‘We’re Clearly Not Doing Enough’: Drop in Testing Hampers Coronavirus Response

For the first time during the pandemic, the United States saw a downward trend in the number of coronavirus tests conducted each day. A testing site in Los Angeles on Thursday. The number of tests being conducted daily in the area is down from earlier peaks this summer.Credit…Philip Cheung for The New York Times   For months, public health experts and federal officials have said that significantly expanding the number of coronavirus tests administered in the United States is essential …

A Bitter Wind at a Shaky Time, and Iowa Is Left Reeling

As the winds howled outside, gusting at over 100 miles per hour, families hid in their basements and wondered what would await them when they emerged. Many across the Corn Belt of central Iowa were stunned by what they saw: millions of acres of corn and soybean fields left toppled, tangled and torn apart; roofs torn off grain bins; buildings leveled — another daunting setback in a farming community that has had too many of them.   The damage this …

Coronavirus Live Updates: South Korea Sees Largest Daily Jump in Cases Since March

In many U.S. cities, fears of a public transit ‘death spiral.’ Families reject full college tuition rates amid online instruction. The U.S. saw a downward trend in the number of coronavirus tests conducted each day for the first time. South Korea reported 166 new coronavirus cases, the country’s highest daily count since March. Image A bus in Brooklyn in April. Public transit leaders across the country say that the $25 billion in aid they received in March is quickly drying …