COVID-19 in the USA, update

This 25 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

As the US state of Florida emerges from its coronavirus shutdown, it is experiencing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.

Health experts warn Florida, with more than 100,000 cases, could become the next virus epicentre.

Governor Ron DeSantis calls his plan to reopen “smart, safe and step by step,” but critics say he has lost control.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports.

INFECTION RATE SET TO SURGE PAST EARLY PEAK New coronavirus cases reported each day in the U.S. are reaching levels unseen since the initial height of the pandemic as states lift restrictions and people ditch social distancing measures. New cases have topped 30,000 each day this week and are on track to surpass mid-April’s record peak. Infections began to decline last month under restrictive lockdowns, but President Donald Trump began goading followers to protest the restrictions and go back to work. [HuffPost]

FEDS SET TO CUT TESTING FUNDS AS CASES SOAR COVID-19 testing centers across five states are set to lose federal funding next week after the Trump administration decided not to extend the program that established them. As a result, testing sites across Colorado (1), Illinois (2), New Jersey (2), Pennsylvania (1) and Texas (7) will likely close if those states are unable to replace the funding. Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said the program that originally funded 41 such sites across 48 states would end next week. [HuffPost]

Every state is reopening. Just seven meet these basic criteria to do so safely.

DOZENS OF SECRET SERVICE AGENTS TOLD TO QUARANTINE AFTER TULSA RALLY Dozens of Secret Service agents have been instructed to self-quarantine after two agents who attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday tested positive for the coronavirus. The Secret Service told agents who worked at the Tulsa campaign event to stay home for 14 days. The Secret Service field office in Tulsa also reportedly arranged for a testing session at a hospital to determine if local agents contracted the virus while working during the event. [HuffPost]

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