This is your June 24, 2020, Daily Update. Follow the daily updates here.

US Pandemic

Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas reported record high coronavirus hospitalizations on Tuesday.

As new cases continue to surge in the US, Texas is approaching a 9% positive test rate. Much of the state’s surge in new cases is based in Dallas and Houston. Many of those testing positive in Texas are in their early twenties. Children’s Hospital in Houston began admitting adult patients to free up hospital beds in Houston. Houston’s ICU is at 90% capacity.

California reported more than 6,000 new cases in a single day to set a new record for the state’s coronavirus fight. 

Global Pandemic – June 24, 2020, Daily Update

Germany reported a new outbreak of more than 1,300 confirmed cases at a pork processing plant.

Australia reinstated restrictions after six consecutive days of double-digit increases in new coronavirus cases. 

Experts warn India’s healthcare system is beginning to break. India now hosts the third-highest daily confirmed coronavirus case count after the US and Brazil.

Chile now leads the western hemisphere in positive coronavirus cases per capita. The country’s total confirmed cases passed 250,000 on Tuesday.

After a surge in domestic violence in the pandemic, the city of Yiwu in eastern China has launched a database so couples considering marriage can learn if their potential spouse has a history of violence. 

India and Pakistan

Diplomatic tensions escalated between India and Pakistan. India withdrew half its staff from its embassy in Islamabad Pakistan while also expelling half the Pakistani embassy in Delhi. Three weeks ago, India expelled two Pakistani diplomats on accusations they tried to acquire Indian military information.  India also alleged Pakistan abducted two Indian staff members last week. Pakistan said the police detained the two Indian diplomats after they hit a pedestrian while driving. India and Pakistan are both nuclear powers with a history of enmity between them since the nations were born in 1947.

Lebanon

Protests flared for the third week in a row in Lebanon despite coronavirus concerns. The collapse of Lebanon’s currency has pushed the nation’s economy to the bring. Open clashes between protesters and security forces in Beirut are now frequent.

Mexico

An earthquake magnitude 7.5 shook southern Mexico yesterday, killing at least five people.

Afghanistan

A spokesman for Afghanistan’s President said the past week was the deadliest for the nation in 19 years of the war on terror. “Taliban carried out 422 attacks in 32 provinces, martyring 291 ANDSF members and wounding 550 others. Taliban’s commitment to reduce violence is meaningless, and their actions inconsistent with their rhetoric on peace.”