Coronavirus News: Tuesday, September 1 – Spain and the Midwest Both Report Spikes, Cases in Russia Top 1 Million

By Anna Breuer on 1 September 2020
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The Vessel at Hudson Yards in New York City

The worldwide number of reported virus cases, which topped the 25 million mark on Saturday, now stands at 25.7 million, an increase of almost half a million cases in the past 72 hours.  The number of deaths stands at over 856,255, and over 18 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, with 6.22 million. Officials reported 36,247 new infections on Sunday, and the coronavirus death toll stands at almost 188,000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now predicts that the death toll will be over 195,000 by September 12.

The Midwest is seeing a spike, while other states are reporting a decline in the number of new cases. In Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the number of new cases in the past seven days was higher than any previous time  during the pandemic.

New York City, which was scheduled to reopen its schools on Monday, will delay the start of the school year and in-person classes until September 21.  The move largely came about to avert the first teachers’ strike in 50 years, after the teachers’ union said the school system requires more time before reopening.

Officials in Russia said that there have now been over one million cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Cases continue to rise by approximately 5,000 per day and the death toll there has reached 17,299.

The virus is spreading faster in Spain than in any other European country. Already one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, Spain reported 53,000 new cases over the past week, more than any other country on the Continent.

Ride-hailing service Uber says it will soon require certain passengers to take a selfie prior to ordering a ride to verify the rider has a mask.  The company has required its drivers to take selfies prior to picking up a passenger since mid-May.

Costa Rica, which imposed strict border controls in March amidst the start of the pandemic, said it would begin to allow residents from certain U.S. states to visit.  The list includesthose with proof of residency in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 94% of Americans who died did so from Covid-19 and other “types of health conditions and contributing causes” in addition to the virus.  The study found that the novel coronavirus was the sole cause of death in only 6% of cases.

Finally, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus said it will lay off over 250 employees when it closes its new, 180,000-square-foot (16,723-square-meter) store at Hudson Yards in New York City amidst its bankruptcy proceedings. The move comes a little more than a year after the store opened its doors to customers.

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