The fresh round of restrictions echoes the early days of the pandemic, when states shuttered businesses in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Here are some significant developments:
- Deaths trended upward over the weekend in a majority of states, including many beyond the hard-hit Sun Belt. At least 3.3 million cases and more than 132,000 deaths have been reported in the United States. Although testing has remained flat, 20 states and Puerto Rico reported a record-high average of new infections over the past week.
- Officials in Miami spoke in alarming terms Monday, as Florida reported another record-high average of new infections over the past week. “Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic,” said Lilian Abbo, an infectious-disease specialist from the University of Miami Health System. “What we were seeing in Wuhan six months ago, now we’re there.”
- The Trump administration is poised to ask governors to consider sending in the National Guard to hospitals to help improve data collection about coronavirus patients, supplies and capacity.
- A White House effort to undermine Anthony S. Fauci has drawn rebukes from public health experts, scientists and mostly Democratic politicians, who argue it is dangerous to disparage a highly respected infectious-disease expert during a pandemic.
- New treatment options could arrive months before even the most optimistic timeline for a vaccine, senior Trump administration officials said. But limited supply could outstrip demand.
- Three of the nation’s largest school districts said they will begin the new school year with all students learning from home — Los Angeles, San Diego and Atlanta. Several other big cities were considering similar plans.
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