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Doctors and health workers entertain children at a COVID-19 care center functioning in an indoor stadium in Delhi, India, July 20, 2020.

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India, the country with the third-most cases worldwide of the coronavirus behind the US and Brazil, reported a record jump of more than 45,000 infections Wednesday. The spike comes after a new study from India’s National Center for Disease Control showed more than 1 in 5 people in the capital, Delhi, have been infected.

At the same time, the United States, which has the most confirmed cases globally, is setting new daily records. California overtook New York on Wednesday as the worst-hit state. Total cases in California, the most populous US state, rose by more than 12,000, marking the biggest single-day increase since the pandemic started. If California were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for total cases of the coronavirus.

And Brazil has its own unique challenges with the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro — who has tested positive for the coronavirus — doubling down on calls for the economy to be reopened despite rising cases. He has also praised the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, despite the World Health Organization's guidance that it should no longer be prescribed to COVID-19 patients. Tests on hydroxychloroquine have shown it likely offers no benefit and could even increase the risk of death.

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Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, right, speaks accompanied by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, during a news conference on Capitol Hill, after a meeting at the White House, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

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US Democratic lawmakers are demanding a prompt FBI briefing on an alleged foreign interference campaign targeting the 2020 election. And, the Trump administration told China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, giving staff there 72-hours notice. Plus, a recent social media campaign launched by the Yorkshire Museum in England, called #BestMuseumBum, went viral and museum curators worldwide are still talking about it.

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