Coronavirus News: Wednesday, August 5 – 19 Million Cases, N.Y. Sets Up Checkpoints at Borders

By Anna Breuer on 5 August 2020
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The lower Manhattan skyline

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide moved towards the 19 million figure and stands Wednesday at 18.8 million.  Over 706,000 people have died thus far and 11.9 million have recovered.

Officials in New York City said they will set up checkpoints and major bridge and tunnel crossings that enter the city in order to inform travelers about the state’s 14-day quarantine.  The requirement to self-quarantine applies to visitors from several dozen states.  The city will also take similar action at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Meanwhile, the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, resigned citing her “deep disappointment” with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the pandemic.

Public schools in Chicago will reopen using an online-only model come September.  The move for a hybrid model was opposed by both parents and teachers.

In Washington, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have agreed to work toward a deal on a relief package by the end of the week. White House officials and Democratic leaders acknowledged some progress on Wednesday, and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, indicated he was open to a compromise measure that would include some programs he initially opposed, including an extension of the $600-per-week jobless benefit.

The governor of Mississippi announced that masks were now mandatory in public as well as in all retail spaces. They will also be required for students and teachers when schools reopen.

Southwest Airlines said it will no longer disinfect armrests and seat belts between flights. The carrier cited an increased flight schedule, and some cleaning procedures will only take place overnight due to time constraints.

Finally, health officials in Afghanistan said that approximately one-third of country’s population, or roughly 10 million people, have likely been infected by the coronavirus and recovered.

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