Florida, Texas Close Bars As Daily COVID-19 Cases See Record Jump: Live Updates

Friday, June 26, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Fri, 06/26/2020

Summary:

Trump cancels weekend trip to New Jersey
EU moving toward blocking US travelers
UAL to restart routes between SF & Shanghai
Florida follows Texas, closes bars
Arizona sees daily, weekly rise in new cases
Houston declares “top-level” emergency
Fla reports another record jump
Dr. Fauci says WH considering “pool testing ” approach to uncover new outbreaks more quickly
Abbott orders taverns to close
Texas Gov expected to roll back reopening measures after announcing ‘pause’
US sees second straight record jump in daily new cases
India cases top 500k after another record jump
Almost all US states seeing biggest jump in cases are located in south, west
Japan reports 100 new cases, biggest spike in weeks
Beijing unwinds more restrictions after latest cluster scare
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Update (1150ET): As Andrew Cuomo gloats by saying NY is in a position to provide assistance to other states, his latest in a series of victory laps, President Trump has reportedly cancelled a weekend trip to his golf club in New Jersey.

Additionaly, Cuomo slammed the states that reopened too early, and are now seeing cases climb, saying that there was incontrovertible evidence against moving forward, and that the state’s “anti-science” governors opted for the politically expedient route.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gottlieb just highlighted the trend of hospitalizations in Houston.

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Update (1135ET): As Ron DeSantis backtracks on reopening amid growing political pressure to do something about the burgeoning numbers of new cases in his state besides brazenly manipulating the data, the left-leaning press is reviving claims made by Rebekah Jones, a former state data scientist who has accused the state of a conspiracy to cook the numbers this week to make it look like the state made it “over the hump” in the runup to July 4.

Here’s more from the Guardian:

Rebekah Jones, who says she was fired from her job in charge of the state’s official Covid-19 database in May for refusing to manipulate its figures, claimed on social media to have evidence that employees at Florida’s department of health “have been instructed this week to change the numbers and begin slowly deleting deaths and cases so it looks like Florida is improving next week in the lead-up to July 4, like they’ve ‘made it over the hump’.”

“They’re only reporting all these cases now so they can restrict reporting next week to make everyone think it’s over,” she said.

DeSantis, a Donald Trump loyalist who has refused to slow Florida’s reopening or implement a statewide mask mandate, angrily dismissed the claim, calling a reporter from the Miami Herald who asked him about it “embarrassing.”

“You guys have been on the conspiracy bandwagon for months,” he snapped at a press conference on Thursday, without addressing the specifics of Jones’s assertion. “You need to move on.”

Whether one believes Jones or not, the timing of DeSantis’s about face, coming hours after Texas led the way, shows that the state knows the strategy of ignoring the second wave simply isn’t tenable.

Gov Cuomo, meanwhile, just said Friday that he has evidence that malls and movie theaters “created issues” with COVID-19. Meanwhile, another round of reports claiming the EU is moving toward extending the travel ban on the US has just hit the tape.

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