TOP STORIESFriday, July 17 
DRASTIC MEASURES AS DEATH TOLL SETS RECORDS The coronavirus surged to new records around the U.S., with one city in South Carolina urging people to pray it into submission and a hospital in Texas bringing in military medical personnel and morgues running out of space in Phoenix. Record numbers of confirmed infections and deaths emerged again in states in the South and West, with hospitals stretched to the brink. Texas reported 10,000 new cases for the third straight day and 129 additional deaths. The state has seen a third of its more than 3,400 total COVID-19 fatalities in the first two weeks of July alone. [AP] ‌
WHITE HOUSE: SCIENCE ‘WON’T STAND IN THE WAY’ OF REOPENING SCHOOLS White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s insistence that schools reopen in the fall, saying that scientific findings about COVID-19 won’t “stand in the way” of resuming in-person instruction. “The President has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open … and when he says ‘open’ he means open and full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school,” McEnany said at a press briefing. “The science should not stand in the way of this.” She self-corrected moments later, saying, “The science is on our side here.” [HuffPost]

NEARLY A THIRD OF FLORIDA CHILDREN TESTED ARE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 Nearly one-third of children who have been tested for the coronavirus in Florida have tested positive, according to data from the state’s Department of Health that comes amid ongoing debate and uncertainty over whether schools will reopen this fall. In comparison, roughly 11% of everyone in the state who has been tested for the virus — roughly 2.8 million people — has tested positive. [HuffPost]

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  1. There for but the grace of God, if sanity had not ultimately prevailed and lockdown put into place we would have been in the same mess as the USA.

    That said, the initial decision by the Johnson Government not to introduce restrictions so that the virus could spread has cost many needless deaths. The yanks and their mad President are now beginning to realise exactly what the human cost is when you decide to burn lives to protect the economy.

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