This is your July 28, 2020, Daily Update. The big things happening today you need to pay attention to. Follow the daily updates here.

US Pandemic – July 28, 2020, Daily Update

President Trump’s National Security Advisor tested positive for the virus. Robert O’Brien is now the highest-ranking Trump administration official to contract the virus.

Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Missouri saw new case records for a weekly average single day on Monday.

Several cities announced they are facing a shortage of healthcare workers as the surge of new coronavirus cases continues.

Google told US-based employees they would not return to work in the office until the middle of 2021.

Global Pandemic  

Hong Kong recorded 100 new cases a day for the past week. As a result, dine in restaurants are closing down, and public gatherings are limited to two people at a time.

Vietnam’s government said they are evacuating tens of thousands of people from Danang after four people tested positive for there for the virus.

Vaccine

The first large scale US vaccine trial kicked off yesterday. If successful, the vaccine could be available by November. The trial included 30,000 people at 89 sites around the country.

In China, the head of the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received a test vaccine injection. He said he received the vaccination to encourage public support and acceptance of the vaccine upon its approval for public use. 

Civil Unrest

The Trump administration is sending more federal troops to Portland. The US Marshall Service also decided to send 100 Marshalls into the city. Democratic Mayors of six cities: Kansas City, Albuquerque, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and Washington DC urged Congress to pass legislation calling the recent movement of federal troops into American cities as wrong.

World Hunger

International aid is slipping around the world in the shadow of the pandemic. The United Nations said hunger is killing an estimated 10,000 more young people a month. 

Sudan

Sudan is sending troops to the Darfur region after a spike in violence. Gunmen killed eighty people in Darfur since Friday.

Afghanistan

The United Nations said 1,300 Afghan civilians died, and 2,200 were injured in the first half of 2020. The UN attributed 43% of these deaths to Taliban forces – a 33% increase from the same time last year.

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