Without masks and a vaccine, we could achieve herd immunity from COVID-1

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More than a dozen states have set records for the number of new COVID-19 cases per week, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data shows.

By late Sunday, 13 states – Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – had broken their own records for new cases in seven days.

Meanwhile, in New York City, a protest leader deciphering new restrictions imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo was arrested on Sunday in connection with an attack on a journalist who covered the demonstration last week.

Heshy Tischler, a city council candidate and activist in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park, is accused of inciting riot and illegal detention.

New York is working to fend off new COVID-19 hotspots that have appeared in clusters in and around New York City in the past few weeks, many in Orthodox communities. The new restrictions include restrictions on religious assemblies, and some have accused Cuomo of using his new order unfairly against Orthodox Jews.

“I understand the desire to have large religious ceremonies. I understand that. I understand how important it is to their culture and religion. I also understand that it actually endangers human life,” Cuomo told reporters. “We know what is happening. People get the virus, people get sick, people go to the hospital, people die. That’s the way.”

Cuomo said Sunday that the clusters account for less than 3% of the state’s population, but account for nearly 18% of all new COVID-19 cases in the past week.


Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the United States has recorded more than 7.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 213,000 deaths.


Some important developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: The US has reported more than 7.7 million cases and 214,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. There have been more than 37.6 million confirmed cases and more than 1 million deaths worldwide.

🗺️ Mapping of the coronavirus:Track the US outbreak from state to state.

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Biden tests negative for COVID-19 again

Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden again tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday. Biden has been routinely tested since he shared the debate stage with President Donald Trump last month. Trump was hospitalized for treatment for COVID-19 a few days after the event.

On Sunday, Trump claimed he was out of COVID-19, despite the White House refusing to say if he tested negative for the disease. Trump’s doctor said in a memo on Saturday that he “is no longer viewed as a transmission risk to others.”

Americans plan to stock up on groceries this fall fearing COVID-19 could increase

Just over half of Americans in a survey by the Sports and Leisure Research Group say they already have groceries and other essentials in store or are planning on stocking them for the fall. The main reason: fears of a resurgent pandemic that could lead to disruptions such as new company restrictions.

“We still see that the majority of Americans are concerned that COVID will continue to spike, and heads are starting to rise in a number of states,” said Jon Last, president of the Sports and Recreation Research Group.

Of those who store supplies, the majority are concerned about an increase in infection rates, but a smaller segment of people say they are concerned about the unrest surrounding next month’s election. Buyers are unlikely to notice the kind of shortages in March and April, when the states placed home orders and cleared grocery shelves of essentials like toilet paper and flour.

Boris Johnson from Great Britain presents a three-stage lockdown plan

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his plan to curb the coronavirus resurgence through a three-step approach to lockdown and extend shutdowns to areas hardest hit by the virus.

Johnson said the plan would “simplify and standardize” the UK rules on virus restrictions that had been localized. The new categories – medium, high or very high risk – allow different degrees of closures, limits or curfews in public gatherings, bars, restaurants, gyms, casinos and other high risk environments.

The city of Liverpool met the requirements to be classified as “very high risk” which means that all pubs, gyms, leisure centers, betting shops and casinos must close on Wednesday.

The judge denies the GOP’s efforts to end the Wisconsin mask mandate

A judge in Wisconsin has blocked efforts by Republicans to end Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate at a time when coronavirus cases are on the rise.

St. Croix County’s Judge R. Michael Waterman on Monday denied the efforts backed by Republican lawmakers and ruled the governor has the power to enact multiple health emergencies related to the same pandemic.

Currently, the judgment awards Evers a victory that has been questioned by Republicans for its ability to issue new health orders without legislative input.

Republican lawmakers say Evers must use a process known as rulemaking to enforce such health safety guidelines after a Supreme Court ruling filed in May in a lawsuit by GOP lawmakers over Evers’ stay home order has been.

Lawmakers filed a pleading in support of the lawsuit, which seeks to block Evers’ health emergency ordinance and nationwide mask mandate rather than a vote to achieve the same goal. GOP lawmakers have stated that they are pursuing the matter in court as a vote would mean the order is legal. The plaintiffs’ attorneys said they would appeal the decision.

– Molly Beck and Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Study: 75,000 Americans died from a pandemic as reported in the spring and summer

The coronavirus pandemic may have caused nearly 75,000 more deaths than previously thought in the spring and summer. That was the finding of a new study published Monday by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.

When examining death certificates, the study in the journal JAMA found that more than 150,000 deaths were officially attributed to COVID-19 from March to July. However, the researchers found that nearly 75,000 additional deaths were caused indirectly by the pandemic – bringing the total death toll in those four months to more than 225,000.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the US is just under 215,000.

“There have been some conspiracy theories that the death toll from COVID-19 was exaggerated,” said Dr. Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center for Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “The opposite is the case. We are actually experiencing more death than we thought. “

– Adrianna Rodriguez

Business negotiations “in a dead end”

House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats that “we will remain in an impasse on economic negotiations” until both sides have worked out, among other things, the total amount of funds to fight the pandemic and a COVID-19 test plan.

Pelosi turned down the White House’s latest $ 1.8 trillion stimulus offer and called the proposal “one step forward, two steps back” in their negotiations.

Trump said on Fox News Sunday that “Republicans want to do it,” citing Pelosi as an obstacle. National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union that if a deal were signed, Republicans would “go along” even though Senate Republicans are unwilling to overpay on an aid deal .

Kudlow also said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin could “move up” the government’s position from its current $ 1.8 trillion offer, although the higher the price, the fewer Senate Republicans are likely to accept a deal.

– Nicholas Wu

According to new cases, China is said to test the entire city of 9 million people

After nine cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Qingdao, China, all 9 million people in the city will be tested, state health officials said on Monday.

Eight patients at Qingdao City Breast Hospital and a family member tested positive, which raised the new concern. The National Health Commission said the citywide tests would take place over five days.

Before the nine new cases, China had not reported any new virus cases in two months. However, the country has a practice of not reporting asymptomatic cases.

Fauci says the Trump campaign ad “took him out of context” and insists he didn’t endorse anyone

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, released a statement Sunday denying its use in a new ad from President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to announce the White House’s handling of the pandemic.

The 30-second commercial is set to show how Trump, who caught COVID-19 this month, and the US economy are recovering from the contagion. “I can not imagine that anyone could do more,” says Fauci in the ad.

But Fauci reprimanded the use of the snippet, which made it appear like he was supporting Trump’s efforts. He said that in his “nearly five decades of public service” he had never publicly endorsed a candidate.

“The comments attributed to me on the GOP campaign ad without my permission have been taken out of the context of a sweeping statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal health officials,” Fauci told CNN on Sunday in a statement .

– Phillip M. Bailey

Featuring: Michael Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

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