Midwest, School Reopenings, Summer Gardens: Your Weekend Briefing

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Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead

1. New coronavirus cases are picking up at a dangerous pace in much of the Midwest and in areas that had seen apparent progress.

The seven-day average for new infections is hovering around 65,000 for two weeks in what amounts to a second wave of cases. The U.S. recorded more than 1.9 million new infections in July, nearly 42 percent of the more than 4.5 million cases reported nationwide since the pandemic began and more than double the number documented in any other month, according to a Times database.

If the risks of mass transit can be addressed, that could have sweeping implications for many large American cities, particularly New York, where one of the biggest challenges in a recovery will be coaxing riders back onto public transportation.


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