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In reversal, UK says it will make masks mandatory in shops

The British government has decided to make face coverings mandatory in shops, joining a long list of countries to order the precaution in response to the coronavirus pandemic
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, talks with CEO London Ambulance Service Garrett Emmerson, right, during a visit to the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)
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The Latest: Florida governor acknowledges COVID-19 spreading

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is acknowledging that the disease is spreading after the state set a national record with more than 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Sunday, but maintains the spike is because of the expansion of testing
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Students wearing face masks as a precaution against the new coronavirus line up at their school during the first day of reopening of state high schools in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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GMA3: What You Need to Know 07/13/2020

Florida shatters national record for largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases; A look into the world of chimpanzees; Kids produce Black history podcast
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GMA3: What You Need to Know 07/13/2020
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After court losses, Texas GOP to consider online convention

The Texas Republican Party says it will consider moving its convention online after three courts refused to force Houston to allow in-person events the city canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic
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File - In this June 15, 2018 file photo, Confetti falls as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, greets supporters after speaking at the Texas GOP Convention, in San Antonio. The Texas Supreme Court has upheld Houston's refusal to allow the state Republican convention to hold in-person events in the city due to the coronavirus pandemic. The court on Monday, July 13, 2020, dismissed an appeal of a state district judge's denial of a temporary restraining order sought by the state Republican Party. The state GOP convention was scheduled to begin Thursday at Houston's downtown convention center. (AP Photo/Eric Gay File)
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Too little too late: How Florida shattered the country's single-day COVID record

Florida has emerged as an epicenter of the world's COVID-19 pandemic.
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US debates school reopening, WHO warns 'no return to normal'

The resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States has ignited fierce debate about whether to reopen schools, as global health officials warn that the pandemic will intensify unless more countries adopt comprehensive plans to combat it
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Cadet candidate Daphne Karahalios, of Chicago, has her temperature taken as she arrives at the U.S. Military Academy, Monday, July 13, 2020, in West Point, N.Y. The Army is welcoming more than 1,200 candidates from every state. Candidates will be COVID-19 tested immediately upon arrival, wear masks, and practice social distancing. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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California shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and has ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising
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A hostess waits to sit customers on a restaurant at the pier Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif., amid the coronavirus pandemic. A heat wave has brought crowds to California's beaches as the state grappled with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Georgia's 6-week abortion ban officially struck down

Ruling comes weeks after major Supreme Court decision.
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Demonstrators hold signs while marching during a protest against Georgia's "heartbeat" abortion bill in Atlanta, May 25, 2019.
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Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits

A federal judge has agreed to suspend a rule that requires women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill
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Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Immigration courts reopen despite rising coronavirus cases

U.S. immigration courts are resuming hearings for non-detained immigrants despite a record rise in coronavirus cases in many of the states where they are reopening
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A security officer, center, meets with people outside the federal building to give them a form to return for immigration check-ins at a later date, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Baltimore. Some immigration courts across the country have reopened after closing because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Subways sparkle, but does cleaning decrease COVID-19 risk?

Mass transit systems around the world have taken sweeping steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including shutting down some subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats, poles and floors
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A contractor cleans a subway car at the 96th Street station to control the spread of COVID-19, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. Mass transit systems around the world have taken unprecedented — and expensive — steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including shutting down New York subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats, poles and floors. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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A look into the world of chimpanzees

Renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discussed the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction.
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VIDEO:  A look into the world of chimpanzees
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More answers to your COVID-19 questions

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton on the possibility of plasma shots protecting us.
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VIDEO:  More answers to your COVID-19 questions
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30-year-old coronavirus survivor speaks out

Jimmy Flores, cofounder of BlueAcorn.co, discussed his harrowing story and the lessons he’s learned that may help others.
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VIDEO:  30-year-old coronavirus survivor speaks out
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New surge of cases in California hospital

Dr. Jeff Smith, COO of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, discussed what was learned after participating in some cutting-edge coronavirus studies.
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VIDEO:  New surge of cases in California hospital
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Florida shatters national record for largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor discussed how Tampa is coping with the challenges of reopening amid the pandemic.
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VIDEO:  Florida shatters national record for largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases
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Latest updates on COVID-19: July 13, 2020

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton with the latest news on the coronavirus.
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VIDEO:  Latest updates on COVID-19: July 13, 2020
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Congressman blames coughing fit on dry throat

The campaign manager for a Wisconsin congressman whose coughing fit at the state Republican Party convention drew widespread attention says he was suffering from nothing more than a dry throat
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In this image from video, Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (House Television via AP)
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California governor extends closure of bars, indoor dining statewide, orders churches, hair salons closed in most places

California governor extends closure of bars, indoor dining statewide, orders churches, hair salons closed in most places
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July 13

Time to make masks mandatory? It's not just a US debate

Amid pervasive backsliding on social distancing, Britain and France are weighing whether to require people to wear masks in public places
July 13
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, boards an ambulance during a visit to the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)
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North Macedonia: Ballot boxes carried to quarantined homes

Election officials in North Macedonia have carried ballot boxes to the homes of voters suffering from COVID-19 or in quarantine at the start of three days of voting in a general election that was delayed for months by the pandemic
July 13
Members of a special election team with a ballot box and voting material make their way to voters who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in self-isolation, in Skopje, North Macedonia, Monday, July 13, 2020. North Macedonia holds its first parliamentary election under its new country name this week, with voters heading to the polls during an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in the small Balkan nation. Opinion polls in the run-up to Wednesday’s vote indicate a close race between coalitions led by the Social Democrats and the center-right opposition VMRO-DPMNE party. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
July 13

AP Explains: Why Serbs are protesting against virus lockdown

Thousands of people in Serbia are holding daily protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the new coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country
July 13
Protesters clash with riot police on the steps of the Serbian parliament during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 10 2020. Hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, clashing with police who fired tear gas during the fourth night of protests against the president's increasingly authoritarian rule. The protests started on Tuesday when President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Belgrade would be placed under a new three-day lockdown following a second wave of confirmed coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
July 13

Activists seek to decriminalize 'magic' mushrooms in DC

Despite pandemic conditions that made normal signature-gathering almost impossible, activists in Washington, D
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FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo a vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles. Despite pandemic conditions that made normal signature-gathering almost impossible, activists in the nation's capital say they have enough signatures for a November ballot initiative that would decriminalize natural psychedelics such as mescaline and psilocybin mushrooms. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
July 13

Pandemic could push tens of millions into chronic hunger

The United Nations says the ranks of the world’s hungry grew by 10 million last year and warns that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hunger this year
July 13
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2017 file photo, the U.N. World Food Program's logo is seen at the agency's headquarters in New York. The United Nations says the ranks of the world’s hungry grew by 10 million last year and warns that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hunger this year. The grim assessment is contained in an annual report released Monday, July 13 2020 by the five U.N. agencies that produced it. (AP Photo/Robert Bumstead, File)
July 13

Italy: Town residents protest housing migrants with virus

Residents of a southern Italian town are continuing to protest more than a dozen rescued migrants with the coronavirus being isolated in a local apartment building
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EU, Turkey clash over Hagia Sophia, Mediterranean drilling

Turkey and the European Union have clashed over Ankara’s energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque
July 13
Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn makes a statement to the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, July 13, 2020. European Union foreign ministers meet for the first time face-to-face since the pandemic lockdown and will assess their fraught relations with China and discuss the troubled relation with Turkey. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
July 13

Coronavirus map: Tracking the spread in the US and around the world

The outbreak, which began in China, has sickened over 12.9 million worldwide.
July 13
This handout illustration image taken with a scanning electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 isolated emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab.
July 13

Coronavirus in 2 foreign arrivals raises alarm in Thailand

Health authorities in Thailand are seeking to trace the local contacts of two recent foreign arrivals in the country who were infected with the coronavirus and may have violated quarantine rules
July 13
Peoples eat in a food court divided by plastic sheets designed to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 13, 2020. Daily life in the capital slowly returns to normal as Thai government has eased restrictions imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
July 13

Asia Today: India sees another surge, hot spots shut again

Several Indian states have imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas as coronavirus cases surge
July 13
Students wearing face masks as a precaution against the new coronavirus line up at their school during the first day of reopening of state high schools in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
July 13

The pandemic is not sparing children: Opinion

The general refrain that children are not as affected by COVID-19 is wrong.
July 13
Children in a pre-school class wear masks and sit at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, Calif., July 9, 2020.
July 13

Latinas comprise disproportionate share of COVID cases among pregnant women

"I was 37 weeks pregnant and I was terrified."
July 13
A pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass, May 7, 2020.
July 13

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total
July 13
A woman wearing a face mask exits the Atwood Building, a downtown Anchorage, Alaska, building where many state offices are located on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Municipality of Anchorage on Monday instituted a requirement that most people should wear masks in indoor public settings, but Attorney General Kevin Clarkson sent an email to state employees saying that state buildings within the municipality were exempt from that order. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
July 13

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total
July 13
Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, left, confers with Marc Rolph, the University of Mississippi Medical Center executive director of Communications and Marketing during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, about concerns with the state's spike in COVID-19 patients at hospitals across the state Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The medical professionals attending detailed recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
July 12

Coronavirus surge in Eastern Europe causes new restrictions

With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state’s largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases
July 12
Protesters clash with riot police on the steps of the Serbian parliament during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 10 2020. Hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, clashing with police who fired tear gas during the fourth night of protests against the president's increasingly authoritarian rule. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
July 12

Spain holds 2 regional elections amid small virus outbreaks

Over 4.4 million Spaniards in two northern regions have voted in regional elections Sunday amid tight security measures to avoid more outbreaks of the coronavirus
July 12
Polling station staff wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus during the Basque regional election in the village of Durango, northern Spain, Sunday, July 12, 2020. Basque authorities display special rules and practices in the protection against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 12

Houston leaders call for city lockdown amid virus case surge

Hospitals strain to handle the onslaught of patients sick with the coronavirus.
July 12
File-Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks at free COVID-19 testing provided by United Memorial Medical Center at the Mexican Consulate Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Houston. Top officials in Houston are calling for the city to lock back down as area hospitals strain to accommodate the onslaught of patients sick with the new coronavirus. Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, both Democrats, said this weekend that a stay-at-home order is needed for America's fourth-largest city to cope with the surge of COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
July 12

The heart: Before, during and after COVID-19

COVID-19 can not only exacerbate existing heart problems, but cause new ones.
July 12
Healthcare workers administer tests at a COVID-19 testing site at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, on July 9, 2020.
July 12

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force U.S. schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher
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'Moving target': Schools deal with new plans, Trump demands

President Donald Trump is calling for new guidance from federal health officials to reopen the nation's schools buildings
July 12
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As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise

As coronavirus rages out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an example after taming the nation’s deadliest outbreak this spring — while also trying to prepare in case another surge comes
July 12
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Florida shatters national record with 15,300 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Florida shatters national record with 15,300 new confirmed coronavirus cases
July 12
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States that reopened too quickly face a problem: Getting the genie back in the bottle

Jumps in Texas and Florida have caused a change on mask policies.
July 12
A woman rides her bike past pedestrians on Ocean Drive on July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla.
July 12

California now allows nursing home visits, but few happen

For months, California’s skilled nursing facilities have been shut down to visitors to keep out the coronavirus
July 12
Larry Yarbroff, right, adjusts his mask as he sits with his wife, Mary, while visiting her at Chaparral House in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, July 10, 2020. For months, families have pined to see their loved ones in California's skilled nursing facilities, which have been shut down to outside visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic. California's health authorities recently issued guidance for visits to resume at these facilities, but so far, few appear to be happening as infection rates surge in many communities. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 12

Meet the COVID-19 doctors on the front lines for a 2nd time

After tackling New York City, some doctors are back on the front lines.
July 12
Dr. Louis Tran, an emergency physician, traveled to New York City twice this year to help treat COVID-19 patients in Queens and the Bronx. Now, as a growing number of people in Southern California test positive for the virus, Trans is preparing for an onslaught at his own hospital.
July 12

Asia Today: No masks on red carpet as Taiwan logs few cases

Taiwan has wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony as it holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases
July 12
The team of movie "Detention" pose on the red carpet at the 2020 Taipei Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, July 11, 2020. The 2020 Taipei Film Festival is the world's first large-scale film festival held by an entity after the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
July 12

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus
July 12
FILE - In this on April 20, 2020, file photo, Dr. Diana Hu, left, and a colleague wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they work in the COVID-19 screening and testing tent in the parking lot at Tuba City Regional Health Care on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, Ariz. Indian tribes across the country are wrestling with competing needs, restrictive laws and inadequate staffing as they try to meet a tight federal deadline on spending billions of dollars in virus relief funds. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
July 11

Church asks Utah Mormons to wear face coverings in public

Church's request comes as confirmed infections in the state increase.
July 11
FILE - In this April 18, 2019, file photo, the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City is viewed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has asked all its members in Utah to wear face coverings when in public, a request that comes as confirmed coronavirus infections in the state increase. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
July 11

Serbia police detain 71 after 4th night of virus protests

Serbian police say they have detained 71 people after clashes erupted during the fourth night of anti-government protests that were initially sparked by an announced lockdown against the new coronavirus
July 11
Protesters clash with riot police on the steps of the Serbian parliament during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, July 10 2020. Hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, clashing with police who fired tear gas during the fourth night of protests against the president's increasingly authoritarian rule. The protests started on Tuesday when President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Belgrade would be placed under a new three-day lockdown following a second wave of confirmed coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
July 11

Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. had been falling for months, and even remained down as some states saw explosions in cases
July 11
COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
July 11

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Black people are facing a combination of stressors experts worry could affect the suicide rate
July 11