U.S. CDC reports 2,785,023 coronavirus cases, 129,397 deaths

– The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday reported 2,785,023 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 52,492 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 749 to 129,397. The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on July 3 compared with its previous report a day earlier.…

"U.S. CDC reports 2,785,023 coronavirus cases, 129,397 deaths"

Thai boxing matches resume after lockdown, but audiences stay home

BANGKOK – Thai boxing matches resumed on Saturday after more than three months as the nation eases its coronavirus lockdown, but fans of the popular sport will have to make do with watching on television for now. Leaders of the sport hailed the return to the ring after the shutdown, which left hundreds of boxers and referees without work, and said they hoped spectators would be allowed to attend matches again soon. “I’m very happy…

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Florida sees coronavirus cases spike to new daily record

– Florida’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose by a record 11,458 on Saturday, the state’s health department said, the second time in three days that its caseload increased by more than 10,000. The new record came a day after seven other states also reported record rises in cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that has killed nearly 130,000 Americans. The recent surge, most pronounced in southern and western states, has alarmed public health…

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India’s clinical research body defends timeline for coronavirus vaccine trials

MUMBAI – India’s leading clinical research agency said Saturday its decision to fast-track development of a potential coronavirus vaccine was in line with international standards, after health experts raised concerns about the schedule for clinical trials. The Indian Council of Medical Research issued a statement after a letter was leaked on Friday showing ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava as saying the agency “envisaged” launch of the vaccine for public health use by Aug. 15, with…

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Mexico steps up border checks to keep coronavirus at bay over July 4 holiday

MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials will install health checkpoints at various entry points along its northern border this weekend, as both Mexican and U.S. officials fear a surge of crossings for the July 4 holiday could spread the coronavirus. Mexican consulates across the United States issued warnings last week on social media of the ramped-up measures scheduled for July 2 through July 5, and urged people to refrain from crossing for recreation or tourism. A…

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Catalonia curbs movement of 200,000 people after new coronavirus outbreak

MADRID – Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia enforced a new lockdown on more than 200,000 people on Saturday, after several new outbreaks of the coronavirus were detected. Residents in Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, will not be able to leave the area from 12 noon (1000 GMT) on Saturday, but will not be confined to their homes as was the case in Spain’s original strict lockdown in March. “We have decided to confine…

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With no paparazzi or parties, Paris prepares for virtual fashion week

PARIS – Paris is usually abuzz during its prestigious Haute Couture presentations in July, its hotels heaving with fashionistas and monuments turned into catwalk venues. But in a makeover caused by the coronavirus crisis, top designers will instead be experimenting next week with online showcases to try to keep clients hooked. Brands from Christian Dior to Valentino are pressing ahead with collections and shows through an organised schedule of videos running from July 6-8. That…

"With no paparazzi or parties, Paris prepares for virtual fashion week"

Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises

– Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus. Iran has been battling the spread of the coronavirus, with the total number of cases hitting 237,878 on Saturday and a further 148 deaths bringing the country’s toll to 11,408, Health…

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Australia’s Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump since March

SYDNEY – Australia’s second most-populous state, Victoria, reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases since late March on Saturday, forcing the expansion of stay-at-home orders to more Melbourne suburbs and the complete lockdown of nine public housing towers. The southeastern state recorded 108 new cases on Saturday, up from 66 on Friday and more than 70 new cases in each of the previous four days. “These numbers are a very real concern to all of…

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