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OC coronavirus count up by 77

THE CORONAVIRUS daily count goes up and down in Orange County (Shutterstock).

The up-and-down pattern of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County continued with the latest count by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Friday’s report showed 77 new cases, up from 51 on Thursday, which was down from 87 on Wednesday. Three new deaths were cited, bringing the total to 28.

The cumulative cases to date in the county amount to 1,501. Cases currently hospitalized total 129, with 48 people in intensive care units because of COVID-19 infections.

For the latest count – updated daily – go to: .

The worldwide count from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore shows a count of 2,224,426, up from 2,151,199 on Thursday. The United States continues to be the leader with 692,169 confirmed coronavirus cases, followed by Spain (188,093), Italy (172,434), France (147,121) and Germany (139,702).

Total deaths worldwide are 153,177, compared to 143,275 on Thursday. The U.S. count shows 36,501 on Friday, up from 34, 386 on Thursday. That’s the world’s highest, followed by Italy with 22,745, Spain with 19,613, France with 18,681 and the United Kingdom/Great Britain with 14,576.

For the latest count, go to: .

Demonstrators rally on HB’s Main Street

A crowd of protestors opposed to the restrictions placed on people and businesses in the fight against the spread of the corona virus rallied on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach on Friday.

The size of the gathering was estimated at around 100 people. Signs read, “Let us work,” “Liberate Huntington Beach” and “Trump 2020.”

Police watched the demonstration, which was peaceful. No arrests were made as of this writing.

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