The Daily Populous

Monday July 13rd, 2020 night edition

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Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day on Sunday as the growing outbreak forces state authorities to close some businesses and beaches.

If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases a day behind the United States, Brazil and India.

Its daily increases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there.

Florida has also broken New York State's record of 12,847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

Popular with both American and international tourists, Florida is home to beach resorts and theme parks including Disney World, which reopened on Saturday.

It is also a political battleground state that President Donald Trump won by just 1.2 percentage points in 2016.

Its economic reliance on tourism and its large elderly population have made it especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis. »

Japan is 'shocked' and furious at the US after a major coronavirus outbreak at 2 Marine bases in Okinawa — and says the US is not taking the virus seriously

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Japanese authorities say they are "shocked" after a significant coronavirus outbreak at two US Marine bases in the country.

61 Marines have been infected with the virus in recent days, spread across two bases in Okinawa prefecture, home to about 26,000 US service personnel.

Japanese authorities are demanding answers from the US after a large scale coronavirus outbreak among Marines stationed in the country's southern prefecture of Okinawa. »

Sudan scraps apostasy law and alcohol ban for non-Muslims

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After more than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan has outlined wide-reaching reforms including allowing non-Muslims to drink alcohol, and scrapping the apostasy law and public flogging.

"We [will] drop all the laws violating the human rights in Sudan," Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said.

A raft of new laws were passed last week but this is the first public explanation of their contents. »

Elderly people's response to COVID-19 not as expected

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Among those who become ill with COVID-19, older adults appear to be more likely to be hospitalized or die from the disease.

Because of their increased vulnerability, one might expect that elderly people would be more disciplined in complying with preventive measures.

People aged 60 to 80 are also less likely than younger age groups to wear a mask outside their home. »

End of fillings in sight as scientists grow tooth enamel and repair damage

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The end of fillings could be on the horizon after scientists found a way to successfully grow back tooth enamel.

Although many laboratories have attempted to recreate the outer protective layer of teeth, the complex structure of overlapping microscopic rods has proved elusive.

Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body but it cannot repair itself when damaged, leaving people exposed to cavities and eventually needing fillings or a tooth extraction. »