mcloudy.png
Thursday October 22nd, 2020 8:55AM

The Latest: Arizona health officials adjust virus case count

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

PHOENIX — Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 610 additional coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, increasing the statewide totals to 213,551 confirmed cases and 5,467 deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona rose over the past two weeks, from 575 new cases on Sept. 4 to 774 on Friday.

The increase followed the state Department of Health Service’s recent changing of its case-counting methodology to adopt an updated national standard that includes “probable” results from less-accurate antigen testing.

The counting change resulted in big bulges of additional cases Thursday and Friday as the department updated its records to include more than 1,300 probable cases from September and previous months.

Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling average of daily deaths dropped during the past two weeks, going from 32 deaths on Sept. 4 to 23 deaths on Friday.

___

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

— Police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in London

— India adds 93,337 new confirmed infections in past 24 hours

— 2 more college football games postponed because of coronavirus

— Director of the University of Colorado’s football operations cited for violating coronavirus-related public health orders after a team practice involved 108 people on a mountain hike.

— Some Romanian families protest mandatory use of masks in school. Like other countries in Europe, the number of virus cases has spiked in recent days in Romania.

— The official Oktoberfest is cancelled in Munich, so 50 of the German city’s beer halls are hosting their own, smaller parties conforming to coronavirus guidelines.

___

Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

___

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

TEL AVIV, Israel — Dozens of Israelis held a beach demonstration against a new lockdown prompted by a surge in coronavirus cases.

The protesters Saturday relied on a loophole in the national closure’s guidelines that allows people to travel beyond the one square kilometer limit if they are to participate in a demonstration. The three-week nationwide lockdown began Friday as Israel celebrates Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.

The demonstrators gathered on the beach of the central city of Tel Aviv, wearing swimsuits, raising black and pink flags connoting various protest movements.

Some protesters carried pictures of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been the target of weekly protests during the summer for his corruption charges and failure to handle the pandemic.

Israel has largely contained the virus in the spring, but the abrupt reopening of the economy in May worsened the outbreak. The protests against Netanyahu also were fueled by business owners who say the government failed to offer proper compensation in the first lockdown.

The government decided to impose a second lockdown because health authorities are recording thousands of cases a day, with a confirmed death toll of about 1,200.

___

ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities announced 240 coronavirus cases Saturday and four deaths.

The total number of confirmed cases is 14,978 and 331 deaths.

Authorities say a second monk from the same Mt. Athos monastery, St. Paul’s, has tested positive. Both monks were tested outside the Mt. Athos monastic community. Doctors say the second became ill inside the community.

The monastery, which has about 30 monks, is not allowing visitors.

___

ROME — The Italian health ministry reported another 1,638 new cases of coronavirus and 24 deaths.

The deaths brought Italy’s official coronavirus toll to 35,692, second highest in Europe after Britain.

The health ministry says the new cases were based on a record 103,223 tests. While countries such as Germany have been processing more than double that number in recent days, Italy has been limited at around 100,000 tests.

Public health officials said in their weekly monitoring report that Italy’s seven-week uptick in cases represented a “slow and progressive worsening of the outbreak.” However, it’s not as bad as in other European countries where new daily cases have exceeded 10,000.

___

LONDON — Police in London have clashed with protesters at a rally organized by opponents of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Scuffles broke out Saturday as police moved in to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who gathered in central London’s Trafalgar Square. Some of the protesters formed blockades to stop officers from making arrests, and traffic was brought to a halt in the busy area.

The rally included dozens of people holding banners and placards and chanting “freedom.”

Britain recently imposed a ban on all social gatherings of more than six people this week in a bid to tackle a steep rise in coronavirus cases.

Britain has 338,420 confirmed cases and 41,821 deaths, the fifth-highest death toll in the world, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

___

ROME — Pope Francis is urging political leaders make sure coronavirus vaccines are available to the poorest nations.

He says in many parts of the world, there is a “pharmacological marginalization” of those without access to health care.

Francis met Saturday with members of an Italian aid group that collects donated medicines from pharmaceutical companies and distributes them to clinics and centers helping the neediest.

Francis says far too many people die in parts of the world for lack of drugs widely available elsewhere, and political leaders must take their plight into account.

“I repeat, it would be sad if in distributing the vaccine, priority was given to the wealthiest, or if a vaccine becomes the property of this or that nation and not for everyone,” the pope said.

Francis has previously called for universal access to the vaccine.

___

NEW YORK — New York City’s mayor says he is confident the city will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks.

De Blasio recently delayed the reopening plan for the nation’s largest school district for the second time since it was announced in July, citing a shortage of staff and supplies.

Unions representing the city’s teachers said it wouldn’t have been safe to open all the school sites next week.

Under the revised timeline, most elementary school students will return to in-person learning starting Sept. 29, while middle and high school students will do the same Oct. 1.

The unions had pressed for more staff and additional protective equipment to protect against the virus. De Blasio promised to hire 2,500 more teachers in addition to the 2,000 additional teachers he had previously announced.

___

BOULDER, Colo. – The director of the University of Colorado’s football operations was cited for violating coronavirus-related public health orders after a team practice involved 108 people on a mountain hike.

Bryan McGinnis could face a maximum $1,000 fine, city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley says. Many were not wearing masks or social distancing.

The group also violated a city requirement that groups of 25 or more people get a permit to use open space and mountain park land owned by the city, Huntley says. Public health orders limit groups to 10 people to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

CU Athletic Director Rick George says all student-athletes are frequently tested for coronavirus and all players who took part in the hike had recently tested negative. The school has reported at least 670 coronavirus cases since classes began about a month ago.

University officials have expressed regret and say they’re taking steps to avoid similar occurrences.

___

NEW YORK — Two more college football games on Saturday have been postponed because of the coronavirus.

Baylor’s season opener against Houston and Florida Atlantic’s opener against Georgia Southern have been affected by positive tests. Baylor says its unable to meet the Big 12 roster threshold of a minimum of 53 players available to play.

There’s now been 16 Bowl Subdivision games postponed or canceled because of virus issues since Aug. 26.

The pandemic has impacted college basketball, with the start date delayed until Nov. 25. The marquee basketball tournament on Maui has been moved to North Carolina. Meanwhile, the Pac-12 is considering getting back into fall football.

___

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for massive upgrades of school technology around the country.

Merkel said Saturday during her weekly video podcast that teachers were left scrambling to teach courses virtually when schools closed at the start of the country’s outbreak. She says that underscored how important digital media and other tools are but also exposed widespread infrastructure failings.

The German leader said: “That is why we have to push ahead with the digitization of schools at full speed. We need this as an indispensable addition to face-to-face teaching.”

Merkel says the government is committing 6 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to support the development of digital learning and infrastructure in schools. She says all schools need high-speed internet access as soon as possible and teachers need computers suitable for providing digital lessons.

Germany’s schools have reopened and students have returned to in-class learning, but officials have cautioned that the country needs to be better prepared in case virus case numbers spike again.

___

NEW DELHI —India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours.

The Health Ministry on Saturday raised the nation’s caseload to more than 5.3 million out of the nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,247 more people died in the past 24 hours for a total of 85,619. The country has over a million active cases with about 80% recovery rate.

India has been reporting the highest single-day rise in the world every day for more than five weeks. It’s expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has faced scathing criticism from opposition lawmakers in India’s Parliament for its handling of the pandemic amid a contracting economy leaving millions jobless.

More than 10 million migrant workers, out of money and fearing starvation, poured out of cities and headed back to villages when Modi ordered the nationwide lockdown on March 24. The migration was one key reason that the virus spread to the far reaches of the country while the lockdown caused severe economic pain. The economy contracted nearly 24% in the second quarter, the worst among the world’s top economies.

___

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Health, College Sports, AP Business, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Health Care, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Arizona health officials adjust virus case count
Arizona health officials reported 610 additional coronavirus cases and 160 deaths
3:41PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Thai protesters' rally pushes demands for democratic reforms
Thousands of demonstrators have defied police warnings and occupied a historic field in Thailand’s capital to support the demands of a student-led protest movement for new elections and reform of the monarchy
3:08PM ( 38 minutes ago )
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington
3:07PM ( 39 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Astros' Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season
2:34PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Noren shoots 67 early in 3rd round at US Open
Alex Noren has showed the leaders that low scores can be had at Winged Foot in the third round of the U.S. Open
2:12PM ( 1 hour ago )
Pogacar crushes Roglic to seal Tour de France title
In an incredible climax to the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar crushed fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic in the last stage before the finish in Paris
2:07PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: 2 more college football games postponed by virus
Two more college football games on Saturday have been postponed because of the coronavirus
8:01AM ( 7 hours ago )
Baylor-Houston, FAU-Ga Southern postponed day before games
Two more college football games have been postponed
9:26PM ( 18 hours ago )
AP source: Woods gets 4-year, $68M extension with LA Rams
A person with knowledge of the deal says receiver Robert Woods has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth up to $68 million with the Los Angeles Rams
7:16PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Police, protesters clash as London eyes tighter virus rules
Police in London have clashed with protesters at a rally against coronavirus restrictions
11:45AM ( 4 hours ago )
Police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in London
Police in London have clashed with protesters at a rally organized by opponents of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus
11:07AM ( 4 hours ago )
The Latest: Virus spurs $7B tech push for German schools
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for massive upgrades of school technology around the country
6:37AM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Health
College basketball bubbles brewing with season on horizon
Indianapolis leaders are offering to turn the city convention center into a college basketball “bubble.”
6:08PM ( 21 hours ago )
The Latest: Virus scraps Florida Atlantic-Georgia Southern
Florida Atlantic has postponed its football opener Saturday at Georgia Southern because of a coronavirus outbreak
4:19PM ( 23 hours ago )
Going West: Move toward fall football ramps up in Pac-12, MW
The Pac-12 university presidents and chancellors will meet Friday and be presented options for staging a fall football season, but Commissioner Larry Scott says a vote by the CEO Group is not expected
9:00PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
Coronavirus-wary Bavarians kick off toned-down Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest celebrations got underway in Munich with the traditional tapping of a keg and the cry of “O’zapft is!”
10:46AM ( 5 hours ago )
Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users?
The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday
10:45AM ( 5 hours ago )
As Trump holds back, tech firms step in on election security
Lawmakers are increasingly turning to a new ally in their efforts to track foreign election interference
9:37AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business
Pompeo visits Guyana hoping to shore up support on Venezuela
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited the small nation of Guyana looking to shore up support for Trump administration efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and build ties with the booming oil producer
6:50PM ( 20 hours ago )
Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears
President Donald Trump has announced the release of $13 billion in assistance to repair the damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria three years ago, and has pledged to restore its economy
5:05PM ( 22 hours ago )
Puerto Rico getting funds for power grid 3 years after Maria
President Donald Trump has announced the release of nearly $13 billion to Puerto Rico to help rebuild the electrical grid and repair schools from the devastation of Hurricane Maria three years ago
3:51PM ( 23 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus
The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes
6:18PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Okla gov stands firm against state mask mandate
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has reiterated that he will not issue a statewide mask mandate despite a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force
6:18PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Israel starts new lockdown, warns more may come
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that authorities “may have no choice” but to enact even tighter measures as the country heads into a second lockdown following a months-long rise in coronavirus cases
5:10PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Health Care
Proposal would reduce FCS playoff field from 24 to 16 teams
The NCAA Division I Council has proposed a framework to conduct a season in the Football Championship Subdivision, with teams limited to eight regular-season games in the spring and a playoff bracket reduced from 24 to 16 teams
12:20PM ( 2 days ago )
No. 17 Miami, No. 18 Louisville meet to top ACC schedule
No. 17 Miami's trip to No. 18 Louisville headlines the Week 2 slate in the Atlantic Coast Conference
10:33AM ( 2 days ago )
No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette not overlooking Georgia State
No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette is fresh off a 20-point upset win at Iowa State as the Ragin’ Cajuns visit Georgia State
10:31AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
Thai protesters' rally pushes demands for democratic reforms
Thousands of demonstrators have defied police warnings and occupied a historic field in Thailand’s capital to support the demands of a student-led protest movement for new elections and reform of the monarchy
3:08PM ( 38 minutes ago )
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington
3:07PM ( 40 minutes ago )
Trump to Senate: Vote 'without delay' on his high court pick
President Donald Trump is urging the Republican-run Senate to consider “without delay” his upcoming nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before the election
3:01PM ( 45 minutes ago )
Greek flooding leaves 2 dead, 1 missing; 600 others rescued
A storm has pounded parts of central Greece, creating flooding that killed two people, left 1 missing and forced emergency workers to rescue more than 600 people
2:58PM ( 48 minutes ago )
'I loved her to pieces,' retired Justice Souter says of RBG
The remaining eight Supreme Court justices and two former colleagues are speaking out about their colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87
2:56PM ( 50 minutes ago )