Goldman publishes today’s COVID heatmap NJ “R” rate hits 1.35 Arizona reports another 3,212 new cases NYC Mayor says threshold for in-person classes is 3% Vietnam reports first COVID-19 death Florida breaks record deaths for 4th day Another MLB game cancelled US strikes $2.1 billion vaccine deal with GSK, Sanofi UK extends ‘partial’ lockdown to 4 million people Cases climb in China, HK HK cancels September vote Australia’s Victoria state sees second-highest daily tally Argentina sees record daily jump
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Update (1320ET): Earlier, Nancy Pelosi warned following another meeting on the next COVID-19 stimulus package that the outbreak in the US is a “freight train picking up speed”.
That’s not actually true. While the rate of testing has slowed over the past week in the worst-hit states, overall numbers and percent-positive figures have been trending lower across the Sun Belt for 2 solid weeks. Earlier, Dr. Fauci once again told a House panel earlier today that he’s “optimistic” we’ll have a vaccine by the end of the year.
In reality, as a team of Goldman analysts pointed out in a note published earlier today, the spread of the coronavirus is moderating nationwide, as some of the worst-affected states are now seeing declines in the number of new cases per day. But the level of new cases nationwide remains very high.
And some states like New Jersey have seen new cases climb in recent days, pushing the state’s “R” rate, which measures rate of spread, to new highs. New Jersey’s R rate just climbed to 1.35, its highest