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    AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott is temporarily pausing additional plans to reopen Texas. The Thursday announcement comes after Texas has seen major increases in positive coronavirus cases including a record-high 5,551 new cases on Wednesday. Texas hits 5,000 new virus cases in one day for first time, Abbott says Businesses already permitted to open under previous reopening phases can continue operation at occupancy levels designated in previous phases, however, businesses are still expected to maintain minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services. “As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” Abbott said. In a news conference earlier this week, Abbott said closing the state “will always be the last option.” Texas governor says coronavirus...
    U.S. coronavirus deaths are projected to reach 180,000 by the beginning of October unless the majority of people start wearing masks, according to a report on Wednesday. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington estimates 179,106 fatalities from COVID-19 by Oct 1, although researchers said that number can be reduced by roughly 33,000 if at least 95 percent of the population wears a mask in public. “There is no doubt that even as states open up, the United States is still grappling with a large epidemic on a course to increase beginning in late August and intensifying in September,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray. SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ORDERED TO QUARANTINE AFTER 2 TEST POSITIVE FOLLOWING TULSA RALLY: REPORT COVID-19 Coronavirus molecule, March 24, 2020 -file image. (Photo by CDC/API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) “People need to know that wearing masks can reduce transmission of the virus by...
    Coronavirus — 9:10 NEW STANDARD | The session in the Congress of Deputies begins, in which, presumably, the decree of ‘new normality’ of the Pedro Sánchez Government will be approved. The “new normal” decree will receive today Thursday the majority support of the Congress of Spain thanks to the votes in favor of the government partners, PSOE and Unidas Podemos, and those of their allies in the extensions of the state of alarm of the coronavirus, especially Cs and PNV, while the unknown about the position of the PP persists. The session begins with the report of the Ombudsman corresponding to the management carried out during the years 2018 and 2019. 9:00 NADIA CALVIÑO | The spokesman for the Popular Party in the Senate, Javier Maroto, praised this Thursday the “technical capacity” and the CV of the government’s economic vice-president, Nadia Calviño, after the Executive announced its candidacy for...
    Community-based coronavirus testing at four sites in St. Paul and Minneapolis following demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd has revealed stark racial disparities in who is contracting COVID-19. People of color accounted for about 40 percent of those who were tested, but they represented 90 percent of the positive test results, state health officials said Wednesday. White residents tested positive 0.2 percent of the time while Black residents were positive 1.3 percent, Asians 5 percent and Latinos 7.4 percent. Nearly 13,000 people have been tested at the four community sites in the two cities over the past few weeks. Not all test results have been returned, but positivity rates have generally been at or below the statewide seven-day average positivity rate of 3.3 percent. Kris Ehresmann, director of the infectious disease division for the Minnesota Department of Health, said there was no known biological reason that some racial groups...
    Coronavirus — USA: model predicts more than 200,000 deaths before October by covid-19 0:28 . – About 180,000 Americans will die of coronaviruses before Oct. 1 unless nearly all start wearing masks, new projections show. The latest coronavirus projection from the University of Washington Institute for Health Measurement and Assessment (IHME) shows 179,106 deaths by Oct. 1 if nothing changes. But that number would drop to 146,000 if 95% of Americans started wearing masks in public, the model predicts. The IHME’s previous forecast, released on June 15, projected 201,129 deaths by October 1. “California and other states have seen an increase in the number of cases in recent weeks, but deaths are not yet increasing at the same rate, a trend that could change in the coming weeks,” said IHME Director Christopher Murray at a statement on Wednesday. “There is no doubt that even when states open, the...
    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - An Oregon police officer lost his job and then returned to work after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in the back. A Florida sergeant was let go six times for using excessive force and stealing from suspects, while a Texas lieutenant was terminated five times after being accused of striking two women, making threatening calls and committing other infractions. These officers and hundreds of others across the country were fired, sometimes repeatedly, for violating policies but got their jobs back after appealing their cases to an arbitrator who overturned their discipline — an all-too-common practice that some experts in law and in policing say stands in the way of real accountability. "Arbitration inherently undermines police decisions," said Michael Gennaco, a police reform expert and former federal civil rights prosecutor who specialized in police misconduct cases. "It's dismaying to see arbitrators regularly putting people back to work."...
    New cases of coronavirus in the United States rose to their highest level in two months, bringing the country back to where it was at the peak of the outbreak. The United States reported 34,700 new infections Tuesday, according to a count compiled by Johns Hopkins University released on Wednesday. There have only been two days in which the nation confirmed more cases: April 9 and 24, when a record 36,400 cases were recorded. Infections in the country have been rising for more than a week, after more than six declines. Although early outbreaks, such as New York and New Jersey, have seen cases decline steadily, the virus has struck south and west. Several states beat their daily infection mark Tuesday, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas. But cases are on the rise in other parts of the world as well. India reported a record daily increase of almost...
    By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — An Oregon police officer lost his job and then returned to work after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in the back. A Florida sergeant was let go six times for using excessive force and stealing from suspects, while a Texas lieutenant was terminated five times after being accused of striking two women, making threatening calls and committing other infractions. These officers and hundreds of others across the country were fired, sometimes repeatedly, for violating policies but got their jobs back after appealing their cases to an arbitrator who overturned their discipline — an all-too-common practice that some experts in law and in policing say stands in the way of real accountability. “Arbitration inherently undermines police decisions,” said Michael Gennaco, a police reform expert and former federal civil rights prosecutor who specialized in police misconduct cases. “It’s dismaying to see arbitrators regularly...
    SEATTLE (AP) — An Oregon police officer lost his job and then returned to work after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in the back. A Florida sergeant was let go six times for using excessive force and stealing from suspects, while a Texas lieutenant was terminated five times after being accused of striking two women, making threatening calls and committing other infractions. These officers and hundreds of others across the country were fired, sometimes repeatedly, for violating policies but got their jobs back after appealing their cases to an arbitrator who overturned their discipline — an all-too-common practice that some experts in law and in policing say stands in the way of real accountability. “Arbitration inherently undermines police decisions,” said Michael Gennaco, a police reform expert and former federal civil rights prosecutor who specialized in police misconduct cases. “It’s dismaying to see arbitrators regularly putting people back to work.”...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For the second day in a row, there was an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Allegheny County. On Tuesday, 19 new cases were reported on the heels of 45 new cases reported on Monday. “We don’t want to backslide,” says Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. And in the new numbers, Fitzgerald says the cases are “mostly young people, people in their 20s and 30s.” Kevin Havovick of Bethel Park says, “I think that people are comfortable not wearing masks as much since we went green.” In fact, Madison Miranda, who lives in the Strip District and is careful about her mask-wearing, says her fellow millennials have been anxious to get back together. “The bars have opened up recently and a lot of millennials are out protesting, and I think just like the large grouping of people is why this is resurfacing,” Havovick said. Marvi...
    California, Texas and Idaho all recorded their highest daily counts of new COVID-19 cases on Monday as southern and western states work to contain their outbreaks. The two most populous states in the U.S. – California and Texas – continue to see rising case numbers after most states loosened their coronavirus restrictions last month. Both states had broken their records for the highest number of new cases last week. California documented 5,813 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the state documented 4,250 new cases on June 17. On Sunday, California confirmed 3,953 new cases and on Saturday, 4,011 new cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project.  Texas reached 4,760 new cases within the state on Monday, a rise from the 3,292 and 4,272 counted on Sunday and Saturday, respectively. The Lone Star state also broke its record for the most new cases last week with 4,645 recorded on June 19....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced 601 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 38 new deaths. The latest figures bring the total to 137,825 cases statewide and 6,707 deaths in 101 counties. The deaths reported Tuesday include one woman in her 40s, one man in his 50s, one woman and three men in their 60s, two women and one man in their 70s, two women and one man in their 80s, three women and two men in their 90s, and two women over 100 in Cook County. The figure also includes one man in his 70s and one woman and one man in their 80s in DuPage County; one man in his 60s and one man in his 80s in Kane County; one woman in her 60s in Kankakee County; one man in his 90s in Kendall County; one man in his 50s, two...
    Chinese authorities consider “controlled” the outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing, thanks to measures taken to contain it, such as mass tests The Chinese authorities consider that the appearance of cases of COVID-19 directly related to the wholesale food market in Xinfadi, the main one in the city where the outbreak of the coronavirus in Beijing, is already in its “final stage”. According to the last official part of the National Health Commission, in China 22 cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Monday, of which the 13 that occurred by local transmission correspond to Beijing. The outbreak, detected in Xinfadi, the city’s main fresh food market, has so far left 245 confirmed cases, although the authorities already consider it “controlled” thanks to the measures adopted to contain it, such as mass evidence. As of Monday, 2.34 million Beijing residents have undergone tests, which represents more than 10 percent of the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The surge of COVID-19 continues in some parts of the country. Most are in the South and West, where officials say more young people are ignoring safety precautions and testing positive. However, the situation in our area continues to improve. 3 Teens Test Positive For Coronavirus After Participating In Senior Week At Delaware Beach, Officials Urging Others To Get Tested The global number of coronavirus cases jumped by over 183,000 in a 24-hour period over the weekend. It was the biggest one-day increase since the pandemic began. In the United States, young people are being blamed for the spike. As the reopening continues to roll out, more Americans are getting infected with COVID-19. “We’re seeing a resurgence in the South and in the Southeast. They never really got rid of their epidemics,” said former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. COVID-19 cases have been rising in 21 states since...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday announced 462 new cases of COVID-19, and 26 more deaths. The statewide total is now 137,224 cases and 6,671 deaths in 101 counties. In Cook County, the deaths included one man in his 40s, one woman and four men in their 50s, one woman and two men in their 60s, two women and one man in their 70s, three women and two men in their 80s, and two women and two men in their 90s. The figure also included one woman over 100 in DuPage County and one man in his 50s in Kane County. Lee, Madison, and St. Clair counties also reported deaths. Laboratories reported 18,219 tests over the past 24 hours for a total of 1,379,003. The preliminary statewide positivity for June 15-21 is 2 percent.
    Sarah R. Champagne - Reese Oxner June 22, 2020 7:23PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Texas Tribune. Texans under the age of 30 are testing positive for the new coronavirus at a higher rate than previously seen since the pandemic began, contributing to a recent surge in the number of cases in the state, Gov. Greg Abbott said during a press conference Tuesday. Data from several counties and health experts confirms the trend in younger people testing positive across Texas. : "There are certain counties where a majority of the people who are tested positive in that county are under the age of 30, and this typically results from people going to bars," Abbott said during the conference. "That is the case in Lubbock County, Bexar County, Cameron County." Abbott said that it's unclear why more young people are contracting the virus, but he speculated that it...
    By Sarah R. Champagne and Reese Oxner, The Texas Tribune June 16, 2020 “Surge in coronavirus cases linked to more Texans in their 20s getting sick, officials say” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Texans under the age of 30 are testing positive for the new coronavirus at a higher rate than previously seen since the pandemic began, contributing to a recent surge in the number of cases in the state, Gov. Greg Abbott said during a press conference Tuesday. Data from several counties and health experts confirms the trend in younger people testing positive across Texas. “There are certain counties where a majority of the people who are tested positive in that county are under the age of 30, and this typically results from people going...
    Authorities across the Southern United States are warning of worrying signs of young people becoming more susceptible to coronavirus, amid suggestions that lax social distancing and the reopening of bars is to blame. Health officials and lawmakers in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi are all reporting spikes in the number of people in their 20s and 30s getting infected. From the beginning of the pandemic up through May 30, the median age of positive coronavirus cases was 48, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.  In several Southern states that average age is dropping.  Crowds of young people unconcerned about COVID-19 flocked to Florida's beaches in May A group of friends hang out on Miami Beach on Friday, as Florida sees a surge in COVID cases Older people are still more likely to suffer severe effects of the virus, but the trend of young...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday announced 658 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 23 new deaths. The total cases now amount to 136,762, and the deaths to 6,647, in 101 counties. The deaths reported Sunday include one man and one woman in their 30s, one woman in her 40s, two women in their 50s, four women and two men in their 60s, two men in their 70s, and one woman and one man in their 80s in Cook County. The figure also included one man in his 80s and one man in his 90s in Kane County and one man in his 60s, one man in his 70s, and one woman in her 90s in Lake County. Downstate, the deaths also included a man in his 30s in Champaign County and a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s in Peoria...
    Florida reported 4,049 new cases of COVID-19 Friday - the highest daily total yet in a state that has now seen a consistent resurgence since reopening.  The coronavirus outbreak continued its fevered escalation in Florida on Saturday, as Gov. Ron DeSantis again tried to calms fears over another record-breaking spike in infections since reopening restaurants, bars, gyms and other public places. Across the United States there were 30,000 new infections Friday - the highest numbers since May 1, according to figures reported by John Hopkins University. There are now more than 2.2 million confirmed cases; the death toll is 119,719. Donald Trump on Saturday complained that robust coronavirus testing was making his record look bad — and suggested the testing effort should slow down.    His comments come as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in many states. The number of newly confirmed cases per day has risen from about 21,400 two weeks ago to 23,200,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday announced 634 new cases of COVID-19, and 45 more deaths. The total number statewide now amounts to 136,104 confirmed cases and 6,625 deaths in 101 counties. The latest deaths included one man in his 40s, two women and three men in their 50s, two women and three men in their 60s, three men in their 70s, four women and two men in their 80s, and five women and three men in their 90s. The deaths also included one man and two women in their 80s in DuPage County; one woman in her 50s, one woman in her 70s, one man in his 80s, and one man in his 90s in Kane County; one man in his 50s, one man in his 60s, and one man in his 90s in Lake County; one man in his 60s and one woman...
    For Piedmont residents Naomi and Sunny Grewal, it was an early Father’s Day celebration and the couple’s first time out without their 1- and 3-year-old children since March. Kitchen Story, the Oakland eatery known for modern Korean food, was the last restaurant the Grewals dined at before the lockdown. It felt almost ceremonial to return on the day Alameda County allowed restaurants to resume outdoor dining. “We love it here and have been supporting this restaurant with take-out from the start,” said Naomi Grewal, sitting on the three-table patio and covering her face when a server approached with their order. “It feels good to be out. We also feel safe because there’s no one else here.” After three months, Alameda County, which currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the Bay Area, took its first step June 19 to begin reopening businesses. For restaurants, that means maintaining six...
    CNN – The list of athletics programs in universities across the US reporting coronavirus cases is growing. From Auburn University to the University of Central Florida, dozens of athletes have tested positive after returning to campus in recent weeks, prompting questions about the possibility of some college sports returning when the fall semester begins. The NCAA began to allow voluntary athletics activities in all Division I sports in June, and the organization has said that all the formats, timelines and previously determined sites for fall championships remain unchanged. "We continue to acknowledge the ongoing uncertainty about the spread of the virus and the different actions and approaches states are taking to address it may cause modifications to be made to the playing and practice seasons and the championships as matters progress," Lynda Tealer, Division I Competition Oversight Committee chair, said in a release. "Further, we will remain nimble to react to a...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Flags flew at half-staff in front of Sweden’s parliament as lawmakers inside held a memorial service Wednesday for the more than 5,000 people with COVID-19 who have died in a country that declined the strict lockdown measures widely adopted in Europe. Members of the 349-seat Riksdag stood up to observe a minute of silence during the 15-minute memorial. The Swedish government steadfastly defends its soft approach to controlling the spread of the coronavirus despite growing criticism from opposition parties “This particular moment is for all of them: those who lost their jobs, their health, their lives,” Riksdag Speaker Andreas Norlen said. “We say to all those who now mourn and suffer: You are not alone.” Sweden has the most virus-related deaths in the Nordic region, with 5,041 reported as of Wednesday. However, the number of COVID-19 deaths recorded daily has declined, and weekly statistics show...
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Wednesday assigned the military to oversee the country’s coronavirus quarantine process after two women who were allowed to leave their quarantine early tested positive for the virus this week. The women, who had recently returned from London where they had visited a dying parent, were told by health officials they could leave even though they hadn’t been tested yet for the virus. NEW ZEALAND NO LONGER CORONAVIRUS FREE AS NEW CASES APPEAR  Ardern called the incident an “unacceptable failure”  that "should never have happened and it cannot be repeated." She said she’s temporarily removing the compassionate exemption clause that allowed them to leave the mandatory 14-day quarantine early. Before the women tested positive, the country had been coronavirus-free since June 8 and the country hadn’t reported any new cases for three weeks before Tuesday. The women, who are New Zealand citizens, drove from Auckland to Wellington...
    New Zealand can no longer declare that it is free from the coronavirus. Two women who recently flew to the island country from London to see a dying parent have tested positive for COVID-19. The pair of new cases has now sparked a round of testing in New Zealand for anybody who might have been close to the women. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE  That includes passengers and staff on their flights, which arrived via Brisbane in Australia, other people at the Auckland hotel they initially stayed at in quarantine, and a family member they met in Wellington. A windsurfer reels in his kite at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday, June 9. Two new coronavirus cases have appeared in the country after officials said there were no longer any. (AP) The women will remain in isolation in Wellington and have delayed the funeral of their parent until...
    Madison Summers June 16, 2020 0 Comments Both Republican and Democratic governors are going on defense as they continue reopening their states’ economies, despite an uptick in reported coronavirus cases. Coronavirus cases are increasing in California, but Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is defending his decision to continue to reopen his state’s economy. “There’s a certain point where you have to recognize you can’t be in a permanent state where people are locked away for months and months and months on end,” Newsom said Monday. “As we reopen inevitably we’re going to see an increase in the overall number of cases,” adding he is urging California residents to “do the kinds of thing that are necessary for us to avoid that second wave,” including wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. The state of California has seen a steady increase in new cases, and has a total of 154,258...
    Here are the latest updates from June 14, 2020: 30,471 confirmed cases; 1,298 deaths  Another 15 Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Sunday, bringing the death toll from the disease to 1,298. Of the deaths announced Sunday were six people in their 90s, four people in their 80s, three people in their 70s, one person in their 60s and one person in their 50s. Eleven of the 15 deaths announced Sunday were residents of long-term care facilities. So far, 1,030 of the 1,298 people who have died of COVID-19 were residents of long-term care facilities. The current death toll only includes Minnesotans with lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 tests. MDH also said Sunday there have been 30,471 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, up 299 from Saturday’s count. Since the start of the outbreak, 3,610 Minnesotans have been hospitalized and 369 are currently in the hospital,...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. For the foreseeable future, MinnPost will be providing daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota, published following the press phone call with members of the Walz administration each afternoon. Here are the latest updates from June 13, 2020: 30,172 confirmed cases; 1,283 deaths Nine more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Saturday, for a total of 1,283. Of the deaths announced Saturday were two people in their nineties, three in their eighties, one in their seventies, two in their sixties and one in their fifties. Four of the nine were residents of long-term care. Of the 1,283 COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota, 1,019 have been among residents of long-term care. The current death toll only includes Minnesotans with...
    (CNN)The list of athletics programs in universities across the US reporting coronavirus cases is growing.From Auburn University to the University of Central Florida, dozens of athletes have tested positive after returning to campus in recent weeks, prompting questions about the possibility of some college sports returning when the fall semester begins.The NCAA began to allow voluntary athletics activities in all Division I sports in June, and the organization has said that all the formats, timelines and previously determined sites for fall championships remain unchanged."We continue to acknowledge the ongoing uncertainty about the spread of the virus and the different actions and approaches states are taking to address it may cause modifications to be made to the playing and practice seasons and the championships as matters progress," Lynda Tealer, Division I Competition Oversight Committee chair said in a release. "Further, we will remain nimble to react to a fluid and unpredictable...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- At an Oakland city council meeting on Tuesday, council member Noel Gallo said the rising number of coronavirus cases in Alameda County is a topic of concern and conversation.He has been doing community outreach on the topic.RELATED: World Health Organization clarifies remarks on coronavirus transmission by people with no symptoms"Our goal is going door to door to some of the markets that we have here, businesses and other activities to make sure that their employees attend the testing sites to get tested," he said.Gallo said he's reached out to public health officials to make sure neighborhoods that are vulnerable are not neglected.There are now nearly 4,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alameda, surpassing Santa Clara as the county with the highest number of cases in the Bay Area, even though their death count is lower at 102.Workers at the Tesla factory in Fremont tested positive just days...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Detroit casinos will have to ban smoking on their gambling floors and limit capacity to 15% initially when they are allowed to open by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, regulators said Monday, as the state continued reporting just small increases in coronavirus deaths and cases. The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved minimum reopening guidelines for the commercial casinos, though they remain closed under a gubernatorial order. Many tribal casinos, which are not regulated by the state, have already reopened or will do so soon. During their initial re-opening, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casino will limit capacity at no more than 15% and keep poker rooms closed. They will have to check temperatures of everybody entering. Patrons will be required to wear a mask unless drinking or eating. TOP STORIES Bill de Blasio flips, now vows to defund New York police U.S. mayors team up to...
    CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Saturday that houses of worship can reopen for services as long as 50 or fewer people are allowed in, they are at least six feet apart and other protective measures are followed. The mayor’s plan, dubbed “Be Safe. Places of Worship,” also restricts capacity to 25 percent for smaller buildings where 50 people would exceed that percentage. Churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship have been blocked from having in-person services for months as part of the stay home order put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. With the number of cases and deaths slowing and hospitals able to handle the current number of cases, Chicago and the state entered into Phase 3 of the reopening plan. “For people of faith, worshipping together is an essential function, and I am grateful for the Chicagoans of faith who explored new ways to...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis Manaus and coastal Rio de Janeiro, are starting to allow more activity. Bolivia’s government authorized reopening most of the country and the government of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro unwound restrictions. Ecuador’s airports were resuming flights and shoppers returning to some of Colombia’s malls. Rolling back measures runs counter to Europe’s approach of waiting for the worst to pass before resuming activity, and South America trails much further behind on its viral curve. Even European nations that lifted restrictions earliest in their respective outbreaks – the U.K. and Russia – did so only after clearing their initial peaks. The executive director of the World...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as the metropolis relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Commuter trains, taxis, ride-sharing cars, special shuttle buses and motorcycles rumbled back on the road in metropolitan Manila but were only allowed to carry a fraction of their capacity as a safeguard. Public transport was still limited by the relaxed rules and many commuters waited for hours to get a ride despite the government’s deployment of buses. A larger swarm of private cars also helped choke roads. “Many people are now allowed to go out and many industries are reopening so you’ll see a lot of vehicles … but the situation remains abnormal,” said police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. He warned that police will still go after violators who would not wear...
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