Coronavirus updates: Trump says increase of cases is 'great news'

For the fifth day in a row, Arizona has surpassed its record number of hospitalizations.

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Florida reported an additional 9,488 COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 178,594.

For the fifth day in a row, Arizona has surpassed its record number of hospitalizations.

11:10 a.m.: Florida reports 9,488 new COVID-19 casesFlorida reported an additional 9,488 COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 178,594.A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, July 3, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.

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A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, July 3, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.Lynne Sladky/APThe positivity rate was 14.8%, up .3% from Thursday, according to the state's Department of Health.Lee County reported the highest rate of positivity at 22.1.%, with Miami-Dade following at 20.8%.

Cars wait in line at the Corona Virus (COVID-19) drive in testing site, set up at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla., July 2, 2020.Cars wait in line at the Corona Virus (COVID-19) drive in testing site, set up at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla., July 2, 2020.

Larry Marano/REX via Shutterstock10:50 a.m.: UK to lift quarantine for lower risk countries; US not among themTravelers to the United Kingdom from a handful of countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days, the government announced.The United States, however, is not among those countries.

Fifty-nine countries and territories are on thelist, including Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Spain.Starting on July 10, anyone visiting the U.K. from those countries will not be required to self-isolate. The exemption may differ for those who have visited or stopped in any other country or territory 14 days prior.

Currently, all international travelers, with a few exceptions, are required to self-isolate for 14 days."Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation. Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement.

The news for travelers comes the same day Downing Street announced that pubs can open beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday. Pubs will not have to limit the amount of time one can spend inside.10:20 a.m.: Pakistani FM tests positive for COVID-19 a day after meeting with senior US officials

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Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's foreign minister, has tested positive for COVID-19, he wrote on Twitter.The news comes one day after Qureshi met with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the top U.S. diplomat brokering an end to the war in Afghanistan, and Adam Boehler, the head of the U.S. government's international finance development institution.

"By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic," Qureshitweeted."I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers."Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi speaks to reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 1, 2020.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi speaks to reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 1, 2020.B.k. Bangash/AP, FILE8:57 a.m.: White House defends domestic trips as Secret Service agents test positiveThe White House is defending its domestic trips after yet another incident of Secret Service agents getting sick as a result of those trips.

A senior official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said,"I hope it's reflected that these trips have been an important way for the Task Force to get ground reports from states, provide states what they need when they need it, and to assure the American people that we'll get through this together."

While Vice President Mike Pence's trips this week to two hot spots -- Florida and Arizona -- took on a coronavirus focus, they were originally slated to include campaign activities as well. The campaign events were postponed.However, ABC News confirmed that Secret Service agents in Arizona who were preparing for a trip involving Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for COVID-19 or showed signs of illness, which led to a postponement of the trip, according to a government official familiar with the matter.

The delay was needed for the Secret Service to send a new team of healthy agents to Phoenix to complete the trip, according to the official.7:50 a.m.: Face coverings required in Myrtle Beach ahead of holiday weekendAnyone in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is now required to wear a mask or face covering, Mayor Brenda Bethune told"Good Morning America."

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The mandate comes ahead of what Bethune said will be a crowded holiday weekend, with more than 100,000 tourists expected.People wade in the surf in this file photo on May 23, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.People wade in the surf in this file photo on May 23, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Sean Rayford/Getty Images, FILEBethune said they should have enacted a mask order earlier, but didn't have the authority until just last week. The order went into effect Thursday at 11:59 p.m. local time."I wish we could have done it sooner -- we acted on it as quickly as possible," Bethune said.

7:36 a.m.: Penn State student dies of COVID-19 complicationsA student at Penn State University died of respiratory failure and COVID-19, according to a statement from the university.Juan Garcia, a 21-year-old College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student from Allentown, died June 30, the university said.

He is the first known Penn State student death related to the coronavirus."We are profoundly saddened to learn about Juan's untimely death during this pandemic," vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said."While I did not know Juan personally, we have learned through conversations with those closest to him that this young man had a remarkable spirit and was greatly loved. I know our entire campus community sends our deepest condolences to his family and friends as they grieve this unthinkable loss."

Garcia was living off campus when he began to feel ill, according to the university statement. He then traveled back home to Allentown on June 19 and was tested for COVID-19 on June 20.He died 10 days later.7:18 a.m.: 'Great news': Trump says of increase in number of COVID-19 cases

Even as Republican-led states roll back reopenings due to the significant rise in coronavirus cases and warnings from his own government that the pandemic is far from over, President Donald Trump continues to take an optimistic tone about the increased in diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

"There is a rise in Coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country," Trump tweeted late Thursday night."This is great news, but even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN. Also, younger people, who get better much easier and faster!"

However, Adm. Brett Giroir, the man Trump appointed to oversee testing, testified at a House hearing Thursday that"this is a real increase in cases" and not just attributable to increased testing.President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks during a Spirit of America Showcase in the Entrance Hall of the White House July 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks during a Spirit of America Showcase in the Entrance Hall of the White House July 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images"There is no question that the more testing you get, the more you will uncover," Giroir said Thursday."But we do believe this is a real increase in cases because of the percent positives are going up. So, this is real increases in cases."

Giroir said the U.S. is not flattening the curve."The curve is still going up," he testified.Trump's positively also comes the same day as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its coronavirus death toll projections for July. Forecasts indicate that between 140,000 and 160,000 total deaths nationally are expected by July 25.

The U.S. reported 52,815 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the biggest week-over-week jump since the third week in March, when testing had just begun to increase.5:55 a.m.: Arizona bar let COVID-19 positive workers continue working, officials sayThe state of Arizona has seen an incredible rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations recently, forcing the state to pause its reopening. And now one bar is under investigation after it allegedly allowed multiple employees known to have tested positive for the coronavirus to continue working.

Varsity Tavern, located in downtown Tempe, allegedly permitted both employees and managers to continue working after being diagnosed, according to the State of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.After the state agency began its investigation, the business decided to close on July 1.

Officials are still seeking to revoke Varsity Tavern's license. The establishment has had its license suspended twice before, once in December 2018 and again in July 2019.The Department of Liquor also alleges that the bar management knowingly didn't notify health officials that workers tested positive, didn't enforce social distancing requirements and didn't enforce mask-wearing requirements.

Arizona Gov. Doug Duceyorderedbars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing operators, last Sunday to pause their operations until July 27 in a renewed effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.For the fifth day in a row, Arizona on Thursday surpassed its record number of hospitalizations, with 2,938 patients currently hospitalized. At least 89% of ICU beds are now in use.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt.

Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via APThere are more than 87,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, with at least 1,764 deaths.What to know about coronavirus: Read more: ABC News »

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God bless United States of America They all died because of you!! That’s not respect either you didn’t care! Disgraceful No it does not show anything you said mask is a necessary Evil! Our country is not respected when, you and your friend Deblasio turn your back on looters and rioters.. yes their lives matter as well as everyone else. What about the people in the nursing homes their lives mattered

silviatorres924 It's a decent sentiment, but could politicians PLEASE stop using language that likens a pandemic to a battlefield? It's silly. dabayrz Did the Luv Guv wear a mask when he got his nipples pierced? It only helps you not easily spread Covid if you’ve already been infected....that’s it. Why not masks that protect the people wearing them so they can’t get or spread the infection simultaneously? This is just a half-ass political Simon says to gauge the hearding of lemmings.

Say that to the homeless people.👎 I wear masks beacuse i also want to protect other people. If we don’t do test then we should do other ways to protect each other. He sent infected patients into nursing homes and the media ignored it. Now the lift him up and quote him. Just GROSS Not putting the sick back in nursing homes is critical to the health of others. SeniorNursingHomeKiller

Perhaps just as patriotic if not more might be to NOT send a bunch of COVID positive people into nursing homes in upstate NY How about that, Mr Cuomo Wear a mask don't wear masks wear masks don't wear them. Which is it? No shoes no shirt no mask no service...wear a mask I agree that people should wear masks if they should. There are medical reasons why people can’t wear masks.

Maybe standing for the national anthem? The most patriotic thing he could do is get out of the way and let someone with “a set” do the right thing and work for America. He is beyond embarrassing to the country and to himself. Hypocrite! 2/Managing this war very badly, and that's what he says, just a joke!

Respect for wearing a mask, wearing a mask you respect .... oh my, if that means the mayor. It is not an honor to wear a mask, it does not mean that you are in it with a mask, a must wear a mask and not just. I've already said many times what a bad mayor, White_Guyyy23 Most Patriotic things you can do?!? Oh for F sake...the world is losing its F’in mind. 🙄

Did Cuomo send masks to the people he forced into “health care” facilities? I bet no. How can such a piece of shit be a governor if any state in the US? Maybe supporting law and order would be something to think about. How bout at the nursing homes? Garbage Thank you!! Wear a mask not only for your protection, but others as well.

It would have been helpful if government had been honest in the first that mask were helpful. Could have told us to use homemade cotton mask as the medical mask had to be saved for medical people until supply increased. I can, how about you resign ? Trying to make up for the wrongs he’s done in his own state

Charlotte's Web is really about White Supremacist loaded with Swastikas! Just like Animal Farm is not really about animals... You can find more hidden Nazism in the children's classic Charlotte's Web in this 36-page SSRN paper: First they’ll shame you to wear a mask. Then they’ll shame you to get vaccinated. That’s the real goal. NWO AGENDA21

Cuomo comes out with these proclamations to cover up the bungling job he has done so far. Remember his dead senior citizens as one example. No not a political bot or US person. It’s not the patriotic thing to do, it’s the RIGHT thing to do... you want patriotic, how about standing for the flag? Or, backing the blue?

AWW... He just cares SOOO much about the people. 😂 REALLY? If you couldn't think of something more patriotic you are not an American. HAHA Cuomo speaks of respect and the death of those patients in the nursing home are on him. No you don't need to wear a mask. I can how about not letting criminals out of jail or killing people in nursing homes

I actually agree with him 👍🏻 Get over it masks don't block exit or entry of microscopic viral particulates. asymptomatic people rarely transmit the virus anyway, according to WHO. Cuomo killed thousands in nursing homes. he's telling you masks are symbols of submission. AngeloTani I say, “sit down Cuomo”. You’ve lost any confidence people had in you. Your opinions no longer asked for.

PUH-LEEZE...this sounds like something right out of the movie 1984. HAHAHA -- Taking more police away? REAL leader. FAKE president take notice ! Don’t worry Governor. He won’t take your talking points. He can’t read or write. Have you seen his signature ? It looks like he’s having a heart attack while signing with a sharpie .

Haha! Really? Not 1? That's the problem! The reason people expect or demand 'respect' is because they do not have neither the ability nor the 'know-how to earn it! Wearing a mask isnt done for respect/standing up/joining the battle/patriotism. Most wear the mask •because elected officials scared/forced them into it •as a just-in-case measure •as the only way to get in places NYGovCuomo is trying to put lipstick on the pig nytimes CBS

I can NYGovCuomo. Just ask any person in the military and the sacrifices made. Why did KillerCuomo and other democrat governors murder so many innocent Americans? When will they pay for their crimes? Do you remember when these lying leftist democrat pols and cable news shit shows pushed the Russian collusion lie for four years and you believed them? Yeah, they're brainwashing you again...

Why do you give this guy any air time? He’s proven to be the most incompetent governor of the 50 states Hard to take seriously when you keep promoting this guy How much of your other coverage is pure baloney? Andy, was it patriotic to force Covid patients into nursing homes slaughtering thousands? Was it patriotic to condone mass Covid spreading demonstrations only because they fit your narrative?

This is getting really wierd. A*** Clown Mind games. No it is about control! It doesn't block your nipple rings tho... Just good science This NYGovCuomo has cost the lives of thousands of the elderly with his insane policy of putting infected folks into nursing homes. He doesn't respect anybody & should resign & go to court for what he did. No lectures from a killer of the elderly.

So, in other words, there no significant medical reason to wear a mask. However, it makes a great virtue signal. Got it! 👍🏼 Coming from the Governor who has had more COVID-19 deaths than any other, by far, you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t care what you have to say. It shows you’re virtue signaling...

Great News as for testing in higher numbers in America so the job is getting done! Less death ! Cuomo is a fool😖😖😖 LoL. Has he been charged with “Protecting” NY nursing home seniors? Vile Criminal. MAGA 👺👺👺👺👺 🖕🏼 More Cuomo spin. Why did he kill grandma and grandpa? Herd Immunity is the cure. Let’s get back to living our lives FREE! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Cuomo needs to be put on trial for the executive order he signed that. Was a death sentence to many senior citizens of NY the man needs to be in jail for the rest of his life or put to death like he did to the senior citizens Really? How about you phonies watch your own report on the inefficiency of face masks.

💯👏👏 Thank you governor for your leadership during this difficult time. Thank you for listening to the experts and following their advice, for leading with calm, intelligence and strength at a time we needed it. I wish other leaders would step up and follow your example. This coming from a man who just recently killed thousands of his own patriotic elderly people in nursing homes from covid 19 He needs to be booted out of office . Anything he says from this point on is hype and show as he does not care about his people or this country

Keep preaching Cuomo! Kimgtrue2me Thoughts & prayers The more I see of this blessed man the more I admire him He has morals principles His straight talking is easy to understand No bs Andrew Cuomo I salute you What if we don’t respect NYGovCuomo because he killed so many senior citizens? Think of our troops- wear their gears in the weather in the Middle East or our firefighters wear their gears saving people, our healthcare workers, doctors nurses, they wear masks gowns PPEs, why can we do our part for our fellow Americans, out of respect

Sadly there’s no credibility in experts or the reporting on the virus .... It’s become a political weapon despicable GovRonDeSantis If you’re still looking for that apology, try the ICU or cemetery. He’s so dumb it hurts What is great about this? For Gods sakes Dirty Myrtle goons see uptick in violence with disguises.

I totally agree, and I’m glad at least some political officials support the masks. If he had cared he wouldn’t have so many deaths in the nursing home What about sending infected patients into nursing homes? What does that say You shd have a chat w/ SD Gov Noem who is intentionally & recklessly holding an event at Mt Rushmore w/o social distance/masks, endangering health of attendees & NE1 they infect. She shd be held legally liable for any illness that results from her gross negligence.

Masks point out the unintelligent. BurnTheMask The murder of elders showed how you hate America and us. Go to hell cuomo Just going to disappear? I was in Myrtle Beach 10 days ago at an RC Car racetrack. I was the only one wearing a mask out of about 30 people. All propaganda increase of cases is good news? is this guy retarded trump lacks self awareness and sensitivity to issues.

MASKS. DON'T. WORK. STOP THIS PROPAGANDA. make she wear a mask RepublicansForBiden What about nursing homes? It’s amusing that the Governor with the absolute WORST response to COVID is being hailed as a hero. Makes your mouth sweaty though It shows you are compliant, it shows you’re a sheep, it shows you are a follower and not a leader, it shows the government owns you and has you controlled by fear

How about standing up for the national anthem? basically 1 death per 4000 people the death rate is 0.024% which means 74 people will die of which 80% are over 80 and the remainder have premorbidities Also Nancy Pelosi spread hate and had no legislation accomplishments for the 37th consecutive year wear your mask people

Out of 21.48 million people. Yep . . the realDonaldTrump and DeSantis partnership at work. . . DeSantis will be a one term Governor. You know..., And number two, That's what is owed the American people.. Come on man,. Look at my exchange with Paul Ryan, I support that. Fast, To the American people GMA Hydroxychloroquine, though....check out CNN 😂

They got a pill none. 3,785 deaths. Do you think because it’s not more it doesn’t matter?🙄 How many tested negative? Give The Whole story. How many tests administered and the percent positive and percent negative. That will show if more tests are being administered and the real trend by percentage. Obviously the more tests given will show more cases

How many deaths ? On the way to herd immunity. GMA GMA wow.....soooooo much fun!! I wonder how many people the dem leaders are with this weekend having their grills going and enjoying life .......hypocrite bastards, all of them. GMA MB gets visitors from all over America. not everyone will wear a mask, this is going to be a coronapalooza🦠

GMA famousandyhall GMA GMA Good thing you don’t leave your house 😆 DiamondTrece GMA Wow It's Amazing 🥰🥰🥰 GMA If they riot they are immune.

Coronavirus updates: Cuomo slams Trump, asks him to 'admit you were wrong'New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticizes Pres. Trump's COVID-19 response: 'Denying reality does not defeat reality.' Sending infected patients back into LTC was a reality you can’t deny either Murderer COUMO Cant wait for him to say that when people find out about nursing homes

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President Trump Hopes Coronavirus Will 'Sort Of Disappear' As Cases In The U.S. Hit Record HighHe made the same assertion on February 27 and multiple times throughout the pandemic as the country became the global epicenter of the outbreak. vanesaguillen Fake News Forbes. Bow to the establishment, bow.

Trump says he's 'all for masks,' but believes coronavirus will 'disappear'President Trump said he would have 'no problem' wearing a face mask in public in certain circumstances ⁠— a pivot from his months-long refusal to wear a mask in public at events where social distancing was not always observed There is already an image of him with a mask. His election numbers are suicidal, making the Republican Senate scared to death but he is still running his mouth like a high speed electric locomotive. He continues to be obnoxious particularly calling Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' and attacking the Black Lives Maters' movement I guess you will not be seeing Trump in public anytime soon. Hiding in bunker! Friday at Mt Rushmore no mask required as per governor