This is your July 17, 2020, Daily Update. The big things happening today you need to pay attention to. Follow the daily updates here.

US Pandemic

Arkansas and Colorado issued statewide mandates to wear masks indoors.  The governor of Georgia sued Atlanta for over the city’s facemask mandate.

Florida’s center for emergency operations briefly shut down on Thursday. After 13 staff members tested positive for the virus, the center shut down so staff could shift to remote work.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) extended the ban on cruise ships until September 30.

California, Texas, and Florida each reported more than 10,000 new cases yesterday. If these three states were nations, they would rank 4th, 6th, and 7th for most confirmed cases in the world.

The nation as a whole set a new daily record with 75,000 new cases on Wednesday. The US is nearly half a million new cases per week. US deaths from the coronavirus increased by 29% this week compared to last.

The National Security Agency (NSA) said a Russian hacking group is targeting healthcare organizations. The apparent objective of this hack is securing intelligence on vaccine development.

Global Pandemic

Delhi, India, has seen a dip in the number of new coronavirus cases reported suggesting the country could be approaching a plateau. This week the city recorded 1,200-1,600 cases a day, nearly half what was recorded daily in the last week of June. These improvements come after assertive steps taken by the government to turn back the virus. Elsewhere in the country, cases continued to grow as India’s total coronavirus count crossed 1 million.

Brazil topped 2 million coronavirus cases, second only to the US. Brazil also has more than 76,000 coronavirus deaths. 

South Africa is surging with new cases, ranking fourth in the world for the new cases reported yesterday.

The Central African Republic’s health minister decried the inequality in coronavirus testing. While wealthy nations test thousands a day, his country could only afford a couple hundred at most.

Hong Kong reported its highest number of daily cases since the outbreak began.

Ebola Outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WHO said they identified 56 cases to date in Equator Province.

Armenia and Azerbaijan

Clashed erupted this week at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Seventeen people were killed in the violence since Sunday.

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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012 where he helps believers understand how the world works and how our faith fits. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at