California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday announced he was reviving parts of the state’s sweeping lockdown, ordering bars to close and a range of other service-sector businesses in 19 counties to cease indoor operations as infections soar in the state. And Pennsylvania has joined a growing list of states mandating that face masks be worn in public.
The number of coronavirus infections in the United States swelled enormously last month as states tried to relax quarantine rules and reopen their economies. More than 800,000 new cases were reported in June — led by Florida, Arizona, Texas and California — bringing the nation’s officially reported total to approximately 2.6 million.
Here are some significant developments:
- In 45 states, seven-day averages of new infections are higher than they were a week ago, according to a Post analysis, and health officials are nervously eyeing the July Fourth holiday amid the surge. Some beaches, including in South Florida, Texas and Los Angeles, have been closed for the weekend.
- President Trump on Wednesday denied that he is opposed to wearing face masks, saying in an interview with Fox Business Network that he would wear one if he were in close proximity to other people. He also said again that he believes the virus is “going to sort of disappear.”
- Autopsies have confirmed that the coronavirus does attack the lungs with the most ferocity. The pathogen was also found in the in parts of the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract and spleen and in the cells that line blood vessels. But the brain and heart yielded surprises.
- Drug overdoses are surging nationwide as Americans struggle with isolation and poverty, and the pandemic disrupts the drug trade.
- Oklahomans voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid over nearly a decade of opposition by Republican governors, making their state the first to widen the safety-net insurance program as the coronavirus pandemic steals jobs and health benefits.
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