More than 14.1 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are said to be much higher due to testing shortages, numerous unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scale of their country’s epidemics.
The United States has become the worst affected country, with more than 3.6 million cases diagnosed and at least 139,266 deaths.
This is how the news unfolds on Friday. All Eastern hours. Check back for updates.
9:14 a.m .: Miami Beach establishes a curfew at 8 p.m.
Residents of Miami Beach are now under a 20-hour curfew amid increasing cases in Florida.
The curfew, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, takes place two hours before the county-wide curfew and will continue until July 24.
All businesses in the area, including shops, entertainment and restaurants, must close at 8 p.m. Take-out will also be banned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., but kitchens can remain open during these hours if they provide delivery services.
8:37 am: 25 million people infected in Iran, says president
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said that 25 million Iranians have been infected with the coronavirus, a figure well above the official toll of some 271,000 people and surpasses current confirmed cases worldwide.
Rouhani said the 25 million was based on a new report from the Ministry of Health, but did not explain why there was such a gap.
The president also said an additional 35 million people “would be at risk”. Iran has a population of over 80 million people.
“We estimate that to date 25 million Iranians have been infected with this virus and around 14,000 have lost their lives,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.
Iran’s official toll of confirmed cases is 271,606, according to data from Johns Hopkins, placing them among the 10 hardest-hit countries. Worldwide, there are more than 14 million confirmed cases.
The 25 million people infected would make Iran the hardest-hit country. The United States currently holds this position, with more than 3.6 million.
7:02 am: Florida Sheriff Uses Chopper to Break “COVID-19 Parties”
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Florida announced that it was using helicopters to patrol and disperse “COVID-19 parties.”
On Friday, the sheriff’s office released aerial images of the helicopter showing a large street rally, and then MPs stopped at the rally to break it up.
Sheriff Russ Gibson told ABC affiliate WFTV that many young people gather at a house party to plan to catch the coronavirus or not to care if they are infected.
Gibson said his department plans to increase its patrols this weekend and focus on three subdivisions in the west of the county where he said people are renting homes for the weekend and having large groups for house parties, according to WFTV.
The big rallies come at a time when Florida is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Florida has more than 327,000 diagnosed cases, with at least 4,805 deaths.
Sunshine State added 11,548 new cases on Friday, the third consecutive day that the state has recorded more than 10,000 cases in a single day. Friday also marks the third day in a row the state has reported more than 120 deaths. More than 9,000 patients are also currently hospitalized, including nearly 1,900 in Miami-Dade County.
4:51 p.m .: U.S. death toll rises 19%
The number of new coronavirus cases increased by 19.7% compared to last week and the national number of deaths increased by 19% during the same period, according to an internal memo from the Federal Agency for the Management of Human Rights. emergencies obtained by ABC News.
These numbers are not the only increases. The national death rate is now 3.8% and the test positivity rate has increased slightly over the past seven days to 10.1%. It was 9.8% the week before, according to FEMA. note.
Other worrisome increases include the fact that 13% of COVID-19 hospital patients are on ventilators, which is the first weekly increase in this statistic since early June. In addition, 32% of ventilators in use in the United States are occupied by patients with COVID-19. At the peak of the coronavirus in April, it was 45%. In early June, it was 17%, according to FEMA.
The number of available intensive care beds also continues to be a problem. The memo states that 19% of all medical facilities in the United States have more than 80% of their intensive care beds occupied.
Two of the hardest-hit states, Florida and Texas, are still not seeing a slowdown in cases. From July 8 to 14, Florida had its highest test-positivity rate to date at 17.9%. He also had a record daily death toll of 156 on July 16. Hospitalizations in the sunny state, according to the FEMA note, are expected to peak in 10 days.
Meanwhile, in Texas, the state recorded case and death records on July 15.
This grim news is not exclusive to the United States, cases of COVID-19 reached 14 million people around the world on Friday. The world reached 10 million on June 28 – a 40% increase in less than three weeks.
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ABC News Josh Margolin, Kirit Radia and Somayeh Malekian contributed to this report.