4th July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 11,231,300 with 529,909 deaths as of 10.30pm today.
Europe needs to spend between 500 million euros ($562 million) and 1 billion euros a year to be prepared to face pandemics on its own, a relatively small sum compared with the spending under consideration to save economies, according to Sanofi Chief Executive Officer Paul Hudson.
Authorities ordered a new lockdown Saturday for some 200,000 people in Lleida province, in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, due to COVID-19 outbreaks there, the first confinement order since the nation’s state of emergency was lifted on 21st June.
Barcelona’s iconic La Sagrada Familia basilica has reopened its doors for visits exclusively for health workers after nearly four months of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Germany’s coronavirus infection rate remained below the key threshold of 1.0 for a 10th day, while the number of new cases stayed far below the level at the height of the outbreak.
Portugal reported 413 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, up from 374 on Friday, taking the total to 43,569. Daily new cases have ranged between 192 and 457 since the start of June. The additional cases are mostly in the greater Lisbon region, where authorities have tightened restrictions in 19 parishes and increased testing after new clusters were identified.
The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum and home to the Mona Lisa, reopens on Monday but with coronavirus restrictions in place and parts of the complex closed to visitors.
U.S. and Canada
President Trump is celebrating the Fourth of July in the nation’s capital today — but The mayor of Washington, DC, said the event goes against health officials’ guidance during the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump this morning signed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program into law, according to the White House.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump’s eldest son and a senior fundraising official for the president’s re-election, tested positive for COVID-19, the Trump campaign said.
As of this morning, coronavirus cases are rising in 37 states. California, Arizona, Texas and Florida all posted record numbers of new infections this week.
Hospitals in at least two Texas counties are at full capacity heading into 4th July, according to county judges who are urging residents to shelter-in-place and take precautions.
More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers have petitioned the state’s governor asking that he impose further restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
At least three death row inmates at California’s San Quentin State Prison had coronavirus and died, corrections officials says.
Central and Latin America
Mexican officials will install health checkpoints at various entry points along its northern border this weekend, as both Mexican and US officials fear a surge of crossings for the 4th July holiday could spread the coronavirus.
China and Hong Kong
According to CGTN, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday exchanged verbal messages with Mongolian Prime Minister and leader of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, saying the cooperation between China and Mongolia on fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic shows deep friendship between the two countries.
11 imported cases were reported in Hong Kong today including a cargo pilot from Kazahstan.
Elsewhere in the world
Russia’s official death toll from COVID-19 has now reached 10,027 with 168 deaths recorded in the past day, according to Health Ministry figures published on Saturday. In a 24-hour period, 6,632 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in 84 regions, of which 1,960 cases did not show any symptoms of the disease, a statement said.
India recorded 22,771 new coronavirus cases over the previous 24 hours, the country’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said Saturday — the country’s highest daily increase since the pandemic began.
Bolivians are digging mass graves across the nation as a surge in coronavirus deaths fills up cemeteries, Reuters reported Saturday, citing local funeral homes.
Iraq’s Health Ministry reported at least 2,334 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the country’s total number of cases to more than 58,000. The ministry also reported 106 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total death count in the country to at least 2,368.
At least two dozen players and staff members in Iran’s professional soccer league tested positive, media reported on Saturday. The sport resumed behind closed doors on June 24 after nearly four months of suspension due to the pandemic.
Japan’s Health Ministry reported at least 249 new coronavirus infections and one death today, marking the first time the country is reporting more than 200 cases since 3rd May. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike urged residents Saturday to refrain from making unnecessary trips outside of Tokyo in order to limit the spread of the virus.
South Korea reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, 36 of which were locally transmitted and 27 imported, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
About 3,000 people in nine public housing towers in the Australian city of Melbourne are now confined to their homes due to COVID-19 outbreaks, Victorian state Premier Daniel Andrews said Saturday.
A Ugandan man has died after setting fire to himself in a police station when officers allegedly demanded a bribe to release his motorcycle, which he was using as a taxi and which had been impounded over violation of coronavirus restrictions.
Voters in the Dominican Republic are set to defy rising coronavirus infections on Sunday to choose a new president in an election that could end 16 years of unbroken rule by the centre-left Dominican Liberation Party.
South Africa has announced another record daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases with 9,064, as Africa’s most developed country shows signs of strain in coping with the pandemic.
Singapore reported 185 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday (Jul 4), including nine community cases. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 44,664.