As the United States continue to wage war against the corona virus , a White House adviser said Sunday that the Trump administration is preparing for a possible second wave in the coronavirus pandemic this fall, as 29 states and U.S. territories logged an increase in their seven-day average of new reported case numbers after many lifted restrictions in recent weeks.
According to the Washington Post, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro disclosed the preparations for the possible second wave, but he rejected the suggestion that a second wave has already taken hold.
“We are filling the stockpile in anticipation of a possible problem in the fall,” Navarro told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The United States had reported at least 2,270,000 cases and 118,000 deaths as of late Sunday.
Here are some significant developments:
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats condemned comments by President Trump at his Tulsa campaign rally, where he suggested that he had told officials to decrease testing efforts to suppress increasing case numbers. Despite lower-than-expected attendance, a top health expert at Johns Hopkins University warned it could be a “superspreader” event.
- China on Sunday halted imports from an Arkansas meatpacking plantwhere more than 220 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Spain reopened to most European tourists on Sunday, after weathering a brutal outbreak that killed more than 28,000 people.
- The World Health Organization on Sunday announced 183,020 new confirmed coronavirus caseswithin the last 24 hours — the highest daily rise since the pandemic began. Most of the new cases were reported from the Americas.
- South Korea says it has been hit by a second wave of the deadly coronavirus that health officials believe is linked to a long holiday weekend in May when young people visited bars and clubs in the capital, Seoul.