Coronavirus News: Sunday, September 6 – The World Crosses the 27 Million Mark, 66% of N.Y. Restaurants Could Fail

By Anna Breuer on 6 September 2020
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Tables at the Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar in Manhattan

The worldwide number of reported virus cases crossed the 27 million mark on Sunday, and now is at 27.04 million, an increase of over 51,470 cases in the past 24 hours.  The number of deaths stands at over just show of 883,000, an increase of 5,814 deaths in the past 24 hours, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.

There are now over 7 million active cases across the globe. In addition, over 20 million people have recovered.

The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, and now has 6.43 million cases. Officials reported over 100,000 new infections on Saturday and Sunday, and the coronavirus death toll stands at over 192,818.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India is growing faster than anywhere else in the world, with over 80,000 new infections reported each day. The country now has more than four million confirmed cases. Only Brazil, with 4.09 million cases, and the United States, with 6.4 million, have more.

Several drug makers developing Covid-19 vaccines said they plan to issue a public and joint pledge on safety standards and that they will not to seek government approval until the vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. The list of companies includes Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predicts that the death toll in the United States could reach 410,000 by the first of the year if face mask use wanes.  Researchers there warn that the toll could in fact be much higher if all restrictions were eased.  “If a herd immunity strategy is pursued, meaning no further government intervention is taken from now to Jan 1st, the death toll could increase to 620,000,” they said.

Significant virus outbreaks on college campuses are causing administrators to send university students home.  Last Thursday, Temple University told students it would leave the dorms, as did the State University of New York at Oneonta.  Earlier in the week, Colorado College did the same. The University of Illinois has reported 700 cases amongst students, while the positivity rate at the University of South Carolina is over 27%.  At the University of Alabama, 1,200 of 38,500 students are infected with the novel coronavirus.  In addition nine fraternities and sororities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been placed under quarantine for at least 14 days due to confirmed coronavirus cases.

In the United Kingdom, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, will host a drive-in movie weekend at her Sandringham country estate to offer entertainment amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Joseph Williams, passed away Friday in Auckland City Hospital,” New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said. The cause of death was Covid-19. “Dr. Williams, who was in his 80s, was also a widely regarded member of health services in both New Zealand and the Cook Islands,” the agency said in a statement.

The New York State Restaurant Association released a new survey that found that nearly two-thirds of the state’s restaurants could be out of business by the start of 2021 if no additional government aid is forthcoming.

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