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NEW YORK: The US reported record high for a third consecutive day on Friday with 45,300 new Covid-19 infections, eclipsing the previous high of 40,000 on Thursday. Globally, countries reported more than 1,91,000 new infections — a single-day record as the total number of cases neared 10 million.
At least six US states — Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah — reported their highest oneday case totals, and Anthony Fauci, the country’s top expert, warned that outbreaks in the south and west was a “serious problem” and could engulf the country. For the first time, some US governors were backtracking on reopening their states, issuing new restrictions on some elements of public life.
Yet in Washington, at the White House coronavirus task force’s first public briefing in almost two months, vice-president Mike Pence sought to take a victory lap for the Trump administration’s response. “We slowed the spread, we flattened the curve, we saved lives.”
European Union officials, meanwhile, said the bloc was ready to bar most travellers from the US and other countries considered too risky, including Russia. Nations that made the safe list include Canada and Australia. The list, which still needs to be formalised by member states, will be updated every two weeks.
Chinasaw an uptick in cases, one day after authorities said they expect the Beijing outbreak to be brought under control soon. The nation reported 17 new cases in the capital, the most in a week, among total 21.
Brazil signed a $127 million deal to start producing locally AstraZeneca’s vaccine.