WHO Reports Record Cases; Indonesia Deaths Climb: Virus Update

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The World Health Organization reported a one-day high in global coronavirus infections over the weekend, while Iran and Indonesia reported their deadliest days yet.

Mexico overtook France with thefifth-deadliest outbreak, while India was poised to surpass Russia with the third-highest number of cases. Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is in a state of emergency, and a second region in Spain went into lockdown.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike scored alandslide victory in an election for a second term, as the city tries to keep a fresh outbreak in check. President Donald Trump said a “therapeutic or vaccine solution“ for the coronavirus will be ready before the end of the year, without offering any details.

Key Developments:

  • Global Tracker: Cases top 11.3 million; Deaths exceed 532,000
  • World economy that took elevator down facessteep stairs back up
  • Markets torn between robust economic data andvirus surge
  • WHO resists saying viral particles floating indoors areinfectious: NYT

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Trump to Host Outdoor Rally With Masks Encouraged (7:33 a.m. HK)

Trump will hold an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on July 11 at which face coverings are “strongly encouraged,” a change in tone after months of skepticism about the value of wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

U.S. Cases Rise 2%, Approach 2.9 Million (6 a.m. HK)

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased by almost 56,000 from Saturday, a 2% rise that outpaced the 1.8% average daily increase over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University, which updated its tracking website on Sunday after more than five hours without new data. With U.S. cases totaling 2,874,396, deaths rose by 269 to 129,870, an increase of 0.2%.

Californiareported 5,410 new cases, an increase of 2.1%. Florida reported 200,111 cases, up 5.3% from a day earlier and equal to the average increase for the previous seven days. Arizona reported 3,536 new cases, a 3.7% rise, pushing the total to 98,089. The hard-hit state has a 4.1% seven-day average for new infections.

U.K. Plows $2 Billion Into Arts (5:35 p.m. NY)

The U.K. will spend 1.6 billion pounds ($2 billion) on theaters, museums and music venues in a bid to rescue the arts and culture sector from the brink of collapse in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown. “The show must go on,” Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said late Sunday.

The funding includes 880 million pounds ofgrants and 270 million pounds of repayable loans, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement. Galleries, heritage sites and independent cinemas also will be eligible for grants.

Democrats Seek Override on WHO Funds (5:15 p.m. NY)

A House Democratic spending bill will set aside $10 billion for the coronavirus response and require the U.S. to send funds to the World Health Organization, an agency targeted by President Donald Trump over its handling of the pandemic.

The bill, released Sunday, would require the U.S. to send $200 million to the WHO, despite Trump’s decision, citing China’s influence over the United Nations agency, to cut U.S. funding for the group. The spending for the Covid-19 response would cover a variety of emergency funds and would be exempt from spending limits, according to the bill.

Record Death Toll in South Africa (5:10 p.m. NY)

South Africa reported a record 173 deaths, bringing the total to 3,199. The number came after four consecutive days of record rises in cases. Cumulative infections rose to 196,750 with 8,773 new cases in the latest daily report.

Gauteng province, South Africa’s economic hub that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, had the most deaths.

Protests Added to Miami-Dade Cases: Mayor (2 p.m. NY)

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said protests over the death of George Floyd contributed to a rise in infections in South Florida, but weren’t the only trigger.

“Our people, our residents, I think they let their guard down and started to socialize,” Gimenez said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “That also had to do with it. So it’s all the above. I’m not saying it’s just that, but it was a contributing factor.”

Gimenez pushed back on Trump’s characterization in his July 4th remarks that 99% of cases are harmless by noting a rise in deaths of people who contract the virus: “The virus is not harmless. No, absolutely not.”

Houston Needs Stay-Home Order, Chief Says (12:45 p.m. NY)

The hard-hit Houston area needs more restrictions, but the state government has blocked local officials from acting to limit the spread of the virus, Harris County Chief Lina Hidalgo said. The order by Governor Greg Abbott last week to wear face coverings helps, but doesn’t go far enough, she said.

“As long as we’re doing as little as possible and hoping for the best, we’re always going to be chasing this thing,” Hidalgo said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Folks need to stay home and I need the authority to enforce it.”

Phoenix Mayor Faults FEMA on Tests (12:30 p.m. NY)

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the city opened much too early and needs to do more tests but her pleas to expand community-based evaluations have been rebuffed, including by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We are in a crisis related to testing,” Gallego told ABC’s “This Week.” FEMA said “they’re moving away from that, which feels like they’re declaring victory while we’re still in crisis mode.”

“We had crowded nightclubs handing out free champagne, no masks,” she said.

U.K. Cases Continue to Mount (12:14 p.m. NY)

The Department for Health and Social Care reported that the U.K. had another 516 positive cases on Saturday, down from 624 the day before and taking the total to more than 285,000. There were 22 new deaths from the virus.

Too Soon to Say If RNC Florida Events Safe (10:28 a.m. NY)

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told CNN it’s too soon to tell if it’s safe to host part of the Republican National Convention next month in Florida.

Originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, the nominating convention — including Trump’s acceptance speech — was partially moved to Jacksonville, after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, disagreed with hosting the Aug. 24-27 event at full scale out of concern of the virus spread.

Second Spanish Lockdown Declared (10 a.m. NY)

A lockdown has been ordered for a region of Galicia in northwestern Spain, restricting travel in and out of A Marina for about 70,000 residents. The five-day measure was ordered after cases started to rise from two different outbreaks.

Spain put an agricultural region with more than 200,000 residents under indefinite lockdown on Saturday. The number of cases in the Segria region of 210,000 has soared 20% in the past two weeks to 3,312. Four of nine outbreaks currently being monitored by authorities are associated with companies harvesting and processing fruit and vegetables.

New York Cases Rise 0.1% (9:20 a.m. NY)

The number of new cases in New York rose 0.1%, less than the seven-day average. Fewer than 1% of tests conducted were positive.

On Monday, New York City officially kicks off “Phase Three” of reopening, paving the way for legions of beauty businesses — nail salons, tanning studios and tattoo parlors — to open their doors to customers for the first time in months.

— With assistance by Steve Geimann

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