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Coronavirus update: COVID seems to lack seasonal pattern; Apple asked to solve iPhone mask issues
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Coronavirus update: COVID seems to lack seasonal pattern; Apple asked to solve iPhone mask issues

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The emergencies chief for the World Health Organization said that COVID-19 doesn’t seem to follow the seasonal patterns that some viruses exhibit, making it harder to control.

Unlike other respiratory viruses like influenza that spread mainly in the winter, the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating in the summer. That’s despite earlier predictions from some scientists and politicians it would fade in the heat.

“This virus has demonstrated no seasonal pattern as such,” said Dr. Michael Ryan at a press briefing on Monday. “What it has clearly demonstrated is that if you take the pressure off the virus, the virus bounces back,” he said. Ryan said the U.N. health agency continues to advise countries even where COVID-19 appears to be under control, such as those in Europe, to maintain measures to slow virus spread.

He called for countries where transmission remains intense, such as Brazil, to adopt measures so that communities have the necessary support they need to implement strategies like social distancing, wearing masks, and self-isolating if they have symptoms.

Here's an update on all developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • Schools around the country are facing problems with aging air conditioning, heating and circulation systems that don’t work well or at all because maintenance and replacement were deferred due to tight budgets. Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.
  • New York’s mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of the coronavirus in buses and subways.
  • Around the world, young people armed with new degrees, diplomas and professional qualifications are struggling to enter the workforce as the pandemic pushes the global economy into recession. COVID-19 has thwarted hopes of landing first jobs, important for jumpstarting careers, as employers cut back graduate recruiting plans or even revoke job offers.
  • The executive orders signed by President Donald Trump to help Americans cope with an economic recession are far less sweeping than any relief bill Congress could pass and raise questions about effective they will be.
  • Indians pitcher Zach Plesac was sent back from Chicago to Cleveland after violating team rules and Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols, the latest in a string of incidents where players aren't adhering to virus precautions.
  • In light of the troubles that Major League Baseball has had in starting its season, Major League Soccer’s plan to resume play in its local markets is under understandable scrutiny.
  • After the Power Five conference commissioners met Sunday to discuss mounting concern about whether a college football season can be played in a pandemic, players took to social media to urge leaders to let them play.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for a feature on how the virus is impacting weddings, plus the latest virus numbers.

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