Momentum is setting up the White House for another round of stimulus checks, which President Donald Trump said this week, “I think we will help people” and “raise money for them.” A number of issues needed to be discussed in Congress about what form the next relief package would take, but the Republican-controlled Senate began to open the door to a narrower aid proposal.
Coronavirus cases in Brazil continue to rise rapidly and on Saturday the country had the second highest number of reported cases in the world until Russia surpassed its latest numbers. South America is now a center of pandemics, the World Health Organization said Friday, and Brazil has been the hardest hit in more than 330,000 cases and at least 21,000 deaths.
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- Cases worldwide: Over 5.23 million
- Global deaths: At least 338,612
- United States cases: Over 1.60 million
- United States Deaths: At least 96,007
The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Gyms have reopened more precautions and fewer customers, but health experts warn the virus is gone
Someone disinfects a complicated machine at a gym in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Louisiana enters phase 1 reopening on Friday after Gov. John Bel Edwards released restrictions on some state businesses.
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10:46 am ET – As a number of states begin to ease restrictions placed to control the spread of coronavirus, states such as Texas, Florida, Georgia and Arizona have given the gym a green light to continue operations with reduced occupancy and expanded health care.
Joe Cirulli, founder of Gainesville Health and Fitness in Florida, said he spent thousands of dollars on improved cleaning and hygiene practices for his chain of gyms, such as extra electrostatic cleaning supplies to spray daily exercise equipment and enough hand sanitizer and wipes to place throughout the gym.
“We ordered everything, everyone,” Cirulli said.
Health experts warn, however, that the coronavirus still has room to spread.
While transmission of the virus can be controlled by wiping the surfaces, Cindy Prins, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Florida, said people coughing in the air in a shared space such as a gym or restaurant are can be spread with Covid-19.
“I think we need to remember that this is primarily a virus that spreads through the airlete droplets we breathe in the air,” Prins said. “I missed the gym, I really wanted to go back. I wasn’t comfortable there.” –Noah Higgins-Dunn
Alabama cases are increasing with the state reopening much of its economy
People sat on the sand on a public beach on Dauphin Island, Alabama, US, on Friday, May 1, 2020. Alabama extended their stay at home and allowed most businesses to open, subject to guidelines in hygiene and social travel. , Alabama Media Group reported.
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10:28 am ET – Alabama Gov. calls For Ivey’s “personal responsibility” because the state has opened up much of its economy while urging residents to continue health care, but leaders are struggling to get the public to buy, according to an Associated report Press. .
In the state’s most populous area, Jefferson County, officials say increasing cases and hospitalizations have led to the need for stricter policies than Ivey has set, according to the AP.
New daily cases in the state rose to 307 from 268, according to an AP review of data analysis from The COVID Tracking Project, and the rate of daily return tests has positively increased from 6.7% to 7.5%. AP used seven-day rolling averages to account for daily variation in test data.
In many public places it is rare to see a covered face, the AP reported.
“As I came out of some of these retail outlets, I noticed that people don’t wear masks,” Dr. Rachael Lee, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, according to the AP. –Chris Eudaily
Memorial Day will lift sales of alcohol, but the industry still doesn’t feel like restaurant closures
9:52 am ET – The end of Memorial Day usually drives shoppers to liquor stores.
But with government officials urging Americans to continue socializing and staying close to home, consumers are less likely to spend alcohol last year.
“I’m sure there is some decrease in sales,” Euromonitor International research analyst Aga Jarzabek said in an interview. “It’s going to be lower than last year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is still a massive spike for Memorial Day.”
The alcohol industry has evaporated from closing bars and restaurants, though many consumers have moved to buy their beer, wine and spirits in stores or online. –Amelia Lucas
Here’s why guidance from scientists across the pandemic has changed
People wearing face masks as a preventive measure walk to Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.
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9:28 am ET – Scientists have changed their minds as new evidence shines through the coronavirus. But many are afraid to make it seem unreliable, making it more likely that the public will follow their recommendations.
However, science advocates say it is “part of the process” for thinking and best practices to evolve over time, especially in a situation where the virus is new.
Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, said the best scientists are “constantly examining themselves to see what we got right and what went wrong. . ”
As he puts it: “It’s a high score that says, ‘I’m going to change my mind’.” –Christina Farr
The U.K.’s Boris Johnson is defending key advisors driving 250 miles during lockout
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson will leave 10 Downing Street in central London on May 6, 2020 to attend the Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQ) in the House of Parliament.
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9:08 am ET – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends the actions of Dominic Cummings, a key aide, who drove 250 miles during lockdown with his wife with Covid-19 symptoms. .
It ended on Saturday that Cummings – the advisor behind the successful Brexit campaign – was driven from London to Durham, north England, at the end of March so that his son could be cared for by the family if he and his wife was sick. The trip comes after Johnson announced the start of strict coronavirus locking measures from March 23.
Opposition parties have called for Johnson to assassinate Cummings.
On Saturday, a spokesperson for Johnson said that Cumming’s wife had coronavirus symptoms during travel time, and that there was a “high probability” that Cummings would be ill too.
As such, the spokesperson said Cummings did not break the lock-in guidelines.
“His actions are in line with coronavirus guidelines,” Johnson’s spokesman said Saturday. “Mr. Cummings believes he acted reasonably and legally.” —Katrina Bishop
Protests erupted in Spain over lockdowns, holding the government in pandemic
Demonstrators are participating in a “caravan for Spain and its independence” protest by the right-wing Vox party in Barcelona on May 23, 2020. The left-wing government of the crisis is drawing a critique of criticism from the right-wing party that has attacked its “brutal confinement”. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP) (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP via Getty Images)
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8:44 am ET – A procession of thousands of vehicles passed through Madrid on Saturday, firing, releasing Spanish flags and protesting against the country’s coronavirus lockdown, Reuters reported.
The right-wing Vox movement has called for protest, according to Reuters, where demonstrators have called for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias to resign over the pandemic and inflict economic damage.
“It’s time to end the #stateofabuse used by Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias to treat the Spaniards,” Vox said in a statement, according to Reuters.
Spain has put in place some of the toughest locking measures in Europe, and although the country has eased some restrictions, Madrid and Barcelona have continued restrictions due to the larger uprisings, according to the Reuters.
A speech by Vox leader Santiago Abascal was broadcast on EsRadio so people could listen to their vehicles, Reuters reported. He said the government was “directly responsible for the worst management of this crisis across the planet.” –Chris Eudaily
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