Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 26 – Protests in London, Hotspots in N.Y.C.

By Anna Breuer on 26 September 2020
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Theatergoers at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End

A day after Britain reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus infections, almost 7,000, thousands of people joined demonstrations in London that were protesting new lockdown measures. Chanting “Freedom,” the crowds were quickly dispersed by Metropolitan Police as they failed to observe social distancing rules.

The number of reported new cases in New York State rose above 1,000 for the first time since June. Officials in New York City said they planned to take a more aggressive approach to stem the spread of the coronavirus after officials reported a positivity rate of up to 6% in hotspots in some parts of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.  The neighborhoods cited by officials include Kew Gardens in Queens and Midwood and Gravesend in Brooklyn.  Elsewhere in the city, the positivity rate hovers around 1%.

A woman in Logan, Ohio, who was attempting to watch a middle-school football game without donning a mask, in violation of local ordinances, was arrested and shocked with a Taser.  The woman, Alicia Kitts, repeatedly refused police requests to wear a mask and then refused several times to leave the stands.  She was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass.

A study led by Dr. Shuchi Anand at the Department of Nephrology at Standford University suggests that less than 10% of the U.S. population has coronavirus antibodies. The study looked at blood samples from 28,500 dialysis patients across 46 states. It also found a wide variance based on geography: In the New York metro area, the Stanford researchers found antibodies present in 25% of those tested while, in western parts of the country, that figure was under 5%.

In Washington, D.C., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said they had agreed to resume talks on a new economic relief package. “We’ve agreed to continue to have discussions about the CARES Act,” Mnuchin said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, a sentiment echoed by Pelosi. “We’re ready for a negotiation,” the speaker said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an order allowing restaurants and bars to begin to operate at 100% capacity effective Saturday.  The order states that no local Covid-19 emergency ordinance can prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.  Under that same order, local jurisdictions may not limit restaurant capacity to less than 50%, even with an emergency order.

Finally, the pandemic-induced drop in tourism is costing Queen Elizabeth money.  The Crown Estate – which is officially referred to as the “sovereign’s public estate” and which is not part of the queen’s net worth, is seeing empty shops and unpaid rent in buildings it owns.  A substantial drop in tourists visiting major attractions including several castles, along with lockdown orders, is to blame.  The Crown Estate owns substantial portions of London’s West End shopping district along with the Ascot Racecourse and Windsor Estate.

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