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Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

The U.S. has already celebrated Easter, graduations and so much more during the coronavirus pandemic, and now it can add July 4 to the list.

The state of play: Axios' Stef Kight writes public parades and fireworks displays around much of the country are being canceled to prevent mass gatherings where the virus could spread. Hot-dog contests and concerts will play to empty stands and virtual audiences — all while American pride treads an all-time low.

A boy wears a mask while riding an amusement pier ride in Wildwood, New Jersey. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand in front of Mount Rushmore on July 3, 2020. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Signs are posted in front of the closed Santa Monica Pier in California. The beach is closed for the Fourth of July weekend. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
A woman holds a sign that reads " Stop Killing" while standing near policemen in front of the White House to protest police brutality. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
People watch as fireworks in Times Square as part of the 44th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show on July 1, 2020. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images
Tourists gather at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland on July 3, 2020. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images

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Oct 12, 2020 - World

U.K. PM Boris Johnson to announce 3-tier coronavirus lockdown system

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The U.K.'s hospitality industry has begun a legal challenge to prevent new local coronavirus lockdown rules for England being announced Monday from taking effect, per Reuters.

Driving the news: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson chaired a meeting Oct. 7 "to determine the final interventions." He is expected to announce a three-tier alert system to tackle areas where COVID-19 is surging, the BBC notes.

Oct 12, 2020 - Health

What the White House outbreak says about the limits of testing

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The White House coronavirus outbreak has provided a high-profile example of the limitations of rapid diagnostic testing.

Why it matters: New kinds of tests are quickly coming onto the market and being used in places like schools and nursing homes, adding urgency to the debate over how such testing should be used.

Updated 14 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.