COVID-19 UPDATES : WHO reports one day high of 212,326 global cases, 37,923 new cases in Brazil, South Korea reports 61 new cases, China reports 8 new cases


5th July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 11,381,438 with 533,473 deaths as of 11.30am today.

The World Health Organization reported a one-day high for global coronavirus cases, led by the Americas, as U.S. cases rose 1.7%. Florida and Texas recorded new virus records. The World Health Organization reported a record 212,326 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours ended early Saturday, the first infection total to top 200,000. 

The World Health Organization halted one of the clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump for Covid-19, and lopinavir/ritonavir, accepting a steering committee recommendation.


Italy reported an above-average increase in cases. Italy, Europe’s first pandemic epicentre, reported 21 new virus-related deaths on Saturday, compared with 15 a day earlier, raising the country’s toll to 34,854, according to the Health Ministry. 

Spain’s Catalan government has put the Segria region and its capital Lleida under lockdown to contain an outbreak. The number of cases in the region of 210,000 has soared 20% in the past two weeks to 3,312. 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 239 to 196,335, Reuters reported on Sunday citing data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. Germany’s economy may recover from October onwards from the coronavirus pandemic, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

Boris Johnson’s dad defended his trip to Greece after the U.K. advised against such international travel.

Some 3.85 million Croats are eligible to go to polls on Sunday (5th July) to elect a new government at a time when coronavirus infections are on the rise and the economy is facing a sharp downturn.

Portugal reported 413 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, up from 374 on Friday, taking the total to 43,569. Daily new cases have ranged between 192 and 457 since the start of June. The additional cases are mostly in the greater Lisbon region, where authorities have tightened restrictions in 19 parishes and increased testing after new clusters were identified.

U.S. and Canada

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States has hit 132,418 as the country wraps up its 4th July Independence Day celebrations. 

Despite the surge of coronavirus cases across the United States, many attendees seen at the White House’s Salute to America event on the South Lawn are not practising social distancing or wearing masks ahead of President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July remarks. 

Continuing his efforts to encourage Americans to wear a mask, presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted that as the nation marks Independence Day, that “one of the most patriotic things you can do is wear a mask.”

Florida and Texas, two states that have emerged as the latest hot spots of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, both reported record daily increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday – with nearly 20,000 additional infections combined.

By comparison, New York state – the U.S. epicentre of the outbreak months ago, reported just 844 hospitalizations on Saturday, far below the nearly 19,000 hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients at the peak of its coronavirus crisis.

Major commercial laboratories in the United States are reporting delays in returning COVID-19 test results as the pandemic rages on and case numbers surge in parts of the country.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 8,258 new cases of COVID-19 in Texas on Saturday — the state’s second-highest number of new cases reported in a single day.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a countywide order prohibiting outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people, except for some Independence Day activities.

Florida reported another record jump in Covid-19 cases, rising by 11,458 cases, or 6.4%. That’s compared with the seven-day average of 5.5%, for a total of 190,052 cases. Another 18 people died, the fewest since June 22, for a total of 3,702.

New York, once the nation’s epicentre for the outbreak, reported a 0.2% rise in cases, in line with the past 7 days, or 726 cases. The state’s total is now 396,598. Eleven more people died, for a total of 24,896. New York reported fewer hospitalizations and new admissions as cases climbed by 726, or 0.2%, according to the state health department website, a rate consistent with most days since the middle of June.

Arizona reported 2,695 new cases, a 2.9% rise from a day earlier. It was the slowest rate of increase in five days, and below the record for daily cases set on Wednesday. Cases in the state have been rising at a 4.4% rate over the past seven days and now stand at 94,553.

California reported 6,510 new cases, and increase of 2.6%. In total, 254,745 people have tested positive. The number of deaths rose by 50 to 6,313. The state website warned some data might be delayed from Los Angeles County.

The US Navy Blue Angels team have cancelled their 2020 Pensacola Beach Air Show performance, according to a press release from the Santa Rosa Island Authority. The air show was scheduled to take place July 8-11 in Pensacola, Florida.

The National Park Service did not require employees who worked President Trump’s Mount Rushmore event yesterday to get tested for coronavirus, according to NPS spokesperson for the incident management team Dana Soehn. 

A New York electrical engineer photographed in a crowd fleeing the smoking World Trade Center in 2001 died of the coronavirus, the Palm Beach Post reported, citing his family. Stephen Cooper, 78, died March 28 in Delray Beach, Florida, where he lived part-time. 

Central and Latin America

Brazil marked 50 days without an official health minister today, as the country reports more than 1.5 million coronavirus cases. The position is temporarily occupied by Army General Eduardo Pazuello, who has no previous medical experience, since the last Health Minister, Nelson Teich, resigned on 15th May. Brazil has recorded 37,923 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours as well as 1,091 deaths, Reuters news agency reported, quoting the country’s health ministry. Total cases reached 1,578,376.

Mexico’s health ministry has reported 523 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 30,366, and 6,014 new infections, bringing the total to 252,165.

China and Hong Kong

China reported eight new coronavirus cases in the mainland for 4th July, compared with three cases a day earlier, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting the health agency. Six of the new infections were imported cases, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, while the capital Beijing reported two new cases. There were no new deaths. China reported seven new asymptomatic patients, up from four a day earlier.

Elsewhere in the world

Following a spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne, Australia — and a “hard lockdown” of more than 3,000 people in public housing towers — the Australian Medical Association has called for a pause in easing Covid-19 restrictions until clear evidence shows the outbreaks in Melbourne are under control.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo will self-isolate for 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person in his close circle tested positive for the coronavirus, Reuters news agency reported, quoting a government statement.

Infections in the South Asian nation of 1.3 billion people rose to 648,315, including 18,655 deaths as of Saturday — the world’s fourth-largest outbreak, according to the country’s health ministry. It recorded 22,771 fresh infections on Saturday, the highest increase in new cases so far.

South Korea’s daily new virus cases stayed above 60 for the third consecutive day Sunday as infections outside the Seoul metropolitan area continued to swell, Yonhap news agency reported.The country added 61 cases, including 43 local infections, raising the total caseload to 13,091, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). At least 18 of the cases were imported.

Singapore’s The Straits Times reported early on Sunday that an 82-year-old Singaporean woman is among eight new unlinked community cases that were announced the previous day.