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Trump visits private golf course as US battles rapid surge in coronavirus cases

Donald Trump visited one of his own private golf courses in Virginia on Saturday as America continued to see fallout from a rapid surge in coronavirus cases. The trip came a day after the US president said he would stay in Washington DC to “make sure law and order is enforced” amid ongoing anti-racism protests. Related: US reopening plans reverse quickly amid alarming increase in…

US must free migrant children from detention amid coronavirus: judge

HOUSTON -— A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s order applies to children held for more than 20 days at three family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some…

Amid coronavirus surge, Abbott expresses regret on reopening bars

As the number of people hospitalized in Texas from the coronavirus surpassed 5,000 on Friday, Governor Greg Abbott said he should not have rushed ahead with reopening bars. The news comes as Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, said Friday that Texas is one of the two states with the largest increase in positive coronavirus cases as the country reported the…

Florida coronavirus spike affects bars, Miami beaches for July Fourth

Florida has joined Texas in banning drinking in bars, while Miami has moved to close beaches and parks — all just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, officials announced Friday. The drastic measures come as Florida’s coronavirus cases continue to soar. Under the bar ban, businesses that rake in more than half of their sales from alcohol can still sell booze to…

Bill Gates says the ‘final hurdle’ to a COVID-19 vaccine will be ensuring that people actually use it

Microsoft founder Bill Gates. REUTERS/Jason Lee Bill Gates says a “final hurdle” to distributing a COVID-19 vaccine will be ensuring that people decide to take it. Given the urgency of the pandemic, testing vaccine candidates with a wide variety of populations and age groups can prove challenging, Gates said. Still, Gates believes that “a lot” of people will take a vaccine when one becomes available,…

Japan suspects Kim Jong Un may be ailing amid coronavirus

New questions have emerged about the condition of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with the Japanese defense minister suggesting that the latest round of saber-rattling from the rogue regime may be due to his poor health and a spread of COVID-19 in the country, according to reports. Speaking at an English-language briefing at the Japanese Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo on Thursday, Taro Kono…

Trump pulled support for testing sites in 5 states as he’s trying to push coronavirus test numbers downward. Health officials...

Residents wait in line at a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up in a vacant lot in Chicago, Illinois, on June 23, 2020. Scott Olson/Getty Images State officials around the US are scrambling to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases, while the federal government is poised to end support and funding for 13 testing sites. The screening locations are in Texas, New Jersey, Illinois,…

The CDC just added new COVID-19 symptoms to its list. Here’s our running list of every symptom, ranked from most...

coronavirus A worker wearing personal protective equipment, or PPE, holds out a nasopharyngeal sample swab. Getty The CDC recently added four new COVID-19 symptoms — fatigue, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, and nausea or vomiting — to its official list. Fever and cough are the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Shortness of breath, which is also common, is often the most dangerous. Smaller groups of…

White House abruptly cut off funding to coronavirus grant research, Dr Fauci says

Dr Anthony Fauci leaves a hearing before the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce: Getty Images The White House has abruptly cut off funding to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) coronavirus research, said Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Mr Facui made the revelation when speaking to Congress on Tuesday about the…

US coronavirus deaths forecast to hit 180,000 by October

Experts forecast that there will be nearly 180,000 US deaths due to the coronavirus by Oct. 1 — but as many as 33,000 lives could be saved if at least 95 percent of people wear face masks, according to a new report. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released a model Wednesday that predicts 179,106 deaths nationwide, with a range of…

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