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Wisconsin reports 922 new COVID-19 cases, Eau Claire County tops 500 – WEAU

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is providing a new update on where Wisconsin stands with COVID-19.

They are reporting 922 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, for a total of 54,924. There has been one new death, bringing Wisconsin’s total up to 948.

80% of all cases have recovered, or 43,964. 904,666 people have tested negative for the virus.

Eau Claire County is reporting an increase of 18 cases on Sunday, bringing the county’s total above 500. They are still at 3 deaths.

La Crosse County is reporting 26 more cases on Sunday, for a total of 821 cases in the county. They’ve had one death from the virus.

Chippewa County is reporting 209 cases, and Dunn County is reporting 105.

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  • Vietnam recorded its second coronavirus death as the country battles a new outbreak of the virus, which emerged in the city of Danang.

  • Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus infections, the highest since the nation lifted its lockdown in June.

  • Libya’s United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli announced it would impose a full lockdown in areas of the country it controls, after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

  • More than 17.2 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10 million patients have recovered, and at least 673,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:

22:55 GMT – Libya reinstates total lockdown for five days

The internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tripoli has reinstated a total lockdown for at least five days to curb the growing coronavirus outbreak in the war-torn country.

The tight restrictions imposed on Friday dampened the festive spirit of the Eid-al-Adha holiday.

With Libya’s health system and infrastructure devastated by nine years of conflict, the United Nations-supported government ordered people in western Libya to stay inside unless they have to purchase essentials.

Libya is divided between rival administrations in the west and east. It has reported 3,621 confirmed coronavirus infections and 74 fatalities due to COVID-19, but testing nationwide remains extremely limited.

22:15 GMT – Greece makes masks compulsory following spike in COVID cases

Greece will make mask-wearing compulsory in all indoor public spaces and also in outdoor spaces where proper social distancing cannot be observed, its deputy civil protection minister said on Friday, following a further rise in COVID-19 infections.

Greece reported 78 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections on Friday, its highest tally in about two months. Overall, it has so far confirmed 4,447 COVID-19 cases with 202 deaths, a relatively low number compared to many European countries, after imposing an early lockdown in the spring.

“The decisive factor in successfully confronting the pandemic in the first phase was citizens’ responsibility, the individual responsibility of every one,” Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said in a televised address. “This was the ‘secret’ of Greece’s success and we must all show the same responsibility and alertness in this phase.”

Athens, Greece

Seating limits have been imposed – and now, masks will be required – at famous landmarks in Greece such as the renovated ancient stone Roman theatre underneath the Acropolis in Athens. [File Petros Giannakouris/AP Photo]

20:55 GMT – EU in talks to secure Sanofi deal for virus vaccine

Sanofi SA and GlaxoSmithKline Plc said they are in advanced discussions to supply up to 300 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine for the 27-country European Union.

Armed with an emergency fund of more than two billion euros ($2.4bn), the European Commission wants to strike deals with up to six drugmakers for their vaccines for their 450 million citizens against the coronavirus that has killed 674,000 people worldwide.

The Commission said the aim of the talks with Sanofi was to clinch an advance purchase deal.

Sanofi is working on two vaccine projects, including one in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline.

20:10 GMT – Child care closures disproportionally affect women

The pandemic upended child care plans for many parents in the US, forcing them, particularly mothers, to grapple with tough choices that are only becoming more difficult as states push return-to-work policies to try to revive the battered economy.

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19:20 GMT – US COVID-19 vaccine trials will exclude pregnant women for now

The first two COVID-19 vaccines to enter large-scale US trials will not be tested in pregnant women this year, raising questions about how this vulnerable population will be protected from the coronavirus, researchers told Reuters.

Moderna and Pfizer, which has partnered with Germany’s BioNTech, this week separately launched clinical trials that use a new and unproven gene-based technology.

Both companies are requiring proof of a negative pregnancy test and a commitment to using birth control from women of childbearing age who enrol.

Drugmakers said they first need to make sure the vaccines are safe and effective more generally.

In addition, US regulators require that drugmakers conduct safety studies in pregnant animals before the vaccines are tested in pregnant women to ensure they don’t harm the fetus or lead to miscarriage.

19:10 GMT – Fauci ‘cautiously’ optimistic 2021 will see COVID-19 vaccine

Appearing before a House panel investigating the United States’ response to the pandemic, Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), expressed “cautious” optimism that once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time.

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18:20 GMT – Coronavirus infected hundreds of children at US summer camp

Hundreds of children contracted the coronavirus at a summer camp in the US state of Georgia last month, health authorities said, adding to a growing body of evidence that minors are both susceptible to infection and vectors of transmission.

The virus infected at least 260 of the 597 attendees, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, adding that the true number was probably higher since test results were only available for 58 percent of the group.

The camp ignored the CDC’s advice that all participants in summer camps wear cloth masks – requiring them only for staff.

It did, however, adhere to a state executive order requiring all participants to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 12 days or less before their arrival.

Other precautionary measures included physical distancing, frequent disinfection of surfaces, keeping children among the same small group, also known as “cohorting,” and staggering the use of communal spaces.

18:05 GMT – Number of new French infections above 1,300 for third day in a row

French health authorities reported 1,346 new confirmed coronavirus infections, which took the total to 187,919 as new cases are above 1,300 a day for the third day in a row, the highest since late April.

In a statement, the health ministry also said that the number of people in intensive care units due to the disease fell by a further 10 to 371.

On Thursday, that figure had increased by just one, which was the first daily increase after falling every day since April 9.

In the past 24 hours, 11 people died from the virus infection, taking the total to 30,265. In the past three days, the number of dead per day was 16, 15 and 14.

18:00 GMT – WHO reports record daily increase in global cases, up over 292,000

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 292,527.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. Deaths rose by 6,812. The four countries have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 284,196 on July 24. Deaths rose by 9,753 on July 24, the second-largest one-day increase ever. Deaths have been averaging 5,200 a day in July, up from an average of 4,600 a day in June.

17:50 GMT – Florida, Mississippi report record increases in deaths

Florida reported a record increase in new COVID-19 deaths for a fourth day in a row, with 257 fatalities, according to the state health department.

Mississippi also reported a record increase in deaths, with fatalities rising by 52. That was a record rise for the state for the second day in a row.

Overall in the United States, deaths have increased by nearly 25,000 in July to 153,000 total lives lost since the pandemic started.

Florida also reported 9,007 new cases, bringing its total infections to over 470,000, the second-highest in the country behind California. Florida’s total death toll rose to nearly 7,000, the eighth highest in the nation, according to a Reuters tally.

Florida is among at least 18 states that saw cases more than double in July.

Florida reported record one-day increases in cases three times during the month, with the highest on July 12, at 15,300 new cases in a single day.

17:30 GMT – Greece extends mask-wearing requirement as infections flare-up

Greece will make mask-wearing compulsory in all indoor public spaces and also in outdoor spaces where proper social distancing cannot be observed, its deputy civil protection minister said on Friday, following a further rise in COVID-19 infections.

Greece reported 78 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections, its highest tally in about two months. Overall, it has so far confirmed 4,447 COVID-19 cases with 202 deaths, a relatively low number compared to many European countries, after imposing an early lockdown in the spring.

Health authorities made mask-wearing compulsory for consumers at supermarkets 10 days ago and on Tuesday moved to extend the measure to more indoor public spaces to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

16:40 GMT – Namibia to close schools, limit public gatherings as cases surge

Namibian schools will be suspended for the second time in four months next week, while limits on public gatherings will be tightened further to 100 from 250 amid surging cases, President Hage Geingob said.

In a televised speech, Geingob said the decision to suspend schools from August 4 for 28 days came after considering the risks associated with the spread of the virus.

The measure affects early childhood development, pre-primary, primary and the first two grades of high school.

Namibia has 2,129 confirmed cases and 10 deaths with the country’s rate of daily new cases now the fourth highest on the continent following South Africa, Eswatini and Gabon, according to Geingob.

16:30 GMT – Deep Washington divide on coronavirus aid as jobless benefit to expire

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said talks with the White House on a new coronavirus aid bill were not yet on a path toward reaching a deal, hours before the expiration of a federal unemployment benefit that has been an essential lifeline for millions of Americans.

Asked why she rejected a proposal from Republican President Donald Trump’s administration for a one-week extension of the $600 enhanced weekly jobless payment, Pelosi told reporters that such a move would occur “if you are on a path” toward a deal.

“We’re not,” Pelosi told a news conference.

However, negotiations were to continue on Friday between White House officials and congressional Democrats. Pelosi, the nation’s top elected Democrat, said she thought Congress and the White House eventually would come together on legislation, although she gave no timetable.

16:15 GMT – Vietnam ministry reports second COVID-19 death

The 61-year-old man died at a hospital in Danang city, where Vietnam last week detected its first domestically transmitted coronavirus infections in more than three months, the ministry said in a statement.

The country, which has recorded 546 coronavirus infections since its first cases were detected in January, reported its first coronavirus death earlier on Friday. 

15:20 GMT – Impact of coronavirus will be felt for decades to come, WHO says

The global coronavirus outbreak is the sort of disaster whose effects will last far into the future, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come,” Tedros told a meeting of the WHO’s emergency committee, according to remarks released by the agency.

The pandemic has killed more than 670,000 people since emerging in Wuhan, China, with more than 17 million cases diagnosed.

The United States, Brazil, Mexico and the UK have been particularly hard hit in recent weeks by the disease COVID-19, as their governments have struggled to come up with an effective response.

Economies have been hit by lockdown restrictions introduced to restrict its spread, while many regions are fearful of a second wave.

15:15 GMT – Three crew members on Norway cruise ship hospitalised with COVID-19

Three members of the crew of Norwegian cruise vessel Roald Amundsen have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the University Hospital of North Norway told Reuters.

All 160 crew members have been quarantined, while passengers who have travelled with the ship would be told to self-isolate, ship operator Hurtigruten said.

The vessel had close to 200 passengers on board when it arrived at the Arctic port of Tromsoe early on Friday, all of whom had disembarked, public broadcaster NRK reported. 

15:10 GMT – India’s Tata motors posts major loss as lockdowns hit sales

India’s Tata Motors reported a major quarterly loss as coronavirus lockdowns hit sales in domestic and international markets including Europe and China.

Mumbai-headquartered Tata Motors, the parent of British luxury marque Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), announced a consolidated net loss of 84.39bn rupees ($1.13bn) for the quarter ended June 30 against a loss of 36.98bn rupees a year earlier.

A survey of analysts by Bloomberg had predicted the quarterly loss to come in at $1.28bn.

Tata’s luxury car unit JLR faced sales challenges in its key markets China and Europe, worsened by the virus spread and supply chain disruptions.

14:55 GMT – Spain diagnosis 1,525 new cases in new post-lockdown record

Spain’s health ministry reported 1,525 new coronavirus cases, marking the biggest jump since a national lockdown was lifted in June and beating the previous day’s record rise.

It is third day in a row Spain has diagnosed more than 1,000 infections.

Cumulative cases, which also include results from antibody tests on people who may have recovered increased to 288,522 from 285,430, the ministry said. 

14:10 GMT – Italy travel linked to 1 in 4 first virus cases outside China

People who had visited Italy accounted for more than a quarter of the first reported cases of the new coronavirus outside China, according to a new study that found most initial infections were linked to just three countries.

Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used publicly available data to trace the early spread of COVID-19 to dozens of affected countries in the 11 weeks before the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

People take a walk and relax at the Naviglio Grande canal, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 24, 2src2src. Europeans and Americans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday week

In Italy, 85.6 percent of those who have died were over 70 [Luca Bruno/AP]

They found that 27 percent of all the first reported cases were people with travel links to Italy, while 22 percent had been to China and 11 percent had travelled from Iran.

The study, which was published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases this week, found that overall three-quarters of the first cases in affected countries were linked to recent travel.

13:45 GMT – Philips says it did not profiteer on ventilators amid coronavirus

Dutch healthcare equipment company Philips said it had not sought to profit by raising the price of the ventilators it manufactures during the coronavirus crisis.

In a statement, Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten said the company was responding to a report issued by the US Congress’s House Subcommitte on Economic and Consumer policy.

“I would like to make clear that at no occasion, Philips has raised prices to benefit from the crisis situation,” he said. 

13:35 GMT – Fauci testifies before coronavirus panel

Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, will testify before a coronavirus subcommittee in Congress, weeks after President Donald Trump’s administration first refused to let him address the panel.

Fauci’s testimony comes at the end of a week when the pandemic’s tragic toll on the country has become far clearer.

The United States on Wednesday experienced its 150,000th death from the disease – more than any other country – and data on Thursday showing a deep economic plunge.

Democrats said the Trump administration initially prevented Fauci from testifying to the panel by saying he was unavailable for the entire month of July and relented only after House Majority Whip James Clyburn wrote to Vice President Mike Pence.

12:32 GMT – Germany adds three virus-hit Spanish regions to quarantine list

Germany has added three northern Spanish regions to its list of high-risk destinations, meaning anyone arriving from those areas will have to produce a negative coronavirus test or go into quarantine for 14 days.

Germany’s foreign ministry said it had issued a travel warning for the regions of Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon following a spike in COVID-19 cases there.

The move comes after Germany’s Robert Koch Institute for disease control added the three regions to its high-risk list.

11:55 GMT – England to require face coverings in cinema and worship places

People in England will be required to wear face masks or other face coverings in cinemas, places of worship, museums and art galleries from August 8, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“We will also extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship,” Johnson said.

Face coverings are already required on public transport and, more recently, in shops. 

11:32 GMT – UK’s Johnson postpones next stage of lockdown lifting as infections rise

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would postpone the next stage of lockdown easing for at least two weeks due to a pick-up in COVID-19 infection rates.

“On Saturday 1 August we had hoped to reopen in England a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed … Today, I am afraid we are postponing those changes for at least a fortnight,” Johnson said at a news conference.

“I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people … I am really, really sorry about that, but we simply cannot take the risk.” 

Vigil for 65 thousand victims of Covid-19 in UK

A group of National Health Service (NHS) staff and campaigners held a vigil with lanterns for 65,000 people who died due to the novel coronavirus pandemic in the UK [Ilyas Tayfun Salci/Anadolu]

11:05 GMT – Scotland warns against travel to COVID-hit areas of northern England

Scotland’s government has advised against non-essential travel to Greater Manchester and other parts of northern England which face new lockdown restrictions due to an upsurge in cases.

“I strongly advise anyone planning to travel to areas affected in the north of England, or anyone planning to travel to Scotland from those same areas, to cancel their plans,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

10:12 GMT – COVID infections on the rise in England, survey shows

There has likely been a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive for coronavirus in recent weeks, the UK’s Office for National Statistics said.

The weekly infection survey said an estimated one in 1,500 individuals had COVID-19 in the most recent week from July 20-26, compared with one in 2,000 the previous week. 

09:32 GMT – There is no ‘zero risk’ in easing travel restrictions, WHO says

There is no “zero risk” strategy for countries easing international travel restrictions during the pandemic, and essential travel for emergencies should remain the priority, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

In a long-awaited update to its guidance on travel, the United Nations global health agency said cross-border trips for emergencies, humanitarian work, the transfer of essential personnel and repatriation would constitute essential travel.

A surge in new infections in many parts of the world has prompted some countries to reintroduce some travel restrictions, including testing and quarantining incoming passengers.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mexico City

A passenger, wearing a protective mask, and her baby pass on a passenger checkpoint at the almost empty Benito Juarez international airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico [File: Edgard Garrido/Reuters]

08:58 GMT – Poland reports record high virus cases for second day

Poland has reported its highest number of new daily cases since the pandemic started for the second day in a row, with 657 new cases, according to the health ministry.

The ministry reported seven new deaths, with a total of 45,688 reported coronavirus cases and 1,716 deaths.

Of the new cases, 227 were in the Silesia region, which has been grappling with an outbreak amongst miners. 

08:55 GMT – Philippines records 4,063 new cases

The Philippine health ministry has confirmed 4,063 infections, reporting the highest daily case increase in Southeast Asia for a second straight day.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed infections have risen to 93,354, while deaths increased by 40 to 2,023.

08:53 GMT – Germany puts three virus-hit Spanish regions on high-risk list

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has put three Spanish regions, including Catalonia, home to Barcelona, on its list of countries designated as high-risk for the coronavirus.

The three regions are Catalonia, Aragon and Navarre in northern Spain, RKI said.

The summer holiday season has prompted fears that tourists returning from destinations experiencing a surge in new cases like Spain could sow the seeds of a second wave.

On Monday, Germany said it would make coronavirus tests mandatory at airports for all returning holidaymakers from high-risk areas. 

08:52 GMT – Hong Kong reports 121 new cases as local transmissions stay high

Hong Kong has reported 121 new cases, including 118 that were locally transmitted, as authorities say the global financial hub faces a critical period to battle a third wave of the virus which has seen a resurgence this month.

The Chinese territory reported a daily record of 149 new cases on Thursday. Since late January, over 3,100 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 27 of whom have died. 

08:27 GMT – Indonesia reports 2,040 new cases, 73 deaths 

Indonesia has reported 2,040 new infections and 73 additional deaths, according to data published on the country’s COVID-19 task force website.

This brought Indonesia’s total number of confirmed infections to 108,376 and deaths to 5,131. 

Eid al-Adha prayer amid coronavirus outbreak in Surabaya, Indonesia

People attend Eid al-Adha prayer by implementing social distancing and health protocol during coronavirus outbreak at Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia [Suryanto/Anadolu]

08:26 GMT – Italy’s GDP plunges 12.4 percent in second quarter

Italy’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.4 percent in the second quarter, Italy’s national statistics bureau Istat said, plunging the country into recession.

GDP fell by 17.3 percent compared with the year-ago second quarter, Istat said, as the coronavirus lockdown took a dramatic toll on the eurozone’s third-largest economy. 

07:49 GMT – Vietnam records first COVID-19 death after virus re-emerges 

Vietnam has confirmed its first coronavirus death, state media reported, after the death of an elderly man who had tested positive in Danang, the city where the virus re-emerged in the country last week after 100 days.

Vietnam is battling a new outbreak of the virus following months of successful countermeasures which saw the country keep its coronavirus tally to just a few hundred cases.

The man, 70, died early on Friday, state media said.

Authorities on Friday reported 45 new coronavirus cases, marking the biggest daily jump in the country, bringing the total cases in the country to 509.

Vietnam Imposes Restrictions As Coronavirus Cases Rise

Medical specialists in protective suits collect blood samples for a COVID-19 rapid test from people who recently returned from Da Nang City on July 31, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam [Linh Pham/Getty Images]

07:43 GMT – Russia’s case tally nears 840,000

Russia has reported 5,482 new cases, pushing its national tally to 839,981, the world’s fourth-largest caseload.

Officials said 161 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 13,963. 

07:12 GMT – France sees record 13.8 percent GDP plunge in second quarter

France’s economy has contracted by a record 13.8 percent in the second quarter under the effect of coronavirus lockdowns, the national statistics institute INSEE said.

The seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter drop in gross domestic product (GDP) was better than forecast but worse than the performance of most of its eurozone peers.

“GDP’s negative developments in first half of 2020 is linked to the shut-down of ‘non-essential’ activities in the context of the implementation of the lockdown between mid-March and the beginning of May,” INSEE said in a statement.

INSEE also updated the figure for the first quarter to a 5.9 percent contraction, from the 5.3 percent it had previously estimated.

The second quarter figure means the French economy has been shrinking for three consecutive quarters and continues to be in recession. 

France requires masks inside public places

People, wearing protective face masks, walk in a street in Paris as France enforces mask-wearing in enclosed public spaces as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

07:03 GMT – Germany reports 870 new cases

Germany has reported 870 new cases, according to a tally from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.

That brought the total number to 208,698 while 9,141 deaths have been recorded. 

06:55 GMT – Fiji records first COVID-19 death

Fiji has announced its first coronavirus death but health officials assured people in the Pacific island nation that it is not the precursor to a major outbreak.

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said the victim was a 66-year-old man who tested positive after returning from India, where he had undergone surgery for a long-standing heart condition.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of our health-care professionals, this gentleman passed away yesterday in the isolation ward at Lautoka hospital due to complications from COVID-19,” Waqainabete told reporters.

He said the man was one of nine active cases who had been held in quarantine since they were repatriated from India on July 1.

Before then, Fiji had enjoyed a spell of four weeks virus-free, after the 18 cases it had previously recorded all recovered. 

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06:40 GMT – UK tightens lockdown in northern England

The UK has imposed a tougher lockdown in swaths of northern England after a rise in the rate of coronavirus transmission, raising concerns that a second wave of the deadly virus could sow yet more turmoil.

About four million people were ordered not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, the biggest city in northern England, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, though they can still go to the pub and to work.

The measures come after the UK reported its highest number of new infections in more than a month.

06:15 GMT – KLM says 1,500 new job cuts will bring total reduction to 20 percent

KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, says it will cut 1,500 additional jobs as part of restructuring in which it needs to cut emissions by 50 percent by 2030 as well as prepare for recovering traffic after the coronavirus outbreak.

Parent company Air France-KLM on Thursday reported a 1.55 billion euro ($1.8bn) operating loss for the second quarter, with traffic down 95 percent from a year earlier.

KLM said the new cuts would mean its workforce, 33,000 before the pandemic, would be reduced by 20 percent in all by 2022. It did not rule out further cuts. 

06:04 GMT – India’s cases rise by a daily record of 55,078 

India has reported another record surge in daily infections, taking the total to 1.64 million, as the government further eases virus curbs in a bid to resuscitate the economy, while also trying to increase testing.

Infections jumped by 55,078 in the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 779 to 35,747, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on its website.

The ministry also said it aimed to raise the country’s capacity to one million coronavirus tests a day in the medium term, from a record 600,000 on Friday.

The federal government this week announced the reopening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums, and removed restrictions on the movement of people and goods.

Hello, this is Farah Najjar taking over from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.

04:51 GMT – Southeast Asia poverty to surge in ‘socio-economic crisis’

Southeast Asia is on the brink of a “socio-economic crisis” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that could reverse decades of poverty reduction, the United Nations has warned.

“The crisis threatens to destroy the livelihoods of Southeast Asia’s 218 million informal workers,” a UN policy brief released on Thursday said. “Without alternative income, formal social protection systems or savings to buffer these shocks, workers and their families will be pushed into poverty, reversing decades of poverty reduction.”

The region-wide economy was expected to contract by 0.4 per cent in 2020, it said, while remittances from Southeast Asians working abroad were likely to fall by 13 per cent or $10bn.

The paper urged nations to fix “fiscal termites”: budget-sapping problems like tax evasion, transfer pricing and fossil fuel subsidies so they can deliver large stimulus packages to help vulnerable populations and boost their economies.

Current low oil prices provided an ideal opportunity to reverse fossil fuel subsidies, it added.

04:46 GMT – Bali welcomes visitors after four-month lockdown

Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the easing that took effect on Friday, Indonesians visiting Bali will face stringent rules at hotels, restaurants and beaches. Foreign tourists will be allowed on the island beginning September 11.

04:35 GMT – Philippines extends restrictions

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended quarantine restrictions in the capital Manila, limiting movements of the elderly and children, and the operations of businesses from restaurants to gyms, until mid-August.

“My plea is to endure some more. Many have been infected,” Duterte said in a televised address.

Duterte promised free vaccines if they became available by late this year, prioritising first the poor and then the middle class, police and military personnel. The Philippines will be given precedence by China in vaccine distribution, he said.


People wearing face masks wait to have their coronavirus rapid tests at a stadium in Manila, Philippines [Aaron Favila/AP Photo]

04:03 GMT – Australia’s Victoria flags new steps to control surge in cases

Australia’s Victoria state has recorded its second-highest day of new coronavirus infections, as the state’s Premier Daniel Andrews flagged the prospect of more rigorous steps to contain the spread of the disease.

Victoria reported 627 new infections on Friday, down from a record of 723 new infections on Thursday.

“It is clear to all of us that these numbers are still far too high,” Andrews told reporters. “It may well be the case … that we need to take further steps. The data will tell us, the experts will tell us, what and if any next steps need to be.”

03:20 GMT – Hong Kong logs new high of 149 cases

Hong Kong has reported a new daily record of coronavirus cases, logging 149 more infections by Thursday end.

Amid the rise in cases, authorities reversed a ban on indoor dining, along restaurants to operate under limited hours and with limited capacity. Businesses such as bars, karaoke bars and amusement parks remain temporarily closed, and public gatherings are restricted to two people.

People have lunch at a mall after the government banned dine-in services, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hong Kong

People have lunch at a mall in Hong Kong after the government banned dine-in services [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

03:01 GMT – China tightens travel rules for Xinjiang capital

China has tightened travel restrictions in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, requiring people arriving in the city from regions deemed to have high infection risks to undergo a two-week quarantine.

Others arriving from less risky areas must show proof of good health. Locals “in principle” must stay in the city or show proof of health to be allowed to leave.

Since mid-July, the Xinjiang outbreak centred in Urumqi has seen more than 600 cases of illness, including 112 new ones reported on Friday.

2:49 GMT – Brazil first lady tests positive

Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government announced on Thursday, five days after her husband Jair Bolsonaro said he had recovered from his COVID-19 infection.

The 38-year-old first lady “is in good health and will follow all established protocols”, the president’s office said.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro with his wife Michelle Bolsonaro in Brasilia, on March 6, 2020 [File: Adriano Machado/Reuters]

2:42 GMT – China’s factory recovery accelerates in July

China’s factory activity expanded in July for the fifth month in a row and at a faster pace, beating analyst expectations despite disruptions from floods and a resurgence in coronavirus cases around the world.

The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) rose to 51.1 in July from June’s 50.9, official data showed on Friday, marking the highest reading since March.

Analysts had expected it to slow to 50.7. The 50-point mark separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.

02:14 GMT – More than three million Chileans seek to withdraw pensions

Long lines formed outside Pension Fund Administrators offices in Chile’s capital, Santiago, and the websites of several fund managers collapsed as Chileans sought to take advantage of a new law allowing citizens to tap into retirement savings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The emergency measure, which came into effect on Thursday, allows those with savings to withdraw up to 10 percent of their pensions.

In a statement, Chile’s superintendent of pensions said 3,024,347 people had asked to withdraw their share by 5pm local time.

Opinion polls indicate nearly nine out of every 10 Chileans planned to tap their funds, with most saying they would use the money to pay for basic goods and services.


People wear face masks while queueing to enter a branch of the pension funds office to start the procedure to withdraw up to 10 percent of their deposits in Santiago, on July 30, 2020 [Martin Bernetti/AFP]

01:53 GMT – US epicentre of pandemic shifts towards Midwest

Coronavirus infections appear to be picking up in the Midwestern United States, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said, as the state of Ohio reported a record day of cases and Wisconsin’s governor mandated the use of masks.

The coronavirus outbreak is “moving up” into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska from the south “because of vacations and other reasons of travel”, Deborah Birx told Fox News.

01:19 GMT – Iran prison officials’ pleas for virus help ‘ignored’

Iran’s government ignored repeated requests from senior prison officials for help in containing coronavirus in the country’s overcrowded jails, according to Amnesty International.

The rights group said it reviewed copies of four letters to the health ministry signed by officials at Iran’s Prisons Organization, “raising the alarm over serious shortages of protective equipment, disinfectant products, and essential medical devices”.

The ministry “failed to respond, and Iran’s prisons remain catastrophically unequipped for outbreaks”, Amnesty said. 

Leaked official documents obtained by Amnesty International reveal the Iranian government ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources to control #COVID19 spread & treat infected prisoners.

— Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) July 30, 2020

00:50 GMT – Vietnam reports 45 new cases

Vietnam’s health ministry reported 45 new coronavirus infections linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Da Nang, marking the highest daily increase since the first cases emerged in the country in late January.

The new patients, with ages ranging from 27 to 87, are linked to four hospitals and a hotel in Da Nang. Total infections since the virus resurfaced have reached 93, the ministry said in a statement.

Vietnam has registered 509 cases of the virus in total, with no deaths. The country had recorded 100 days without a locally transmitted case before the re-emergence of the virus.

00:42 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he has ‘mould’ in lungs

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, chuckling in an online video about “mould” in his lungs, having spent weeks in isolation after catching the new coronavirus.

“I just did a blood test. I was feeling kind of weak yesterday. They found a bit of infection also. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro said in a livestream video, without elaborating on the infection.

“After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I have mould in my lungs,” he said, referring to nearly three weeks he spent at the official presidential residence.

He tested positive for the coronavirus on July 7 and then negative last Saturday.

00:05 GMT – Botswana reinstates lockdown in capital

Botswana’s capital city Gaborone has returned to a two-week lockdown to stem its latest surge in coronavirus infections.

Under new rules for the capital and surrounding areas, only essential workers would be able to leave home for work, with others only able to leave the house to buy groceries. All gatherings will be banned and hotels, restaurants, gyms and schools will close.

“During the course of the week, the disease has taken an unprecedented turn, which now required we place the greater Gaborone region under lockdown to enable our containment measures to take hold,” Kereng Masupu, coordinator of the COVID-19 task force team, said in a televised briefing.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

You can find all the key developments from yesterday, July 30, here.

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Oregon Reports

Oregon reports 3 COVID-19 deaths, 277 new cases, 27 in Central Oregon – KTVZ

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 289, along with 277 new cases, 27 of them in Central Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority reported Sunday.

OHA reported 277 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, bringing the state total to 16,758 cases and 361,717 negative test results.

The new cases Sunday are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (1), Clackamas (20), Columbia (2), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (21), Hood River (1), Jackson (15), Jefferson (5), Klamath (1), Lane (8), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Malheur (10), Marion (30), Morrow (13), Multnomah (44), Polk (2), Umatilla (43), Wasco (5), Washington (39), and Yamhill (6).

Oregon’s 287th COVID-19 death is a 40-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 1 and died on July 22 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 288th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 13 and died on July 23 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 289th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 21 at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. She had underlying conditions.

Sunday’s OHA list does not yet include the two most recent Central Oregon COVID-19 deaths that occurred Thursday and have been reported by local officials and family members: Sharran Weeks, 79, at Mt. Bachelor Memory Care in Bend, and Shirley Stayhi Heath, the wife of long-time Warm Springs Chief Delvis Heath Sr. 

See the OHA table below for total cases, deaths and negative tests by county.

County Cases 1 Total deaths 2 Negative tests 3
Baker 22 0 805
Benton 134 6 7,757
Clackamas 1276 34 35,158
Clatsop 68 0 3,284
Columbia 69 0 4,012
Coos 80 0 3,606
Crook 32 1 1,528
Curry 13 0 934
Deschutes 460 3 15,662
Douglas 116 1 7,194
Gilliam 3 0 144
Grant 2 0 475
Harney 6 0 517
Hood River 150 0 3,353
Jackson 291 0 17,107
Jefferson 258 0 2,825
Josephine 84 1 6,060
Klamath 181 1 6,572
Lake 31 0 419
Lane 448 3 37,566
Lincoln 380 8 6,407
Linn 223 10 9,859
Malheur 576 8 2,802
Marion 2,413 65 26,826
Morrow 245 1 1001
Multnomah 3,921 82 80,007
Polk 245 12 4,235
Sherman 8 0 231
Tillamook 24 0 1,866
Umatilla 1,678 16 7,749
Union 385 2 2,247
Wallowa 18 1 591
Wasco 146 3 3,025
Washington 2,495 22 51,198
Wheeler 0 0 132
Yamhill 277 9 8,563
Total 16,758 289 361,717

1 This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2 For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3 This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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Illinois Reports

Illinois reports 1,426 new cases of COVID-19, including 12 deaths – WGN TV Chicago


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,426 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 12 additional confirmed deaths.

On Saturday, health officials said the following deaths were reported:

  • Boone County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 3 females 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Cumberland County: 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 female 30s
  • Lake County: 1 female 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 70s

Currently, the Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 169,883 cases, including 7,397 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

As of Friday night, 1,438 people in the state were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 341 patients were in the ICU and 110 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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Bleacher Reports

Bleacher Report’s 2020 MLB Season Preview and Predictions – Bleacher Report

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    Are the New York Yankees in for a big year?

    Are the New York Yankees in for a big year?Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

    Given the unprecedented nature of this season’s 60-game schedule, anything could happen in Major League Baseball in 2020. Only fools would try to make predictions.

    Well, we happen to resemble that remark.

    We usually do it a lot earlier than the latter half of July, but we’ve nonetheless drawn up our annual predictions for the latest baseball season. From breakout players to statistical leaders to award winners to playoff teams to the World Series champion, we’ve got it all covered.

    We’ll consider ourselves lucky if one or two of these come true. All the same, it’s time to get on with it.

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    Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Associated Press

    American League: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

    Even though Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was only 20 when the Toronto Blue Jays called him up on April 26, 2019, the hype for his debut had been building for a long time. He unfortunately didn’t live up to it in posting a modest .772 OPS and 1.5 rWAR in 123 games.

    Mercifully, Toronto has since moved Guerrero across the diamond to first base. His limited athleticism should play better there. And if he taps into the form that resulted in an .882 OPS and all 15 of his homers during an 83-game stretch last season, he’ll also have a stick befitting of his new position.

    National League: Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers

    Julio Urias was surrounded by loads of hype in his own right when he debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a 19-year-old in 2016. But in part because of left shoulder surgery in 2017 and a domestic violence-related suspension in 2019, stardom has eluded him.

    With a rotation spot in hand, this looks like a year for Urias to start fresh and break through. To this end, his 3.18 career ERA and titillating underlying metrics foreshadow great things.

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    J.D. Martinez

    J.D. MartinezAssociated Press

    In case anyone missed it, the trade deadline was moved from July 31 to August 31. That’s barely over a month from now, and there will be only about one more month of baseball after it passes.

    As such, Joel Sherman of the New York Post broke down how the summer market won’t be ideal for traditional blockbusters. Rather than trades of Francisco Lindor and Nolan Arenado, there may only be salary dumps and relatively low-risk rentals.

    J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox

    After trading Mookie Betts and David Price and losing Chris Sale to Tommy John surgery, the Boston Red Sox could be in for a rough season. If things go really south, they might look to move star slugger J.D. Martinez and the remainder of his $110 million contract.

    Ken Giles, Toronto Blue Jays

    The Blue Jays will begin this year hoping to surprise everyone with a trip to the playoffs. But if it becomes apparent that they have more rebuilding to do, look for them to move ace closer Ken Giles before free agency beckons him this winter.

    Kirby Yates, San Diego Padres

    The same logic that applies to Giles and the Blue Jays also applies to Kirby Yates and the San Diego Padres. And after saving 41 games with a 1.19 ERA in 2019, he’d be a major prize if he indeed hits the market.

    Jonathan Villar, Miami Marlins

    Whit Merrifield could be the most sought-after utility man on this summer’s market. But if the Kansas City Royals remain reluctant to trade him, teams will likely pivot to Jonathan Villar. The Miami Marlins only control him through the end of this season.

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    Mookie Betts

    Mookie BettsGregory Bull/Associated Press

    Batting Average: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

    He hit “only” .305 in 2019, but his average was over .400 even after 47 games at the outset of the season, and his expected average ended up at an MLB-high .323. We also like his chances because he takes his walks and makes plentiful and loud contact.

    On-Base Percentage: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

    Mike Trout has led the majors in OBP in three of the past four years, so we’ll go ahead and take a layup here.

    Slugging Percentage: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

    This is another layup, as Christian Yelich has slugged a Bonds-ian .705 since the 2018 All-Star break. Efficiency has been the big key there, as 37.1 percent of his fly balls have gone over the fence.

    Home Runs: Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers

    Efficiency is nice and all, but Joey Gallo’s humongous raw power has our attention. He hit fly balls and line drives at an average of 101.2 mph in 2019, during which he was on an early 56-homer pace before his injury trouble began.

    Stolen Bases: Trea Turner, Washington Nationals

    Trea Turner is one of very few players whose average sprint speed is over 30 feet per second. He also gets on base pretty well, and there could be more pressure on him to run now that the Washington Nationals no longer have Anthony Rendon batting behind him.

    Wins Above Replacement: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mookie Betts is always one of the league’s top defenders and baserunners, and the offensive outburst that fueled his 10.6-WAR year in 2018 wasn’t necessarily a one-time thing. Though his OPS fell 163 points from 2018 to 2019, some of that was bad luck.

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    Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit ColeCarlos Osorio/Associated Press

    Wins: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

    Because the season is only 60 games long and teams may be quicker to yank starters in favor of relievers, this is going to be an extremely lean year in the win department. But Gerrit Cole should do fine, as he’s arguably the best there is and is backed by a powerful lineup and a lockdown bullpen.

    Earned Run Average: Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals

    To lead the majors in ERA, Jack Flaherty only needs to pick up where he left off after posting a 0.93 mark over his last 16 starts of 2019. It can only help that he’ll face strictly American League and National League Central teams this year. Out of the two divisions, only the Minnesota Twins have a great offense.

    Strikeouts: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

    In 2019, he rode the highest ever single-season strikeout rate to the biggest pile of strikeouts since Randy Johnson in 2002. So, duh.

    Walks/Hits per Innings Pitched: Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs

    Justin Verlander or Jacob deGrom would be a more sensible pick here. But we’re intrigued by Yu Darvish, who allowed only 66 hits and issued just seven walks in his last 14 outings of 2019. 

    Saves: Liam Hendriks, Oakland Athletics

    In this scenario, the sensible pick is someone like Yates or Josh Hader. But in 2019, nobody racked up more saves than Liam Hendriks after the Oakland Athletics finally let him close a game on June 22.

    Wins Above Replacement: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

    As evidenced by Aaron Nola in 2018 and Mike Minor in 2019, a pitcher can lead the league in WAR despite not being as dominant as some of his peers. Yet it seems safe to simply pick the league’s best pitcher to lead in WAR this season. For our money, that’s Cole.

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    Alex Bregman

    Alex BregmanDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Rookie of the Year: Sean Murphy, Oakland Athletics

    Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert is a good bet to win the Rookie of the Year in the American League. The catch with him, though, is that his next major league game will also be his first.

    Not so with Sean Murphy, who made the most of his 20-game cameo with the A’s in 2019 by putting up an .899 OPS. That was in line with his recent production in the minors, and he’s also billed as a talented defender behind the dish.

    Cy Young Award: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

    Cole arguably should have won the AL Cy Young Award last year, in which he bested now-former teammate Justin Verlander in ERA and strikeouts.

    But no matter. If he lives up to his billing (and our obviously high expectations) in the first season of his $324 million deal with the New York Yankees, he’ll win it this year.

    Most Valuable Player: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

    Trout has already won three AL MVP awards and should arguably be favored to win his fourth in 2020. Yet he’s probably going to miss some time in August for the birth of his and his wife’s first child.

    That would be an opening for Alex Bregman. He’s generally gotten better every year, and he perhaps should have won the MVP in 2019 on the strength of his 1.015 OPS, 41 homers and AL-high 9.1 WAR.

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    Jacob deGrom

    Jacob deGromFrank Franklin II/Associated Press

    Rookie of the Year: Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers raised eyebrows Tuesday when they optioned Gavin Lux to the minors their alternative training facility for the start of the season.

    But don’t worry. He’ll be back. There’s an opening for him at second base, and his sky-high upside is still apparent in the absurd .347/.421/.607 batting line that he posted at Double-A and Triple-A a year ago.

    Cy Young Award: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

    We may not have deGrom leading the majors in any key categories this season, but that was also the case in 2019, and he won a second straight NL Cy Young Award anyway.

    Otherwise, the 2.05 ERA and stellar 5.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio that deGrom has put up over the last two years pretty much speak for themselves.

    Most Valuable Player: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

    As Trout, Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger and Betts himself can vouch, leading the majors in WAR is a pretty good way to also earn an MVP. Doing so and leading one’s team to the playoffs is even better.

    To these ends, our stance on Betts’ WAR outlook is clear, and there isn’t much doubt that the Dodgers are the best team in the National League.

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    Aaron Boone

    Aaron BooneAssociated Press

    From top to bottom, the Tampa Bay Rays might have the best pitching staff in the American League. Further, what their offense lacks in stars, it more than makes up for with sheer depth.

    But after winning 103 games to the Rays’ 96 in 2019, the Yankees still look like the team to beat in the AL East.

    They’re mostly going to thrive on their offense, which Giancarlo Stanton rightfully called “unmatched” if he and Aaron Judge can stay healthy for this year’s 60-game sprint. After all, the Yankees hit 306 homers last season even though both of said sluggers missed substantial time with injuries.

    Apropos of their needing to do it all over again, the Yankees also proved in 2019 that they can live without Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery). And that was without Cole atop their rotation. Throw in an intimidating bullpen headlined by Aroldis Chapman and a deft manager in Aaron Boone, and the Yankees have everything you could want in a contender.

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    Nelson Cruz

    Nelson CruzJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

    As per usual, there’s a good ballclub in Cleveland this season. That’s also the case on the south side of Chicago, where the White Sox are hellbent on making their first postseason since 2008.

    But is either clearly better than the Minnesota Twins? Eh…no, not really.

    The Twins are returning all the key members of last year’s Nelson Cruz-led “Bomba Squad,” which set a single-season record with 307 home runs. Considering that it was also outfitted with 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson over the winter, Minnesota’s lineup figures to be no less dangerous in 2020.

    The Twins likewise saw to their pitching depth by bringing back Jake Odorizzi and adding Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Homer Bailey. So while they obviously can’t win as many as 101 games again, they’re a clear favorite to repeat as division champs.

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    Michael Brantley and Justin Verlander

    Michael Brantley and Justin VerlanderDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Even if the Houston Astros have won over 100 games in three straight seasons, it’s oh-so tempting to pick the A’s to win the AL West.

    Their pitching staff is loaded with unsung yet solid arms, and there’s even more to like about their lineup. Between Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Marcus Semien, Ramon Laureano, Mark Canha and a healthy and hungry Khris Davis, it has one of the strongest cores of any lineup.

    Trouble is, Oakland’s pitching depth has already been afflicted by A.J. Puk’s shoulder strain and Jesus Luzardo’s bout with the coronavirus. Both rookie left-handers are now on the outside looking in at a starting rotation that was supposed to be buoyed by them.

    So, the Astros it is. They have some red flags of their own, but they still have Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke leading their rotation and—Yordan Alvarez’s curious absence aside—most of an offense that authored an all-time great performance in 2019.

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    Marcus Semien and Matt Olson

    Marcus Semien and Matt OlsonMichael Wyke/Associated Press

    Wild Card 1: Tampa Bay Rays

    The Rays won 96 games last year even though aces Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow missed time with injuries and super-reliever Nick Anderson was only with the team for the last two months of the season.

    Health permitting, all three will be among the main drivers of Tampa Bay’s outstanding pitching staff in 2020. And even if the Rays won’t have an “everyday” lineup, manager Kevin Cash has more than enough options with which to craft a functional offense and perhaps an even better defense.

    Wild Card 2: Oakland Athletics

    Cleveland mounted a strong wild-card push in 2019, and it figures to do so again this year. The White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and maybe the Red Sox and Blue Jays also figure to be in on it.

    But even if they fall short of the Astros again, the A’s look too good to miss out on October. Their offense can carry them, and manager Bob Melvin could win his fourth Manager of the Year award if he can keep his pitching staff in line.

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    Howie Kendrick and Juan Soto

    Howie Kendrick and Juan SotoJulio Cortez/Associated Press

    Whereas the American League has a status quo feel to it this year, the National League looks a lot messier.

    The state of the NL East has much to do with that. The Marlins are out, but Atlanta, Washington and New York are back in the mix after finishing over .500 last season. The Phillies don’t quite measure up on paper, but guys like Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler are emblematic of their very real upside.

    But if there is a “safe” pick to win the NL East, it has to be the reigning World Series champions.

    The Nationals lost Rendon from their offense over the winter, but wunderkind Juan Soto is still there and he has some solid support. Even better, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin are still in place in Washington’s rotation. And best of all, this team has gotten more rest than any reigning champ in history.

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    Sonny Gray and Curt Casali

    Sonny Gray and Curt CasaliRoss D. Franklin/Associated Press

    Much like the one in the NL East, the NL Central race also looks like it’s going to be a toss-up.

    The Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs are in after vying for the top spot in last year’s race, and the Reds threw their hat in the ring during an expensive offseason. Heck, even the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t look hopeless.

    What pulls us in the direction of the Reds is the potential of their rotation. Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo were All-Stars in 2019, and Trevor Bauer showed in 2018 that he has Cy Young potential. At the back end, Wade Miley and Anthony DeSclafani are both solid.

    The Reds offense will have to do better than the 4.3 runs per game that it scored in 2019. Newcomers Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama will help with that. The Reds can also hope for more of the same from 49-homer slugger Eugenio Suarez and maybe a vintage year from Joey Votto.

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    Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger

    Max Muncy and Cody BellingerJulio Cortez/Associated Press

    Then there’s the NL West race, which has been won by the Dodgers seven times in a row. And counting.

    After winning 85 games in 2019 and promptly adding Madison Bumgarner, Starling Marte and Kole Calhoun, the Arizona Diamondbacks look like a winner. And especially if they get more from Manny Machado, the San Diego Padres could be as well.

    These two clubs might have a shot at the Dodgers if certain things go wrong in Los Angeles. The Boys in Blue no longer have Hyun-Jin Ryu, after all. Plus, David Price opted out of the season, and Clayton Kershaw (32) and Kenley Jansen (32) aren’t getting any younger.

    Yet the Dodgers have two MVPs (Betts and Bellinger) at the heart of the National League’s deepest offense. And even if Kershaw and Jansen falter, youngsters like Urias, Walker Buehler, Dustin May and Brusdar Graterol should be there to pick up the slack.

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    Kris Bryant

    Kris BryantGary Landers/Associated Press

    Wild Card 1: Atlanta

    Even if the NL divisional races align as we anticipate, the wild-card race will be a free-for-all between Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Arizona, San Diego and maybe the Pirates and Colorado Rockies.

    But if we must back two teams, we’ll pick Atlanta as one of them. Ronald Acuna Jr. is going to be in the running for the NL MVP award, and there’s enough pitching depth to weather the early absences of Cole Hamels (shoulder inflammation) and Will Smith (coronavirus).

    Wild Card 2: Chicago Cubs

    Why the Cubs for the NL’s second wild-card spot? It’s definitely not because of their bullpen, which has problems even beyond Craig Kimbrel’s apparently unending decline.

    What the Cubs do have, though, is a strong lineup anchored by Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras. There’s also a fair deal of upside in their rotation, and new manager David Ross might be able to steer the club away from the underperformance issues that hampered it in 2019.

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    Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge

    Aaron Hicks and Aaron JudgeFrank Franklin II/Associated Press

    Let’s assume that the A’s get the Rays back for last year’s AL Wild Card Game, only to then be outclassed by Verlander, Greinke and Houston’s offense in the division series.

    In the other ALDS, let’s also assume that the Yankees beat the Twins. Because that’s just what happens when those two teams meet in October.

    Thus would the American League Championship Series pit the Yankees against the Astros for the third time in the last four years. And as much as the Yankees might want revenge for being on the losing end of an unlevel series in 2017, the Astros would surely feel confident about beating them yet again.

    The funny thing about the 2019 ALCS, though, is that the Yankees actually outhit (.673 OPS to a .600 OPS) and outpitched (3.13 ERA to a 3.44 ERA) the Astros despite losing in six games. 

    Assuming they can make it there at full strength, the Yankees would bring at least as good an offense to this year’s ALCS. They’d also have Cole in their rotation, plus a bullpen that figures to be fresher thanks to its greatly reduced workload. As a result, revenge would indeed be theirs.

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    Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager

    Clayton Kershaw and Corey SeagerNick Wass/Associated Press

    For the NL Wild Card Game, let’s assume the Cubs win a slugfest against Atlanta to set up a rematch of the 2016 National League Championship Series. Only this time, the Dodgers would have the upper hand.

    The other NLDS matchup between the Nationals and Reds would be a clash between two good rotations. But when it comes down to it, the Scherzer-Strasburg-Corbin trio is better than the Gray-Castillo-Bauer trio.

    This scenario would reunite the Dodgers and Nationals in the NLCS for a grudge match of their tilt in the NLDS last season. That one was won by the Nats in five games.

    This time around, Washington’s hurlers would be up against a considerably stronger Dodgers offense. The Nats would be weaker in that regard, as Rendon wouldn’t be able to hurt the Dodgers like he did—e.g., five runs batted in and a huge homer in Game 5—in last year’s series.

    So albeit on a smaller scale than the Yankees over the Astros, the Dodgers would also be in for revenge in the NLCS.

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    The 2src19 Yankees

    The 2019 YankeesAssociated Press

    The Dodgers will begin this season as the favorites to win the World Series. So much so, in fact, that FiveThirtyEight and FanGraphs put the chances of it in the 20 percent range.

    Yet the Yankees’ odds of winning it all aren’t long in their own right. And if they do indeed come up against the Dodgers in the Fall Classic, they would have several advantages.

    Though the Dodgers would have the series’ best overall players (Betts and Bellinger), the Yankees’ edge in power would be heightened by how their mostly right-handed lineup would get to face three left-handed starters: Kershaw, Urias and Alex Wood.

    The Yankees would also boast the series’ best pitcher (Cole), and their own lefties (James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery) would have a leg up on same-sided sluggers such as Bellinger, Max Muncy and Corey Seager. Plus, Chapman and Zack Britton would be the series’ two best relief pitchers.

    A seven-game series would be a real possibility if the Dodgers and Yankees clash in the World Series. But ultimately, the Yankees would win their first title since 2009 while extending the Dodgers’ drought to 32 years.

    Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant.

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Florida Reports

Florida reports more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases, shattering record – CNBC

Dr. Natalia Echeverri, (R) prepares to use a swab to gather a sample from the nose of Silvia Stagg, who said she is homeless, to test her for COVID-19 on April 17, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

Joe Raedle

Florida on Sunday reported 15,299 confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day, breaking the single day record of any U.S. state since the pandemic hit the nation, including New York at the peak of its outbreak. 

The surge in infections brings Florida’s cases to 269,811 since the pandemic began, higher than the totals of several major nations with much larger populations such as Spain, Italy and France among others. 

More than 18,000 people have been hospitalized in Florida since the pandemic hit the state. The Florida Department of Health also reported that 45 more people died from the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,346. 

Nearly 143,000 people were tested Saturday in Florida with 11.25% of the results coming back positive for coronavirus.  That’s Florida’s lowest rate of positive test results since the end of June as more people receive tests. On Wednesday, the percentage of people tested who were positive for the virus was much higher at 18.35%. 

Admiral Brett Giroir, who leads the Trump administration’s testing efforts, said the rate of positive test results has leveled off this week even as it remains high in hotspot states. Giroir said he expects hospitalizations and deaths to increase over the next two to three weeks before also leveling off and then declining. 

“We do expect deaths to go up. If you have more cases, more hospitalizations, we do expect to see that over the next two or three weeks before this turns around,” Giroir told ABC’s “This Week.” 

“We’re not out of this at all, we’re all very concerned,” he said, “but we have seen this week a leveling of what we call the percent positive. That’s our sort of first indicator, if that levels we’re going to see emergency rooms drop, hospitalizations drop.”

Giroir warned, however, that the trajectory of the virus depends on mitigation measures taken by state and local governments. To reverse the current trend, 90% of people in hotspot areas need to wear masks in public, he said. 

Bars should close, restaurants need to reduce capacity and in some cases lockdowns should be on the table, he said. 

As the virus spreads in Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended on-premise alcohol consumption at bars but has rejected calls to issue a statewide mask mandate. Local authorities like the county governments in Miami-Dade and Broward, the state’s two most populous counties, have stepped in and mandated masks in all public spaces. 

Even as Florida continues to report record infections, the state is set to host the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month and has required schools to reopen in August for at least five days a week. 

Disney also started a phased reopening of its theme parks in Florida, with leadership boasting of new safety measures and altered operations.

The state’s testing supply is running low and some local officials are concerned that hospitals experiencing an influx of patients will soon reach capacity. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told CNN on Sunday that “it won’t be long” until hospitals in his county reach capacity. 

Florida has become a major epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, as most infection surges are located in states in the South and West.

Florida, Arizona, California and Texas, all hotspots for the virus, have seen their average daily death tolls hit record highs in recent days, and health experts warn that deaths will continue to increase in the next several weeks. 

In an interview with CBS on Sunday, Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb predicted that southern states will likely experience a peak in cases in the next two to three weeks, and warned of an “extended plateau” after that, comparing it to the situation in Brazil, one of the hardest hit countries in the world. 

At least 134,000 people in the U.S. have died since the outbreak began in March, and more than 3 million cases have been reported across the country, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has reported more than 60,000 new cases for three days in a row now. 

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Record Reports

U.S. reports record single-day spike of 60,000 new coronavirus cases – CNBC

The United States reported more than 60,000 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, setting a fresh record for new cases reported in a single day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

The country reported 60,021 newly confirmed cases over the previous 24 hours as outbreaks continue to expand across a number of states, mostly across the American South and West. Arizona, California, Florida and Texas have accounted for nearly half of all new cases in the U.S. in recent days. 

The record spike comes after daily new cases fell below 50,000 over the past few days, though some public health officials warned there could be a backlog of reporting due to the July Fourth holiday weekend. The U.S. has reported about 51,383 new cases on average over the past seven days, a record high seven-day average, up nearly 24.5% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins.

Top health officials, including White house health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci have lamented in recent days that while many other countries succeeded in shutting down and reducing daily new cases to a manageable level, the U.S. has failed to do the same.

“The European Union as an entity, it went up and then came down to baseline,” Fauci said Monday during a Q&A discussion with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. “Now they’re having little blips, as you might expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it’s surging back up. So it’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately.”

Fauci said last week that the U.S. is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues at its current pace. 

“I can’t make an accurate prediction but it’s going to be very disturbing,” Fauci told senators at a June 30 hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”

But the U.S. probably isn’t diagnosing all infections in the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, because some people remain asymptomatic and never get tested. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, has said the U.S. is probably diagnosing 1 in 10 cases. 

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, however, said earlier this week that the U.S. is probably catching an even smaller portion of all infections because some areas with major outbreaks don’t have enough resources to test everyone who wants to be tested. 

“The CDC says we’re diagnosing 1 in 10 now,” he said Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “We’re probably more like 1 in 12 because these states are getting pressed and we’re falling behind.”

Cases were growing, on average, by at least 5% in 37 states as of Tuesday, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins. CNBC uses a seven-day trailing average to smooth out spikes in data reporting to identify where cases are rising and falling. 

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations are also up, on average, by at least 5% in 24 states, according to CNBC’s analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project, an independent volunteer organization launched by journalists at The Atlantic.

Some of the rise in total cases is likely due to increased testing. Nationally, the U.S. has ramped up testing from an average of just over 174,000 diagnostic tests per day through April to an average of more than 650,000 tests per day so far in July, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project. However, the percent of tests coming back positive has also risen, which epidemiologists say is a sign of a virus that is spreading more rapidly.

While new coronavirus cases have continued to soar, deaths caused by Covid-19 have remained stable and comparatively low. Fauci and other health officials have attributed this both to better clinical care for Covid-19 patients thanks to new treatment strategies as well as to the comparatively low average age of people infected with the virus now.

On Monday, Fauci said the average age of people infected with the virus has dropped about 15 years compared with the average age of patients earlier in the outbreak. That’s significant because older people appear more likely to develop a severe case, require medical attention and die from Covid-19, according to data from the CDC.

However, Fauci has warned that Covid-19 deaths lag a few weeks behind case diagnosis because of the time it takes for someone to develop symptoms, seek testing, get hospitalized and die. He has added that the more young people who get infected, the greater risk there is that young people will pass the virus on to more vulnerable people, which includes the elderly and anyone, regardless of age, with underlying conditions like diabetes.

There are more cases. There are more hospitalizations in some of those places and soon you’ll be seeing more deaths,” Fauci said in an interview last month with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell that was aired by the Milken Institute. “Even though the deaths are coming down as a country, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to start seeing them coming up now.”

Beyond the number of deaths, scientists are still researching the long-term health consequences of contracting the virus. Some research has indicated the potential to cause long-term respiratory harm and damage to other organs. 

“It’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death,” Fauci said Tuesday during a livestreamed event with Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama. “There’s so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don’t get yourself into false complacency.”

Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and is a member of the boards of Pfizer, genetic-testing start-up Tempus and biotech company Illumina.

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Oregon Reports

Oregon reports 344 new COVID-19 cases, 15 in C. Oregon; no new deaths – KTVZ

OHA also lists counties’ spread, ‘sporadic spread’ rates per 100,000

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 remains unchanged at 209, but another 344 new cases were reported, pushing the total toward 10,000, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

OHA reported 344 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, bringing the state total to 9,636 cases, along with 245,096 negative test results. The daily case count is second-highest of the pandemic, after Thursday’s record report of 375 new cases.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Benton (7), Clackamas (22), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (9), Douglas (1), Jackson (9), Jefferson (5), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Lane (16), Lincoln (18), Linn (2), Malheur (20), Marion (32), Morrow (10), Multnomah (59), Polk (5), Sherman (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (49), Union (8), Wasco (10), Washington (46), and Yamhill (1).

The Health Authority also released a table showing recent trends in cases by county between mid-June and the beginning of July.

OHA said, “These trends show where the COVID-19 virus is spreading at the fastest rate and which counties have the highest rates of ‘sporadic’ transmission – i.e., cases that do not have a clear epidemiological link to other outbreaks or clusters of infections and therefore indicate that the virus is spreading uncontained in a community.

Governor Kate Brown identified eight counties that will be placed on a “Watch List” based on these data: Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wasco. State and local health officials will closely monitor the situation in these counties in coming days and prioritize additional resources to suppress the virus in these hotspot communities.

Recent Data on COVID-19 Spread by County

(June 18, 2020-July 1, 2020)

  Case Count Case Rate / 100,000 population Sporadic Case Rate / 100,000 population
Clatsop 3 7.78 5.19
Lane 89 24.13 5.42
Columbia 5 9.83 5.90
Douglas 15 13.85 6.46
Jackson 46 21.47 8.40
Benton 17 18.94 8.91
Crook 2 8.95 8.95
Coos 9 14.22 11.06
Linn 28 22.79 13.02
Deschutes 54 29.89 14.39
Yamhill 35 33.71 14.45
Josephine 15 17.55 16.38
Klamath 55 82.94 16.59
Hood River 4 17.29 17.29
Baker 3 18.77 18.77
Tillamook 6 23.01 19.17
Polk 21 25.79 20.88
Clackamas 234 57.67 22.43
Marion 320 95.36 30.99
Washington 473 81.30 32.83
Multnomah 640 80.14 36.56
Wallowa 6 86.66 43.33
Lincoln 98 204.67 50.12
Wasco 33 127.58 50.26
Lake 13 165.75 89.25
Jefferson 53 229.01 116.67
Union 102 391.89 138.31
Malheur 98 322.04 193.88
Umatilla 413 537.08 313.40
Morrow 51 454.75 338.83

See the table below for total cumulative cases, deaths, and negative tests by county, as of July 3, 2020.

County Cases1 Total deaths2 Negative tests3
Baker 4 0 512
Benton 91 5 6,241
Clackamas 795 24 23,851
Clatsop 49 0 2,462
Columbia 35 0 2,824
Coos 42 0 2,745
Crook 12 0 1,078
Curry 8 0 722
Deschutes 201 0 10,994
Douglas 45 0 5,121
Gilliam 0 0 97
Grant 1 0 194
Harney 1 0 415
Hood River 88 0 2,379
Jackson 140 0 12,509
Jefferson 131 0 2,020
Josephine 44 1 4,319
Klamath 125 1 5,081
Lake 20 0 251
Lane 196 3 24,379
Lincoln 345 2 4,734
Linn 156 9 6,979
Malheur 160 1 1,698
Marion 1,595 47 17,381
Morrow 82 1 520
Multnomah 2,361 69 53,268
Polk 154 12 2,946
Sherman 2 0 149
Tillamook 13 0 1,359
Umatilla 667 4 4,071
Union 355 1 1,712
Wallowa 10 0 436
Wasco 85 1 2,253
Washington 1,491 20 33,807
Wheeler 0 0 122
Yamhill 132 8 5,467
Total 9,636 209 245,096

1 This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2 For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3 This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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Arizona Reports

Arizona reports single-day record 1,654 new coronavirus cases –

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This is a regularly updated story with the latest information, news and updates about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond for the week starting June 8. (Previous daily updates: June 1-7)

PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported a record high of 1,654 new coronavirus cases plus 17 additional deaths Friday morning.

That increased the state’s documented totals to 32,918 cases and 1,144 deaths.

The state’s previous highest single-day case report was 1,579 on June 5.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been providing case and testing updates on its website each morning. The dashboard includes, among other information, testing trends, updated hospital capacity and a ZIP Code map of cases.

The daily reports present data after the state receives statistics and compiles them, which can lag by several days. They aren’t meant to represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.

During a Thursday press conference, Gov. Doug Ducey and Health Director Dr. Cara Christ gave assurance that the state has sufficient bed and equipment capacity to handle the rising caseload seen in recent weeks.

More than 442,000 combined tests for active COVID-19 infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) have been given in Arizona, including 13,559 added to the total Friday.

Of the tests of both types that have been processed, 6.7% have come back positive, continuing an upward trend. It was 6% Saturday, 6.5% Thursday and has been increasing steadily since beginning of the month.

For the over 320,000 total virus tests (PCR) given, including 11,543 reported Friday, the positive rate increased to 8.1%, continuing an upward trend. It was 7.2% Saturday and 7.9% Thursday.

For the over 122,000 antibody (serology) tests given, including 2,016 added in the latest report, the positive rate held steady at 3.1%.

Of the PCR samples collected since Sunday that have been processed, 13% have come back positive. If that rate holds up, it would be higher than any previous week.

It was 12% last week, matching the mark from the week of March 1, when only 52 tests were done in the early days of the pandemic.

Below are the latest developments about the coronavirus pandemic from around the state, country and world:

Friday, June 12

Thursday, June 11

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an increase of 103 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total death count of 298. While the total number of COVID-19 cases within the Navajo Nation has reached 6,378, approximately 3,063 individuals are reported to have recovered from the virus.
  • Officials said Thursday that Arizona hospitals have enough capacity for coronavirus patients as positive cases and hospitalizations rise in the state.
  • Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ encouraged residents to wear face masks in public as coronavirus cases continue to surge throughout the state.
  • Mesa is allocating about $7 million of its federal coronavirus aid funding to provide laptop computers and tech support for K-6 students lacking equipment needed to learn from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Salvation Army’s phased reopening will continue Friday when three more of its Arizona thrift stores resume service: 8702 W. Cholla Street in Peoria, 2324 N. Scottsdale Road in Tempe and 1718 E. Florence Blvd. in Casa Grande. They will join three locations that opened last month.
  • CVS announced it was adding 14 drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in Arizona on Friday, increasing the pharmacy giant’s total to 35 in the state.

Wednesday, June 10

Tuesday, June 9

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an increase of 40 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total death count of 285. Approximately 2,872 individuals are reported to have recovered from the virus.
  • Arizona health experts are warning parents against putting off well-child checkups, as recommended vaccination rates have declined during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Coronavirus cases among Maricopa County jail inmates have increased sharply over the last five days, leading officials to consider mass testing.
  • In the midst of a surge in coronavirus cases across the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services has urged hospitals to activate their emergency protocols.
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and CVS have teamed up to provide rapid coronavirus testing for uninsured Arizonans.

Monday, June 8

  • The former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services said the state could need a new stay-at-home order if coronavirus trends he calls “disturbing” continue.
  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an increase of 90 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total death count of 277. While the total amount of COVID-19 cases have reached 6,110, there have been approximately 2,814 individuals who have recovered from the virus.
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services changed the way it reported intensive care unit and inpatient bed capacity over the weekend.
  • Even with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, metro Phoenix’s hotel industry reports taking in more guests in recent weeks.
  • Valleywise Health is urging the public to practice safe behaviors to prevent additional coronavirus cases and deaths in the state.

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Maine Reports

Maine CDC reports one death, 46 new cases of coronavirus – Press Herald

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday reported one death and 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing total deaths to 99 as other figures give the state’s leaders cautious optimism about the safety of reopening.

Total cases now have risen to 2,570, of which 2,295 have been confirmed by testing and another 275 are considered “probable” cases.

The person reported to have died Sunday was a woman in her 80s from Cumberland County, the Maine CDC said.

Subtracting numbers of people who have recovered – 1,864 – and died, there were 607 active cases on Sunday.

As Maine continues to reopen for business, its leaders are cautiously hopeful about statistics tracking the pandemic’s spread. Seven-day averages of daily new cases have fallen, as have positive testing rates for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Maine Medical Center in Portland has seen a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 patients, too, though many other hospitals statewide have remained flat in terms of coronavirus admissions.

Still, Maine has “a ways to go” before things are well under control, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said last week. Just under 5 percent of all tests for COVID-19 are coming up positive, a drop from previous months but still above rates in countries such as South Korea that have been a model for containing the virus.

Politics continued to shadow the pandemic response last week, as President Trump visited Maine on Friday to tour a Guilford factory that produces testing swabs. He clashed with Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, and demanded a quicker reopening of the state’s economy.

The president also declined to wear a mask, though the workers he greeted were clad in masks, gloves, hair nets and other protective gear. The company, Puritan Medical Products, told USA Today this weekend that swabs produced during Trump’s visit would be thrown away. It’s not clear why; the company did not respond to questions from the Press Herald.

Maine’s economy is tourism-dependent, raising concern about the state’s prospects as the normally lucrative summer months approach. But a budding sector, startup companies, also has seen significant disruption from the pandemic.

Startup founders in Maine say new business and new ideas usually germinate from the close contact and unexpected encounters found in large conferences and shared workspaces; without that, founders such as Justin Hafner of KinoTek, a company that combines virtual-reality technology and kinesiology, say they’re losing momentum.

County by county as of Sunday, there had been 367 cases in Androscoggin over the course of the pandemic, while Aroostook had 10, Cumberland 1,307, Franklin 36, Hancock 12, Kennebec 130, Knox 21, Lincoln 20, Oxford 31, Penobscot 101, Piscataquis one, Sagadahoc 30, Somerset 22, Waldo 52, Washington one, and York 427.

By age, 6.3 percent of patients were under 20, 14.4 percent were in their 20s, 14.8 percent were in their 30s, 15.2 percent were in their 40s, 17.4 percent were in their 50s, 12.7 percent were in their 60s, 9.4 percent were in their 70s, and 9.8 percent were 80 or older.

Women are still the majority of known cases, at 51.3 percent.

Maine’s hospitals had 34 total patients with COVID-19, of whom 15 were in intensive care and seven were on ventilators. The state had 202 available intensive care unit beds of a total 407, and 245 available ventilators of 316. Maine also had 441 alternative ventilators that breathe for patients with aggressive cases.

Around the world on Sunday evening, total case numbers topped 6.9 million, with more than 401,000 deaths. The United States had nearly 1.9 million cases and over 110,000 deaths.

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