Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation

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Sri Lankan Muslim women wait for a Covid-19 test. Some in the community are fighting cremation rules Sri Lankan authorities are insisting on cremation for coronavirus victims – a practice forbidden by Islam. The nation’s minority Muslim community says they are using the pandemic to discriminate, writes BBC Sinhala’s Saroj Pathirana. On 4 May, Fathima … Read more Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation

At 550,000 coronavirus tests daily in the USA, testing still far below level for safe reopening

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WASHINGTON – An average of 550,000 COVID-19 tests are conducted every day nationwide – a significant increase from the roughly 300,000 processed in May but far short of the nearly 1 million experts say are needed to ensure a safe reopening of the economy. The country could reach that million-per-day target by fall, U.S. Adm. Brett Giroir, … Read more At 550,000 coronavirus tests daily in the USA, testing still far below level for safe reopening

Coronavirus: Mexico's death toll passes 30,000

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Mexico has started removing some restrictions imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19 Mexico has recorded more than 30,000 deaths from its coronavirus outbreak, as the disease continues to ravage one of Latin America’s worst-hit countries. The health ministry said deaths rose by 523 on Saturday, pushing the total to 30,366. The country now has … Read more Coronavirus: Mexico's death toll passes 30,000

An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building's elevator buttons.

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A young woman in an elevator wears a face mask to prevent coronavirus spread. Getty Images An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier traveled from the US to China in March. Even though she didn’t interact with anyone face-to-face, her downstairs neighbor was infected. According to a new study, transmission likely occurred in the elevator, when the neighbor … Read more An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building's elevator buttons.

Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast shadow over July 4 celebrations

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By Lisa Shumaker and Doina Chiacu (Reuters) – Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast a shadow over the nation’s Fourth of July celebrations as health experts worried that holiday parties will cause a further spike in infections that could overwhelm hospitals. After towns and cities across the country canceled annual fireworks displays to … Read more Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast shadow over July 4 celebrations

The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

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World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 11, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty The World Health Organization changed its coronavirus timeline to say that its China office first found out about the novel coronavirus from local reports on the “viral pneumonia,” rather than from Chinese officials. The … Read more The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 11 million

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By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months. The number of cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded … Read more Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 11 million

New mutation of coronavirus spreads disease more easily, warns Fauci

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Dr Anthony Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – AP Photo/Alex Brandon A mutation of coronavirus able to spread more easily may have emerged, America’s top infectious disease expert has warned as Texas made mask-wearing in public mandatory.  Dr Anthony Fauci, who sits on the White House coronavirus task … Read more New mutation of coronavirus spreads disease more easily, warns Fauci

Florida's new coronavirus cases break record, nearly tying New York's peak

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Florida shattered its single-day record for new coronavirus cases, nearly tying New York state’s peak daily count set in April. Florida on Saturday reported 11,458 new cases of the virus, which breaks its previous records and approaches New York’s highest daily tally of 11,571 in April, according to NBC Miami and the New York State … Read more Florida's new coronavirus cases break record, nearly tying New York's peak