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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: Daily U.S. cases top 30,000 for first time in seven weeks - The Washington Post

"New daily coronavirus cases in the United States on Friday exceeded 30,000 for the first time in seven weeks as states in the South and West continued to report alarming spikes in new infections.

The country tallied 31,630 new confirmed cases Friday, according to tracking by The Washington Post. The last time new daily cases in the United States topped 30,000 was on May 1, when 33,263 new infections were reported.

In Tulsa — where President Trump plans to hold a campaign rally Saturday — cases hit a new high on Friday.

Here are some significant developments:

An experimental vaccine by Oxford University has turned into the West’s best — and perhaps only — chance to have a viable vaccine before the end of the year.

Pope Francis thanked doctors and nurses from Italy’s hardest hit region for their work on Saturday in one of his first speeches to an in-person audience since the pandemic lockdowns.

Face mask requirements are taking hold across the country as states throughout the South and West continue to report record highs in new daily coronavirus cases.

Navy leaders have upheld the firing of an aircraft carrier captain whose handling of an outbreak raised concerns about the military’s vulnerability to the highly contagious disease and generated a personnel crisis for the Navy.

Brazil surpassed 1 million cases Friday as the country continues to battle the world’s second-highest number of confirmed infections, after the United States.

The World Health Organization warned Friday that “the world is in a new and dangerous phase” as the global pandemic accelerates.

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Authorities arrested Obadiah Moyo on Friday after pressure mounted on Zimbabwe’s government to act in light of revelations that the minister did not follow the legal process for procuring a $20 million contract with the firm Drax Consult.

The BBC reported that Moyo arrived Saturday at the courthouse in a state-issued luxury car to face several counts of abuse of office. The minister had to surrender his passport and, after being granted bail, is expected to return to court again in July.

The government canceled its contracts with Drax Consult following public outcry.

Zimbabwe has confirmed only around 500 coronavirus cases, though the actual rate of infection is suspected to be far higher. The country is simultaneously struggling with its worst economic crisis in more than a decade.

Moyo is the second minister in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cabinet to be charged with corruption, according to the BBC"

Coronavirus live updates: Daily U.S. cases top 30,000 for first time in seven weeks - The Washington Post

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