Coronavirus News: July 21 – Trump Pushes Face Masks, EU Adopts Pandemic Recovery Plan

By Anna Breuer on 21 July 2020
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In the United States, President Trump reversed course late Monday and said he supported wearing face masks to combat the coronavirus.  The president, who resisted wearing a mask in public for months, later tweeted that “it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said Tuesday he was very pleased to see the president wearing a mask.

A landmark deal in the European Union would give grants to those countries hardest hit by the pandemic. The €750 million ($857 million) package calls for member states to raise money by selling bonds collectively instead of individually. “Exceptional situations require exceptional measures,” said German Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel in a statement.

Meanwhile, data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States indicate that the number of actual cases in some parts of the country is between two and 13 times higher than the reported rates for those regions. The CDC’s findings indicate that a number of people who were either asymptomatic or had symptoms but did not seek medical care or get tested spread the virus in their communities.

Officials in Florida reported 9,440 new coronavirus cases and 134 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total cases to at least 369,834.  Miami officials will close children’s summer camps after several children tested positive for the virus.  At least 53 intensive care units at hospitals in Florida are at capacity at the present time.

Just a few days after it reopened, Walt Disney World updated its face mask policy.  The policy required face masks at all times except when eating and drinking. The updated policy states that visitors may not walk and eat at the same time and must therefore remain masked at all times when walking.

As the number of cases in dozens of cities and states in the United States surged to record levels, air travel fell to its lowest level since early April.  In the week ended July 19, 4.65 million people passed through the nation’s airport security checkpoints, according to data released by the Transportation Security Administration, down more than 4% from a week earlier and the first weekly percentage drop since April.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the city had reopened its economy too quickly and warned it was “on the brink” of new shutdown orders as the coronavirus continues to surge in California.

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