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Coronavirus updates: State reports no new deaths for 1st time since March

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 540,000 people worldwide.

7/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

JUST IN: Connecticut reported no COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March, Gov. Ned Lamont says.

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 540,000 people worldwide.

Since the first cases were detected inin December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 130,902 deaths.Latest headlines:For 1st time since March, CT reports no COVID-19 deaths

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At least 21 states have reversed, paused reopeningBrazil's President tests positive for COVID-19Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.4:40 p.m.: For 1st time since March, CT reports no COVID-19 deathsFor the first time since March, Connecticut had no COVID-19 deaths to report on Tuesday, said Gov. Ned Lamont.

Course residents watch play on the eighth green during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 28, 2020, in Cromwell, Conn.Course residents watch play on the eighth green during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 28, 2020, in Cromwell, Conn.

Rob Carr/Getty Images, FILEConnecticut reported 57 new cases Tuesday, bringing the state's total diagnosed cases to 47,033.The state's positivity rate is down to .99%.People eat lunch at Meli-Melo Creperie, Juice Bar & Cafe, June 17, 2020, in Greenwich, Conn.

People eat lunch at Meli-Melo Creperie, Juice Bar & Cafe, June 17, 2020, in Greenwich, Conn.Mark Lennihan/AP, FILE2:35 p.m.: At least 21 states have reversed, paused reopeningAt least 21 states have either reversed or paused reopening measures, ABC News has found.

Six states -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Texas -- have reversed some aspect of their economic reopening.Arizona, for example, began reopening on May 8. But on June 29, Gov. Doug Ducey announced the state would close all bars, gyms and movie theaters until July 27. The executive order also included a delay in state school openings.

People listen to the speaker at a rally against restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Phoenix, July 4, 2020.People listen to the speaker at a rally against restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Phoenix, July 4, 2020.Cheney Orr/Reuters

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These 15 states have either paused reopening plans or delayed any further action: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.New Jersey, for example, started reopening on May 18.

But on June 29, Gov. Phil Murphy said after seeing a surge in cases in other states, he would postpone reopening indoor dining indefinitely.Then on July 7, Murphy said New Jersey would remain in phase two until further notice, explaining,"we’re not gonna be jumping the gun."

In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a sign at a motel lobby states "WE ARE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS" during the coronavirus pandemic in Atlantic City, N.J.In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a sign at a motel lobby states "WE ARE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS" during the coronavirus pandemic in Atlantic City, N.J.

Mark Makela/Getty Images, FILEBeyond those 21 states, two states -- Maine and Virginia -- as well as major cities like New York City and Philadelphia, have postponed some aspect of reopening, such as indoor dining.2:15 p.m.: NJ, PA report cases linked to Myrtle Beach trips

Officials in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are reporting coronavirus cases in their states linked to trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,People wade in the ocean on July 4, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.People wade in the ocean on July 4, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Sean Rayford/Getty ImagesThe"small spike" in New Jersey is linked to people who went to a wedding in Myrtle Beach, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said, according to WPVI."We need to be smarter and we need to work harder," Murphy said.

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1:25 p.m.: Miami-Dade mayor reverses course, says gyms can remain openOne day after announcing gym closures, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez reversed course on Tuesday and said fitness centers can remain open.Daniel Bolling works out at the Downtown Gym, May 18, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

Daniel Bolling works out at the Downtown Gym, May 18, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.John Raoux/AP, FILE"All doing activities inside must wear a mask or do strenuous training outside staying 10 feet apart w/outmask," he tweeted.As cases in Florida surged, Gimenez on Monday said he was signing an emergency order to close gyms, as well as restaurants, short-term rentals and party venues.

"We are still tracking the spike in the number of cases involving 18- to 34-year-olds that began in mid-June, which the county's medical experts say was caused by a number of factors, including young people going to congested places -- indoors and outside -- without taking precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing," Gimenez said Monday.

A woman rides her bike past pedestrians on Ocean Drive on July 03, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla.A woman rides her bike past pedestrians on Ocean Drive on July 03, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla.Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Gimenez said he had a"productive" meeting with medical experts and the county's wellness group and arrived at the"compromise" to keep gyms open.12:30 p.m.: WHO says there's 'emerging evidence' around airborne transmission

There's"emerging evidence" around airborne transmission, according to the World Health Organization."We acknowledge there's emerging evidence in this field -- as in all other fields regarding the COVID-19 virus and pandemic -- and therefore we believe we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the modes of transmission and regarding the precautions that need to be taken," said Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO technical lead for the infection prevention task force.

MORE: How air purifiers and cleaners may help keep you safer indoors from COVID-19WHO epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkove said they're looking"at the possible role of airborne transmission in other settings ... particularly close settings where you have poor ventilation."

Van Kerkhove said the WHO has been engaged with the group of scientists reporting growing evidence of airborne transmission of the COVID-19 virus since April.MORE: EPA approves 1st disinfectant sprays that kill COVID-19 on surfacesShe said many of the signatories are engineers which adds important information in the area of ventilation.

Allegranzi said,"We do recommend as much as possible avoiding closed settings and crowded situations. We do recommend appropriate and optimal ventilation of indoor environments, and also physical distancing. And when this is not possible, in areas with community transmission of the virus, we recommend the use of face masks."

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Tuesday,"The outbreak is accelerating, and we clearly have not reached the peak of the pandemic."11:25 a.m.: Brazil's President tests positive for COVID-19after he repeatedly downplayed the dangers of the virus.

Bolsonaro said Tuesday that he feels better than he did Monday. Bolsonaro says he is taking hydroxychloroquine.Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks with journalists while wearing a protective face mask as he arrives at Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 22, 2020.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks with journalists while wearing a protective face mask as he arrives at Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 22, 2020.Adriano Machado/Reuters, FILETwo sources close to the president told ABC News that Bolsonaro began exhibiting symptoms of the virus on Saturday.

On Saturday Bolsonaro had a private lunch with the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman. Bolsonaro and Chapman posted photos together on social media, without masks or social distancing.In this July 4, 2018, file photo, Jair Bolsonaro of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) attends a debate at the Industry Confederation event in Brasilia, Brazil.

In this July 4, 2018, file photo, Jair Bolsonaro of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) attends a debate at the Industry Confederation event in Brasilia, Brazil.Adriano Machado/Reuters, FILEChapman has tested negative but is quarantining at home, the U.S. Embassy said.

10:50 a.m.: Florida's positivity rate climbs to 16.1%Florida's positivity rate has climbed to 16.1%, up 1.3% from Monday, according to data from the state's Department of Health.A tour group riding Segways rides down Miami Beach, Florida's famed Ocean Drive on South Beach, July 4, 2020.

A tour group riding Segways rides down Miami Beach, Florida's famed Ocean Drive on South Beach, July 4, 2020.Wilfredo Lee/APMiami-Dade County, which includes Miami, has a positivity rate of 21%. In Lee County, which includes Fort Myers, the positivity rate stands at 24.6%

Florida is reporting 7,347 new cases, with the total number of diagnosed cases now at 213,794.Cars are seen as the drivers wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the COVID test site located in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot on July 06, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Cars are seen as the drivers wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the COVID test site located in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot on July 06, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe number of people hospitalized rose by 380 in one day and now stands at 16,425.

The state's death toll has reached 3,943.10:23 a.m.: Delaware, Kansas, Oklahoma added to NY's travel advisory listGov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday added three more states to New York's travel advisory.Those traveling to New York from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma now must quarantine for two weeks.

Crowds are shown on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, July 4, 2020.Crowds are shown on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, July 4, 2020.Chuck Snyder/Special to Delaware News Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC via USA TodayCuomo said the quarantine applies to anyone coming from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 people over a one-week rolling average, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a one-week rolling average.

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"As states around the country experience increasing community spread, New York is taking action to ensure the continued safety of our phased reopening. Our entire response to this pandemic has been by the numbers, and we've set metrics for community spread just as we set metrics for everything," Cuomo said in a statement.

"New Yorkers did the impossible - we went from the worst infection rate in the United States to one of the best - and the last thing we need is to see another spike of COVID-19," Cuomo said.Customers have their nails done at Conny Nail Salon on July 6, 2020, in New York.

Customers have their nails done at Conny Nail Salon on July 6, 2020, in New York.David Dee Delgado/Getty ImagesArtist Jeremy Miller gives Jay Rivera a tattoo at New York Hardcore Tattoos on the first day of re-opening as New York City officially begins Phase Three of opening on July 06, 2020, in New York.

Artist Jeremy Miller gives Jay Rivera a tattoo at New York Hardcore Tattoos on the first day of re-opening as New York City officially begins Phase Three of opening on July 06, 2020, in New York.Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesOf those tested in New York state Monday, 1.04% were positive for the coronavirus.

9:35 a.m.: India's death toll tops 20,000According to India's Health Ministry, 467 people have died from the coronavirus in the last day, bringing the nation's death toll to 20,160.The number of diagnosed infections are increasing rapidly. Authorities reported a one-day increase of 22,252, bringing India's total number of coronavirus cases to 719,665.

A family visits the Qutab Minar monument after monuments across India were reopened after almost four moths of lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi, India, July 6, 2020.A family visits the Qutab Minar monument after monuments across India were reopened after almost four moths of lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi, India, July 6, 2020.

Manish Swarup/APA health worker takes a nasal swab of a woman for COVID-19 test at a hospital in New Delhi, India, July 6, 2020.A health worker takes a nasal swab of a woman for COVID-19 test at a hospital in New Delhi, India, July 6, 2020.Manish Swarup/AP

Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are India's hardest-hit states with a total of 427,788 diagnosed cases.India is the third-most affected country for diagnosed cases, behind the U.S. and Brazil. India ranks eighth for total number of fatalities.6:26 a.m.: Woman in viral video who deliberately coughed on a baby has been fired from her job

A woman whodeliberately coughed on a baby in a stroller at a restaurantfollowing a verbal altercation with the child's mother has been fired from her job.The incident, which went viral, occurred in the afternoon of June 12 at approximately 5:25 p.m. at a Yogurtland establishment in San Jose, California, when the suspect was standing in line in front of a mother and her 1-year-old child, who was in a stroller, when she allegedly became upset with the mother for not maintaining proper social distancing.

“The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect was upset the female was not maintaining proper social distancing, so the suspect removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face, and coughed 2-3 times,” said Sergeant Enrique Garcia in a press release from the San Jose Police Department.

Police are looking for a white female in her 60s, medium build, wearing a gray bandana, glasses and a long sleeve shirt with gray vertical lines after she coughed on a 1-year-old baby at a Yogurtland in San Jose, California on June 12, 2020.Police are looking for a white female in her 60s, medium build, wearing a gray bandana, glasses and a long sleeve shirt with gray vertical lines after she coughed on a 1-year-old baby at a Yogurtland in San Jose, California on June 12, 2020.

San Jose Police Departmentreleased a statementconfirming that the woman in the video worked for them and that she has been terminated following the incident that was caught on tape.As many know, there have been allegations that a District employee was involved in a videotaped incident in which the person appeared to have intentionally coughed on a baby at a local Yogurtland," the Oak Grove School District statement read."We want to inform our community that the District employee who was alleged to have engaged in this conduct is no longer an employee of our District. The Oak Grove School District’s highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve. We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety. As we welcome our students back for learning this summer and in the fall in these unprecedented times, the District’s commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment for our students is unwavering."

5:17 a.m.: Georgia public universities to make face coverings mandatoryThe University System of Georgia said Monday it will require everyone to wear face coverings while inside campus facilities and buildings at all 26 of its public institutions where 6 feet of social distancing may not always be possible.

The new policy will take effect July 15 and will be in addition to -- not a substitute for -- social distancing."Face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met," the University System of Georgia wrote in the updated guidance."Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students."

The Georgia Institute of Technology campus, June 16, 2006, in Atlanta.The Georgia Institute of Technology campus, June 16, 2006, in Atlanta.Philip Mccollum/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe change comes after more than two-thirds of the Georgia Institute of Technology's academic faculty

the school's plans to reopen this fall without making face masks mandatory.Anopen letterto the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia voiced concerns that the current reopening plans only make masks mandatory for professors, while students are"strongly encouraged" to wear them. The letter, dated July 2, has garnered the signatures of more than 800 professors out of the roughly 1,100 faculty members at the prestigious public university in Atlanta.

4:33 a.m.: Florida teen who died from COVID-19 attended large church gatheringA Florida teenager who died from coronavirus complications last month had attended a large church gathering two weeks earlier, according to a medical examiner's report.Carsyn Davis, 17, did not wear a face mask when she attended a church function with about 100 other children on June 10. Social distancing was also not followed, according to the report by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

Three days later, Davis developed symptoms of what her parents thought was a sinus infectionA nun with the Saint Ann Mission, who declined to give her name, leaves a COVID-19 testing site after being tested at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Florida, on July 6, 2020. The testing is sponsored by Community Health of South Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A nun with the Saint Ann Mission, who declined to give her name, leaves a COVID-19 testing site after being tested at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Florida, on July 6, 2020. The testing is sponsored by Community Health of South Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Lynne Sladky/APOn June 19, Davis' mother noted that her daughter looked"gray" and tested her oxygen saturation, which was in the 40s. The mother borrowed a home oxygen machine belonging to Davis' grandfather, and the teen's levels rose to the 60s. Her parents also gave her a dose of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that President Donald Trump controversially endorsed to treat COVID-19.

Davis' parents then took her to a local hospital where she tested positive for COVID-19, according to the report.The parents declined intubation but Davis was given convalescent plasma therapy on June 20 and 21.Intubation was required on June 22 after Davis' condition did not improve. She died on June 23, according to the report.

The report notes that Davis had a"complex medical history" and that hypothalamic-pituitary axis dysfunction, morbid obesity and bronchial asthma were all contributory causes to her death.What to know about coronavirus: Read more: ABC News »

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Did she cough on purpose ?! That’s a start. She should be arrested. Let’s all cough on her for size😏 Wtf is wrong with people. For fucks sake. What normal rational person would ever do something like this? I might think it at worst, but would never do something this brazen and disgusting. There are a lot of shitty people on this earth.

Rightfully so Anyone who behaves that way deserves what's coming to them. She should be in jail. Attacking a baby like that is wrong. Spreading germs, in the time of a pandemic, is a against the law. What a horrible person she is and dangerous. USSupremeCourt senatemajldr SpeakerPelosi TheJusticeDept

She should be in jail for assault Good. Michigan closed bars back up... And should be arrested and fined. RedUnscripted The punishment is not severe enough The link does not take you to the story Don’t make me open a can of mama on you. I have one that’s about to expire, and I need to use it. 4everNeverTrump I mean, really, you do have to question this person's judgment. In most jobs that's not the kind of judgment, such as it is, that gets an 'exceeds expectations' on your performance review.

👏👏👏 The verbal interaction was telling the lady the kid should have a mask on. This is what the democrats and the media want people to act like Assh-le “So tell us, why did you leave your last job?” Good. What a moronic thing to do, not only because it is sick and disgusting, but especially in the age of cell phone videos.

She should go to jail. The deaths have literally fallen and keep falling in EVERY STATE! TrumpIsUnwell TrumpIsKillingUs TrumpIsANationalDisgrace CAUTION! ArizonaDES has a backlog of over 313k claims that they cannot pay. Has taken over 2 months to get them in the phone & they can not help! ArizonaDES is in shambles & cannot keep up with the unscalable program. dougducey failed AZ! Horrible process, months late.

China, NBC, and libs are pleased NZ already eradicated the virus here months ago every new case is stopped at our epic ocean wall border get on our level USA LOL

Australia closes state border for first time in 100 years to halt coronavirusThe border between Australia's two most populous states will close from Tuesday for an indefinite period, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday, following an outbreak of the coronavirus in his state. 😱😰 An extreme situation requires an extreme reaction. Well done Australia, fair minded Australians have a brain 😍

Australian state closes borders and orders lockdowns as coronavirus cases riseThe coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. In many places, as countries reopen, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Follow here for the latest. Good idea

Australia to seal off state border as coronavirus infections in Melbourne surgeAustralian authorities are closing the border between the country’s two largest states as coronavirus cases surge in Melbourne. And you can kill other stay inside of this year till we get vaccine I live in Melbourne. Serves us right. These choices are hard but effective. I have been in China since Feb and if an area is effected they close it off and get medical help to it right away. Everyone wears mask and they have has way fewer deaths and cases. Business is very normal here is my amateur video from July

Coronavirus updates: 8th state surpasses 100K casesA pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 535,000 people worldwide. How many deaths? What's the flu numbers? Just curious, haven't heard in a while. Les États-Unis dépassent 130 000 décès par coronavirus.

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China needs a bull market to build strength: state mediaIn a world reshaped by coronavirus, China needs further share market gains to fund a rapidly developing digital economy and strengthen its hand in intensifying power rivalries, state media said on Monday. Let them die. BaldingsWorld I see that they are relying upon Miracles again. Im mean yeah obviously