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When the Coronavirus pandemic reached new heights in Florida and worldwide on Sunday, New York health officials offered a glimmer of hope: They reported zero deaths for the first time in four months.

Meanwhile, with more than 66,000 new infections, the United States accounted for nearly 29% of the 230,000 reported cases globally on Sunday by the World Health Organization.

Nearly 15,300 of the new cases in the United States were confirmed in Florida, which recently broke records and reported 269,811 cases. California had the previous daily record of 11,694, set four days ago. New York had 11,571 deaths on April 15.

Internationally, the wife of a French bus driver who was beaten to death after he asked four passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle called Saturday “exemplary punishment” for his murderers. The bus driver had been hospitalized in critical condition following the July 5 attack, and his death was announced Friday.

Some recent developments:

  • A top medical adviser in the Trump administration said on Sunday that he expects “deaths to go up” for two or three weeks before the country “turns around”. Meanwhile, Education Minister Betsy DeVos said on Sunday that there was no danger in sending children back to school.
  • Large and small laboratories that run 24/7 cannot process samples fast enough from millions of Americans tested every week. That means the COVID-19 test results are delayed for a week or longer in hot spot communities, undermining public health efforts to track, isolate and prevent spread.
  • The “current best estimate” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about 40% of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. The chance of being transmitted from people without symptoms is 75%, reports data.

📈 Today’s statistics: The United States has surpassed 3.3 million cases with more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there have been 12.9 million cases and over 569,000 deaths.

📰 What we read: Public health experts are afraid of a scenario in which “I first” vaccinates nationalism that bumps nation-to-nation to get and keep enough doses for its citizens. Countries are now focusing on their own vaccine development programs rather than collaborating to pool resources.

New York City health officials report no deaths for the first time since March 11

Initial data released Sunday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that no one died of the virus in the city on July 11, exactly four months after the state’s first official death was registered on March 11.

Officials also did not record any confirmed deaths the day before, but reported two probable deaths.

The welcome news comes after a hard four months in the country’s most populous city. The peak in confirmed daily deaths was April 7, with 597, although another 216 people were likely killed by the virus that day despite no positive laboratory tests.

All in all, New York City has reported 18,670 deaths from COVID-19 and 4,613 probable fatalities.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that the state has maintained a “low and stable” number of people testing positive for coronavirus.

Oklahoma reports the state’s first teenage death, a 13-year-old at Fort Sill

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Oklahoma’s first COVID-19 related death in the 5-17 age range.

The patient was identified as a 13-year-old who died at Comanche County Memorial Hospital on Friday night, local news station KSWO-TV reported. Oklahoma military base Fort Sill said the teen depended on an active officer at the post, where family members are in solitary confinement.

The State Department reported 456 new coronavirus cases across the state on Sunday, bringing the total cumulative number of the state’s positive cases to 20,235.

Mexico surpasses Italy in confirmed deaths; Fourth highest sum of all countries

Mexican officials say the total number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 has passed 35,000 and moved it past Italy with the fourth most deaths in any country in the world.

Only the United States, Brazil, and the United Kingdom have recorded more deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the latest news “is positive, it’s good” because only nine of the country’s 32 provinces had increases in cases of infection.

“In the end, the pandemic is on the downside, that it is losing intensity,” he said.

At the same time, Italy, which was one of the first hotspots in the virus in Europe, has seen the hospitals declare themselves to be coronavirus free. The country’s deaths on Saturday dropped to 7, with confirmed daily cases dropping to below 200, according to health officials.

The French widow condemns a “barbaric” death of the driver who has been beaten over masks

Veronique Monguillot said she told French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin that she was “devastated” by the deadly assault on her husband at a bus stop in Bayonne, southwest France.

“We have to hit a fist on the table, so it never happens again,” she said. “It’s barbaric, not normal. We must stop this massacre. “

Bus driver Philippe Monguillot was attacked on July 5 after asking four passengers to wear face masks, which are required on French public transport. Monguillot was then verbally attacked, driven by the bus and hit violently and kicked in the head.

His death was announced on July 10 after he was hospitalized in critical condition. Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with the deadly assault.

Florida peaks daily records for new cases of all states such as the school year, the conference loom

Florida on Sunday reported the largest one-off increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the onset of the pandemic. The 15,299 additional cases represent nearly 3,700 more than any state had reported in a single day. Last week, Florida’s deadliest: almost 500 were killed.

Two months ago, Florida was one of the first states to start opening its economy again. One month ago, less than 5% of the tests came out positive with a daily average. Last week the daily average exceeded 19%.

Coming next month is the new school year, which begins in many parts of Florida on August 10. Government Ron DeSantis has cited the “huge, huge costs” of not providing personal schools, and ordered schools to offer five days per week in the classroom.

“The happiness of the corona, fortunately, for students is extremely low,” he said.

Next month, the Republican National Conference to Jacksonville is also planned. The GOP is considering moving the conference to an outdoor arena, The Washington Post reported last week.

Long lines for COVID-19 testing, stressed laboratories delay results when demand spikes

America’s testing system is once again strained and laboratories are struggling to keep up with coronavirus crashes faster than ever in the south and west.

The number of daily tests reached a peak time of more than 719,000 on July 3 and averaged an average of 640,000 each day during the past week, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

Because of this increase, large and small laboratories running 24/7 cannot process samples quickly enough from millions of Americans tested each week.

Test centers in Sunbelt cities such as Tallahassee, Florida and Phoenix routinely attract long lines and sometimes have to reject people. Other than hospital patients, which laboratories prioritize, delays are widespread in the south and west at run-through and walk-up test centers, urgent care, emergency rooms and government-supported test sites.

– Ken Alltucker

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Contributions: The Associated Press

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