New York City enters final reopening stage

New York City, which was at one time the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, entered the fourth and final phase of the state’s reopening plan on Monday.

The city entering the last stage means low-risk outdoor facilities, like zoos and botanical gardens, can open at 33% capacity. The rest of New York state has already begun the fourth phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan.

The United States has had 3.8 million coronavirus cases and 140,957 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to updated figures Monday from Johns Hopkins University.

The Bahamas, which reopened to visitors early this month, said it will close its borders to U.S. travelers beginning Wednesday.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced the restriction Sunday and said it’s the result of rising U.S. cases, particularly in nearby Florida.

There have been more than 350,000 cases to date in Florida, which is now the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak. The state reported about 12,500 new cases Sunday and 10,347 new cases Monday.

Officials said the positive rate fell below 12% among 115,000 tests, but hospital capacity remained limited. Florida’s five-day total of admissions was 1,637 Sunday, and 49 hospitals said they had no more space in intensive care units.

“The residents here are terrified and I’m terrified, for the first time in my career because there’s a lack of leadership,” Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala, who represents part of Miami-Dade County, told ABC This Week on Sunday. “It’s terrible. We have community spread, which means the virus is out of control.”

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