Brazil surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
Brazil registered 1,179 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Tuesday, as the pandemic exacted its worst daily toll yet in the hardest-hit Latin American country. The overall death toll in Brazil now stands at 17,971, the ministry said. This was the first time the daily toll exceeded 1,000.New infections in the past 24 hours totaled 17,408, bringing the total to 271,628.If the upward trend is confirmed in coming days, Brazil will see an acceleration of its chapter of the pandemic. Experts say the peak there is not expected until early June.
As the US coronavirus death toll reached the grim milestone of more than 100,000 deaths this week, world health experts are concerned about new hot spots and the CDC is projecting 123,000 coronavirus deaths by June 20.
At least 1,721,750 people have been infected with coronavirus in the US and 101,617 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that by June 20 the death toll will reach about 123,000.
Brazil surpasses the 1,000 daily coronavirus death mark, a first
The projection is based on an ensemble forecast of more than a dozen individual forecasts from outside institutions and researchers. The projections show a possible range of 115,400 to 134,800 deaths before the end of next month.
"This week's national ensemble forecast indicates that the rate of increase in cumulative COVID-19 deaths is continuing to decline. Nevertheless, total COVID-19 deaths are likely to exceed 115,000 by June 20," the CDC says on its website.
Meanwhile, as Americans continue reopening their businesses and returning to public spaces after lockdowns to stop the virus's spread, the World Health Organization is still keeping an eye on hotspots in other parts of the world. Among them are Russia, Africa, the Americas, some countries in South Asia and a few countries in Europe, said Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for the WHO's coronavirus response.
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"These are areas that we are concerned about because, as we know, as you know, when this virus has an opportunity to really take hold it can grow very, very quickly," Van Kerkhove said. "Any one of these could really take hold and take off very, very quickly and we have seen how this virus affects vulnerable populations, and that's a big worry of ours."
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Behavior that can make a difference
With neither a vaccine nor treatment available for coronavirus, experts say the best defense against a resurgence is public behavior.
Socializing outdoors, maintaining distance from others and wearing face coverings have been highlighted as best practices for reducing coronavirus transmission.
Face masks worn at home can help to stop the spread of coronavirus among people who live together, according to a study published Thursday in BMJ Global Health. Researchers in China studied 124 families with at least one coronavirus patient.
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The study found that opening windows, keeping more than about 3 feet apart and disinfecting shared surfaces also seemed to lower the risk of passing the virus on to family members, even in crowded homes.
A PETA protester dressed in a pig costume holds a sign outside the Farmer John meatpacking plant, where according to Los Angeles County health officials 153 workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Vernon, California, on May 28.
Ian Krantz, a graduating senior of Brophy College Preparatory, walks down the aisle to the stage individually during Diploma Days due to the coronavirus on May 28 in Phoenix, Arizona. The graduating Class of 2020 crossed the stage to graduate over a several day period for social distancing protocols.
The Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference on May 28 in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer urged the federal government to give the state more flexibility to spend coronavirus rescue aid to fill budget shortfalls and to pass another round of relief funding.
A woman removes an announcement about Sunbelievable closing due to health reasons as the store prepares to open against local health recommendations as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in the Staten Island borough of New York on May 28.
Travelers check-in at the American Airlines terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport on May 28 in Los Angeles, California. From Britain's EasyJet to American and Delta in the U.S., airlines are cutting even more jobs to cope with a crushing drop in air travel caused by the coronavirus.
Actor Chris Rock joins New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Rosie Perez at a press conference where the two performers helped to promote coronavirus testing, social distancing and the use of a face mask on May 28, in New York City.
Scott Webb cuts the hair of James Schuster at Razor's Edge on May 28, in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Hair salons and barber shops were allowed to open this week in Kentucky after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
St. Louis area activist and pastor Rev. Darryl Gray hands boxes of face masks through an open car window to a church representative picking up protective equipment for their congregation, on May 28, in Hanley Hills, Missouri.
Times Square billboards go dark for one minute in a message to all the most vulnerable businesses, like restaurants and hospitality businesses which need more support to survive the coronavirus pandemic as seen on May 27 in New York City.
Jack the cat is being treated by Veterinarian Janet Sosnicki, 36, during a drive through veterinarian clinic at the Salem Animal Rescue League in Salem, New Hampshire on May 27. Many veterinarian offices have been closed to the public during the pandemic and many have choses to do outside visits to reduce the spread of the covid-19 virus.
A sign directs visitors to the Six Flags Over Texas theme park in Arlington, Texas on May 27. Six Flags Over Texas is planning to reopen and use body scans for temperature, and have all visitors wear masks.
Kari Lesher, 19, of Shoemakersville, walks to the stage to get her diploma at Oley Valley High School where the district was holding graduation ceremonies for the 2020 seniors one at a time on May 27 in Oley, Pennsylvania.
Artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada works on a 20,000 square feet mural of a healthcare worker near the Queens Museum, back left, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, back center, in Queens, New York, on May 27. The mural is to honor those who lost their lives during the pandemic, especially minority healthcare workers. The portrait was inspired by Dr. Ydelfonso Decoo, an immigrant doctor who died from the coronavirus complications while serving hard-hit communities of color.
Anthony Radzikowski visits his 95 year-old grandmother Ann Bradshaw, the namesake of his Nana's Pizza restaurant, at the Prospect House Assisted Living Facility where she lives and has been quarantined since before, in Revere, Massachusetts, on May 27.
A graduate atop of a car waves to teachers and staff during a high school senior class parade outside of Central Catholic High School, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on May 27. With the remainder of the school year cancelled on 21 April amidst the pandemic. many schools have held alternative celebrations for the graduating seniors of the Class of 2020.
Mike Douglass, right, owner of the East J Barbershop, measures the distance between barbers chairs with help from fellow barber Tim Nguyen, on May 27, in Sacramento, California. Barbershops and hair salons in the Sacramento area and most of the other California counties can begin reopening following Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement. Douglass said he will reopen in a few days so he has time to get his shop ready to adhere to the new guidelines that must be followed due to the pandemic.
A man sunbathes on the boardwalk next to orange mesh surrounding a bench in order to maintain social distance, on May 27, 2020, in Long Beach, New York. The beach on Long Beach is open only to residents.
Contractors from Judlau make tactile repairs as part of improvements being made to the MBTA's Blue Line, in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 27. With coronavirus infections trending downward, Governor Charlie Baker toured a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority construction site and said the transit system is preparing to move more riders as the state's economy slowly reopens.
Guest practice social distancing as President Donald Trump speaks about the cost of treating diabetes in the White House Rose Garden during the coronavirus disease outbreak in Washington, U.S., on May 26.
A sanitizer station with a COVID-19 information notice sits near the entrance of the Dallas Zoo in Texas on May 26. The park has placed several similar stations throughout the park for their guest. The Zoo which closed their gates to the public on March 13 due to the new coronavirus, re-opened to members only for an early preview and will open to the public on May 29. All guest, including members, wanting to visit the Zoo are required to go online to their website and pay for entry and parking and sign up for a specific entry time slot.
A person who has been staying overnight at the Philadelphia International Airport leaves the terminal, on May 26 after officials began removing dozens of people who have been sleeping at the city's airport during the coronavirus pandemic.
Joseph and Julia Salvaggio, vacationing from Long Island, N.Y., enjoy a glass of wine at the Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille at the Riverside Hotel during the new coronavirus pandemic, on May 26 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The restaurant closed the bar and installed protective dividers between tables. Hotels, beaches and gyms reopened throughout Broward County after being closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Vin Norton, left, gets his hair cut by barber Cristian Lopez at Barber Walter's barbershop, as they both wear masks out of concern for the coronavirus on May 26 in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Hair salons and barbershops were allowed to open on May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Owner, Sarah Celek (red leggings), teaches a class at Pure Barre Cincinnati West as Ohio gyms and fitness centers reopen for business in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, on May 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Michael Gentile waves a flag as warbirds fly over the Queen Mary on May 25 in Long Beach, California. The historic planes soar above Southern California on Memorial Day saluting veterans and health care workers taking risks daily amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Protesters holding placards rally outside the Los Angeles City Hall to protest the Stay at Home Orders that were put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers called the Stay at Home Orders unconstitutional and called on Mayor Eric Garcetti and Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen the California economy on May 25 in Los Angeles, California.
The masks proved only to be effective in the home before a member of the household showed symptoms, the study said.
But it is still an important precaution in all settings, because many of the people carrying the virus don't know they are infected, said Erin Bromage, associate professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
"A standard mask, the ones that we've been making, cut things down by 50%. I wear it to protect you, you wear it to protect me," Bromage said.
Behavioral changes have already proven successful in bringing cases down in China, New Zealand and Australia, said Dr. William Haseltine, president of the think tank ACCESS Health International.
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 26: Medical workers walk outside a special coronavirus area at Maimonides Medical Center on May 26, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. While certain neighborhoods are still seeing high infection numbers, New York has seen the number of deaths from COVID-19 statewide begin to consistently stay below 100 people per day. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A health worker takes a drop of blood for an antibody test at the Diagnostic and Wellness Center on May 5, in Torrance, California.
Tools in the fight called into question
The long-emphasized precautions continue to be crucial to reducing transmission, health experts say, but measurements the US has relied upon from the start of the pandemic are now being called into question.
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Maintaining six feet of distance from another person has been the standard in social distancing to reduce airborne transmission, but three experts have questioned if that is enough.
The evidence shows that aerosols can accumulate and remain infectious indoors for hours, so particles still in the air could be easily inhaled into the lungs -- even if people are standing six feet apart, according to the commentary published in the journal Science.
Meantime, coronavirus and antibody tests -- used to assess the virus' spread in communities -- both have shown limitations this week.
Many people admitted to the hospital with severe illness need multiple coronavirus tests, often advancing to tests from deeper in the respiratory system, before the test comes back positive.
Coronavirus antibody tests may be wrong half the time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website this week. Antibody testing looks for evidence of immune response to determine if a person had been infected.
The tests are not accurate enough to make policy decisions, the CDC said.
The state of coronavirus
States have been taking varied approaches to reopening and also contending with different rates of infection.
Fifteen states are still seeing upward trends in coronavirus cases, with 10 remaining steady and 25 on the decline.
California reported its largest single day increase in confirmed cases Thursday since the pandemic began. Georgia also saw a spike in cases this week, but Gov. Brian Kemp attributed the growth to a recently submitted backlog of test results.
"I can assure you that (Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey) and I and our whole teams continue to watch that data," Kemp said.
Elsewhere, attractions geared toward drawing large crowds are making their way back into the US.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday that live sports will return to the state this weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway, though no fans will be in attendance.
And the Las Vegas strip will open back up June 4 -- though not without precautions in place.
"We're welcoming visitors back, but we're going to take every precaution possible," Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said in an online briefing. "We're encouraging visitors to come and enjoy themselves and have a good time."
In Florida, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that beaches and hotels may open on Monday and Walt Disney World on Wednesday proposed reopening Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15.
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