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US coronavirus cases exceed 3 million

After shattering a daily record this week and recording more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases, the United States has now passed the 3 million mark in the total tally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The US has registered 131,594 deaths related to COVID-19, according to a count maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

Florida is starting to see pressure on its health system, as are parts of Texas.

Both of the populous states are showing surges.

California, Arizona and Georgia are also facing serious challenges amid sustained spreads.

The White House insists medical supplies are sufficient for the crisis and is continuing to push for re-openings of the economy, most recently placing a focus on getting schools fully functional.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the rise in cases is because of expanded testing.

While testing has markedly improved in recent months, experts and local elected officials say the caseload is increasing because of fresh contagions.

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Chinese city issues ‘bubonic plague’ alert

Authorities in a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have issued a warning a day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague.

The health committee of the city of Bayan Nur issued the third-level alert, the second lowest in a four-level system.

The alert forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and asks the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes, and to report any sick or dead marmots.

The warning on Sunday follows four reported cases of plague in people from Inner Mongolia last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant of plague.

The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents.

Plague cases are not uncommon in China but outbreaks have become increasingly rare.

From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths.

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KANYE 2020 | US rapper declares he will run for President

It’s official, well, Twitter official… Kanye West is running for President of the United States.

Some were beginning to wonder if his pledge at the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2015 would eventuate.

Late last year it looked like it might not happen, with West deciding to push his plans back to 2024.

But after the year that 2020 has already been, it’s almost no surprise that the US rapper has confirmed his plans to run this year.

West announced the news to Twitter yesterday.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future.

“I am running for president of the United States,” the post reads, along with #2020VISION.

He was endorsed by wife Kim Kardashian, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

But it’s still not quite official yet, with West’s name yet to appear on the Federal Election Commission.

It’s also understood that he hasn’t declared which political party he will run in yet, and with only four months until the election, political commentators in the US say it’s almost impossible for him to get his name on ballot papers in all 50 states.

Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend charged with helping groom, abuse victims

The former girlfriend of deceased, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in the United States.

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI at a home in New Hampshire overnight, following ongoing investigations.

The 58-year-old is accused of helping recruit, groom and abuse minor victims of Epstein, who committed suicide in prison almost a year ago.

Some of the victims were as young as 14 at the time, according to the indictment.

She’s now facing six charges, including conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiring to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.

US Attorney Audrey Strauss says Ms Maxwell played a critical role in Mr Epstein’s offences.

“Maxwell would encourage young girls to accept offers from Epstein, to pay for their travel and education, making these young girls feel indebted to Jeffrey Epstein.

“After developing a rapport with the victims, Maxwell then tried to normalise sexual abuse with the minor victim,” Attorney Strauss said.

Ms Maxwell has reportedly had a brief appearance in court already, waiving her right to a bail hearing.

It’s understood she’ll be transferred to a jail in New York.

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500,000 coronavirus deaths recorded worldwide

A grim milestone for coronavirus deaths around the world, with over half a million people now passing away from the virus.

It comes as the number of cases worldwide tick over the 10 million mark, with Europe and the United States making up most of those.

The new death toll figure comes from John Hopkins University researchers, with a quarter of the deaths reported in the US alone.

Over 125,000 Americans have died as a result of the virus, with Brazil close behind with more than 57,000 deaths.

But researchers believe the true death toll is actually much higher, with many passing away without being tested early on.

While in Australia there’s only been 104 deaths.

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