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Texas governor mandates wearing of face masks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Why coronavirus cases are surging in Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that all Texans don face coverings in public in counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases. Texas has seen a surge of hospital admissions in recent days, hitting a record high of more than 8,000 virus cases in a single day on Wednesday. "Wearing a face covering will help us to keep Texas ... Full story

Arizona doctors worry as ICUs fill: 'We’re leaving the hospital sometimes in tears'

Hospitals in Arizona are seeing an intense wave of new coronavirus cases, doctors at the Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix told ABC News on Monday, and it is filling up their intensive care units and pushing their nurses to the brink. Dr. Jennifer O'Hea, a Banner ICU doctor overseeing 100 patients, said the situation "exploded" towards the end of May and has snowballed into a dire situation. "Never, never, ever have I seen this many ... Full story

The grim, unmentioned downside of the employment records Trump is hyping

Following the release of June employment data on Thursday morning, President Trump quickly called a news briefing to offer a few tweet-sized assessments of how the economy was doing. Well, in short — as evidenced by various employment gains seen among various occupational and demographic groups. No mention was made of the fact that the assessment used to estimate employment preceded the recent resurgence of the coronavirus . So we had Trump ... Full story

Prominent democracy activist flees Hong Kong - BBC News

One of Hong Kong's most prominent young democracy activists has fled the territory after China imposed a sweeping, controversial security law. Nathan Law, a one-time student leader and local legislator who spent time in prison after 2014's "Umbrella Protests", said he would continue his advocacy work from abroad. He announced he had left two days after China brought in its new security law. Activists say it erodes freedoms but Beijing has ... Full story

America’s coronavirus exceptionalism, mapped Washington Post

More than five months after the United States recorded its first case of novel coronavirus infection, the pandemic is again growing worse in this country. Thanks in part to its decentralized response to the virus, the United States saw a brief plateau in new cases followed in the past few weeks by an explosive resurgence. Fewer people are dying of the virus for now, which is good, but reports of long-term and severe damage to the health of ... Full story

Florida shatters records with over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day

(Reuters) - Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally. Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at rates not seen since April. In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. The percent of tests coming ... Full story

Merkel: Right of asylum available to all, including people of Hong Kong

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, hold a joint news conference via video conference to mark Berlin taking over the EU's rotating presidency from July 1 until the end of the year, in Berlin, Germany, July 2, 2020. Kay Nietfeld/Pool via Reuters. BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany plans no specific measures to allow Hong Kong citizens affected by the Chinese region’s new administrative law to ... Full story

Timeline of Russia’s bounties on U.S. soldiers and Trump’s response

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. There has been intense debate within the intelligence community, dating back to March, about how to respond. Three months later, though, the Trump administration still hasn’t responded. In the intervening period, Trump has described Russia and Putin as friends of the United States, has sent humanitarian aid to Russia and has continued to push for its inclusion into the Group of Seven summit. Since the ... Full story

CBO: Coronavirus pandemic will scar U.S. labor market for the next decade

The U.S. unemployment rate is expected to stay above its pre-pandemic levels through the end of 2030, according to a 10-year economic report released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office. The agency is predicting that the unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2030 will be 4.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent at the end of 2021 and 6.9 percent at the end of 2022. The current level, according to data published Thursday by the Labor ... Full story

Canadians wary of COVID-19 spikes in neighboring U.S.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States has become a hot topic for Canadians, who unfurled their maple-leaf flags to celebrate Canada Day this week just days ahead of 4th of July celebrations south of the border. People watch from the sidewalk as a drive-by parade makes its away around town, during Canada Day celebrations in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio. The spread of the novel ... Full story