rainn.png
Sunday November 29th, 2020 8:29PM

US virus cases continue to rise at near-record rate

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. stood near an all-time high Thursday, hovering close to the peak reached in late April during some of the darkest and deadliest days of the crisis.

While greatly expanded testing probably accounts for some of the increase, experts say other measures indicate the virus is making a comeback. Daily deaths, hospitalizations and the percentage of tests that are coming back positive for the virus have also have been rising over the past few weeks in parts of the country.

The 34,300 COVID-19 cases recorded Wednesday were slightly fewer than the day before, but still near the high of 36,400 reached on April 24, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

As the virus rises again in the U.S. and other parts of the world, some governments and businesses imposed new restrictions only weeks after lifting shutdowns, even as others areas loosened up.

“There are no magic answers. There are no spells here. You can’t divine this away,” World Health Organization emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said. “We have to act at every level.”

In the U.S., where governors and other politicians have tried to strike a balance between the health risks and the threat to the economy, the number of workers applying for unemployment benefits last week declined slightly to 1.48 million, indicating layoffs are slowing but are still painfully high.

The U.S. has greatly ramped up testing in the past few months, and it is now presumably finding many less-serious cases that would have gone undetected earlier in the outbreak, when the availability of testing was limited and sicker people were often given priority.

But there are other more clear-cut warning signs, including a rising number of deaths per day in states such as Arizona and Alabama.

Several states set single-day case records this week, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma. Some of those states also broke hospitalization records, as did North Carolina and South Carolina.

In an encouraging sign, as of last week the number of deaths per day in the U.S. overall was actually declining, not rising in lockstep with new cases. Experts said that could reflect improved efforts by nursing homes to prevent infections, as well as the advent of effective treatments.

Also, a growing share of the new cases are among young people, who are more likely than older ones to survive a bout with the virus.

The virus has been blamed for over 120,000 U.S. deaths — the highest toll in the world — and more than 2.3 million confirmed infections nationwide. On Wednesday, the widely cited University of Washington computer model of the outbreak projected nearly 180,000 U.S. deaths by Oct. 1.

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced that their states, which were devastated by early outbreaks that appear to be under control, will now require travelers from certain states with high infection rates to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Some states are moving to ensure more consistent use of face masks and other anti-virus measures.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered people to wear masks in public as the daily count of hospitalizations and new cases hovered near records. In Florida, several counties and cities recently enacted mask requirements.

Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious-disease expert at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, said he worries that states will squander what time they have to head off a much larger crisis.

“We’re still talking about subtlety, still arguing whether or not we should wear masks, and still not understanding that a vaccine is not going to rescue us,” he said.

European nations appear on track to reopen their shared borders by July 1, and the European Union is considering barring American visitors, given the flare-up in the U.S. and President Donald Trump’s ban on Europeans entering the United States.

In Paris, meanwhile, the Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors for the first time Thursday after its longest-ever peacetime closure: 104 days.

“It’s very special, very special" because of the relative lack of tourists, said Annelies Bouwhuis, a 43-year-old visitor from the Netherlands.

Skyscraper-studded Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, ended a monthslong nightly curfew.

With hospitals overwhelmed in New Delhi, Indian troops provided care at medical wards fashioned from railroad cars. And door-to-door testing is starting in Melbourne, Australia, to control a hot spot there.

In China, where the virus first appeared late last year, an outbreak in Beijing appeared to have been brought under control. China reported 19 new cases nationwide amid mass testing in the capital.

Worldwide, over 9.4 million people have been confirmed infected, and nearly a half-million have died, by Johns Hopkins’ count. Experts say the true infection numbers are much higher, in part because of limited testing.

___

Kurtenbach reported from Bangkok. Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to this report.

___

Follow AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Health, AP World News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US virus cases continue to rise at near-record rate
The daily U.S. count of new coronavirus cases stood near an all-time high Thursday
11:47AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Protests spark move to rename iconic Kansas City fountain
Protests in Kansas City over the death of George Floyd may lead the city to rename one of its most iconic sites, the J
11:42AM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Court rules gyms will remain closed in Michigan
A federal appeals court ruled gyms and fitness centers will remain closed under Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's shut down order from months ago
11:40AM ( 22 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
‘Antebellum’ brings racial justice call to reopened theaters
Filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz planned to release their feature-length debut film, “Antebellum,” in the spring, just as the coronavirus pandemic exploded internationally
10:38AM ( 1 hour ago )
Tattoo artist sees bump in desire to erase hateful skin art
A Vermont tattoo artist is offering a free service to people who want to remove or cover hateful skin art
10:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
Justices rule for Trump administration in deportation case
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge
10:12AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Applications for jobless aid fall to still-high 1.48 million
The number of laid-off workers who applied for unemployment benefits fell to 1.48 million last week, the 12th straight drop and a sign that layoffs are slowing but are still at a painfully high level
8:43AM ( 3 hours ago )
Pakistan to ground 150 pilots for cheating to get licenses
Pakistan’s state-run airline says it will ground 150 pilots, accusing them of obtaining licenses by having others take exams for them after a probe into last month’s crash that killed 97 people in Karachi
8:25AM ( 3 hours ago )
Congo announces end to 2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak ever
Congo's health ministry and the World Health Organization have declared an end to the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history
8:12AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Impatience grows for cops' arrests in Breonna Taylor's death
The outcry has reverberated for weeks online and at demonstrations nationwide: Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor
5:39AM ( 6 hours ago )
Asia Today: India to survey 29 million New Delhi residents
India says it will carry out a massive survey for the coronavirus targeting the entire population in New Delhi of 29 million
5:33AM ( 6 hours ago )
New Delhi plans mass screening effort as virus cases surge
Indian authorities are launching a massive coronavirus survey taking down health details from New Delhi’s entire population of 29 million, and testing everyone with symptoms by July 6
4:42AM ( 7 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Protests spark move to rename iconic Kansas City fountain
Protests in Kansas City over the death of George Floyd may lead the city to rename one of its most iconic sites, the J
11:42AM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Court rules gyms will remain closed in Michigan
A federal appeals court ruled gyms and fitness centers will remain closed under Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's shut down order from months ago
11:40AM ( 22 minutes ago )
Russia opens polls for vote on extending Putin's rule
Polls have opened in Russia for a week-long vote on constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036
11:31AM ( 31 minutes ago )
'Faces of the conquerors': Trump trip to Rushmore draws fire
President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them
11:29AM ( 32 minutes ago )
Report highlights risks for container ships in Wadden Sea
A Dutch safety watchdog says it is “undesirable” for large container ships to use a shipping route through an environmentally sensitive, shallow sea off the coast of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark in heavy northwesterly storms
11:26AM ( 35 minutes ago )