US breaks own daily COVID-19 record, more than 66,000 new infections Jul 12, 2020 0 881 12345 DPAWashingtonThe United States again broke its own record for new coronavirus cases in a single day, with more than 66,600 fresh infections documented over the course of Friday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.The US has broken its own record in three out of the last four days, according to the university’s tracker.Florida, one of the states seeing the sharpest spike, reported more than 10,000 daily cases and 93 new deaths. Disney resorts in the state are starting to reopen, beginning with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.Georgia, also a hotspot, shattered its own record, with more than 4,000 new cases. However, a fight is brewing between the mayor of the state’s main city, Atlanta, a Democrat, who is trying to roll back reopenings, and the governor, a Republican, who is refusing.Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms warned of “alarming” spike in new cases.The White House has downplayed the severity of the new outbreaks across multiple states, insisting, despite the evidence, that the rising caseloads are only due to expanded testing, and focusing on death rates.While mortality figures have been in sharp decline, they are starting to tick back up. RELATED ARTICLES Serbia arrests 71 over virus protest violence, including Briton and Tunisian Jul 12, 2020 0 635 Guatemala stand-alone Jul 12, 2020 0 838 Bosnia stand alone Jul 12, 2020 0 838 Trump move to free ally Stone is ‘historic corruption’: Romney AFP Washington Donald Trump’s commutation of the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone was a case of “unprecedented, historic corruption,” Senator Mitt Romney tweeted on Saturday, making his a rare Republican .. WHO urges aggressive virus measures as world’s cases double in six weeks AFP Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. .. Calls for harsh punishments after death of bus driver in France PARIS: French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Saturday vowed to come down hard on the perpetrators of a brutal attack on a bus driver who reportedly would not allow them to board without face masks. He promised that the .. Bulgarian president demands resignation of ‘mafia’ type government SOFIA: Bulgarian President Roumen Radev on Saturday called for the resignation of the government, which he described as having a “mafia character”, after police raids on his offices during the week which Radev blamed on .. Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge PANAMA CITY: Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit by the pandemic, where doctors are already exhausted. With a population of four million, .. Brazil surges past 70,000 virus deaths AFP Rio de Janeiro Brazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the health ministry said, though the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilising. The ministry said there had been 45,000 new infections .. California to release 8,000 more prisoners over virus fears AFP Los Angeles California will release up to 8,000 more prisoners to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in its crowded jails, according to authorities in the US state, one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. The inmates ..