- US health officials estimate that up to 20 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus. That’s almost 10 times more infections than the 2.3 million confirmed cases.
- The pandemic is worsening worldwide, with the number of infections set to reach 10 million next week, said director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
- According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 9.6 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while almost 4.8 million have recovered and more than 489,000 have died.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday June 26
04:16 GMT – China posts further decline in infections
On Friday, China reported a further decline in new confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 13 cases.
Eleven were in Beijing, where mass tests were carried out following an epidemic that appears to have been largely contained.
The other two cases were brought in by overseas Chinese travelers, according to the National Health Council.
03:39 GMT – United States sets day record for COVID-19 cases
The number of coronavirus infections in the United States increased by at least 39,818 cases at the end of Thursday, according to a report by the Reuters news agency, marking the largest daily increase in the country since the start of the pandemic.
Several US states have reported a record increase in the number of cases this week, including Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, l ‘Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming.
On Wednesday, more than 36,000 new cases were registered across the country, a few hundred fewer than the record 36,426 registered on April 24.
02:55 GMT – The United States has sent $ 1.4 billion in aid to the dead
In the United States, nearly 1.1 million emergency payments for coronaviruses totaling some $ 1.4 billion have been made to deceased people, according to a new government study.
The finding came in a report from the Government Accountability Office that examined payments for a $ 2.4 trillion coronavirus rescue package released in March. The erroneous payments were made due to confusion over whether the dead should receive payments, the report said.
Although the government has asked the survivors to return the money, it is not clear that they should do so.
01:47 GMT – Mexico kills 25,000 coronavirus deaths
Mexico has pushed back 25,000 reported coronavirus deaths and 200,000 confirmed cases on Thursday, while the finance minister said he was positive and would isolate himself while working from home.
The Department of Health has reported 6,104 newly confirmed infections, one of the highest 24-hour rates to date. This brought the country’s confirmed cases to 202,951. Deaths increased by 736, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 25,060.
The Mexican Ministry of Finance said it had launched an epidemiological search for the contacts after Finance Minister Arturo Herrera tested positive for the coronavirus.
Herrera said he only had “minor symptoms”.
01:33 GMT – Nike posts quarterly loss after store closures
Nike lost $ 790 million in the fourth quarter, soaring digital sales did not make up for lost revenue from stores closed in most countries around the world.
The world’s largest sportswear maker said revenues fell 38% to $ 6.31 billion in the three-month period ending May 31.
Nike said 90% of its stores in North America, Europe and Latin America were closed during the period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sales fell 46% in North America and Europe, but only 3% in China with the reopening of stores.
01:25 GMT – WHO warns of “very significant” resurgence in Europe
Dr Hans Henri P Kluge, Regional Director of the World Health Organization for Europe, expressed concern about a resurgence of coronavirus infections on the continent, saying that last week, Europe experienced a increase in weekly cases for the first time in months.
“Thirty countries have seen an increase in the number of new cases accumulated in the past two weeks,” he said in a statement. “In 11 of these countries, accelerated transmission has led to a very significant resurgence which, if not controlled, will once again push healthcare systems to the brink in Europe. ”
WHO subsequently identified the 11 countries and territories such as Armenia, Sweden, Moldova, North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Kosovo.
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00:20 GMT – European-wide study shows deaths from childhood virus “extremely rare”
According to a new European study, less than one in a hundred children who test positive for COVID-19 eventually die, although a small but significant percentage develop serious illness.
A team of researchers led by experts in the United Kingdom, Austria and Spain examined the results of 582 children under the age of 18 infected with the new coronavirus and discovered that more than 60% needed hospital treatment and 8% needed intensive care.
Only four died.
In contrast, more than 90 children, or 16%, had no symptoms.
Marc Tebruegge, of the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health at University College London, said that while the results should not be extrapolated to the general population, they were nevertheless reassuring.
“The lethality cohort was very small and should be much lower since many children with mild illness would not have been brought to the attention of a doctor and would therefore not be included in this study, “he said.
“Overall, the vast majority of children and youth have only a mild illness,” added Tebruegge, lead author of the study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.
“Nevertheless, a significant number of children develop serious illness and require intensive care support,” said Tebruegge, “and this should be taken into account when planning and prioritizing health care resources as as the pandemic progresses. “
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives.
You can find all of the key developments from yesterday, June 25, here.