Beijing virus outbreak raises fears for rest fo the world

A spike in COVID-19 cases in China are sparking fears the world still has not emerged from the coronavirus pandemic. Numbers also are increasing in India and Iran, as well as Florida, Texas and Arizona in the United States.

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June 17, 2020 - 9:33 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China raised its emergency warning to its second-highest level and canceled more than 60% of the flights to Beijing today amid a new coronavirus outbreak in the capital. It was a sharp pullback for the nation that declared victory over COVID-19 in March and a message to the rest of the world about how tenacious the virus really is.

New infections spiked in India, Iran and U.S. states including Florida, Texas and Arizona as authorities struggled to balance restarting economic activity without accelerating the pandemic.

European nations, which embarked on a wide-scale reopening this week, looked on with trepidation as the Americas struggled to contain the first wave of the pandemic and Asian nations like China and South Korea reported new outbreaks.

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