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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— World reaches 800,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths

— Florida records 4,300 new virus cases, 106 deaths; hospitalizations fall

— Quarantines, closures: Confusion reigns as schools reopen

— How does coronavirus spread at a concert? Germans do a test of negative volunteers, collecting data in a “real life” simulation of a pop concert with strict health and safety controls.

— Their final breaths are tormented. Miami ICU nurse Rublas Ruiz has seen too many of them, the last gasps of 17 men and women who died of the coronavirus.

— Fifteen Minnesota residents have contracted the coronavirus after being exposed during the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. Minnesota health officials expect the number to grow.

— Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

BOSTON — More cases of coronavirus have been traced to a recent wedding reception in Maine. Health officials say 53 cases have been linked to the Aug. 7 reception in Millinocket. A hospital says one person associated with the outbreak has died.

The reception at the Big Moose Inn exceeded the state’s indoor gathering limit, among other violations of state rules. About 65 people attended the event. The limit was 50.

Thirty-two new cases and one additional death was announced Saturday by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Maine has reached nearly 4,320 cases and 131 deaths.

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MIDDLETON, Wis. — A Middleton coffee shop has lost its lease after violating Dane County’s mask mandate.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Helbachs Coffee Roasters and Kitchen will close on Aug. 31. The shop says in an Instagram post Thursday its landlord has refused to renew its lease and the decision to close comes on the heels of “enforcement action, negative public statements and continued vindictive and hostile behavior” by county health officials toward the shop.

Public Health Madison and Dane County issued the shop three citations for violating the order. The shop was facing revocation of its food and drink license because of its refusal to abide by the order.

The shop responded with a lawsuit, declaring itself “a mask-free zone.”

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Florida recorded 4,300 new cases and 106 coronavirus deaths on Saturday.

The state is registering an average of 156 coronavirus deaths per day this month, which likely makes COVID-19 the state’s No. 1 killer during that period. Cancer and heart disease each average about 125 deaths per day, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The number of new cases continues a downward trend from more than 10,000 cases per day a month ago. During the past week, the state’s positivity rate on tests has been 10.8%.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been declining. On Saturday, 4,773 patients were treated for the disease in Florida hospitals compared to Friday’s 4,909 and Thursday’s 5,340. That number has fallen from a peak above 9,500 on July 23.

Overall, the state has nearly 600,000 confirmed cases since March 1 and 10,410 deaths.

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 996 new cases and 68 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Saturday.

That increased the state’s totals to 197,895 cases and 4,756 deaths, as reports of infections and deaths continued to slow.

The coronavirus hospitalization numbers from the health department showed a downward trend, posting levels from late May and early June before Arizona became a national hot spot. New case and death reports have dropped since mid-July.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases dropped from 1,578 on Aug. 7 to 740 on Aug. 21. The rolling average of deaths per day dropped from 55 to 38.

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ROME — Vacationers returning to the Italian mainland from Sardinia helped push Italy’s daily new coronavirus caseload far past 1,000 on Saturday, reaching the high for the first time since early May.

Confirmed cases increased from 947 on Friday to 1,071 on Saturday, with many infections confirmed in travelers who were tested as they disembarked from airplanes or ferries.

Authorities in Lazio, the south-central region including Rome, say 45 percent of its 215 new cases Saturday were from people returning from Sardinia, where several clusters have been linked to discos or private parties on the posh Emerald Coast resort area.

While the average age of infection early in the outbreak hovered near 70, it’s now 30.

Italy has more than 258,000 confirmed cases. With three more deaths, the known total has reached 35,400.

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NEW YORK — The world hit a grim coronavirus milestone Saturday with 800,000 confirmed deaths and close to 23 million confirmed cases.

That’s according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Governments have been attempting to balance public health with economic health.

Officials believe the true numbers are far higher because of a lack of testing and reporting. In the U.S., the nation with the most infections, health officials believe there may be 10 times more cases than the confirmed 5.6 million. The U.S. also leads the world in deaths, with more than 175,000.

The news comes as South Korea, once considered a coronavirus success story, banned large gatherings, shut nightspots and churches and banned fans from professional sports to slow a viral resurgence. Germany, which also initially slowed the virus, reported a four-month high of more than 2,000 cases on Saturday. Schools there reopened two weeks ago, and at least 41 schools this week reported students or teachers were infected.

In the U.S., schools have begun to reopen, with coronavirus outbreaks triggering sudden closings, quarantines and anxiety among parents.

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BERLIN — Germany’s disease control reported 2,034 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the first time the daily national increase has topped 2,000 since the end of April.

The Robert Koch Institute calls the coronavirus outbreaks “very concerning.” They are reported in various settings, including nursing homes and hospitals, schools, and “especially among travelers and in the context of religious or family events.”

Germany’s 16 states are resuming in-class schooling. There are concerns about the risks of virus clusters at schools spreading to families and others. In Berlin, at least 41 schools this week reported students or teachers had become infected.

The country was widely applauded for its quick and efficient effort to initially slow the spread of the pandemic, which peaked at more than 6,000 daily cases near the end of March and early April. But the figures have been increasing in recent weeks.

Overall, Germany has more than 232,000 confirmed cases and 9,200 deaths.

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BREMERTON, Wash. — Washington state health officials say more than 30 coronavirus cases have been reported in an outbreak at a Bremerton hospital.

The Washington State Department of Health says the outbreak has affected multiple units at St. Michael Medical Center, which is part of the CHI Franciscan system. Officials say the outbreak involves hospital staff and employees.

The Kitsap Public Health District and state health officials say they are working with the hospital to contain the outbreak after the first case was reported late last week. Officials say patients discharged from the impacted units have been notified and new admissions and visitation at the hospital is currently limited.

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NEW YORK — New York state will apply for a federal program for unemployment money now that the state won’t have to add funds.

President Donald Trump had signed an executive order this month making money available from a FEMA fund after a new pandemic relief bill wasn’t reached. The $400-per-week benefit put the onus on the states to pay $100 a week of that amount.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the idea “laughable” because state budgets are cash-strapped from the coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance last week saying states would not have to contribute.

New York budget director Robert Mujica says, “the federal government has blinked and will no longer make states provide funding they do not have.”

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PRAGUE — The Czech Republic has recorded its biggest single-day increase in coronavirus cases.

The Health Ministry says there were 506 new cases in the latest 24-hour period. The previous high was 377 cases registered on March 27.

The announcement Saturday comes a day after neighboring Slovakia also reported a record daily increase of infected people.

The Czech Republic has 21,551 confirmed cases and 411 deaths.

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NEW DELHI — India recorded nearly 70,000 new coronavirus infections as the disease spreads across the country’s southern states after plateauing in the capital and the financial center of Mumbai.

India’s Health Ministry reported 69,878 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 2,975,701. Globally India has been reporting the biggest daily rise in cases for 18 consecutive days.

Some 2.2 million people have recovered from the disease in India since the first case was diagnosed in late January.

India has the third-highest caseload behind the United States and Brazil. Its 55,794 deaths is the fourth-highest death toll in the world.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is banning large gatherings, shutting nightspots and churches and removing fans from professional sports nationwide in an attempt to slow a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo announced the measures Saturday after officials reported 332 newly confirmed cases, marking the ninth straight day of triple-digit increases.

Most of the new cases were in the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of the viral surge of recent weeks. But infections were also reported in nearly every major city and in towns across the country.

The government had already imposed the tighter restrictions in the capital region this week, a move they resisted for months out of economic concerns. Park says it has become inevitable to expand the same measures nationwide with the virus spreading more broadly.

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BEIJING — Health officials in China say in their report on the coronavirus that the country had no locally transmitted infections in the latest 24-hour period, though 22 cases were confirmed in Chinese arriving from abroad.

While the local spread of the virus appears to have been contained in mainland China, the semi-autonomous southern city of Hong Kong is struggling with its worst outbreak since the pandemic began.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says free coronavirus tests will be offered to residents during the first two weeks of September, in hopes of restarting the heavily services-dependent local economy.

A new surge in infections that started in July has more than tripled the number of cases in Hong Kong to 4,632 and 75 deaths.

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WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he would do whatever was needed to keep the country safe amid the coronavirus pandemic even if that meant shutting down the country.

Biden made the comment in an interview with ABC. The interview airs Sunday night, but clips were provided Friday.

Biden says, “I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus.” He adds that if scientists recommended shutting down the country, “I would shut it down.”

President Donald Trump is encouraging schools to reopen and people to get back to work. The U.S. has had more than 5.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 175,000 deaths.

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A sign outside the Michigan State University Student Union building alerts students to MSU's face covering rule on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Students at Michigan universities are receiving emails from their schools welcoming them back for the fall, but a cloud of concern is hovering because of the coronavirus pandemic. To go online or to come in person has been the debate, but since Michigan State University announced Tuesday it will go online for the next semester, the debate is reaching a fever pitch. (AP Photo/Anna Nichols)

A sign outside the Michigan State University Student Union building alerts students to MSU’s face covering rule on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Students at Michigan universities are receiving emails from their schools welcoming them back for the fall, but a cloud of concern is hovering because of the coronavirus pandemic. To go online or to come in person has been the debate, but since Michigan State University announced Tuesday it will go online for the next semester, the debate is reaching a fever pitch. (AP Photo/Anna Nichols)

Credit: Anna Nichols

Credit: Anna Nichols

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., as the theme park reopened for season pass holders and will open to the general public two days later. As of August 2020, the state has had more than half a million confirmed cases and 35,000 hospitalizations, yet DeSantis still hasn't issued a mask mandate. Some local governments have. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

FILE – In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., as the theme park reopened for season pass holders and will open to the general public two days later. As of August 2020, the state has had more than half a million confirmed cases and 35,000 hospitalizations, yet DeSantis still hasn’t issued a mask mandate. Some local governments have. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Credit: John Raoux

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus in Washington. For only the second time as president, Trump addressed the nation in a formal Oval Office speech on March 11. The U.S., he told Americans, would “expeditiously defeat this virus.” (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

FILE – In this March 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus in Washington. For only the second time as president, Trump addressed the nation in a formal Oval Office speech on March 11. The U.S., he told Americans, would “expeditiously defeat this virus.” (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

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Credit: Doug Mills

German chancellor Angela Merkel, left, wears a face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic as she meets Governor Armin Laschet, right, during her visit at Germany's most populated province North Rhine-Westphalia in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, left, wears a face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic as she meets Governor Armin Laschet, right, during her visit at Germany’s most populated province North Rhine-Westphalia in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Credit: Martin Meissner

Volunteers with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington distribute grocery boxes and ready-to-eat meals to recipients who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and economic downturn, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in a parking lot outside Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Volunteers with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington distribute grocery boxes and ready-to-eat meals to recipients who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and economic downturn, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in a parking lot outside Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Credit: Patrick Semansky

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y.  New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who died in hospitals.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE – In this June 15, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who died in hospitals. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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Credit: Mark Lennihan

Cars pass a giant Washington State University mural covering a wheat field Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, near Pullman, Wash. The athletes weren't the only ones impacted when Washington State's fall football season was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. Merchants in tiny Pullman who depend on big football crowds say they are losing a major chunk of their annual income. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Cars pass a giant Washington State University mural covering a wheat field Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, near Pullman, Wash. The athletes weren’t the only ones impacted when Washington State’s fall football season was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. Merchants in tiny Pullman who depend on big football crowds say they are losing a major chunk of their annual income. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

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Credit: Tyler Tjomsland

Afghan children walk along a road during the first day of their school's reopening in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. Public and private schools in the country were reopened since the beginning of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan children walk along a road during the first day of their school’s reopening in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. Public and private schools in the country were reopened since the beginning of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Credit: Rahmat Gul

A security guard wearing a protective face shield as a precaution against coronavirus outbreak talks on her radio at Margo City shopping mall, which has been closed after a number of employees of a supermarket at the mall were tested positive for the virus, in Depok, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A security guard wearing a protective face shield as a precaution against coronavirus outbreak talks on her radio at Margo City shopping mall, which has been closed after a number of employees of a supermarket at the mall were tested positive for the virus, in Depok, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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Credit: Dita Alangkara

A health worker takes a nasal swab to test for COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. India has the third-highest caseload after the United States and Brazil, and the fourth-highest death toll in the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A health worker takes a nasal swab to test for COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. India has the third-highest caseload after the United States and Brazil, and the fourth-highest death toll in the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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Credit: Manish Swarup

Firefighters make a stand in the backyard of a home in front of the advancing CZU August Lightning Complex Fire Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters make a stand in the backyard of a home in front of the advancing CZU August Lightning Complex Fire Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus carries a parasol in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Aug.22, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus carries a parasol in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Aug.22, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier struggles with his glasses and face mask as he attends a press conference after visiting the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg, Austria, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier struggles with his glasses and face mask as he attends a press conference after visiting the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg, Austria, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

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A gondolier poles one of the colorfully painted wooden boats known as trajineras at the Nuevo Nativitas dock, as it opens once again to tourists and revelers amidst the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic, the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Though traffic was light on the first day back after being closed for several months, gondoliers, handicraft sellers, and food and drink vendors said they were happy to be back at work and to have the chance to earn some money. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

A gondolier poles one of the colorfully painted wooden boats known as trajineras at the Nuevo Nativitas dock, as it opens once again to tourists and revelers amidst the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic, the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Though traffic was light on the first day back after being closed for several months, gondoliers, handicraft sellers, and food and drink vendors said they were happy to be back at work and to have the chance to earn some money. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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FILE - In this Monday, May 4, 2020 file photo, visitors sunbathe after the beach officially reopened to the public in Clearwater Beach, Fla., after coronavirus restrictions were lifted. The pandemic caught fire in Florida this summer as the state's rapid reopening allowed people to flock to beaches, Disney World, movie theaters and bars. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

FILE – In this Monday, May 4, 2020 file photo, visitors sunbathe after the beach officially reopened to the public in Clearwater Beach, Fla., after coronavirus restrictions were lifted. The pandemic caught fire in Florida this summer as the state’s rapid reopening allowed people to flock to beaches, Disney World, movie theaters and bars. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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Credit: Chris O’Meara

Rublas Ruiz poses for a photograph outside of Kendall Regional Medical Hospital where he works as a nurse in the hospital's intensive care unit, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Miami. While other nurses rotate in and out of the COVID-19 ICU unit to limit their exposure to the deadly virus, Ruiz has asked to stay permanently. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Rublas Ruiz poses for a photograph outside of Kendall Regional Medical Hospital where he works as a nurse in the hospital’s intensive care unit, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Miami. While other nurses rotate in and out of the COVID-19 ICU unit to limit their exposure to the deadly virus, Ruiz has asked to stay permanently. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Credit: Lynne Sladky





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