COVID-19 Apocalypse : Masks compulsory in most indoor settings in U.K., 2,277 new cases in Indonesia, 4,226 new cases in the Philippines


8th August 2020 – (Hong Kong)  Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 19,606,083 with 725,068 deaths as of 10.30pm today.


People in Britain must wear masks in most indoor settings starting Saturday as the country tries to squash a rise in coronavirus infections that has followed the easing of lockdown measures.

Randox Laboratories, a Northern Ireland-based medical technology company, has been instructed by Britain’s medicines regulator to recall up to 741,000 coronavirus test kits from the national test and trace program as a precautionary measure.

Germany’s top virologists have urged mandatory mask wearing in schools, including during classroom lessons, as schools in the country re-open after summer break. Authorities in Germany said 1,122 new coronavirus patients were identified on Friday, the third day in a row that more than 1,000 cases of the virus were recorded. Germany has added parts several areas of Bulgaria and Romania to a list of places considered a high risk for coronavirus infections, requiring compulsory tests for travellers returning from those places from Saturday.     

Belgium’s authorities said on Saturday that 768 more people have been infected with coronavirus in the past 24 hours, versus 858 the day before. Five more deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 9,866.

Spain ordered Ryanair Holdings Plc to reinstate 194 workers it suspended due to the coronavirus crisis, El Pais reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Denmark is unlikely to go ahead with a planned reopening of nightclubs after the number of daily virus cases has jumped, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said. Danes may also have to get used to wearing face masks more often. At the moment, the face coverings are only encouraged during rush hour in public transport.

Poland has reported 843 new coronavirus cases, according to the health ministry’s Twitter account, the seventh daily record in two weeks. Poland reported 51,167 cases of the new coronavirus in all, and 1,800 deaths.

U.S. and Canada

The U.S. added 59,202 new cases, a 1.2% rise equal to the average daily increase in the previous seven days.

US President Donald Trump on Friday laid out the executive actions he would pursue “if Democrats continue to hold” a relief package “hostage.”

New York state has reported a 0.93% infection rate, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Out of the 74,857 people tested for COVID-19 across the state Friday, 703, or 0.93% people, tested positive, the release said.

At least 260 students and eight teachers from a suburban school district in Atlanta, Georgia, were quarantined after multiple students and teachers tested positive for Covid-19 during the first week of school.

Central and Latin America

Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 is expected to hit 100,000 on Saturday and continue to climb as most Brazilian cities reopen shops and dining even though the pandemic has yet to peak. Confronting its most lethal outbreak since the Spanish flu a century ago, Brazil reported its first cases of the novel coronavirus at the end of February. The virus took three months to kill 50,000 people, and just 50 days to kill the next 50,000.

China and Hong Kong

Hong Kong reported 69 new cases, bringing the total above 4,000.

Elsewhere in the world

One victim of Friday’s plane crash in the southern Indian state of Kerala has tested positive for coronavirus, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Saturday. All the passengers who were on the plane will be tested for coronavirus, the minister said in a statement. All 18 victims in the crash, who include the two pilots, have been identified.

India has recorded 933 new COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours as fresh infections surged by another 61,537 cases to reach 2.11 million.

Tens of thousands of female health workers on the frontline of India’s battle against COVID-19 have gone on strike to demand better pay and protection.

South Korea recorded 43 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to data released on Saturday.Thirty of the cases were locally transmitted cases, 16 of which have been linked to a church in Going City, Gyeonggi Province, Kwon Joon-wook, Vice Director of South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), said in a briefing.

Vietnam reported 21 new infections, of which 20 cases are tied to the coastal city of Danang and one imported, according to the health ministry. The nation has confirmed 353 infections tied to the Danang 25th July outbreak, and has a total of 810 cases with 10 deaths.

Iran’s daily death toll fell to the lowest in six weeks at 132, with the number of new cases at a month-low of 2,125. Iran now has 18,264 fatalities from 324,692 infections.

The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 4,226 new COVID-19 infections and 41 additional deaths.

Indonesia recorded 2,277 fresh infections, lifting its tally above 123,500.

Singapore reported 132 new cases of COVID-19 as of noon on Saturday, including one in the community and six imported infections.

Ukraine’s government said it has temporarily closed its border with Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014, to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

At least 17 participants of a major Afghan grand assembly have tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said, a day after the high-profile gathering began in Kabul to deliberate over the fate of Taliban prisoners and the beginning of the peace process in the war-torn country.

Hundreds of thousands of children walked through the streets of the Gaza Strip to return to classes after five months of shutdown – though authorities said they were ready to close schools again if coronavirus cases spike.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern kicked off her re-election campaign, pledging a 311 million New Zealand dollars ($205m) rescue package for businesses affected by the coronavirus lockdown.