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US daily coronavirus infections hit new record

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The US reached a new record of more than 50,000 new daily cases on Wednesday, with North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all reaching new highs.

The surge in cases in some southern US states has led many other parts of the country to reconsider their plans to lift local lockdowns.

Arizona, which received praise from President Trump for its reopening just weeks ago, is now closing bars, gyms and cinemas for a month.

Bars, theatres and indoor restaurants have also been closed again across most of California, while New York has postponed its plans to allow indoor dining to resume.

Parts of southern Florida, meanwhile, are closing beaches to prevent large crowds from gathering on Independence Day on 4 July.

  • Summary
  • In the US, 52,982 people tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday – a new one-day record
  • States are rolling back plans to open up – New York has paused plans to allow indoor dining
  • President Donald Trump changes tack and says he would wear a mask “in a tight situation”
  • New Zealand’s health minister resigns after a series of quarantine breaches by travellers
  • A report says there is no obvious source for a recent virus surge in the UK city of Leicester
  • Globally there are 10.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 515,500 deaths

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