Democrats slam Trump as White House downplays spike in virus cases Jun 29, 2020 0 2061 12345 WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus cases continued to spike across much of the United States on Sunday as the White House downplayed the severity of new outbreaks and sought to deflect responsibility on to local authorities.US Vice President Mike Pence blamed the rising infection rate on expanded testing and criticised the media’s continued focus on rising case numbers.“What the media doesn’t focus on at all is because of the sacrifices the American people made... to slow the spread and the good common sense measures they continue to do, we’ve continued to see fatalities decline,” Pence said in an interview broadcast on CBS on Sunday.He noted that many new cases in hotspots Florida and Texas were among people below the age of 35, and claimed this posed a lower mortality risk. When pressed on a national response, Pence said local authorities were best placed to handle the situation. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Poles vote in high numbers in presidential election amid coronavirus pandemic Jun 29, 2020 0 644 Low turnout as France votes in local polls Jun 29, 2020 0 666 Global COVID-19 infection cases surpass 10 million Jun 29, 2020 0 256 Russian mining giant admits waste ‘violations’ at Arctic plant AFP Moscow A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said on Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra. Norilsk Nickel .. Trump ouster will not mend trans-Atlantic ties: Germany’s Maas DPA Berlin The ouster of US President Donald Trump in November elections would not suffice in mending diplomatic relations between Washington and Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told DPA in an interview .. No COVID-19 deaths for first time in Madrid since onset of pandemic MADRID: Spain’s capital Madrid said on Sunday that they had recorded no deaths as a results of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the first such occurrence since the start of the pandemic. “Great news - yesterday .. UK could lock down city of Leicester after virus surge London The central English city of Leicester could be the country’s first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Sunday. The Midlands city recorded 658 new .. Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence AFP Washington US President Donald Trump denied on Sunday being briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan. The .. Trump tweets -- then deletes -- video of supporter yelling ‘white power’ WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday shared a video of a stand-off between anti-Trump protesters and his supporters in which a man chants “white power” -- before deleting it amid an outcry. “Thank you to the ..