Coronavirus news update

This 8 July 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus infections are soaring in Central Asia.

Former Soviet states have been suffering a second wave of cases since lockdown restrictions were eased two months ago.

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.

TRUMP PROMISES TO PRESSURE GOVERNORS TO REOPEN SCHOOLS President Donald Trump vowed to pressure states and local governments to open schools in the fall, despite the renewed surge in coronavirus cases. At a White House roundtable to discuss fall plans for public schools, Trump claimed, without proof, that some schools were staying closed for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed,” Trump said of local leaders. “No way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.” This comes as a GOP lawmaker urged constituents to “stop getting tested.” [HuffPost]

6 DEAD, 1,500 INFECTED AS CORONAVIRUS RAVAGES SAN QUENTIN Half a dozen inmates have died and more than 1,300 inmates have been infected by the coronavirus at San Quentin State Prison in Northern California, as advocates urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to release more prisoners. In late May, San Quentin prison had zero confirmed cases of the virus among its around 4,000 inmates. But after over 120 prisoners were transferred in from a facility in Chino — 25 of whom later tested positive for COVID-19 — an outbreak began. As of Tuesday, 1,369 people incarcerated at San Quentin and 184 staffers had tested positive. Only 13 inmates with active cases have been released so far. [HuffPost]

USA: As COVID-19 rages at San Quentin, a prison rabbi and activist offer comfort and support.

Israel employs controversial tracking tool to fight surging COVID.

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