Texas' COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 5,000 As New Cases Slide To 2-Week Low: Live Updates

Summary:

  • Texas passes 5,000 deaths, new cases lowest since July 13
  • California reported 8,259 new cases
  • Scott Gottlieb says pandemic starting to slow in some parts of the Sun Belt
  • Arizona reports latest COVID numbers
  • Florida passes New York, now in 2nd place
  • Fla reports another 9,300 new cases
  • Spain assures world new outbreak 'under control'
  • Countries impose travel restrictions on Spain due to worsening outbreak in Catalonia
  • COVID-19 cases pull back after hitting daily records

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Update (1800ET): Texas numbers were the rare silver lining in another day of slightly less dismal numbers across the Sun Belt, and increasingly, in the deep south as well.

Texas reported just 5,810 new cases on Sunday, a sharp drop from the prior day and the state's lowest daily total since July 13 (about 2 weeks ago),. That brought the Lone Star State's tally to 381,656.

But the bigger milestone on Sunday came from the "deaths" column, when the state reported another 153 fatalities, pushing Texas's death toll north of 5,000 to 5,038.

The state's positivity rate has increased slightly to 13.76%.

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Update (1450ET): California reported 8,259 new cases on Sunday, as the pace appeared to slow across the state, even as worries about a potential return to lockdown simmer.

Sunday's number (reported with a 24-hour delay) came in below both the 14-day average of 9,421 and the 10,666 from the prior day The statewide total climbed to 453,659 confirmed cases. The number of fatalities increased by 79, which was below the 14-day daily average of 98 and also below the 151 reported the previous day. A total of 8,416 people have died.

As cases continue to slow in certain parts of the Sun Belt, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he is seeing “unmistakable signs” that the pandemic is slowing in Texas and Arizona, though he is less certain about California and Florida. This as one Democratic lawmaker called for Los Angeles County to restore a stay-at-home order.

US cases rose by 65,965 in the latest daily count, a 1.6% increase that’s lower than the 1.8% average over the prior seven days. Deaths increased by 921, breaking a four-day streak of more than 1,000 deaths per day.

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Update (1413ET): Arizona reported another 1,973 cases, bringing its total to 162,014.

ICU capacity has ticked lower to 86%.

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Update (1350ET): One day after Florida blew past New York in the national rankings, the state reported a slight decline in single-day cases, with 9,338 reported over the past 24 hours, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Several data sources reported that Florida's numbers pushed it past New York in the rankings (though we reported on Friday that the Sunshine State had already overtaken the Empire State). Florida became the second state after California to pass New York in the national rankings.

The top three states, according to Reuters data.

  • California - 423,855
  • Florida -  423,855
  • New York - 415,827

Keep in mind that totals vary from source to source.

Still, New York has recorded by far the most deaths of any US state, with more than 32,000. Florida has fewer than 6,000 cases. On average, Florida has added more than 10,000 cases a day in July while California has been adding 8,300 cases a day and New York has been adding 700 cases.

Meanwhile, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo said total hospitalizations fell by 637.

Even though New York has gotten the virus under control, the state still has most businesses locked down.

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As the UK, France, Norway and a handful of other European countries impose mandatory quarantines on travelers visiting from Spain - or warning their citizens to avoid travel to Catalonia, the epicenter of the outbreak - anxieties are rising as the outbreak in Barcelona and the surrounding suburbs, including the village of Lleida, and seven nearby towns, intensifies.

A little over a week ago, Catalan authorities imposed a lockdown affecting 160,000 people in and around Lleida, a swath of suburban Barcelona. Since then, they've advised people in the restive region of 7.5 million to stay home and observe social distancing practices with assiduous dedication.

The resurgence is the most glaring evidence yet that the Spanish government's attempt to salvage at least some of the peak travel season has blown up in the country's face. It further illustrates just how complicated combating the virus has become: with some authorities warning that finding a vaccine could take two years or more, the quest for a 'sustainable' and reasonably safe virus response that doesn't destroy the lives of millions of Americans has become fraught with political considerations.

Spain’s health ministry reported 920+ new cases on both Thursday and Friday, the highest numbers since early May, when the government was just beginning the process of unwinding its strict lockdown, which was lauded as one of the most intense in Europe. Authorities in Catalonia have closed bars and nightclubs as fears of a second wave intensify.

The 4th highest death toll in Europe was recorded in Spain, with roughly 28k deaths.

Despite all the tough talk from Spain's neighbors, the tourism industry's insistence that the border between France and Catalonia remain open, though French PM Jean Castex has said he's negotiating with Spain to limit the number of such crossings. The UK has added Spain to its "unsafe" list, right alongside the US. But across the Europe, the tourism industry is hurting, and small concessions are still being made.

On Sunday, the Spanish Foreign Ministry advised that the country's coronavirus epidemic was "under control", despite the spate of travel advisories adopted by several of Spain's European neighbors.

Hospitals are coping well with the increase in infections and more than half of new cases are asymptomatic, the ministry said.

With lockdown measures being reimposed, outbreaks in Catalonia and Aragon should soon be brought under control, they said, according to Reuters.

Globally, the world saw a pullback in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases from the record numbers seen just a day prior, as the world reported 257,789 new cases over the last 24 hours...

...bringing the global total to 16,292,002, according to Worldometer.