COVID-19 UPDATES : 3,843 new cases reported in Columbia, India records 15,685 deaths, Russia records 6,852 new cases


28th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 9,980,471 with 498,619 deaths as of 12am today.


Schools in Italy will reopen on 14th September with social distancing measures in place, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Education Minister Lucia Azzolina announced Friday.

The British government says it will announce travel agreements with countries such as France, Greece and Spain next week as it reviews its policy of imposing a 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving in Britain.

Half of Britain’s imported cases originated in Pakistan, the Telegraph reported. Since 4th June, 30 cases have been identified in people who arrived from Pakistan, the paper said. More than 65,000 people arrived in the U.K. from the country on 190 flights since 1st March, most with British passports.

Britain’s Royal Air Force says the first in a series of flights taking coronavirus aid to Africa has departed for Ghana with materials for a field hospital with capacity for nearly 100 people.

Liverpool on Saturday criticised some of its own fans for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour after they crowded parts of the city to celebrate the team’s first championship in 30 years.

Angela Merkel said overcoming the coronavirus pandemic is the main priority for Germany’s European Union presidency, as the European Commission president urged member states to give the green light to the region’s massive stimulus package by the end of July. Germany’s coronavirus infection rate fell for a fifth straight day to a level last recorded three weeks ago, while the number of new cases remained below that at the height of the outbreak.

Portugal reported 323 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, down from 451 on Friday, taking the total to 41,189, the government said. Daily new cases have ranged between 192 and 451 in June. 

 The Czech Republic recorded 168 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, authorities said, the highest daily rise in cases since early April just as the country is starting the two-month summer holiday season.

U.S. and Canada

New York state has reported that less than 1% of the people tested for COVID-19 were positive, according to data released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He said the state had just 13 deaths in the past 24 hours and 703, or less than 1%, of 73,262 tests conducted were positive.

Florida health officials have reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to the Florida Department of Health (DOH). Saturday’s data is the highest single-day reporting of coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, surpassing Friday’s 8,942 reported cases. Florida now has 132,545 COVID-19 cases in the state, according to DOH’s daily report.

Residents of East Lansing, Michigan, have been asked to self-quarantine after more than 30 people contracted COVID-19 after visiting the Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub earlier this month, according to a press release from Ingham County Health Department.

In downtown Buffalo, New York, crossing the border into Ontario, Canada, used to be as easy as driving one mile across the Peace Bridge over the Niagara River. But that’s now a forbidden route.

A small city on the outskirts of Houston, Texas has instituted a curfew starting Saturday (Jun 27) night due to surging cases of the novel coronavirus, the latest move by officials in some southern and western states to backtrack on their reopening plans.

Roche Holding AG will increase production of antibody tests as it struggles to meet demand, its chairman said in an interview with a Swiss newspaper.

Central and Latin America

 Colombia reported 3,843 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, the country’s biggest single-day jump in cases so far. It also reported 157 new deaths.

The government of Peru extended the country’s state of emergency on Friday until 31st July. Seven of Peru’s 24 regions will remain under more strict quarantine measures compared to the rest of the country which will have its social isolation guidelines relaxed, a statement from Andina, Peru’s state news agency, said on Friday.

China and Hong Kong

One new imported case recorded in Hong Kong today.

Elsewhere in the world

Russia reported 6,852 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a 1.1% increase to 627,646 total infections. Some 188 people with COVID-19 died, bringing the death toll from the outbreak in Russia to 8,969.

The Serbian government has annnounced that Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Egypt lifted many restrictions put in place against the coronavirus pandemic, reopening cafes, clubs, gyms and theatres after more than three months of closure, despite a continued upward trend in new infections.

Nine more employees of Kyrgyzstan’s presidency tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of infected employees to 17.

Ten days after announcing he had coronavirus, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández participated in a Zoom conference call with health officials on Friday to discuss the country’s COVID-19 response. 

India became the fourth country with more than half a million cases after the U.S., Brazil and Russia. Infections increased 3.8%, in line with the past week, to 508,953 with 15,685 deaths.

Pakistan has announced a record increase in fuel prices days before the end of a fiscal year in which the country’s economy contracted for the first time in 68 years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the coronavirus lockdown continues in Zimbabwe, a lack of entertainment has forced people on both sides of the class divide to turn to new ways of passing time.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Iran rose by 2,456 to more than 220,000 on Saturday. The increase of 1.13% is the smallest in percentage terms since 3rd May. Iran’s supreme leader warned that the country’s economic problems would worsen if the novel coronavirus spreads unchecked, saying the initial momentum to contain it had since “waned”.

Restaurants, fast-food outlets and coffee shops in South Africa can reopen after lockdown rules imposed in late March were eased, but won’t be allowed to serve alcohol or offer self-service buffets, according to new industry health protocols. 

The Japanese capital, Tokyo, registered the highest number of new coronavirus infections since the national emergency was lifted at the end of May.