Good morning. Arizona has joined several other states in rolling back its reopening , amid a surge in Covid-19 cases across the Sun Belt. On Monday, the Republican governor, Doug Ducey, ordered bars, movie theatres, gyms and water parks to be shut down for at least 30 days, after the state reported 3,858 new cases, its highest daily total to date.
Texas and Florida have also backtracked on reopening as the coronavirus spreads through their communities. All three states are considered crucial to Donald Trump’s chances of re-election , yet the president is apparently ignoring the pandemic to focus on economic recovery. Last week he held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona’s biggest city, where few people even wore face masks. He has also renewed his baseless attacks on mail-in voting , suggesting the fear of catching Covid-19 is no excuse to vote remotely. The WHO is investigating the origins of Covid-19 , sending a team to China to find out whether the virus passed from animals to humans at a market in Wuhan, as is thought.
Chinese researchers have identified a new swine flu with pandemic potential , saying more than one in 10 of the country’s pig slaughterhouse workers have already been infected.
Broadway will stay dark until 2021 , the trade association for the Manhattan theatre district’s 41 venues has announced, in a devastating blow for the US theatre industry .
The English city of Leicester will stay locked down following a surge in cases, the first in a series of local lockdowns being predicted as the UK steadily reopens.
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