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Conservatives protest coronavirus restrictions; Florida beaches reopen to crowds and criticism

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As the United States surpassed 700,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, conservative groups organized protests to local restrictions this weekend. The demonstrations, which have bubbled up in Maryland, Utah, Texas, California, Arizona, Washington and Colorado, come as several U.S. governors have taken steps to gradually reopen their states and ease restrictions — some of which kicked in this weekend.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Aerial snapshots of people flocking to a reopened beach in Jacksonville, Fla., made waves on the Internet on Saturday, spurring #FloridaMorons to trend on Twitter.
  • President Trump made inaccurate claims about the United States’ coronavirus testing in comparison to other countries during Saturday’s White House briefing, where he also complained at length about media coverage and criticism of his administration.
  • Most states are shuttering schools through the academic year, even as they move to reopen their economies.
  • The failure by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quickly produce a test kit was triggered by a glaring scientific breakdown at a CDC laboratory complex.
  • Concerns are rising in China over a potential new wave of covid-19 infections in a far northeastern province.
  • Deaths in Spain surpassed 20,000, while a spike in cases pushes Japan’s emergency medical system to the brink.

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