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The United States confirmed 55,910 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 6.5 percent of the 855,811 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 474 deaths were attributed to the virus on Sunday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 146,934.
Hurricane Hanna—the first of the season—was downgraded to a “tropical depression” on Sunday after making landfall along the Gulf Coast of Texas a day prior. Most of southern Texas has seen between four and six inches of rain, but some areas received up to a foot.
China ordered the U.S. consulate in Chengdu to close in retaliation for the U.S.’s closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston a few days earlier. The Chengdu consulate officially suspended operations Monday morning.