Sen. Alexander pleaded President Trump to wear a mask consistently and to leave the Covid-19 health & medical recommendations to the experts. This was necessary because millions of Americans admire him, and they would follow his lead. Trump’s secretary, Azar, said that president is exempt from having to wear masks because he is in a ’unique position’ in which he is tested for the virus regularly.
French PM Emmanuel Macron’s LREM party was roundly defeated in local elections across France which had been postponed from March due to COVID-19. Socialist Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo secured a second term in office. The Greens won in Lille, where the party ousted former Cabinet minister Martine Aubry as mayor. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally claimed victory in the southern city of Perpignan
VP Pence attributed the spike in COVID-19 cases in more than a dozen states in part to young people failing to follow social distancing guidelines. ’Younger Americans have been congregating in ways that may have disregarded the guidance that we gave on the federal level for all the phases of reopening’, Pence said. States including Texas and Florida are experiencing surges in infections.
India has opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to fight COVID-19, as the country continues to record a daily surge in new infections. The Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre in Delhi became partly operational on Sunday, with 2,000 of its 10,000 beds available. The remaining 8,000 beds will be in use from Wednesday. India has recorded 559K cases with 16,757 deaths.
As Covid-19 cases rise and hit record highs across the country Pelosi believes we should have started requiring the use of face masks long ago. She believes that the CDC has only suggested the use of face coverings, instead of requiring them to not offend President Donald Trump.
A new poll has shown that Swedes are losing faith in authorities’ handling of COVID-19. The Ipsos survey for the Dagens Nyheter newspaper showed confidence in the country’s management of COVID-19 had fallen 11 points to 45% since April. The proportion of respondents satisfied with the center-left government’s actions in the pandemic also fell to 38% in June from 50% the previous month.
In a country with only 440 confirmed Covid-19 cases, more than 200 people gathered ’marching for the world’ during pride month.
The COVID-19 pandemic has now registered 10 million cases worldwide, with the death toll closing in on 500,000. More than a quarter of both counts came from the US. The country has seen 2.51M confirmed cases and 125,539 deaths. Mainland China, which first reported the virus, is now seeing a resurgence. The country reported 21 new confirmed infections on Friday, up from 13 a day earlier.
VP Pence has canceled a bus tour in Florida next week after the state experienced a rise in COVID-19 cases. Pence was set to appear in Lake Wales at an event next week organized by pro-Trump group America First Policies. The group announced Saturday that the event had been postponed ’out of an abundance of caution’. Pence plans to travel to Florida to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California issued an order Friday for immigration officials to release certain children held in U.S. detention facilities since they failed to provide health protections against COVID-19. Her ruling was based on reports earlier this month from independent monitors on Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Australia’s state of Victoria deployed ambulances and mobile test centres in a COVID-19 testing blitz as the country recorded the biggest daily rise in cases in two months. 33 people tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, marking nine days of double digit new cases in the state. The Govt. plans to deploy 1,000 military personnel to help the state contain the virus.
Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Miami-Dade County plans to close beaches for the July Fourth weekend. Gatherings of 50 or more will be prohibited, as well. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, according to his office, has planned to sign an emergency order to close beaches July 3 to 7. He stated that violators may face a second-degree criminal penalty of up to $500 and 180 days in jail.
A journalist who covered President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Paul Monies, a reporter for Oklahoma Watch, said he got his positive diagnosis Friday. Monies confirmed that he was in the BOK Center to cover Trump’s rally and said he wore a mask and practiced social distancing.
Florida has been on an upward trend of record breaking in the past four days in positive tests. The Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is ordering stand-alone bars to stop serving alcohol to help slow spread. There is also a new record for tests conducted, with 78,345 residents getting tested on Friday. DeSantis also acknowledged another dangerous trend, that younger adults are being impacted more there.
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of Republican state officials in Texas, refusing to allow broader mail-in voting in the state. The justices let stand the ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that halted an earlier court decision to permit any voter concerned about the threat of COVID-19 infection to cast a ballot by mail.
Dr. Fauci warned Friday that the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases could spread throughout the country. Fauci said Americans could ’be either part of the solution or part of a problem’, pleading for a ’societal responsibility’ to practice social distancing in order to curb the spread. His remarks come as COVID-19 cases in states like Arizona, Texas, Florida and California have significantly risen.
The University of Barcelona said on Friday that virologists have found traces of COVID-19 in a sample of Barcelona waste water collected in March 2019. ’The levels of SARS-CoV-2 were low but were positive’, research leader Albert Bosch was quoted about the samples collected from Mar 12, 2019. The research has been submitted for a peer review and there was the potential for a false positive.
8,942 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported by the Health Department of Florida on Friday. This shattered the record of 5,508 cases which was set on Wednesday. Florida has now seen a total of 122,960 cases of the coronavirus, and 3,327 people have died due to the pandemic in the state.
United States President Donald Trump announced that he had cancelled a planned trip to his New Jersey golf club, as cases of the novel coronavirus have registered a spike in many states. The President was scheduled to leave for Bedminster property on Friday, and was supposed to return to the White House on Sunday. The trip was cancelled suddenly without any public explanation.
Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas has announced that bars will be shut down in the state again, on Friday, and restaurant dining will also be scaled back. The latest measures have been taken as the state has reported a surge in cases of the novel coronavirus.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has recorded the largest single day spike of 34,700 new confirmed COVID-19 cases since late April, when the number peaked at 36,400. It comes as three US states announced they are imposing quarantine measures on visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates, as forecasts predict nearly 180,000 deaths by October.
The Dutch govt said on Friday that it would provide $3.8bn in support to the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, thus ending months of struggle with France over the role each country should play in a Covid-19 rescue deal. The move comes after Paris announced a 7bn Euro bailout package for Air France in April and as govt looks to shore up the hammered industry.
Police in Kenya killed three people as a crowd of motorcycle taxi drivers gathered to protest the arrest of a colleague for not wearing a mask. The officers shot at the crowd in the town of Lessos after clashes broke out. The police have ordered the arrest of the officers involved. Human rights activists protested for alleged killings by Kenyan police while enforcing virus related restrictions.
Joe Biden misspoke Thursday during a campaign stop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when he estimated the number of dead from COVID-19 in the US at 120 million. He corrected himself soon after. However, President Trump seized upon to criticize his opponent. ’If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance’, Trump tweeted on the incident.