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US coronavirus latest: 12:00 PT / 15:00 ET on Sunday 14 June (21:00 CEST)
According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 7,840,408 cases have been detected worldwide, with 431,236 deaths and 3,735,193.
In the USA, there have been 2,084,506 confirmed cases and 115,586 deaths with 556,606 people recovering from the virus.
Tourists dip their toes in water as top Mexican beach getaway reopens
Foreign visitors have begun to trickle back to the white sands and warm waters of Mexico's Caribbean coast as its popular beaches gradually reopen to tourism with new sanitary measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 'I've been stuck in New York City in my apartment for three months, so I decided that on the beach somewhere open was probably a good call,' said web designer Sam Leon, 31, after arriving Saturday at the airport of famed resort town Cancun.
He said he planned to head to the trendy beach of Tulum with a friend, and said he had no qualms about possibly picking up the virus while traveling because he was in good health. Others were similarly undeterred, even as Mexico reported record infection levels in recent days and in certain areas is at the peak of the pandemic. Mexico has registered 16,448 overall deaths. 'We travel all the time... we're really not super concerned,' said Canadian national Brad Kendell, 32, who lives in Panama. He had been in Mexico City with his wife last March when Panama put the country on lockdown.
They chose to decamp to Cancun for a 'change of pace' while waiting for travel restrictions to ease. About 20 tourists splashed in the water and relaxed on the sand on a recent day at Hard Rock Hotel, which re-opened on June 8 along with 16 other beachside resorts in Cancun. Hard Rock said it installed hand sanitizer stations, ramped up cleaning and is enforcing distancing rules at the pool and beach areas. Although hotels can allow guests into the water, public beaches remain closed.
'The most important thing right now is to revive the state's economy, but we have to be careful with the health of our people,' Carlos Joaquin, governor of Quintana Roo state which includes Cancun, said last week. A full recovery for Mexico's tourism sector - which represents 8.7% of gross domestic product and employs 4.5 million people - looks far off. Mexico registered only 86,000 foreign visitors in April, down from 2.8 million the same month the year before, according to official data.
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Putin says Russia handling coronavirus pandemic better then US
Vladimir Putin has said claimed that Russia has so far handled the coronavirus pandemic better than the U.S.
“We are working rather smoothly and emerging from this situation with the coronavirus confidently and, with minimal losses... But in the [United] States that is not happening,” Putin told state TV.
NBA players, staff to have COVID-19 tests every other day
NBA teams will be tested every other day for the coronavirus beginning June 23 as the league prepares to resume the season, according to multiple reports. The league reportedly sent a memo to teams on Saturday, informing them that players and essential team personnel who will be involved in the restarted season will take both a COVID-19 test and an antibody test that day. The NBA plans to resume play on July 30 with 22 teams that have a chance of making the playoffs at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.
The season was halted on March 11 because of the coronavirus. After June 23, the players and staff will have the coronavirus test every other day until two days before they leave for Florida. Training camp will start there July 9. The memo does not address what the testing protocol will be at Disney. The NBA has been assured that their testing will not deprive health-care workers, first responders and symptomatic patients in each league city of adequate testing supplies, ESPN reported. The league also will provide free testing for the public in each of the 21 cities that have teams participating in the resumed season, the report said.
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Record spike in new cases, hospitalizations
Reuters reports that new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have reached record numbers in several U.S. states, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina reported a record number of new cases for the third day in a row on Saturday, while Oklahoma reported record new cases for the second day in a row, Arizona and Nevada reported a near-record number of new cases. In Louisiana, which had been one of the earlier virus hotspots, new cases were again on the rise with over 1,200 - the most there since May 21. Memorial Day gatherings are being blamed for the rise in cases.
Governors in states such as New York, California, Washington, Pennsylvania and Maine have enacted plans that allow regions that meet certain criteria to progress through reopening phases at a faster pace than the rest of the state.
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European border changes
Across the Atlantic, EU travel restrictions are being relaxed.
Spain will open its borders to countries in the European Union's Schengen area on 21 June, according to Spanish media, except for Portugal where the border will open on 1 July as previously announced.
The Spanish government had previously said it would allow foreign tourists to enter Spain on 1 July without self-quarantining, apart from the Balearic Islands which could start receiving tourists on Monday as part of a test programme.
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“It’ll be up a little bit, it’ll be down a little bit. That’s fine. What we do want to watch is if you see it start ticking up and continue to tick up. We’re looking for a direction more than anything else,” he said.
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More than 7.72 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 426,665 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
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Second wave "not inevitable"
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned cases could rise this summer as states start the process of reopening. However, White House Coronavirus Task Force specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that a second wave in the US is "not inevitable."
West Point graduation observes social distancing
West Point graduating cadets take their oath as U.S. Army officers as they stand spaced apart for social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic during their 2020 United States Military Academy graduation ceremony attended by U.S. President Donald Trump at West Point, New York, U.S., June 13, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
California gyms reopen
Ross Valley Fitness members participate in an outdoor socially distanced workout class on June 13, 2020 in San Anselmo, California
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Biden rips into Republicans over HEROES Act
Elsewhere, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden did not pull any punches as he said Senate Republicans were “so damn stupid” for not passing House Democrats’ $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
“The Republican Senate need to do its job and pass the HEROES Act," Biden said on a call with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), as reported by The Hill.
Seattle coronavirus survivor gets $1.1m hospital bill
One of the biggest stories of Saturday was covered by the The Seattle Times, who reported 70-year-old Michael Flor, who was dubbed the "Miracle Child" after overcoming Covid-19 following a 62-day battle in intensive care, has been handed a bill for more than $1 million.
US Coronavirus news: 13/14 June
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The number of cases and deaths continues to rise across the US and Saturday saw the overall tally rise to over 2.06 million confirmed cases across the country.