Arizona’s Republican governor has shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks amid a dramatic resurgence of coronavirus cases.
The state is not alone in its drastic reversal. Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars.
Leaders in several states also ordered residents to wear masks in public. Among those implementing the face-covering order is the city of Jacksonville, Florida, where the mask-averse President Trump plans to accept the Republican nomination in August.
Arizona Governor Turnabout: Doug Ducey is now imploring residents to use face masks. While the Republican governor never discouraged their use, he had never previously given their usage a full-throated endorsement. The change is the latest sign that Ducey, similar to some other Republican governors, is being forced to set political considerations aside amid surging cases. This analysis from Jacques Billeaud and Peter Prengaman in Phoenix.
EU to publish border list, US likely to miss out
Europe Borders: The European Union is set to make public a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed back into 31 European nations, but Americans are likely to be refused entry for at least another two weeks.
India: The nation has reported more than 18,000 new cases and 400 deaths. An Indian company, Bharat Biotech, also says it has received permission to go ahead with the first two phases of clinical vaccine trials after initial studies demonstrated safety. Multiple vaccine trials are underway in India.