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The Arizona governor last night ordered the immediate closure of bars, cinemas, gyms, and pools, while other states mandated the use of face masks in public in an abrupt reversal in the face of an alarming rise in cases of coronavirus in the United States.

The country hardest hit by the pandemic recorded 41,586 infections and 338 deaths yesterday, according to Johns Hopkins University, a strong rebound in cases that started last week and that brings the country back to the levels of infection two months ago, before reopens.

Two members of the White House special team for the pandemic, Doctors Anthony Fauci and Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will testify before the Senate today about the government’s efforts to contain the outbreak.

The hearing in the Health, Education and Pensions Commission coincides with an increase in coronavirus cases in more than half of the 50 states of the country and comes after the United States registered an absolute record of more than 45,000 cases last Friday. in a day.

Florida, Texas and Arizona are among the most affected states.

Texas halted its reopening last week and closed bars and restaurants, and Florida’s beaches will be closed next weekend.

Last night, the governor of southern Arizona, Republican Doug Ducey, ordered the immediate closure of bars, cinemas, gyms and swimming pools for at least 30 days, after having authorized its opening in the middle of last month.

Ducey also ordered that the start of classes in public schools be deferred until at least August 17.

Arizona yesterday registered 3,858 cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, a record for the state and the seventh time in the last ten days that daily infections exceed 3,000.

“We expect the numbers to be worse next week,” Ducey told reporters, CNN reported.

Arizona has recorded 74,500 cases and 1,588 deaths from coronavirus.

The Democratic governors of Oregon and Kansas also announced last night the mandatory use of face masks.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said every state resident should wear face masks in closed public places beginning Wednesday.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said she will issue a decree on the use of masks in stores, general stores, restaurants and in any situation that a social distance of at least 2 meters cannot be maintained, including in open places.

The order takes effect next Friday.

In Florida, the use of masks also became mandatory since yesterday in the city of Jacksonville, where President Donald Trump, who has refused to wear masks during visits to states and factories that require it, will be proclaimed presidential candidate of his Republican Party .

The proclamation at the national convention will be in August, and the general elections, in which Trump will face Democrat Joe Biden, are scheduled for November 3.

The chinstrap is also mandatory from today in Miami, and its mayor, Dan Gelber, who ordered the measure yesterday, told CNN that there will be fines for those who fail to comply.

Florida Governor Republican Ron DeSantis has opposed wearing masks statewide, but in response to the decision by Jacksonville and Miami, he said he will support local authorities who do what they think is appropriate.

Gelber said DeSantis should make chinstrap mandatory statewide, because the lack of unity of criteria has made it a “problem” to convince people to wear it.

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Biden airs first general election ad in Texas

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign launched its first general election ad in Texas on Tuesday, signaling that the campaign views the traditionally red state as competitive for the former vice president come November.

The campaign announced the media buy for television and digital in which Biden speaks directly to Americans who are feeling “anxious and fearful” and “looking for leadership during a time of crisis,” according to the campaign. The ads are slated to run in Texas as well as Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.


“This is the first time during the general election that our campaign is spending on the air and online in the Lone Star State,” the campaign said.

The ad airing in Texas is titled “Tough” and features Biden speaking to voters and encouraging them as positive cases of the novel coronavirus surge.

“I’m thinking of all of you today across Texas and though the rising case numbers is causing fear and apprehension, people are frightened and they’re especially worried about their parents and their grandparents, their loved ones who are most at risk,” Biden says in the ad. “This virus is tough, but Texas is tougher.”

Biden goes on to urge Texans to “do the simple things,” including wearing a mask, washing hands, staying at home when possible and socially distancing when in public.

“I want every single American to know, if you’re sick, if you’re struggling, if you’re worried about how you’re going to get through the day, I will not abandon you,” Biden says. “We’re all in this together. We’ll fight this together. Together we’ll emerge from this stronger than we were before we began.”

According to the latest RealClearPolitics average, Biden and President Trump are tied at 45 percent in Texas.

Similar “Tough” ads are set to air in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina with state-specific images and a personalized message from Biden, the campaign said.

Meanwhile, later this week, the campaign is set to launch digital video ads in those states.


The additional buy is mid-six figures and will run in each state’s top markets on local cable, and on Sunday cable shows. The campaign is also expected to run Spanish-Language captioned versions of the spot in Arizona, Florida and Texas on YouTube, Facebook, and Univision.

The efforts come after the campaign last month unveiled a $15 million television, digital, radio and print ad blitz to run in six general election battleground states won by then-GOP nominee Donald Trump in 2016. The commercials are running in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina, with ads in both English and Spanish airing in Florida and Arizona.

President Trump’s re-election campaign began airing TV ads before Biden, starting in the same six battleground states where Biden did, as well as in Ohio and Iowa, two states Trump captured by larger margins in 2016.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @BrookeSingman.

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