This is your July 31, 2020, Daily Update. The big things happening today you need to pay attention to. Follow the daily updates here.

US Pandemic

Nationally, new cases are starting to decline in the US, while deaths are rising. Thursday marked the fourth day in a row when the US recorded at least 1,000 coronavirus deaths. Although new cases are declining in the US, they are still far outpacing the rest of the world.

July 31, 2020, Daily Update

Florida is averaging 10,000 new cases a day and set death total records three days in a row. Arizona reported 157 coronavirus deaths yesterday, setting a new record for the state.

Global Pandemic – July 31, 2020, Daily Update

In Victoria, Australia, where a new outbreak is surging, the state recorded nearly 750 new cases yesterday, setting a new single-day record.

Vietnam had its first coronavirus death.

Tokyo set a new single-day high yesterday with more than 350 new cases.

China recorded its highest daily increase in new cases today since March.

Michelle Bolsonaro, the wife of Brazil’s President, has tested positive for the virus.

Afghanistan  

On the eve of a ceasefire in Afghanistan, a car bomb explosion killed 17 people near the governor’s office in Logar province.

Pakistan

An American on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan was shot to death in the courtroom. Tahir Ahmad Nasim allegedly claimed to be a prophet. A 19-year-old man shot Nasim six times in the courtroom.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s leadership has postponed elections for a year due to the pandemic.

Iraq

The government of Iraq announced that since the beginning of protests there in October, 560 protesters and security forces died in the resulting violence.

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