A host of states in the western and southern United States have seen coronavirus cases climb in recent days, raising fears of a new wave, as infections dwindle in other states that were initially hit harder.
That trend continued in some states Wednesday. Oklahoma registered another record for single-day new cases, California set another record in its rolling average, while North Carolina’s average dropped by one case, breaking a streak of 15 new highs in a row.
Here are some significant developments:
- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey granted permission to local authorities to require face coverings in public. In Montgomery, Ala., Mayor Steven Reed issued an executive order requiring face masks to be worn in public. And in Oregon, masks will be required for more than half the state’s population, per Gov. Kate Brown’s directive for seven counties.
- The mayor of Tulsa said Wednesday it was “an honor” to welcome President Trump for a campaign rally this weekend despite a recommendation from the city’s health director to postpone the event.
- With a secret, face-to-face meeting in Arizona, followed by a new economic proposal from Major League Baseball to its union, the sport appears within reach of an agreement that would end an acrimonious, months-long negotiation over player salaries and, finally, salvage a 2020 baseball season.
- Six months into a pandemic that has killed nearly 450,000 people globally, scientists are still trying to understand the wildly variable nature of covid-19. Much of the research remains provisional or ambiguous.
- Trump is prodding top health officials to move faster on a historically ambitious timeline to approve a coronavirus vaccine by year’s end. The goal is to instill confidence among voters that the virus can be tamed and the economy restored under Trump’s stewardship.
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