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Speakers at Monday’s Democratic National Convention slammed President Trump’s response to the coronavirus crisis, with some of the most searing remarks coming from Kristin Urquiza, a woman from Arizona whose father is among the 167,000 fatalities.
“His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that he paid with his life,” Urquiza said.
Here are some significant developments:
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the largest schools to insist on holding in-person classes, is switching to an entirely remote model for undergraduates after just one week. Clusters of novel coronavirus cases had been reported in a fraternity house and several residence halls.
- Two Utah fur farms have seen the first U.S. coronavirus cases detected in mink, according to the Department of Agriculture. Several European nations have found that the animals are unusually vulnerable to the virus and Dutch research suggests they may be able to transmit it to humans, though the science remains unsettled.
- Texas became the fourth U.S. state to record more than 10,000 coronavirus deaths on Monday, according to data tracked and analyzed by The Washington Post.
- The president of Mexico volunteered to receive the recently developed Russian vaccine against the coronavirus, saying he would welcome an injection if the method is proved to work. Public health experts have expressed concern the vaccine was not properly vetted before Russian authorities approved it.
- People “in their 20s, 30s and 40s are increasingly driving” the spread of coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s top official for the Western Pacific region, Takeshi Kasai, said Tuesday. “Many are unaware they are infected,” he added.
- In Wuhan, the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, an electronic music concert at a water park brought together thousands of maskless, swimsuit-clad revelers over the weekend, Agence France-Presse reported.