USA Today: Rebekah Jones, formerly the head of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard project and allegedly fired after refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data, has launched a new tracking site. “People have a right to know what’s going on in a straightforward nonpolitical kind of way.”
Associated Press: São Paulo cemetaries will exhume the buried remains of people who died at least three years ago and place them in bags, in order to make more room for COVID-19 victims. “People say nothing scares gravediggers. COVID does,” said a Brazilian cemetary worker.
Peer-reviewed and published by PNAS: The airborne transmission route is highly virulent and dominant for the spread of COVID-19. Analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic.
University of Copenhagen: In a new study, researchers have shown how recommendations to maintain social distancing affect people’s behavior. “We have found that reminders increase people’s intentions to stay home. But those who say they will stay home often go out.”
CNN: Beijing’s new outbreak is a reminder to the world that COVID-19 can return at any time. Similar cautionary tales have occurred repeatedly in recent months, with governments rushing to contain reemerging outbreaks after having seemingly brought initial infection numbers under control.
NY Times: California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered people to wear face masks in most indoor and some outdoor public settings, amid political controversy. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered, putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease.”
Sky News: Footage on social media showed young people in a stand-off with officers in riot gear during one of a number of recent illegal street parties in London. A Metropolitan Police Commissioner said police have a duty to disperse large gatherings while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
Associated Press: Texas and Florida have reinstated some COVID-19 restrictions, as the daily number of confirmed infections in the United States surged to an all-time high of 45,300. Health experts said a disturbingly large number of cases are being seen among young people who are going out again.
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