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June 30, 2020

For the first time in months, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported zero new coronavirus deaths in the state.

The first coronavirus death in Massachusetts was reported on March 20. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) reminded people during a Tuesday press conference to continue to wash their hands, wear face masks, and practice social distancing, especially during the 4th of July weekend. "We do not want to take one step forward and two steps back as we keep climbing out of this horrific pandemic," he said.

The news comes as other states, including Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, report spikes in coronavirus cases. On Friday, there were 50 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, with the number dropping to 28 on Saturday and 19 on Sunday, before rising to 35 on Monday, The Boston Globe reports. There are 108,882 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in the state, with 8,054 deaths. Catherine Garcia

June 7, 2020

There are no active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, the country's health ministry announced Monday.

This is the first time there have been no known cases of the coronavirus in New Zealand since Feb. 28. Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement that the last person being monitored for COVID-19 in the country is free of symptoms, and has been released from isolation. New Zealand has reported 1,154 cases of COVID-19, and 22 deaths.

Early in the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand went into lockdown, prohibiting large gatherings, closing the country to foreign travelers, and shutting down non-essential businesses and schools. It also conducted widespread testing. The government is expected to soon announce whether it will lift remaining social distancing and economic restrictions, Reuters reports. Catherine Garcia

April 12, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from St. Thomas' hospital in London after he spent a week there receiving treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Johnson was admitted to the hospital last Sunday with persistent coronavirus symptoms and was eventually transferred to intensive care when his condition worsened. There, he was administered "standard oxygen treatments" before moving back to a regular ward a few days later. He'll now reportedly continue his recovery at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence.

Downing Street said Johnson is making good progress, but on the advice of his medical team he won't be returning to work immediately. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, will continue to fill in for Johnson, as he's been doing since the prime minister went into intensive care.

Johnson, in comments released to journalists, said he couldn't thank the hospital staff and the United Kingdom's National Health Service enough for their efforts. "I owe them my life," he said. Read more at Reuters and The Guardian. Tim O'Donnell

January 8, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg entered the new year with a clean bill of health.

The 86-year-old was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. In 2018, two malignant tumors were removed from her left lung, and last year, a cancerous tumor was found on her pancreas. She underwent treatment, and told CNN in an interview published Wednesday, "I'm cancer free. That's good."

Several major cases are expected to come before the Supreme Court this year, involving topics like abortion, immigration, the Second Amendment, and President Trump's tax records. For more on the year ahead, visit CNN. Catherine Garcia

December 15, 2019

The football team at Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut, knew it would be hard to play in the state championship on the 7th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, but the players agreed — they were going to hit the field.

"Obviously it was going to be difficult and we wanted to make sure they were prepared," Superintendent Lorrie Rodrigue told The Hartford Courant. "The consensus was [that] they wanted to play and this was important to them." Several players on the team attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, and linebacker Ben Pinto's younger brother was one of the 26 victims of the shooting.

The stadium was packed with family, friends, and community members, with some wearing green in honor of those killed at Sandy Hook. The game was close, but with no time left on the clock, Newtown scored with a 36-yard touchdown, defeating Darien High School 13-7. It was Newtown's first state championship in 27 years.

The win was "a little glimpse of joy on what is a sad day in our community," Newtown Principal Kimberly Longobucco said, adding, it was "just a storybook ending." Darien High School tweeted that the defeat was hard, but "the joy it is bringing [Newtown High School] and the entire Newtown community is certainly numbing our pain." Catherine Garcia

September 9, 2019

The four crew members trapped inside a cargo ship that capsized off the Georgia coast early Sunday were rescued on Monday afternoon, the Coast Guard announced.

The four men are alert and in good condition, and have been hospitalized for evaluation, The Associated Press reports. The 656-foot cargo ship, the Golden Ray, capsized just 23 minutes after leaving the Brunswick port. The vessel was headed to Baltimore, and carrying about 4,000 vehicles. Immediately after the ship overturned, 20 crew members were airlifted to safety, but fire and smoke kept the rescuers from being able to move deeper into the ship.

The rescuers on Monday had to drill into the hull's steel plates in order to get the remaining crew members out. Lt. Lloyd Heflin coordinated the rescue, and told AP this was the "best day of my 16-year career." The cause of the capsizing is still under investigation, and port officials are working to reopen the channel. The ship is owned by Hyundai Glovis. Catherine Garcia

June 23, 2019

David Ortiz is getting healthier and has moved out of intensive care, though he remains hospitalized, his wife, Tiffany, said on Saturday.

The beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger affectionately known as "Big Papi," who helped guide the franchise to three World Series crowns, is recovering from a shooting in his native Dominican Republic earlier in June, which was reportedly a case of mistaken identity. After receiving initial treatment in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was flown to Boston where he underwent surgery.

Ortiz, Tiffany Ortiz wrote in an Instagram post, "remains in good condition and continues to recover under the care of Drs. David King and Larry Ronan." Tim O'Donnell

April 8, 2019

A California woman and her tour guide who were abducted Tuesday from a national park in Uganda have been rescued by security forces.

A spokesperson for the Ugandan government said Kimberly Sue Endicott of Orange County and her guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, were found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and are now safe in Uganda. Their abductors were with them, but managed to escape during the rescue, the spokesperson said.

Endicott and Remezo were abducted from Queen Elizabeth National Park while on an evening game drive; four other people were taken at the same time, but only Endicott and Remezo left the park. Police said the perpetrators asked several times for a $500,000 ransom; a person with knowledge of the matter told CNN money was paid to secure their release, and the handover was "quiet and peaceful." The government spokesperson said both Endicott and Remezo are in good health. Catherine Garcia

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