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New York and New Jersey reported the most new Covid-19 cases since May, while daily infections across the U.S. reached a record of more than 83,000. President Donald Trump blamed the surge ontesting.
“The news from around the country is another reminder that while we have come a long way, this pandemic is not over and we must remain vigilant,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. New Jersey’s Phil Murphy extended a public health emergency for another month. Illinois had the most new cases since the pandemic began.
France reported a third straight day of record cases and its positive-test rate jumped by almost a full percentage point. Italian cabinet ministers, faced with anti-curfewprotests, met into Saturday night to consider tighter restrictions.
- Global Tracker: Cases pass 42.4 million; deaths exceed 1.1 million
- Upper East Side gallery quietly opens asCovid estates rise
- Governments around Europe deploycurfews more widely
- Covid-19 deaths areincreasing in the U.S. after months of decline
- A pre-election U.S. stimulus deal looks increasinglyunlikely
- Australia considersreopening state borders by Christmas
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Brazil’s Deaths Drop for Fifth Week (6:31 a.m. NY)
Brazil’s death count declined for the fifth straight week, despite a slight increase in cases reported in the seven days that ended Saturday, according to data from the Health Ministry. Still, infections are running at roughly half the peak week in July of 319,653. The last two week’s cases are the lowest since May.
On Saturday, the nation reported 26,979 cases for a total of 5,380,635, the most after the U.S. and India. Another 432 people died, for a total of 156,903.
Johnson Administration Weighs Relaxing U.K. Isolation Rules: Times (6:04 a.m. HK)
The U.K. government is considering cutting the length of time a person has to self-isolate to 10, or even seven days, from the current 14, according to the Sunday Times.
According to the report, which cited a “senior government source,” Downing Street’s private polling suggests citizens won’t do as they’re told for longer than seven days. It also said corporate executives and people working in the financial community flying into the U.K. will be exempt under plans to “promote global Britain.”
Obama Says Pandemic Playbook Must Have Been Lost (6 a.m. HK)
Obama was back on the campaign trail in Florida, bookending praise for Biden withpointed criticism of Trump on the coronavirus response and other topics.
“We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that showed them how to respond before a virus reached our shores,” Obama said. “It must be lost along with the Republican health care plan. We can’t find it.”
California Cases Retreat From Two-Month High (5 p.m. NY)
California, which trails just Texas and New York in fatalities, reported 49 new deaths, for a total of 17,311. It also added 5,945 new cases Saturday, after recording 6,141 on Friday, the biggest single-day jump in two months.
The Golden State has a total of 892,810 cases. The rate of positive tests is 2.9%, the highest in almost a month.
Texas, the state with the highest death toll after New York, added 81 new fatalities Saturday, bringing the total to 17,456. It also added 6,125 new cases, for a total of 858,071.
Ohio Reports Record as Trump Holds Rally (5:04 p.m. NY)
Ohio reported 2,858 a record new infections, marking the fifth consecutive day with more than 2,000 cases.
Governor Mike DeWine tweeted that 92.8% of people in Ohio live in counties with a “high” or “very high” rate of exposure and spread. “We pushed the coronavirus down before and we can do it again,” he wrote.
President Donald Trump held a rally Saturday in the crucial swing state 10 days before the election in Pickaway County, which has the state’s second highest infection rate per 100,000 residents.
Michigan Governor Warns of ‘Alarming Rise’ (4:26 p.m. NY)
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a target of President Donald Trump’s calls to end virus-related restrictions, warned of “an alarming rise” in infections as the state reported more than 3,300 new cases. That’s the most for a day since the pandemic began, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die,” Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said in a statement.
N.Y. Surpasses 2,000 Cases, Second Time This Week (4:01 p.m. NY)
New York reported 2,061 new cases on Saturday, the second day this week with more than 2,000 and the most since May 20.
The state, which was an early center of the U.S. outbreak, is battling clusters of infection in New York City’s Brooklyn and Queens boroughs and upstate. Governor Andrew Cuomo said 511 cases were from those clusters and 1,550 from the rest of the state. Another 11 people died of virus-related causes.
New York’s hospitalizations rose to more than 1,000 for the second time this week, reaching levels last seen in June.
France Has Third Day of Record New Cases (2:55 p.m. NY)
France reported 45,422 new cases, the third consecutive day of record increases and a rise of more than 3,000 from the previous day.
The virus test positivity rate increased to 16% from 15.1% on Friday, according to France’s health agency.
New Jersey’s Cases Surge Most Since May (2:59 p.m. NY)
New Jersey reported its highest daily count since early May, when it was among the first and hardest hit in the U.S. outbreak. The state reported 1,909 cases, a 0.9% rise compared with an average 0.5% increase in the previous seven days. Total cases are 227,339.
Governor Phil Murphy extended a public health emergency for 30 days and issued an “urgent update” on Twitter. “We haven’t seen daily case numbers this high since May. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously,” he said.
Illinois Reports Most Daily Cases Yet (2:36 p.m. NY)
Illinois shattered its record of daily virus cases, reporting 6,161 new infections Saturday compared with the last record set Thursday of 4,942.
The number came the day after the state put half its 102 counties on a “warning level” for the spread of the virus, and Chicago imposed a curfew for non-essential businesses from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Virus Milestones for Canada’s Biggest Provinces (1:07 p.m. NY)
Canada’s two biggest provinces continued to struggle to contain the pandemic. Ontario reported a record 978 new cases, two weeks after closing indoor businesses such as gyms and restaurants’ dining rooms in some cities. Cases approached 100,000 in Quebec, where almost two-thirds of the country’s virus-related deaths have occurred.
Greece Breaks Record Third Consecutive Day (12:22 p.m. NY)
Greece reported a record high of 935 new cases, bringing the total to 29,992. This week saw three consecutive daily records, prompting a night curfew in Athens and the second-largest city of Thessaloniki. The use of masks is now compulsory in both indoor and outdoor spaces in these areas.
U.K. New Cases Stay Above 20,000 (11:45 a.m. NY)
The U.K. reported 23,012 new cases, marking the fifth straight day with more than 20,000. About a quarter of the U.K.’s 854,010 cases have been reported in the past 10 days.
Schools for older children might have to be closed if cases continue to increase at the same rate, epidemiologist Neil Ferguson told the BBC on Saturday. Another 174 people died within 28 days of a positive test.
London police said anti-mask protesters at Oxford Street and New Scotland Yard are in breach of government guidelines on social distancing. Manchester police fined a man 10,000 pounds ($13,000) for holding a party attended by 50 people.
Italy Weighs More Curbs as Record Passed Again (11:41 a.m. NY)
Italy is considering its strongest restrictions yet since its national lockdown and could ask citizens not to leave their towns as cases continue to rise. New infections rose to 19,644 cases Saturday, again setting a record. Patients in intensive care units rose to 1,128.
The government is expected to approve further virus containment measures as soon as Sunday and is considering additional economic support even as the threat of tighter restrictions prompts protests.
Naples, Italy’s hardest-hit city, imposed a nighttime curfew on Thursday, which contributed to violent protests.
Protesters poured into the streets of Naples, Italy after a night-time coronavirus curfew was imposed.
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