The Trump administration is considering a new regulation that would ban U.S. citizens and legal residents from re-entering the U.S. from abroad if a border official “reasonably believes” the person may be infected with coronavirus. Current controls at the border can stop only foreign nationals without residency permits from entering. A draft of the regulation shared with The New York Times does not specify how long a citizen or legal resident might be prevented from entering the country.White House officials have been circulating a proposal that would give U.S. border authorities the ability to block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from entering the country from Mexico if they are suspected of being infected with coronavirus. https://t.co/1ec1zOvFki— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) August 11, 2020
New York Schools Try a ‘Blended Format’: Most New York City school students will be returning to school part-time in a trial project that officials call a “blended format.” That is, the kids will be in school for one to three days a week and will remain home for remote education on the other days. Parents were given a choice, with about one-quarter opting for full-time remote learning, according to The New York Post.
Global Cases Near 20 Million: As of late yesterday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. was 5,044,864, with 162,938 deaths reported, according to Johns Hopkins. The global number of cases of infections will reach 20 million cases this week, with an estimated 750,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
➤WICKED WINDS BATTER MIDWEST: A series of storms with winds reaching more than 100 miles per hour battered the Midwest yesterday. More than a million homes and businesses in the Midwest lost power, including a third of Iowa’s homes, CNN reports. The storms slammed through downtown Chicago and downed trees and power lines throughout northern Illinois. Late last night the storm was moving east, and hopefully easing up.
➤LEBANON’S PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS: Lebanon’s prime minister stepped down last night in response to massive demonstrations that followed a catastrophic explosion in Beirut’s downtown. The blast was caused by the storage of dangerous chemicals at the city’s port. A number of other government officials have already resigned.
➤CARDINALS-TIGERS DOUBLEHEADER POSTPONED: The St. Louis Cardinals’ doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed so that players can stretch out their quarantine time, according to Major League Baseball. With 13 games postponed so far, the Cardinals haven’t played since July 29. Nine players and seven staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
➤METS PITCHER STROMAN OPTS OUT: New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman is opting out of the 2020 baseball season, citing concerns over coronavirus. “There’s just too many uncertainties, too many unknowns right now to go out there, and truly just put the health for my family and myself first and foremost,” he said. Stroman was sidelined by a calf injury but has now recovered.