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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned President Trump’s remarks at his campaign rally in Tulsa Saturday night in which he said he told officials to administer fewer coronavirus tests to keep case numbers down. Pelosi suggested that any effort to restrict testing will mean “more Americans will lose their lives.”

“The President is ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to lead,” she said in a statement.

Trump’s comments drew a chorus of criticism from congressional Democrats and public health officials, who said it validated fears that the president was more focused on saving face amid the pandemic than on protecting public health. A White House official told The Washington Post that Trump was joking, a common defense from Trump’s aides when he says something controversial.

Twelve states on Sunday reported new highs in their seven-day rolling new case average, with Oklahoma showing the biggest increase, 16 percent, over its previous high. And Missouri hit a new rolling average high for the first time since April 12, 70 days ago, according to tracking by The Washington Post. There are more than 2.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, with almost 119,000 deaths.

Here are some significant developments:

  • White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday the Trump administration is stocking up in preparation for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus in the fall. But he said he isn’t suggesting there will be a second wave.
  • One of the country’s leading public health experts said Sunday that he was worried that Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa could become a “superspreader” event.
  • Spain ended its months-long state of emergency on Sunday, allowing in tourists from most of Europe but warning that measures must be followed to avoid a second wave.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledged Saturday that surging coronavirus cases in his state were not solely the result of expanded testing.
  • Comedian D.L. Hughley said he tested positive for the coronavirus after he was hospitalized for collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville.
  • The test kits for detecting the nation’s earliest cases failed because of “likely” contamination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new federal review.

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June 21, 2020 at 11:29 PM EDT

D.C. restaurants, gyms to open their doors Monday with new safety measures

After three months off, D.C. residents, apparently, are ready to hit the gym.

The 6 a.m. slots at all five Vida Fitness locations are completely booked for Monday, said founder David von Storch, whose facilities are among the businesses that will reopen then as the District joins the rest of the region in the second phase of its coronavirus recovery plan.

Phase 2, announced last week by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), will also bring the return of indoor dining, retail, camps and worship services — but with strict social distancing requirements.

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By Rachel Chason and Ian Shapira
June 21, 2020 at 10:50 PM EDT

Three states report record numbers of new cases as infections continue to spread

California, Missouri and Oklahoma reported record numbers of new coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.

The single-day case count in California reached 4,515 as the state recorded its three highest totals of the pandemic in the past three days. Oklahoma reported 478 new cases and has experienced its six highest single-day case numbers in the past six days.

Missouri’s spike was smaller. Its two highest new case totals came Saturday, with 389 cases, and Sunday, with 415 cases. The seven-day rolling average, a figure that calculates the average number of cases over the past week, reached a new high on Sunday.

Eleven states have logged streaks of daily highs for their seven-day rolling averages. Florida and South Carolina have had 14 straight days of new highs, while Texas has had 12. Oklahoma and Arizona have reached nine and seven consecutive days, respectively. California and Utah have had five, while Georgia, Nevada and Oregon have hit thee days in a row. Washington has had a two-day streak.

Nationwide, the numbers continued to trend in the wrong direction. There were 28,304 new cases Sunday, nearly 7,000 more than last Sunday. The seven-day average number of new cases hit 26,509. The last time that statistic was lower was May 7.

Twenty-nine states and U.S. territories reported a higher seven-day average than they did last Sunday: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The new death count, however, has improved. The number of new deaths nationwide on Sunday was 288 — down by 58 from last week — and the seven-day average of new deaths dropped by 127, to 589.

By Kareem Copeland and Jacqueline Dupree
June 21, 2020 at 10:14 PM EDT

‘People still think it’s a death sentence. Well, for me, it almost was.’

NAIROBI — Eunice Erika Nderitu, 39, a fire emergency dispatcher in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa, had no preexisting conditions — in fact, the only times she had stepped foot in a hospital were to deliver her three daughters, now 14, 11 and 5, the last one with autism.

On May 23, she started developing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, but it took five days for a positive result to come back — a requirement for being admitted to an ICU at Jocham Hospital, a private facility in Mombasa. By that point, she was on the verge of death.

This description of her experience, in her own words, has been lightly edited.

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By Max Bearak
June 21, 2020 at 8:59 PM EDT

Grigor Dimitrov tests positive for coronavirus after playing on Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour

Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov said Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. His announcement came the day after he participated in an exhibition in Croatia alongside world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and other top players — and a week after he competed and socialized with them in Serbia.

Dimitrov, 29, shared the news via Instagram, along with a photo of himself recuperating in bed, with a mask on and what appears to be a hospital bracelet on his right wrist. In his post, he urged anyone who had been exposed to him to be tested and apologized if he had caused any harm.

“I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19,” wrote the 19th-ranked Bulgarian, who lives in Monte Carlo. “I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions. I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy.”

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By Liz Clarke
June 21, 2020 at 8:09 PM EDT

Mexico’s Central de Abasto: How coronavirus tore through Latin America’s largest market

MEXICO CITY — Martín Mateo had a cold. Or so he thought: sore throat, body aches, runny nose. The 50-year-old father had labored for decades as a tomatero — a tomato man — at Latin America’s biggest food market. The coronavirus? He didn’t believe in it. Then he started gasping for breath. Within days, he was dead.

By then, scores of Mateo’s fellow tomateros also were infected. Workers hoisted yellow signs outside the market reading, “High Contagion Zone.” At least 10 tomato men died from mid-April to mid-May. They included Mateo’s cousin Antonio, a bookkeeper at a neighboring stall named Guillermo, and a bald man everyone called El Peluche — loosely, “Fuzzy.”

The tomato aisle at Mexico City’s famed Central de Abasto market offers a glimpse into why the virus has hit the country so hard. It scythed its way through the sprawling complex, picking off workers made vulnerable by the problems of poverty: chronic illnesses, distrust of government, a need to keep earning money.

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By Mary Beth Sheridan
June 21, 2020 at 7:28 PM EDT

In biggest states, coronavirus spike comes with economic reopening

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — California and some other large states are experiencing a sharp climb in new coronavirus cases just weeks into a gradual economic reopening, filling hospital beds and intensive care units in an uneven surge that many public health officials predicted months ago.

Last week, Arizona, Florida, Texas and at least seven other states reported their highest weekly infection-rate averages. But there is little sign that states are reconsidering politically popular decisions to reopen the economy. In parts of California, where more than 5,000 have died of the virus, people will be allowed to watch movies in theaters this weekend for the first time since the stay-at-home orders began in early March.

The ebbs and flows of the virus here have changed frequently from region to region in recent months. In some rural counties, the infection rates have flattened, while in others record highs are being reported. The inconsistencies have created a patchwork of public health rules, now governing a patchwork economy that happens to be the fifth-largest in the world.

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By Scott Wilson
June 21, 2020 at 7:07 PM EDT

China suspends imports from Tyson Foods plant where more than 220 workers tested positive

China’s customs agency announced Sunday that it has suspended imports from a Tyson Foods facility where more than 220 workers recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

The facility is the Berry Street plant in Springdale, Ark., the Associated Press reported. Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat producers, said 227 workers out of 1,120 at that factory had confirmed infections this month. All but four did not have symptoms, the company said.

Of 3,748 workers tested at seven northwest Arkansas plants, 481 — or 13 percent — were positive, the company announced Friday. Tyson said 455 of the infected employees did not show symptoms. An additional 212 cases were identified by the state health department or the workers’ doctors.

Chinese officials did not say how much meat would be affected by their decision to suspend imports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said “there is no evidence” that the virus spreads through food or packaging from production and processing facilities with coronavirus outbreaks.

“At Tyson, we’re confident our products are safe and we’re hopeful consultations between the U.S. and Chinese governments will resolve this matter,” Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said in an email. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, and we work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to ensure that we produce all of our food in full compliance with government safety requirements.”

By Kareem Copeland
June 21, 2020 at 6:59 PM EDT

Germany’s virus reproduction rate spikes, signaling the pathogen is becoming less contained

One of Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rates shot up to 2.88 Sunday from 1.79 the prior day, indicating that the virus is becoming less contained in a country that was widely praised for quickly controlling the contagious pathogen.

The figures, calculated by the Robert Koch Institute, a German federal disease-control agency, are a four-day moving average of the number of other people that a person with the coronavirus will infect. The seven-day moving average, which compensates more for fluctuations, rose from 1.55 Saturday to 2.03 Sunday.

Health experts look for a country’s virus reproduction rate to dip below 1, which would mean that the average infected person was giving the virus to fewer than one other person and that the outbreak was contained.

Germany’s official coronavirus-related death toll of 8,882 is far less than that of many nearby countries: almost 30,000 in France, more than 34,000 in Italy and nearly 43,000 in the U.K. Although Germany implemented a less stringent lockdown than many other European nations, it has prioritized contact tracing as it continues to reopen.

Outbreaks have been reported in Germany’s nursing homes, hospitals, meatpacking plants and institutions for refugees, according to the Robert Koch Institute. The agency said infection spikes in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin are particularly responsible for the country’s rising case numbers.

By Marisa Iati
June 21, 2020 at 5:43 PM EDT

Rome is ready for visitors again, but you can expect its restaurants and cafes to look a little different

ROME — As Italy opens up to its residents, Europe and, eventually, the rest of the world, businesses in Rome are trying to figure out how to navigate an Eternal City without the daily traffic of tourists and full offices. The Centro Storico, Rome’s historic center, has long relied on tourism to support many of its restaurants and food services.

Opening doors again isn’t easy; restaurants are experiencing a new atmosphere thanks to changed personalities and limited tourism. Some are investing in invigorating the local community, while others are simply trying to move forward. As Rome slowly acquaints itself with the city’s new landscape, these restaurants, cafes and markets are doing their best to evolve in an altered terrain.

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By Erica Firpo
June 21, 2020 at 4:52 PM EDT

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will allow fans to attend games in planned Atlantic League season

Local baseball fans eager to enjoy their favorite pastime in person may not have to wait much longer.

The Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, High Point Rockers and Long Island Ducks are working with other professional teams to finalize a 70-game schedule that would start in mid-July and conclude with a five-game championship series in late September, the league announced Friday.

Blue Crabs fans are expected to be able to attend games at the team’s ballpark in Charles County, a team official said, though it will operate at a limited capacity.

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By Jake Russell
June 21, 2020 at 4:12 PM EDT

Japanese company tries blanket virus tests to speed ‘exit strategy’ from pandemic

TOKYO — Sports leagues around the world have acknowledged that the only way to restart competition is to test all their players for the novel coronavirus. For businesses, the same idea is gaining ground: stepping in with testing where government-run efforts are lagging.

In Japan, a telecom magnate, Masayoshi Son, has taken the lead with a combination of antibody and diagnostic tests that offers a model for others as parts of the world look to reopen their economies.

Diagnostic polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests still are not widely available in Japan to determine who is infected and potentially contagious. So Son took another route: First, he tested 38,216 employees, family members and clients at his Tokyo-based SoftBank conglomerate for virus antibodies to see who had been exposed. Anyone who tested positive was then sent for a PCR test.

“As a private company, SoftBank is engaged in businesses every day, and to us, the exit strategy is very important. But as society becomes more active, we can’t avoid the risk of the second wave of infection,” Son said.

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By Simon Denyer
June 21, 2020 at 3:28 PM EDT

New, expecting moms face high stress, risk of mental health issues in a pandemic

On March 31, Andrea Root of Whittier, Calif., gave birth to her first child, surrounded by doctors and nurses equipped with thick plastic face shields and multiple face masks who kept their distance, fearful that the 38-year-old was carrying the coronavirus.

The next day, Root was sent home to quarantine at a relative’s house after testing positive for the virus, while her newborn went home with her husband, Jason. Over the next two weeks, she lived in isolation, battling bouts of depression and anxiety while longing to hold her child for the first time.

Mental health and maternity experts worry that her experience speaks to a disturbing trend developing across the United States: The coronavirus is placing severe stress on new and expecting mothers, increasing their risk of postpartum depression and other maternal mental health illnesses.

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By David Leffler
June 21, 2020 at 2:48 PM EDT

Navarro: White House is preparing for a possible second wave

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday the Trump administration is stocking up in preparation for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus in the fall.

Navarro told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” he isn’t suggesting there would be a second wave.

“We are filling the stockpile in anticipation of a possible problem in the fall,” Navarro said. “We’re doing everything we can beneath the surface.”

“You prepare for what can possibly happen — I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but of course you prepare,” he added.

The Trump administration previously faced criticism from states after the Strategic National Stockpile, holding ventilators and personal protective equipment, was inherited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and found to be depleted. The stockpile is in the process of being returned to the Department of Health and Human Services, The Washington Post reported last week.

Navarro’s comments contrast with President Trump’s repeated assertions that the virus is not a long-term threat. He said it was “fading away” in a Fox News interview Wednesday, before his campaign rally in Tulsa.

Trump has predicted the outbreak in the United States would dissipate by fall.

Public health experts have not dismissed the possibility of a resurgence of the virus, especially as the country reopens.

“If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year,” White House coronavirus task force member Anthony S. Fauci said on CNN on Thursday about the NFL season.

By Meryl Kornfield
June 21, 2020 at 2:21 PM EDT

Masks should have been recommended from the beginning, former FDA commissioner says

Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday that masks should have been recommended from the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking during an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” he suggested that officials were initially concerned that issuing guidance that masks helped keep people safe may have encouraged them to continue going out.

“I think that could have been messaged appropriately,” Gottlieb said. “They didn’t need to be concerned about that. We should have been recommending masks from the outset.”

He also said the uptick in hospitalizations that was being reported by some states was expected as the country begins reopening. But he added that it’s important to understand “this isn’t contained” and may not be until a vaccine or better therapeutics are available.

People can “get back to some semblance of a normal life,” Gottlieb said, but should continue taking precautions, including frequent hand-washing, narrowing their social circles and shopping less frequently.

“We’re going to see a bump in cases, and we’re seeing it right now,” he said. “The question is how much, and are we then going to have to reimplement some of these mitigation steps? I hope not.”

Gottlieb said the United States is likely to see a “slow burn” over the summer and then renewed risk in the fall, with the potential of outbreaks or even epidemics in some cities and states. He said the White House has people working to prepare for that possibility by building tools to identify and track hot spots early on.

“The goal is to get good information, more real-time, so we can target the interventions so we don’t have to do this national shutdown or even statewide shutdowns,” he said.

By Brittany Shammas