Sunday, 28 June 2020 09:08


Summary of Latest Developments.


Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months. More than five million have recovered.

Italy has registered the lowest number of daily deaths since March 1, a week before the country went into nationwide lockdown.

The US has reported at least 2.5 million cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of more than 44,000 cases from its previous count, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. The death toll there has already exceeded 125,000.


Here are the latest updates:


Czech Republic's records highest daily number of new coronavirus since April 8.

The daily number of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic jumped to 260, the highest since April 8, Health Ministry data showed.

That is nearly triple that of the 93 recorded on Thursday. In total, the country of 10.7 million has confirmed 11,298 cases of the COVID-19 illness, with 347 deaths as of the end of Saturday.


AP Interview: Delhi minister says city faces virus challenge.

The acting health minister of India's capital said that New Delhi is facing a shortage of “trained and experienced” health care workers in an interview with Associated Press news agency, providing a major challenge in a city that is the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak.

With over 77,000 cases, New Delhi has been hit harder than any other Indian city. Infections had been projected to rise to half a million by the end of July in Delhi, the territory that includes the capital.

As the rate of infections was slowing down, the number has been revised to 400,000, and Acting Health Minister Manish Sisodia said he was hopeful that it could be less.


UK considers locking down Leicester after COVID-19 spike.

The British government is considering imposing a lockdown in the city of Leicester after a surge of coronavirus cases there, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is examining legislation required for the shutdown after it was disclosed that Leicester, a city of around 350,000 people in the East Midlands, has had more than 650 new COVID-19 cases in the two weeks to June 16, the newspaper was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

As of Sunday, the UK has close to 312,000 cases, with at least 43,600 deaths.


Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 256 to 193,499.

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.


South Korea reports spike in new cases.

South Korea's new coronavirus infections spiked again on Sunday with 62 new cases, including 40 local infections, raising the total to 12,715, Yonhap news agency reported, quoting the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The new tally is higher than the 51 cases reported on Saturday, hitting over 60 for the first time since June 20.

The government reported no additional deaths, with the total death toll remaining at 282 - a fatality rate of 2.22 percent. More than 11,300 patients have recovered.


China reports 17 new COVID-19 cases, including 14 in Beijing

Mainland China on Sunday reported 17 new coronavirus cases, mostly in the Chinese capital of Beijing, according to Reuters news agency citing government figures.

The National Health Commission said 17 new infections were confirmed on Saturday, down from 21 a day earlier. In Beijing, 14 new confirmed cases were reported, down from 17 a day earlier.

Since June 11 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.


Brazil to jointly produce vaccine with Oxford, drug company.

The Brazilian government has announced an agreement with Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to produce a promising coronavirus vaccine that is undergoing tests.

Brazilian Health Ministry authorities said in a news conference on Saturday that the country will pay $127m and receive material to produce 30.4 million doses in two batches in December and January, which would allow it to quickly start inoculation efforts if the vaccine is certified to be safe and effective.

Source:News Agencies.