WASHINGTON – More Americans blame the U.S. government instead of foreign nations for the coronavirus crisis in the United States, a rebuke to the Trump administration's contention that China or other countries are most at fault, a new poll shows.
Although many see plenty of blame to go around and there's a wide bipartisan divide over who is responsible, 56% of Americans say the U.S. government has substantial responsibility for the situation. That compares with 47% who place that much blame on the governments of other countries and only 39% who say the same about the World Health Organization.
The poll was conducted by The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Specific schools in NYC ordered shut
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt flare-ups of the coronavirus.
The governor took the action a day after the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, asked the state for permission to reinstate restrictions on schools and businesses in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens where the virus was spreading more quickly than in other parts of the city. Cuomo said the closures would take place today, a day ahead of when the mayor wanted.
NJ governor irked by Trump visit
President Donald Trump's fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club hours before he announced he had contracted the coronavirus was wrong and “put lives at risk,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.
Murphy called the trip the “wrong decision at every level” and said it should have been canceled. He said the state is trying to keep tabs on the 206 attendees and 19 workers to thwart a potential outbreak stemming from the gathering Thursday. Guests at that event said it included a photo opportunity with Trump and an indoor roundtable with him.
Paris placed on maximum alert
French authorities placed the Paris region on maximum virus alert Monday, banning festive gatherings and requiring all bars to close but allowing restaurants to remain open, as numbers of infections increased rapidly.
Paris police prefect Didier Lallement announced the new restrictions would apply at least for the next two weeks. French authorities consider bars to be major infection hot spots because patrons don't respect social distancing rules as much as they do at restaurants.
WHO estimates 760 million cases
The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday the agency's “best estimates” indicate roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus – more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases – and warned of a difficult period ahead.
Dr. Michael Ryan said the figures vary from urban to rural areas, and between different groups, but that ultimately it means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk.”
The estimate – which would amount to more than 760 million people based on a current world population of about 7.6 billion – far outstrips the number of confirmed cases as tallied by both the WHO and Johns Hopkins University, now more than 35 million worldwide.
Students return to school in Miami
More than 22,000 students across the Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth-largest school district in the U.S., returned to classrooms Monday morning for the first time since spring.
An additional 40,000 students are expected to return Wednesday under the district's staggered reopening plan.