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Global cases of COVID-19 exceed 11 million

Global cases of COVID-19 exceed 11 million

Global cases of the coronavirus rose to more than 11 million on Friday. The World Health Organization claimed that the number of COVID-19 cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually. Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns while making considerable changes to work and social life, which could last over a year until a vaccine is available.

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Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend tests positive for COVID-19

Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend tests positive for COVID-19

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign official and Trump Jr’s girlfriend was tested positive for the COVID-19 in South Dakota on Friday. She and Trump Jr. did not board the AirForce One along with the President for the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore. Trump Jr. was tested negative however, he has cancelled all public events and is currently in self-isolation exercising ’precaution.’

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Brazil passes 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, second to U.S.

Brazil passes 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, second to U.S.

Brazil was set to pass 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday. Brazil has the world’s second largest outbreak after the United States and the virus has killed over 60,000 people in the country. Despite this, cities are allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to reopen

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Croatia to hold parliamentary vote amid economic, COVID-19 uncertainties

Croatia to hold parliamentary vote amid economic, COVID-19 uncertainties

Croatians are set to vote on Sunday to choose a government. The centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), led by the incumbent PM Andrej Plenkovic, believes it can re-emerge as the biggest party with the strongest chance to lead a coalition. A recent opinion poll gave the Plenkovic’s party 27% of the vote, just ahead of the main opposition Social Democrats (SDP) at 25%.

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President Macron names Castex as the new PM of France

President Macron names Castex as the new PM of France

Castex, a senior official who spearheaded France’s Covid-19 reopening strategy, has been named the country’s new PM by President Macron. His appointment was announced just hours after Philippe, who served as PM for three years, resigned. Castex is a career public servant who has served in multiple administrations and is a member of the conservative party Les Republicains.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned

France’s PM Edouard Philippe resigned from government Friday. The resignation comes amid speculation that Macron was preparing a reshuffle to focus on the economic recovery post COVID-19. The move comes after recent losses in nationwide municipal elections. The elections revealed surging support for the Green party.

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Coronavirus records tumble in the United States

Coronavirus records tumble in the United States

The one day record of increase in cases has been broken by the US four times in one week as the number of cases of COVID-19 surge again. More than 40,000 cases have been recorded in the country on four separate days. 51,200 cases were recorded in the United States on Wednesday. This was the first time that more than 50,000 cases were recorded in a day.

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Pence delays Arizona trip as Secret Service agents test positive for covid-19

Pence delays Arizona trip as Secret Service agents test positive for covid-19

VP Pence delayed a trip to Arizona this week after several Secret Service agents assigned with the responsibility of drafting the itinerary tested positive for Covid-19. Hence Pence decided to postpone the trip from Tuesday to Wednesday this week to allow time for healthy agents to get to Arizona. The VP also postponed campaign events in Florida owing to a significant spike in Covid-19 cases.

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Coronavirus outbreak in University of Washington frat houses

Coronavirus outbreak in University of Washington frat houses

Nearly 105 students living in fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus have tested positive for COVID-19. Results for hundreds of others remain pending. The Interfraternity Council, a governing board for UW fraternities, has asked fraternity houses to stop holding social events. Experts say the outbreak is a troubling sign of what may be in store if colleges reopen in the fall.

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Texas Governor makes face masks mandatory in public in counties with 20+ cases

Texas Governor makes face masks mandatory in public in counties with 20+ cases

Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas issued an executive order on Thursday as per which residents are required to wear face masks in public in counties which have 20 or more positive cases of the novel coronavirus. Local authorities have also now been given the ability to limit gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Nine more NBA players tested positive for coronavirus

Nine more NBA players tested positive for coronavirus

Nine more NBA players were tested positive for the coronavirus under a week before teams will begin traveling to Florida to continue the season. The National Basketball Association claimed that a total of 25 players and 10 team staff members have tested positive for the virus since testing started on June 23.

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GOP lawmaker demands White House disband coronavirus task force

GOP lawmaker demands White House disband coronavirus task force

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on Thursday called on the White House to shutter its Covid-19 task force, claiming the nation’s top public health experts were undermining the president. ’Birx and Fauci, they’ve gone well past their ... they’ve expired,’ Biggs Fox News’s Neil Cavuto in an interview. ’...they make these statements that engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president’s doing.’

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Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain diagnosed with COVID-19

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain diagnosed with COVID-19

Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Mr. Cain, who is also a businessman and media contributor, was admitted to the hospital with symptoms on Wednesday. Mr. Cain’s staff reported that he is in a stable condition and is not on the ventilator.

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US Surpasses global record for new COVID-19 cases recorded in a day

US Surpasses global record for new COVID-19 cases recorded in a day

The US has reached a daily global record for the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting more than 55,000 new cases. The daily US tally stood at 55,274 on Thursday which exceeds the previous single-day record of 54,771 set by Brazil on June 19. Johns Hopkins University & Medicine’s Covid-19 Resource Center, which tracks the cases globally, said that the total number of cases reported in US stood at 2739879.

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Dr.Fauci warns US new cases could more than double; US headed in wrong direction

Dr.Fauci warns US new cases could more than double; US headed in wrong direction

Dr. Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the country is on the wrong path in fighting the Covid-19. Fauci’s warning comes as US witnesses 40,000 new cases a day. Dr. Fauci said he was concerned and would not be surprised if the new cases go up to 100,000 a day if the present situation continues.

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US surpasses 50,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time

US surpasses 50,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time

The US notched more than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours Wednesday, a new one-day record as infections surge around the country. The epicenter of the country’s epidemic has now moved from the Northeast to California, Arizona and New Mexico in the West along with Texas, Florida and Georgia. Texas again topped its previous record on Wednesday with 8,076 new cases.

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California man expresses regret in a FB post day before he died of Covid-19

California man expresses regret in a FB post day before he died of Covid-19

A Southern California man expressed his regret in a Facebook post over attending a party where he contracted Covid-19. He died a day later. He warned everyone to compulsory wear a mask and practice social distancing. His niece, Danielle Lopez, said her uncle had gone to a party where no one wore a mask and met a friend who had tested positive for the virus but showed no symptoms.

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Tesla Q2 sales surge over Q1 despite factory shutdown

Tesla Q2 sales surge over Q1 despite factory shutdown

Tesla said that it delivered more EV globally in Q2 than it did in Q1. This was mainly because the Covid-19 restrictions forced it to shut down its only US factory for most of the period during Q1. The company delivered 90,650 vehicles from April through June as it rolled out the new Model Y SUV in the US & China which is a 2.5% increase over Q1’s 88,400 vehicles sold.

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Florida Governor refuses to delay reopening plans despite rise in COVID-19 cases

Florida Governor refuses to delay reopening plans despite rise in COVID-19 cases

Florida witnessed the highest daily tally of 10,000 new cases on Thursday. The state has seen 169,100 cases and 3,617 confirmed deaths. Statistics show that the new cases were up by 48% last weeks. Despite the alarming numbers, Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that they will not delay their reopening plans and stated, ’we’re open, we know who we need to protect.’

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Trump touts jobs report in pre-holiday press briefing

Trump touts jobs report in pre-holiday press briefing

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday held a pre-holiday press briefing at the White House, where he talked about the jobs report from the month of June in order to proclaim that the ’economy is roaring back’. The President also claimed that the response to the coronavirus pandemic is working out ’very well’ after coordination with governors.

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SC rejects Texas Democrats’ request to speed up consideration of vote by mail

SC rejects Texas Democrats’ request to speed up consideration of vote by mail

The Supreme Court has denied a request by Texas Democrats to fast-track a review of the party’s effort to expand mail-in voting. The state’s primary runoff is set for July 14. Texas only allows absentee ballots from elderly, disabled, incarcerated or traveling voters. Democrats have been seeking to expand the definition of ’disabled’ to include those who fear COVID-19 exposure.

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The U.K. to end quarantine requirement for travelers from 75 countries

The U.K. to end quarantine requirement for travelers from 75 countries

The British government said it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from 75 countries deemed ’lower risk’ for the coronavirus, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy. The full list of countries, which will be released Friday, is not expected to include the U.S. The change takes effect July 10. The quarantine was in effect just over a month.

Yesterday
1,000 inmates at California prison test positive for COVID-19

1,000 inmates at California prison test positive for COVID-19

San Quentin, one of California’s oldest prisons as seen an explosion of cases of the novel coronavirus. Authorities reported on Thursday that more than 1,000 inmates had tested positive for the virus. Governor Gavin Newsom also said that 42 percent of the nearly 3,500 inmates are considered ’medically vulnerable’.

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Increase in COVID-19 cases causes more Apple stores to close

Increase in COVID-19 cases causes more Apple stores to close

Approximately 28% of the Apple stores in the United States have been closed due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in several states. 77 stores which had previously reopened have been closed once again following the sudden spike in cases.

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Kissing off menu as lockdown ends for Dutch sex workers

Kissing off menu as lockdown ends for Dutch sex workers

Dutch sex workers welcomed customers back on Wednesday as the country further eased lockdown measures. However, customers have been advised to avoid heavy breathing and kissing to help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. The government recently brought forward the date of opening for Amsterdam’s ’Red Light’ district from a tentative Sept. 1 to July 1.

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Latest data
World confirmed
11053488
World deaths
526260
US confirmed
2794321
US deaths
129434
Source: ECDC / Our World in Data
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