First Thing coronavirus is making a comeback in parts of the US | News Time
Good morning,Just a few weeks ago, New York was considered the global centre of the coronavirus crisis. On Monday, the city cautiously began reopening for business, a moment that the mayor, Bill de Blasio, described as “a triumph for all New Yorkers”.
But though the pandemic appears to have eased in the north-east, public health officials are concerned by a rise in cases across southern US states including Florida, Texas and California. Researchers at the University of Washington have raised their forecast for Covid-19 deaths, predicting that more than 145,000 people will die with the disease in the US by August.
While the recent mass protests could exacerbate its spread, the incubation period of the virus means this latest rise in cases can more likely be traced to a loosening of lockdown restrictions around Memorial Day weekend late last month. The pandemic is still worsening around the world, the WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned, saying: “This is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal.”In Brazil, the worst-affected nation in South America, recorded infections have now passed 700,000.