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After a Brief Reprieve, the Virus Charges Back


People at Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida, on Monday, July 27, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Eve Edelheit/The New York Times)

First, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast were hit hardest as the coronavirus tore through the nation. Then it surged across the South. Now the virus is again picking up dangerous speed in much of the Midwest — and in states from Mississippi to Florida to California that thought they had already seen the worst of it.

As the United States rides what amounts to a second wave of cases, with daily new infections leveling off at an alarming ...


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