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The United States has reported 29 consecutive days of record-high average infections, led by Texas, Florida, Georgia and California. Hospitalizations continued to climb in the South and West on Tuesday, with patients filling intensive care units and federal health officials moving to shore up testing in hot spots. More than 128,000 people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus.
Here are some significant developments:
- Trump administration officials are dialing up pressure on local officials to resume in-person learning at schools.
- Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top disease expert, called the recent focus on the coronavirus’s decreasing mortality rate in the United States a “false narrative,” while President Trump continued to tout those numbers on Twitter.
- The Trump administration has sent a letter to the United Nations withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic move that could reshape public health diplomacy.
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) on Tuesday said the state’s Department of Health will mandate face coverings in seven counties with spiking covid-19 cases, including the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati areas.
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has sought repeatedly to minimize the coronavirus as he urges the country back to work, has tested positive for covid-19.
- A nursing home outside Philadelphia gave some veterans a “covid cocktail” including hydroxychloroquine without coronavirus testing, sometimes appearing to violate federal guidelines and illustrating a breakdown in protocols involving a medicine that Trump continues to promote.
- Officials from the World Health Organization said they were aware of the calls from scientists to more seriously consider the possibility of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus.
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