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Virus fight in “wrong direction”?

DR. ANTONY FAUCI warned Tuesday that the nation was heading in “the wrong direction” in its fight against the coronavirus (White House photo).

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top experts on epidemics, told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday that the nation was “headed in the wrong direction” regarding the spread of the coronavirus and that if additional measures were not taken, the nation could experience as many as 100,000 new COVID-19 infections each day.

“I am very concerned,” he told a hearing of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, according to the Associated Press.

He cautioned the Americans to wear masks and keep out of crowds. “We’ve got to get the message out that we are all in this together,” he said.

China cracks down on Hong Kong

The Chinese government has passed a law that’s expected to crack down on the independence of Hong Kong. The law was passed Sunday and publically announced on Tuesday, according to United Press International.

Under the new regulations, the Hong Kong government would be required to punish pro-democracy protestors and create a “national security commission” whose commander would be appointed by the communist government in Beijing.

Coronavirus counts as of Tuesday

The number of total confirmed worldwide cases rose to 10,389,818 on Tuesday, according to the count kept by John Hopkins University. Total U.S. cases are now at 2,620,250.

Global deaths are at 508,406, with 127,272 reported from the United States.

Also in the news …

  • Carl Reiner, the creator of the iconic “Dick Van Dyke Show” TV comedy, died at age 98. • Amy McGrath, a former Marine pilot, has been declared winner of the Kentucky Democratic primary election to choose a nominee for the U.S. Senate to oppose incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell. She defeated rival Charles Booker by 11,832 votes. • A New York judge temporarily blocked publication of a “tell-all” book by President Donald Trump’s niece. A full hearing is set for July 10.

Stock market still rising, but slowly

Wall Street made it two good days in a row on Tuesday. After Monday’s big show, Tuesday’s results were a bit more modest.  The Dow Jones Average rose 217.08 points to 25,812.88, an increase of 0.85 percent. The S&P 500 improved by 47.05 points to 3,100.29, an increase of 1.54 percent. The Nasdaq showed an increase of 21.99 to 10,058.77, a rise of 1.87 percent.

Weather:  Warmer 4th looms ahead

Cloudy tonight, with a low around 62. Light winds with gusts as high as 20 miles an hour. For Wednesday, cloudy then clearing with a high of 75. Warming Thursday and Friday with highs of 75 and 80.  Independence Day will be also be cloudy and the sunny. Lower temperatures near the coast.

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