Coronavirus Global Updates: The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 725,334 lives till now and has infected over 19.65 million people disrupting daily life across the planet. Over 11.93 million people have recovered after testing positive for the virus, according to a John Hopkins University tally.
United States, which continues to remain the world’s worst affected nation, became the first country to breach a record 5 million cases on Saturday. The pandemic induced deaths topped 1 lakh in Brazil, the second worst affected nation. Meanwhile, New Zealand marked 100 days without any new coronavirus cases on Sunday.
Here are the top global developments of the last 24 hours
Vietnam: 31 new cases, all in one city
Vietnam Sunday reported 31 new COVID-19 cases and an additional death, taking the country’s total tally to 841, with 11 fatalities. All of the new cases are linked to the central city of Danang, where the new outbreak began late last month, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
There have been 355 cases since the virus resurfaced in Danang, with 11 deaths. Coronavirus infections have since been detected in at least 15 locations in Vietnam
Brazil’s toll tops 100,000, Covid-19 peak still away
The number of people succumbed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil surpassed 1 lakh-mark on Saturday, with 905 deaths and 49,970 cases in the last 24 hours. Despite the rising numbers and having over 3 million cases, the country continues to reopen its public places despite warning from experts that the pandemic is yet to peak. While it took three months for the toll to reach 50,000, it just took 50 days to kill the next 50,000.
Bill Gates says US Covid testing has ‘mind-blowing’ problems
“You’re paying billions of dollars in this very inequitable way to get the most worthless test results of any country in the world,” Gates said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on Sunday. “No other country has this testing insanity.”
“A variety of early missteps by the U.S. and then the political atmosphere meant that we didn’t get our testing going,” he said.
Gates cited long lines at commercial labs and delays in obtaining test results, meaning that “you pay as much for the late result as the timely result.” Meanwhile, “very wealthy people have access to these quick-turnaround tests,” he said. “It’s mind-blowing that you can’t get the government to improve the testing because they just want to say how great it is.”
Planned layoffs at British companies surge
The number of British companies planning to cut staff numbers in June was five times higher than in the same month a year earlier, in an ominous sign of COVID-19’s economic impact.
Figures obtained by the BBC show that 1,778 companies informed the government of plans to cut a total of 139,000 jobs. A year earlier the figure was 345 companies announcing a total of 24,000 job losses.
Businesses are required to inform the Insolvency Service if they plan to cut 20 or more jobs.
During the pandemic the government has been paying the salaries of almost 10 million furloughed workers. Economists are predicting a surge in unemployment when that program ends in October. AP
Trump signs coronavirus relief orders amid rising unemployment
US president Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders for facilitating unemployment payments to millions who have lost their jobs as a fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
The orders come after negotiations broke down this week between the White House and top Democrats in Congress over how best to help Americans cope with the heavy human and economic toll of the crisis.
The orders are set to provide an extra $400 per week in unemployment payments, less than the $600 per week passed earlier in the crisis.
US sets a record as coronavirus cases surpass 5 million mark
Setting a record for covid-19 caseload in any country, the United States on Saturday breached the grim milestone of 5 million cases. According to a Reuters analysis, 1 in every 66 US residents are infected by the virus. The country also has a quarter of the world’s total death toll with over 160,000 people succumbing to the disease.
Hundred virus free days in New Zealand
Life has returned to normal in New Zealand after the country marked 100 days without any new coronavirus case on Sunday. New Zealand was the first country that announced it had eliminated coronavirus in late march after it imposed a strict lockdown that stopped its spread. For the past three months the only new cases have been a handful of returning travelers who have been quarantined at the border.
Cuban capital back under lockdown as coronavirus rebounds
Cuba placed Havana back on a strict lockdown on Saturday following a rebound in coronavirus cases in the past 2 weeks. The country has ordered restaurants, bars and pools once more to close, suspending public transportation and banning access to the beach. The Cuban health ministry reported 59 new cases on Saturday and warned that the situation could become uncontrollable in the absence of swift action.
While Cuba’s outbreak is focused on Havana, its health minister said authorities would need to monitor the rest of the country carefully given the large amount of asymptomatic carriers and nationwide travel that had occurred over the past month.
China reports 23 new COVID-19 cases in mainland
Mainland China reported 23 new Covid-19 cases down from previous day’s tally of 31, China’s National Health Commission said on Sunday. Among the new cases, 15 were locally transmitted and 8 were imported infections. About 45 people were discharged on Saturday and there are still 817 active cases in the country, including 43 severe cases.
The total number of infections in mainland China now stands at 84,619, with the death toll unchanged at 4,634.