Daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. fall below 50,000 for seven straight days

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Shannon Axelsson takes a break from sitting on the beach to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Revere, Massachusetts, August 11, 2020.

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New coronavirus cases in the U.S. grew by nearly 48,700 on Friday, marking seven consecutive days the daily count fell below 50,000 as the nation gradually descends from a summer of outbreaks. 

The coronavirus has infected more than 5.6 million people in the U.S. as of Saturday, roughly a quarter of the globe’s reported cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The U.S. recorded at least 1,100 deaths Friday, bringing its death

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Ben Affleck film moves shooting to Canada as Hollywood abandons U.S.

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On film studio set close up shot of empty director’s chair.

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Solstice Studios was supposed to begin filming its newest feature starring Ben Affleck in Los Angeles back in April. While the film’s production was halted by the coronavirus, it’s the lack of widely available testing that will keep it from resuming in the U.S. this fall.

“It became quite clear very quickly that it was absolutely impossible,” Mark Gill, president and CEO of Solstice Studios, said.

Instead, the movie will be shot in Vancouver, Canada in October. 

Rising Covid-19 cases in California forced

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Why a PPE shortage still plagues the US

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Nurses and supporters participate in a vigil at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, during a shift change for nurses, amid the global coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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Six months into the Covid-19 crisis, there is still a dire shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our health-care workers, particularly those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Doctors and nurses are still reusing single use N-95s and experiencing shortages of face shields and gloves. How did this happen in a country ranked  No. 1 in pandemic preparedness by the

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