Worldwide cases exceed 2.4 million, deaths in the United States exceed 40,000
There are now more than 2.4 million confirmed cases and 165,000 deaths from Covid-19 worldwide. The news came as the number of deaths in the United States surpassed 40,000 on Sunday – nearly a quarter of the world’s total – with infections at just under 760,000, just under a third of the world total. The United Kingdom has more than 121,000 cases and 16,000 deaths.
Trump turns Covid-19 briefing into “ad campaign”
In a moody press briefing in which he confronted several journalists, Donald Trump was accused of actually running a “campaign advertisement” in which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of his critics, more ferocious, seemed to greet him with praise. He played selectively edited video clips just two days after Cuomo gutted Trump in scathing 15-minute remarks. Trump also criticized the restrictions put in place by some heads of state and again criticized the WHO and China over the pandemic, but also said he was ready to help Iran fight the virus. Nationally, he said a deal on business aid was about to be reached with the Democrats.
New Zealand plans to ease restrictions within a week
The Prime Minister of the country, Jacinda Ardern, extended the lockdown on level 4 of the country for one week, after which schools and daycare centers will be allowed to open, as well as certain businesses unless major upheavals occur. She warned New Zealanders to “keep your bubble as small as possible – you can extend your bubble a little to include family members, vulnerable people or caregivers”. The country’s death toll from the virus is 12 and has introduced some of the most stringent lockdowns in the world as it pursues a strategy to eliminate the virus.
UN warns of emergency relief fund for vulnerable people
Heads of all major United Nations agencies have issued a graphic warning of the risk to the world’s most vulnerable countries after revealing that international donors have pledged about a quarter of the $ 2 billion requested by the UN for its response Covid-19 emergency in March.
China reports only 12 new cases
The number of new cases reported by the country on Monday is down from 16 the previous day, with no new deaths for the third consecutive day. On Monday, 49 new asymptomatic cases were also reported. On Friday, China revised up its death toll, including 50% in Wuhan.
Japanese expert “very pessimistic” about Tokyo 2021
Speaking about the likelihood that the Tokyo Olympics will continue next year, Kentaro Iwata, a professor at Kobe University Hospital, said: “I don’t think the Olympics are likely to take place next year . People will come from hundreds of countries … and although Japan can get the disease under control by next summer, I don’t think it will be everywhere. “
Germany to start easing restrictions Monday
Germany will take its first steps towards normalcy on Monday, with smaller stores in some areas opening for the first time in a month after politicians declared the coronavirus “under control”. From florists to fashion stores, the majority of stores under 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) will be allowed to welcome customers again, in a first wave of relaxations to strict restrictions on public life introduced last month.
Italy reports lowest daily death toll in a week
Italy said on Sunday that the number of deaths has increased by 433, the lowest daily count in a week, and that the number of new cases has slowed to 3,047, compared to 3,491 previously. The total number of deaths now stands at 23,660, second behind the United States.
Iran to extend prisoner leave for another month
President Hassan Rouhani announced Sunday that the 100,000 detainees temporarily released to fight the spread of the coronavirus would remain in prison for another month, as the country works to stem the spread of the virus.
Spain reports sharp drop in daily deaths
On Sunday, the country reported 410 dead, bringing the death toll to 20,453, with 195,344 infections. Spain announced 4,218 new cases on Sunday, an increase of 2.4%.