US Coronavirus Cases Fall Below 25000 – The Wall Street Journal

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A sign warned of fines for not wearing a mask in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Monday.

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The U.S. reported fewer than 25,000 new coronavirus cases, the lowest daily total in nearly 12 weeks, while outbreaks on some college campuses have forced students to return to online learning.

As the fall semester gets into full swing, the potential for outbreaks at colleges and universities has raised concerns even in regions where the virus’s spread has been less swift.

Daily reported Covid-19 deaths in the U.S.
Notes: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Some fluctuation in data, such as the June 25 spike, is due to states revising criteria for deaths due to Covid-19. Last updated
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Daily reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S.
Note: For all 50 states and D.C., U.S. territories and cruises. Last updated
Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

At the University of New Hampshire, a fraternity party late last month attended by more than 100 people has been connected to at least 11 Covid-19 cases, the school’s president, James W. Dean Jr., said in a weekend letter to the college community. He called the party reprehensible.

“This is reckless behavior and the kind of behavior that undermines our planning and will lead to us switching to a fully remote mode,” Mr. Dean wrote.

West Virginia University on Monday said it would move undergraduate courses online until Sept. 25 after a rise in coronavirus cases on campus.

“There is increasing evidence that crowded indoor gatherings, such as those that occurred over the weekend, can serve as super-spreader events,” Dr. Jeffrey Coben, associate vice president of health affairs and dean of the School of Public Health, said in a notice to students.

Many schools have made similar decisions, including James Madison University, North Carolina State University, Colorado College and the State University of New York in Oneonta. But public-health officials worry that sending students back to their hometowns, often without testing them before departure, could lead to new outbreaks around the country.

Monitoring the U.S. Outbreak
Confirmed cases by state, ranked by latest full-day count
Daily confirmed cases per 100,000 residents
Note: Trend indicates whether a state had an increase or decrease in total number of cases in the past seven days compared with previous seven days. Last updated
Sources: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering; the Lancet; Associated Press; U.S. Census

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Average new daily Covid-19 cases for most recent week, per 100,000 people
Note: Last updated on . Negative values are due to revised figures.
Sources: Johns Hopkins University (cases); Census Bureau (population)

“Shipping the problem back to the community, where they can further spread, just doesn’t seem like the right answer,” said A. David Paltiel, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health. “Just because a kid is asymptomatic doesn’t mean it’s safe to send that kid home. They could be exposed and incubating. They could be in fact a ticking time bomb.”

Total confirmed cases in the U.S. topped 6.3 million, as the daily total for Monday rose by 24,257—the smallest increase since June 16—according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The nation’s death toll exceeded 189,000.

World

India: More than 75,000 new cases were reported, a decline of about 15,000 from a day earlier, as the country’s total rose to more than 4.28 million, data from India’s Health Ministry showed. The ministry didn’t give a reason for the sharp drop in new cases. Fatalities rose by more than 1,100 to 72,775. Five Indian states, including Maharashtra, home to the financial hub of Mumbai, account for about 60% of the country’s total caseload and 70% of the deaths, according to the Health Ministry.

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Japan: For the first time since July 13, Japan’s daily tally of infections came in below 300, with 293 new cases. Starting Tuesday, Japan will begin easing entry restrictions for newly arriving expatriate workers and other long-term residents from Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The move is part of an effort to gradually reopen borders to facilitate business activities. Japan has already loosened travel restrictions on workers and residents from Vietnam and Thailand.

South Korea: Health officials in South Korea said they were reviewing medical testing kits that can detect both Covid-19 and the seasonal flu. South Korea reported 136 new cases, the sixth day in a row that infections remained below the 200 mark. The country has been grappling with an uptick in cases since mid-August, tied largely to churches. In response, South Korea has enacted tighter social-distancing measures and has extended such restrictions through Sept. 20.

Australia: In the state of Victoria, 55 new cases were reported along with eight deaths. Neighboring New South Wales reported nine new infections, as authorities investigate the source of a cluster of cases among health-care workers at two hospitals in Sydney.

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U.K.: Authorities in England have added seven Greek islands to their quarantine list as the country experiences a surge in coronavirus infections, many among younger people. Travelers arriving in England from Lesbos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos will have to self-isolate for 14 days beginning Wednesday. Scotland last week put all arrivals from Greece under a quarantine order, while the government in Wales placed restrictions on arrivals from six islands.

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