COVID-19 UPDATES : Brazilian President’s wife, two daughters test negative for COVID-19, Emirates to cut 9,000 jobs, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for coronavirus


12th July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 12,733,903 with 565,049 deaths as of 2am today.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said “the COVID-19 crisis is a wake-up call,” and that “economies and societies must be reshaped to be fairer and more inclusive” in the future. 


More than seven thousand Moroccans, most of them women, are stranded in Spain after their country closed its borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Germany’s coronavirus cases rose by 331 while the death rate held steady, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Deaths increased by 6 to 9,063, a smaller increase than most days since the beginning of March.

Coronavirus spreads fastest at 4 degrees Celsius (39 Fahrenheit), U.K. government scientists said, adding to concern about a winter resurgence, the Telegraph reported.

Croatia reported 140 infections on Saturday, the highest daily toll. The number of total infections to date grew to 3,672 and 118 deaths, with one patient dying in the last 24 hours.

Scotland has recorded zero new deaths, with only seven new confirmed cases. 

Slovenia confirmed 34 cases on Friday, the most since mid-April, bringing the total number of infected to 1,793. 

The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) postponed the start of next season’s domestic top flight by two weeks after the Balkan country saw the biggest increase of COVID-19 cases in a week.

A bus driver in France, who was left brain dead after being attacked by a group of passengers after asking them to wear face masks before boarding the bus has died, his family has said. Two men have been charged with attempted murder with prosecutors now saying they will ask for the charges to be upgraded following Monguillot’s death. 

U.S. and Canada

The number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in the United States has gone up by about 69,000, the third day in a row the country reported its highest daily new cases. Total cases reached 3.32 million in U.S.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated guidance meant for public health officials and mathematical modellers, which now estimates that 40% of people infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms. 

New York state recorded its lowest COVID-19 three-day death toll average — which is seven – since 16th March, the governor said in a new release Saturday. New York reported six COVID-19 related deaths yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

New Jersey announced 438 new cases of COVID-19 and 49 additional deaths, according to a tweet from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

The South Carolina Department of Health announced the highest number of reported positive cases of COVID-19 in one day. On Saturday, the state reported 2,239 cases, breaking the previous high number by 300 cases, according to the state’s department of health.

The Florida Department of Health has acknowledged a miscalculation in their daily COVID-19 death increase and issued a correction on Saturday There are a total of 7,063 patients hospitalized in Florida with coronavirus, according to new data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration on Saturday.  Florida’s daily COVID-19 deaths increased, though the pace of new infections slowed. A proposal by scientists for blood-plasma inoculations against the coronavirus is languishing, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A Miami-Dade County bus operator, who was last on the job in late June, has died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW).

The COVID-19 pandemic is starting to cause disruptions to global health care supply chains, slowing down the fight against all other diseases, including AIDS, Bill Gates has warned.He said he was “optimistic” about the battle against COVID-19 and called for medicines and vaccines to be distributed to those who need them rather than to the “highest bidders”.

Central and Latin America

Michelle Bolsonaro, the wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who is sick with the new coronavirus, said on Saturday that she and her two daughters had tested negative for the virus.

China and Hong Kong

Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics is in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, its co-founder said on Saturday.

There were a total of 16 local cases out of 28 cases reported in Hong Kong yesterday.

Elsewhere in the world

Japan recorded 430 new coronavirus cases Friday, its health ministry said, the first time the country has registered more than 400 daily new infections since April 24, when it was still under a state of emergency over the pandemic.  U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, including Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen, have found a total of at least 50 coronavirus cases, NHK reported Saturday, citing unidentified people. 

Israeli police said they had flooded central Tel Aviv with officers and closed main thoroughfares, ahead of a rally by critics of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Protests across Serbia continued into a fifth day against the government’s new COVID-19 measures.

India has registered more than 800,000 COVID-19 cases so far, the country’s health ministry announced Saturday. It reported a record 27,114 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the nationwide total to 820,916.  Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, according to the actor’s official Twitter account.

Thousands of beds for coronavirus patients in Bangladesh are lying empty despite the country struggling with a rising caseload as people are too scared to enter hospitals, officials and sufferers say.

Dubai has announced a new package to help the economy cope with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, worth 1.5 billion dirhams ($408 million), the crown prince of the emirate, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, said on Twitter.

Emirates Airlines plans to cut 9,000 jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak, citing airline President Tim Clark.

Qatar Airways said all passengers from Pakistan must show they were tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their flight departure and present a negative result.

Iran’s fatalities rose to 12,635 with 188 more deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, up from 142 the day before.  Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for big gatherings such as weddings and wakes to be banned to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, but insisted the country’s economy had to stay open.

Russia reported 6,611 new coronavirus cases, taking its nationwide tally of infections to 720,547.

Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said a vaccine may not be available for between 18 and 24 months and the country must be able to keep the virus under control at low levels. “We need to prepare for a world without a vaccine,” he said at a media conference Saturday.

Singapore reported 170 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Saturday, including 24 cases in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).  

The Philippines’ health ministry reported 12 new coronavirus deaths and 1,387 additional infections, taking the total to 54,222 cases.