Thursday, 23 July 2020 07:57

 

Summary of Latest Developments.

The US has again recorded more than 1000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, with California overtaking New York as the US state with the most confirmed cases and reporting its highest single day numbers for both cases and deaths.

Papua New Guinea has put out a call for emergency assistance to the WHO, fearful it might be facing widespread community transmission of the disease.

More than 15 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 622,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Mexico and Italy have suffered the most deaths.

 

Here are the latest updates:

 

Australia warns of record decline in economy.

Australia says its economy is likely to shrink at its fastest pace in history in the second quarter. 

Officials expect GDP to shrink by 7 percent in the three months ended June leaving Australia in its first recession in 30 years. The economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first quarter.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is also forecasting a record budget deficit as the government steps up spending to keep the economy going and people in work.

"These harsh numbers reflect the harsh reality we face," he said. "The economic outlook remains very uncertain."

 

Papua New Guinea calls for WHO help over outbreak.

Papua New Guinea has called on the WHO for help citing a "high likelihood of expanded community transmission". 

PNG is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific and has limited medical resources. It currently has 30 cases of COVID-19, compared with 11 on Sunday. Most of those affected are medical workers.

The country has asked the WHO to deploy Emergency Medical Teams for an initial period of one month.

National pandemic response controller David Manning said the WHO was in the process of mobilising international medical teams to deploy to the country.

"We are also discussing with the PNG Defence Force to assist... the Health Department," he said in a statement. "We have always said we don't have adequate facilities."

Manning said testing was limited beyond the capital of Port Moresby.

 

China reports 22 new cases of coronavirus - most in Xinjiang.

China's National Health Commission has reported 22 new cases of coronavirus on the mainland, most of them in the far western region of Xinjiang where mass testing is underway.

China will also offer a $1 billion loan to make any coronavirus vaccine it develops available to countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mexico's foreign ministry says China made the promise in a virtual meeting.

 

California overtakes New York in coronavirus cases.

California has overtaken New York to record the highest number of coronavirus cases of any US state.

Health officials say the state's total caseload now stands at 413,576 - about 4,700 cases more than in New York.

California's death toll remains much lower, however it has recorded 7,870 deaths since the start of the pandemic, compared with 25,068 in New York. 

 

More records tumble in South America.

Brazil and Argentina have both registered new daily records for confirmed coronavirus cases.

Brazil confirmed 67,860 cases on Wednesday, while Argentina recorded 5,782 cases. Both countries also reported more deaths from the disease, while Peru added 3,688 previously uncounted people to its death toll lifting the total to 17,455.

Meanwhile, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has still not shaken the virus, which he once referred to as nothing more than a "little flu".

A test on Wednesday - his third - showed he still had COVID-19.

Source:News Agencies.