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– President Trump travels to Phoenix to visit the Honeywell plant.

—South Korea reports only two new new cases of coronavirus

—Tyson Foods will reopen a pork processing plant in Iowa that has been shut down by an epidemic of coronavirus among workers.

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WATERLOO, Iowa – Tyson Foods will begin limited operation of its massive pork processing plant in Waterloo on Thursday, more than two weeks after the facility closed due to a coronavirus epidemic among workers, the society.

Tyson said workers were invited to visit the factory on Wednesday to see the improved safety measures and social distancing procedures that have been implemented. The plant has been closed since April 22 and the Iowa Department of Public Services

Health reports 444 workers tested positive for the virus. The plant is Tyson’s largest pork processing operation in Arkansas, with the capacity to process 19,500 hogs per day. This represents 3.9% of the pork processing capacity in the United States, according to the National Pork Board.

Everyone who returns to work has been tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the company said. Those who tested positive will remain on sick leave until they can return to work.

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NEW DELHI – Indian authorities have decided to close liquor stores in Mumbai, the financial capital of India hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, after police struggled to control the growing crowd in stores in the past two days.

City Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said Tuesday night that only grocery stores and pharmacies would be allowed to open in Mumbai, which is facing an increasing number of cases of coronavirus.

Mumbai currently has around 10,000 positive cases and 387 deaths. On average, he received more than 400 cases a day.

After some lockout restrictions were relaxed in India on Monday, thousands of people showed up at liquor stores across the country without following social distancing guidelines. This led the authorities to close many liquor stores. In some places, the police had to use batons to disperse the crowd.

Authorities in the Indian capital imposed a special 70% tax on alcohol purchases on Tuesday to deter huge gatherings of thirsty drinkers in stores. The new tax is called “special corona tax”.

The total number of positive cases in India touched 46,711 with 13,161 recoveries and 1,583 deaths, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

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BEIJING – China has lowered the danger level in a key border area with Russia after a sharp drop in new virus cases.

Shuifenhe had seen an outbreak of infections among Chinese citizens crossing the border, prompting authorities to close land crossings and set up a field hospital to handle an expected patient overload. Tight restrictions on both sides of the border appear to have been effective and authorities lowered the risk level from top to bottom on Wednesday, allowing companies to reopen and factories to restart production.

China reported on Wednesday only two new cases of the virus and no new deaths. The two cases were reported as originating from abroad and detected in the northern province of Shaanxi. 908 other people were observed as suspected cases or having tested positive for the virus but showing no symptoms. China has registered a total of 4,633 deaths from COVID-19 among 82,883 cases.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The coronavirus epidemic has forced Indonesia to delay its simultaneous regional elections scheduled for September 23 which would affect more than 100 million voters.

President Joko Widodo signed a government regulation in lieu of law on Monday which regulates the postponement of this year’s elections from September to December or even longer depending on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fourth most populous nation of the world, the official website of the State Secretariat said Tuesday evening.

Elections are expected to take place simultaneously in 270 regions of the archipelago nation to elect 9 governors, 37 mayors and 224 district chiefs, with the number of eligible voters reaching at least 105 million.

The regulations were published following the decision of the country’s General Election Commission to postpone the preparation of regional elections until the end of March after revealing that the election organizers also had COVID-19 disease and that the stakeholders had decided delay the elections.

“Postponing this year’s regional elections was the most viable option to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further into rural areas,” said the electoral authority earlier.

Indonesia, home to nearly 270 million people, recorded a total of 12,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 872 deaths on Tuesday afternoon.

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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported two new cases of new coronavirus as its epidemic continues to slow.

Figures released Wednesday by the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the national total to 10,806 infections and 255 virus-related deaths. The KCDC indicates that the two new cases were detected during screening at airports and that no new local transmission has been reported in South Korean cities.

While more than 1,100 of the country’s cases have been imported, these cases have decreased in recent weeks, as authorities have stepped up border controls, for example by imposing two-day quarantines on all passengers arriving from abroad.

With the slowdown in workload, the South Korean authorities have relaxed the guidelines on social distancing and are preparing to reopen the school. South Korea’s professional baseball league started its new fanless season in the stands on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun at a meeting on the virus on Wednesday called for vigilance and instructed authorities to prepare for a possible second wave of infections. He said it would be essential to prevent overwhelming hospitals in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.

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NEW YORK – The New York Democratic presidential primary is scheduled to take place on June 23 as canceling it would be unconstitutional, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

US district judge Analisa Torres ruled after hearing arguments a day earlier when lawyers for retired presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang argued that it was wrong to cancel the primary.

The judge said that there was enough time before the primary happened to figure out how to do it safely.

Democratic members of the State Election Council voted to cancel the primary, although New York still plans to hold its primaries in Congress and at state level on June 23. They cited the coronavirus as a reason to cancel the election since Joe Biden is now unopposed.

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SACRAMENTO, California – A federal judge has said that the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has the right to ban church assemblies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Justice John Mendez ruled Tuesday that Newsom had the right to temporarily ban religious gatherings in the interest of public health.

The Cross Culture Christian Center in Lodi and Pastor Jonathan Duncan alleged that Newsom’s house arrest order in March violated their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and assembly. The church held services until the owner of the church, under threat of an offense from county health officials, changed the locks on the church doors, preventing the congregation to meet on Palm Sunday.

A lawyer for the church said that the judge’s rejection of an application for a restraining order would not prevent them from continuing their case.

Mendez said the national and local stay orders were a valid exercise of the powers of the emergency police and did not violate the constitutional rights of the church. Mendez noted that the Supreme Court, over 100 years ago, upheld the government’s right to exercise police powers to promote public safety during a public health crisis.

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina home stay restrictions are relaxed starting Friday.

Democratic Governor Roy Cooper signed a decree on Tuesday. His administration says COVID-19 cases are generally stable and that testing, screening and health care supplies have improved enough to warrant an increase in trade and movement.

Cooper’s decision to loosen order after five weeks comes after the governors of many other southern states took action.

Cooper says health officials drive when decisions are made, with input from employers and businesses on the types of restrictions.

North Carolina has reported more than 12,250 positive cases and more than 450 related deaths, according to state health data.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Federal prosecutors have accused a Kentucky man who had a supply of weapons at his home of threatening the Governor of Kentucky and the state police on social media.

Man, 25, Jeremiah Wooley, apparently made threats in reference to article on social media about state soldiers traveling to Kentucky church to impose social distancing, court documents say filed in the federal file.

State police arrested Wooley at his home in Kevil last week and charged him with threats against the governor and state police under a false name. The US attorney’s office in Louisville announced Tuesday the charges and a federal gun charge against Wooley.

Investigators found a dozen firearms at Wooley’s home, including what federal agents described as “assault rifles”, a .50 caliber rifle and a bucket of 50 hand grenades which were either inert or made as fancy goods. Police said the house also had components to assemble the grenades, including black powder.

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TRENTON, N.J. – The manufacturer of a drug that can accelerate the healing of COVID-19 patients says it is working with other companies to enable them to make its remdesivir for other parts of the world.

However, Gilead Sciences said nothing about the price it would set for injections, in the United States or elsewhere.

On Friday, the California company obtained approval from the United States for the use of remdesivir. This came two days after a Gilead study found that drug recovery times were shortened by an average of 11 days for hospital patients, compared to 15 days for those receiving standard supportive care.

Gilead says he is discussing voluntary licensing with several pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers to make remdesivir “for Europe, Asia and the developing world until at least 2022”. He envisions a consortium of manufacturers to make enough medicine for the world.

Gilead has been pressed by patient groups, politicians and others to make remdesivir affordable, given the high prices it charges for its HIV and hepatitis C drugs.

There is no cure for the virus, which has killed more than 255,000 people worldwide.

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AUSTIN, Texas – Republican Governor Greg Abbott has authorized Texas hair and nail salons to reopen this week. Gyms will be allowed to reopen later this month.

The Republican made the announcement while noting that the state’s coronavirus infection rates are falling. Some health officials continue to warn that relaxing restrictions too quickly will lead to new hot spots of infection.

Abbott’s pressure to open hair salons and barbershops on Friday moved Texas faster than he had suggested just a week ago when the governor authorized the expiration of his order to stay at home. Sellers and retailers were allowed to reopen last Friday under limited capacity.

Texas has 33,000 cases and more than 900 deaths from the virus. But Abbott continued to point out that the infection rate in Texas is less than 5%, down from more than 7% two weeks ago.

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania has reported another 554 deaths from coronaviruses to exceed 3,000 in total, while Governor Tom Wolf says he is not committed to a specific schedule to lift pandemic restrictions from staying at home in counties or state regions.

The large number of new deaths reported by the state health department had been spread over the previous two weeks, the agency said, reconciling its numbers with deaths reported by local agencies or hospitals.

Still, it was as striking a figure as the state has reported and comes in as the Wolf administration moves to ease restrictions on movement and business.

Wolf maintained on Tuesday that he would stick to a reopening process that is based on what he sees as security-related indicators.

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