6 Months Of The Coronavirus Pandemic In 6 Minutes

Within the first 6 months of 2020, new information about the COVID-19 coronavirus has transformed everyday life in the United States. The government has shifted to recommending face masks in public, ramped up testing, and struggled with re-opening. Nevertheless, the number of cases is rising, with the United States hitting upwards of 60,000 new cases in a single day in July, according to Johns Hopkins data pulled July 8. Dr. Anthony Fauci has called the pandemic his “worst nightmare,” saying, “it isn’t over yet.”

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Summer without Americans on the Amalfi coast | AFP

The beauty of the villages of Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi is world famous, but today the normally bustling streets are practically empty. With fewer boats bobbing around the harbour and no traffic jams on the coast road leading to the villages, it has an air of low season. The problem is a lack of visitors, particularly from across the Atlantic. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means that tourists from the United States – where cases continue to rise – are not currently allowed into Europe.

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2020: MISSIONS TO MARS | AFP Animé

The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start. Three countries — The Hope Probe (United Arab Emirates), Tianwen-1 (China) and Mars 2020 (United States) — have all taken their positions, hoping to take advantage of the period of time when the Earth and Mars are nearest: a mere 55 million kilometres (34 million miles) apart. Three missions in an original videographic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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US: Supreme Court expected to release decision on Trump taxes | AFP

Images of the United States Supreme Court the morning before it is expected to release its decision on whether or not Donald Trump can refuse to hand over his financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors simply because he is president of the United States. IMAGES of the Supreme Court

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Mexican president visits memorials in US

Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador began his trip to the United States — his first foreign trip as president — with visits Wednesday to the Lincoln Memorial and the statue of Benito Juarez, a former president and national hero in Mexico. (July 8)

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The World Health Organization | AFP Animé

Videographic on the World health organization. President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally started the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization, making good on threats to deprive the UN body of its top funding source over its response to the coronavirus.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Trump’s angry words and virus make for a sombre US July 4th weekend | AFP

The United States marked an unusually sombre Independence Day, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China — but praising the country’s coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

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Sexual predator Epstein associate Maxwell charged with sex abuse | AFP

Acting US attorney Audrey Strauss confirms that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in the United States and has been charged with sex trafficking minors for her former boyfriend, the disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial last year.

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Russia warns of ‘uncontrollable escalation’ between US, Iran | AFP

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia warns of an “uncontrollable escalation” as the United States presses to extend an arms embargo on Iran or impose UN sanctions that could kill a nuclear deal. SOUNDBITE

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Iran FM says ending UN arms ban ‘inseparable’ from nuclear deal | AFP

Iran says that the preservation of a nuclear accord depends on the scheduled end in October of a UN arms embargo as the United States seeks to extend it. “The timetable for the removal of arms restrictions embodied in Resolution 2231 is an inseparable part of the hard-won compromise,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells a Security Council session. SOUNDBITE

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Uruguayans join anti-racism protests with traditional music | AFP

Afro-Uruguayans and other minorities demonstrate in Montevideo to denounce racism and in memory of George Floyd, killed by a policeman in the United States, as music groups play the traditional African-derived candombe rhythm.

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Brasilia: 1,000 crosses honour COVID-19 victims in virus-hit Brazil | AFP

A thousand crosses are placed in front of the Brazilian Congress to honour the people who died of Covid-19, and to denounce President Jair Bolsonaro handling of the pandemic. Brazil has the second-highest number of infections and deaths from the new coronavirus worldwide, after the United States: more than 1.2 million and 55,000, respectively. IMAGES

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York holds first public Mass since March | AFP

Returning to the pews: Catholics in New York attend public Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the first time since March. The United States has surpassed 2.5 million coronavirus cases, as efforts to reopen the world’s economic powerhouse were dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as Florida. IMAGES

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US tops 2.5 million coronavirus cases: Johns Hopkins tracker | AFP

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States surpasses more than 2.5 million according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. There were 2,500,419 confirmed cases in the US, according to the Baltimore-based university as of 5:30 pm (2130 GMT). ANIMATED GRAPHIC

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Miami: people wait at drive-through coronavirus testing site as cases surge | AFP

People wait in their cars to get tested at a drive-through coronavirus testing site set up on Hard Rock stadium parking lot in Miami, Florida, as cases across the US South and West surge. Nearly four months after the United States reported its first death from the virus, the nation faces a deepening health crisis. IMAGES

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Coronavirus Is Killing Brazil and Bolsonaro Still Doesn’t Think There’s a Problem

Brazil has the second-highest coronavirus death rate in the world, after the United States. VICE News’ Seb Walker traveled from Rio de Janeiro to the remote regions of the Amazon to show the impact of COVID-19 and government inaction on some of Brazil’s most vulnerable populations.

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Fauci says it’s ‘when, not if’ for US vaccine

The top infectious disease expert in the United States has told House lawmakers it’s a question of “when, not if” the United States will have a vaccine for COVID-19. (June 23)

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Black Lives Matter protesters march through downtown Boston | AFP

As nationwide demonstrations calling for racial justice continue to sweep the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s death, protesters march through Boston.

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DC protesters topple statue of Confederate general

Protesters toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation’s capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States. (June 20)

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Chicago marchers say Juneteenth represents hope

Thousands gathered for a Juneteenth march and rally in downtown Chicago to commemorate the holiday traditionally celebrated to mark the end of slavery in the United States. (June 19)

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Hundreds mark Juneteenth across US states

Hundreds of people gathered across U.S. cities on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth and call for racial justice in the United States. (June 19)

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New York: people gather ahead of silent march to commemorate Juneteenth | AFP

People gather on 125th Street in Harlem, New York, ahead of a silent march from the neighborhood to Seneca village in Central Park, to commemorate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the United States. IMAGES

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‘Miss Juneteenth’ stars: Holiday is vitally important

The stars and director of “Miss Juneteenth” say it’s important to recognize the day commemorating when the last slaves were freed in the United States on a much wider scale. (June 19)

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UN’s top human rights body adopts resolution condemning structural racism and police brutality | AFP

The UN’s top human rights body adopts a resolution condemning structural racism and police brutality, after the text was revised to remove specific mention of the United States. The UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members approved by consensus the revised version of the resolution, which was initially presented by African countries for an urgent council debate, called following the death of George Floyd in US police custody. IMAGES

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