This is your July 1, 2020, Daily Update. The big things happening today you need to pay attention to. Follow the daily updates here.

US Pandemic – July 1, 2020, Daily Update 

Eight states reported single day reporting records for new cases: Alaska, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

The states of California and Texas single day increases on Tuesday surpassed the biggest single-day increase reported by Italy at the height of the pandemic there.

Tuesday marked the fourth time in a week the US hit a new single-day record for newly reported coronavirus cases. The US experienced an 80% increase in new cases in the last two weeks.

In June, fourteen states saw their total coronavirus cases double.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the US could see 100,000 new cases a day if the current outbreaks are not brought under control. Fauci added, “the US is going in the wrong direction.” 

Global Pandemic

After a wedding in India, the groom died of coronavirus, and 100 guests tested positive so far.

Australia plans to lockdown 300,000 people for thirty days in the suburbs of Melbourne to prevent a new outbreak. The area experienced two weeks of double-digit increases in new coronavirus cases.

Brazil led the world in new coronavirus deaths yesterday with more than 1,200. The US placed second on that toll with less than 800.

China  

China arrested the first protesters under the new and controversial national security law passed earlier in the week. Security forces detained more than 200 people at a banned protest rally.

While much of the world focuses on China’s infringement of democracy in Hong Kong, far more draconian actions are being taken by the Chinese government against the Uighurs in the western part of the country. A new report from the Associated Press tells how China is seeking to curb the birthrate among this community with forced abortions, sterilizations, and IUDs. These actions take place even while China promotes the birthrate among the country’s Han majority.

Congo 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrated its independence yesterday. In Europe, Belgium removed a statue of King Leopold II. Historians estimate Leopold killed as many as 10 million Congolese when Belgium ruled over the area.

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