This is your June 17, 2020, Daily Update. Follow the daily updates here.
Florida recorded a new daily high yesterday with over 2,700 newly confirmed coronavirus cases. Texas (2,622) and Arizona (2,392) also set new records with daily confirmed coronavirus cases. A total of nine states saw either single-day record highs in their newly reported cases or record highs in their seven-day new case average.
US nursing home deaths by coronavirus surpassed 50,000, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Scientists at the University of Oxford said an inexpensive drug reduced deaths among coronavirus patients.
The new outbreak in Beijing China continues to rattle authorities. Schools in Beijing shut down. The local Chinese government urged Beijing’s citizens to work from home. The government raised the alert to its second-highest level in the city. Beijing has a total of 106 new cases in the last week.
The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, tested positive for coronavirus. Australia’s tourism minister said the country’s borders would probably remain closed until 2021.
Egypt is reporting more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases per day and has run out of hospital beds to treat coronavirus patients.
India and China
The situation between India and China continued to deteriorate. The number of deaths in the skirmish between the two countries raised from three to more than 20. China refuses to release any information to the public regarding how many Chinese died in the fighting. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened a “befitting reply” to China and added that India’s soldier would not die in vain. Initial reports suggest the fighting was hand to hand combat and involved rocks and sticks to maintain no gunfire in the contested border zone.
There is a growing but subtle trend of people intent on terroristic violence using the protests still occurring across the country as cover. The government has charged two men in California with the death of a federal officer during recent protests in the city. Armed counter-protesters in Bethel, Ohio, arrived at a Black Lives Matter protest event over the weekend, and violence followed. The instigators of violence come from both sides of the protest movement with varying levels of intensity.