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Biden refrains from campaign appearances
22:04: The designated US presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to forego campaign appearances in front of a large audience due to the coronavirus pandemic. The US Democrat told journalists in Wilmington, Delaware, that he would follow the advice of doctors and not hold such events.
“This is arguably the most unusual campaign in recent US history,” said Biden. The 77-year-old said that he had not yet been tested for the novel corona virus.
Saarland wants to test extensively in the meat industry
8:55 p.m .: In response to the increased corona outbreaks in the German meat industry, Saarland has also announced extensive tests in the industry. “So far there have been no known cases in the Saarland meat industry, but the principle of prevention still applies. That is why we decided to carry out extensive tests on employees in the meat industry (…)”, said Health Minister Monika Bachmann (CDU) . Both employees with contracts for work and the core workforce are to be tested.
Airbus plans to cut 15,000 jobs due to corona crisis
7.45 p.m .: The aircraft manufacturer Airbus wants to cut around 15,000 jobs due to the corona crisis. Dismantling should begin in autumn and be implemented by summer 2021 at the latest, the Boeing rival announced. Read more here.
US virologist Fauci warns of a rapid increase in infections in the United States
7:25 p.m .: One of the leading corona experts in the US government has warned of the dramatic worsening of the pandemic in view of the rapid increase in new infections in the south of the country. If the increase in the affected states could not be controlled, up to 100,000 new infections per day would soon be conceivable nationwide, the immunologist Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday at a hearing in the Senate.
“I am very concerned,” he said. “We are moving in the wrong direction.” Most recently, there were around 40,000 new infections per day in the United States – more than on most days of the pandemic’s heyday in April. The pandemic can currently only be contained if people consistently wear masks in public and pay attention to their safety distance, said the director of the national institute for allergies and infectious diseases.
Latvian government lifts mouthguard duty in local transport
7:10 p.m .: In Latvia, the government has lifted the previous mouthguard obligation in local public transport. As a result of further relaxation of the Corona protective measures, passengers in buses, trams and trains no longer have to cover their mouths and noses from July 1st. However, wearing face masks is still recommended. The mandatory mouthguard was introduced in mid-May – however, only a few passengers adhered to the controversial specification.
Treatment of corona patients with lopinavir ritonavir does not appear to be effective
7:00 p.m .: The drug combination of lopinavir and ritonavir does not help against the coronavirus, according to preliminary results of a scientific investigation. It “has no positive effect on patients admitted to hospital for Covid-19,” said those responsible for the large-scale recovery clinical trial in the UK. It is still unclear whether the combination will help patients with artificial respiration.
WHO estimates possible corona deaths in Latin America at just under 450,000
6.45pm: By October, the World Health Organization estimates that 438,000 Latin Americans could die from Covid-19. Preventive measures are necessary to prevent this, according to the responsible regional director of the WHO. For Chile and Colombia, the pandemic is expected to peak in mid-July, but for Argentina and Brazil only in August. Costa Rica is expected to peak in October.
The number of short-time workers is falling only slowly
6:04 p.m .: The lockdown has ended, most companies have restarted operations – however, millions of employees remain on short-time work. In several German flagship industries, their number is growing even further. Read more here.
Africa Cup is postponed to January 2022
5:59 p.m .: The Africa Cup has been postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now to be held in Cameroon in January 2022. This was announced by the African football confederation CAF. The tournament was originally scheduled to run from January 9 to February 6, 2021. The exact dates for the final tournament and the qualifying matches are not yet known.
The Africa Cup had only been moved back to the winter months at the beginning of the year due to the better weather conditions. 2019 was still played in the summer to better harmonize with the schedule of the major European leagues. The previous tournament in Egypt, in which 24 teams took part for the first time, had won Algeria with a strange goal.
Billions in costs despite empty beds: what clinics should do better in a second wave
5.42 p.m .: In the corona crisis, German hospitals have so far been mostly empty. Nevertheless, the crisis has already cost the healthcare system billions of euros. Can that be done more efficiently? A health insurance expert says: Yes. Read more here.
Austria: Mobile teams control travelers from the district of Gütersloh
5:33 p.m .: Austria has specified the procedure for checking travelers from the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Gütersloh: The regional health authorities, together with the police near the border and at airports, checked compliance with entry requirements, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday. A negative corona test is currently mandatory for people from the Gütersloh district when entering Austria.
At the border, random checks are carried out by mobile teams. If there is no health certificate, the person has to go into self-monitored quarantine for 14 days, which must be organized and the costs borne by the person, it said. If someone had no possibility of self-monitored quarantine in a suitable accommodation, they should not be allowed to enter.
Austria is thus reacting to the comparatively high number of infections with the coronavirus in the Gütersloh district. In contrast, the Alpine Republic has lifted the general travel warning for North Rhine-Westphalia.
Survey: Caring Relatives suffer from corona crisis
17:24: In a study by the Berlin Charité and the Center for Quality in Care, almost one in three caregivers spoke of a worsening of the situation in the pandemic, as the researchers announced on Tuesday. Almost a quarter of the respondents were concerned that home care would no longer be possible. In addition, 29 percent reported that feelings of helplessness had increased.
Between April 21 and May 2, the researchers interviewed thousands of people online in Germany who look after elderly people in need of care in a family context.
US biotech group Inovio draws a positive interim result for Corona vaccine
5.10 p.m .: The US biotech company Inovio has drawn a positive interim result after a first test series of a coronavirus vaccine with 40 participants. The INO-4800 vaccine triggered an immune response in 94 percent of participants, the company said on Tuesday. The vaccine is safe and well tolerated.
The first phase of the clinical tests will now be expanded to include older trial participants. The second phase should start in the summer. The test participants between the ages of 18 and 50 years received two vaccinations with INO-4800 every four weeks.
The development of vaccines against the Sars-CoV-2 virus is under high pressure worldwide. According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 23 vaccines are now being tested in clinical trials, some already in the second phase.
Country hospitals receive an extra 50 million euros
5:00 p.m .: Hospitals in Germany receive up to an additional 50 million euros in addition to the basic needs of rural people. Nationwide, 121 clinics could expect 400,000 euros each, as announced by the umbrella organization of statutory health insurance (GKV), the German Hospital Society and the Association of Private Health Insurance on Tuesday. Accordingly, the hospitals meet the criteria of the Federal Joint Committee G-BA of doctors, clinics and health insurance companies for a supplement.
An important criterion for a surcharge is a low supply requirement. According to the Federal Committee, this is the case if the average population density in the hospital’s coverage area is below 100 inhabitants per square kilometer. For hospitals located on an island, the criterion of low care requirements is always assumed.
“The corona pandemic has shown how important it is to have comprehensive and well-functioning hospital care,” said the managing director of the German Hospital Society, Georg Baum. Since 2020, clinics in rural areas have been able to receive a flat-rate funding of 400,000 euros per hospital.
Do I need the local Corona app on vacation?
4.44 p.m .: The German Corona warning app has so far been of no use abroad. But many EU countries have similar offers. If you want to use them on vacation, there are a few things to consider – the overview of the most popular EU travel countries. Read more here.
Danish football fans can go back to the stadiums at a distance of one meter
4:41 pm: The football matches of the highest Danish league can again take place in front of more spectators. The Danish government announced on Tuesday that the required minimum distance between football fans in the stadiums in the open air would be reduced from two to one meter. Family members and other close relatives could sit side by side. However, there should not be more than 500 spectators per section. If possible, everyone should sit.
In a press release, Minister of Culture Joy Mogensen said: “Getting the fans back for all the Super League games – and feeling the hustle and bustle of the boys – is both fantastic and an important part of Super League football.”
Three games of the Superleague have already been played as a test with more than 500 spectators. Due to the positive experience, the minister is now opening up to more. FC Copenhagen announced that it would be able to play the rest of the season in front of up to 10,500 spectators.
End of short-time work at VW on July 1st
4:20 pm: After around three months, the short-time work in the German Volkswagen plants has come to an end. From Wednesday (July 1), the shift plans are to be completely filled again. The company announced on Tuesday. In some locations and in some areas, the employees had been back on the job for some time. Now the full volume of work for the core brand VW, light commercial vehicles and internal supply division will be restored.
It is about the Wolfsburg headquarters as well as the Braunschweig, Chemnitz, Emden, Hanover, Kassel, Osnabrück and Salzgitter plants. Full work has already been done in Dresden and Zwickau. After the temporary closure of production in the first acute phase of the corona crisis, VW had registered short-time work in many places. Production capacities in Germany are now 75 to 95 percent full.
Recently, weak demand – alongside cut supply chains – a major problem for the auto industry in the pandemic – has developed better, it said.
RentPostponement in corona crisis will not be extended
4.10 p.m .: Tenants will have to forego the special regulation on protection against unlawful dismissal in the pandemic from Wednesday: According to its own statements, the Federal Government does not plan to extend the three-month payment moratorium for tenants affected by the crisis beyond June. The SPD had called for an extension until the end of September, but was unable to prevail against the Union.
“The federal government does not plan to extend the regulations to protect tenants,” a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Justice said on Tuesday the AFP news agency. Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) had previously sought to extend the moratorium by ordinance. According to media reports, the EU-led ministries opposed this step, and SPIEGEL had also reported on it. The moratorium that has been in force since the beginning of April stipulates that landlords cannot give notice if tenants cannot pay their rent due to the corona crisis.
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) defended the Union’s stance. “We found that this regulation was by no means as important in practice as many believed,” Altmaier told the ntv and RTL stations. In most cases, tenants and landlords would have arranged themselves sensibly and agreed. “And wherever the private initiative works, the state doesn’t have to interfere,” said Altmaier. The tenant association and the joint general association criticized the decision sharply.
EU for the end of entry bans for 15 third countries – without USA
4:00 p.m .: The EU countries have agreed to lift the entry bans for 15 third countries imposed by the corona pandemic as of July 1. As announced by the EU Council on Tuesday, China is an additional condition that the country should end its entry freeze for EU citizens.
Due to the worldwide spread of the corona virus, the EU decided in March to make visits to the EU not absolutely necessary to prohibit entry. The EU countries now advocated lifting the restrictions for the following 15 countries: Algeria, Australia, China, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Entry bans remained in place for countries with high infection rates such as the USA, Brazil and Russia. The country list is reviewed every two weeks, the Council said.
Supervisory board boss Tönnies resigns at Schalke 04
15:28: With the Covid 19 outbreak in his slaughterhouse, criticism of Schalke’s chairman Clemens Tönnies grew louder. Now he has resigned, according to media reports, the club is facing a turning point. Read more here.
Saxony-Anhalt abolishes contact ban
2:53 p.m .: The ban on contact in Saxony-Anhalt expires on Thursday after more than three months and is replaced by a recommendation. In the seventh state regulation for curbing the coronavirus, which the state cabinet decided on Tuesday in Magdeburg, it is recommended not to stay with more than ten people, as Minister of Health Petra Grimm-Benne (SPD) said on Tuesday. The state government also recommends keeping the group of people with whom there is physical and social contact as constant as possible.
Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) emphasized, however, that it was an urgent recommendation. From July 1st to July 2nd, when the new regulation comes into force, nothing changes in the risk of infection. The change from the ban to the recommendation is also an advance of trust in the population. In a month, the government plans to evaluate the new regulation, which is to apply until September 16, and to tighten it up if necessary.
With the new regulation, the state government is implementing several easing measures, bans are becoming an exception:
For example, discos and brothels remain closed.
Major events should continue to be prohibited until at least October 31.
In addition, celebrations in public places and facilities are generally prohibited.
Private celebrations with up to 50 participants are allowed. If you want to invite more, you have to have the party organized professionally and celebrate outside; 1000 guests can come there.
From August 29th, celebrations can also take place in closed rooms on a larger scale if the celebrations are organized professionally.
Trade fairs, exhibitions as well as special and annual markets (e.g. flea markets) may reopen subject to conditions.
Industry association reports worst business situation since 1985
2:41 pm: The situation in industry and trade is grim: Almost all companies in Germany complain of falling sales, many are struggling with liquidity bottlenecks – and very few expect a quick recovery. Read more here.
Boris Johnson announces multi-billion dollar stimulus package
14:20: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday a multi-billion stimulus package to get the economy hit by the corona pandemic. In the short term, the government plans to invest £ 5bn (around € 5.5bn) in the construction and renovation of hospitals, roads and schools, as Johnson announced in a speech in the city of Dudley in Central England.
Over the next eight years, £ 12 billion (currently the equivalent of around € 13.1 billion) will go towards creating affordable housing. The government is “determined to use this crisis to address the country’s major unresolved challenges of the past three decades,” the conservative politician said.
In the UK, the corona crisis caused economic output to plummet in the first three months of the year. The decline was more pronounced than expected, but was not as severe as the economic downturn in the eurozone. In terms of infection numbers, the UK is the worst affected country in Europe by the pandemic. Read more here:
Mayor Müller also expects free corona tests for everyone in Berlin
2:00 p.m .: Berlin Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) assumes that there will be free corona tests for everyone in Berlin. “I think we will also soon follow this Bavarian route,” he had said on Monday evening on the TV station ntv. If a federal state starts like this and many others “already have a test strategy, then it will be a wave,” the SPD politician said.
Then the tests would be cheaper, said Müller. Soon it would be “unproblematic for many people to be tested”. Berlin has been doing the tests gradually so far. So far, some employees in day-care centers and schools have been able to be tested symptom-free and without cause, although this should be extended to all employees and other areas in summer.
By contrast, Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) was skeptical of the Bavarian initiative. “A simple single test alone is of no use,” he told the MDR. This “actually creates false feelings of security,” Ramelow pointed out. Baden-Württemberg’s state government also distanced itself from tests for all citizens. “Preventive, comprehensive testing is not automatically promising,” said Health Minister Manne Lucha (Green).
Bavaria decides corona tests for everyone
1.35 p.m .: The Bavarian state government has decided on free corona tests for the entire population. The test concept was “faster, free of charge and for everyone”, said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Munich. He announced that he would increase the capacities from the current 20,000 to 30,000 tests per day. The Free State pays the costs in all cases in which health insurers are not required to do so. For this, 200 million euros are to be made available each year, said Söder.
Söder rejected criticism of the Bavarian strategy again. The cost could not be an argument. One should not save at the expense of the security of the citizens. “Testing is also prevention,” he said. Starting in July, Bavaria will offer tests free of charge for everyone, in addition to examinations of suspected infections and serial examinations, for example by medical personnel.
498 registered new infections in Germany
1:22 pm: The local authorities reported 498 corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute within one day. Since the beginning of the corona crisis, 194,259 people in Germany have demonstrably contracted Sars-CoV-2, as the RKI reported early Tuesday morning (data status as of June 30, midnight). 8973 people infected with the virus died in Germany – that is an increase of 12 compared to the previous day.
According to RKI estimates, the number of reproductions, or R-value for short, as of June 29, 00:00, was 0.74 (previous day: 0.71). This means that an infected person infects less than another person on average. The R value shows the infection process approximately one and a half weeks beforehand.
Since mid-May, the RKI has also been issuing a so-called seven-day R. It refers to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value dropped to 0.63 as of June 29, 00:00 a.m. (previous day: 0.71). It shows the infection from 8 to 16 days ago.
A curfew was imposed in parts of Melbourne until the end of July
1:00 p.m .: A curfew has been imposed on hundreds of thousands of Melbourne residents because of a series of new corona infections. Residents of more than 30 residential areas of the Australian metropolis should not leave their homes from midnight until July 29, the head of government of the southern state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said on Tuesday. The exit restrictions affect more than 300,000 of Melbourne’s approximately five million inhabitants.
The second largest city in Australia is struggling with an increase in corona infections. The state of Victoria has registered 233 new infections since Thursday, most of them in Melbourne. In recent weeks, the number of infections across Australia has often been below 20 cases per day.
The residents of the areas affected by the curfew should only leave their homes for the way to school or work, for shopping and sporting activities. People from other areas should not enter the affected areas. Many stores now have to close just a few weeks after the lockdown ends. Andrews said it also asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to distribute international flights to Melbourne from other airports. “A significant number” of the new cases are related to hotel staff who host overseas Australians, said Victoria’s head of government.
Events with up to 1000 participants again permitted in Hamburg
12.49 p.m .: From Wednesday onwards, events with up to 1000 participants in the open and 650 people in closed rooms are permitted subject to conditions. Celebrations in private apartments are possible with up to 25 people from any number of households. Groups of ten people from any number of households can also meet in public, as a new Corona ordinance passed on Tuesday by the Senate provides.
Railway provider Flixtrain ends Corona mandatory break on July 23
12.46 p.m .: After more than four months, the train provider Flixtrain will resume operation on July 23. From that day onwards, the company’s own trains would run ten times a week between Berlin and Cologne, the company Flixmobility announced on Tuesday in Munich. Flixmobility also operates the Flixbus fleet. Flixtrain stopped operating on March 19 due to the Corona pandemic.
For the restart, a “comprehensive hygiene concept” was drawn up in accordance with official requirements and recommendations, the operator said. This included cleaning and disinfection before and during the trip as well as contactless check-in for travelers. In addition, each ticket purchase is linked to a fixed seat. The wearing of mouth-nose masks is also mandatory.
Laschet speaks out against the street carnival in November
12.35 p.m .: The 11.11. could go without the usual celebrations for the start of the carnival this year – if it goes to Armin Laschet. The festival does not “fit into this time,” said the Prime Minister. Read more here.
All employees in ToniesSlaughterhouse in Weißenfels are tested
12.25 p.m .: In the second largest Tönnies slaughterhouse in Weißenfels in Saxony-Anhalt, all around 2200 employees are tested for the corona virus. The Burgenlandkreis ordered mass testing on Tuesday with a general will. The reason for this is that the infection chain could not be clarified beyond doubt with a positively tested contract worker.
The Burgenlandkreis Health Office wanted to start mass testing on Tuesday with the support of the Bundeswehr. Some of the Tönnies employees in Weißenfels had already been tested at the end of May. The almost 1200 tests in the slaughterhouse were negative at the time.
Laschet criticizes meat industry – mask requirement in NRW should remain
12.15 p.m .: North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has once again sharply criticized the meat industry. In the companies, the “animal protection categories” would be adhered to, but “the human protection categories would not,” said Laschet at a press conference in Düsseldorf on Tuesday. For each animal, the way is digitally traceable, by whom it was delivered and how – at the same time one does not know who works in a factory “and where does he live”. This is a “falling apart that is not acceptable”.
Corona outbreaks in slaughterhouses had recently caused a sensation – especially the massive outbreak at the Tönnies plant in the Gütersloh district of North Rhine-Westphalia. The federal government has meanwhile decided to ban work contracts in the meat industry until the end of the year. When it came to animal husbandry, the Ethics Council attacked Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner in mid-June for sow farming in the crate and accused the minister of “unacceptable” conditions in a statement on the responsible handling of farm animals.
Laschet also wants to stick to targeted tests for the virus. “Wherever there is a fire, testing is mandatory,” he said. NRW was the first federal state to introduce mandatory tests for certain professions – this applies, for example, to the meat industry. In other areas, such as old people’s homes, should be tested generously. Bavaria’s announcements that all citizens could be tested, he did not want to evaluate.
Cirque du Soleil fires thousands of employees
12 noon: The curtain remains in the corona crisis – and the Cirque du Soleil is therefore at risk of insolvency. Investors and the Canadian government should now save the entertainment company. Read more here.
IAB: Every fifth employee affected by short-time work in May
11:15 a.m .: According to the Nuremberg Institute for Labor Market and Vocational Research (IAB), 20 percent of employees subject to social security contributions were on short-time work in May. This would correspond to a number of more than six million short-time workers. As the research institute told the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg on Tuesday based on a representative survey, an average of 58 percent of working hours were lost. 24 percent of short-time workers did not work at all (“short-time work zero”), the IAB said.
Around half of the companies increased the short-time work allowance paid by the Federal Employment Agency for their employees. Regionally, the regions of Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony-Bremen were most affected by short-time work with around 25 percent, the regions of Berlin-Brandenburg and Rhineland-Palatinate least affected with 18 and 17 percent.
Federal and state debts rise in corona crisis
10.45 a.m .: The Corona pandemic increases the mountain of public debt in Germany. The federal government, the federal states, municipalities / community associations and social security were indebted at the end of the first quarter with 1.955 trillion euros, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday. The debt level rose by 3.0 percent or EUR 56.2 billion compared to the final quarter of 2019. The debt level grew by 1.5 percent within a year. “The corona crisis had an initial impact on the financial situation of public budgets,” said the statisticians.
Federal debt rose by 2.6 percent or EUR 31.2 billion to EUR 1.22 trillion at the end of the year. In the federal states there was an increase of 23.3 billion euros or 4.0 percent to 602.4 billion euros. The debt level of the municipalities and associations of municipalities rose by 1.4 percent or 1.8 billion euros to 132.6 billion euros. Bei der Sozialversicherung gab es gegenüber dem Vorquartal einen Rückgang des Schuldenstands um rund eine Million Euro (minus 1,1 Prozent).
Los Angeles closes its beaches on the holiday weekend
10.15 a.m .: In view of new record numbers of corona infections, the US west coast metropolis of Los Angeles will close its popular beaches to visitors on the upcoming Independence Day weekend. The Los Angeles district in the state of California wants to prevent crowds of sun worshipers, surfers and party guests from crowding on the sandy beaches of the city. A daily record of more than 2,900 new corona infections had been reported in the district.
Turnier in Berlin findet mit Zuschauern statt – und Zverev
10.00 Uhr: Beim Tennisturnier in Berlin im Juli dürfen 1000 Zuschauer dabei sein. Die werden dann auch Alexander Zverev auf dem Platz sehen, der wegen seiner Corona-Eskapaden in der Kritik steht. Lesen Sie hier mehr dazu.
Seven-day incidence in Gütersloh district no longer in three digits
9:40 am: In the Gütersloh district, the important number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants has decreased significantly again within the past seven days. According to the figures published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Tuesday, the so-called seven-day incidence is now 86.0.
This means that for the first time since the high numbers due to the massive corona outbreak at the meat processor Tönnies in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, the value is no longer in three figures. However, it is still significantly above the limit of 50, which plays a role nationwide in the discussion about additional protective measures to contain the pandemic.
Der regionale Lockdown im Kreis Gütersloh, der ursprünglich bis zu diesem Dienstag befristet war, wird aus Vorsicht um eine Woche verlängert. The state government announced this on Monday after meeting with the district councils of Gütersloh and Warendorf. In the Warendorf district, where many Tönnies employees also live, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the past seven days had already fallen below the limit of 50 on Friday. On Tuesday the value dropped to 14.0.
Masks are mandatory at cultural events in Bavaria
09.15 Uhr: Bei Kulturveranstaltungen in Bayern dürfe im Saal die Maske auf dem festgelegten Sitzplatz künftig abgenommen werden, kündigte Ministerpräsident Markus Söder in der “Augsburger Allgemeinen” an. Accordingly, the new regulation should be decided on Wednesday in the cabinet. “You can then enjoy the culture without a mask for an hour or an hour and a half, depending on how the whole thing is designed,” said Söder.
The CSU chief argued: “The cultural events are very serious and very good, that’s why we will act that way.” When entering and in the area, for example in the cloakroom area, the mask requirement continues to apply and makes sense. It was loosened on the seats in the event rooms, the newspaper said. “We want a perspective on culture,” said Söder.
US state too Arizona reintroduces corona restrictions
9:00 am: After Florida and Texas, Arizona is taking back easing as another US state. Bars, nightclubs, gyms, cinemas and water parks have to close again, Governor Doug Ducey announced. The schools are scheduled to reopen on August 17th. “The time has come for further action,” says Ducey. “We won’t be back to normal anytime soon.” Arizona, with approximately 7.3 million inhabitants, reported a daily record of new infections on Sunday.