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NJ Tops 1K Daily COVID-19 Cases Again But No Reopening ‘Reversal’

NEW JERSEY — For the second straight day, there were more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases reported in New Jersey on Monday. It is the third time this month there have been more than 1,000 new cases after the state went an entire summer without such a climb.

But during his Monday news conference, Gov. Phil Murphy said the state’s reopening plans won’t be stopped.

Murphy announced an additional 1,192 cases and four new deaths on Monday. There have now been 221,205 total cases and 14,425 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Sunday, there were 1,282 new cases and seven new deaths. On Oct. 8, New Jersey reported 1,301 new cases, the highest number of new single-day cases since just after Memorial Day (see list of cases below).

Despite these numbers, Murphy said there isn’t enough evidence to reverse the state’s plans to reopen.

“We don’t have the evidence of the things that can be enforced and regulated,” Murphy said. “We don’t have the evidence that right now that can lead to our reversing.”

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli the state remains at “moderate risk” of transmission amid the coronavirus crisis. But if the Garden State gets any worse, she said, New Jersey’s solution will be “increased testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantining.”

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New Jersey hospitals were treating 758 patients for the coronavirus on Sunday, including 579 who had tested positive for the virus. Another 179 people were under investigation. According to Murphy, 166 patients were in intensive care and 62 were on ventilators.

The state is constantly reviewing each hospital’s PPE stockpile, bed availability, and have maintained their waivers as far as expanding the number of beds each hospital has. The state is also continuing to work with hospitals on staffing, including emergency staffing. The state never stopped working with hospitals since the beginning of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for all cases reported on Thursday was 3.36 percent, and the rate of transmission statewide was 1.14.

“While these numbers are a far cry from where we were at our springtime peaks, they are also significantly higher than where we were throughout much of the summer and until just a few weeks ago,” Murphy said. “Many of the new cases we are tracking are coming not from schools or businesses, but from party gatherings inside private homes. Especially as the cooler weather pulls us back inside, we must remain extra vigilant.”

Five counties exceeded 100 cases, including:

  • Ocean County: 154

  • Essex County: 132

  • Union County: 109

  • Middlesex County: 108

  • Bergen County: 103

“It’s pretty clear this is up and down the state,” Murphy said. “The cold weather is not our ally. Unfortunately, it’s driving more activity indoors.”

Murphy and Persichilli both stressed the importance of staying outdoors in order to stop the spread of the virus. Along those lines, the state Division of Alcoholic

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India has lowest daily virus deaths in 3 months

NEW DELHI — India has reported 579 fatalities from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest increase in three months, driving its death toll to 114,610.

The Health Ministry on Monday also reported 55,722 new cases of coronavirus infection, raising India’s total to more than 7.5 million, second in the world behind the U.S.

A government-appointed committee of scientists said Sunday the epidemic may have peaked in India and the disease was likely to “run its course” by February 2021 if people used masks and adhered to physical distancing measures.

The number of new infections confirmed each day has declined for a month. The committee said even if active cases increased during the upcoming festive season and cold weather, they were unlikely to surpass India’s record daily high of 97,894 cases.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Monday began testing tens of thousands of employees of hospitals and nursing homes to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at live-in facilities.

Fifteen of the 76 latest cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency were from Busan, where more than 70 infections have been linked to a hospital for the elderly. The disease caused by the coronavirus can be more serious in older people.

Health workers have been scrambling to track infections in the Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s 51 million people, as the virus spreads in a variety of places, including hospitals, churches, schools and workplaces.

From Monday, they will start a process to test 130,000 workers at hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers in the greater capital area. Officials will also test 30,000 patients who have visited and used these facilities, but will leave out hospitalized patients, who already receive tests when they are admitted.

Officials plan to complete the tests within October and could possibly expand the screening to other regions if needed.

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Europe crosses 150,000 daily coronavirus cases mark, a week after reporting 100,000 daily cases

By Anurag Maan

(Reuters) – Europe surpassed 150,000 daily coronavirus cases on Friday just a week after reporting 100,000 cases for the first time, according to Reuters tally, with countries such as France, Germany reporting record daily numbers of infections this week.

Much of Europe has tightened curbs including measures such as shutting or ordering early closing of bars, but now the surging infection rates are also testing governments’ resolve to keep schools and non-COVID medical care going.

Globally, cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record one-day increase.

As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. The increase is partly explained by far more testing than was done in the first wave of the pandemic.

The United Kingdom, France, Russia, Netherlands, Germany and Spain accounted for about half of Europe’s new cases this week, according to a Reuters tally.

France, which is reporting the highest seven-day average of new cases in Europe with 21,210 infections per day, reported a record 30,621 cases on Thursday, according to the tally.

In the past seven days it has registered nearly 142,800 new infections, more than the 132,430 registered during the entire two-month lockdown from mid-March to mid-May.

French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a third of France’s population be put under nightly curfew on Wednesday, with the measure taking effect from Saturday.

The United Kingdom is reporting a seven-day average of 16,228 new cases per day, and has introduced a tiered system of tougher restrictions in some areas.

Germany has reported new daily records three times this week, reporting more than 7,000 daily cases for the first time on Thursday. It reported a record 7,830 new cases on Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

By European standards, Germany has experienced relatively low infection and death rates so far during the pandemic, but Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned there could be 19,200 infections per day if current trends continue.

Europe currently has recorded over 17% of total global coronavirus cases and nearly 22% of deaths worldwide.

The five countries reporting the most deaths in Europe are the United Kingdom (43,429), Italy (36,427), Spain (33,775), France (33,134) and Russia (23,723), according to a Reuters tally.

(Reporting by Anurag Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Several European countries report daily record highs in coronavirus cases

Multiple European countries experienced record daily highs in new coronavirus cases this week as the pandemic surges again around the world.

France reported 30,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday, the highest single-day increase since the pandemic hit, and nearly 200 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, according to the The Associated Press.

Cases began to rapidly increase in September, and have spiked in recent weeks.

Italy, an initial hotpot when the pandemic began, saw a new record daily high of 7,332 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. The previous record was set on March 21, when 6,557 cases were recorded over a 24-hour period, according to CNN.

Italy has seen a consecutive increase in cases for the past 10 weeks.

In Germany, 6,638 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, surpassing a previous record of 6,294 new cases recorded on March 28, The Robert Koch Institute confirmed Thursday morning.

The Czech Republic reported a record-high of new daily cases on Friday of 9,721, according to the country’s health ministry, as cases have seen a non-stop upward trend over the past two months.

Several affected countries are enforcing stricter lockdown measures in the wake of Europe’s COVID-19 surge, hoping to prevent future spikes.

The cases come as Europe and the U.S. head into the fall and winter seasons, which public health experts have warned could cause an increase in coronavirus cases as people move inside to get away from colder weather. Experts have also warned that this winter could be particularly deadly due to both the impending flu season and the coronavirus pandemic. 

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America Sees Daily COVID Cases Pass 60,000 Once Again | Health News

By Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporters

(HealthDay)

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The number of new U.S. coronavirus cases topped 60,000 on Thursday, a tally not reported since early August, as health experts worried the coming winter might push the toll even higher.

The latest numbers have also sent the country’s total COVID-19 case count past 8 million, the The New York Times reported.

The surge is nationwide, with cases multiplying across the country: Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have higher caseloads now than in mid-September, and the new coronavirus is spreading across rural communities in the Midwest, the Upper Midwest and the Great Plains, the Washington Post reported.

On Thursday, Wisconsin set a record with more than 4,000 new cases reported, the newspaper said. Illinois also reported more than 4,000 cases on Thursday, breaking records that were set in April and May. Ohio set a new high, as did Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana and Colorado, the Post reported.

“We know that this is going to get worse before it gets better,” Wisconsin Department of Health Services secretary-designee Andrea Palm said during a briefing Thursday, the Post reported. “Stay home. Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. Wash your hands frequently.”

Some hospitals in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains have become jammed with patients and are running low on ICU beds, the Post reported. Montana reported a record 301 hospitalized COVID-19 patients Thursday, with 98 percent of the inpatient beds occupied the day before in Yellowstone County.

In just the past week, at least 20 states have set record seven-day averages for infections, and a dozen have hit record hospitalization rates, according to health department data analyzed by the Post.

The reopening of many schools and colleges did not fuel a major spike in cases right away, as some experts had feared, but the numbers have steadily gone upward since, the newspaper reported.

The jump in cases and hospitalizations has been followed by a more modest rise in COVID-19 deaths, most likely due to better patient care from now-seasoned medical workers. The widespread use of powerful steroids and other treatments has lowered mortality rates among people who are severely ill, the Post reported.

Still, experts caution that most Americans remain vulnerable to COVID infection and the virus will likely spread more easily as colder weather sends more people indoors, where they might be exposed to larger amounts of the virus in poorly ventilated spaces.

“Inevitably, we’re moving into a phase where there’s going to need to be restrictions again,” David Rubin, director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told the Post.

Second COVID vaccine trial paused

A second coronavirus vaccine trial has been paused after an unexplained illness surfaced in one of the trial’s volunteers.

Johnson & Johnson, which only began a phase 3 trial of its vaccine last month, did not offer any more details on the illness and did not say whether the sick participant had

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