This is your July 13, 2020, Daily Update. The big things happening today you need to pay attention to. Follow the daily updates here.
US Pandemic – July 13, 2020, Daily Update
For the first time since April, COVID19 deaths are rising nationally in the US. The US set a record for newly diagnosed cases for the third week in a row, with more than 367,000 cases reported last week. COVID19 hospitalizations in the US grew by 18%. Twenty states and Puerto Rico set record highs for new cases over the weekend. The World Health Organization (WHO) reversed prior statements and said they now believe the coronavirus can linger in the air in crowded indoor spaces suggesting the virus is airborne.
Florida reported more than 15,000 new cases on Sunday, easily becoming the largest single-day report for any state in the US since the pandemic began.
Cases in the US military more than doubled in the last month. There are now more than 16,000 US servicemen, and women tested positive for the virus. More than 60 US marines are confirmed infected at the US base in Okinawa, Japan.
The WHO reported more than 230,000 new cases globally on Sunday – a new record.
An economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus lockdown measures in Israel triggered protests over the weekend.
Hong Kong shut its schools over concerns of a third wave of the virus.
A surge of new cases in the Balkans and throughout Eastern Europe is resulting in renewed travel bans in the region.
After two doctors tested positive for the virus, humanitarian organizations are concerned that Idlib, Syria may be facing an outbreak.
Across Latin America, the coronavirus has reached the heights of leadership and government in varying nations. Meanwhile, the United Nations declared Latin America and the Caribbean as a COVID19 “hot spot.”
Utah’s governor declared a state of emergency after protests erupted in Salt Lake City. The demonstrations followed the local authority’s ruling that the May shooting of a 22-year-old man was justified.
In a rare display of opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Eastern Russia.
The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan issued a warning of an “unknown pneumonia” outbreak in the country on Thursday. The nation’s health minister spoke on behalf of the country and said the report from the Chinese was untrue.
Massive protests swept the major cities of Mali over the weekend. There are multiple layers of causes behind the unrest. The people of Mali at large say they lost confidence in the President’s handling of the jihadist crisis exploding in the country in recent years. A provisional court in Mali overturned the March presidential elections, signaling new levels of corruption. This decision set off the protests, which resulted in five deaths over the weekend. Protesters are demanding the President’s resignation.
A hostage situation at a church in South Africa on Sunday resulted in five deaths and forty arrests. Initial reports say armed men from a splinter group of the church stormed the services Sunday morning.
Massive flooding hit southern and central China on Sunday. After floodwaters rose to record levels, the government dispatched thousands of soldiers to the region.
Polish President Andrzej Duda appeared to narrowly win his reelection bid.
Three Good Reads for Your Monday Morning
- From Vice to Crime – Opium’s History in Europe (Aeon)
- America is Way to Calm About COVID19 (Reuters)
- Why India Cases Are Rising to Multiple Peaks (Associates Press)
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