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South Carolina Reports 4th Straight Record Jump As COVID-19 Cases Surge Across The South: Live Updates

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Summary:

  • Cuomo threatens to shut down areas if social distancing violations continue
  • SC reports 3rd straight spike
  • Florida reports another alarming jump in new cases as Miami beach reopens
  • Texas reports another record jump in hospitalizations
  • NY reports just 23 deaths – a record low
  • Kudlow says numbers across US still trending lower
  • Authorities cover another 8 cases tied to Xinfadi market Sunday morning
  • China confirms 57 cases from June 13
  • Tokyo sees another spike
  • 23 US states see cases climb
  • US reports 25k+ cases, largest daily increase in 2 weeks
  • Several states reporting record jumps
  • Iran sees deaths rebound
  • Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico see troubling climb continue
  • UK officials review lockdown conditions

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Update (1840ET): NY Gov Andrew Cuomo threatened earlier to shut down Manhattan and the Hamptons if his office continued to receive a flood of complaints about people holding parties or otherwise flouting social distancing rules.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he would reverse the reopening process for individual parts of the state if they do not abide by social distancing practices, citing thousands of complaints in Manhattan and the Hamptons.

“I am warning today in a nice way: consequences of your actions,” Cuomo said at a press conference Sunday. “We have 25,000 complaints statewide. I’m not going to turn a blind eye to them. They are rampant and there’s not enough enforcement.”

“I am not going to allow situations to exist that we know have a high likelihood of causing an increase in the spread of the virus,” the governor added.

Maybe he should send a reminder to his own brother.

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Update (1420ET): South Carolina reported its highest number of new cases for a fourth consecutive day on Saturday, joining a spate of startling increases across the south, including in Alabama and Florida, which both reported record numbers of new cases for third straight day.

South Carolina counted 785 new cases on Saturday, the highest one-day jump since the virus landed in SC. Friday’s report had 729 new cases, Thursday’s saw 682 and Wednesday’s counted 531.

The state has recorded a total of 17,955 cases and 599 deaths. SC was one of the last states to issue a stay-at-home order and among the first to reopen on May 4.

South Carolina’s hospital bed occupancy has reached between 69.4% in the upstate area to 77% in the Pee Dee area, per state health department officials. In both Pee Dee and the Midlands, hospital occupancy is at records.

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Update (1300ET): Florida reported another alarmingly high daily total of new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the Orlando Tribune reported, citing data from state public health officials.

Florida reported 2,016 new coronavirus cases and six new deaths Sunday, continuing the surge of reported infections in the state over the past week and a half.

The statewide case load is now 75,568, and the death toll stands at 2,931.

Saturday’s update from the state health department marked the highest number of cases reported in a day with 2,581 cases. It was also the first time since the outbreak began that more than 2,000 cases were reported in one day.

Sunday makes the eleventh time in the past twelve days that the state saw more than 1,000 daily cases.

Though it wasn’t as high as yesterday’s total, the 2k+ number is still more than twice the daily average from a couple of weeks ago.

With its more than 75k cases, Florida still has the 8th-largest caseload in the country.

Source: NYT
Source: NYT

 

Of course, even these record high numbers didn’t deter patrons from the newly reopened Miami Beach.

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Update (1200ET): Texas, Florida, California and Arizona are perhaps the four most closely watched states now that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have seen the number of new cases wanes. And of these, Texas – with its urban clusters like Houston that have brought the state to the “precipice” of disaster, as one local official put it.

And once again on Sunday, health officials in the state reported that hospitalizations have climbed to a new record. The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed 2,242 people were hospitalized with the respiratory illness on Saturday afternoon, an increase from 2,166 people hospitalized on Friday.

Friday’s virus hospitalization figure was Texas’ highest to date when DSHS reported it, surpassing previous admission records reported consecutively on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hospitalization numbers reported last Sunday, June 7, only fell below Texas’ initial peak of 1,888 admissions.

Hospitals around the state, but particularly in Houston, San Antonio and several more rural hot spots, have seen confirmed cases and patient admissions regularly climb. Statewide, hospitalizations have increased by close to 50% since then.

Texas health officials also reported a sizable jump in new cases on Saturday, with 2,331 confirmed diagnoses. That number approached the current record, 2,504 positive tests, from Wednesday. Texas’ case positivity ratio, as DSHS notes on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, is about 7.2%.

The spike in new cases in more rural states hasn’t totally offset the drop in NY and the surrounding area.

Texas has identified 12,458 new virus cases over the last week. That trend has continued in June. According to JHU, the state has confirmed 86,915 diagnoses since the start of the pandemic, along with 1,971 deaths and 56,535 recoveries.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union”, Larry Kudlow appeared on Sunday to reiterated the same litany of factors minimizing the data showing an increase in cases and hospitalizations.

Italy’s numbers were modest once again as the country, once the worst-hit in Europe, has returned to some semblance of normality, even in hard-hit Milan and the surrounding area.

In New York, Gov Cuomo lashed out at businesses that haven’t been following the reopening guidelines.

The state reported just 23 deaths on Sunday – a new record low.

Cuomo has also authorized a study of the virus’s impact on minority communities.

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Update (0900ET): The SCMP has a more detailed breakdown of the latest batch of cases reported in China Sunday, the largest one-day total in 2 months.

Beijing reported 36 new local coronavirus cases on Sunday, all of them linked to the city’s biggest wholesale food market.

The patients included 27 people who worked at the Xinfadi food market, which has been closed down, and nine who had been exposed to it, the municipal government said.

Another person had also tested positive for the coronavirus but showed no symptoms, it said. Under Chinese rules, asymptomatic cases are not added to the tally.

Beijing has confirmed 43 local cases since Thursday, before which it had not had any for 55 days.

The outbreak has also spread beyond the capital to neighbouring regions, with the Liaoning provincial government announcing two new cases on Sunday, both of whom had been in close contact with Beijing residents confirmed as having the virus this week.

For the country as whole, there were 57 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to midnight Saturday, the National Health Commission reported, the biggest one-day total in two months. Some 38 of the new cases were locally transmitted, including the 36 in Beijing, with the other 19 were travellers arriving from abroad.

A spokesman for the Beijing Health Bureau urged all residents who visited the Xinfadi market to get tested immediately (that’s an order, not a request).

With the market in Beijing accounting for the vast majority of new cases, it’s clear that the officials are reckoning with the reality that the asymptomatic spread across China’s biggest cities is likely much larger than authorities will admit.

What’s more, officials have reported another 8 positive cases from Sunday morning (June 14), all of which were tied to Xinfadi (according to authorities).

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The steady drumbeat of discouraging COVID-19-linked headlines continued yesterday as Florida, along with several other southern states, reported record-breaking spikes in new infections. That marked the state’s third daily record in a row, as Gov Ron DeSantis has blamed farm workers and sought to play down the rising numbers as an inevitable consequence of reopening, as beachgoers returned to Miami Beach for the first time.

According to the New York Times, there are 23 states where the daily number of new cases continues to climb.

Here’s what the Times heatmap of the US looked like Sunday morning:

Source: NYT

With a large swath of southwestern Beijing back under lockdown, Chinese health officials said they confirmed another 57 new cases yesterday as they aimed to test more than 10k people connected by contact tracers to a local seafood wholesaler/market that has been shut down for a deep cleaning, as officials said it was the epicenter of the latest outbreak. Furthermore, officials have moved a widely anticipated economic briefing online. The NBS presser will take place at 10amET.

Meanwhile in Japan, officials in Tokyo confirmed the capital city’s largest daily total (47) of new COVID-19 cases since May 5.

In the Middle East, Iran suffered its biggest daily death toll from the coronavirus since April 13, around the time Iran started relaxing its lockdown. So far, a total of 187,427 people have been infected with the disease and 8,837 have died in Iran, according to Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari.

He added that Iran reported 107 deaths over the last 24 hours, a 9-week high.

In the UK, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak backed calls to ease the UK’s 2-meter social distancing benchmark as HMG carries out its “comprehensive review” of the restrictive lockdown measures imposed by PM Boris Johnson during the early days of the pandemic. Since then, the methodology of the projections that inspired the government’s approach have come under question.

As the number of new cases continues to soar in Brazil, Mexico, India and Russia, the Russians reported 8,835 new confirmed coronavirus infections, a 1.7% increase over the past day. An additional 119 people died in same period, bringing the overall death toll to 6,948, leaving it in third place.

US virus cases rose by more than 25k cases reported yesterday (remember, these numbers are reported with a 24-hour lag), the fastest pace in two weeks, while Brazil’s infections increased 2.6% as deaths climbed 2.1%, with Brazil seeing the number of cases draw closer to the 850,000 mark. Deaths in the country are nearing 50k.

Finally, Beijing is pushing a conspiracy theory about US ‘conspiracy theories’ about the latest outbreak in Beijing.

And the gaslighting continues…

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