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  • As cases spiked in Tokyo, with another daily high on Thursday of 367 new coronavirus infections, Gov. Yuriko Koike requested that karaoke venues and bars and restaurants serving alcohol close by 10 p.m. from Aug. 3 through the end of the month. Businesses that cooperate will be offered 200,000 yen, or about $1,900. The initiative comes as the country’s health ministry announced a record 1,264 new cases.

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    • Very interesting article suggests that we're doing the wrong kind of testing and as a result, we're missing a lot of people who are positive and because nobody knows that they're positive, they're out and about and infecting others.

      Headline - America Needs to Radically Rethink Our COVID-19 Testing Approach

      https://time.com/5873444/radically-r...ting-approach/

      Worth reading.

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      • The explosion of new coronavirus tests that could help to end the pandemic

        Researchers are scrambling to find other ways to diagnose the coronavirus and churn out millions of tests a week — a key step in returning to normality.

        https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02140-8

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        • Florida, California and North Carolina report record numbers of coronavirus deaths for one day

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...ve-updates-us/

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          • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post

            The Wednesday (7/28/20) early afternoon numbers:

            Worldwide: 16,810K(+2%)cases & 662K(+1%) deaths
            The USA : 4,461K (+1%) cases & 150K (+1%) deaths
            New York : 413K (+0%) cases & 32,658 (+0%) deaths
            NYC only: 224K (+0%) cases & 16,302 (+0%) deaths
            New Jersey:181K(+0%)cases & 15,798 (+0%) deaths
            Bergen Co.:20,391(+0%)cases & 2,038 (+0%) deaths

            NY, NJ, and Bergen total deaths include probable as well as confirmed deaths, while NYC includes only confirmed deaths.

            NJ had 489 new cases. It also had 18 new confirmed deaths but probable deaths were reduced by 45. The probable death reduction also reduced the Bergen total deaths slightly.

            NY had 715 new cases & 9 new confirmed deaths.

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            The Thursday (7/30/20) early afternoon numbers:

            Worldwide: 17,039K(+1%)cases & 667K(+1%) deaths
            The USA : 4,534K (+2%) cases & 151K (+1%) deaths
            New York: 414K (+0%) cases & 32,658 (+0%) deaths
            NYC only: 225K (+0%) cases & 16,308 (+0%) deaths
            New Jersey:181K(+0%)cases & 15,809 (+0%) deaths
            Bergen Co.: 20,412(+0%)cases & 2,040(+0%) deaths

            NJ had 261 new cases & 19 new confirmed deaths.
            NY had 777 new cases.

            NJ has 759 and NY has 586 hospitalizations.

            NJ has seen its % of new cases in the 18-29 age group increase from 12% in April to 33% in July.
            Last edited by Halfmiler2; 07-30-2020, 06:11 PM.

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            • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
              NJ has seen its % of new cases in the 18-29 age group increase from 12% in April to 33% in July.
              I assume that's due to the consequences of some reopening, I also assume it's due to young adults going to restaurants, bars, beaches and other public and private gatherings without appropriate social distancing and perhaps without masks. I hope the local media are making a big deal out of that increase and reminding that age group that they are not invulnerable.

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              • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                Florida, California and North Carolina report record numbers of coronavirus deaths for one day

                https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...ve-updates-us/
                So much for flattening.

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                • Texas has now passed Florida in total deaths. 2309 in the last 7 days to Florida's 988.
                  Last edited by jeremyp; 07-30-2020, 08:50 PM.

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                  • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                    I assume that's due to the consequences of some reopening, I also assume it's due to young adults going to restaurants, bars, beaches and other public and private gatherings without appropriate social distancing and perhaps without masks. I hope the local media are making a big deal out of that increase and reminding that age group that they are not invulnerable.
                    Actually, it seems to be due to parties. The governor allowed graduations with social distancing & masks starting on July 6th. There have been parties afterwards, or just because it is summer.

                    Unfortunately, at parties, the social distancing and masks are not respected universally. The worst case last week was when there was 700 people at an Airbnb. Three hosts got citations but the damage is done.

                    In NJ, we still do not have the bars or indoor dining open yet. Nor movie theaters. Malls are open but not the food courts. The capacity on beaches has been restricted but we are not hearing much about cases from the beaches.
                    Last edited by Halfmiler2; 07-30-2020, 09:07 PM.

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                    • Originally posted by jeremyp View Post
                      Texas has now passed Florida in total deaths. 2309 in the last 7 days to Florida's 988.
                      Link to source, please.

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                      • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
                        Just to mention some populations again for comparison:

                        Worldwide: 7.8 billion
                        The USA: 330 million
                        California: 40 million
                        Texas: Almost 30 million
                        Florida: 22 million
                        Arizona: 7.4 million
                        Illinois: 12.7 million
                        Georgia: 10.7 million
                        North Carolina: 10.6 million
                        New York: 20.5 million
                        New Jersey & NYC: Almost 9 million each
                        Bergen County: Almost 1 million (largest in NJ)
                        It looks like NJ will drop by this weekend from 5th to 8th in total cases among the states.

                        The case leaders as of early afternoon:

                        The Big 4: CA(475K), FL(461K), NY(414K), TX(403K)
                        The Next 4: NJ(181K), GA(178K), IL(177K), AZ(171K)
                        The Next 4: NC(120K), MA(117K), LA(114K),PA(111K)

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                        • By the way, every state is now over 1,000 cases but there are still five states with under 100 deaths: AK, HA, MT, VT, WY.
                          Last edited by Halfmiler2; 07-30-2020, 09:13 PM.

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                          • Originally posted by jeremyp View Post
                            Texas has now passed Florida in total deaths. 2309 in the last 7 days to Florida's 988.
                            They are both still behind seven other states.

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                            • If Texas is beating Florida, it's just cuz we're sandbagging now, trying to drive up the odds for a big bet on our eventual victory!!

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                              • More on New Jersey...


                                Virus Cases Are Rising in N.J., Spurred by Young Partygoers at the Shore

                                Coronavirus cases have jumped by 28 percent. The governor pleaded “one more time to parents and kids”: Don’t gather inside.


                                Coronavirus cases in New Jersey, which just a week ago had plunged to their lowest levels since the pandemic began, are rising again, fueled in part by outbreaks among young adults along the Jersey Shore.

                                In the past seven days, New Jersey has recorded an average of 416 cases per day, an increase of 28 percent from the average two weeks earlier, according to a database maintained by The New York Times.

                                The increase has worried elected leaders and public health officials who say that young people who are enjoying summer parties are not taking enough precautions.

                                A party that dozens of Long Beach Island lifeguards attended has been linked to 35 cases of the virus, according to the state’s health commissioner. A house party in Middletown, N.J., has been blamed for 65 new cases; 52 of the people infected were between the ages of 15 and 19, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said. And a graduation party in Westfield, N.J., farther north, resulted in 17 cases.

                                https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/n....co/XK7Ih2jfEo

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