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Record 15,000 new virus cases in Florida

Florida has reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, a day after Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened and anti-mask activists held a rally nearby.

If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new coronavirus cases in a day behind the US, Brazil and India.

Florida’s daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there.

Florida has also broken the state of New York’s record of 12,847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicentre of the US outbreak.

Walt Disney Co welcomed a limited number of guests to its two most popular parks in Orlando on Saturday with a host of safety measures including masks and temperature checks.

Coronavirus infections are rising in about 40 states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.

Nationally, the US has broken global records by registering about 60,000 new cases a day for the last four days in a row, according to a Reuters tally.

Hospitalisations and positive test rates are also rising in the states at the centre of the outbreak – Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.

Health officials have pleaded with the public to wear masks to limit the spread of the virus, but the issue has become politically divisive in the US, unlike many other countries that have seen far lower rates of infection and death.

Seven months into the pandemic, US President Donald Trump wore a mask for the first time in public when he visited a Washington DC-area military medical centre on Saturday.

Trump had previously refused to wear a mask in public or ask Americans to wear face coverings, saying it was a personal choice.

Many Americans still refuse to wear a mask, which health experts say helps stop transmission of the virus.

COVID-19 has killed more than 134,000 Americans.

Anti-mask activists organised a protest on Saturday at a grilled cheese restaurant and bar in Windermere, Florida, which is in Orange County, about 19km from Walt Disney World.

Anti-mask activist Tara Hill said the virus was very well-contained.

“Everyone is responsible for their own health care decisions … We want our choices respected as well,” she said.

Florida has posted record levels of coronavirus infections five times in the last 10 days.

In addition, more than four dozen hospitals in Florida reported their intensive care units are full due to a surge in COVID-19 patients.

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11 sailors hospitalised after massive blaze breaks out on US navy ship

A large fire has broken out on a navy ship in the United States, injuring at least 11 sailors.

It broke out around 9.00am local time, on board the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego.

It’s understood the ship was in ‘maintenance mode’ when the fire broke out.

But there are concerns due to there being a lot of fuel on the ship, with the local fire chief reported the blaze could go on for days.

As many as 11 soldiers have been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

While the nearby pier has been evacuated.

Federal fire fires are now on scene, trying to put out the flames from surrounding water vessels, with fears the ship will burn to the water.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Grave fears for ‘Glee’ star missing after swimming with 4yo son in LA lake

There are fears Glee actress Naya Rivera has drowned in a lake in California, with a major search underway.

It’s understood the actress, who played Santana Lopez in the musical TV show, rented a boat with her four year old son on Wednesday afternoon.

Local police confirmed they were searching for a possible drowning victim at Lake Piru, north of Los Angeles, before later confirming the person’s identity.

Another boater on the lake had found the rented boat, with the four-year-old still on board.

He told authorities that both his mum and him had gone swimming from the boat, but his mother never got back in the boat.

Authorities spent the rest of the day searching the water for the 33-year-old, before calling it off at nightfall.

Authorities have returned to the lake today, blocking off access to the public, to try and locate the actress.

The Glee cast are no strangers to tragedy, unfortunately, with two other deaths amongst the group previously.

Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Canada back in 2013, after overdosing on heroine and alcohol.

In 2018, Mark Salling died by suicide in Los Angeles, just a month before he was due to be sentenced for possessing child porn.

 

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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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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.