Coronavirus News: Saturday, August 29 – The World Crosses the 25 Million Mark, European Leaders Weigh New Lockdowns

By Anna Breuer on 29 August 2020
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Berlin Tempelhof Airport, which closed in 2008

The worldwide number of virus cases crossed the 25 million mark on Saturday, and now stands at 25.07 million, an increase of almost 285,000 cases in the past 24 hours.  The number of deaths stands at over 844,123, and over 17.4 million people have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.

The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, crossing the 6 million mark on Thursday. The figure currently stands at 6.12 million, while the coronavirus death toll stands at just over 186,000. Officials reported 46,556 new infections on Saturday.

Health officials in the Dakotas announced single-day records for new coronavirus cases, with over 370 in North Dakota and more than 420 in South Dakota.

In Europe, leaders are warning that new lockdown measures may be required as an alarming number of new cases is emerging.  French President Emmanuel Macron said the government is doing “everything to avoid a new lockdown,” while German Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel warned of a difficult time ahead.

Officials in Spain are already asking residents in some regions to stay at home.  The seven-day average of new infections there has crossed the 7,600 mark and health officials reported almost 9,800 new cases on Saturday, the highest number of new infections for a single day since the start of the outbreak. The mayor of Madrid asked residents of the city’s southern neighborhoods to stay at home.

The tone is somewhat different in Berlin, where thousands of people took to the streets to protest coronavirus restrictions.  The protestors say that the country’s social-distancing rules threaten their livelihoods and freedoms.  Police halted the protest after one hour, issuing a statement that the protestors were violating social-distancing rules.  The Berlin Polizeipräsidentin Barbara Slowik said the city was not willing or able “to watch tens of thousands of people assemble and create infection risks.”

The State of California will adopt a four-tiered approach to reopening its economy.  A county will be assigned to a tier based on the virus spread. Governor Gavin Newsom said that 38 counties, or some 87% of the state’s population, will begin on the so-called “widespread” tier, under which orders most non-essential indoor business operations would remain closed.

Over 1,200 students at the University of Alabama have tested positive since the recent start of the semester. Classes began on August 19.  Meanwhile, coronavirus outbreaks have been identified among hundreds of students and Kansas State University, where members of four sororities have been told to quarantine. Over 60 colleges and universities have reported coronavirus outbreaks since the start of classes over the past ten days.  Some have returned to remote learning as a result.

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