COVID-19 Apocalypse : All-time high 1,447 cases in Czech Republic, clinical trial for AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine resumes, record 916 cases in Hungary


13th September 2020 – (Hong Kong)  Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 28,826,555 with 922,454 deaths as of 1am today.

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling COVID-19, calling for “intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic”.


The Oxford University coronavirus vaccine trials will resume after being halted Sunday after an unexplained illness in one of its volunteers, the university said in a statement today. The university, which is working with drug giant AstraZeneca, did not say what day the trial would resume.

For an all-too-brief a time, the Italian summer offered a glimmer of hope. After emerging from what was in early 2020, one of the world’s harshest coronavirus lockdowns, the country managed to dust itself down in time to welcome visitors. The projected 2020 loss from overseas visitors to Italy is €24.6 billion and even domestic traveller spending is down €43.6 billion,” says Giorgio Palmucci, president of the Italian national tourist board.

The Czech Republic has reported 1,447 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the country’s largest ever spike in cases in one day, according to data released by the health ministry on Saturday. The country has reported a total of 33,860 confirmed cases, and the death toll stands at 460.

Hungary’s daily new coronavirus cases reached a record 916, by far the highest since the onset of the pandemic as schools reopened and strict measures that helped contain the pandemic in the spring have yet to be reinstated.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested negative for COVID-19 again and will come out of self-isolation, a week after being in contact with someone who had a positive result, his office said.

The entire German national amateur boxing team has been infected with coronavirus at a training camp in Austria. The infection affects 18 athletes as well as seven coaches and supervisors, sporting director Michael Mueller told the dpa news agency after Der Spiegel news magazine had first reported it.

Princess Leonor, the heir to the Spanish throne, has gone into quarantine after a classmate at her school tested positive for COVID-19, the royal household said.

British clinical trials for the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine have resumed following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so. Clinical trials were suspended this week due to an illness in a study subject in Britain. The United Kingdom reported 3,497 confirmed new cases of COVID-19, according to government data published, compared with 3,539 a day earlier.

U.S. and Canada

The US budget deficit hit an all-time high of US$3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said, as a result of the government’s massive spending to try to cushion the impact of a coronavirus-fuelled recession.

New York state has kept coronavirus infection rates below 1% for the past 36 days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

Even children with mild or no symptoms can spread COVID-19, according to contact-tracing data from three Utah child care facilities released Friday.

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have proposed to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the enrollment of their Phase 3 pivotal COVID-19 vaccine trial to up to about 44,000 participants, the companies said.

Canada reported zero COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15, according to public health agency data.

Central and Latin America

Cuban state media reported on Saturday interprovincial transportation would be shut down and a curfew in Havana extended until the end of the month as a surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital spreads to other areas.

Brazil’s health ministry reported 874 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, raising the country’s death toll to 130,396. The ministry also reported 43,718 more coronavirus cases, with the nationwide total now at 4,282,164.

Mexico’s health ministry reported 534 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, raising the country’s death toll to 70,183 — the fourth-highest in the world, behind only India, Brazil and the United States. The ministry also reported 5,935 new COVID-19 cases, taking the nationwide total to 658,299.

China and Hong Kong

From 8am to 8pm in Hong Kong yesterday, a total of about 43,000 persons registered at the community testing centres around the territory for specimen collection for COVID-19 testing under the Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP). A total of about 1,666,000 persons have registered at the centres for testing since the launch of the UCTP on 1st September.

Elsewhere in the world

Nadhim Shaker, one of Iraq’s most famous soccer stars in the 1970s and 1980s, has died in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil from COVID-19, health officials told CNN on Saturday.

At least 14 people were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday after nearly 100 people took to the streets to protest against the city’s lockdown policies.

Taiwan will sign up to the COVAX global vaccine allocation plan to ensure it will be able to access a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available, the island’s health minister said.

Delhi’s subway system resumed full operations Saturday with the reopening of its Airport Express Line, which closed in March amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

India reported 97,570 new coronavirus cases Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the third day in a row the country has set a global record for daily infections. Oxygen supply has grown scarce in some parts of India hard hit by coronavirus, hospital and local government officials said, as India reported a record daily jump in cases for a second consecutive day, logging 97,570 new infections.

Some residents of Myanmar’s biggest city used pieces of wood and corrugated iron to make barricades around their neighbourhoods, trying to keep out COVID-19 as the country grapples with a second wave of infections.

The United Arab Emirates reported 1,007 new cases of the coronavirus, its highest daily number since the pandemic broke out. The country conducted more than 95,000 tests and registered one death and 521 recoveries.

Indonesia has reported 3,806 new coronavirus infections and 106 deaths, data from the health ministry website has shown.

The Philippine health ministry reported 186 more deaths related to the novel coronavirus, a new daily record and the highest single-day fatality rate recorded so far in Southeast Asia.

Large crowds rallied in Auckland against the government’s social distancing restrictions imposed on the country’s largest city after an outbreak of the novel coronavirus last month.

Singapore reported 42 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday, including 10 imported infections and four in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).