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Coronavirus cases in 14 US states more than double: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

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…

Coronavirus cases in 14 US states more than double: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

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.

Brazil COVID-19: Protests over Bolsonaro’s handling of outbreak

02:30 GMT – US records biggest one-day rise in cases since start of coronavirus pandemic
The US recorded more than 47,000 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday – the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began – according to a Reuters count.
Some 1,199 people also died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the first time the death toll has exceeded 1,000 since June 10.
01:30 GMT – Coronavirus cases in 14 US states more than double in June
Alarming data from the US shows that coronavirus cases in 14 states in the US more than doubled in June with Arizona reporting a 294 percent increase.
Arizona also has the highest rate of people testing positive for the virus – at 24 percent during the past week. The WHO considers positive testing rates of above 5 percent a concern.
US case increases in June:
Arizona – 294 percent
South Carolina – 200 percent
Arkansas – 179 percent
01:15 GMT – South Korea begins using remdesivir treatment for COVID-19
South Korea has started using remdesivir, an experimental drug that was originally developed for Ebola, to treat its most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
Yonhap news agency says the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed an agreement with Gilead Sciences, which holds a patent for the drug. It did not disclose the amount of remdesivir it would buy or the price.

01:00 GMT – North Korea has tested 922 people for coronavirus
The WHO has told NK News that North Korea has tested just 922 people for COVID-19.
It’s the first update on the coronavirus situation in North Korea for two months.
As per the update received on June 19, 922 people have been tested for COVID-19 and all tested negative,” WHO Representative to the DPRK Edwin Salvador told the publication.
He added that 443 people had been quarantined since May 7 and that as many as 255 remain under quarantine. All are reportedly North Korean nationals.

North Korea has now tested just 922 people for COVID-19, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) told NK News on Tuesday.This suggests that only 200 people have been tested for #COVID19 since April. (By @jeongminnkim) https://t.co/uIxlNk4Vpv
— NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) June 30, 2020

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US COVID-19 cases hit 5 million; Brazil deaths at 100,000: Live |NationalTribune.com

The United States has set a record for coronavirus cases, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end. Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in…

US COVID-19 cases hit 5 million; Brazil deaths at 100,000: Live |NationalTribune.com

The United States has set a record for coronavirus cases, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.

Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease.
More than 10,000 people have died from coronavirus in South Africa since the pandemic arrived in the country in March, the health ministry said.
At least 19.51 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while the global death toll crossed 725,000. More than 11.88 million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday, August 9
04:51 – Saudi Arabia records 1,467 new coronavirus cases
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,467 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 287,262. 
Al Arabiya quoted the health ministry as saying on Sunday that 37 people have died from the disease, bringing the death toll nationwide to 3,130.
A total of 250,440 of the patients have recovered, according to the report.
04:15 GMT – Singapore marks 55th National Day amid the coronavirus pandemic

A gun fires during a gun salute at the National Day Parade, amidst the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Singapore on Sunday [Edgar Su/Reuters]

Singapore marked its 55th National Day on Sunday, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calling for “unity and resilence” to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
In his speech, Lee warned the pandemic is “far from over” and that the number of cases in the country can still rise “despite all our precautions.”
Amid the health scare, Singapore Airforce (RSAF) planes flew past the city, and the review guard fired their guns in a salute to the nation.
Singapore has over 54,000 cases and 27 deaths. More than 48,500 of the patients have recovered.
03:30 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 555 to 215,891
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 555 to 215,891, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
The reported death toll rose by one to 9,196, the tally showed.
03:00 GMT – South Korea reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

Medical residents attend a 24-hours strike in Seoul amid the coronavirus disease pandemic to protest a government plan to increase medical school admissions by 400 a year for the next decade [Yonhap via Reuters]

South Korea’s new coronavirus cases inched up to 36, with 30 local infections, raising the total numver to 14,598, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday quoting the country’s health agency.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that of the new locally transmitted cases, 25 were reported in densely populated Seoul and nearby metropolitan areas, where around half of the country’s 50-million population resides.
The country reported one more coronavirus-related death, brining the total to 305.
The number of patients fully cured of the virus reached 13,642, up 13 from the previous day, representing 93.45 percent of the total cases.
02:22 GMT – China reports 23 new COVID-19 cases in mainland
China has reported 23 new coronavirus cases in the mainland as of the end of August 8, down from 31 a day earlier, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting the country’s health authority.
Among the new cases, 15 were locally transmitted and eight were imported infections, the National Health Commission said in a statement published on its website.
Some 45 people were discharged on Saturday and there are still 817 active cases in the country, including 43 severe cases.
The total number of infections in mainland China now stands at 84,619, with the death toll unchanged at 4,634.
01:45 GMT – Mexico stops bleeding jobs during pandemic, president says
Mexico has started getting people back to work again in August after losing 1.1 million formal jobs between March and July due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters news agency reported quoting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“We’ve stopped losing jobs,” Lopez Obrador said in a video posted on YouTube. “So far in August almost 15,000 new jobs have been created.”
Citing data from Mexico’s Social Security Institute, Lopez Obrador said 1.1 million formal jobs were lost between March and July, with the nadir in April with some 555,000 losses. That slowed to 3,900 formal job losses in July, he said.
The bulk of Mexicans work in the informal economy, and they have borne the brunt of job losses triggered by the pandemic’s effects on Latin America’s second-second largest economy.

Health workers ride a boat on a canal in Xochimilco on their way to collect samples door to door to test for COVID-19, in Mexico City [Eduardo Verdugo/AP]

01:15 GMT – Mexico’s coronavirus death tally exceeds 52,000, cases above 475,900
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 6,495 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 695 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 475,902 cases and 52,006 deaths, according to Reuters news agency.
Officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Mexico has the third highest coronavirus death tally globally, behind the United States and Brazil.
00:05 GMT – US sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.
With one out of every 66 residents infected, the US leads the world in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis. The country has recorded more than 160,000 deaths, nearly a quarter of the world’s total.
The latest development comes as President Donald Trump signed executive orders intended to provide economic relief to Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic after the White House failed to reach a deal with Congress.
00:01 GMT – Brazil coronavirus death toll hits 100,000
Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease.
The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period.
The Health Ministry said there had been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus – death and infection tolls second only to the United States. And as in many nations, experts believe that both numbers are severe undercounts due to insufficient testing.
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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
For all the key developments from yesterday, August 8, go here.
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Coronavirus cases exceed 8 million worldwide: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. More than 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 435,662 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths. Beijing officials have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on…

Coronavirus cases exceed 8 million worldwide: Live updates |NationalTribune.com

More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. More than 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 435,662 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths.
Beijing officials have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi wholesale food market as “very grim” as more parts of the city are sealed off.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus has warned that countries need to “stay alert to the possibility of resurgence” as new clusters of cases emerge in Beijing and more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus are reported across the world every day. 
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, June 16
07:45 GMT – Tokyo Olympic board member would support another delay
An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee says another delay should be sought if the games can’t be held next year.
The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion comes from Haruyuki Takahashi in an interview published in the Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports.
“The main priority is to make a united effort to hold them (Olympics) in the summer of 2021,” Takahashi said. He added if that is not possible we should start action once again to get another delay.

According to the new schedule, the Olympics will begin on July 23, 2021 and run through Agust 8 [Yukihito Taguchi/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters]

07:10 GMT – Ukraine president’s wife hospitalised with coronavirus
The wife of Ukraine’s President, Olena Zelenska, was hospitalised after contracting coronavirus and her condition was stable, the presidential office said. 
Zelenska said last week she had tested positive for coronavirus, while her husband Volodymyr Zelenskiy and their two children had tested negative.
We are keeping a list of celebrities, athletes and politicians who have been infected.
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Asymptomatic COVID-19: Five things to know

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?

Which European countries eased travel restrictions?

07:00 GMT – Patients filling beds in India’s largest cities
India has recorded another 10,000-plus coronavirus infections as patients swamp health services in its largest cities.
The Health Ministry also reported a 24-hour increase of 380 deaths due to COVID-19, driving the death toll to 9,900.
The 10,667 new cases raise the nation’s total to 343,091, fourth-highest in the world behind the US, Brazil and Russia. 
Maharashtra, the western state that is home to Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, continues to have the highest state toll. Mumbai, Chennai and the capital New Delhi are seeing rising infections swamp their health services.

Bodies of people who died due to the coronavirus disease arrive for cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi [File: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters]

06:30 GMT – Ilhan Omar’s father dies from coronavirus complications
Father of Somalia-born US Representative Ilhan Omar has died of complications from the novel coronavirus, local media reported.
“It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father,” the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late on Monday. “No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.”
Omar and her father Nur Mohamed came to the United States as refugees in 1995 from Somalia during the country’s civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis, according to Politico.

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ Surely we belong to God and to him shall we return. It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father, Nur Omar Mohamed. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him. pic.twitter.com/gb7q0gMXG2
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 16, 2020

06:15 GMT – Concern over ‘invasive’ COVID-19 apps by Bahrain, Kuwait
Amnesty International has raised privacy and security concerns over “invasive” contact tracing apps rolled out by Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK-based rights group said an investigation into COVID-19 apps being used by 11 countries, rated Bahrain’s ‘BeAware Bahrain’, Kuwait’s ‘Shlonik’ and Norway’s ‘Smittestopp’ as among the “most dangerous”, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk.
Amnesty found that all three were actively carrying out live or near-live tracking of users’ locations by frequently uploading GPS coordinates to a central server.

Can apps keep coronavirus in check? | Inside Story

Hello, this is Saba Aziz in Doha, taking over the live blog from my colleague Kate Mayberry. 
05:15 GMT –
I’m handing the blog to my colleagues in Doha shortly. Before I go, a quick round-up of what’s been happening over the past few hours.
The situation in Beijing is proving worrisome with city officials stepping up containment measures and other parts of China imposing quarantines on those travelling from the capital. Pakistan is also promising tougher measures as it tries to get a grip on the outbreak. Elsewhere, New Zealand has confirmed two new cases. The disease wasn’t acquired locally, however. It was found in two people who had recently returned from the UK. 
05:00 GMT – Pakistan identifies 20 cities at coronavirus risk
Pakistan’s government says it has identified 20 cities that are most at risk from the rapid spread of the coronavirus and will be implementing strict lockdowns in certain neighbourhoods.
Al Jazeera’s Asad Hashim says the authorities are calling it a “smart” lockdown approach.

Hospitals struggle as coronavirus cases explode in Pakistan

On Monday, Pakistan endured the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, recording 110 deaths, taking the country’s tally to 2,897 people killed by COVID-19 since late February. Cases rose by 4,443 to 148,921. 
Chairing a meeting on coronavirus response, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed officials to investigate increasing reports of hospitals in major cities hitting their capacity and not being able to admit more coronavirus patients, especially those requiring critical care.
04:10 GMT – US airlines threaten ban for passengers who refuse to wear masks
Major US airlines will provide masks to passengers who do not have them, and have warned passengers who refuse to wear masks that they could be banned from flights.
The airlines will clearly inform passengers about their individual policies on face coverings before flying, followed by an announcement with specific details onboard, Airlines for America said in a statement.
Each carrier will decide the appropriate consequences for passengers who fail to comply, up to and including being put on that airline’s no-fly list.
Read more about this here.

A passenger walks through Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. Airlines are saying passengers could be banned if they refuse to wear a face mask [File: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

03:50 GMT – Beijing officials say Xinfadi market outbreak ‘very grim’
City officials in Beijing have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi market as “very grim” according to the Global Times.
The Times says nine of 11 districts in Beijing have reported confirmed cases, with the area of Fengtai, which is around the market, the worst affected. 
Beijing expects to complete a citywide inspection and sanitation campaign targeting wholesale and vegetable markets, as well as restaurants and canteens on Wednesday. All vendors and business operators will have to undergo nucleic acid tests. 

03:30 GMT – Shanghai imposes quarantine for some domestic visitors
Shanghai says it will impose a 14-day quarantine on all people arriving in the city from medium to high-risk COVID-19 areas elsewhere in China.
Wu Jinglei, the director of Shanghai’s health commission, says those arriving from high-risk places will have to complete a centralised quarantine and will undergo nucleic acid testing twice.
02:30 GMT – Beijing imposes curbs on more districts after outbreak linked to market
Beijing is imposing coronavirus restrictions on more districts after an outbreak linked to the capital’s wholesale food market. There are now 22 districts deemed “medium-risk” with local authorities setting up checkpoints, stepping up social distancing and closing schools.
City officials reported 27 new cases for June 15, taking the total for the latest spike to 106, as the authorities track down close contacts of those known to have the virus.
Other cities in China have also responded to the outbreak, with some imposing quarantines or stepping up their own preventive measures.

After cluster infection was found in #Beijing’s markets, #Wuhan started three-day inspection of the city’s supermarkets, wet and vegetable markets on Saturday. All 6,178 samples took from those markets, including chopping boards, kitchen knives, tested negative for #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/JuBGBLgZAa
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 16, 2020

02:15 GMT – China’s president to convene COVID-19 ‘solidarity’ summit with Africa
China’s President Xi Jinping is to hold a “solidarity” summit with Africa over the coronavirus pandemic.
Xi will deliver a keynote speech at the summit on June 17, according to Chinese state media.
02:00 GMT – New Zealand reports two new cases in travellers returning from UK
New Zealand has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, both connected with travel to the UK and to each other.
New Zealand lifted all coronavirus restrictions last week, but is keeping its borders to closed to everyone except citizens and special cases.
00:00 GMT – More than 8 million coronavirus cases recorded worldwide
Some 8,005,294 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The actual figure is likely to be much higher because countries often have different criteria for testing, and milder and asymptomatic cases may go undetected.
These are the five countries with the most cases:
US – 2,111,622
Brazil – 888,271
Russia – 536,484
India – 332, 424
United Kingdom – 298,315
These are the five countries that have recorded the most deaths:
US – 116,114
Brazil – 43,959
United Kingdom – 41,821
Italy – 34,371
France – 29,439
23:30 GMT – Coronavirus more likely to kill those with chronic conditions: CDC
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found people with chronic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes are six times more likely to be admitted to hospital, and 12 times more likely to die than COVID-19 patients with no underlying conditions. 
The CDC based its analysis on 1.32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus received between January 22 and the end of May.
Although information on underlying conditions was available for only 22 percent of those patients, the CDC found that of those, 32 percent had a heart-related illness, 30 percent had diabetes and 18 percent had chronic lung conditions, including asthma.

People with underlying health conditions including asthma are at a far higher risk from COVID-19 than otherwise healthy people according to a new CDC report [File: David McNew/Getty Images via AFP]

The CDC said age remained a major risk. The percentage of intensive care admission was highest among people aged at least 60 and over with underlying conditions. People over the age of 80 were the most likely to die, even if they did not have a chronic illness.
Dr Amin Khan wrote about chronic illnesses and COVID-19 for Al Jazeera’s Doctor’s Note in March.
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COVID-19 cases top 4m amid soaring joblessness, second wave fears

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surged past four million as some of the hardest-hit countries prepare to phase out drastic restrictions despite lingering fears about a second wave of infections. With the pandemic exacting an economic toll unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s and pushing millions into unemployment, governments are…

COVID-19 cases top 4m amid soaring joblessness, second wave fears

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surged past four million as some of the hardest-hit countries prepare to phase out drastic restrictions despite lingering fears about a second wave of infections.
With the pandemic exacting an economic toll unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s and pushing millions into unemployment, governments are trying to contain the spread of COVID-19 while scrambling to chart a way out of prolonged lockdowns and relieve pressure on their economies.
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But, with the known global death toll exceeding 279,000 and recoveries reaching almost 1.4 million, countries are also eager to avoid second waves of infections that could overwhelm their healthcare systems, with a new cluster of cases in South Korea raising fears about the virus hitting back rapidly.
Still, some European countries have cited signs of progress that they said justified cautious steps towards a sense of normality.
Officials in France on Saturday said the day’s death toll of 80 was the lowest since early April, while nursing home deaths also dropped sharply as the country prepared on Monday to relax weeks-long curbs on public movement. 

French health officials have warned “the epidemic remains active and is evolving”, and that physical distancing must be kept up even as restrictions are eased.
In Spain, about half the population will be allowed out on Monday for limited socialisation, and restaurants will be able to offer some outdoor service as the country begins a phased transition set to last through June.
Madrid and Barcelona – two COVID-19 hotspots – have been excluded from the first phase due to fears of a resurgence.
Belgium will also ease some restrictions on Monday, and in some parts of Germany, bars and restaurants reopened on Saturday with further easing set for Monday.
The United Kingdom is reportedly planning to announce on Sunday that all overseas visitors will face a mandatory two-week quarantine, and the European Union warned against opening borders to travellers from outside the bloc.
Across Europe, the situation was still far from normal, with commemorations marking 75 years since Nazi Germany’s surrender cancelled or largely scaled down.
And Poland’s election on Sunday will be one for the history books as polling stations remain closed and turnout will clock in at zero due to a political crisis set off by the pandemic – the presidential ballot is formally neither postponed nor cancelled because the government and opposition were unable to agree on a constitutional and safe solution.
‘Chaotic disaster’
In Asia, South Korea’s capital Seoul shut all bars and clubs on Saturday after a burst of cases were tracked to one of the city’s busiest nightlife districts.
Even as the country eased virus restrictions, officials warned against carelessness after the new cluster of infections, highlighting the challenge of containing the spread of the highly infectious respiratory disease while pursuing an economic revival.  

Global economic figures are pointing to the most acute downturn in nearly a century with businesses forced to shut and supply lines badly disrupted, and pressure is growing on leaders around the world to find a way out.
In the United States, the country with the world’s highest death toll, President Donald Trump faced sharp criticism from his predecessor Barack Obama, who said on a leaked tape that his successor’s handling of the crisis was an “absolute chaotic disaster”.  
Facing re-election in November, Trump has insisted that next year would be “phenomenal” for the US economy, urging reopening in a country where the virus continues to claim well more than 1,000 lives daily.
The US lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs in April, driving the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent – the highest level since the Great Depression.
Health experts have cautioned that while the growth of cases may be slowing in some European and Asian countries, other nations – many of them impoverished – are only in the first phases of their outbreaks.  
In Iran, one of the hardest-hit countries in the Middle East, many were taking advantage of loosened restrictions despite worries about a spike in infections.
And in Pakistan, the world’s fifth most-populous country, the government ended the lockdown on Saturday and locals streamed into markets and shops, despite still-high infection rates. 
Also on Saturday, Mali’s government said it had lifted its nationwide curfew designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus and made mask-wearing compulsory in public places.
In a televised speech, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said the “evil is raging among us”, warning that the virus was now present “in practically all our administrative regions” and that more testing was needed.
The call for more tests was echoed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege, who pleaded for coronavirus testing to be made available in the country’s east, where he is coordinating the response to the pandemic.
“We solemnly request an emergency supply of these tests before the curve of the epidemic becomes exponential,” Mukwege told reporters on Saturday.
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