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Coronavirus live news: record 24-hour increase in global cases; Bogotá to re-enter strict lockdown

record global uptick in coronavirus casesThe World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.The previous WHO record for new cases was 212,326 on July 4. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.


Israel battles new wave of coronavirus infections after reopening

Israel battles new wave of Covid-19

When signs of the coronavirus pandemic appeared in Israel in March, the country shut down hard and fast. Then it reopened.

That return to normal, however, was short-lived. Between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Israel recorded a new daily high of 1,528 coronavirus cases, the Health Ministry said. In the West Bank and Gaza, cases have also steadily risen, with more than 300 reported on Tuesday.

Israel has now reimposed some coronavirus restrictions, though it has yet to go back into full lockdown. Bars, clubs and event halls were shut, restaurants limited to 20 people and all pools and gyms closed earlier this week.



Trump has officially begun to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization as pandemic spikes

Trump begins withdrawal from WHOThe Trump administration has officially begun to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the globe and infections spike in many states across the U.S.

Congress received formal notification of the decision on Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump announced his intention to end the U.S. relationship with the WHO and blasted the multilateral institution as a tool of China. The White House said the withdrawal would take effect on July 6, 2021.


Deutsche Bank to pay $150 million for dealings with Jeffrey Epstein, foreign banks

Deutsche BankDeutsche Bank will pay $150 million in penalties to settle an investigation by New York regulators who found the financial institution processed hundreds of suspicious payments worth millions of dollars from accounts belonging to Jeffrey Epstein.

The New York State Department of Financial Services unveiled the agreement with the German bank Tuesday, calling it the first regulatory action against a bank associated with Epstein, the wealthy financier who died by apparent suicide in his jail cell last year after he was charged with sex trafficking.

The settlement also resolves separate investigations into Deutsche Bank's alleged failure to properly respond to red flags in its dealings with a pair of foreign banks, FBME and Danske Estonia.


Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus

Bolsonaro tests positiveBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus.

Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday.
"Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me," he said, referring to the Covid-19 test he took Monday.
Earlier on Tuesday Bolsonaro's press office told CNN affiliate CNN Brasil that the President was being treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as he awaited the result of his fourth Covid-19 test in four months.

WHO records new single-day high in global coronavirus cases

WHO records new single-dayhigh in coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 210,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus around the world on Saturday, marking a new high in infections over a 24-hour period.

Data from the agency showed that 211,411 cases of the virus were confirmed worldwide, representing a 20 percent increase from the previous day. The previous high in single-day infections was reported on June 28, when roughly 190,000 cases of the virus were confirmed globally.

As of Sunday, health officials had reported more than 11 million cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and roughly 530,000 deaths stemming from it worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.


As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’

Nazis infiltrating German militaryAs Germany emerged from its coronavirus lockdown in May, police commandos pulled up outside a rural property owned by a sergeant major in the special forces, the country’s most highly trained and secretive military unit.

They brought a digger.

The sergeant major’s nickname was Little Sheep. He was suspected of being a neo-Nazi. Buried in the garden, the police found two kilograms of PETN plastic explosives, a detonator, a fuse, an AK-47, a silencer, two knives, a crossbow and thousands of rounds of ammunition, much of it believed to have been stolen from the German military.

They also found an SS songbook, 14 editions of a magazine for former members of the Waffen SS and a host of other Nazi memorabilia.


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