Sunday, 19 July 2020 08:41


Summary of Latest Developments.


The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has hit 601,213, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has hit 14.2 million, of which more than 7.9 million people have recovered. 

US deaths from the novel coronavirus exceeded 140,000 on Saturday as cases continued to rise in 43 out of 50 states over the past two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University and Reuters tallies. The number of cases in the US has also hit 3.7 million, with 1.1 million recoveries.

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with the total rising by 259,848 in 24 hours. The US, Brazil, India and South Africa were among the countries that reported a rapid daily increase.

Leaders of the European Union have agreed to extend their summit until Sunday after they failed to agree on a significant stimulus fund to revive their coronavirus-hammered economies.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has denounced the lockdown measures used to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in his country, saying these measures have "suffocated" the nation's economy. Brazil's economy is expected to contract 6.4 percent this year.


Here are the latest updates:


South Africa now ranks fifth in coronavirus cases worldwide

South Africa now ranks fifth in the world for confirmed coronavirus cases as the African continent faces the pandemic's first wave head-on, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

South Africa on Saturday reported 13,285 new confirmed cases for a total of 350,879. That puts the country ahead of Peru, and accounts for roughly half the cases in Africa.

Gauteng province, home to Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, is now Africa's epicentre for the virus. It has one-quarter of the country's population and many of the poor are crowded in township areas with inadequate access to clean water and sanitation.

South Africa has seen 4,948 virus deaths, but the South African Medical Research Council in its most recent report shows the country had 10,944 "excess deaths" between May 6 and July 7.


Texas coronavirus cases include more than 80 infants.

A health official from the US state of Texas said as many as 85 infants have tested positive for the coronavirus. Corpus Christi public health director, Annette Rodriguez, said the infants are younger than one, but offered no other details.

"These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us to stop the spread of this disease" by staying home except for necessary trips, socially distancing and wearing masks in public, Rodriguez said during a public health update.

According to the Johns Hopkins University tally, cases in the US have hit 3.7 million, while more than 1.1 million patients have recovered. More than 140,000 have died.


Germany's confirmed cases rise to 201,574.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 202 to 201,574, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

The reported death toll rose by 1 to 9,084, the tally showed.


Brazil reports 28,532 news cases, 921 deaths.

Brazil on Saturday reported 28,532 new COVID-19 cases and 921 deaths over the last 24 hours, Reuters reported quoting Brazil's health ministry.

The total cases in the country have mounted to 2,074,860 while 78,722 people have died of COVID-19.

Brazil, the world's second most affected country after the US, has started to resume business in many areas despite mounting cases.

Its economic activity index in May rose for the first time since the coronavirus broke out, growing by 1.31 percent from April, according to the Central Bank of Brazil on July 14. The bank also said the economy will contract less than expected in 2020, adjusting forecast from -6.5 to -6.1 percent.


US coronavirus deaths surpass 140,000 as outbreak worsens.

US deaths from the novel coronavirus exceeded 140,000 on Saturday as cases continued to rise in 43 out of 50 states over the past two weeks, according to both Johns Hopkins University and Reuters tallies.

Since late June, the US has seen a resurgence in new cases and now, six weeks later, deaths have also begun rising, according to a weekly Reuters analysis of state and county data.

The US is losing about 5,000 people to the virus every week. By contrast, neighbouring Canada has reported 8,800 deaths since the pandemic started.


EU extends summit after deadlock over COVID-19 recovery plan.

Leaders of the European Union have extended until Sunday their summit after failing to agree on a significant stimulus fund to revive their coronavirus-hammered economies after two days of fraught negotiations, Reuters reported.

As the 27 leaders scurried back to their hotels after a late Saturday night, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron stayed behind in the EU's headquarters in Brussels to haggle with the Dutch-led camp of thrifty countries demanding cuts to the 1.8 trillion euros ($2.06 trillion) package. 


Coronavirus infections in Nigeria top 36,000.

Coronavirus cases in Nigeria have risen to 36,107 with 653 new infections, according to official statistics.

Six new deaths were recorded in the West African nation, bringing the total to 778, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said.

More than 14,900 people have recovered from the virus in Nigeria.


Source:News Agencies.