Coronavirus News: Friday, August 7 – N.Y. Can Reopen Schools, Cases Approach 20 Million Worldwide

By Anna Breuer on 7 August 2020
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Radio City Music Hall during the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular

The worldwide number of viruses approached 20 million and stands currently at 19.3 million.  Almost 720,000 people have died thus far and 12.45 million have recovered.

New Zealand lifted almost all coronavirus restrictions in the country, declaring the nation virus free. Under the new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits on public gatherings, although foreigners are still banned from entering the country.

Officials in Florida are reporting 7,686 new coronavirus cases and 180 additional deaths. This brings the total in the state to almost 520,000.

Hawaii Governor David Ige is reinstating inter-island travel restrictions next week as the virus surges in the state.  Any travelers arriving in Kauai, Hawaii, Maui, and Kalawao counties will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

President Donald Trump said Friday that the country may have a vaccine for the coronavirus “far in advance” of the end of the year.

U.S. airlines again asked the government to step in with loans and grants to prevent job losses in the industry. Airlines are barred from laying off employees under the terms of the current aid package, which expires on October 1.  The industry has already outlined plans that would include furloughs for some 75,000 workers including pilots and flight attendants.

Citing uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic, the owners of Radio City Music Hall said that the 2020 production of the Rockettes’ “Christmas Spectacular” would be cancelled this year.  It will be the first time in 87 years that the show did not go on.

A man in a Miami Beach hotel fired four warning shots after telling a mother and son that they weren’t social distancing.  Douglas Marks, 29, was arrested by police at the Crystal Beach Suites Hotel.  There were no injuries.

The governor of Illinois announced new emergency rules for wearing masks, including a system of warnings and fines. “There’s still ever greater need for people to wear masks,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that all school districts in the state have been authorized to hold in-person classes. “By our infection rates all school districts can open everywhere in the state,” he said in a press conference.  Cuomo said that the state will monitor infection rates and revisit the decision if and when necessary.

Meanwhile, teachers in Georgia are calling the plan for reopening schools later this month “a catastrophe.”  Some teachers in Gwinnett County mounted a protest and honked their horns, saying that they had prepared for online classes and were being forced into holding them in person, a teacher there told CNN.

Italy recorded the most new coronavirus cases since May last Friday. The country reported 552, bringing the total to 249,756.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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