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The 5th Avenue NBA store on March 12 in New York City. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

The NBA is in early discussions to restart its season in late July at Disney's ESPN sports complex in Florida, the league announced Saturday.

Driving the news: The NBA suspended all games in mid-March after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus, and has since cut players' paychecks.

Details: The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex would act as an NBA campus for practices, games and housing under the planned reopening, NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said in a statement.

What they're saying: "Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place," Bass said.

Go deeper: NBA cuts players' pay as coronavirus keeps live sports in limbo

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

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Aug 31, 2020 - Health

CDC report on COVID deaths underlines virus' danger

Continental Funeral Home in Los Angeles has been struggling to keep up with the demands of rising death rates during the pandemic. Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A new Centers for Disease Control report shows 94% of people who died from COVID-19 in the U.S. had contributing health conditions.

Yes, but: Australian epidemiologist Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz noted in a blog post on Monday that the CDC finds COVID-19 was the underlying cause of 95% of all deaths related to the virus. Only in 5% of deaths has it been listed as a contributing cause.

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