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“We Cannot Go Backwards” – New Jersey Gov “Hits Pause” On Reopening As New COVID-19 Cases Spike: Live Updates

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Summary:

  • New Jersey sees disturbing spike in new cases
  • Gov Murphy slows NJ reopening
  • Illinois positivity rate at 3.8% for 2nd day
  • US passes 150,000 deaths
  • Dr. Fauci "concerned" about MLB outbreak
  • Arizona's latest numbers hit
  • Sweden COVID-19 deaths near zero
  • Florida suffers 2nd straight daily record death toll
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert tests positive
  • China suffers biggest jump in new cases since April
  • Hong Kong cases top 3,000
  • Philippines overtakes Mainland China total
  • Osaka reports another 200+ new cases
  • 16.7 million global cases
  • 659,000 deaths

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Update (1340ET): With the US death toll passing 150,000 according to worldometer and a handful of other sources, New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy warned on Wednesday that New Jersey has reported more than 2,000 new cases over the past four days, including 489 over the past 24 hours, bringing the state's daily rate back to its level from a month ago.

"WE CANNOT GO BACKWARDS" Murphy warned in a tweet.

That's a lot to take in. But after a flood of reports about lifeguards and young partygoers getting infected in 'super spreader' events, New Jersey’s jump in new COVID-19 cases is clearly large enough to justify slowing the state’s re-opening by keeping indoor dining and gyms closed, according to Gov Murphy. He also warned New Jerseyans to stay away from indoor parties.

"This is the reason we’ve had to hit pause on the restart of indoor activities like dining and health clubs," Murphy said.

"Do not become the person who unknowingly contracts coronavirus at a party and then spreads it to your parents or grandparents," he said.

In other news, Illinois has reported a positivity rate of 3.8%, in-line with yesterday's rate, which was the lowest level in a week.

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Update (1250ET): The Mets pulled off a victory over the Red Sox last night, but on Wednesday, Dr. Fauci said he was "concerned" about major league baseball, though he hopes this outbreak doesn't push the league to close down the season.

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Update (1120ET): Arizona just reported another 2,339 new cases on Wednesday, along with 46 new deaths and a 12.7% positivity rate.

ICU usage ticked higher to 85%.

In total, the state has confirmed 168,273 cases and 3,454 deaths.

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Update (1110ET): As COVID-19 deaths along the Sun Belt spike, Sweden just reported its lowest number of COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Over the last 14 days, merely 7 deaths per day were recorded across Sweden, the lowest number since March 23. Additionally, fewer people are seriously ill from the virus, and the number of ICU admissions is close to zero.

The number of new cases has trailed off to almost nothing.

Sweden's state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said Wednesday that the country has nearly defeated the virus, and although it's guarding against another wave of infections, he's hopeful the country is just about done with the outbreak.

"As for the number of deaths per day, we are down to individual people per day," state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said, as quoted by the newspaper Aftonbladet.

As for the feared second wave rising across western Europe, Tegnell said: "We thought it would happen only in the autumn…but in Sweden we do not see that trend."

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Update (1040ET): Florida's daily new cases are no longer increasing. The state reported 9,446 new cases Wednesday with a 12.6% positivity rate, a figure that was slightly higher than yesterday's total, but not by much.

But the bigger number was the 217 new deaths, a record high for the second day in a row.

In other news, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who had been scheduled to travel to Texas with Trump via Air Force One on Wednesday, has tested positive for the virus.

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As anxieties about a global "second" (or, in Hong Kong's case, "third") wave intensify, health authorities in China have just reported the biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases on the mainland in three and a half months on Wednesday when 101 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health commission.

Over the past few months, health authorities have moved quickly, imposing lockdown measures, closing schools and rolling back other freedoms wherever new clusters were discovered be it Beijing, Wuhan, Dalian, Xinjiang, Urumqi or another city. Yesterday, Chinese officials reported a new case in Beijing (the capital city's first case in 3 weeks) that authorities purportedly linked to an outbreak in the northeastern port city of Dalian.

Wednesday's total was the highest in over three and a half months, according to the National Health Commission. Most of the infections were tallied in Urumqi, the capital of China's far-western Xinjiang Province, while one case was reported in Beijing. 27 of the cases were asymptomatic, authorities said, while three were 'imported' cases.

As of Tuesday, mainland China had 84,060 confirmed coronavirus cases…while the official death toll remained at 4,634. Inexplicably, China has suspended poultry imports from a BRF-Brazil Foods plant, according to information from China customs published July 29. China has barred imports of seafood from several Latin American (and other international) producers after supposedly detecting COVID-19 on the packaging.

China's resurgence follows the discovery of a new cluster in Hong Kong that has prompted city officials to adopt the most restrictive social distancing rules yet, including ordering bars and restaurants to close for indoor service, and restricting public gatherings to a maximum of 2 people. The city reported another 118 cases on Wednesday, the 8th straight day that daily new infections surpassed 100.

Of the 118 cases, 113 were locally-transmitted and the remainder were imported. 46 of the 113 cases were of unknown origin. The city's deaths reached 24.

The measures imposed in Hong Kong are expected to last for at least one week as leader Carrie Lam warned the city is on the brink of a large-scale outbreak.

Elsewhere in the region, the Philippines officially overtook mainland China with the total recorded number of coronavirus disease cases climbing to 85,486 cases on Wednesday, compared to China's official count of 84,060.

The latest data from the Philippines Department of Health reported another 1,874 cases, bringing the total to 85,486 COVID-19 cases.

Of the total number of infections, 56,528 were counted as active.

Metro Manila topped the list of areas with new COVID-19 cases with 728. 388 new recoveries were recorded bringing the total number of patients to 26,996.

However, the country’s COVID-19 death toll hit 1,962 as 16 new deaths were reported.

Finally, the Western Japanese prefecture of Osaka recorded at least 220 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, NHK reports.

Nearly 16.7 million people have been diagnosed with the virus around the world. Some 9.7 million patients have recovered, and more than 659,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

As we await Wednesday's numbers out of the US and Europe, we expect to see the focus of the international community to start shifting back to Asia.


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