COVID-19 Apocalypse : 57,118 new cases in India, 658 record cases in Poland on Saturday, nightclubs in Geneva to close till 23rd August


1st August 2020 – (Hong Kong)  Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 17,855,648 with 684,811 deaths as of 11.45pm today.

In a speech before he was voted in as the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that when he was seven, his younger brother died “from one of the many child killers in Africa.”


For the third day in a row, Poland reported the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 658 new infections reported on Saturday, according to the country’s health ministry. The ministry also reported five new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 1,721. Poland reported 657 new infections on Friday and 615 on Thursday – both were new records at the time. 

Germany has on Friday recorded the highest number of new daily infections since early May, according to data published Saturday by Germany’s centre for disease prevention, The Robert-Koch Institute. The country saw 955 new coronavirus cases. The last time Germany recorded a higher number was 9th May. 

Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions have converged in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming “the end of the pandemic” has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concerns about an upturn in new infections.

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients with COVID-19 isn’t enough to completely eliminate the threat from the virus for frontline workers, according to a new study from King’s College London.

About 7% of participants in a British study tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, according to results from the first month of the nationwide study. The test results, which indicate previous infection with coronavirus, ranged from 10.4% of Londoners to about 4.4% of people living in the southwest of England and Scotland.

Spanish tourist minister Reyes Morato said her country was “not contemplating” imposing reciprocal quarantine measures on individuals arriving in Spain from the U.K. Her comments, published Saturday by The Telegraph newspaper, follow Britain’s “disproportionate” mandatory isolation instructions for people on inbound flights from Spain.

A total of 386 passengers have been quarantined after a trip to Svalbard with a Hurtigruten cruise ship as coronavirus infections were recorded on board the cruiser. MS Roald Amundsen has been isolated at the quay in Tromso in Norway after four crew members tested positive for COVID-19, news agency NTB reported Saturday.

British Airways pilots have overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 per cent with 270 jobs lost, according to aviation union BALPA.

Finland became the first country in the Nordics to allow public gatherings of over 500 people, indoors as well as outdoors, starting Saturday. The government also dropped its recommendation that people work from home.

Switzerland ordered the closure of nightclubs in Geneva until 23rd August and increased restrictions on bars and restaurants following a 40% increase in COVID-19 cases in the canton. 

The coronavirus has been detected in 62 employees at a slaughterhouse belonging to the Danish meat processor Danish Crown.

U.S. and Canada

The U.S. added 66,545 new virus cases Friday, a 1.5% increase compared to the daily average rise of 1.6% of the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Total cases were 4,726,113 as of now.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived on Capitol Hill on Saturday morning and told reporters she’s hoping “that we make progress on a long-term deal.” Pelosi reiterated that Democrats are not interested in a short term deal ahead of her and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

The United Kingdom may need to choose between keeping pubs open or allowing schools to reopen it if it wants to keep coronavirus infection rates down, a key member of the group advising the government on Covid-19 response told British media.

Researchers on Wednesday published scathing critiques of a study President Trump repeatedly touted on Twitter. That study, published earlier this month in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, claimed to show that hydroxychloroquine saved lives.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed two executive orders extending existing COVID-19 safety measures and extending the Public Health State of Emergency, he said today in a press release.

Central and Latin America

Mexico recorded a new daily record of 8,458 new coronavirus cases on Friday bringing the total number of infections to 424,637, its health ministry announced. The ministry also recorded 688 new coronavirus related deaths, raising the total death toll to 46,688.

China and Hong Kong

Hong Kong opened a temporary field hospital with 500 beds on Saturday  to house stable COVID-19 patients as the city battles a new wave of virus infections.

Elsewhere in the world

Russia plans to start mass vaccinations against COVID-19 in October, with health workers and teachers first in line to get the inoculation against the disease, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. Russia plans to start mass vaccinations against COVID-19 in October, with health workers and teachers first in line to get the inoculation against the disease, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. Ninety-five people died from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the fewest mortalities since 85 were recorded on 27th July, taking the total to 14,058. The number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 5,462 to 845,443, the government said.

Qatar confirmed 216 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the total in the Middle Eastern country to 110,911.

Iraq’s Ministry of Health reported 3,346 news coronavirus infections on Friday, a new record in daily cases. More than 124,600 people have been infected in Iraq and 4,741 have died.

Iran recorded 216 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, in line with local daily averages of 211 for the past week. Iran has reported a total of 16,982 mortalities from 306,752 known cases of coronavirus.

Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it said that it regarded as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Saturday. The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. The list also includes China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.

Kenya Airways resumed international flights on Saturday, heading to about 30 destinations for the first time since the routes were suspended in March due to the coronavirus.

India reported 57,118 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, its highest daily increase to date, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As of this morning, India had a total of 1,695,988 confirmed cases of Covid-19, of which more than 565,000 are active cases.

Japan reported 1,579 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths on Friday, according to the health ministry. It’s the third day in a row that the country has reported its highest daily infections. The total number of confirmed cases in Japan stands at 36,548, with 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. There have been 1,024 deaths, with 13 from the cruise ship.

 Japan’s Okinawa region has declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay home for two weeks as the popular tourist destination sees an “explosive spread” of coronavirus cases.

The country’s health ministry said on its website Saturday it had recorded 28 new virus cases, 19 tied to Da Nang Hospital, seven in Danang City and two imported cases in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.  Vietnam’s health ministry says up to 800,000 visitors to Danang city, the nation’s coronavirus epicentre, have left for other parts of the country since 1st July.

Doctors in the Philippines have appealed to the government to reimpose tighter movement restrictions in the area around Manila as cases continue to surge.

Indonesia’s health ministry said Saturday it had recorded 1,560 new infections in the past 24 hours, taking the national total to 109,936. Deaths increased by 62 to 5,193. 

Singapore will provide an additional S$320 million ($233 million) of support for firms in the construction, marine shipyard and process sectors, the government said Saturday. That’s on top of a S$1.36 billion aid package announced in June.