AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has reported its largest each day improve within the variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances — eight,258. Hospitalizations additionally proceed to climb.
A lot of Texas started mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Gov. Greg Abbott. The masks order carries a $250 advantageous. The order is probably the most dramatic about-face that Abbott has made as he retreats from what stood out as considered one of America’s swiftest reopenings.
Texas well being officers on Saturday stated the state’s complete variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances is now at 191,790. State well being officers additionally reported 33 extra deaths linked to COVID-19, the illness attributable to the virus. That brings Texas’ complete to 2,608 deaths. Hospitalizations stood at 7,890 on Saturday, a rise of 238 from Friday.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— Pubs and hair salons are again in Britain and whereas many are welcoming the easing of the lockdown, some nonetheless have considerations in regards to the virus.
— An Independence Day like no different: This yr, July Fourth comes at a time when Individuals are extra divided than ever.
— Whereas many July Fourth celebrations throughout the U.S. are subdued this yr, President Donald Trump has promised a “particular night” in Washington that would carry tens of hundreds to the Nationwide Mall.
— Will the Solar Belt stay gripped by doubt and uncertainty for months or years? A have a look at the financial impression of the pandemic on enterprise house owners, staff, customers and residential patrons.
—With many U.S. nursing properties locked down to stop COVID-19 outbreaks, officers are issuing reminders that these $1,200 stimulus checks belong to residents.
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
BERLIN — The World Well being Group says it’s ending a trial into whether or not anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helps sufferers hospitalized with COVID-19.
WHO stated Saturday it has “accepted the advice” from the committee overseeing the trial to discontinue testing of hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir, a drug mixture used to deal with HIV/AIDS. The medication have been being in contrast with customary take care of hospitalized sufferers.
WHO says a assessment of the interim outcomes confirmed hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir “produce little or no discount within the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers when in comparison with customary of care.”
The company provides that whereas there was no “stable proof” of elevated mortality for hospitalized sufferers given the medication, there have been “some related security alerts within the scientific laboratory findings” of an related trial.
WHO says the choice received’t have an effect on attainable trials on sufferers who aren’t hospitalized, or on these receiving the medication earlier than potential publicity to the coronavirus or shortly afterward.
BERLIN — The World Well being Group says member states reported greater than 212,000 new confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 to the worldwide physique Saturday, the very best single-day improve because the begin of the pandemic.
The Geneva-based WHO stated the very best variety of new infections was reported from the Americas area, which incorporates the USA and Brazil, with nearly 130,000 confirmed circumstances.
WHO’s rely can differ from different world case tallies attributable to official reporting delays.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Every week earlier than the primary of Walt Disney World’s theme parks are set to reopen for the primary time since March, three firefighters for the theme park resort’s non-public authorities have examined constructive for COVID-19, union officers stated Saturday.
As much as 10 different firefighters for the Reedy Creek Enchancment District are in quarantine, stated Tim Stromsnes, an official with the Reedy Creek Hearth Rescue IAFF Native 211.
The 205-member Reedy Creek Hearth Division has below 140 firefighters.
Firefighters are upset since they’re anticipated to make use of up sick or trip days whereas in quarantine, as an alternative of getting paid day off. Additionally they stated Disney’s non-public authorities has performed a poor job of speaking their coronavirus-related insurance policies and informing different firefighters about their sick colleagues.
“They will’t handle COVID within the fireplace division. How is Reedy Creek going to guard guests?” Stromsnes stated.
A spokeswoman for the Reedy Creek Enchancment District didn’t reply to an e-mail inquiry on Saturday.
Two theme parks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, are set to reopen subsequent Saturday for the primary time since coronavirus-related closures in March. The resort’s two different theme parks, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, are opening 4 days later.
LA PAZ, Bolivia — The rising toll of COVID-19 deaths is overwhelming the Bolivian metropolis of Cochabamba, the place determined kin of 1 obvious sufferer of the brand new coronavirus left his coffin on the street for a number of hours on Saturday to protest difficulties in getting him buried.
Neighbor Remberto Arnez stated the 62-year-old man had died on June 28 and his physique had been in his house ever since, “however that’s dangerous due to the attainable contagion.”
After a number of hours, funeral staff confirmed up and took the coffin to a cemetery.
Police Col. Iván Rojas advised a information convention that the town is accumulating “about 17 our bodies a day. That is collapsing the police personnel and funeral staff” within the metropolis of some 630,000 individuals.
The Andean nation has reported greater than 36,800 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths.
NEW YORK — The coronavirus put a damper on this yr’s Fourth of July celebrations in New York, however some issues stayed the identical. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as males’s and girls’s champions at Saturday’s Nathan’s Well-known July Fourth scorching canine consuming contest.
Chestnut downed 75 wieners and buns in 10 minutes and Sudo downed 48 half in a contest that befell at an undisclosed location with no in-person spectators. Each scorching canine totals have been world information. “I’m all the time pushing for a file,” Chestnut stated earlier than the competition aired on a stay sports-starved ESPN.
New Yorkers have been urged to keep away from giant vacation gatherings with a view to stop a surge in coronavirus circumstances like different states are seeing.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated there have been greater than 720 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances reported Friday statewide, and 11 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
PHILADELPHIA — In Philadelphia, mask- and glove-wearing descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence participated in a ceremonial tapping of the famed Liberty Bell on Independence Mall on the Fourth of July.
Initially known as the State Home Bell, it grew to become generally known as the Liberty Bell within the 1830s as an emblem of the abolitionist motion and has been used since as an emblem by different teams advocating for such causes as ladies’s suffrage and civil rights.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Fourth of July vacation weekend started Saturday with some sobering numbers within the Sunshine State: Florida logged a file variety of individuals testing constructive for the coronavirus.
State well being officers reported 11,445 new circumstances, a single-day file because the pandemic started earlier this yr. The newest rely brings the overall variety of circumstances within the state to greater than 190,000. A web site maintained by the Division of Well being reveals a further 245 hospitalizations from the outbreak.
Native officers and well being specialists are anxious that individuals will collect over the vacation weekend and unfold the virus via shut contact. They’ve tried to mitigate unfold by shutting bars statewide. Some regional points of interest, comparable to Zoo Miami and Jungle Island, have closed. Common Studios in Orlando is open.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez closed Miami-Dade County seashores via the weekend. Municipalities elsewhere in South Florida, from Vero Seashore to Broward County, did the identical. Seashores within the Florida Keys are additionally closed. Public seashores alongside Pinellas County’s 35 miles of sand are open.
ROME — For a fifth straight day, the variety of Italy’s each day new coronavirus circumstances elevated.
The Well being Ministry on Saturday stated 235 new circumstances of confirmed coronavirus infections have been registered since yesterday. General, Italy’s identified variety of coronavirus circumstances stands at greater than 241,400, though authorities say many infections of these with gentle or no signs probably went undetected.
Saturday noticed a pointy bounce in day-to-day variety of infections – 27 to 51 — within the northern Emilia-Romagna area, whose seashore cities are attracting vacationers.
The Lazio area, which incorporates Rome, additionally registered a steep rise in confirmed infections, 31, in comparison with 11 new circumstances a day earlier. Town has been making an attempt to discourage teams of younger individuals from mingling outside on summer time nights to drink with out preserving a secure distance aside regardless of not carrying masks.
There have been 21 deaths registered nationwide, elevating the identified demise toll within the pandemic to 34,854.
ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities introduced Saturday that there have been 25 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances over the previous 24 hours, however no fatalities.
Eight of the 25 new circumstances concerned incoming vacationers, who’re examined after they arrive within the nation, authorities stated.
The variety of confirmed circumstances rose to greater than three,500, whereas fatalities remained at 192. ___
BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona’s iconic La Sagrada Familia basilica has reopened its doorways for visits completely for well being staff after almost 4 months of being closed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The basilica invited a primary group of well being staff on Saturday to go to the temple designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Extra will be capable to go to on Sunday and on July 11-12 throughout a reopening part the church is looking an “homage” to medical doctors, nurses and different medical professionals.
That can be adopted by a second part only for residents of Barcelona. The church says it’s nonetheless ready to announce when guests from outdoors the town can be permitted entry.
La Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s high vacationer website, with four.5 million guests in 2019.
NEW DELHI — India on Saturday recorded its highest single-day spike in new coronavirus circumstances, with 22,771 individuals testing constructive within the final 24 hours.
India has now confirmed 648,315 circumstances — fourth on the earth behind the U.S., Brazil and Russia. It additionally has reported 18,655 deaths from the virus.
Of the 442 deaths within the final 24 hours, 198 have been in Maharashtra state.
MOSCOW — Russia’s demise toll from the coronavirus has risen above 10,000.
The nationwide coronavirus activity drive on Saturday reported 168 COVID-19 deaths over the previous day, bringing the nationwide complete to 10,027. It additionally tallied 6,632 new infections, elevating the overall to 674,515.
Russia’s caseload is the world’s third-largest, behind the USA and Brazil, however its reported deaths are decrease than many different nations. Russian officers have denied hypothesis that the figures are being manipulated.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has introduced one other file each day variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances with 9,064, as Africa’s most developed nation reveals indicators of pressure in dealing with the pandemic.
Thirty % of South Africa’s greater than 177,000 circumstances are actually in Gauteng province, which incorporates Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria.
Greater than 2,900 individuals within the nation have died. The African continent total has greater than 433,000 confirmed virus circumstances.