Georgia Gov Brian Kemp’s decision to sue Atlanta over Mayor Keisha Bottoms’ mandatory mask order is already eliciting a serious blowback in the media. And not entirely without reason.

Although still lagging behind Florida, Texas and Arizona, Georgia’s COVID-19 outbreak is accelerating: Georgia’s seven-day rolling average of newly reported cases was 3,507 as of Thursday, 4x the pre-shutdown peak. It has been added to the list of mandatory quarantine states if they visit the northeast and Chicago.

Kemp issued an order explicitly voiding mandatory mask orders, and followed that up with a lawsuit when Atlanta resisted. Other Republican governors have also resisted mask mandates, even as Kemp and others say they “strongly encourage” all Americans to wear masks when they’re in public, or outside and unable to follow social distancing guidelines. The state reported 3,441 cases, 13 deaths and 244 hospitalizations yesterday.

In Florida, which reported a record death toll yesterday, and leads the country in cases per 100k with 55, noted that the main floor of the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee were evacuated after 12 workers tested positive for the virus, in an incident that was slammed as yet another brutal virus-inspired irony.

As we await the state’s latest data, Miami-Dade County has released its new daily dashboard, and today’s report shows that ICUs in Florida’s epicenter are currently at 107% of their bed capacity.

Here are the key slides from the report:

Source: Miami-Dade County

New York reported its daily COVID-19 figures Friday morning, with cases climbing at 0.2%, the same rate we’ve seen for the past 2 months, in line with a 7-day average of 0.2%.

So far, most of the discouraging news for Friday has come out of Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Spain and Australia reported their steepest daily jumps in new cases in more than two months, despite both countries implementing partial lockdowns (Melbourne and the surrounding state, Victoria, have been sealed off from the rest of Australia, while Spain has imposed local partial lockdowns in select hotspots).

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As the number of new cases reported in Europe appears to be on the cusp of a feared comeback, cases continued to soar in India and Brazil, as the latter surpassed 2 million confirmed cases.

China remains on high alert for new outbreaks, and on Friday, an airport in Urumqi, the capital city of China’s Xinjiang, said it would require all outbound travelers to hold nucleic acid test results showing they are negative for the coronavirus. The new order takes effect Friday, one day after the city reported 1 confirmed coronavirus case on July 16. All inbound visitors from July 20 are required to hold test reports too. Subway services in the city have also been halted after 10 pm.

In Japan, new daily infections hist yet another record high in Tokyo, with 293 new cases reported, Governor Yuriko Koike told a news briefing in the Japanese capital Friday. About 70% of those infected are in their 20s and 30s, Koike said.


Via Zerohedge