Coronavirus Update: World Surpasses 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths

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According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 33.4 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over one million deaths.

The U.S. has surpassed 7.1 million cases with 205,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 36,524 new cases reported Monday, which is higher than the 35,454 cases reported the day earlier. Over 1 million new tests were reported. And 257 deaths were reported yesterday, which is lower than the 307 deaths reported the day prior.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city’s daily positivity rate from coronavirus test results ticked over 3% for the first time since June, as students prepare to return to in-person schooling at least part time.

The rise in case counts was attributed to a rise in a handful of area codes--in South Brooklyn and in Queens--that have seen cases increase in Orthodox Jewish communities.

In a press conference Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he’d be sitting down with Orthodox Jewish leaders to discuss the spread of the virus within their communities.

The 3.25 percentage rate is high for New York City, but that rate is fairly low for the rest of the United States. In comparison, Florida reported a test positivity rate of nearly 7%. This comes after Governor Ron DeSantis rolled back COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars--despite city and counties restrictions--meaning that restaurants and bars could open back at 100% capacity.

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