White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx said Sunday that she is “very concerned” about people neglecting to maintain a safe, six-foot distance. Even before the busy Memorial Day weekend, some experts were warning of a second wave of cases of the novel coronavirus across the Midwest and South. A new study estimates the virus, which has infected at least 1.6 million people in the United States, may still be spreading at epidemic rates in 24 states.
Here are some significant developments:
- President Trump threatened in a tweet Monday to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina because the state’s Democratic governor “is still in Shutdown mood” as critical decisions loom ahead of the scheduled event in August. Although Trump denied he is advocating for a Florida venue, the state’s Republicans endorsed the move to their state, which is reopening sooner.
- Concerns are mounting in Europe over a growing number of coronavirus clusters linked to slaughterhouses, posing risks to food supplies and workers at those plants. Outbreaks have also been reported from meat processing plants in the United States and in a number of European nations, including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany.
- The pandemic that first struck the United States in major metropolises is increasingly finding its front line in the country’s rural areas: Counties with acres of farmland, cramped meatpacking plants, out-of-the-way prisons and few hospital beds.
- The Trump administration’s ban on U.S. entry for foreigners who have been in Brazil anytime during the previous 14 days will take effect Wednesday. The South American nation has reported more than 300,000 coronavirus cases and is still struggling to enact social distancing measures.
- As Spain prepares for the summer travel season, government officials announced Monday that beginning on July 1, the nation will no longer require international tourists to quarantine upon arrival.
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