New U.S. Coronavirus Infections Slow as Labor Day Holiday Winds Down

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New coronavirus cases in the U.S. fell to their lowest level since June 22 as the Labor Day holiday weekend began to wind down, while governors in some states continued to urge people to remain vigilant to avoid the jumps in transmission that have followed some previous holidays.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Twitter Sunday that the state’s hospitalization rates are down, but warned one weekend could change that. “Seriously—don’t go to a big party. Wear a mask. BE SMART. I know we’re tired of #COVID19 but literal lives are at stake,” he wrote.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Twitter urged Georgians to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash their hands. Earlier, Mr. Kemp had warned about the consequences of social gatherings during past long weekends. “When you look at the charts, it’s abundantly clear that cases have spiked and hospitalizations have risen and deaths have increased after our holiday weekends,” he said Friday.

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Many holiday weekend events, including Labor Day parades across the country, have been scrapped due to the pandemic and concerns about crowding.

Septemberfest, a Labor Day weekend celebration in Omaha, Neb., which culminates with a Monday parade typically attended by 35,000, was canceled for the first time in its 43-year history, said event founder and chairman Terry Moore.

Picture-perfect weather aided the wind-down to the summer season in New England, where Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo urged residents on Monday to stay in small groups and celebrate outdoors.

The return to campuses in the college-filled Northeast raised some infection risks in a region that has improved significantly since outbreaks in the spring. A late August University of New Hampshire fraternity party attended by more than 100 people has been connected to at least 11 Covid-19 cases, school President James W. Dean Jr. said in a weekend letter to the college community. He called the party reprehensible.

“Let me be clear: This is reckless behavior and the kind of behavior that undermines our planning and will lead to us switching to a fully remote mode,” the college president wrote.

The U.S. reported more than 31,000 cases for Sunday, down from 44,000 on Saturday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The seven-day moving average for new daily cases in the U.S. sank to the lowest level since June 29, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins and analyzed by The Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. death toll on Monday moved above 189,000, Johns Hopkins reported.

India: The country became the first in the world to record more than 90,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day. India has now overtaken Brazil as the country with the second-highest number of total confirmed cases, behind only the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins. India reported 90,802 new infections, pushing the total number to more than 4.2 million, according to the country’s Health Ministry. The country reported more than 1,000 fatalities as the death toll rose to 71,642.

Even as cases continue to surge, metro rail services in the country will be permitted to resume starting Monday. While schools remain shut, restrictions have been lifted on most other activities as the government tries to revive the battered economy. In hot-spot containment zones, restrictions on movement are set to remain in place until the end of September.

Guam: Two more people in Guam died of Covid-19 on Monday as the U.S. territory struggled to stop the spread of the virus. “We cannot afford to lose any more people in this pandemic. Please do what you need to do to protect yourselves and your loved ones,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. To date, there have been 1,671 confirmed cases and 18 deaths. Of those cases, 1,386 are classified as civilians and 233 are U.S. military-service members.

Australia: Victoria state reported 41 new cases, the lowest daily figure in more than two months, and nine deaths. The state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, on Sunday announced an extension of a strict lockdown in the state capital of Melbourne, as officials worry about a possible third wave if restrictions are eased too soon. The city’s residents will remain under stay-at-home orders at least until the end of September, with some restrictions, including the nightly curfew, to remain in place until at least Oct. 26. Business groups have criticized the restrictions, saying they will lead to further job losses in a state that accounts for nearly 25% of Australia’s gross domestic product.

South Korea: South Korea reported 119 new cases, the lowest tally since Aug. 14 and the fifth day in a row that new infections have remained below 200. Health officials have extended social-distancing measures meant to counter a recent surge in cases largely tied to churches. In the Seoul metropolitan area, restrictions were…

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