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Coronavirus: What’s behind alarming new US outbreaks? | BBC News

Lenient restrictions on indoor businesses such as gyms and restaurants are seen as the culprit behind the increase of COVID-19 cases. Many businesses have also been caught not abiding by social distancing protocols and proper face mask coverings. Despite more testing kits being administered, it is shown that the increasing positive cases are attributed by more social contact and family ... Read More »

Study confirms new version of coronavirus spreads faster, but doesn’t make people sicker | CNN

According to a new global study, people do not have to worry about the difference in the amount it will affect you but rather the rate at which the virus spreads. This new mutation spreads faster than the previous one and might now be the spotlight of concern. The new mutation targets proteins which could affect our ability to create ... Read More »

Fever checks are a flawed way to flag Covid-19 cases. Experts say smell tests might help | STAT News

This is supposed to be a way to weed out those with fevers who in return might get others sick. However, analysts are saying that this method is not efficient because it does not account for people that have no symptoms. Also, not everyone has a fever with COVID-19. Some are proposing a scratch and sniff test since one of the earliest symptoms of COVID-19 are loss of smell. The customer would have ... Read More »

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 | NPR News

As a result of recent heavy rains, a landslide occurred in Myanmar near an active mine. Twelve hours later rescue teams found over 100 bodies. This would hit the mining industry as one of the deadliest days with 162 deaths in 54 people left injured. Witnesses captured videos and photos of the tragedy and posted them on Twitter.  Source: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/02/886963705/landslide-at-myanmar-jade-mine-kills-at-least-162?sc=18&f=1001  Read More »

Asia Today: Kim urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight | AP News

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues to urge his public health officials to stay proactive in guarding against the virus. Many people assume that North Korea having no cases is false because of how close the country is to China where the virus originally broke out in the poor health infrastructure within the country. They would be the only country to have zero cases if this is true.   Source: https://apnews.com/1c358aee25e062246e810bcbb20275be  Read More »

What does China’s national security law for Hong Kong say? | Aljazeera

Despite pro-democracy protest that had broken out within the country, China continued to pass a law making it hard for anyone to speak out against the Chinese government without being considered a terrorist or a national security threat. This new security law will make it easier for a sentence is to be longer and harsher on those who are seen as a traitor to the country.  Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/china-national-security-law-hong-kong-200701024705923.html  Read More »

Russia’s Putin wins referendum on constitutional reforms | DW News

One amendment in particular was pushed into the spotlight. The amendment in question would alter term limits to be longer allowing Putin to continue being president. 65% of those eligible voted and 78% of those who voted supported changing the constitution. It was originally planned for April 22nd but then was rescheduled and altered due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Source: ... Read More »

Trump: U.S. intelligence doubted Russia urged Taliban to kill U.S. troops | Reuters

News outlets published that Russia has been influencing the Taliban to kill U.S troops. On Wednesday Trump came out and stated that these claims are unfounded. The New York times claimed that Trump was briefed on this, however according to a source the CIA did not verbally report this to him because they were not too sure of how true ... Read More »

Israel signals occupied West Bank annexation move not imminent | Aljazeera

A statement by Gahi Ashkanazi revealed that the government discussion with the United States is going to be held after the self-imposed target date of July 1st. While many are eager for this discussion to start, Benny Gantz the alternative prime minister stated that this conversation should be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/israel-signals-occupied-west-bank-annexation-move-imminent-200701072958427.html Read More »

U.S. could see 100,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, Fauci says | STAT News

According to Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, life will not return to normal anytime soon. The trajectory of the U.S. is looking grim after it is predicted that the U.S. might eventually exceed 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day. Right now, there are 40,000 new cases per day. The south is seeing cases spark ... Read More »