US heads into Independence Day amid virus

Prime News, International, Health, Disease, Washington (USA), July 4:- Another record number of coronavirus cases overshadowed the start of America’s Independence Day weekend on Friday as the surge in infections prompted Britain to blacklist travelers from the United States.

With beaches closed from coast to coast and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscored the struggle to extinguish COVID-19 at the epicenter of the global pandemic.

Touching almost every country on Earth since it emerged in China late last year, the coronavirus has infected at least 10.9 million and killed 5,22,000 globally, shattering previously buoyant economies and bringing public life to a standstill.

But while Europe and much of Asia have largely managed to bring the virus under control — so much so that England was preparing to reopen pubs, restaurants and cinemas — in US, it has claimed nearly 1,30,000 lives amid a sharp resurgence of cases which top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said “puts the entire country at risk.” (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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