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Oklahoma Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19, Arizona Case Growth Peaks: Live Updates

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  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt tests positive for COVID-19
  • The worst appears to be over for Arizona 
  • New Florida cases slow as total caseloads top 300,000
  • Partial lockdowns return across India
  • India nears 1 million case mark
  • The US reports another 60k+ cases Tuesday
  • US total: 3,546,566
  • Global total: 13,495,134
  • Tokyo raises alert level to the highest of four

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The first-term Republican governor has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans, has resisted any statewide mandate on masks and rarely wears one himself.

Stitt attended President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa last month, which health experts have said likely contributed to a surge in coronavirus cases there.

One of Stitt's cabinet members, David Ostrowe, tested positive for the coronavirus in March. – AP News

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Update (11:53ET): Despite Moderna shares hitting fresh record highs after promising data from early-stage COVID-19 vaccine, shares of the biotech and Nasdaq futures are selling into lunchtime. 

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Update (11:37ET): The worst appears to be over for Arizona's COVID-19 outbreak. We highlighted this on Tuesday, citing a Goldman Sachs report

On Wednesday morning, Arizona reported virus cases rose 2.5% versus the prior 7-day average of 2.9%, a noticeable slowdown. Virus related deaths also slowed with 97 reported, bringing the total to 2,434. 

Arizona's confirmed COVID-19 cases by day  

COVID-19 deaths by day in Arizona

? Here's the latest COVID-19 snapshot of what you need to know in the southwestern U.S. state. 

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Update (10:56ET): Florida has surpassed 300,000 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning after reporting 10,181 new cases and 112 deaths.


Declining caseloads come after some of the largest totals of the entire pandemic were reported on Sunday (15,300) and Monday (12,624). On Tuesday, a grim reminder the pandemic continues to ravage the Southern part of the US, was when 132 deaths were recorded (highest death toll reported during the pandemic). 

"Florida currently has 8,324 Covid-19 hospital patients, compared with 8,187 at a comparable time on Tuesday, according to Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration. Three counties in southeast Florida — Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach — have the largest numbers of patients with a primary diagnosis of Covid-19, accounting for 3,701 of the total," Bloomberg noted. 

A top Florida medical expert warned the Sunshine State "is now the epicenter for the virus." 

"What we were seeing in Wuhan [China] five months ago, we're now seeing here," said Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Miami Health System and the Chief of Infection Prevention for Jackson Health System, was quoted by WPLG Miami. 

Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos Migoya blame the exponential rise of COVID-19 cases on people not wearing masks. 

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Update (9:40ET): S&P500 futures near five-month highs on Wednesday as vaccine hopes were headlined on Tuesday. 

President Trump tweeted ahead of the US cash session, "Great News on Vaccines!" 

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Following in the footsteps of tech hub Bangalore, nearly a dozen Indian states have imposed a partial lockdown in high-risk areas as of Wednesday morning in the US as yet another record jump in new COVID-19 infections pushed India's total number of confirmed cases above 900k, after topping 800k just three days ago.

India reported 29,429 new cases on Wednesday, a new record, bringing its total reported cases to 936,181. Of those 24,309 have died, with 582 of those deaths reported over the last 24 hours. The country is on track to pass 1 million cases in the next day or two, which would make India the third country – after the US and Brazil – to confirm more than 1 million cases.

Like everywhere else, it's widely suspected that the actual numbers are much higher, as limited testing and poor surveillance has made it difficult to capture every case.

In addition to Bangalore, which announced its lockdown plans earlier in the week, the eastern state of Bihar, with a population of 128 million, has imposed a new partial lockdown due to its poor health-care system, along with nearly a dozen other states. Since Saturday, Bihar has recorded 1,000+ cases each day despite the limited number of tests available.

In East Asia, South Korea confirmed 39 new cases, up from 33 a day ago: Total infections reached 13,551 with 289 deaths.

The US, meanwhile, reported 60k+ infections again on Tuesday as the 7-day average hit a new record high.

In total, the US has confirmed 3,546,566 cases and 139,166 deaths, according to Worldometer.

Though daily case totals remain near record highs, Goldman warned that Arizona, one of the worst-hit states, might finally be past its peak as ICU capacities remain alarmingly close to 100%.

As we reported last night, Tokyo raised its alert for coronavirus infections to the highest of four levels on Wednesday, after new cases spiked to record levels in the Japanese capital. Fearing a second wave of infections, the Japanese government also suspended a travel campaign encouraging domestic tourism (which was widely criticized as irresponsible after it was announced).

India isn't the only major hot spot seeing new cases spiral out of control: Brazil recorded 41,857 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 1,300 new deaths, according to the Health Ministry. The country now has 1,926,824 confirmed cases and 74,133 deaths, making Brazil a distant second behind the US.

Finally, the southern Chinese city of Pingxiang, in southern Chinese province of Jiangxi, has become the latest to warn about coronavirus detected on the packaging and container of imported Ecuador shrimp.

This isn't the first time China has accused imported seafood of harboring the virus.

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