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LiveCoronavirus daily news updates, Aug. 7: What to know today about COVID-19

Caution tape blocks off seats and a red strip indicates an open seat to provide for social distancing at the Iowa DOT facility in Ankeny Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Four months after the coronavirus prompted the Iowa Department of Transportation to shut down walk-in appointments at its license renewal stations, the number of Iowans with expired licenses has more than quadrupled the normal level. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP ) IADES302 IADES302

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