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How California lost control over COVID-19 despite early successes

After surfacing in China in late 2019, the novel coronavirus reached California by January, forcing civic leaders and health officials to spring into action. In March, California became the first state with shelter-in-place orders, and for most of the spring avoided the costlier outbreaks seen elsewhere. The following month, the seven-day average for new cases…

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Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Small groups of people performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations. The last days of the annual pilgrimage…

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Virus exacts a heavy toll in Queens neighborhood of Corona

NEW YORK -- Damiana Reyes is back at work at a busy Manhattan hair salon, making highlights, blowouts and extensions. But her mind often drifts to her father, with whom she lived in Queens, before he succumbed to the coronavirus at age 76. “All my clients ask about him and then, when I return home,…

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Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus

NEW YORK -- What is this enemy? Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, the world’s scientists and citizens have reached an unsettling crossroads. Countless hours of treatment and research, trial and error now make it possible to take much closer measure of the…

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The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying to better align flights…

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The Latest: Portugal rebukes Britain over virus travel curbs

PHOENIX — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona has now surpassed 100,000 and younger people, not the elderly, have comprised more than half of them, state health officials said Monday. The Department of Health Services said in a statement that more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases involve people younger than 44.…

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Federal records show thousands of desperate pleas from health care workers seeking better COVID protective gear

This is a Kaiser Health News story. COVID-19 cases were climbing at Michigan’s McLaren Flint hospital. So Roger Liddell, 64, who procured supplies for the hospital, asked for an N95 respirator for his own protection, since his work brought him into the same room as COVID-positive patients. But the hospital denied his request, said Kelly…

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