Coronavirus Global Updates: The total number of coronavirus cases in the world reached 18.08 million on Monday, with at least 6,87,259 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Monday said the country will introduce a pandemic leave payment for workers who have run out of sick leave but need to be quarantined due to coronavirus, Reuters reported. The payment will amount to 1,500 Australian dollars for a two-week pandemic leave period.
Meanwhile, manufacturing activity across the Eurozone expanded for the first time since early 2019 last month as demand rebounded after easing of coronavirus restrictions, reported Reuters. The European Central Bank has ramped up its stimulus measures to support the ravaged economy.
Confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States touched 4,667,957 on Monday, with 154,860 deaths, according to data from the John Hopkins University.
Here are some global developments on August 3, 2020:
Latin America’s Covid-19 cases inch closer to 5 million
Argentina crossed 2,00,000 confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday and Columbia set a daily record as Latin America collectively inched closer to 5 million, Reuters reported.
The Latin American region, with around 8 per cent of the world’s population, accounts for close to 30 per cent of global cases and fatalities.
Brazil, the worst-hit country in the region, has over 2.73 million cases, with over 94,000 deaths. It reported around 25,800 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday.
Mexico reported around 9,000 new infections on Saturday and has the third-highest death toll in the world.
South Korea confirms 23 new cases, mostly related to international arrivals
South Korea confirmed 23 additional cases of coronavirus, amid a downward trend in the number of locally infected patients, the Associated Press reported.
The new cases announced Monday by the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) took the country’s overall case tally to 14,389, with 301 deaths.
KCDC said 20 new cases came from overseas while the rest were locally infected. Health authorities have said imported cases are less threatening since two week quarantines are mandatory for all people coming from abroad.
Moderate lockdown in Manila for two weeks
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the capital Manila and outlying provinces after appeal from medical groups, the Associated Press reported.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Monday said the capital region of Manila and five densely populated provinces will revert to stricter quarantine restrictions for two weeks starting Tuesday. Mass public transport will be barred and only essential travel will be allowed.
Britain to roll out millions of 90-minute coronavirus tests
Britain’s health minister Monday said millions of Covid-19 tests which can detect the virus within 90 minutes will be rolled out in British hospitals, care homes and laboratories, Reuters reported.
They will comprise 5.8 million tests using DNA and 4,50,000 swab tests, said Matt Hancock, adding that neither will need to be administered by a health professional.
Britain has recorded over 46,000 deaths due to the virus, the fourth-highest death toll in the world.
Germany to start mandatory testing of travellers
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn said mandatory testing of travellers returning to the country from high risk of Covid-19 will take effect later this week, Reuters reported. The number of confirmed cases increased by 509 on Monday to reach 2,10,402, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. The death toll rose by seven to 9,148.
Melbourne braces for business closures
Melbourne entered its first day of tougher restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus on Monday as residents braced for further business closures. Victoria declared a state of emergency on Sunday and a night curfew from 8 pm to 5 am for six weeks for the capital as part of Australia’s harshest restrictions on movement till date. Supermarkets and restaurant takeaway and delivery services will remain open, but some businesses which were not closed previously will be asked to shut, Reuters reported.
South Africa Covid-19 tally crosses 5.10 lakh
South Africa’s coronavirus tally touched 5,11,485, with at least 8,366 deaths, according to data from the John Hopkins University. The country accounts for over 50 per cent of all reported infections in Africa’s 54 countries, the Associated Press reported.
Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said 10,107 cases were recorded on Saturday night, bringing the country’s total to 5,03,290 with 8,153 deaths. The country has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world, after the United States, Brazil, Russia and India.
Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, is the epicentre of coronavirus in South Africa, with over 35 per cent of of its confirmed cases.
First students resume class in Germany after corona shutdown
Children returned to school Monday in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the first in the country to start the new school year following nationwide shutdowns at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek has advocated mask requirements inside school buildings.
But the school system is largely a matter for the 16 state governments in Germany, and as the state’s 152,700 pupils returned to class in cities like Rostock and Schwerin, regional officials had not yet implemented such a rule. The sparsely populated state has been Germany’s least-affected by the pandemic, with 877 positive tests for COVID-19 and 20 virus-related deaths among its 1.6 million residents.
In Hamburg, where students return on Thursday, and Berlin, where they return next week, state governments have ordered masks be worn. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s education minister, Bettina Martin, has said she was working on a proposal to require them as well.
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