In our news wrap Monday, New York City began a gradual reopening for up to 400,000 workers after months of pandemic restrictions. At its peak, COVID-19 killed more than 500 people a day in New York; the number is now in the single digits. Also, in Paris, work began to clear 200 tons of melted scaffolding atop Notre Dame Cathedral. Crews will work through the summer to dismantle the charred metal.
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In the day's other news: New York City began a gradual reopening for up to 400,000 workers, after months of pandemic restrictions.
At its peak, in April, COVID-19 killed more than 500 people a day in New York. The number now is in the single digits.
Meanwhile, in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization warned that, globally, the pandemic is still getting worse.
Maria Van Kerkhove:
I know many of us would like this to be over, and I know many situations are seeing positive signs, but it is far from over. And we need to shore up our activities. We need to build up the activities and infrastructure that is not in place in many countries and continues to not be in place in many countries.
India, meanwhile, began reopening malls, hotels and places of worship, despite reporting nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19.
But New Zealand announced that it has eradicated the virus.
Wall Street extended its rally in to a fourth week today on optimism that the worst of the pandemic recession is over. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 461 points to close at 27572. The Nasdaq rose 110 points, and the S&P 500 added 38.
In Paris, work began today to clear 200 tons of melted scaffolding atop Notre Dame Cathedral. It had been installed for renovations before last year's disastrous fire. Crews were lowered into the wreckage today. They will work through the summer and dismantle 40,000 pieces of charred, twisted metal.
And a tropical storm that came ashore Sunday along the U.S. Gulf Coast has weakened to a depression, dumping rain as it goes, flooding paralyzed parts of Mandeville, Louisiana today. Communities near New Orleans were also inundated, along with the region around Pass Christian, Mississippi.