The virus’s comeback in the U.S. has reached the vast majority of the country, with trends worsening in 46 states and the nation’s capital. India reported fewer than 70,000 cases for the fourth straight day, though daily infections are still higher than in the U.S.
• Global Tracker: Cases pass 38.5 million; deaths top 1.09 million
• Covid’s deadly U.S. comeback widens, spreads to 46 states
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• Russia to miss Covid-19 vaccine goal amid production hurdles
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Floridians Fared Worst in Study of Pandemic Unemployment Relief (6:01 a.m. NY)
Laid-off workers in Florida were less likely to receive timely unemployment benefits when businesses closed at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic than those in other U.S. states, according to a newly published nationwide study.
Researchers surveyed 2,500 laid-off service industry workers in April and May and found that only a quarter of them had received unemployment benefits during the survey period, including those who had been laid off for two months or longer, according to the report released Wednesday by the Harvard Kennedy School and University of California at San Francisco.
Austria Urges Provinces to Tighten Virus Curbs (5:23 p.m. HK)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged the country’s provinces to tighten regional measures as new infections hit another record on Thursday.
“Make no mistake: The situation is serious. The coming weeks will decide whether we can slow down and contain the spread of the virus, or if the corona pandemic will inflict even bigger damage to the health system, jobs and companies,” Kurz said in a statement.
Austria reported a record 1,552 new infections on Thursday, bringing the 7-day incidence to 92 per 100,000 people. Capital Vienna, Tyrol and Salzburg all have an incidence of above 100.
EU Health Chief Airs ‘Great Concern’ (5:15 p.m. HK)
European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides stepped up warnings about the spread of the coronavirus in the 27-nation bloc.
“It is with great concern that I am witnessing the increasingly rapid rise of infection rates all across the EU,” Kyriakides said in a statement on Thursday in Brussels. “Time is running out — everyone’s first priority should be to do what it takes to avoid the devastating consequences of generalized lockdowns.”
London Households Will Be Banned from Mixing (4:59 p.m. HK)
Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors from this weekend as tighter coronavirus restrictions are imposed in an attempt to curb a rise in cases in the capital.
The change in the rules was briefed to London members of Parliament on Thursday morning and will formally be announced in the House of Commons by Health Secretary Matt Hancock later Thursday, according to two people familiar