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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Coronavirus updates: California reimposes shutdowns; virus death toll may be 35% higher than known in U.S.

As California reimposed restrictions on 19 counties to control a growing surge in coronavirus cases, researchers said Wednesday the U.S. death toll from the pandemic may be 35% higher than reported.

The outbreak is also having a significant impact on race relations, as nearly 40% of Asian Americans and Blacks reported an increase in incidents of discrimination,  according to a new survey.
Those developments come with U.S. coronavirus cases rising, as multiple states are reporting new daily records, and with the World Health Organization warning that the global pandemic is "speeding up."
Texas, which set new marks for positive cases and hospitalizations, has shut down bars. So has Arizona, while Florida banned alcohol consumption at them. White House task force leader Vice President Mike Pence was meeting with Arizona officials Wednesday amid that state's surge in cases and hospitalizations.

The Trump administration, undeterred, unveiled plans for the Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza on the National Mall, an annual event that routinely draws hundreds of thousands of people.
Here are some major developments:
Six months into the nation’s battle with the coronavirus, doctors and nurses still face a dearth of supplies. Nearly 45% of those surveyed by the American Nurses Association said they experienced protective gear shortages as late as May 31. Almost 80% said their employers encouraged or required them to reuse disposable equipment.
Gyms in Arizona and Michigan are defying orders to close again. One gym has filed a lawsuit calling the order "arbitrary and irrational."
Hospitalizations are rising in 12 states and about 130 counties are "hot spots," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief says. See a list of which states are pausing reopening plans here.

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