U.S. Set to Breach 200,000 Dead With Cases Steady: Virus Update

U.S. Set to Breach 200,000 Dead With Cases Steady: Virus Update

September 20, 2020

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U.S. deaths related to Covid-19 approached 200,000 and the nation’s new cases rose in line with a one-week average. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he expects the U.S. to experience “at least one more cycle” of the virus in the fall and winter.

U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock didn’t rule out that London office employees might have towork from home again this week. Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is set to warn on Monday that the U.K. is at a “critical point” with pandemic numbers heading in the “wrong direction.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expects to see jobs bounce back as Victoria, the country’s worst-hit state, prepares to start reopening.

Key Developments:

  • Global Tracker: Cases top 30.8 million; deaths exceed 958,400
  • Virtual UN is latest blow to New York City’s battered economy
  • Fewer people are dying of Covid as doctors gain practice, drugs improve
  • A rash of infections ontrading floors threatens Wall Street’s return to work
  • The virus isputting Britain’s next industrial revolution on ice
  • Threat of alethal autumn looms in Europe after Covid-19 reprieve

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Brazil Cases, Deaths Slow (6:25 a.m. HK)

Brazil reported 16,389 cases, a 0.4% rise compared with the average 0.7% daily increase over the previous seven days. Cases during the week that ended Saturday were up after declining the week before. Total cases are now 4,544,629, the Health Ministry reported.

Another 363 fatalities were reported, fewer than the 739 reported the previous day, for a total of 136,895.

Wisconsin Passes 100,000 Cases (5:27 p.m. NY)

Wisconsin surpassed 100,000 cases, reflecting an increase in infections around the Midwest. The statereported 1,665 new cases on Sunday for a total of 101,227, though the increase dropped to less than 2,000 for the first time in four days. One more person died, for a total of 1,242.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, running on what he says is President Donald Trump’s failure to contain Covid-19, released a statement calling the number a “grim milestone.” Wisconsin is a key swing state in the November election.

Texas Approaches 15,000 Deaths (5:24 p.m. NY)

Texas recorded 45 new deaths on Sunday for a total of 14,893. Cases climbed by 2,241 to 688,534, the Department of State Health Services said on itswebsite.

U.K., London Face Warnings on Virus Spread (5 p.m. NY)

Britain is at a“critical point” in the coronavirus pandemic and data on cases are heading in the “wrong direction,” Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is expected to warn on Monday, as concern mounts that a second lockdown may be needed.

Expectations are running high that local restrictions elsewhere in the U.K. could be extended to London. Mayor Sadiq Khan will recommend tightened rules for the capital on Monday, LBC radio reported.

Asked if London office workers could be asked to work from home again this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Times Radio: “Well, I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is set to extend the Treasury’s loan program to support businesses, which has already backed 53 billion pounds of
borrowings through state guarantees, the Financial Times reported.

Australian Leader Optimistic on Jobs (4:50 p.m. NY)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expects to see jobs bounce back as Victoria, Australia’s worst-hit state, prepares to start reopening.

New virus cases in Victoria fell to 14 on Sunday, the state’s health department said on Twitter. That’s the lowest in more than three months. The 14-day rolling average declined to 36.2 in metropolitan Melbourne, comfortably below the 50 level the local administration has set as the benchmark for a slight easing of restrictions on Sept. 28.

California’s Infection Curve Rises (2:15 p.m. NY)

New cases in California topped 4,000 for the second straight day, while the number of new deaths fell below the 14-day average, according to the health department’swebsite.

There were 4,265 new coronavirus cases, more than the 14-day average of 3,304. Deaths increased by 75, compared with an average of 91, raising the state’s toll to 14,987.

Lebanon Weighs Lockdown as Cases Surge (2:15 p.m. NY)

Lebanon hit a third consecutive day of record virus cases as Health Minister Hamad Hassan proposes a two-week lockdown, Associated Press reported.

Political gridlock after the devastating Beirut port explosion on Aug. 31, a previous lockdown and a shrinkingeconomy are likely to make any solution more difficult.

Lebanon reported 1,006 new cases Sunday, for a total of 29,303.

France’s Pace of Infection Picks Up (1:37 p.m. NY)

France’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 10,569 on Sunday, after surging to more than 13,000 twice in the highest daily increases since the national lockdown ended in May on Saturday.

Still, the seven-day average, which smooths out reporting spikes, rose above 10,000 for the first time, indicating a significantly higher pace of infections than a week ago. The authorities have been calling on the population to step up social distancing measures as the number of clusters has increased in past weeks.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire became on Friday the country’s most senior official to become infected. Le Maire is doing well, Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said during an interview on RTL radio on Sunday. The government is monitoring the economic situation and doesn’t rule out nationalizing a company if necessary, she said.

Irish Cases Surge as Dublin Locks Down (12:49 p.m. NY)

Ireland recorded 396 new cases on Sunday, the highest since mid May, with about two thirds of the infections in Dublin.

The news came as the Irish capital experienced a first weekend of new curbs – travel in and out of the region was restricted, and indoor dining at bars and restaurants halted. Still, mild weather over the weekend drew many to the outdoor cafes and bars that popped up in city streets.

Arizona Cases, Deaths Fall (12:20 p.m. NY)

Arizona’s new cases continued to slow after a two-day spike last week. The state reported 469 cases, a 0.2% rise compared with an average 0.4% daily increase in the previous seven days. Total cases are now 214,018.

Another nine deaths were reported, the fewest in almost a week. Total deaths are 5,476, the state’s department of health services reported.

Gottlieb Warns of ‘At Least’ One More Surge in 2020 (12:05 p.m. NY)

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he expects the U.S. to experience “at least one more cycle” of the virus in the fall and winter. He cited rising cases in the South and Midwest, despite slowdowns in New York, Miami and Houston.

Gottlieb also said he doesn’t believe there will be a vaccine available for general inoculation until the end of second quarter or the third-quarter in 2021, contradicting President Donald Trump’searlier comment that all Americans could get vaccinated by April.

“Hopefully this virus will start to dissipate in the summer” next year, Gottlieb said on CBS on Sunday morning, so that the timing of vaccine availability “isn’t going to make that much of a difference because the virus won’t be transferring as readily by then.”

Florida Deaths Fall (11:47 a.m. NY)

Florida reported 683,754 virus cases, a 0.4% rise equal to the average daily increase of the previous seven days. That amounted to 2,521 new cases, according health department data through Saturday.

The positive-test rate continued to rise, ticking up slightly to 4.6%, from 4.5% the previous day and 4.1% on Friday. The state reported only nine fatalities among residents, compared with 67 the previous day.

Italy Cases Slow Slightly (11:33 a.m. NY)

Italy reported 1,587 new coronavirus cases on Sunday down from 1,638 the previous day. There were 15 additional deaths bringing the total number of people that have died from the virus in Italy since the beginning of the pandemic to 35,707.

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care at hospitals rose by 7 to 222, according to Health Ministry data. That compares with a peak of more than 4,000 ICU patients in April.

U.K. Cases Above Seven-Day Average (11:10 a.m. NY)

The U.K. reported 3,899 more Covid-19 cases in the past day, after two days of infections exceeding 4,000. Still, it’s above the average of 3,600 reported over the previous seven days. Another 18 people died, bringing the death toll to 41,777.

Curbs on socializing are set to come into effect in areas of Northern England on Tuesday, while Mayor of London Sadiq Khan warned further restrictions will probably be needed “soon” in the British capital, where infection rates are the highest in the country after the northwest.

New York Cases, Deaths Even (11 a.m. NY)

New York reported 862 new cases, a 0.2% rise equal to the average daily increase of the previous seven days. The transmission rate remained less than one, below the point at which the virus is considered to be increasing. Two more fatalities were reported, the same as the previous day.

U.S. Cases Steady as Deaths Approach 200,000 (7:28 a.m. NY)

The U.S. added 41,206 new cases, a 0.6% rise that equals the average daily increase in the previous seven days, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Another 693 people died of virus-related illness, bringing the toll to 199,258 on Sunday morning.

France Doesn’t Rule Out Nationalizations (7:05 a.m. NY)

The French government doesn’t rule out nationalizing a company if necessary, Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said in an interview on RTL radio on Sunday. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is doing fine, she added.

Le Maire became the country’s most senior official to becomeinfected by the coronavirus.

EU Intent on Avoiding Lockdown, Breton Says (7:05 a.m. NY)

The European Commission’s priority is to avoid another lockdown, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said in an interview on radio France Inter. There is no plan to close borders for people or goods, he said.

— With assistance by Ian Fisher, Angeline Benoit, Virginia Van Natta, Emily Cadman, Vrishti Beniwal, Andrew Davis, Alexei Anishchuk, Veronika Gulyas, Yueqi Yang, Alessandra Migliaccio, and Dara Doyle

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