 70, a lifelong resident of Orlando, Florida, said she and her family were staying at home except to go to the grocery and were “painfully aware” how quickly cases are rising.
“But sadly, too many people aren’t listening,” she said.“This should be terrifying them, but it isn’t. Not enough people are even wearing masks.”The rise in Florida cases emerged hours after Trump took swipes at health experts in his government leading the US response to the pandemic and his relationship further frayed with infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci.
LIVE: California Governor Gavin Newsom gives a COVID-19 update as cases continue to rise On Sunday, Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours. If Florida were a country, that would rank it fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day, behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis.
Florida’s Disney World welcomed the public on Saturday for the first time since March with guests required to wear masks, undergo temperature checks and keep physically apart.Walt Disney Co faces a starkly different response in Hong Kong where the government has ordered the Disneyland theme park to close due to rising coronavirus cases. headtopics.com
Hong Kong recorded 52 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing total cases to 1,522. In Florida’s Orange County, home to Disney World, cases rose by 623 to a total of 18,624, the fifth highest outbreak in the state’s counties.With over 7.5 million residents, Hong Kong has more than five times the population of Orange County.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called the state’s rise in cases “a blip” and told residents not to be alarmed.Florida recorded more than 500 deaths this past week, compared with over 300 the prior week. It is one of about two dozen states where deaths have risen in the last seven days compared with the prior seven days, according to a Reuters analysis.
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised in Florida is quickly rising, with over 500 new patients in the past 24 hours raising to 8,000 the number in hospitals, according to a state agency. Read more: The Straits Times »
Community testing still shows high Covid-19 infection rate, S’pore nowhere near peak of epidemic curve: MOH
SINGAPORE — Covid-19 testing in the community for those who go to clinics with acute respiratory infections or flu-like illnesses continues to detect a high proportion of infections, suggesting that Singapore is “not anywhere near the peak of the epidemic curve yet, nor are the community cases yet on the wane”.
At least 18 sailors injured after major fire breaks out on US navy ship in CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AFP) - An explosion on a United States amphibious assault ship moored at a naval base in California set off a major fire and injured 11 sailors on Sunday (July 12), officials and local media said.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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US posts new daily virus case record of 66,528: Johns Hopkins UniversityWASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus, on Saturday (July 11) posted 66,528 new cases, a record for a 24-hour period, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Defying US, China and Iran near trade and military partnershipTEHERAN/BEIJING (NYTIMES) - Iran and China have quietly drafted a sweeping economic and security partnership that would clear the way for billions of dollars of Chinese investments in energy and other sectors, undercutting the Trump administration's efforts to isolate the Iranian government because of its nuclear and military ambitions.. Read more at straitstimes.com.