COVID-19 UPDATES : 13,497 new cases in South Africa, 273 new cases reported in Victoria, Australia, another 1,071 people have died in Brazil


12th July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 12,847,288 with 567,734 deaths as of 1.30pm today.


The U.K. government is set to make wearing masks mandatory in shops and other undisclosed indoor venues, the Times reported. Masks are currently compulsory on public transport but Boris Johnson has, so far, promised only to get “stricter” on their use.

The U.K. reported 820 new virus cases, up from 512 the day before. Deaths rose by 148, up 48 from the day before. The nation now has 289,678 total cases and 44,883 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

Italy, which has the European Union’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, reported 188 new cases Saturday, down from 276 the previous day and in line with the seven-day average, Health Ministry data showed. 

Greek authorities has announced 41 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with 11 detected in incoming tourists. There were no new confirmed deaths. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 3,772 and 193 deaths.

U.S. and Canada

Since the pandemic began, there have been more than 3.35 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States.

About 40% of people infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms of the disease, according to new guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under the CDC’s “current best estimate,” 40% of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. This number is up from the 35% the agency estimated on May 20. The number of asymptomatic cases remains uncertain, the CDC emphasized.

New York reported 730 new virus cases Saturday, in line with the seven-day average increase of 0.2%. 

Deaths among Florida residents increased by 95, two more than on Friday and fewer than the record 120 deaths recorded Thursday. The state’s health department corrected an earlier number that showed deaths reaching a record. Cumulative cases reached 254,511, an increase of 10,360 or 4.2%, less than the previous 7-day average of 4.6%.

California reported 8,047 new cases, a 2.6% increase, less than the seven-day average of 3%. There have been 312,344 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. The number of deaths climbed by 94, or 1.4%, to 6,945.

Arizona reported 69 new deaths, compared with 44 on Friday. New coronavirus cases rose by 3,038 to 119,930, a 2.6% increase that’s the smallest since July 4 and lower than the 3.5% average for the previous seven days.

Texas reported a record 10,351 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 250,462. The increase of 4.3% was above the seven-day average of 3.9%. Deaths rose by 99 to 3,112.

Disney opened its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Saturday, after a four-month shutdown and despite criticism that it did so as virus cases are spiking in Florida.

Central and Latin America

Another 1,071 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, health authorities there announced on Saturday.The South American country’s death toll now stands at 71,469, the second-highest in the world. Only the United States has recorded more coronavirus-related fatalities. Brazil reported 39,023 new cases.

Authorities cancelled one of southern Brazil’s biggest footballing derbies less than 24 hours before kick-off on Saturday after 14 members of one side tested positive for COVID-19, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Venezuela has now recorded 9,178 cases of COVID-19, after another 375 infections were registered in the past 24 hours, the government said Saturday. 

Mexico reported 6,094 new COVID-19 cases and 539 deaths Saturday, bringing the case count to 295,268 and number of deaths to 34,730, the fifth highest in the world, according to data released by the Health Ministry. 

Toyota Motor Corp. will reopen its Venezuelan plant on Monday, meaning all factories in South America will be operational, spokesman Kensuke Ko said

China and Hong Kong

Chinese health authorities on Sunday reported seven new coronavirus cases that they said came from abroad and said there were no additional domestic infections, AP news agency reported.

Four of the confirmed cases reported in the 24 hours through midnight on Saturday were in Tianjin, east of Beijing, two in Shanghai and one in the southeastern province of Zhejiang, the National Health Commission reported.

That raised China’s total number of confirmed cases to 83,594, with 4,634 deaths, according to the NHC.

China returned to growth in the second quarter after the coronavirus pandemic handed the world’s second largest economy its first contraction in decades.

Elsewhere in the world

South Korea reported 44 more Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, raising the total tally to 13,417, according to data from Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 

Taiwan has wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony as it stages more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases.

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday in Tel Aviv, angered by what they say has been an inept government response to the economic hits they have taken during the coronavirus crisis.

The Australian state of Victoria reported another 273 cases of coronavirus and one death on Saturday, according to the state’s Premier Daniel Andrews.  The state has now recorded 1,184 active cases — 57 of those are in hospital, with 16 patients in intensive care, Andrews said.

Most students in Australia’s second-biggest city will go back to remote learning as officials grapple with coronavirus outbreaks. All prep to year 10 students at government schools will return to learning from home starting 20th July until at least 19th August, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews told a press conference Sunday. 

Japan’s virus czar Yasutoshi Nishimura, who also serves as the nation’s economy minister, said the number of cases with unclear contagion routes is increasing, straining public health care resources. 

The governor of the Okinawa has sought tougher measures and more transparency from a top U.S. military commander after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two American bases have been infected over the past few days.

Demonstrators opposed to a new virus lockdown in Serbia clashed again with the police, resulting in 71 arrests.

South Africa is reporting another 13,497 new coronavirus cases for a total of 264,184 including 3,971 deaths. More than a third of cases are in new hot spot of Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and capital, Pretoria. Health minister Zweli Mkhize earlier warned of a COVID-19 “storm”.