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People crowd downtown club in wake of Gov. Abbott’s orders


June 29, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Video showing people standing close together in a crowded Houston nightclub was recorded over the weekend and began circulating online. The video was taken at Spire Night Club in downtown Houston. A woman with a mask is seen walking across, but others around her in the video aren’t wearing face coverings. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s …

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Masks, distance and plastic dividers: Officials will use runoffs as ‘tests’ for November elections


June 29, 2020

AUSTIN — Officials across Texas will start their first major test in holding elections during the COVID-19 pandemic as polls open Monday for early voting in the state’s July 14 primary runoffs. Democrats across the state will decide their nominee for the U.S. Senate, and there are several important GOP runoff races for Congress and the statehouse. Though Secretary of …

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COVID-19 drug candidate priced at $2,340 per patient


June 29, 2020

Gilead Sciences has priced its COVID-19 drug candidate remdesivir at $2,340 for a five-day treatment in the United States and some other developed countries, it said on Monday, as it set the price for a single vial at $390. The price for U.S. private insurance companies will be $520 per vial, the drugmaker said, which equates to $3,120 per patient …

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Sindh reports record 74 coronavirus deaths in single day


June 29, 2020

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Monday 74 more people died of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours – the highest number of fatalities in the province since the outbreak of the virus. In a statement on the coronavirus situation, he said the number of people who have succumbed to the virus in Sindh …

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South Dallas dance group confronts racism, George Floyd’s death by filming video against police brutality


June 29, 2020

Shantrail White leads a group of girls dressed in black down Commerce Street in downtown Dallas. They pass boarded-up restaurants and stores spray-painted with phrases like “Black lives matter,” “No justice, no peace,” and “Now u see us.” Occasionally, they stop in front of one of these spots and raise their fists. It’s June 5, the eighth day of protests …

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Study shows lower viral load in COVID-19 patients in May than April


June 29, 2020

MILAN: A small study by researchers in Italy has found that COVID-19 patients who were tested for the novel coronavirus at a hospital there in May had fewer virus particles than those who were tested a month earlier. The researchers offered some theories for the lower “viral load”, including that lockdown measures may have reduced patients’ exposure to the virus, …

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China’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate approved for military use


June 29, 2020

BEIJING: China’s military has received the greenlight to use a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics after clinical trials proved it was safe and showed some efficacy, the company said on Monday. The Ad5-nCoV is one of China’s eight vaccine candidates approved for human trials at home and abroad for the respiratory disease caused by …

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COVID drug remdesivir to be priced at $2,340 for 5-day treatment


June 29, 2020

Gilead Sciences Inc. said it will charge the U.S. government and other developed countries $390 per vial for its coronavirus-fighting drug remdesivir, or about $2,340 for a typical five-day course of treatment. Gilead said in a statement Monday it would offer this price to developed countries around the world, in order to create a one-price model that would avoid the …

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Breezy, hot and humid pattern


June 29, 2020

Hot and steamy conditions will be the weather theme this week. Climbing temperatures with high humidity will push the afternoon heat index to the 100-105 range each day. Remember to stay hydrated and not to over-exert yourself in this heat. Fortunately, there will be a bit of wind to offset the heat, but it will still be quite hot. Meanwhile, …

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Risking food security … again


June 29, 2020

THE agriculture sector that accounts for one-fifth of Pakistan’s GDP has not received the attention it deserves in the next fiscal year’s federal and provincial budgets. The federal government has allocated Rs10 billion to provide relief to the agriculture sector and fight the ongoing locust attack. Separately, it has earmarked Rs12bn for food security and agriculture in general. In the …

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