Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgWill Thanksgiving lead to a spike in cases? Time magazine found that Canada’s Thanksgiving, on Oct. 12, did. What you’re doingI have eight roommates in my house, off of Ohio State University’s campus. It has been very helpful to have a community while trying to social distance. People are shocked when I tell them I live with so many people, but I would never have it any other way. Some things we do to keep busy: shave our heads, become Ping-Pong masters, fix old go karts and race in empty parking lots, and work toward becoming master carpenters. This year has been a rough one, but having people to do it with made it extremely fun.— Andy Vasulka, Columbus, OhioLet us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email. Adam Pasick contributed to today’s briefing. It’s been a tough year for parents. Schools have closed and reopened, only to close again. Parents have scrambled to find child care while struggling to do their jobs and navigate remote learning. But there have been joyous moments, too.The Times spoke to mothers and fathers across the county about what parenting has been like in the pandemic. Here are a few of their stories.Resurgences As cases continue to grow in most of Canada, the western province of Manitoba implemented sweeping restrictions that closed most stores other than grocers and pharmacies, along with sports fields and playgrounds, bars, movie houses and theaters. Here’s where the virus has hit hardestThe United States is reeling as infections and hospitalizations soar to all-time highs. Outbreaks are emerging from coast to coast.Which place is the worst off?- Advertisement – Schools in N.Y.C. may closeThe nation’s largest school system is on the precipice of closing thousands of schools.New York City, once the global epicenter of the pandemic, now has far lower rates of community infection than most of the country, but the numbers are quickly climbing. On Thursday, the seven-day test positivity rate rose to 2.6 percent. If that number hits 3 percent, schools are supposed to close.For many of the approximately 300,000 families who have cobbled together ways to send their kids to classrooms for a few days a week in this fractured school year, the reversal is a gut punch.Particularly maddening is that restaurants, bars and gyms — indoor spaces which have been shown to be primary vectors of coronavirus infection — remain open, albeit with some restrictions.New York City’s schools have recorded a much smaller number of infections. A recent positive-test rate was just 0.17 percent, prompting one of the city’s top health officials to declare that public schools are among the safest public places around.Many countries in Western Europe have chosen to keep classrooms open and to place restrictions on bars and restaurants instead, a contrast that has not gone without notice.“That N.Y.C.’s public schools may have to shut down because the city and state felt they just had to let people dine indoors and work out at a gym says all we need to know about how much our society values public education, particularly when it comes to low-income Black & brown kids,” our colleague Nikole Hannah-Jones said on Twitter.Other major American cities with climbing cases have already delayed returns or walked back reopening plans for public schools. On Thursday, Detroit announced it would stop all in-person learning. This week, cities including Minneapolis and Philadelphia delayed planned returns. In late October, Boston pulled its few in-person students. And almost all public school students in Los Angeles; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco are also learning remotely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that children’s visits to the emergency room for mental health issues have risen sharply. Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following The state with the highest hospitalization rate: South Dakota.- Advertisement – New Zealand, which eliminated community spread of the virus, discovered a mysterious new case that officials think may have been transmitted within the country, Radio New Zealand reports. Dr. Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, said that shutting down the economy and paying people for lost wages for four to six weeks would help get the virus under control and keep the economy afloat until a vaccine is available, CNBC reports. In Italy, which is facing a surge in cases, a video of a man who died in the bathroom of an emergency room in Naples from what might have been Covid has sparked outrage across the country. – Advertisement – About 54 of every 100,000 South Dakotans are hospitalized with Covid-19. The testing positivity rate remains sky-high, and there are few signs of progress. On Tuesday, Mayor Paul TenHaken of Sioux Falls cast the tiebreaking vote to strike down a citywide mask mandate, which he has called “simply unenforceable.”The biggest cluster: Avenal State Prison, Calif.In the U.S., more than 30 correctional facilities have reported more than 1,000 cases each, but none have more than Avenal State Prison, in the San Joaquin Valley. It has logged more than 3,300 known cases among prisoners and correctional officers.The state that has unraveled the fastest: Wisconsin.At the beginning of September, Wisconsin averaged about 700 cases a day. This week, it’s averaging more than 6,000. Hospitals are packed, positivity rates remain high, and testing supplies are strained. More than 300 deaths were reported in the state over the past week, a record.The big city with the worst death toll: New York City.More than 24,000 New Yorkers, or one in every 351 city residents, have died from the virus. Still, some rural counties in other parts of the country may have higher death rates. Last month, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predicted that by around Inauguration Day, deaths in the U.S. could reach 2,200 a day, and total 386,000. As infections accelerate, Foreign Policy reports that deaths may reach 2,500 a day, and 400,000 total, by around Christmas. A passenger tested positive on a “preliminary basis” on the first cruise ship to begin sailing again in the Caribbean, The Points Guy reports. Dry air caused by cold winter temperatures and heaters can make it easier for viruses to spread, Wired reports. A humidifier this winter could help. The county with the most known cases: Los Angeles County, Calif.More than 325,000 cases have been identified in Los Angeles County over the course of the pandemic, more than in 44 states — but this figure can be a bit misleading. On a per-capita basis, Los Angeles County has far fewer cases than many other counties in California and elsewhere. Our reporters Mitch Smith and Amy Harmon dug into the data and found lots of places that would qualify — depending on the metrics.The metro area with the most recent cases per capita: Minot, N.D.North Dakota has the most total cases per capita and the most recent cases per capita, and the Minot area, known for its Air Force base, is doing worse than anywhere else.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Rodgers shocked by Balotelli abuse

first_img “The spotlight is on you so you have to deal with those sort of things.” But Stoke manager Mark Hughes said he would welcome tougher sanctions against individuals who indulge in online abuse, believing they are safe behind the cloak of anonymity. “The internet is difficult to police as we well know, but anything racist, homophobic – even just in general life – it should be rooted out and stamped on,” Hughes said. “It is not acceptable. The fact people can hide behind their computers on the internet makes it more difficult to manage and stop. “But there needs to be a will and if there is a way of stopping this happening, then that should be encouraged.” More than 8,000 abusive messages were directed towards Balotelli, over half of which were racist. Welbeck received 1,700, of which half were racist, and Sturridge 1,600, of which 60 per cent were based on sexual orientation. The sheer volume of racist and other abuse on social media has prompted Kick It Out to form an expert group to tackle football-related hate crime across social media, working with football, the main social media platforms, organisations dealing with internet safety and the police. Kick It Out director Roisin Wood told Press Association Sport: “It is really shocking. We knew there was an issue but even we were shocked by how many the players have received. “For one player to have received over 8,000 abusive messages is phenomenally awful. “You cannot accept players getting that level of abuse so we want to bring this expert group together to see how we can address this. “We don’t see the problem going away. Some of the perpetrators are young people and they need educating that you cannot sit in your room and abuse people like this.” Kick It Out only started receiving complaints of social media abuse during the 2012-13 season and has since started reporting the incidents to True Vision – a national reporting facility which had been developed to deal with hate crime online. The research showed the Premier League clubs receiving the highest volume of discriminatory posts were Chelsea (20,000), Liverpool (19,000), Arsenal (12,000), Manchester United (11,000) and Manchester City (11,000). Twitter was the most common platform for abuse with 88 per cent of messages coming in the form of tweets. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes more must be done to stop Internet trolls rather than just fine players who respond to the constant stream of online abuse. In March, West Ham striker Carlton Cole was hit with a £20,000 fine after the 31-year-old admitted breaching social media rules by replying to a sarcastic post with an expletive comment. Allardyce believes the companies behind the platforms should work harder to help reduce opportunities for abuse. “They have a bigger responsibility than they are showing, particularly the fact that there is no need (for abuse) to be allowed,” he said. “Certainly with the amount of money they make they should block these guys. There is enough technology out there developed for them to say that ‘we can identity a person, even if they hide themselves,’ and then block them and ban them.” Allardyce – himself the subject of a parody Twitter account ‘notBigSam’, which has some 155,000 followers – can understand how players become embroiled in such angry exchanges. “It is a fine line. I just don’t put myself in that position to read it because I don’t want to wind myself up by reading what is on that type of social media,” he said. “But that is one very difficult thing to sit and take if somebody is abusing you. “It is difficult today because it is almost addictive, young people today very rarely have a conversation between themselves – even if they are sat opposite each other you will find that they are both on the phone not talking to each other, which is pretty sad, and that is going all the way down to young kids, eight or nine, sat with the phones now.” Allardyce added: “In football, we are adults and we need to try and deal with it better. “For me, the scary bit is the amount of bullying that goes on via Twitter, Facebook, Google and Yahoo at teenage age at school where we have seen suicides because of it. That is where it needs to be stopped. “These people should be identified and blocked from using that media network completely.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he was “surprised and shocked” by the online racist abuse targeted at the club’s striker Mario Balotelli. Kick It Out estimates there have been 134,000 discriminatory posts this season with 39,000 of them directed towards Premier League players, and Rodgers says the issue must be addressed. “I was aware of the findings and I was surprised and shocked,” Rodgers said. “I think one message is one too many to be honest. We support all the relevant organisations who are working to stamp all of this out. “In the modern world and modern football it is something which is very much there, but we need to eradicate all of it out of social life and professional sport. “I think it is the responsibility of us all to help all the various organisations stamp it out.” Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet takes a philosophical attitude to the online abuse of footballers and believes players must learn to handle the situation. “I think that is normal in the world we live in,” Mignolet said. “Social media is something worldwide and you can’t control it yourself really but you have to accept it. Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out revealed on Thursday night that Italy international Balotelli had been subjected to more than 4,000 racist messages on social media this season. Balotelli’s Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck have also each received more than a thousand discriminatory messages according to research carried out by Tempero, a social media management agency, and analytics firm Brandwatch. Press Associationlast_img read more