Sunday, 21 June 2020 09:33


Summary of Latest Developments.


Nearly 50,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil with 1,022 fatalities in the last 24 hours. Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on February 26 and passed 1 million cases on Friday.

South Africa has announced nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, a new daily record, to bring the total to 92,000 confirmed cases, about 30 percent of all cases in Africa. At least 1,877 people have died.

Worldwide, at least 8.75 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, more than 4.3 million have recovered, and more than 464,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.


Here are the latest updates:


Iraqi football legend Ahmad Radhi dies due to coronavirus. 

Iraqi football legend Ahmad Radhi has died at a hospital in Baghdad as a result of complications from the new coronavirus, Iraqi media reported. 

The 56-year-old was considered a national star, known for scoring one World Cup goal in Mexico in 1986, when Iraq's national football team, the Lions of Mesopotamia, qualified for the games.

Radhi spent most of his career in the Iraqi league, representing Al-Zawra'a and Al-Rasheed, winning five league titles and topping the scoring charts twice. 


Tokyo confirms 35 new coronavirus cases.

Thirty-five novel coronavirus infection cases were confirmed in Japan's capital city, Tokyo, metropolitan government officials said.

The daily number exceeded 30 for the fourth straight day. Nine of the 35 were found positive in group testing conducted by the government of Shinjuku Ward, which has a popular nightlife district.


China reports 25 new cases as millions tested.

Chinese authorities reported on Sunday at least 25 new confirmed cases - 22 in Beijing and three in neighbouring Hebei province.

China's National Health Commission also said 2.3 million people had been tested in an effort to contain the outbreak in the capital that led to the closure of its biggest wholesale food market.

China recorded at least 84,553 cases with 4,639 confirmed fatalities.


Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 687 to 189,822, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.

The Institute also reported the death toll to be 8,882, one lower than Saturday's, which was 8,883. No explanation was given why the number decreased by one, according to Reuters news agency.


South Korea reports 48 new cases.

South Korea reported 48 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, down 19 from a day earlier, Yonhap news agency reported.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said imported cases have dropped, but local infections rose amid a continuing spread of the virus in the Seoul metropolitan area and the central city of Daejeon.

Of the new cases, 40 are local infections, and eight are imported, raising the total caseload to 12,421. There were no additional deaths, keeping the total death toll at 280.


Trump urges slowdown in COVID-19 testing.

US President Donald Trump told thousands of his supporters that he had asked US officials to slow down testing for the novel coronavirus, calling it a "double-edged sword" that led to more cases being discovered. Trump said the US had now tested 25 million people, far more than other countries.

"When you do testing to that extent, you're gonna find more people you're gonna find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down, please," Trump told a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where many supporters were not wearing face masks.

A White House official said Trump was joking about his call for a slowdown in testing.


Montenegro restores some lockdown measures after new cases emerge.

Montenegrin health authorities have restored some lockdown measures in a northeastern border town to contain a cluster of coronavirus cases, AP news agency reported.

Authorities have confirmed new cases after there had been none in Montenegro for several weeks, saying that out of the country's 31 active cases, 26 were imported from neighbouring Serbia.

Those infected include some who went to a football game in Serbia's capital of Belgrade and some citizens of the northeastern Montenegrin town of Rozaje who travelled to a town across the border.


Source:News Agencies.