US tops 3 million known infections as coronavirus surges

first_imgIn Texas alone, the number of hospitalized patients more than doubled in just two weeks.The trend has driven many more Americans to seek out COVID-19 screenings. The US Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday it was adding short-term “surge” testing sites in three metropolitan areas in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.In Houston, a line of more than 200 cars snaked around the United Memorial Medical Center as people waited hours in sweltering heat to get tested. Some had arrived the night before to secure a place in line at the drive-through site.”I got tested because my younger brother got positive,” said Fred Robles, 32, who spent the night in his car. “There’s so many people that need to get tested, there’s nothing you can do about it.” The US coronavirus outbreak crossed a grim milestone of over 3 million confirmed cases on Tuesday as more states reported record numbers of new infections, and Florida faced an impending shortage of intensive care unit hospital beds.Authorities have reported alarming upswings of daily caseloads in roughly two dozen states over the past two weeks, a sign that efforts to control transmission of the novel coronavirus have failed in large swaths of the country.California, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas on Tuesday shattered their previous daily record highs for new cases. The biggest jumps occurred in Texas and California, the two largest US states, with more than 10,000 each. About 24 states have reported disturbingly high infection rates as a percentage of diagnostic tests conducted over the past week. Dean Davis, 32, who lost his job due to the pandemic, said he arrived at the testing site at 3 a.m. Tuesday after he waited for hours on Monday but failed to make the cutoff.”I was like, let me get here at 3, maybe nobody will be here,” Davis said. “I got here, there was a line already.”In Florida, more than four dozen hospitals across 25 of 67 counties reported their intensive care units had reached full capacity, according to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration. Only 17% of the total 6,010 adult ICU beds statewide were available on Tuesday, down from 20% three days earlier.Additional hospitalizations could strain healthcare systems in many areas, leading to an uptick in lives lost from the respiratory illness that has killed more than 131,000 Americans to date. At least 923 of those deaths were reported Tuesday, the biggest single-day toll since June 10 but still far fewer than the record 2,806 tallied back in April.A widely cited mortality model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projected on Tuesday that US deaths would reach 208,000 by Nov. 1, with the outbreak expected to gain new momentum heading into the fall.A hoped-for summertime decline in transmission of the virus never materialized, the IHME said.“The US didn’t experience a true end of the first wave of the pandemic,” the IHME’s director, Dr. Christopher Murray, said in a statement. “This will not spare us from a second surge in the fall, which will hit particularly hard in states currently seeing high levels of infections.”’Pressure on governors’President Donald Trump, who has pushed for restarting the US economy and urged Americans to return to their normal routines, said on Tuesday he would lean on state governors to open schools in the fall.Speaking at the White House, Trump said some people wanted to keep schools closed for political reasons. “No way, so we’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”New COVID-19 infections are rising in 42 states, based on a Reuters analysis of the past two weeks. By Tuesday afternoon, the number of confirmed US cases had surpassed 3 million, affecting nearly one of every 100 Americans and a population roughly equal to Nevada’s.In Arizona, another hot spot, the rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive rose to 26% for the week ended July 5, leading two dozen states with positivity rates exceeding 5%. The World Heath Organization considers a rate over 5% to be troubling.The surge has forced authorities to backpedal on moves to reopen businesses, such as restaurants and bars, after mandatory lockdowns in March and April reduced economic activity to a virtual standstill and put millions of Americans out of work.The Texas state fair, which had been scheduled to open on Sept. 25, has been canceled for the first time since World War Two, organizers announced on Tuesday.In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine said the state was ordering people in seven counties to wear face coverings in public starting Wednesday evening.Topics :last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger trolls Tottenham fans in Madrid ahead of Champions League final

first_imgEx-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger trolls Tottenham fans in Madrid ahead of Champions League final Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Jun 2019 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link165Shares Advertisementcenter_img Arsene Wenger was mingling with Tottenham fans before the Champions League final (Twitter)Arsene Wenger has reminded everyone that he remains Arsenal through and through as he wore his club tracksuit bottoms in a hotel full of Tottenham supporters on the day of their Champions League final against Liverpool.The Gunners’ season ended in disappointment this week as Unai Emery’s side suffered a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final.Arsenal now face the prospect of another campaign in the Europa League as winning the final was their last chance to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.And the week could get even worse for Arsenal fans as their north London rivals are one game away from being crowned champions of Europe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWenger is in Madrid for the match at the Wanda Metropolitano as he is on punditry duty alongside Jose Mourinho for beIN Sports.Badge is the other side but this is the only photo I can find ❤️— Onset (@OnsetMTH) June 1, 2019But on the morning of the game, Wenger was mingling with Tottenham fans in Madrid whilst proudly wearing his Arsenal trackies.Wenger stepped down after 22 years in charge of Arsenal at the end of last season.And the 69-year-old admitted last month that he might not manage another club after enjoying his time away from football.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Originally I said I want to manage straight away again. After that I thought maybe I’ll take a little distance,’ said Wenger.‘ came to the conclusion that I want to share what I learned in my life. Because life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know.‘I will go back into football for sure. In what position I don’t know, whether that is as a manager or not. The appetite, the desire, is still there.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

First-round pick Jordyn Adams wastes little time committing to Angels

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The 17th overall pick in the draft, Adams won’t officially sign with the Angels until he can get out to Southern California for a physical. The amount of his bonus wasn’t available, but the slot value for the 17th pick is just under $3.5 million.Adams, a wide receiver known for his explosive speed, is passing up the chance to play for the Tar Heels. His father, Deke, is an assistant coach at North Carolina.“I played baseball my whole life,” Adams said. “The opportunity to get better overall as a baseball player was very big for me. I felt I couldn’t pass up the opportunity presented to me right now.”ANOTHER OHTANI?The draft continued through the 10th round on Tuesday, with the Angels drafting pitchers with all eight of their picks. One of them, though, is also an outfielder.The Angels announced William English as a two-way player when they picked the Detroit high schooler in the fifth round. English had an 0.93 ERA and he hit .419. He has a scholarship to play at Tennessee. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak center_img “We’re starting to see the evolution of organizations open to drafting players like that, develop them and see where the path takes them,” Swanson said Monday night, before they took English.Other than English, the rest of the Angels’ picks were college pitchers, all right-handers. The common thread was they all averaged more than a strikeout an inning this year.The draft concludes on Wednesday, through the 40th round.ALSOThe Angels optioned utilityman Kaleb Cowart to Triple-A and recalled reliever Eduardo Paredes on Tuesday, getting some more coverage for a bullpen that worked 7-1/3 innings in the previous two days. …Shohei Ohtani came through with his second pinch-hit in four at-bats on Monday night, prompting Manager Mike Scioscia to be asked if he’s any closer to lifting the self-imposed restriction against using him to pinch-hit the day before or after he pitches. “There’s a lot of stuff we’re looking at right now, as we get into this program and see what adjustments we might be able to make on usage,” Scioscia said. “But we’re not quite there.” …The Angels’ game against the Dodgers on July 8 at Angel Stadium has been moved from a day game to a 5 p.m. start for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The New York Yankees were originally scheduled to be on that night, but they appealed to Major League Baseball and ESPN to make a change since they now have a doubleheader the next day, a makeup of a rainout. The Angels will have at least three Sunday night games this year, including their April game against the Yankees in Anaheim. Their Sept. 2 game at Houston was also moved into prime time.UP NEXTAngels (Shohei Ohtani, 4-1, 3.08) vs. Royals (Ian Kennedy, 1-6, 6.08), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 ANAHEIM — Turns out that Matt Swanson wasn’t simply being optimistic when the Angels scouting director said he expected to sign first-round pick Jordyn Adams.Adams, a prized football recruit who had accepted a scholarship to play football and baseball at the University of North Carolina, said on Tuesday that he has already agreed to terms with the Angels.Reports prior to the draft indicated Adams might be difficult to sign, but that was apparently not the case.“I’m glad to make it official that I’m going to be part of the Angels organization,” Adams said on a conference call. “I’m ready to go to work.” Related Articleslast_img read more