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Pandemic – June 26, 2020, Daily Update
Health officials in the US say the country reached its biggest weak of new cases since the start of the pandemic this week. Cases are rising in 29 US states. For the second day in a row, the US reported a record number of new cases on Thursday with 41,000.
Texas is leading the surge in new cases and has placed a “pause” on its reopening efforts. The governor of Florida also said he did not plan on moving the state to the next reopening phase due to the surge in new cases there. California saw a 69% increase in two days.
Europe also saw an increase in new cases during the last week – a shift from the prior month.
India said they would test all 29 million residents of Delhi for the virus.
New cases in Latin America tripled over the last month. Although the region accounts for only 8% of the world’s population, half of all coronavirus deaths from the previous two weeks occurred in Latin America.
An economist from UCLA called the pandemic a “depression-like crisis.” He added the US economy would not recover until 2023.
The WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in Congo over. The outbreak has endured for nearly two years and killed more than 2,200 people.
Much of the southeastern United States will be covered by a huge dust cloud from Africa over the next week. The dust cloud has already moved across the Caribbean. Experts say it is the biggest event of its kind for the last half-century. The timing of the dust cloud’s arrival to the US is particularly alarming as hospitals along this region of the country are nearing capacity battling the pandemic.
The United Nations warned that 2.4 million children are in danger of starvation by the end of the year in Yemen.