The US recorded more than 47,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as data showed cases in 14 states more than doubled last month.
Top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the US could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day and a “disturbing” number of deaths if Americans do not start following public health recommendations.
More than 10.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 5.3 million have recovered, and nearly 510,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates.
Wednesday, July 1
04:15 GMT – Google delays reopening of offices in the US
Google has said it’ll postpone the opening of its offices in the US because of the surge in coronavirus cases there.
Spokeswoman Katherine Williams told Reuters the tech giant’s offices would remain closed until at least Sept. 7 with staff continuing to work from home.
Google had planned to open at 10 percent of capacity from July 6, rising to 30 percent in September depending on conditions.
04:00 GMT – Saudi Arabia tripling VAT as part of coronavirus-austerity drive
People in Saudi Arabia have been on a shopping spree ahead of a tripling in VAT on Wednesday.
A Saudi teacher in Riyadh told AFP he’d bought electronic items including a television and air conditioner in recent days because he wouldn’t be able to afford them once prices went up. Retailers say sales of gold, cars and building materials have also risen.
The country introduced VAT in 2018, and announced in May it would triple the rate to 15 percent and halve the cost of living allowance given to every citizen as part of a package of austerity measures.
Saudi Arabia is feeling the squeeze from sliding oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic.
03:20 GMT – Judge in Brazil dismisses order for Bolsonaro to wear mask
A judge in Brazil has dimissed a court ruling that requires President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask when he’s out in public.
Judge Daniele Maranhao Costa said the ruling wasn’t necessary because masks are already mandatory in Brasilia, the federal capital.
Bolsonaro, who has been dismissive of the virus even as the toll has climbed, has regularly broken social distancing measures shaking hands, taking selfies and hugging supporters during rallies.
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