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New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a record of 488 cases.



Tina Arons, 32, speaks as she removed her phone from a tripod at the Harvey Cornell Rose Park Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arons used the video recording setup to capture a dance routine with silk fan veils, draped over her shoulder, for and online she teaches. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)


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Tina Arons, 32, speaks as she removed her phone from a tripod at the Harvey Cornell Rose Park Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arons used the video recording setup to capture a dance routine with silk fan veils, draped over her shoulder, for and online she teaches. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900.

Bernalillo County, with the state’s most populous urban area, accounted for 135 new cases, while Dona Ana had 81. Lea and Chaves counties together accounted for 77 new cases.

The state’s infection and positivity rates for the spread of the virus are climbing as the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham holds the line on emergency public health restrictions.

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Members of the Orthodox Jewish community speak with NYPD officers, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved to reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking. Many neighborhoods that stand to be affected are home to large enclaves of Orthodox Jews.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


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Members of the Orthodox Jewish community speak with NYPD officers, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved to reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking. Many neighborhoods that stand to be affected are home to large enclaves of Orthodox Jews. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— President Trump credits antibody drug for quick recovery

— Spain declares state of emergency in Madrid to contain surge

— As virus fills French ICUs anew, doctors ask what went wrong

— British government will announce more support for businesses to retain staff in the coming months if they are forced to close because of lockdown restrictions.



FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, that bars around West Virginia University in Morgantown can reopen next Tuesday, a month after images of maskless college students packing bars led them to be shut down. . (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)


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FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, that bars around West Virginia University in Morgantown can reopen next Tuesday, a month after images of maskless college students packing bars led them to be shut down. . (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

— President Donald Trump says he wants to try to hold a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday, despite his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.



FILE - In this Thursday, June 11, 2009 file photo, the logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization has reported a new daily record high in coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 350, 000 cases reported to the U.N. health agency on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The new daily high of 350,766 cases surpasses a record set earlier this week and is nearly 12,000 more infections. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, file)


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FILE – In this Thursday, June 11, 2009 file photo, the logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization has reported a new daily record high in coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 350, 000 cases reported to the U.N. health agency on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The new daily high of 350,766 cases surpasses a record set earlier this week and is nearly 12,000 more infections. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, file)

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