Russia is protecting Vladimir Putin from the coronavirus by spraying people with disinfectant via tunnels to his residence, media reports say.
Special disinfection tunnels were installed at Putin's residence outside Moscow and in the Kremlin when the outbreak "was in full swing," Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told The Associated Press.
While Russian officials say the country passed the peak of the outbreak last month, 22 states in the U.S. are seeing a spike in cases. Florida, Arizona and Texas, for example, are seeing record daily infections:Florida reported 2,783 cases, continuing 15 consecutive days of more than 1,000 daily cases. Despite the rise, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he's "not rolling back" reopening plans. In Arizona, Tuesday's record of 2,392 daily cases was the first time the state has reported more than 2,000 new cases in a single day. More than 1,000 new cases have been reported on 11 of the past 15 days. Texas reported 2,622 new cases and five days of record hospitalizations. Gov. Greg Abbott attributed the rise to large batches of tests coming in at once from prisons and assisted living centers.
🚨Today's stats on the coronavirus: More than 8.2 million cases worldwide and 2.1 million cases in the U.S. More than 445,000 people have died across the globe with almost 117,000 deaths in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.
News roundup: Today's big storiesChinese authorities are intensifying efforts to stem a resurgence of coronavirus cases in Beijing after the capital reported several dozen new instances of the disease this week after a period of almost two months without a single new infection. – USA TODAYHonduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, his wife and two of his aides have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. – New York TimesThe Trump administration is on the defensive after accusations that Operation Warp Speed is going too fast and raising the anxiety level of people already hesitant to get vaccinated. But two leading members of the administration’s effort pledged safety would not be sacrificed in the push to quickly develop, manufacture and deliver a vaccine. – USA TODAYThe World Health Organization says more understanding is needed on the steroid that was shown in a British trial to reduce deaths among critically ill patients. Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO emergencies chief, called it a "breakthrough" but cautioned it "is not the time to rush to chance clinical practice." – Associated Press
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