COVID-19 UPDATES : Mexico reports lowest daily increase in 2 weeks, China reports 19 new cases, Geneva’s auto show cancelled


30th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 10,409,239 with 508,084 deaths as of 12pm today.

The World Health Organization warned the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is still to come because of a lack of global solidarity. More U.S. areas took steps to scale back reopenings, with Arizona closing bars and New Jersey halting plans for indoor dining.

Geneva’s auto show was cancelled this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, and organisers said on Monday they were also scrapping the 2021 edition as the auto sector reels from the crisis.


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a major new initiative to deliver “jobs, skills and infrastructure” to Britain as its economy reels from the coronavirus crisis. 

The British government on Monday ordered schools and non-essential shops in the central English city of Leicester to close after a localised outbreak of coronavirus.

U.S. and Canada

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell stressed the importance of keeping the coronavirus contagion contained as the U.S. economy bounces back from its deepest contraction in decades.

The extent of the spread of coronavirus across the US is discouraging and it could be difficult to control, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.

Long-term care facilities and similar institutions account for just 14% of cases of coronavirus, but 45% of deaths, according to the latest count from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

KFF’s survey of institutions finds more than 52,000 deaths have occurred in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, adult care centres, intermediate care facilities, or other long-term care facilities in 40 states, plus Washington, DC.

More than 10,000 facilities in 43 states plus Washington, DC, have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Texas posted a 2.9% increase in new cases, which pushed the cumulative total to 153,011, according to state health department figures. The one-day increase trailed the seven-day average of 4.2% and was the lowest in a week.

Houston’s COVID-19 positivity rate has gone up 10% since April and May, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a briefing today.

Los Angeles area beaches will be closed for the holiday weekend due to the startling rise in coronavirus rates in the county. The temporary closure will be from 3rd – 6th July.

Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona announced an executive order beginning at 11 p.m. ET today that closes bars, gyms, movie theatres, water parks and tubing for at least 30 days.

All bars, wineries and breweries in San Diego County are ordered to temporarily close beginning 1st July, county health officials announced Monday. 

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak paused the state’s reopening, saying it will remain in phase two during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

More than 500 inmates at the Fresno County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 in a coronavirus outbreak at the Central California facility, sheriff’s officials said Monday.

The city of Miami Beach is now mandating the use of face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The University Health Center at the University of Georgia says 143 members of the UGA community, including students and staff, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement on their website.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed two executive orders on Monday to keep safety measures in place as the state works to contain coronavirus.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that a “number of factors” went into his decision to not reopen indoor dining after seeing a surge in coronavirus cases in states that reopened their indoor dining.

Florida reported 146,341 cases, up 3.7% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 5.5% in the previous seven days. Deaths reached 3,447, an increase of 0.8%.

California cases rose 2.5%, less than the seven-day average of 2.8%, for a total of 216,550. Deaths rose 0.5% to 5,905.

Houston-area intensive-care unit wards were 95% full as of Sunday night, up from 93% on Saturday, according to data from the Texas Medical Centre. COVID-19 patients occupied 34% of the beds, compared with 31% a day earlier.

With the current rate of case increases in Los Angeles, hospital beds will reach capacity within just a few weeks. Currently, there are only 200 intensive care unit beds available in the county, according to data presented by Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the state has tested over half a million people for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. They now have the capacity to test 20,000 Minnesotans on any given day, he announced at a news briefing on Monday.

MGM Resorts International’s Bellagio and Signature Condominiums, as well as Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s Harrah’s, were sued by Las Vegas labour unions for allegedly failing to do enough to protect workers from COVID-19.

Researchers have discovered a new type of swine flu that has the potential to cause a pandemic, according to a study published in the US science journal PNAS. The G4 flu is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that was behind the pandemic in 2009.

The Canadian province of Ontario will crack down on “fly-by-night” recruitment agencies sending workers on to farms, the premier said on Monday, after a testing blitz identified a major coronavirus outbreak on a farm in southwestern Ontario.

American Harris English has become the fifth player on the PGA Tour to test positive for COVID-19, the Tour said on Monday.

Central and Latin America

Peru reports 2,946 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total to 282,365, according to data released by the country’s health ministry. Peru’s capital, Lima, continued to show the highest number of cases in the country with 157,050 people infected. The death toll has reached 9,504, with 187 new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. On Sunday, the ministry’s data reported 181 new deaths. 

Mexico reported 3,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 220,657, according to data released by the Health Ministry. That’s the lowest daily increase in confirmed cases since 15th June.

China and Hong Kong

China reported 19 coronavirus cases for Monday, according to the National Health Commission. Seven of them were in Beijing. The country reported four asymptomatic cases.

According to CGTN, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday held phone conversations with Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry separately, stressing opposition against interference in Hong Kong issue and cooperation against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elsewhere in the world

Separately, South Korea confirmed 43 more cases, bringing its total to 12,800.

Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine has secured regulatory approval for human trials. Phase I and II clinical trials for Covaxin, India’s first domestic candidate for a vaccine, will begin in July.  

New Zealand’s hosting of the APEC forum in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms rather than the usual series of conferences and high-level meetings.

The state of South Australia has cancelled plans to reopen its borders to interstate travellers from neighbouring Victoria after a spike in coronavirus cases there. Restrictions were supposed to be removed on 20th July.