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Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Wednesday that his Alabama city is out of intensive care beds. “Right now, if you’re from Montgomery, and you need an ICU bed, you’re in trouble,” Reed said at a news conference. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) allowed restaurants, bars, retail businesses, churches, gyms and salons to reopen this month, and is expected to outline further steps this week.
Dallas, Houston, Southeast Florida’s Gold Coast, the entire state of Alabama and several other places in the South that have rapidly reopened are in danger of a second wave over the next four weeks, a research team says.
Here are some significant developments:
- The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide approached 5 million, with at least 1.5 million in the United States.
- Nearly 860,000 additional travelers flocked to parts of Maryland and Virginia over the weekend as the states began to reopen, underscoring concerns that piecemeal lifting of restrictions increases the chances of the virus spreading.
- Twenty-three children from the Washington, D.C., region are being treated for an inflammatory syndrome associated with covid-19, a recently discovered complication from the virus.
- President Trump escalated his campaign to discredit the integrity of mail balloting, threatening to “hold up” federal funding to Michigan and Nevada in response to the states’ plans to increase voting by mail to reduce the public’s exposure to the coronavirus.
- Guidance for reopening houses of worship has been put on hold after a battle between the CDC and the White House, which was resistant to putting limits on religious institutions, according to administration officials.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is embarking on an expansive study of the prevalence of antibodies in people in 25 metropolitan areas.
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