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California, Texas, Florida Suffer Record COVID-19 Deaths As Cases Appear To Decline: Live Updates

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Summary:

  • Texas reports near-record deaths
  • California reports record single-day death toll
  • Washington DC Mayor mandates quarantine for visitors from “high risk” areas
  • Disney pushes back release of ‘Mulan’
  • Houston delays in-person learning start
  • 20 infections traced to teen house party in NJ
  • Cuomo holds latest COVID briefing
  • Arizona releases latest numbers; DoD cases rise
  • Florida sees record jump in hospitilizations as cases top 400k
  • Texas Gov Greg Abbott interviewed on CNBC
  • Spain’s latest outbreak worsens
  • US suffers 3rd day of ~1k deaths
  • US cases pass 4 million
  • Vietnam sees first suspected local case after nearly 100 days

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Update (1720ET): Adding to anxieties about the rising body count, Texas reported 196 deaths on Friday, one less than its single-day record, which was reported two days ago.

The numbers pushed the 7-day total for deaths to a new record; California and Florida are in a similar situation, as both states have seen their 7-day average for deaths climb to new highs over the past week.

The Department of Health reported 8,701 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 369,826.

A silver lining: the percent positive declined for the third straight day to 13.73%. Hospitalizations were still over 10k, with a few counties still outstanding.

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Update (1500ET): In what’s looking like a repeat of yesterday, California just reported another record single-day jump in new cases.

  • CALIFORNIA REPORTS BIGGEST 1-DAY RECORD OF 159 COVID-19 DEATHS

In other news, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has just issued an order mandating that visitors from “high risk” states must quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in DC.

You can read her entire statement here. It’s roughly 500 words longer than it needed to be, and at one point, the mayor suggests that DC residents try a “staycation” instead of traveling.

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Update (1417ET): Whether or not Disney would move ahead with the release of several summer blockbuster has become, for better or worse, something of an obsession for CNBC and market strategists and media industry analysts who frequently feature as guests. Now, the company has officially decided to delay Mulan’s release, the latest indication that it doesn’t expect movie theaters to reopen any time soon,.

That, in turn, is terrible news for companies like AMC. Its shares have taken a beating, but a nascent comeback seems to be in the offing thanks to a flood of Robinhood money.

Mulan now has no release date. Additionally, Disney has delayed the release of the next installments in its “Star Wars” and “Avatar” franchises until 2022 and 2023.

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Update (1230ET): Houston hasn’t moved to challenge Texas Gov Greg Abbott by ruling out in-person learning for the fall semester. But in a compromise that could force the governor into the uncomfortable position of suing Houston – like Gov Kemp is doing to Atlanta – Harris County (the Texas county of which Houston is the county seat) has opted to delay in-person learning until at least Sept. 8.

For the proponents of taking a cautious approach, especially in hard-hit places like Houston and Miami, it’s a small victory, but a victory still.

The decision comes after Gov Abbott defended the state’s decision to move ahead with reopening schools during an interview this morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”.

Abbott tweeted just 50 minutes ago about Houston’s falling hospitalizations.

But the state hasn’t yet commented on Houston’s decision.

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Update (1150ET): Roughly 20 teenagers in New Jersey were afflicted with COVID-19 after attending a house party in Middletown. Contact tracers trying to root out more of the infected haven’t had much luck as many of the kids are refusing to tell on their peers. All of those infected were between the ages of 15 and 19, according to ABC News.

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Update (1130ET): NY Gov Andrew Cuomo is delivering today’s COVID-19 update live.

Here are the latest numbers for NY :

Arizona public health officials reported 3,349 new cases and 79 deaths, bringing the statewide totals to 156,301, and 3,142, respectively.

ICU occupancy across the state sunk to 85%, but mainstream US media appeared more fixated on a FEMA memo claiming that the state had to transfer some patients as far away as New Mexico.

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Update (1030ET): After a record-breaking jump in COVID-19 deaths pushed the state’s death toll north of 5,000 earlier this week, Florida has surpassed yet another grim milestone: Its case count has passed 400k. The state reported 12,444 new COVID-19 cases overnight, bringing its total to 402,312. The state’s hospital admissions also climbed to 23,225, thanks to yet another record single-day increase of 581 patients. The state also reported 135 new deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,653 (Friday’s number pushed the state’s 7-day average for daily deaths to a new record.

Florida’s COVID-19 positivity rate for the day climbed to 13.3% , while the 14-day positivity rate for Miami-Dade was 19.2%.

In other news, French officials have urged citizens not to travel to Catalonia, the region of Spain experiencing a concerning flare-up.

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Update (0825ET): While Paul Krugman continues to point fingers and exaggerate the failures of the US’s approach to fighting the pandemic from his comfortable perch on the NYT’s editorial board, investor Jim Bianco highlights three “problem charts” that have little to do with the US.

Krugman, meanwhile, is engaging in one of his favorite pastimes: honing the art of the self-own.

Florida vs. Italy. Where does DeSantis go to give his apology? pic.twitter.com/QsRbHUzAFA

— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) July 24, 2020

In other news, Texas Gov Greg Abbott appeared on CNBC Friday morning to argue that 85% of Texans have been wearing masks voluntarily, while laying out a set of optimistic data surrounding the outbreak, while also commenting on Tesla’s plans to expand in Texas.

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Following record or near-record daily death tolls in Texas, Florida and several other badly hit Sun Belt states yesterday, it looks like the US recorded more than 1,000 deaths for the third day in a row, according to the figures reported yesterday.

Source: The COVID Tracking Project

While the Sun Belt outbreak appears to have passed its peak for new cases, deaths remain elevated, as do hospitalizations. It appears that the measures undertaken by regional leaders have finally caused the rate of infection to plateau, but not before the number of confirmed cases topped 4 million.

As a new cluster emerges in the capital of Xinjiang, the far-flung western province where 1 million or more members of a Muslim minority have been sent to a network of prison camps, Beijing has apparently sloughed off its own outbreak scare, and is now allowing movie theaters to reopen in the capital city for the first time since the outbreak began.

In Western Europe, fears about a second wave have intensified as a new outbreak in Catalonia, a region of Spain known for its separatist inclinations, has spread seemingly untrammeled.

Even the revival of a lockdown and other containment measures in Lleida and the regional capital Barcelona, the area where the new outbreak is centered, has yet to slow the new outbreak, and in their frustration, Spanish officials have started playing “the blame game”, according to the FT.

José Luis Morales Rull, lead coronavirus doctor at one of the main hospitals in the Catalan city of Lleida, took his first time off in months after Spain’s original lockdown ended on June 21. With a single Covid-19 patient remaining, he looked forward to closing the dedicated ward and going back to normal. But when he returned to work two days later, there were 16 infected patients and the numbers have not stopped rising since.

Dr Morales this week opened a fourth Covid-19 ward to treat the influx of victims after a second wave of infections around Lleida and the regional capital Barcelona prompted authorities to impose new restrictions on the province. Catalonia, with 16 per cent of Spain’s population, has accounted for almost half of its 16,410 Covid-19 cases recorded in the past two weeks. “They underestimated the enemy,” the doctor said.

After recording 99 consecutive days without a single verifiable case of local transmission, Vietnamese health officials in the coastal city of Danang have quarantined more than 50 people who are believed to have come into contact with a man who tested positive in what many fear might be the first locally-transmitted case in months. The unidentified 57-year-old male had tested positive for the virus twice and authorities are waiting for more tests to confirm the situation.


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