SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is banning well-known gatherings, shutting nightspots and church buildings and placing off followers from educated sports actions nationwide in an strive to gradual a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

Properly being Minister Park Neung-hoo equipped the measures Saturday after officials reported 332 newly confirmed cases, marking the ninth straight day of triple-digit increases.

Most of the aloof cases had been within the Seoul metropolitan attach, which has been at the guts of the viral surge of aloof weeks. But infections had been additionally reported in practically every major metropolis and in cities sooner or later of the country.

The government had already imposed the tighter restrictions within the capital design earlier this week, a skedaddle they resisted for months out of enterprise concerns. Park mentioned it has modified into inevitable to lengthen the identical measures nationwide with the virus spreading extra broadly.



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— University of Wyoming reports 61 cases of the coronavirus

— A U.S. depend of deaths from all causes right thru the seven-month duration yields what consultants imagine is a fuller — and extra alarming — record of the catastrophe and its racial dimensions.

— California added extra than 140,000 jobs in July and diminished its unemployment payment to 13.3%. But the unemployment payment is aloof increased than it ever used to be right thru the Broad Recession a decade ago.

— Predominant League Baseball has postponed this weekend’s Subway Sequence to enable time for additional testing and contact tracing after two contributors of the Unique York Mets tested definite for the coronavirus.


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BEIJING — Properly being officials in China order of their Saturday sage on the coronavirus that the country had no domestically transmitted infections within the most up-to-date 24-hour duration, although 22 cases had been confirmed in Chinese arriving from in a foreign country.

Whereas the native unfold of the virus looks to absorb been contained in mainland China, the semi-self sustaining southern metropolis of Hong Kong continues to fight with its worst outbreak since the pandemic began.

Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam mentioned Friday that free coronavirus tests would per chance be equipped to residents right thru the vital two weeks of September, in hopes of restarting the heavily services and products-dependent native economy.

A brand aloof surge in infections that started in July has extra than tripled the replacement of cases in Hong Kong to 4,632, with a entire of 75 deaths.


WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he would dwell no matter used to be wanted to retain the country safe amid the coronavirus pandemic despite the reality that that meant shutting down the country.

Biden made the commentary in an interview with ABC. The interview airs Sunday night time, but clips had been equipped Friday.

Biden says, “I would per chance be ready to dwell no matter it takes to save lives on account of we won’t get the country shifting unless we adjust the virus.” He provides that if scientists suggested shutting down the country, “I would shut it down.”

President Donald Trump is encouraging colleges to reopen and people to get assist to work. The U.S. has had extra than 5.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with extra than 175,000 deaths.


SALEM, Ore. — Oregon public properly being consultants order the replacement of aloof coronavirus cases within the impart has dropped over the previous month, but the decline hasn’t been sufficient for colleges to safely initiate.

The impart is averaging about 250 aloof cases a day, and properly being officials order that desires to topple to about 60 for colleges to reopen.

Gov. Kate Brown mentioned Friday that residents will absorb to continue to use and place in power aloof statewide pandemic mandates or else bars and restaurants would per chance per chance absorb to shut and commute restrictions would per chance be implemented.

Brown says at the aloof payment, colleges received’t be in a activity to reopen unless April.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut is doubling the quantity of federal coronavirus money dedicated to rental assistance.

But housing advocates contend it falls far brief of what’s wanted to abet as many as 130,000 households estimated to face conceivable eviction between now and Dec. 31 on account of of the pandemic. When when compared, there had been about 20,000 eviction filings in all of 2019.

Gov. Ned Lamont equipped Friday that $10 million would per chance be added to the aloof $10 million for the rent program. His attach of job says the quantity that can skedaddle to the rent program is proscribed by Congress.

Lamont mentioned he additionally will soon signal an govt mutter extending the moratorium on residential evictions unless Oct. 1.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking Canada for abet with U.S. residents of a puny peninsula who absorb been marooned by the pandemic-related closure of the U.S.-Canada border.

Point Roberts is half of Washington impart, but it completely juts out from the Canadian mainland south of Vancouver and will not be related to the rest of Washington. About 1,300 people dwell there.

In a letter Friday to Canadian Top Minister Justin Trudeau, Inslee suggests that residents of Point Roberts be given particular commute permits allowing them to power straight to and from the Washington impart mainland.


HARRISBURG, Pa. — The governing physique for Pennsylvania interscholastic sports actions determined Friday to skedaddle forward with the topple season, rejecting the governor’s recommendation that every early life sports actions be postponed unless 2021 to abet end the unfold of the coronavirus.

The board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation had delayed the open of topple sports actions by two weeks after Gov. Tom Wolf on Aug. 6 suggested that scholastic and leisure early life sports actions be postpone unless January, citing the pandemic.

The PIAA had mentioned it used to be blindsided and “severely disenchanted” by Wolf’s recommendation — which used to be no longer binding — and insisted that topple sports actions would per chance per chance even be held safely. For his half, Wolf has pointed out that major collegiate leagues absorb independently canceled topple sports actions.

The board voted 25-5 on Friday to enable excessive college soccer, soccer, tennis, field hockey and assorted topple sports actions to skedaddle on as deliberate, starting Monday. Among those voting no: board contributors representing educated associations of faculty boards, superintendents and principals.


SALT LAKE CITY — The annual Christmas concert by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ choir has been cancelled on account of of lingering concerns in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

The cancellation of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Sq.’s vacation concert equipped Friday by church officials is the most up-to-date signal that disruptions to customary religious activity will continue thru the holidays. The Utah-primarily based fully mostly faith beforehand equipped it would retain its twice-yearly signature conference in October without in-individual viewers as it did at the April conference.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas on Friday reported its very finest single-day amplify in deaths from the illness precipitated by the coronavirus as the impart moved closer toward resuming in-individual classes at public colleges.

The Department of Properly being reported 22 people had died from COVID-19, bringing the impart’s entire fatalities from the illness since the pandemic began to 663. The division reported 887 aloof confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the impart’s entire to 55,652.

The division mentioned half of the aloof deaths befell in nursing homes. Four of the deaths befell in July and had been leisurely reports.

The spike in deaths comes days sooner than Arkansas’ public colleges are scheduled to reopen. Colleges are allowed to provide digital classes or a hybrid possibility that involves some onsite classes, but the impart is requiring colleges to be initiate five days every week for school students who need in-individual instruction.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The scale of private gatherings in Bloomington is now restricted to 15 people below an emergency govt mutter by Mayor John Hamilton. The mutter took end straight Friday. The outdated maximum crowd size used to be 50.

Hamilton issued the mutter after footage and movies shared on social media showed Indiana University college students gathering in well-known teams without masks or practising social distancing. Hamilton suggested residents to sage any violations of the aloof mutter to the Bloomington Police Department.

The mayor additionally additionally ordered people attending gatherings to practice social distancing and to use face coverings.


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s very finest college district can no longer open the Three hundred and sixty five days with fully faraway studying and must offer no no longer as a lot as 50% in-individual instruction despite a worsening coronavirus pandemic, the impart mentioned Friday.

Des Moines Public Colleges, which has 32,000 college students and 5,000 workers, blasted the resolution by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration to lisp its place a query to for a waiver to enable for 100% online studying. The district equipped that it would file a lawsuit to explain the impart’s mutter to reopen colleges, a prospect that it mentioned used to be simply unsafe on account of of the coronavirus threat.

“Sadly, the governor and her agencies absorb determined to ignore the native resolution-making authority impart out within the laws to rob a absorb a look at and power their will on college districts to dwell issues all of us know are simply no longer safe at the present,” mentioned Kyrstin Delagardelle, the chair of the college board.

The Iowa Department of Training denied the district’s waiver place a query to on Thursday. The agency mentioned the denial would aloof enable of us to earn shut 100% digital studying for school students, and the district would per chance per chance offer a hybrid system by which college students get 50% in-individual studying and the rest online.


DETROIT — Educators in Detroit thinking publicity to the COVID-19 virus in classrooms and hallways absorb given their union the OK to name a “doable safety strike” by which lecturers would conform to educate and work remotely.

The Detroit Federation of Lecturers insists the strike would no longer be a work stoppage with the open of the college Three hundred and sixty five days looming, and mentioned the neutral is to press the public college district to put in power science-primarily based fully mostly safety protocols right thru the coronavirus pandemic. Lessons in Detroit are scheduled to open Sept 8.

Friday is the time limit for of us to entire a ogle on whether they desire online or face-to-face studying for the vital quarter. A district spokeswoman says lecturers additionally can earn shut face-to-face or online instruction.


PHOENIX — Arizona has reported a 20% amplify in deaths within the vital seven months of this Three hundred and sixty five days.

Public properly being consultants order no longer all absorb been straight linked to the coronavirus. They are saying conceivable explanations contain overdoses and suicides by those struggling with isolation or unemployment right thru the pandemic.

Other possibilities are sufferers succumbing to chronic ailments after postponing properly being facility visits on account of of fears about contracting the virus there. Or deaths from Arizona’s customary flu season in October to April.

A extra entire thought is predicted after properly being officials review death certificates.


TOPEKA, Kan. — The very finest college district in Kansas moved classes online for its center and excessive-schoolers while public properly being officials in Topeka imposed stricter crowd size limits to stem the unfold of the coronavirus.

The Wichita college district, with extra than 50,000 college students, will give the of us of elementary college students the likelihood of taking classes in individual or online. But older college students would per chance be online most effective when classes open Sept. 8, the district’s board of education determined Thursday in a 5-2 vote.

The district additionally is the most up-to-date to raze sports actions and extracurricular actions. Wyandotte County known as off soccer, volleyball and soccer, as properly as marching band, final week. And the Shawnee Mission College District, which is the impart’s third very finest with 27,000 college students, determined to suspend sports actions and extracurricular actions starting Friday.


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Teach Department of Properly being reported an amplify of 1,077 coronavirus cases and 6 deaths within the final 24 hours.

Also, the properly being division and the impart Department of Training equipped Friday a conception that provides public college lecturers and college toughen group with free coronavirus testing of their areas.

Gov. Kevin Stitt in July issued an govt mutter for the impart properly being and education departments to build a conception for lecturers to be tested month-to-month for the virus.

Oklahoma has reported 51,746 coronavirus cases and 715 deaths.

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