Covid-19 Updates: International Dying Toll Surpasses 800,000

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Worldwide Cases Reach 20 Million

Virus deaths worldwide exceed 800,000, with large numbers recorded in South and Central American countries.

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped 800,000 on Saturday, according to the New York Times, as new infections emerged in Europe and the United States, India, South Africa and most of Latin America recorded large deaths.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the countries with the highest number of deaths per capita have largely been concentrated in Europe. Countries like Belgium, the UK, Italy and the independent enclave of San Marino, as well as Spain, reported more than 50 deaths per 100,000 people.

Last week, according to The Times database, nine of the ten countries with the highest number of deaths per capita were in South and Central America or the Caribbean. Of these, Brazil, Mexico and Peru have also seen the total number of deaths, which are in the top 10 overall, with Brazil and Mexico having the second and third most common deaths in the world after the US.

New death tolls in Bolivia, verified by The Times, suggest the real death toll there is nearly five times the official figure, suggesting the country had one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks. According to a Times analysis of data from the Bolivian civil register, about 20,000 more people have died since June – in a country of only about 11 million people than in previous years.

The extraordinary increase in deaths, adjusted for the population of the country, is more than double that of the United States and far higher than the increases in the UK, Italy and Spain.

In the United States, deaths continued to hover near a seven-day average of 1,000 per day, or 2 per 100,000, with deaths exceeding 175,000 to date.

While global death toll statistics have been marred by backlogs, incomplete data and disparate reports between different countries, the sobering milestone was a reminder of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, which has proven to be one of the deadliest of a generation.

By comparison, the most recent pandemic caused by the H1N1 flu virus in 2009 claimed between 151,700 and 575,400 deaths, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Saturday's death toll also approached that of a 1968 pandemic caused by the H3N2 flu virus, which caused an estimated 1 million deaths worldwide.

A film with Ben Affleck will not be shot in the US as originally planned due to the high number of coronavirus cases and limited availability of tests. Instead, the production of the film "Hypnotic" will be relocated to Canada.

It was the most recent disruption among Hollywood studios, slowly resuming operations after ceasing countless productions in the spring.

"Hypnotic," which was scheduled to be shot in Los Angeles in April, is due to be shot in Vancouver in October, said Mark Gill, president and general manager of Solstice Studios, which are making the film, in an interview on Saturday.

"There is nowhere in the US that we can open a big movie now because of limitations – our crew is 100+ – lack of testing and delays in lab results," said Gill.

Mr Gill said other Hollywood studios are also likely to move production to countries better equipped to fight the virus, at least until the US outbreak is brought under control.

As California cases rose in April, the studio considered moving production to Austin, Texas, and then London. It chose Canada because the country has adequate testing and fast laboratory response time, Gill said.

124,300 cases have been confirmed in Canada the coronavirus, which leads to at least 9,064 deaths, according to the New York Times. There have been more than 5.6 million cases in the US and the country recently topped 175,000 deaths.

According to the guidelines of SAG-AFTRA, the union for cast and crew, All members should be tested before they start working on a movie, and at least three times a week during production.

Health officials in several states are linking cases of the virus to the 10-day Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota, which attracted hundreds of thousands of participants this month despite the pandemic.

Kris Ehresmann, the director of infectious diseases for the Minnesota Department of Health, said at a briefing Friday that at least 15 cases in Minnesota have been identified as being from rally participants. Seven other cases have been identified in Nebraska, according to reports from CNN.

Health officials in South Dakota said this week they traced several cases to a popular bar along Sturgis Main Street, where photos showed thousands of people congregating without a mask over the course of the rally.

An analysis by a company of the rally participants' geographic footprint using anonymized cell phone location data found that the event attracted participants from across the country, leading to fears that infections could spread further. The map of migration patterns associated with the rally showed participants traveling from locations across the Americas and back to Sturgis.

The rally ended last Sunday, but health officials are warning that it will be some time before the extent of the associated outbreaks can be measured as it can take days for symptoms to appear in infected people.

Ms. Ehresmann said Friday that she expects more cases to be recorded as additional information about the outbreak and subsequent contact tracing becomes available.

On Saturday, South Dakota officials announced more than 250 new cases, a daily record for the state. The 7-day moving average in South Dakota is nearing its peak starting this spring, after breaking a daily record with 251 new cases announced today. And neighboring North Dakota is reporting high-level cases during the pandemic.

Despite the recent surge in coronavirus infections in Germany, 4,000 people stood in line in the eastern city of Leipzig on Saturday to see singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko.

However, this was no other story of an entertainment venue disregarding public health concerns to get back to business. The all-day show was an experiment conducted by scientists to find out why mass events are so effective at spreading the virus and how to avoid the riskiest behaviors.

Each of the concert goers passed a coronavirus test and had their temperature measured before entering the closed arena. you are All of them have trackers that researchers can use to monitor who they have come close to, as well as an FFP2 respirator and bottle of a special fluorescent hand sanitiser that researchers can use to find out which areas have been touched most often.

Researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg will analyze the data for weeks to determine when and where the transmission of the virus was most likely at the venue.

"We want to find out: what are the moments, in which situations does this risk arise," said Dr. Stefan Moritz, the lead researcher, in a video explanation about the project called Restart-19.

On Friday, German authorities recorded 2,034 cases, the highest daily total since late April, when the country managed to slow the spread of the virus through a nationwide lockdown.

Who monitors student behavior on campus? Residence advisors and students themselves.

More than a third of the country's 5,000 locations are looking for limited openings to rescue some normalcy – and revenue – from a crippling pandemic, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. There are strict rules: no parties. Mandatory coronavirus tests or routine self-tests for symptoms. No entering the public space without masks.

But breakouts at dozens of colleges have underscored the boundaries of a college to control the behavior of young people who pay for the privilege of taking classes.

Recent videos from multiple locations – like the University of North Georgia – have shown scores or hundreds of students gathered without masks or social distancing. On On Wednesday, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill switched students to distance learning after at least 177 students tested positive, mostly in clusters linked to dormitories, sororities, and fraternities.

Dorm counselors are at the forefront of dormitories. Students came to Cornell University last week, and Jason Chang, a 24-year-old graduate student who oversees students in his dormitory, was overwhelmed by distancing rule violations.

"Constant madness and madness," said Mr. Chang. "That was my life this week."

Penalties can result in suspensions and evictions from campus, but education officials say that it is generally not in the nature of colleges and universities to function like police states.

Many university officials appear to be relying on students to report to each other to enforce coronavirus restrictions. Some universities offer hotlines where students can anonymously report unsafe behavior.

A recently released TikTok video with more than 3.4 million views captured the spirit of self-assertion. Two young men warned that they would rather tell their classmates than be sent home. "I'm going to kick you out," warns one emphatically, adding, "I don't do Khan Academy from home. I refuse. And I hate the cops."

As India approaches a total of three million confirmed coronavirus cases this weekend – the third highest in the world after the US and Brazil – the South Asian nation continues its delicate balance between allowing public life like major religious festivals and adding restrictions to the virus thwart.

The country's Supreme Court on Friday allowed three Jain temples to open for a two-day festival in Mumbai, the Indian city hardest hit by the pandemic.

After some religious groups distributed petitions, the court last month advocated the reopening of places of worship, arguing that live streaming of rituals was an inadequate substitute for physical visits to the sites.

But many regional governments in the country continue to restrict public gatherings. In the northern state of Punjab, the prime minister has restricted them to no more than four people.

India, a nation of 1.3 billion people, recorded 69,878 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday – the fourth day in a row that more than 60,000 new cases were added. As of Saturday morning, a total of 2,975,700 cases and 55,794 cases had been recorded Deaths, according to a Times database.

The country was subjected to one of the strictest locks in the world from the end of March. Everyone had to stay inside, shops were closed and public transport was stopped. However, as the measures took a heavy economic and social toll, government officials began lifting some restrictions to alleviate the suffering.

In the past few months there have been complaints across the country about the shortage of hospital beds and many people have blamed the government for not making the most of the profits made during the lockdown.

When public markets and other spaces with little social distance could be reopened, cases in congested areas increased. Now India's confirmed case count has risen from two million to nearly three million in just over two weeks.

A major wedding in New York state is blocked at the last minute.

A couple planning to hold a 175-guest wedding in western New York on Saturday had to postpone it after a judge on the appeals court blocked the event and responded to a legal challenge from the state government about the expected crowd.

The ruling, which was passed on Friday, came two weeks after a lower court ruled that weddings in locations in the state that also function as restaurants that allow indoor dining should be held at gatherings organized by Governor Andrew M . Cuomo were imposed not to be subject to a limit of 50 people to fight the coronavirus.

The lower court ruling opened the door for such wedding venues to host parties of more than 50 people according to the same rules that apply to restaurants. These rules now limit indoor service to typical restaurant capacity.

The lower court's decision was triggered by a lawsuit filed by two couples who booked weddings at Arrowhead Golf Club in Akron, New York, about a half-hour drive northeast of Buffalo. One of the couples was married on the day of the decision. The other was supposed to get married this weekend.

State officials who argued in court records that weddings pose a greater public health risk than indoor dining and are potential "super-spreader" events immediately appealed the verdict.

On Friday, Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted the prosecutors' urgency motion to call off the second wedding until a jury could examine their arguments in more depth.

Republicans are preparing for a Congress with a personal segment.

After the National Democratic Convention, which concluded Thursday, Republicans will gather for a separate convention, including a personal appeal in Charlotte, N.C.

The Republican convention, which begins Monday, will have a gathering of 336 people Representatives who will nominate President Trump from the city's Convention Center.

In June, Trump announced plans to move Congress to Jacksonville, Florida after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper refused to compromise the state's social distancing rules to allow crowd participation. But when virus outbreaks exploded in Florida that summer, the move was scrapped too.

The final draft for the event is still bowing to the dangers of the pandemic. Much of the meeting takes place online, and attendees in the personal segment are instructed to wear masks and observe social distancing.

But Republican activists have said the decision to get the in-person segment was choreographed to stand in opposition to the Democratic Convention, which is fully online, and to spark electorate excitement for Mr Trump's nomination.

"Waving the middle finger on public health guidelines, the 'political establishment' and the 'mainstream media' in the form of a personal appeal amid the pandemic is a great way to strengthen one's core base," said Lucy Caldwell, a Republican Strategist.

The House suspended its annual summer break on Saturday for a rare weekend session to pass laws blocking cost cuts and operational changes to the postal service – measures that Democrats, civil rights activists and some Republicans fear could jeopardize postal voting this fall.

The measure proposed by Democratic leaders would also require the postal service to prioritize delivery of all election-related mail. It would grant the beleaguered authority a rare $ 25 billion infusion to cover revenue lost from the coronavirus pandemic and ensure it has the resources to hold what is likely to be the largest email vote in the history of the Country to deal with.

The Democrats were joined by a small group of Republicans who voted yes, but the bill was unlikely to go through the Republican-controlled Senate as written. President Trump rejected the bill in last-minute tweets, calling it a "waste of HOAX money" by the Democrats.

However, the Democrats made progress anyway, phrasing the action on Saturday as an emergency measure to protect vital mail and parcel services, which had experienced significant delays this summer when new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy took swift action to cut costs and a yawning budget gap close. They said it was necessary to instill confidence in American voters that the agency would protect their ballots despite often unsubstantiated, almost daily attacks by President Trump on mail-in votes. This criticism has raised concerns about the politicization of a trustworthy institution.

Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and lead author of the bill, released internal mail on Saturday saying that "there has been a significant decline in service standards across the board since early July."

"This is not a partisan issue," Ms. Maloney said before the House passed the bill. "There is absolutely no point in imposing such dangerous cuts in the middle of a pandemic and just months before the November elections."

After a virus-stricken off-season, Novak Djokovic is in New York for the US Open. He spoke to the Times.

Rafael Nadal has decided not to travel to the US Open. Roger Federer is recovering from knee surgery. But Novak Djokovic is in New York and is expected to participate in the tournament, which will take place from August 31 with no spectators.

Djokovic is number 1 and will remain a perfect 18-0 in 2020, just like at the beginning of the pandemic-related hiatus in March.

In the off-season, however, he was hardly a big winner. He caused concern and controversy by questioning vaccination and claiming that water could be affected by human emotions. And he hurt his credibility and brand by organizing the Adria Tour in June, a charity exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia that lacked social distancing and decency, leading to a number of coronavirus cases. It was canceled before the finish line, with several leading players and some support staff testing positive.

Djokovic and his wife Jelena were among them and they isolated for two weeks with their two young children in their hometown of Belgrade, Serbia.

"We tried to do something with the right intentions," Djokovic said of the tour. "Yes, there were some steps that could of course have been done differently, but will I be forever accused of making a mistake?" he told Christopher Clarey about the Times.

Djokovic said his own virus symptoms were mild and lasted four to five days. He said he did not have a fever, but that he had tiredness and some loss of smell and taste, and felt some loss of stamina when he initially returned to practice. He monitors himself for long-term effects.

Tour operators in the tropical Australian city of Cairns have already battled perceptions that the Great Barrier Reef is in agony as warm water repeatedly causes mass bleaching that has robbed many corals of their vibrant colors. However, where climate change is more of a creeping threat to the survival of the reef and thus to tourism in Cairns, the coronavirus has dealt a hammer blow.

Now this city, so connected to the natural wonder just off its coast that it can hardly imagine life without the visitors who flock to it, is forced to face the prospect of becoming no longer dependent on tourists can be.

Foreign and local travelers, already deterred by last summer's devastating bush fires and now banned from Australia's international and domestic travel bans, have all but disappeared, and a $ 4.6 billion industry revolving around the largest living structure the world around has almost come to a standstill.

The sudden disappearance of visitors seems all the more unreal as the virus barely touched Cairns itself: The city of 150,000 in the extreme northeast of Australia has only registered a few dozen cases and currently none.

However, nothing escapes the reach of the pandemic.

In Cairns, visitors who usually overcrowd the dock every morning while waiting to pile on boats have shrunk from thousands to a few hundred. The operators are unemployed, the boats tie up at the dock and some hotels and restaurants are closed.

On the first day of school in Camden County, Georgia, local Facebook groups raved about rumors that a teacher had tested positive. The next day, a warning went out to the school administrators: Keep the teachers calm.

"Employees who test positive must not inform other employees, their students' parents, or any other person / organization that they may have exposed them," district assistant superintendent Jon Miller wrote in a confidential email on August 5 .

In the past few weeks, parents, students, and teachers in the community have heard orally of more positive cases related to district schools. Some parents said they had been called by local officials saying their children should be quarantined.

But even as fears of an outbreak grew, the district has not publicly confirmed a single case to the local community or the New York Times.

With schools in parts of the country reopening their classrooms in a still raging pandemic, some districts have sent weekly – and in some cases daily – reports to families and updated online dashboards with the latest positive test results and quarantine numbers. Other districts have remained silent and sometimes raised privacy concerns.

State notification guidelines also vary widely. Officials in Colorado and North Carolina are reporting which schools had positive cases, while Louisiana, which had not previously identified any particular schools with outbreaks, said this week that it is creating a new system to "efficiently collect relevant Covid-19 data in schools." to report greater public visibility. "

On the other end of the spectrum, Oklahoma doesn't require school districts to report Covid-19 cases to health departments. Tennessee this week stepped back from a previous commitment by the governor to report the number of school-related cases and is only providing information by county.

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Reporting was by Livia Albeck-Ripka, Julia Calderone, Choe Sang-Hun, Emily Cochrane, Ron DePasquale, Conor Dougherty, Nicholas Fandos, Marie Fazio, Gillian Friedman, Anemona Hartocollis, Shawn Hubler, Annie Karni, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Dan Levin, written by Zach Montague, Allison McCann, Elisabetta Povoledo, Christopher F. Schütze, Ed Shanahan, Maria Silvia Trigo and Sameer Yasir.

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