COVID-19 UPDATES : India reports biggest single-day jump with over 19,000 new cases, Turkey imposes partial curfew, 2,606,492 cases reported in US


28th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 10,146,684 with 502,471 deaths as of 10.45pm today.


The British government will offer support to authorities in Leicester, a city in the East Midlands, amid suggestions that it could become the first place in the UK to enter a local lockdown following a concentrated coronavirus flare-up.  Britain’s death toll from confirmed cases of the coronavirus has risen to 43,550, an increase of 36 from a day earlier, government figures showed.

Germany’s coronavirus infection rate rose after five consecutive days of declines, while the number of new deaths from the pandemic rose by three, the smallest increase since Monday. The reproduction factor — or R value — rose to 0.62 on Saturday from 0.57 the previous day, according to the latest estimate. 

Authorities in Zurich have ordered a quarantine on 300 nightclub-goers after five people tested positive for COVID-19 and were found to have been infected by one person at the club on Saturday, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag reports. 

Sweden’s top epidemiologist Anders Tegnell is unlikely to stray far for his vacation after much of the European Union excluded Sweden from safe travel lists. 

The Greek island of Kos will host dozens of German doctors for free from Monday, the tourism ministry said as the country prepared to reopen its regional airports to passenger flights.

People in France are voting in the final round of municipal elections, which are expected to yield a low voter turnout and a rebuke for the party of President Emmanuel Macron.

The daily number of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic jumped to 260, the highest since April 8, Health Ministry data showed.That is nearly triple the 93 recorded on Thursday. In total, the country of 10.7 million has confirmed 11,298 cases, with 347 deaths as of the end of Saturday.

U.S. and Canada

There are at least 2,606,492 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 128,201 people have died in the country from the virus.

Former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said on Fox News that although the US is doing more testing and hospitals are better prepared, “this virus still has the upper hand.”  

The increase in cases in Southern states is the result of reopening too fast and it “is going to continue to get worse for weeks,” Frieden said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she believes a federal mandate on mask-wearing is “long overdue” and that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not require mask wearing because they did not want to “offend the President.”

Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a single-day record high since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals that of New York’s peak in daily cases in early April.

Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week — Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Power companies across hurricane-prone states are forced to face a prospect they’ve never dealt with before: restoring power after a major storm amid a global pandemic.

Long restoration times are likely depending on how the coronavirus plays out during the six-month Atlantic hurricane season, which started 1st June  and is predicted to be extremely active.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinison said the state has slowed the process of reopening its economy as new cases surface, and won’t move to the next phase until getting the current wave of infections under control.

Central and Latin America

Mexico recorded 4,410 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total case count for the country to 212,802. There were also 602 additional deaths on Saturday, bringing the country’s death toll to 26,381.

China and Hong Kong

Beijing has ramped up coronavirus testing efforts and has tested about a third of the Chinese capital’s population so far, a city official said, as authorities seek to control an outbreak stemming from a wholesale market in mid-June.

China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a new outbreak on Sunday, as authorities warned it was soon to “relax” over the new cluster of cases.

Elsewhere in the world

Turkey imposed a partial curfew as nationwide university entrance exams were held. The curfew started at 9.30am (06:30GMT) and will end at 6:30pm (15:30GMT), according to a statement by the Interior Ministry.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced 551 new infections, raising the total number of cases to 44,942. Deaths reached 348 with four additional fatalities.

Sri Lanka’s nationwide lockdown has been lifted, one month after a selective curfew was reimposed during a surge in coronavirus infections, the country’s president said.

South Korea will allow a limited number of fans at professional sports games, the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Sunday. The details, including the number of spectators and the timing of the matches, will be determined next week. South Korea reported 40 new domestic cases of Covid-19 and 22 imported cases on Sunday. No new deaths have been reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to tighten restrictions on public gatherings amid soaring cases in the country following the reopening of the economy. 

India reports biggest single-day jump with over 19,000 new COVID-19 cases. Another 410 deaths due to the pandemic were recorded, according to India’s Health Ministry. A new 10,000-bed COVID-19 treatment facility is set to open in south Delhi this week. It will be India’s largest COVID-19 facility.

Fatalities in Iran crossed 10,500 on Sunday as the country recorded 144 deaths from the virus overnight, its highest number of deaths in a single day since April 5. Known infections rose to 222,669 with 2,489 new cases in the past 24 hours, up slightly from 2,456 the day before.

Singapore will allow several tourist attractions including the city’s two casinos to restart operations from 1st July. Universal Studios Singapore and the Singapore Zoo can also reopen, according to a statement from the tourism board.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo told his cabinet he is ready to reshuffle ministers or even disband government agencies that he feels have not done enough to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to his office.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the Philippines had the fastest increase in COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific region, local media outlets reported.