China halts imports from two more Brazil meat plants amid Covid-19 concerns, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

China is the largest buyer of Brazilian pork, beef and chicken. It has requested that meat exporters globally certify their products are coronavirus free, which BRF, JBS, and other Brazilian meatpackers have already done.

A total of six Brazil meat plants have now been blocked from exporting to China amid rising concerns over thousands of cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, among slaughterhouse workers in the country.

Source: China halts imports from two more Brazil meat plants amid Covid-19 concerns, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Militias flock to Gettysburg to foil supposed flag burning | The Seattle Times – Someone “played” them big time.

ROTFLMAO – They got played

An online threat from the supposed leader of antifa called for the burning of American flags on the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park where militias and other white nationalists assembled to protect the historic grounds. (Photo by Andrew Mangum for The Washington Post).

“Let’s get together and burn flags in protest of thugs and animals in blue,” the anonymous person behind a Facebook page called Left Behind USA wrote in mid-June. There would be antifa face paint, the person wrote, and organizers would “be giving away free small flags to children to safely throw into the fire.”

As word spread, self-proclaimed militias, bikers, skinheads and far-right groups from outside the state issued a call to action, pledging in online videos and posts to come to Gettysburg to protect the Civil War monuments and the nation’s flag from desecration. Some said they would bring firearms and use force if necessary.

On Saturday afternoon, in the hours before the flag burning was to start, they flooded in by the hundreds – heavily armed and unaware, it seemed, that the mysterious Internet poster was not who the person claimed to be.

Source: Militias flock to Gettysburg to foil supposed flag burning | The Seattle Times

Florida coronavirus: 200,000 cases, 3,731 deaths – Orlando Sentinel

From Sunday to Sunday, Florida reported 59,036 new coronavirus cases, the highest amount in a one-week period since the pandemic began. 312 deaths were reported this week, ending a seven-week period during which the state saw under 300 fatalities reported.

Source: Florida coronavirus: 200,000 cases, 3,731 deaths – Orlando Sentinel

Satellite image raises suspicions of attack at Iran nuclear site | World news | The Guardian

Journalists from the BBC’s Farsi service said they received a statement before the damage was publicised in which a group calling itself “Cheetahs of the Homeland”, made up of disaffected Iranians inside the defence establishment, claimed to be responsible.

Source: Satellite image raises suspicions of attack at Iran nuclear site | World news | The Guardian

India reports record daily cases in coronavirus battle

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NEW DELHI (AFP) – India added a record number of coronavirus cases on Sunday (July 5), as the world’s fourth worst-hit nation opened a huge treatment centre with 10,000 beds in the capital to fight the epidemic.

The Health Ministry reported just under 25,000 cases and 613 deaths in 24 hours – the biggest daily spike since the first case was detected in late January.

The surge took India’s total tally to more than 673,000 cases and 19,268 deaths.

It came as the capital New Delhi started treating patients at a spiritual centre converted into a sprawling isolation facility and hospital with 10,000 beds, many made of cardboard and chemically coated to make them waterproof.

About the size of 20 football fields, the facility on the outskirts of the city will treat mild symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.

State government officials fear Delhi, home to 25 million people, could record more than half-a-million cases by the end of the month.

The city has repurposed some hotels to provide hospital care. It is also converting wedding halls and has several hundred modified railway coaches standing by.

A strict lockdown in place since late March has gradually been lifted, allowing most activities as the economy nose-dived amid the shutdown.

But the number of cases across the vast nation of 1.3 billion people has climbed steeply and is now close to surpassing badly-hit Russia.

Schools, metro trains in cities, cinemas, gyms and swimming pools remain closed and international flights are still grounded.

Authorities have made wearing masks mandatory in public places, while large gatherings are banned and shops and other public establishments are required to implement social distancing.

The western state of Maharashtra, the worst-hit state and home to financial hub Mumbai, recorded over 7,000 new cases, while Southern Tamil Nadu state and Delhi recorded more than 4,200 and 2,500 fresh cases respectively.

Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s capital, are the worst-affected cities.

The national government says it has tackled the virus well, but critics allege India is conducting very few tests, leaving the true scale of the pandemic unknown.

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