Japan’s Okinawa declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases soar

Governor Denny Tamaki on on Friday (July 31) asked residents to avoid non-essential outings following a record new daily addition to the southern island’s total cases, the majority of which have been detected among US forces based there.

“We’re seeing an explosive spread of infections. We declare a state of emergency” through August 15, Tamaki told reporters, adding hospitals were being overwhelmed by the surge.

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TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Okinawa region has declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay home for two weeks as the popular tourist destination sees an “explosive spread” of coronavirus cases.

Governor Denny Tamaki on on Friday (July 31) asked residents to avoid non-essential outings following a record new daily addition to the southern island’s total cases, the majority of which have been detected among US forces based there.

“We’re seeing an explosive spread of infections. We declare a state of emergency” through August 15, Tamaki told reporters, adding hospitals were being overwhelmed by the surge.

The measures are non-compulsory and without the aggressive enforcement measures seen in Europe, but similar requests from authorities have been widely respected in Japan.

Okinawa reported 71 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing its total to 395.

US forces account for 248 of those cases, according to the local government, which has created tensions with local officials, including the governor who has said he was “shocked” by the high numbers.

There are approximately 20,000 US Marines in Okinawa, along with thousands more troops from other US military services.

Their presence on the island is a longstanding sore spot, with many in the region arguing they bear a disproportionate share of the burden of hosting American forces.

Okinawa’s move comes as Tokyo called for restaurants, bars and karaoke parlours to shut at 10 pm from August 3 until the end of the month after the number of daily cases hit a new record.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the capital would have to issue a state of emergency if cases continued to rise.

Japan has so far escaped the worst of the epidemic, with around 35,200 infections and just over 1,000 deaths since the first case was detected in January.

The number of cases has been on the rise since the central government lifted a nationwide state of emergency in May.

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South Korea arrests head of religious sect linked to 36% of country’s coronavirus cases

Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with other sect leaders to withhold information from authorities during the peak of the outbreak among his more than 200,000 followers.

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Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with other sect leaders to withhold information from authorities during the peak of the outbreak among his more than 200,000 followers.

Trump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US

And piss off 65 million to 80 million users in the USA so he can pretend to big a big guy? – ROTFLMAO!

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President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States.”As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters a…

Florida newspaper editorial board asks DeSantis to issue statewide mask order: ‘We’re dying here’ | TheHill

“Your daily upbeat message is hopelessly at odds with what Floridians are going through,” the editorial said. “You make it sound like everything is headed in the right direction. But it’s not.”

Studies and experts have maintained that wearing a mask is one of the most effective methods of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Florida has had more than 470,300 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, and has the second-highest number of cases behind just California.

 

Source: Florida newspaper editorial board asks DeSantis to issue statewide mask order: ‘We’re dying here’ | TheHill

Fury as Conservative MP blames non-whites for UK coronavirus surge – world news – Hindustan Times – UK Racism still abounds – sadly.

Many pointed out that several non-white doctors and nurses had passed away after being infected while treating patients. Some posted images of large crowds on beaches in Bournemouth and elsewhere, violating lockdown rules, and of events with gatherings without social distancing.

Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy remarked after Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a briefing on delaying lockdown easing due to a rise in cases: “Absolutely grim to hear the PM failing to correct these stupid, divisive remarks”.

“We’ve just had a huge rise in cases in Greater Manchester in a borough with one of the lowest BAME populations. Time to stop the blame game and give us all proper advice to follow”, she tweeted.

 

Source: Fury as Conservative MP blames non-whites for UK coronavirus surge – world news – Hindustan Times

COVID-19 is unleashing worker anger and a new union movement – Los Angeles Times

Support for unions is rising. Sixty-four percent of Americans approve of unions, nearly the highest level in 50 years. An MIT study found that 50% of non-union, non-managerial workers say they would vote to join a union. One reason for this trend is that many unions have worked to build public support, as when striking L.A. teachers demanded not just pay raises, but smaller class sizes and more nurses, librarians and school counselors.

Another promising sign is the changing generational support for labor. Americans age 18 to 34 are the age group most enthusiastic about unions. They were badly scarred by the Great Recession, they’ve grown up in an era of huge income inequality, and many have been inspired by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Indeed, many young Americans have been flocking into unions, including graduate students, cannabis workers, digital journalists, museum workers and workers at nonprofits.

 

Source: COVID-19 is unleashing worker anger and a new union movement – Los Angeles Times

Georgia sleepaway camp’s Covid-19 outbreak is a warning for what could happen when schools reopen, CDC says – CNN

The Georgia Department of Health was notified and began its investigation the day after the first teenage staffer fell ill. All in all, test results were available for 344 (58%) of the 597 attendees from Georgia; among these, 260 (76%) were positive. At least 44% — 260 of 597 — got infected, although the researchers say not everyone was tested so the rate could be even higher. The 27 out-of-state attendees were not counted in this preliminary analysis.
Asymptomatic infection was common and may have played a role in the spread, the study authors said. Among 136 cases with available information on symptoms, 36 patients — 26% — reported no symptoms. Of the 100 who reported symptoms, those most commonly reported were subjective or documented fever, headache and sore throat.

Source: Georgia sleepaway camp’s Covid-19 outbreak is a warning for what could happen when schools reopen, CDC says – CNN

McDonald’s CEO says workers can call police on anti-mask customers – Business Insider

McDonald’s employees may call the police on a customer who refuses to wear a mask, CEO Chris Kempczinski said in an interview Thursday on CBS This Morning.

“If someone is unwilling to wear a mask and comply with our rules, that might be where we might bring in law enforcement,” Kempczinski told Anthony Mason in the interview.

On July 24, McDonald’s announced it would require all customers to wear masks starting August 4, after weeks of reports concerning harassment and abuse directed at workers by angry customers. A survey of 4,187 McDonald’s workers by Service Employees International Union found that 44% of them had experienced some form of abuse from customers who refused to wear a mask.

 

Source: McDonald’s CEO says workers can call police on anti-mask customers – Business Insider

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert slept in Washington D.C. office after testing positive for COVID-19, Rep. Jackie Speier says – ABC7 San Francisco

“Congressman Gohmert’s behavior is not only irresponsible, it’s dangerous and reckless. He berated his staff for wearing masks and not wanting to be equally reckless. He tested positive the day after he sat in a committee hearing without wearing a mask, endangering others. Even worse, after he knew he had the virus, he called his staff and interns into the office to inform them, went to the member’s gym, and then proceeded to sleep in his office-his makeshift home in DC, before informing the public that he tested positive. Which begs the question, where is he going to quarantine? In the same office and building with members, staffers, and congressional employees and U.S. Capitol Police? It’s beyond comprehension that anyone would act in this way, let alone a member of Congress.”

Source: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert slept in Washington D.C. office after testing positive for COVID-19, Rep. Jackie Speier says – ABC7 San Francisco