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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that the country’s general election, originally scheduled for Sept. 19, would be delayed by four weeks. The move comes as New Zealand grapples with a new wave of coronavirus cases that have prompted a return to lockdown restrictions in parts of the country. Before the new cases were confirmed, New Zealand had recently marked 100 days without recorded community transmission.
Here are some significant developments:
- The U.S. coronavirus infection rate in children rose “steadily” from March to July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in newly updated guidance.
- President Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the U.S. Postal Service amid widespread mail delays across the country are shaking voters’ faith that their ballots will be counted, prompting a rush among federal, state and local officials to protect the integrity of the Nov. 3 election.
- Less than a week after the fall semester began, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has already reported four coronavirus clusters. At Oklahoma State University, where classes resume this week, an entire sorority house that had 23 members test positive is under quarantine, The Oklahoman reported.
- An Arizona school district that planned to reopen this week despite not meeting health benchmarks reversed course after more than 100 certified staff threatened not to show up, according to the Arizona Republic.
- Japan’s economy suffered its worst hit since at least 1980, as the coronavirus pandemic took a heavy toll on consumer spending and exports.