The U.S. set a record for COVID-19 infections yesterday with 36,888 new cases, surpassing the previous peak of 36,739 set on April 24. States and localities struggled in response:
Thirty-three states are seeing a rise in their five-day average infection rates.
California, Florida and Texas reported record new infections yesterday, with Florida registering the third highest single-day infection rate of any state since the pandemic began.
Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, once the epicenter of the virus, are imposing quarantines on people arriving from eight states with runaway infection rates: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas.
In Texas, where hospitalizations have doubled this month, the rate of positive tests exceeded 10%, a “red flag” according to experts.
A higher-than-expected 1.48 million people filed first-time jobless claims last week, with the total receiving benefits at 19.5 million.
Disparate rules on reopening are disrupting border economies between states, shifting business activity and tax income toward those with lax restrictions.
Online business directory Yelp reported that the majority of its listed businesses idled during the pandemic remained closed as of June 15. Twenty percent of the 140,000 that remained closed are permanently shuttered.
COVID-19 fatalities in Latin America are projected to hit 390,000 by October with Brazil and Mexico expected to account for two-thirds of the casualties.
The Latin American economy will shrink by 9.4% this year, according to the IMF, worse than its April forecast of a 5.2% contraction.
Displaced European workers face an “economic cliff” as government emergency support is set to expire.
Infections in Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation, spiked past 50,000 after the country eased social distancing mandates.
In a nursing home in Spain, plastics help deliver love and protection.
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