The territory, which incorporates the Caribbean islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, registered 165 instances during the last seven days as of Thursday, bringing the whole variety of instances to 869.
These figures place the U.S. Virgin Islands behind solely Texas within the rating of states and territories the place per capita instances are climbing quickest. The territory, whose economic system depends closely on tourism, had reopened for leisure guests on June 1.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. introduced final week that as of Wednesday, accommodations and Airbnb operators are prohibited from accepting new visitors for 30 days. Mr. Bryan additionally ordered bars, nightclubs and cabarets to close down till Aug. 31.
The territory, which has 103,000 residents, was already making an attempt to bounce again after being hit in 2017 by two Class 5 storms, Irma and Maria. Tourism, which accounts for a 3rd of the U.S. Virgin Islands economic system, is the territory’s largest supply of employment.
Hit early and onerous by the virus, Iran is in the midst of a second wave.
Iran’s well being ministry introduced Wednesday that it had reached 20,000 deaths from the virus, however well being specialists inside and out of doors Iran — and even members of the Iranian Parliament — counsel that the quantity could also be many instances increased.
To know what’s happening, Farnaz Fassihi, who covers Iran for The Instances, answered some urgent questions and painted an image of an outbreak nonetheless uncontrolled.
What’s the scenario within the nation?
It’s very unhealthy. It’s within the thick of a second surge worse than the primary one in March. Nearly all of provinces, together with the capital, Tehran, are “pink zones.” Medical doctors are saying hospitals and I.C.U. beds are full. On the identical time, there are some restrictions for public gatherings however, typically, it’s open for enterprise.
Even by the federal government’s personal numbers, instances are on the rise. What occurred?
They opened too quickly. When the virus first arrived within the nation, they closed down for simply two weeks through the New Yr vacation in mid-March. They didn’t meet any of the benchmarks once they reopened. There’s no contact tracing. There’s no quarantine.
What are Iranians feeling?
Within the early months, individuals had been very scared. They had been self-isolating and staying house and never sending their children to high school, even when the colleges had been nonetheless open. However I feel as time has handed, like a number of locations, we see that persons are turning into extra reckless.
There’s additionally a nuanced dynamic right here. It is a authorities that for 40 years has instructed individuals what to do, how you can gown, how you can behave — and many individuals’s mind-set is to all the time defy what the federal government says. So now, when there’s a pandemic, and the federal government tells them, “Keep house, put on a masks,” they’re like: “No. We don’t belief you. And also you don’t inform us what to do.”
And so for Iran, I feel the problem to include a pandemic could also be better than it’s for different international locations as a result of the federal government is coping with 70 million individuals whose default mode is to defy it.