Coronavirus update: Florida surpassed 10,000 deaths; Pope warns against rich people to vaccinate first; 22 million top cases in the world
Florida, one of the states most affected by coronavirus, has just recorded the 10,000th death from COVID-19.
It came after the state recorded 174 new deaths on Wednesday, for that total being the fifth highest among states nationwide. It has recorded more than 584,000 COVID-19 cases to date.
Meanwhile, the virus continues to wreak havoc on the universities’ efforts to reopen classrooms.
A day after North Carolina University officials in Chapel Hill decided to switch to online classes following at least four outbreaks in student living spaces, North Carolina State University reported the case cluster. The first positive is indoors on off campus. Also on Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame said it had switched to online classes for two weeks in the hope that infection would not increase.
It’s not just the universities that feel the impact. A new survey found that parents with children switching to online learning said they were in debt by paying all home schooling costs, including breakfast and lunch, in time. time of a pandemic.
Some notable developments:
Pope Francis on Wednesday warned against the priority of future coronavirus vaccines based on wealth: “How sad it would be if the COVID-19 vaccine priority was given to the richest. , ”He said.
South Dakota health officials said a person tested positive for coronavirus after spending several hours at a bar in Sturgis during an annual motorcycle rally that attracts more than 460,000 vehicles.
The US stock market closed at an all-time high on Tuesday, experiencing a staggering change from the darkest early days of the coronavirus pandemic. How does this happen while the US economy is in one of the strongest recessions since the Great Depression? Here’s what the experts say.
The head of the US Postal Service said he would suspend operational changes at the agency until after the November election after lawmakers expressed fears the changes would hinder collection. Collect ballots by mail.
Today’s figure: The United States has 5.4 million confirmed infections and more than 171,000 deaths. Worldwide, there have been more than 781,000 deaths and 22.1 million cases of illness, according to John Hopkins University.
What we are reading: Wearing masks in public toilets is a must during a pandemic, researchers say, as there is growing evidence that flushing toilets – and now the urinal – can release coronaviruses that can be inhaled into the air.
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Report: Local Chinese officials withheld early virus data from Beijing
Chinese government officials were involved in a coronavirus cover-up, but not at the national level, said a US intelligence report obtained by the New York Times.
Officials in the Wuhan and Hubei provinces in central China, where the virus first appeared, tried to prevent China’s central leader in Beijing from learning key information about the outbreak. soon, concluding reports by a number of US intelligence agencies, including the CIA. Local officials fear retaliation from the central government.
The report, prepared in June with a combination of classified and unsorted data, supports the overall view that Communist Party officials have concealed vital information from the Health Organization. World even as they seek to get details about the outbreak from stubborn local officials.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused China of cover-up, suggesting that the virus could be stopped much faster if it appeared more.
Florida recorded a grim milestone, with more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths
The coronavirus deaths in Florida have surpassed 10,000, while teachers and state officials argue in court over whether live schools should reopen this month.
Florida reported 174 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to at least 10,067 – the fifth highest death toll in the nation. The state reported an additional 4,115 confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 584,047. The coronavirus test positive rate in Florida averaged around 11.4% in the past week.
There were 5,351 patients being treated for the disease at Florida hospitals on Wednesday, down from a peak of over 9,500 at the end of July.
Film festivals become virtual making movies more accessible than ever
Dreaming of actually winning tickets to the screenings at a major film festival? Due to the coronavirus epidemic, you can watch movies from your living room.
Film festivals are where critics and insiders get an early glimpse of movies slated to hit theaters or who hope to get the groundbreaking attention that will get them there. Because of the virus, the festivities have become virtual – broadcast live to the living rooms.
The New York Film Festival will kick off on September 25 with an opening night featuring Steve McQueen’s “Lovers Rock” and will screen two other Black filmmaker productions, “Mangrove” and “Red. , White and Blue ”, part of the same anthology. Also included are: Chloe Zhao’s highly anticipated “Nomadland” with Frances McDormand, Sam Pollard’s documentary “MLK / FBI” and documentary “Time,” about a woman trying to help her husband escape. from a 60-year prison sentence.
Jeff Friday, founder of the American Black Film Festival, which runs through August 30, has seen the positives of the move to virtual films. Normally, 10,000 film fans attend his annual June event in Miami; this year, he predicts 200,000 people are interested in streaming more than 90 Black cinema commemorative films, as well as board discussions with Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins, director “Candyman” Nia DaCosta, Mary J. Blige, Lena Waithe and Gabrielle Union
LGBTQ bars turn to crowdfunding to try to save their businesses
Bars that cater to the members of the LGBTQ community are not just bars: they are also community hubs and safe spaces for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and homosexuals. So when they had to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March, those spaces were lost. To counteract, some have been campaigning crowdfunding to stay active until they become active again.
The owner of Harlem’s Alibi Lounge, one of the only black-owned LGBTQ bars in New York City, announced a campaign in May that raised more than $ 166,000 and the number is now keep increasing.
Julius’ Bar – part of the National Historic Site Registry, the oldest gay bar in New York City and one of the oldest continuously active bars in the city – has raised more than $ 97,000 through the GoFundMe campaign since the beginning of July. neighbor Stonewall Inn has raised more than $ 320,000 on the platform.
“Suddenly, when a pandemic like COVID-19 tells you that you have to stay on quarantine, you have to stay home and if you go to bars or restaurants, you could be at a higher risk of being exposed to micro- Withdrawal, it makes people not even think twice, “said Alexi Minko, owner of Alibi Lounge. They decided, “Well, in that case, I wouldn’t go to a bar, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant until I know it’s safer.”
Many workers are not allowed to recall their jobs
Many of the missing workers were not immediately recalled to duty, a new study found. In an analysis of his small business clients, salary service Gusto found that only 37% of new workers working in March and 47% of those who worked part-time in April filmed. return to their job in July. Furthermore, of those who were able to return to work in March, nearly 25% received a salary reduction.
Underemployed workers are counted unemployed when determining unemployment, meaning that the fate of those still in limbo could cause unemployment rates to rise or fall in the coming months.
Since April, the unemployment rate has been slowly decreasing, but if a large number of workers are likely to return to their employers, we may see those numbers fall even further. That would be good news for an economy stuck in a recession. On the other hand, a large number of rude workers could also be permanently laid off in the coming months.
HHS: Pharmacists in 50 states can now vaccinate young children
Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to vaccinate children under a new directive to prevent future measles outbreaks and other preventable diseases.
Alex Azar, the head of the US Department of Health and Human Services, took the step using the emergency powers he had during the coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a public health emergency. copper. The directive released Wednesday will temporarily impose restrictions in 22 states starting this fall.
The move is designed to help prevent reduced vaccination rates during a pandemic, Azar said.