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Florida officials imposed a nightly curfew in Broward County on Friday to combat the spread of Covid-19 that’s in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. County Administrator Bertha Henry issued an emergency order to make the curfew mandatory and it will last through Aug. 1
Florida reported 327,241 Covid-19 cases on Friday, up 3.6% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 4.5% in the previous seven days. The state recorded 128 more deaths, an increase of 2.7%, down from the record 156 a day earlier. Total fatalities among Florida residents were reached 4,805, according to the state Department of Health report, which includes data through Thursday.
California said public schools in the state’s hardest-hit counties won’t be able to open for on-campus classes until the spread of the coronavirus in that area is contained. The order means that students in counties accounting for more than 70% of the state’s population will likely switch to remote learning for the beginning of the school year.
“The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open -– and when it must close –- but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”
California reported 9,986 new virus cases, an increase of 2.8%, and another 130 deaths. Of the state’s 58 counties, 33 are on a “monitoring list” that have showed troubling trends.
House Democrats are criticizing the White House for blocking the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from testifying at a public hearing on safely reopening the nation’s schools.
Democrats said they invited CDC officials, including director Robert Redfield, to testify at a hearing next Thursday but were rebuffed by the White House. A committee spokesperson said the panel asked for any CDC official to testify but was rejected.
Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat who chairs the House Education and Labor Committee, called it alarming that the Trump administration would prevent CDC officials from appearing before the committee “at a time when its expertise and guidance is so critical to the health and safety of students, parents, and educators.″
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