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Coronavirus updates: Arizona ICU capacity climbs to 91%

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks during a Spirit of America Showcase in the Entrance Hall of the White House July 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks during a Spirit of America Showcase in the Entrance Hall of the White House July 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

A novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 520,000 people worldwide.

More than 10.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 128,740 deaths. 

Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates

2:14 p.m.: Arizona reports new high of current hospitalizations

Hospitalizations and ICU capacity reached new highs in Arizona, according to the state's health department.

There were 3,013 current hospitalizations in the state and the ICU capacity hit 91%.

There were also an additional 4,433 new COVID-19 cases, resulting in 91,858 total cases. An additional 31 people died, bringing the total to 1,788.

11:10 a.m.: Florida reports 9,488 new COVID-19 cases

Florida reported an additional 9,488 COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 178,594.

a sign on a beach: A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, July 3, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. © Lynne Sladky/AP A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, July 3, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.

The positivity rate was 14.8%, up .3% from Thursday, according to the state's Department of Health.

Lee County reported the highest rate of positivity at 22.1.%, with Miami-Dade following at 20.8%.

a truck on a city street filled with lots of traffic: Cars wait in line at the Corona Virus (COVID-19) drive in testing site, set up at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla., July 2, 2020. © Larry Marano/REX via Shutterstock Cars wait in line at the Corona Virus (COVID-19) drive in testing site, set up at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla., July 2, 2020.

10:50 a.m.: UK to lift quarantine for lower risk countries; US not among them

Travelers to the United Kingdom from a handful of countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days, the government announced.

The United States, however, is not among those countries.

Fifty-nine countries and territories are on the list, including Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Spain.

Starting on July 10, anyone visiting the U.K. from those countries will not be required to self-isolate. The exemption may differ for those who have visited or stopped in any other country or territory 14 days prior.

Currently, all international travelers, with a few exceptions, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

"Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation. Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement.

The news for travelers comes the same day Downing Street announced that pubs can open beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday. Pubs will not have to limit the amount of time one can spend inside.

10:20 a.m.: Pakistani FM tests positive for COVID-19 a day after meeting with senior US officials

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's foreign minister, has tested positive for COVID-19, he wrote on Twitter.

The news comes one day after Qureshi met with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the top U.S. diplomat brokering an end to the war in Afghanistan, and Adam Boehler, the head of the U.S. government's international finance development institution.

"By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic," Qureshi tweeted. "I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers."

Shah Mehmood Qureshi talking on a cell phone: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi speaks to reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 1, 2020. © B.k. Bangash/AP, FILE Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi speaks to reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 1, 2020.

8:57 a.m.: White House defends domestic trips as Secret Service agents test positive

The White House is defending its domestic trips after yet another incident of Secret Service agents getting sick as a result of those trips.

A senior official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, "I hope it's reflected that these trips have been an important way for the Task Force to get ground reports from states, provide states what they need when they need it, and to assure the American people that we'll get through this together."

While Vice President Mike Pence's trips this week to two hot spots -- Florida and Arizona -- took on a coronavirus focus, they were originally slated to include campaign activities as well. The campaign events were postponed.

However, ABC News confirmed that Secret Service agents in Arizona who were preparing for a trip involving Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for COVID-19 or showed signs of illness, which led to a postponement of the trip, according to a government official familiar with the matter.

The delay was needed for the Secret Service to send a new team of healthy agents to Phoenix to complete the trip, according to the official.

7:50 a.m.: Face coverings required in Myrtle Beach ahead of holiday weekend

Anyone in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is now required to wear a mask or face covering, Mayor Brenda Bethune told "Good Morning America."

The mandate comes ahead of what Bethune said will be a crowded holiday weekend, with more than 100,000 tourists expected.

a group of people in a large body of water: People wade in the surf in this file photo on May 23, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. © Sean Rayford/Getty Images, FILE People wade in the surf in this file photo on May 23, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Bethune said they should have enacted a mask order earlier, but didn't have the authority until just last week. The order went into effect Thursday at 11:59 p.m. local time.

"I wish we could have done it sooner -- we acted on it as quickly as possible," Bethune said.

7:36 a.m.: Penn State student dies of COVID-19 complications

A student at Penn State University died of respiratory failure and COVID-19, according to a statement from the university.

Juan Garcia, a 21-year-old College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student from Allentown, died June 30, the university said.

He is the first known Penn State student death related to the coronavirus.

"We are profoundly saddened to learn about Juan's untimely death during this pandemic," vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. "While I did not know Juan personally, we have learned through conversations with those closest to him that this young man had a remarkable spirit and was greatly loved. I know our entire campus community sends our deepest condolences to his family and friends as they grieve this unthinkable loss."

Garcia was living off campus when he began to feel ill, according to the university statement. He then traveled back home to Allentown on June 19 and was tested for COVID-19 on June 20.

He died 10 days later.

7:18 a.m.: 'Great news': Trump says of increase in number of COVID-19 cases

Even as Republican-led states roll back reopenings due to the significant rise in coronavirus cases and warnings from his own government that the pandemic is far from over, President Donald Trump continues to take an optimistic tone about the increased in diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

"There is a rise in Coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country," Trump tweeted late Thursday night. "This is great news, but even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN. Also, younger people, who get better much easier and faster!"

However, Adm. Brett Giroir, the man Trump appointed to oversee testing, testified at a House hearing Thursday that "this is a real increase in cases" and not just attributable to increased testing.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a mirror: President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks during a Spirit of America Showcase in the Entrance Hall of the White House July 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks during a Spirit of America Showcase in the Entrance Hall of the White House July 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

"There is no question that the more testing you get, the more you will uncover," Giroir said Thursday. "But we do believe this is a real increase in cases because of the percent positives are going up. So, this is real increases in cases."

Giroir said the U.S. is not flattening the curve. "The curve is still going up," he testified.

Trump's positively also comes the same day as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its coronavirus death toll projections for July. Forecasts indicate that between 140,000 and 160,000 total deaths nationally are expected by July 25.

The U.S. reported 52,815 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the biggest week-over-week jump since the third week in March, when testing had just begun to increase.

5:55 a.m.: Arizona bar let COVID-19 positive workers continue working, officials say

The state of Arizona has seen an incredible rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations recently, forcing the state to pause its reopening. And now one bar is under investigation after it allegedly allowed multiple employees known to have tested positive for the coronavirus to continue working.

Varsity Tavern, located in downtown Tempe, allegedly permitted both employees and managers to continue working after being diagnosed, according to the State of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

After the state agency began its investigation, the business decided to close on July 1.

Officials are still seeking to revoke Varsity Tavern's license. The establishment has had its license suspended twice before, once in December 2018 and again in July 2019.

The Department of Liquor also alleges that the bar management knowingly didn't notify health officials that workers tested positive, didn't enforce social distancing requirements and didn't enforce mask-wearing requirements.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing operators, last Sunday to pause their operations until July 27 in a renewed effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

For the fifth day in a row, Arizona on Thursday surpassed its record number of hospitalizations, with 2,938 patients currently hospitalized. At least 89% of ICU beds are now in use.

Doug Ducey standing in front of a sign: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. © Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020.

There are more than 87,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, with at least 1,764 deaths.

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ABC News' Jordyn Phelps, Jake Date, Kirit Radia and Habibullah Khan contributed to this report.


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