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Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Near 11 Million

As coronavirus cases neared 11 million worldwide Friday, the outbreak continued to surge in some countries, including the United States, where case numbers were rising in 40 out of 50 states.

Florida reported 9,488 new cases Friday, a day after setting a new daily record with more than 10,000 cases.

Florida said it had reached about 80% of its hospital intensive care unit capacity, while Arizona reported its level at 91%, a record.

President Donald Trump planned to visit Mount Rushmore in South Dakota on Friday for an early Independence Day celebration that thousands of people were expected to attend. Local officials said there are no plans for observing social distancing or mask wearing at the event.  However, free masks will be available for those who want them.

FILE – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Pierre, S.D., in January 2019.

South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem said on Fox News earlier this week: “We’ve told folks that have concerns that they can stay home.”

Brazil is another country where coronavirus cases are rising, nearing 1.5 million. The nation has the world’s second-largest outbreak after the United States.

On Friday, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro approved a law requiring people to wear face masks on streets and on public transportation. However, he vetoed clauses that would have required wearing masks in enclosed spaces, including churches, schools and shops. The president, whom health experts have widely criticized for downplaying the severity of the virus, said suc

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