Coronavirus Update: Over 6 Million Cases, Supreme Court Rejects Religious Challenge, India Lifts Some Restrictions

By Anna Breuer on 30 May 2020
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Just as the number of coronavirus cases worldwide crossed the six million mark, the European Union said Saturday that it would continue to support the World Health Organization after the United States said it would pull out. “The W.H.O. needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and Josep Borrell, who serves as the bloc’s top diplomat.

As New York City moves to partially reopen on June 8, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would focus on controlling hot spots in the city and on preparing hospitals in the event of a second spike of cases. The city will also target the ten neighborhoods with the highest infection rates by distributing hand sanitizer and masks and opening an additional testing site in each area.

Promising he would ride the subway the day New York City opens, Governor Andrew Cuomo took steps to reassure New Yorker’s that the city’s mass transit system was a safe way to travel, despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the contrary.  Buses, subways, and trains are being cleaned and disinfected multiple times each day.

In Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont announced a loosening of restrictions that would now permit gatherings of up to ten people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Houses of worship will be able to hold indoor services at 25 percent capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is fewer, and outdoor services of up to 150 people provided social distancing is in place and enforced.

Meanwhile the U.S. Commerce Department said that consumer spending fell a record 13.6% in April, amidst a 10.5% rise in personal income.

With a 5 to 4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge by a California church to block enforcement of state restrictions on attendance at religious services.

In India, the government extended a national lockdown through the end of June, although it lifted some restrictions, allowing houses of worship, restaurants, hotels, and shopping malls to reopen.

Finally, Thailand extended a ban on tourists through the end of June.


Practice social distancing consistently no matter where you are outside your home and wear a mask in public.  Wash your hands often.  Exercise caution in small, confined spaces, especially elevators.  And did we say, “wash your hands”?


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