Thursday, 30 July 2020 23:16

 

Summary of Latest Developments.

 

Spain reported a second day of 1000 plus coronavirus infections, the highest since the nation lifted its lockdown in June.

The coronavirus seems to be accelerating in countries across the world with Australia the latest to announce a record number of daily cases - 723.

Nearly 17 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Some 9.9 million patients have recovered, and more than 666,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Here are the latest updates.

 

South Africa's total number of coronavirus cases rise to 482 169.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 482 169, with 11046 new cases identified.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 918 049 with 44 886 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 315 new COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: 121 from Eastern Cape, 96 from Gauteng, 55 from KwaZulu Natal, 34 from Western Cape and 9 from North West.

This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 7 812.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 309 601 which translates to a recovery rate of 64%

 

Gauteng Premier David Makhura expressed dismay over having to place the province's Health MEC on leave.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said, while he had anticipated that emergency procurement during the Covid-19 pandemic would be abused, the open tender system fell away when the state of disaster was declared in March.

Emergency regulations had made way for the province to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) much faster than what the open tender system would allow.

The premier, speaking to journalists on Thursday during a provincial command council briefing, said he knew emergency procurement could be "abused" - with tenders awarded to those who aren't deserving or did not qualify.

His address came just hours after the ANC in the province placed Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku and City of Johannesburg MMC (member of the mayoral committee) Loyiso Masuku on a leave of absence.

Makhura said the allegations were damaging to the work done by the Health MEC because he led the province's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I must say that I am disappointed, at this point. I am really, really disappointed to have an MEC, who has been leading from the front very well, facing allegations that I can't ignore," said Makhura.

Meanwhile Acting Gauteng Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo said he was confident that the province would manage to turn the tide on the Covid-19 pandemic as the country's economic hub approached the peak of the outbreak.

Mamabolo was appointed following the suspension of Bandile Masuku  after being implicated in a personal protective equipment procurement scandal.

“We will walk this complex road. With the leadership of the Premier, the MECs, the HODs and all of us, I am quite confident that we will be able to turn the corner and continue the good work.”

 

Nations must prioritise essential services while resuming international travel- WHO.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said countries should gradually lift international travel measures based on a thorough risk assessment and prioritise essential travel for emergencies.

WHO recommends that priority should be given to essential travel for emergencies, humanitarian actions, travel of essential personnel, and repatriation, it said in a statement.

 

 

Spain logs biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases since lockdown lifted.

Spain reported the biggest daily jump in new coronavirus cases since its lockdown ended, topping more than 1,000 infections for the second day running.

Health ministry data showed 1,229 new infections diagnosed in the preceding 24 hours and 13,391 in the past week.

 

Libya to impose full lockdown as pandemic cases grow.

Libya's internationally recognised government in Tripoli will impose a full lockdown in areas of the country it controls, it said, after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

Split since 2014 between areas held by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east, Libya managed to avoid an early surge of the pandemic.

However, the disease has been spreading more quickly this month and Libya's National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), one of the few bodies that operates across the country despite the conflict, has confirmed 3,222 cases.

 

Fifth minister tests positive for COVID-19 in coronavirus-plagued Brazil.

Brazil's science and technology minister, Marcos Pontes, said that he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the fifth minister in President Jair Bolsonaro's government to be diagnosed with the virus.

Pontes made his announcement on Facebook, saying he was quarantining and working remotely.

 

WHO warns over virus risk to young people.

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that spikes in coronavirus transmission in a number of countries were being driven by young people "letting down their guard".

"Young people are not invincible," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva, stressing that "Young people can get infected and young people can die... Young people must take the same precautions."

 

Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate, dies after COVID-19 diagnosis.

Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has died after contracting COVID-19, according to a statement on his website and Facebook page.

Cain was diagnosed with the disease in late June after attending a Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally for President Donald Trump, an event where many attendees crowded close together without wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"We're heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord," the statement on his website said.

 

Florida reports record increase in COVID-19 deaths for third day in a row.

Florida reported a record increase in new COVID-19 deaths for a third day in a row, with 252 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

The souther US state also reported 9,956 new cases, bringing its total infections to over 461,000, the second highest in the country behind California.

Death toll in Flordia rose to 6,709, the eighth highest in the nation, according to a Reuters tally.

 

Six Nations to resume in October as World Rugby approves new calendar.

The remaining rounds of the Six Nations Championship will be played on October 24 and 31 after World Rugby approved dates for the temporary 2020 COVID-19 calendar.

The World Rugby Council approved an adjustment to allow the release of players for new international windows after the pandemic forced the sport's suspension in March.

 

Source:News Agencies.