- About 3,000 people were suddenly put under a hard lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday night after a spike in cases led to fears of a second wave.
- US coronavirus cases are increasing in at least 37 states. Florida yesterday reported more than 11,000 new cases in a single day — a record for the state.
- Brazil, second only to the US in Covid-19 cases and deaths, has surpassed 1.5 million coronavirus cases.
- Coronavirus deaths in Mexico have now risen above 30,000, making it the fifth-worst affected country in the world in terms of fatalities.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego believes that Arizona opened up way too early after reemerging from Covid-19 stay-at-home orders that were initially issued in the state, she explained to ABC on Sunday morning.
Gallego attributed the spike in coronavirus cases seen in Arizona over the last month to people in her own age demographic, 20 to 44-year-olds not following proper masking and social distancing protocols.
“We’re seeing a lot of people go to large family gatherings and infect their family members,” Gallego said.
She pointed out that the state is also in crisis when it comes to testing for the virus.
“It’s really, really difficult. I’ve been spending time begging everyone from Walgreens to open up testing, out of state testing companies to come in because it’s awful to see people waiting in a car, while you’re feeling sick, people were running of gas, and this is as many months in,” Gallego said.
The mayor said that she’s asked for federal aid, asking Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking the agency to come and conduct community based testing in Phoenix.
The mayor criticized Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey saying civic leaders had to beg to be able to implement face mask requirements across the state.
“We were originally preempted from doing that but I’m thankful the governor did allow cities to put masking orders in place, which I think will help,” Gallego said.
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said it is “too early to tell” whether Florida will be a safe place for the Republican National Convention next month amid a surge in Covid-19 cases there.
“I think it’s too early to tell,” Hahn said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “We’ll have to see how this unfolds in Florida and around the country.”
Hahn is a member of the White House Coronoavirus Task Force.
Florida set an all-time record of most coronavirus cases in the US in a single day on Saturday, with a total of 11,458, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
More on the convention: Jacksonville, Florida, where the majority of the convention is set to take place, implemented mandatory face mask requirements last week due to the spike in infections.
The President’s re-election team selected Florida as the new location for much of the convention after sparring with officials in North Carolina over social distancing requirements. The entire convention had been set to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now only a small part of it will take place there.
CNN reached out to the Republican National Convention and the Trump campaign for comment. 1 hr 9 min ago
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn declined to defend President Trump’s claim from his July 4 speech that 99% of Covid-19 cases are “harmless.”
Hahn repeatedly refused to say whether the Trump’s claim is true or false.
“I’m not going to get into who’s right and who’s wrong,” Hahn told CNN.
When Hahn was presented Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures showing only a third of Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic, Hahn did not defend the President’s claim about how many coronavirus cases go unnoticed by the infected.
“What I’ll say is that we have data in the White House Task Force. Those data show us that this is a serious problem. People need to take it seriously,” Hahn said.