Los Angeles, Florida counties to close beaches for July 4th weekend; WHO warns ‘worst is yet to come’; 126K US deaths

As coronavirus cases climbed in the U.S. and across the globe, the World Health Organization director general warned “the worst is yet to come” and European Union leaders were ready to extend the ban on American travelers for at least two more weeks.

Adjustments were being made to help slow spreading of the disease. Jacksonville, Florida, which is scheduled to host the GOP convention, is mandating masks, though it’s not clear for how long. Broadway stages will remain dark through 2020. And beaches in Los Angeles and several Florida counties will be closed for Fourth of July weekend as cases surge.

Also, a drug company’s steep price for remdesivir, a drug that has shortened recovery times for severe COVID-19 patients by about 31%, is drawing criticism.

Some good news? The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert remains “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could be widely available by year’s end.

Here are

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what British beaches should learn from the Costa del Sol

Bournemouth was overwhelmed with visitors - BNPS
Bournemouth was overwhelmed with visitors – BNPS

Local councils should adopt Spanish-style booking systems on British beaches to better deal with crowds and avoid the chaotic scenes that unfolded last week, MPs have said.

It came as Government scientists suggested that large gatherings on beaches were actually safer than remaining indoors, and may not be “a great danger.”

One said: “They’re all outdoors and if every one of those groups is a family then what’s the worry?”

A major incident was declared in Bournemouth, on the Dorset coast, on Thursday after half a million people abandoned social distancing to flock to the beach.

Roads were gridlocked, drunken fights broke out and more than 40 tonnes of rubbish was strewn across the sand. Three people were stabbed and eight were arrested.

The debacle prompted an extraordinary blame game as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council came under fire from MPs and local

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Doctors plead with holidaymakers to heed social distancing after public packed beaches

Crowds gathered on the beach in Bournemouth on Thursday, as temperatures soared. - PA
Crowds gathered on the beach in Bournemouth on Thursday, as temperatures soared. – PA

Doctors have pleaded with holidaymakers to practise social distancing ahead of the tourism industry reopening next weekend.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has set out guidelines for people in England, who will be allowed to visit hotels, bed and breakfast facilities and campsites from July 4.

It comes as thousands have flocked to beaches and beauty spots on Thursday – the hottest day of the year so far – prompting a major incident to be declared in Bournemouth.

The BMA has advised people not to travel if they are ill or have any Covid-19 symptoms, including a cough, temperature or loss of smell or taste.

The doctors’ union has also said holidaymakers should be prepared to self-isolate for 14 days if anyone in their “bubble” develops symptoms or is told to do so by the NHS

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Ontarians spark closures, worry after crowding beaches

For the first few months of the pandemic, parks were a prominent gathering spot where Ontarians chose to get out of the house.

But now as restrictions are loosened, crowds are swarming beaches across the province. A popular hangout spot for beachgoers in Cherry Creek turned into thousands of people celebrating the beach reopening, with little to no social distancing or use of face masks.

“You look at the pictures, it looked like South Beach, Florida. You see what happened down in Florida, there was 4,000 cases in one day the other day,” said Premier Doug Ford on Monday.

With summer weather in full swing and Ontarians spending the past three months in lockdown, Dr. Nadia Alam, a family physician and anesthetist in Georgetown, Ont., understands the urges people are feeling to reclaim their summer.

“It is human nature to want to get back to the normal you knew, but

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