Houston Official Warns ICU Beds ‘97% Full’ As Florida, Cali Report New COVID-19 Records: Live Updates

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Wed, 06/24/2020

Summary:

Oklahoma reports record jump
NJ starts to see transmission rate creep higher
Italy reports negative deaths for first time after revision
NY to delay reopening of gyms, movie theaters in some areas
Northeastern states order visitors to quarantine
Houston ICU units at 97% capacity
Arizona reports drop in new cases
Fla. reports jump in new cases
More counties in Fla. move to require facemasks
NYC beaches will reopen in July
2020 NYC Marathon cancelled
Cali posts new record for daily cases
Global COVID deaths top 475k
Cases top 9.2 million
US cases near 2.5 million
Deaths top 120k
27 states see cases increasing
Australia sees another cluster
Beijing says latest cluster is contained
China has done 90 million nucleic acid tests
UK moving to relax restrictions
MLB’s shortened season will move ahead
WHO warns Africa testing capacity improving
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Update (1450ET): Just days after President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma has once again posted a record jump in new cases.

OKLAHOMA REPORTS RECORD ONE-DAY SPIKE IN COVID CASES: AP

Meanwhile, Apple is closing more stores in Houston and other hard-hit areas.

APPLE TO RE-CLOSE 7 STORES IN HOUSTON, TX ON COVID-19 SPIKE

As the northeastern states like NY, N J & CT move to try to keep Americans from infected parts of the country from traveling, all three states have agreed to impose ‘recommended’ 14-day quarantines for everybody arriving from hard-hit areas, NJ just reported that its transmission rate, an increasingly closely watched metric, which, along with hospitalizations, is said to provide a more accurate picture of the outbreak in light of rising testing rates.

The state’s “R” rate climbed to 0.86. On Tuesday that figure, called the transmission rate, was 0.81. Less than two weeks ago, it was 0.64, a mark of immense progress since March.

Hospitalizations also increased in the state over the last 24 hours.

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Update (1435ET): California Gov. Gavin Newsom has shared some alarming stats about the state’s ICU capacity, which is rapidly shrinking.

CA GOVERNOR SAYS COVID CASES USING 30% OF ICU CAPACITY
CALIFORNIA SEES 18% INCREASE IN COVID ICU CASES IN TWO WEEKS
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Update (1340ET): California public health officials just released the real number of new cases (the number we reported earlier is compiled by California media), which, like the numbers reported earlier, represent a record daily jump. That’s ~500 cases more than last week.

CALIFORNIA REPORTS 7,149 NEW VIRUS CASES, BIGGEST DAILY JUMP
Meanwhile, a magnitude 6 earthquake just rocked the central part of the state.

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