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THE US was hammered by coronavirus infections in July, with twice as many cases than any other month as the outbreak’s epicenter cut a brutal swathe to the Midwest.

The horrifying new stats coincide with a surge in coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.

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There were more than 1.

9 million new infections in July, according to stats compiled by The New York Times.

The paper says this tally is nearly 42 per cent of the more than 4.5 million cases reported nationwide since the pandemic began earlier this year.

It's also "more than double the number documented in any other month", and has rocketed past the previous monthly high in April, when more than 880,000 new cases were recorded.

The bleak milestone comes amid signs that the nation’s outbreak is beginning to stabilize in the Sun Belt but heating up in the Midwest, fueled largely by young adults who are hitting bars, restaurants and gyms again.

Chicago has added Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and North Dakota to the list of states where people who are traveling to the city must quarantine for two weeks.

Illinois learned that its own residents must do the same when they travel to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

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Chicago officials said that beginning last Friday, July 31, anyone from those states who doesn’t comply with the requirement could face possible fines.

In Illinois, Governor. J.B. Pritzker told reporters: "We’re at a danger point."

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said that state's spike was "certainly not good news".

Speaking to Fox News, Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, blamed surges across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska on "vacations and other reasons of travel".

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has ordered people to wear protective face coverings to stop the spread of coronavirus.

He said: "While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, my job as governor is to put people first and to do what’s best for the people of our state, so that’s what I am going to do," while defending the mandate.

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The surges coincide with a flood of misinformation and conspiracy theories about supposed cures and the effectiveness of masks.

These have unfolded largely on social media, and escalated this week when President Donald Trump retweeted a false video about an anti-malaria drug being a cure for the virus.

Trump also in a tweet repeated a false claim that high numbers of US cases are due to extensive testing.

Plus it was revealed that Russian intelligence is spreading disinformation about the crisis through English-language websites, reports the Associated Press.

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Experts fear the torrent of bad information is dangerously undermining efforts to slow the virus, whose death toll in the US hit 150,000 on Wednesday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Reuters says that US coronavirus deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.

The United States recorded 1.87 million new cases in July, bringing total infections to 4.5 million, for an increase of 69 per cent.

Deaths in July rose 20 per cent to a nearly 154,000 total.

The biggest increases in July were in Florida, with over 310,000 new cases, followed by California and Texas with about 260,000 each. All three states saw cases double in June.

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Cases also more than doubled in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, according to the tally.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York had the lowest increases, with cases rising 8 per cent or less.

During July, 33 out of 50 American states had one-day record increases in cases and 19 set records for their rise in deaths in 24 hours, according to Reuters' tally.

After a rapid acceleration in cases, the outbreak appears to be stabilizing in Arizona, Florida and Texas.

US disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci said he's confident that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early next year.

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He told lawmakers that 250,000 Americans have already have volunteered to take part in clinical trials.

Officials testifying with Fauci at a contentious House hearing acknowledged that America remains unable to deliver all Covid-19 test results within two or three days.

They jointly pleaded with Americans to comply with basic precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and washing their hands frequently.

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Double murder accused ‘sobbed ‘I’ll hand myself in” after two women found dead in his freezer

A MAN accused of murdering two vulnerable women and storing their bodies in a freezer told his brother he was "going to hand myself in", a witness has said.

Zahid Younis, 36, known as Boxer, is accused of murdering Hungarian national Henriett Szucs and mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa.

4Former teacher Mihrican Mustafa was one of the women found inside a chest freeze at a council flat in London's East End 4Henriett Szucs was a Hungarian national who had lived in London for several years

Ms Szucs had last been seen in August 2016 and Ms Mustafa in May 2018.

Their bodies were found in Younis's flat in Canning Town, on April 27 last year.

Officers had been sent there to investigate after Younis was reported missing.

Pc Omar Naeem said in evidence that he and a colleague had made a decision to force open the padlocked freezer because he had a "bad feeling" about what it contained.

Southwark Crown Court heard the two women had been subjected to "very significant violence" before their deaths and had fracture injuries associated with kicking or stamping.

The following day, Angus Green, who lived with Younis' brother Zac in West London, said he watched the pair having a tearful conversation.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC said: "He said that he was speaking to lawyers, and that 'I am going to hand myself in'.

"Green asked him what he meant but the defendant did not reply."

4Forensics in the back garden of the address in Canning Town where the two bodies were discovered

A series of shredded, handwritten notes, understood to have been written by Ms Szucs, allegedly show the abusive and controlling nature of Younis.

One read: "Make Boxer feeling better and help him to get back in he's feet....Keep distance away from Boxer. Follow the things point to point what he says. Give him space, and show him respect."

Another said: "Broke my morning promises. I didn't wake up in time was wrong and I didn't change my clothes in time.

"I didn't listen to him when he try to do he's best for me. Am sad and broke and feel low now. Learn my lesson again."

In another she talked of getting some "really big slaps in the face" from the defendant.

Younis has several previous convictions for assaulting partners.

The court heard that when he was 17, Younis was controlling, violent and overbearing towards his then-girlfriend and would wait outside her house and escort her everywhere.

In 2004 he married a 14-year-old in an Islamic ceremony at a mosque in Walthamstow.

He was eventually jailed for 30 months for assaulting the teenager and unlawful sexual activity with a child, and was put on the sex offenders' register.

Prosecutor Penny QC added that in 2007, following his release from prison, Younis got into a relationship with a 17-year-old girl whose father had recently died.

After four months, he moved into her flat.

Mr Penny said: "When the defendant moved in he sought to control her. He would keep the curtains drawn and would not allow her to go out by herself."

The jury was told the violence began with slaps, before escalating into punches and kicks, leaving the teenager with large bruises.

The girl's family eventually tricked Younis into allowing her to leave, the court heard, following an assault that fractured her arm in three places.

He was later sentenced to four years and 11 months for two counts of wounding and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Penny said: "In this case you may form the view that the evidence is capable of establishing that the defendant was skilled in separating women he was abusing from their support networks."

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Younis denies two counts of murder.

The trial continues, and is expected to last four weeks.

4Ms Mustafa, also known as MJ and Jan, had also been spending time with Younis before she vanished in May 2018

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