29th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 10,249,377 with 504,466 deaths as of 12.45pm today.
Deaths from the coronavirus surpassed 500,000 worldwide and confirmed cases exceeded 10 million as the World Health Organization reported the most infections for a single day. All indicators point to a pandemic that is far from over.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to set out plans for a 10-year rebuilding programme for schools in England, a December election promise derailed by the coronavirus.
Italy registered 174 new cases on Sunday, down from 175 on Saturday, the health ministry said. The agency reported 22 deaths in the past 24 hours, compared with eight on Saturday, bringing the total to 34,738. Since the pandemic began, Italy has reported 240,310 cases.
Portugal reported 457 new cases on Sunday, up from 323 on Saturday and the biggest daily increase since 8th May, taking the total to 41,646, the government said. Daily cases have ranged from 192 to 457 in June.
Workers at six Amazon sites in Germany will go on strike on Monday in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said.
U.S. and Canada
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a COVID-19 vaccine that’s 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it “unlikely” that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.
US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference alongside Gov. Greg Abbott at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center West Campus on June 28 in Dallas, Texas. U.S. He encouraged people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus, two days after declining to give that specific guidance.
The top county executive in the Houston area is in self-quarantine after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo plans to self-isolate at home for 14 days after an employee in her office tested positive, according to a statement.
Texas’s COVID-19 positive-test rate surged to 14.31%, the highest for the second-most populous U.S. state since the pandemic emerged, underscoring the magnitude of the growing crisis facing America’s Sunbelt.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said people in the 18-to-44 age group account for most of the rise in positive COVID-19 tests, with the 24-to-34 year old “by far” the leading group for new infections.
The positivity rate on Saturday surpassed the previous record of 13.86% set on 13th April, state health department figures released on Sunday showed. The number has almost tripled since 31st May, when Texas posted a 5.44% positive-test rate.
Some California residents hoping to celebrate Independence Day in a bar will now have to change their plans. Bars are required to shut in seven counties — including Los Angeles — and they’re recommended to close in eight others, including Sacramento and Santa Barbara, following a surge in coronavirus cases, according to an order by Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday.
Arizona’s new cases increased by 3,858 to 73,908, a 5.5% increase that exceeded the prior week’s average of 4.4%, the state reported Sunday. Daily infections have exceeded the weekly average for four straight days. The number of deaths rose by 9 to 1,588.
New York had the fewest daily deaths since the pandemic began in March, five on Saturday, as Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is now “afraid of the spread” from other states.
Florida reported a total of 141,075 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, up 6.4% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 5.1% in the previous seven days. The total number of new cases was 8,530 compared with the record 9,585 set Saturday.
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.
Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden told Fox News that cases in the U.S. are going to continue rising for weeks. He dismissed the idea that surge is just a result of more testing.
Central and Latin America
Mexico reported 4,050 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to the country’s health ministry. The country’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 216,852. The ministry also reported 267 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 26,648.
Mexico’s Interjet airline will begin restarting national and international routes in July, the company said on Sunday (Jun 28), as airlines across the world pin their hopes on recovering demand as some coronavirus pandemic restrictions on travel ease.
Brazil had 30,476 new cases in the past 24 hours, a 2.3% rise from the previous day, bringing the national total to 1.34 million, the Health Ministry reported on Sunday. The government registered 522 deaths, raising the toll to 57,622.
China and Hong Kong
Beijing reported seven new coronavirus infections 28th June, bringing total cases linked to a recent outbreak to 318, Beijing Municipal Health Commission said in a statement. The number of infections was down from 14 reported a day earlier. Overall, China reported a total of 12 new cases for 28th June.
According to CGTN, The first COVID-19 patient since the new Beijing cluster infections detected in Xinfadi wholesale market on 11th June, has recovered and been discharged from Beijing Ditan Hospital on Monday.
Elsewhere in the world
The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 75 more cases in the past 24 hours, health authorities announced, leading to increased concern the nation may be on the cusp of a second wave of cases as it removes lockdown restrictions that have crippled the economy.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said the reopening of state borders will support jobs growth despite a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus in the country’s second most populated state.
South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki ruled out the need for a fourth extra budget this year and said that the economic shock from the coronavirus pandemic may have bottomed. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has just announced 42 new cases of coronavirus – 30 of them local. That’s lower than the numbers reported over the weekend, but Yonhap news agency says South Korean authorities are concerned about continued clusters of infection, particularly in churches.
Tetsuya Kan, head of a major regional bank in Osaka, said it will take two more years for the western Japan prefecture to recover from the damage caused by COVID-19, which has crushed the city’s once thriving tourism and retail sectors.
Infections in Gauteng province, South Africa’s economic hub that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, will rise to the highest in the nation as more people return to work, the Health Ministry warned. Cluster outbreaks are expected at mines and factories and around public transport such as taxis and buses.
South African golfer Dylan Frittelli will miss this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said.