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More than 215,000 Americans now coping with COVID-19

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TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (Diya TV)  — The spread of COVID-19 continues to accelerate, with the amount of Americans coping with the virus now in excess of 215,000. The death toll is now over 4,600, 1,000 Americans whom died on Wednesday alone. And even the skeptical are now changing their tune of the coronavirus’ impact. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, one of the last holdouts nationally to enact a shelter in place order, announced he was signing an executive order that would take effect Thursday. Georgia is following suit.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar discussed how the U.S. and India could cooperate further to combat the coronavirus, including strengthening global pharmaceutical and healthcare manufacturing and supply chains.

Nearly 40,000 people from 20 villages in Punjab are under a quarantine after an outbreak of COVID-19, all stemming from just one man. 70-year-old Baldev Singh, a Sikh preacher, died of coronavirus days after returning to India from Germany and refusing to self-quarantine. Singh attended an event for the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla that attracts about 10,000 people a day for six days. 27 of his friends & relatives tested positive for coronavirus shortly after he died.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Ex-Minneapolis cop charged with George Floyd’s murder

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV) — One of the Minneapolis police officers fired for their role in the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd died after he was pinned to the ground by those officers, with Chauvin keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The other officers are under investigation, but no charges were announced. The arrest comes after a night of tumult in Minneapolis, where a police station and new housing project were burned down and stores were looted.

Protests that were largely limited to Minneapolis this week have now spread around the nation. From New York to Atlanta, Washington to San Jose, thousands of people outraged over Floyd’s death have taken to the streets. While gatherings started as peace expressions of grief, many of them have turned violent.

President Trump announced there will be a federal investigation over Floyd’s death. But he’s also caused controversy with a tweet quoting George Wallace that said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in reaction to the fires set in Minneapolis.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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In Oval Office, Trump offers personal mediation to India-China

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  President Trump, when asked in the Oval Office to comment on the growing India-China border dispute, said he would be happy to mediate any issues between the two nations. Trump added he spoke to Prime Minister Modi and claims Modi “is not in a good mood about what’s going on with China.”

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum normally holds events at high-end hotels. But this time out, their West Coast Summit brought dignitaries together virtually, featuring speakers like Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and FedEx President Raj Subramaniam to discuss the growing U.S.-India relationship.

The Indian government is allowing Indian Americans with Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards to return. They had restricted such travel as part of India’s strict lockdown two months ago.

And bad weather delayed a landmark U.S. trip into space by NASA and SpaceX. It was to be the first space mission with astronauts aboard powered by a private company. Instead, they will aim to lift off once again on Saturday.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Somber milestone: 100,000 Americans lost to COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Three months into the pandemic, America hit a grim milestone — 100,000 dead in the U.S. at the hands of COVID-19. Cases continue to rise in 14 states, including California. 1.7 million Americans are now afflicted with COVID-19.

In a tweet, President Trump chimed into the growing India-China border dispute, offering to have American officials meditate to keep the peace. China already has ongoing rifts with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet — regions with underlying calls for independence. And there are many asking for American intervention in those matters. We’ll analyze all of these movements.

Peaceful protests have turned into riots in Minneapolis after the senseless killing of George Floyd by police. The four officers involved have been fired. And now Minneapolis’ mayor wants criminal charges for 44 year old Derek Chauvin, the now fired officer who suffocated Floyd to death while onlookers screamed for him to stop.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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