As more U.S. states move to lift coronavirus restrictions, a closely watched model for gauging the disease’s spread continues to raise its estimate for the number of U.S. deaths.
For the second time in under a week, the University of Washington’s Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation revised its forecast, which now stands at more than 137,000 deaths by August - roughly 3,000 more than its prior estimate on May 4.
On Sunday, IHME Director Christopher Murray told CBS News the reason was simple: more people moving around means more infections.
"What's driving the change is, simply put, the rise in mobility and that's the key driver.
We're seeing in some states, you know, a 20 percentage point increase in just 10 days in mobility.
And that will translate into more human contact, more transmission.
And then the other thing that we're- we're seeing in some states is, which is why we like to- to revise the forecast on a very regular basis, is that we're just seeing more cases and deaths than expected in certain places.
But it's mostly mobility that's driving up the numbers." Murray said some better-than-expected numbers showing declines in certain areas were more than offset by rising numbers in other places.
"Some 'good-ish' news coming out of New York and New Jersey and Michigan, where the death cases and death numbers are- are coming down faster than expected.
Some other states where cases and deaths are going up more than we expected, Illinois and then Arizona, Florida, California as examples of that... And then, of course, we're seeing just explosive increases in mobility in a number of states that we expect will translate into more cases and deaths, you know, in 10 days from now." Murray named five states: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Georgia, where mobility has increased since the easing of lockdown measures, will likely soon see a rise in new infections.
Governors of U.S. states that are COVID-19 hotspots are pressing ahead to reopen businesses and ease restrictions despite mounting fears over a second wave of infections. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
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Former fixer and personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen has been photographed most likely breaking his terms of parole. According to Business Insider, Cohen and his wife were spotted dining with another couple at the New York City restaurant, Le Bilboquet. Cohen is serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion, bank fraud, campaign-finance violations, and lying to Congress.
Indian Americans have called for 'Boycott China', a protest demonstration against China at the iconic Times Square in New York. This protest comes in the aftermath of the deadly border clash in the Himalayas that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and 76 injured. Despite the impact of coronavirus in New York, the demonstration saw dozens of Indian origin Americans standing in solidarity with members of the Tibetan community and Taiwanese Americans. Since the Galwan standoff between India and China, anti-China protests have broken out in several cities in the United States and scenes in New York looked no different as people were seen holding placards, raising the Indian and Tibetan national flags along with chanting pro-India and anti-china slogans. The protestors believe that even though the "boycott China" campaign has already been more successful than anticipated, there is still a lot to be done apart from simply stalling the use of Chinese products.
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As coronavirus cases continued to soar in Arizona, dozens of people gathered at a rally on Saturday (July 4) to protest restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. Freddie Joyner has more.
The Mexican state of Sonora borders Arizona. The border usually sees brisk traffic, as Americans cross into Mexico for tourism, commerce, and medical visits. But now, CNN reports the Mexican government has set up additional checkpoints across the border over the holiday weekend. The checkpoints are to prevent unauthorized travel and conduct health checks on people crossing from the US.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday that bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks, and tubing rentals will shut down for 30 days. The move is designed to prevent overloading Arizona's health system, which is nearing capacity in its use of intensive care unit beds. According to Business Insider, coronavirus cases are continuing to skyrocket in the southwestern state. Arizona currently has over 74,000 coronavirus cases. The state will also stop issuing special event licenses from June 29 to July 27.
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign postponed events in Arizona and Florida. According to Business Insider, the two states reported increases in COVID-19 cases. The campaign said the events were moved “out of an abundance of caution.” Pence still plans to visit Arizona and Florida to meet with state leader, The cancellation comes after the U.S. reported its highest single-day increase.
[NFA] Florida, Arizona and Nevada recorded daily highs for cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, highlighting the worsening spread of the virus in several southern and western states, as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to more than 2.5 million. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
According to Business Insider, nonessential travel is resuming as governors ease states' lockdown orders. But, it's not your typical summer travel season. 15 governors have enacted statewide travel restrictions. 12 states will require incoming travelers to self-quarantine when they arrive. This includes: Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Alaska and Maine require anyone visiting to have a recent negative COVID-19 test upon entering.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a series of cases seeking to expand gun rights. According to Reuters, it rejected 10 different appeals challenging firearms restrictions violating the Second Amendment. One of those cases challenged assault weapons bans in Massachusetts and Cook County, Ill. Another challenged New Jersey law mandating people carrying handguns in public to show a special reason for doing so.
President Donald Trump urged U.S. state governors to be more tough on protests happening in their states. He said: “You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time.” Protests all over the U.S. seek justice after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a police officer. According to Reuters, Ill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker accused Trump of making the situations worse. He said: “We’ve got to have national leadership in calling for calm.”
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[NFA] Florida's confirmed coronavirus cases rose by a record 11,458 on Saturday, the state's health department said, the second time in three days that its caseload increased by more than 10,000. Jillian Kitchener has more.
[NFA] Florida, among the states hardest hit by the June surge, reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, its largest spike so far, while Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday decreed that face masks must be worn in all counties with over 20 coronavirus cases. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
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