NATIONAL NEWS: China sees Beijing COVID-19 outbreak, US have cases spike in areas

(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)

Worries about the coronavirus continues and China has cancelled a large amount of flights out of Beijing after the COVID-19 case count grew by 27 on Tuesday in the capital city. Since a new outbreak linked back to a wholesale food market in the city, 106 new cases have been confirmed there.

This market supplies up to 80 percent of the city’s meat and vegetables.

China scrapped more than 60 percent of its flights to the capital, cancelled schools and enacted more social distancing measures. This after several weeks of no cases.

The United States has seen their COVID-19 case numbers begin to expand in other parts of the country as deaths from the virus near 120,000.

While daily death totals have dropped, still 5,400 Americans lost their life last week to the virus. Ten states, including Florida, Oklahoma and Hawaii, have seen coronavirus numbers surge more than 50 percent this past week.

The other seven states are South Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, Oregon, West Virginia, Wyoming and Montana. There are 21 states that are seeing downward trends, while eight states have numbers holding steady.

In Alabama, Montgomery County saw 700 additional COVID-19 cases and has a total of 2,922 cases. A measure by the Montgomery City Council to mandate face coverings and limit public gatherings failed as council members were concerned about trampling on individuals’ rights.

In Washington case numbers are on the rise again and on Tuesday saw 272 new cases in the virus. Since moving to Phase 2 a few weeks ago, Spokane has seen over 300 more additional cases of the virus.

Spokane County has issues over 20,300 COVID-19 tests for a county that has well over a half a million people.

Stevens County has over 40,000 residents and 1,400 tests have been administered.