Suspected Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told Donald Trump on Tuesday to "step up his work" and stressed that it had been a month since Trump last predicted the corona virus would "just go away."
"He was wrong – and more than 25,000 Americans have died of the virus in the past month," said Biden tweeted on Tuesday morning. "Mr. President, step on and do your job before more American families feel the pain of losing a loved one."
More than 4.7 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and at least 155,471 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. While 4% of the world's population lives in the U.S., the country is responsible for more than a quarter of the world's confirmed infections.
More than 30 million Americans are unemployed because of business closures to stop the spread of the corona virus. The White House and Congress are negotiating a new economic aid package, but two important aid measures ended last week that gave millions of families a sudden drop in income and less protection from evictions.
In the midst of these conflicting crises, Trump was shaken on Monday in an interview with the Axios news site, where he repeatedly insisted that the United States do better than other countries and waved several pieces of paper with diagrams to clarify his point of view.
Axios national political correspondent Jonathan Swan then realized that Trump was talking about how many deaths the United States had in relation to identified cases. Swan then explained the deaths because part of the population was where the US was doing poorly compared to the rest of the world. Trump replied, "You can't."
According to a Reuters analysis, deaths from Covid-19 increased to more than 8,500 people in the seventh week that ended on Sunday, a fourth week in a row.
Midwestern states saw an increase in cases for the first time, while fewer cases and hospitalizations were recorded in some of the country's most populous states: Arizona, Florida, Texas, and California.
More cases were identified in California than anywhere else in the country, but Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that the weekly average of cases fell 21% from the previous week. He also warned that it was too early to celebrate.
"This virus won't go away," Newsom said. "It won't take the Labor Day weekend, Halloween or the holidays off. We'll live with this virus until we have a vaccine."
The country's leading infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, praised the state of Connecticut on Monday, which has one of the lowest infection rates in the country due to its slow, staggered reopening process. "You are in a situation where you now have the upper hand in many ways because you have such a low rate that when you get new cases, you have the ability to contain rather than mitigate," said Fauci.
In New York, which was also slow to reopen compared to the rest of the country, the positive rate was also below 1% last weekend. But the densely populated state and its neighbor New Jersey have seen an increase in cases in recent days.
The diverse situation across the country prompted teachers from dozens of school districts, including Chicago, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, to protest from their cars on Monday and ask for lessons to be online in the fall.
Health experts have warned that the decision to return to personal instruction must first prioritize the safety of school staff and students. However, the Trump administration has been aggressively trying to force all schools in the country to open for classes in the fall.
"OPEN THE SCHOOLS !!!" Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
Approximately 260 employees in a school district in Gwinnett County, Georgia, have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have been quarantined for possible exposure after returning to work last week to prepare for the start of the school year. Hundreds of school district teachers had asked to be able to work from home for the fall. The school district said most of the cases came from the community.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, said Tuesday that at least 40 million children are out of education and has asked schools to reopen as soon as local coronavirus transmission is under control.
Guterres warned the world of a "generation catastrophe that could waste immeasurable human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate deep-rooted inequalities."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths in the United States have disproportionately affected black, Latin American and native communities. The resulting economic crisis has affected women more than men for the first time in the history of a US economic crisis.
When employment recovered slightly in May, it did so for every population except black women, one in six of whom was unemployed that month. after an analysis by the National Women's Rights Center.
To tackle the financial crisis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will meet again Tuesday with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the House's and Senate's democratic leaders.
It is unclear whether the parties can reach an agreement before the Senate should take a month-long break at the end of the week.
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