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The day after Texas became the first state to meet the grief standard, California was on the verge of one million coronavirus cases on Thursday.

The country’s most populous state recorded more than 18,000 deaths during the pandemic, and 11 counties were ordered to be downgraded on the state’s reopening schedule this week. Los Angeles and San Diego counties are on the lowest rung of the four-step ladder, where restrictions include not providing indoor dining or indoor church services.

At the same time, starting from Thursday, indoor dining in restaurants and bars in New Jersey must be closed by 10 pm. Instead, restaurants can continue to engage in outdoor dining activities and produce “dining bubbles” that must be removed between each use.

As the number of cases surged across states and states continued to impose COVID-19 restrictions, a South Dakota mayor voted against the authorization of face masks. The mayor of Sioux Falls, Paul TenHaken, stepped in to break the tie with the city council 4-4 and cited North Dakota’s mask mission in Fargo, which he said was “almost nothing influences”.

📈 Today’s numbers: U.S. reports over 10.4 According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are 1 million cases and 241,800 deaths. Global total: 52 million cases and 1.28 Millions of people died.

🗺️ Mapping the coronavirus: Track the U.S. outbreak in your state.

California is about to become the second state with 2 million coronavirus cases

California will soon become the second state in the United States with more than one million coronavirus cases.

As cases continue to surge, some of the largest counties in the state have suspended reopening plans. Among the major cities in California, San Francisco, which has the lowest virus infection rate, voluntarily adopted new restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining.

At the same time, in Los Angeles, city officials issued public safety emergency alerts to residents’ mobile phones, warning of the increase in cases and urging people to be tested for COVID-19.

State Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly said: “We are almost certain to see an upward trajectory throughout the state.” He said that if the trend does not ease by next week, “more than half of California counties will enter A more restrictive level.”

The Ticketmaster program requires proof of COVID vaccine and testing by the customer

According to Billboard, in preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine, Ticketmaster is developing a plan to safely allow people to return to concerts in 2021 by verifying whether people have tested negative for COVID-19 or have been vaccinated.

Although the plan is still in the development stage, the company told Billboard customers that it will take approximately 24 to 72 hours (depending on local government requirements) before the concert to provide a vaccination certificate or a negative result. The customer will then authorize the vaccine distribution provider (such as Labcorp or CVS Minute Clinic) to send its results to the health pass company (such as CLEAR or IBM).

If the test result is negative, the laboratory will notify Ticketmaster, and then Ticketmaster will grant the customer access to their tickets. If they test positive or do not show proof of vaccination, they will not be allowed to participate in the event.

“Ticketmaster’s goal is to provide sufficient flexibility and choice to enable venues and fans to have multiple ways to return to the event, and is committed to establishing integration with our API and leading digital ticketing technology, because we will seek top solutions based on green The plan was ignited by officials and welcomed by customers.” Ticketmaster President Mark Yovich told Billboard.

Vanuatu, a remote Pacific island country, reports its first COVID case

A small island nation in the Pacific recorded the first case of the novel coronavirus, thus shortening the list of locations not touched by the global pandemic.

According to the CIA, Vanuatu, a country of nearly 300,000 people located in the South Pacific, reported its first COVID-19 case on Tuesday. According to the country’s Ministry of Health, the positive record was recorded by a Vanuatu citizen who returned to the country from a “high-risk location” in the United States.

According to the World Health Organization’s “Situation by Country, Region, and Region” table on its website, almost no other place in the world has reported a positive case of COVID-19. They are almost all remote areas, including the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Samoa and Tonga.

-Jordan Culver (Jordan Culver)

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Negative COVID test results have a black market

As COVID-19 testing has become a common entry requirement for countries and states, black markets have sprung up to provide services for travelers who need to obtain test results within a few days of departure.

Last week, French police arrested seven people for selling false negative test results at the Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport, the largest in Europe. The prosecutor said that the charge for the suspect’s fake certificate was between $180-360.

The practice of falsifying COVID test results also appears in South America. Last month, the police arrested four Brazilian tourists because they submitted modified test documents when they arrived at Fernando de Noronha by private jet, which is located on an island chain off the country’s northern coast, requiring no more than A 24-hour COVID-19 negative test result.

With more readily available tests, COVID-19 test forgery does not seem to be widespread in the United States. However, in the early days of the pandemic, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission warned that fake pop-up test sites were used to steal the social security numbers and credit card information of unsuspecting customers.

– Jayme Deerwester

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine threatened to close businesses and impose mask orders

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine took action on Wednesday to contain the explosive COVID-19 epidemic, threatening to close restaurants, bars and fitness centers, and imposing revised mask orders, which may result in violations of regulations. Temporarily shut down businesses and crack down on gatherings after the event.

The governor said in his statewide speech that if the current trend continues and cases continue to increase, bars, restaurants and fitness centers can be closed from Thursday.

“This surge is more serious, widespread and dangerous. As of today, each of our 88 counties has a high rate of transmission of the virus, and previously untouched states (rural areas) have been hit particularly hard. It’s hard work.”

DeWine also stated that if retailers and other companies allow employees to wear masks without masks and allow customers to enter without masks, retailers and other companies will bear the responsibility and may be closed for 24 hours. The governor’s office said the revised mask order will be issued on Thursday morning.

– Randy Ludlow, Columbus Dispatch Center

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