2nd August 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 18,020,684 with 688,913 deaths as of 12.30pm today.
An emergency committee of the World Health Organization said it expects the COVID-19 pandemic to be of “lengthy duration” and that it remains “a public health emergency of international concern,” the WHO said in a statement Saturday.
Authorities have announced that an employee at the Austrian chancellery has tested positive for the coronavirus, but did not work directly with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
Travellers entering France from 16 countries where the coronavirus is circulating widely must have virus tests upon arrival at French airports and ports, AP news agency reported.
About 17,000 people marched in a protest against coronavirus restrictions in central Berlin Saturday. The majority of the demonstrators did not observe the rules of distance and hygiene. German Health Minister Jens Spahn called for “good sense, perseverance and team spirit” after thousands of demonstrators protesting against coronavirus restrictions defied hygiene and distancing rules in Berlin on Saturday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering sealing off Greater London and ordering at-risk members of the population to stay at home under a potential scenario designed to avert a second national lockdown, according to news reports. Two-thirds of British businesses say they are now “fully operational” after the coronavirus lockdown, up from half in June, according to a survey on Sunday
Italy’s daily coronavirus infections has dipped under 300 cases for the first time in three days, after a recent flurry of clusters throughout the nation raised concern among health experts. The Health Ministry says Italy registered 295 cases in the last 24 hours, raising the total to 247,832.
Greek authorities say there were 110 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the fourth-highest daily figure and highest since April.
U.S. and Canada
Talks between Congressional Democrats and Trump administration left key questions unanswered on extending unemployment insurance and other pandemic relief.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 41 establishments were given violations last night in the downstate area for COVID-19-related violations. Cuomo said he would make a decision on school reopening in the coming week, based mostly on the overall infection rate. He said New York City missed a Friday deadline to submit reopening plans.
California’s Department of Public Health reported 219 COVID-19-related deaths, the most reported in a single day in the state. The state previously reported a high of 197 deaths in one day on Tuesday, according to numbers released by the department. A total of 9,224 people have died in California from complications due to COVID-19, based on numbers released by the department.
Texas reported 9,539 daily new cases on Saturday, boosting the state’s total to 430,485 confirmed cases.
Florida reported 179 deaths among residents, ending four consecutive days of record-high fatalities. Total deaths among residents are now 7,022. The state, which is preparing for Hurricane Isaias, reported another 9,642 cases, a 2% rise that is less than the 2.3% average increase over the previous week. Total cases are now 480,028.
Mississippi holds the highest percentage of COVID-19 positive tests in the country at 21.11%, according to Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project. A Mississippi high school student has tested positive for coronavirus during the first week of classes, according to the Corinth School District.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, of Arizona, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from him released by his office.
New Jersey has reported 393 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths from the virus, according to a tweet from Gov. Phil Murphy.
Major League Baseball announced the postponement of Sunday’s scheduled doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers just hours after postponing Saturday night’s game between the two teams.
A Delta flight was forced to return to the gate when two of their customers wouldn’t wear masks, according to Delta Air Lines spokesperson Emma Protis. Protis told CNN in an emailthat Flight 1227 on 23rd July was on its way from Detroit to Atlanta when they were forced to turn around.
Central and Latin America
Brazil recorded 45,392 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 2.7 million, its health ministry announced Saturday. The country reported 1,088 new deaths due to the virus, raising the nationwide death toll to 93,563.
Mexico recorded its highest daily increase of new coronavirus cases Saturday, with 9,556 infections reported in the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry said. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 434,193. The ministry also reported a new daily high of 784 fatalities related to the virus, bringing the death toll to 47,472.
Colombia reported a new record of daily coronavirus cases after 10,673 new infections were recorded on Saturday, bringing the total to 306,181, its health ministry said. The ministry also registered 225 coronavirus-related deaths, the lowest death toll in 10 days, raising the country’s deaths to 10,330.
China and Hong Kong
China registered 49 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the National Health Commission said on Sunday morning. Of those, 33 were classed as locally transmitted, with 30 cases in the far western region of Xinjiang. The other three locally transmitted cases were reported in Liaoning, a northeastern province bordering North Korea. Some 20 asymptomatic cases were also recorded.
Seven Chinese health officials were due to arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday, the first members of a 60-person team that will carry out widespread testing for COVID-19 in the territory as the global financial hub races to halt a third wave of illness.
Elsewhere in the world
The Philippine health department rejected a call by medical frontline workers to reimpose a two-week lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby areas, pointing to concerns following the nation’s worst economic slump in three decades. The head of Manila’s Catholic church has ordered the suspension of all public activities and other mass gatherings for the next ten days, as part of the effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Philippine capital.
Australia’s state of Victoria reported more than 650 infections of the new coronavirus on Sunday, up from 397 cases the previous day, Reuters news reported city ABC News television.
Australia’s New South Wales state, the nation’s most populous, recorded another 12 cases today. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she’s “strongly encouraging” residents to wear masks in certain situations, such as supermarkets and places of worship. Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, is set to tighten lockdown measures amid rising virus cases, local media reported, with an announcement expected as soon as Sunday morning.
Vietnam reported four more cases, boosting the total number of infections in the Southeast Asian country to 590, according to its health ministry. The new cases include two linked to the coastal city of Danang, the epicentre of the new outbreak, and two imported cases in Hoa Binh province, according to its website.
No one attending this year’s scaled-back Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has contracted COVID-19 so far, the country’s health ministry said Saturday.
South Africa’s National Department of Health reported over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total number of infections recorded in the country to more than 500,000. A total of 503,290 cases have been confirmed in the country, including more than 8,100 deaths, according to the Health Department.