COVID-19 Apocalypse : 8,458 new cases reported in Mexico, sharp drop in new cases in China, South Korean sect leader arrested for obstructing COVID-19 efforts


1st August 2020 – (Hong Kong)  Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 17,758,802 with 682,999 deaths as of 12.45pm today.


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.

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.

Starting Saturday, all travelers coming to Germany will be able to get free coronavirus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests up to 72 hours after entering the country, the German health ministry announced in a statement.

Italy registered 379 new coronavirus cases on Friday, in line with Thursday when infections jumped the most since early June.

U.S. and Canada

Fitch Ratings revised the outlook on the US’s AAA rating to negative from stable, citing eroding credit strength, including a growing deficit to finance stimulus to combat fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

As an Indiana school district welcomed students to the 2020-21 academic year, one of their students tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of class, according to a letter sent to parents.

Georgia Gov. 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. The Public Health State of Emergency now runs through 10th September.

Texas has reported 8,839 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 420,946 in the state. 

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorizations for the first two COVID-19 serology tests that can tell not only whether someone has antibodies to the virus, but can give some idea of how much antibody is there.

California’s health department confirmed the first COVID-19-related death of a teenager in the state on Friday.

Arizona reported 3,212 new cases, a 1.9% rise to 174,010 and an acceleration from the 1.6% rate over the prior seven days.

Florida reported 470,386 cases, up 2% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 2.4% in the previous seven days. Deaths rose by a record 257 to 6,843.

As an Indiana school district returned to in-person learning for its first day of the 2020-21 school year, one of its students tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent to parents.

Alabama Department of Public Health is asking doctors to focus testing on the most vulnerable populations as a surge of coronavirus testing has resulted in a seven-day turnaround time, according to new release from the agency.

A study that showed more than 40% of kids at a Georgia summer camp caught coronavirus is a taste of things to come when schools reopen, an infectious disease specialist said Friday. 

Microsoft’s US workforce will have the option of working from home at least through Jan. 19, the company told employees on Thursday.

The US government will pay $2.1bn to Sanofi SA and GlaxoSmithKline Plc for COVID-19 vaccines to cover 50 million people and to underwrite the drugmakers’ testing and manufacturing, the companies said on Friday.

Central and Latin America

Brazil reported 52,383 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 2,666,298 its health ministry announced Friday. Brazilian minister Wagner Rosario tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Friday. 

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.

Colombia recorded 295 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, raising the total death toll to 10,105, the country’s health ministry said. The ministry also reported 9,488 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 295,508.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reported a record 715 cases. Speaking on state television, he said 6 more people have died for a total of 164. Total cases in the country rose to 18,574, as he urged Venezulans to stop house parties to prevent the infection’s spread.

Argentina President Alberto Fernandez announced a halt on the easing of lockdown measures due to an increase in new cases and fears the health system could become overwhelmed.

Wanda Vazquez, the governor of Puerto Rico, extended measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus for two more weeks.

Costa Rican doctors began giving free coronavirus tests to about 200 Nicaraguan migrants who have been stranded at the two countries’ border for more than a week because the Nicaraguan government has demanded negative test results.

China and Hong Kong

China added 45 new coronavirus cases on Friday, with no new deaths reported, according the National Health Commission. A total of 39 local cases were found, with 31 in Xinjiang and eight in northern Liaoning province. The six imported cases include four in Shanghai and two in Guangdong province.

Elsewhere in the world

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

Daniel Andrews, premier of Australia’s second-most populous state Victoria, said there was growing concern about community transmission. Victoria has in recent days identified 49 mystery cases it couldn’t trace to a known outbreak. Andrews also said three more people died from COVid-19. Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, recorded 17 new cases in the past 24 hours on Saturday.

The number of confirmed cases in India stands at 1.64 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. The number of fatalities in India is 35,745.

The government has now reported 558 total cases and three deaths from the virus. Leaders in Hanoi ordered bars to close and suspended religious and cultural gatherings as well as other large events, the city said on its website.

Authorities in South Korea arrested the founder of a secretive Christian sect at the centre of the country’s largest outbreak on charges of obstructing the government anti-virus efforts.