COVID-19 UPDATES : Worldwide cases exceed 10m and 500,000 deaths, US reports at least 2.5 million cases, 38,693 new cases in Brazil, 4,149 new cases in Colombia


28th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 10,082,618 with 501,309 deaths as of 11.55am today.

A global fundraising meeting on Saturday raised €6.15 billion (US$6.9 billion ) from the United States, the European Commission and numerous countries to fight COVID-19, with many participants stressing that an eventual vaccine should be available to anyone who needs it.


Italy has registered the lowest day-to-day tally of COVID-19 deaths on since March 1, a week before the country went into nationwide lockdown. There were eight additional deaths reported, raising the nationwide fatalities to 34,716. There were 175 new cases, bringing the overall count to 240,136.

Ireland will maintain a 14-day quarantine for travellers from the British mainland in July even as it plans to ease travel restrictions with some countries, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting the Sunday Times publication.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 256 to 193,499, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. The reported death toll rose by three to 8,957.

Zurich’s health authority said on Saturday it had ordered a 10-day quarantine for almost 300 guests and staff of a nightclub after a reveller tested positive for the coronavirus and had been proven to have infected others during his outing.

U.S. and Canada

U.S. cases jumped the most in six weeks and passed 2.5 million, while Florida and Arizona had the largest one-day rise in infections. Vice President Mike Pence delayed campaign events in both states, citing COVID-19 concerns.

The union representing 3,000 Disneyland hotel workers circled the closed park today in a caravan protest urging Disney officials not to reopen without more safety precautions. 

The Trump campaign has postponed Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign events in Florida and Arizona next week “out of an abundance of caution,” the campaign told CNN. 

New York reported 703 new cases, a 0.2% increase, for a total of 391,923, with 13 new deaths, raising the toll to 24,830.

Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida says the state has no plan for continuing its reopening. The state has stopped on premises consumption of alcohol at bars.

 Indiana is on track to enter the fifth and final stage of reopening on 4th July.

 Gov. Jay Inslee in Washington pauses reopening cities and going into fourth phase of reopening plan due to rising coronavirus cases.

Texas health officials reported 5,747 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total case count to 143,371 cases, according to the state’s health agency website. 

Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, is calling for more protections and federal support for airline staff – including things like a mask mandate for passengers and personal protective equipment for attendants.

Caesars Entertainment Corp., the owner of Caesars Palace and other casinos, said an employee died after testing positive for COVID-19 and a “small number” of workers who came in close proximity with the person have been put on paid leave.

The city of Honolulu has announced that campgrounds will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permits to ensure social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Disney has delayed the release of Mulan again, this time until mid-August, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten blockbusters that Hollywood hoped would bring audiences back to theaters after months of lockdown.

Central and Latin America

Brazil’s health ministry reported 1,109 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the country’s death toll to 57,070. The ministry reported 38,693 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide total to 1.31 million.

Brazil reached a deal with the U.K. to locally produce the Covid-19 vaccine that’s been developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc. Brazil will spend $287 million to buy doses and ingredients to make as many as 100 million shots, Health Ministry Executive Secretary Elcio Franco said at a press conference in Brasilia.

Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 4,410 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 602 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 212,802 cases and 26,381 deaths, according to Reuters news agency.

Colombia reported 4,149 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, the third time in a week that the country has posted a new single-day high of new cases. The new cases bring the total number reported in Colombia to 88,591, a number higher than the total reported by China, 84,726.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández on Saturday tweeted two photos of himself reading documents along with the message: “I am still in the hospital, but always working to serve my people.”

The Honduran government announced that Hernández tested positive for Covid-19 on June 16. Hernández is the first president in Latin America to test positive for the virus.

China and Hong Kong

Mainland China on Sunday reported 17 new coronavirus cases, mostly in the Chinese capital of Beijing, according to Reuters news agency citing government figures. In Beijing, 14 new confirmed cases were reported, down from 17 a day earlier. Since 11th June when Beijing reported its first case in the current outbreak, 311 people in the city of more than 20 million have contracted the virus.

China has at least 83,500 confirmed cases. The country’s death toll stands at 4,634.

Elsewhere in the world

The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health reported 855 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 30,619.

South Africa reported a record 7,210 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total 131,800, while the number of people who’ve died rose by 73 to 2,413.

South Korea reported 62 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the biggest increase since 19th June. The new cases bring the nation’s total to 12,715, while the number of fatalities remained at 282, according to data from Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 

Myanmar is extending until 15th July virus measures and directives to prevent the spread of the virus from inbound travellers and within the country, according to a statement Saturday by the Central Committee on Covid-19 Control.