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WHO Says Virus Outbreaks In Some Countries Are Worsening

The World Health Organization has reported that there were an additional 136,000 global cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began.

The news suggests that even as some the hardest-hit countries are trying to put the virus behind them, others are seeing outbreaks continue to grow.

“More than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director general, said at a briefing on Monday morning.

He said that 75 percent of Sunday's cases come from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia.

Brazil has 694,116 cases, the second highest number after the United States, which is approaching 2 million infections. In a troubling sign, Brazil’s health ministry took down its website on coronavirus statistics on Friday, according to the New York Times. After it came back online on Saturday, the historical data tracking how many people had already been infected or killed because of the virus was missing. The Washington Post reports Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, "is reducing the amount of data his government is releasing to the public."

India, meanwhile, recently passed Italy and Spain in number of infections, logging more than 8,000 new cases on Sunday. Many of the hospitals in Mumbai have reached capacity, with even doctors getting infected and dying.

“We continue to urge active surveillance to ensure the virus does not rebound, especially as mass gatherings of all kinds are starting to resume in some countries,” Dr. Tedros said.

After Marking NYC Reopening With Subway Ride, Cuomo Declares "Our Mojo Is Back"

12:30 p.m. In a symbolic gesture intended to give New Yorkers confidence in using mass transit as some of them gradually return to work, Governor Andrew Cuomo rode the city's subway, taking the 7 train from Court Square in Queens to Grand Central.

"If it wasn't safe I wouldn’t ask anyone to go on the subway," Cuomo said afterwards during a press conference in the Manhattan.

He praised the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which has resumed normal service with the exception of its nightly cleaning shutdown between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The agency has installed social distancing decals on the platforms of some stations. It is also rolling out hand sanitizer dispensers and mask vending machines. Buses in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island have returned to regular weekday service, while those in Manhattan will run at 75 percent of their usual service.

"The MTA has done phenomenal work," Cuomo said, adding, “Our mojo is back.”

Monday was the 100th day since the coronavirus crisis began in New York. Elected officials have expressed increasing optimism about the state's recovery, pointing to the downward trend in cases and deaths. In the days leading up the reopening, New York City residents testing positive coronavirus has gradually ticked down, from 1.6 percent of the more than 66,000 people tested on Thursday to 1.2 percent of roughly 58,000 people tested on Sunday.

"Based on the numbers, we can reopen," Cuomo said

He said that going forward, New York City would perform at least 35,000 tests a day to provide a snapshot of the infection rate. The city now has more than 240 testing sites available, where coronavirus tests are free at city and state-run facilities.

The governor also announced that New York City hospitals can now resume elective surgeries, reflecting the lower need for hospital beds.

Despite the celebratory mood, there was evidence of yet another simmering conflict between the MTA, which Cuomo controls, and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Transit officials have estimated that 825,000 people, or 15 percent of its normal ridership, are likely to ride public transportation during phase one.

The MTA has asked de Blasio to provide 60 miles of additional bus lanes, which could alleviate crowding and also accommodate essential workers who have overwhelmingly elected to take buses over subways during the pandemic, according to transit data.

But on Monday, the mayor announced that the city would add 20 miles of new bus service across the five boroughs, including five new busways, which restricts car traffic to enable faster bus commutes, like the one on 14th Street.

Asked about the disparity, Cuomo deferred to Janno Lieber, the chief development officer of the MTA, who appeared at press conference with the governor.

"Twenty miles of bus lanes is a step in the right direction, but we asked for 60 for a reason, which is that we really want to speed service so everybody can get more frequent service," Lieber said.

NYC Finally Enters Phase 1 Of Reopening

The Grand Central Terminal bridge is seen at sunset illuminated in Blue and Gold in honor of New Yorkers' work to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced that landmarks across the state will be lit in blue and gold and will project 'New York Tough' in honor of New Yorkers' work to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus.

New York City on Monday took its first step to restarting its economy three months after the coronavirus crisis tragically upended life in the city, killing nearly 22,000 residents and infecting more than 203,000 others.

"This is a triumph for all New Yorkers," Mayor Bill de Blasio told NY1 this morning. "People are going to get their livelihoods back."

As many as 400,000 people are expected to return to work some time during the first phase, still only a fraction of the more than 4.5 million jobs in the city. Over the last week, those in industries permitted under the first phase—construction, manufacturing, wholesalers and retail businesses with curbside service—have been figuring out how they will operate in what has become a new reality.

While many are eager if not desperate to jumpstart their businesses, others are experiencing significant trepidation. They face new challenges of social distancing and hygiene guidelines as well as questions about how quickly customers will come back.

Across the city, work can resume at over 30,000 construction sites, where employees will be required to wear masks and maintain six feet of distance. Site managers will have to provide hand sanitizer and keep logs of all workers. ​

"I am feeling pretty excited," said Lloyd Slowe, who runs a small construction company in Brooklyn. "I have a family. I have bills to pay and all kinds of things to take care of."

The City Department of Buildings has said it will aggressively inspect sites for compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

De Blasio has pledged to have city inspectors enforce the new workplace guidelines outlined by the state and city.

Brooklyn upholstery maker Stitch Room revamped its workshop to make employee stations ten feet apart with a full curtain around each one. Still, owner Ella Hall is apprehensive about opening her studio on Monday. ​

"My biggest fear is that someone gets the virus and the whole studio has it," she said. "But you know I just got to stay positive and hope that everything is going to be okay."

At the used bookstore Westsider, customers will have to call in for inventory and pay online. Delivery is available for the Upper West Side. All other orders can be picked or mailed. ​

Owner Dorian Thornley said that running a second hand bookshop under the phase one guidelines will be hard on his bottom line. His business has struggled to subsist on internet orders. ​

​"One person at a time might be nice," he said. "You don't have to battle your way past everyone else to look at the books but in terms of sales it's not going to cut the mustard for sure."

Under the state's requirements, the city must continue to meet certain health and testing metrics in order to stay open and gradually expand its economy. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city could be ready to enter phase two, which would include offices, hair salons, more retail and outdoor dining, as early as late June, but said he thought early July would be more realistic.