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Virus cases reach 7 million in US amid spike in heartland, home to anti-mask sentiments

Virus cases reach 7 million in US amid spike in heartland, home to anti-mask sentiments

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It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus outbreak is heating up fast in smaller cities in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high.

Elsewhere around the country, Florida's Republican governor lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses Friday and all but set aside local mask ordinances in the political battleground state, in a move attacked by Democrats as hasty.

Meanwhile, confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. hit another milestone — 7 million — according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University, though the real number of infections is believed to be much higher.

The spike across the Midwest as well as parts of the West has set off alarms at hospitals, schools and colleges.

In other developments:

  • Struggling to contain resurgent virus infections, European leaders decried a collective failure to vanquish the pandemic. They told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that it’s time for countries to reinvent international cooperation in response.
  • A federal judge has ordered the White House to begin providing sign-language interpretation at White House coronavirus briefings starting Thursday.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Cities around the U.K. are imposing new coronavirus restrictions as they race to slow the spread of COVID-19, and London could be next.
  • Desks are in short supply. The slew of kids attending virtual school has parents scrambling to find furniture for them even as workers realize they're home for the long haul and need to update their home offices.
  • Landlords are going to courts around the country, claiming that a national eviction moratorium unfairly strains their finances and infringes on their rights as property owners.
  • The Mid-American Conference, the first major college football league to postpone its season, has become the final one to jump back in, making it 10 out of 10 conferences that will play in the fall.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for the latest virus numbers.

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