Last week saw United States beat its own one-day case record four times, according to data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
In the seven days to and including July 1st, the country, with the highest number of cases and deaths in the world, confirmed more than 40,000 cases on four separate days.
On Wednesday, cases also increased by more than 50,000 for the first time in the United States, of which 51,200 were confirmed within 24 hours.
National increases come as the pandemic threatens people in a wider area of the country. Nearly 10 times more counties in the United States reach the threshold to be considered a hotspot than during the previous peak in April, the New York Times reported.
There are 2,739,230 known infections in the United States and there have been 128,743 deaths.
Brazil, second behind the United States in terms of number of cases and deaths, has nearly 1.5 million confirmed infections, after adding 48,105 new cases on Thursday. There are 1,496,858 cases and 61,884 deaths. Brazil has reported more than 40,000 cases a day at least three times in the past week.
Mexico The coronavirus epidemic has also increased by 6,741 confirmed cases and 679 deaths, bringing the death toll to 29,189 in the country. Responding to the spike in virus reports from Arizona, the top health official in the neighboring Mexican state of Sonora has called on the federal government of Mexico to temporarily close the border to non-essential US visits.
The United Nations has predicted that more than 2.7 million businesses may disappear and 8.5 million jobs may be lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus crisis. The United Nations Economic Commission for the Region said that shops, hotels and restaurants, many of which are small and medium-sized businesses, will be the hardest hit.
AustraliaThe state of Victoria is still struggling to contain a new outbreak, with an additional 66 cases confirmed on Friday. State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said Friday there was evidence of a “super spreader” in the Victorian epidemic. She said: “On Tuesday, I received a briefing on a genomic sequencing report which seemed to suggest that there seems to be one source of infection for many of the cases that have crossed the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. It even seems to be potentially a super spreader that has caused this upsurge in some cases. “
In Tokyo, Japan, 120 new cases were discovered on Friday, the Nikkei newspaper reported. On Thursday, the metropolis confirmed 107 new cases, the most in two months, but the government – eager to revive a declining economy – said it did not plan to reimpose the emergency lifted on May 25. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike looks set for victory in his bid for re-election on Sunday, supported by approval of his management of the pandemic.
Tokyo represents nearly 6,400 of the approximately 19,000 cases in Japan.
South Korea 63 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Thursday, most of them due to domestic infections outside of Seoul, triggering the return of tighter social distancing restrictions in a city as the specter of a second wave of the disease worried authorities. For the first time in almost two months, new daily cases from other cities surpassed those in the Seoul area. The southwestern city of Gwangju has registered more than 50 cases in the past few days, resulting in the suspension of operations at public facilities such as public libraries and museums.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un hailed what he described as his country’s “resounding success” in the fight against the pandemic, according to the official news agency KCNA on Friday. The totalitarian head of state spoke on Thursday at a meeting of the political bureau of the Workers’ Party to discuss the impact of the virus, AFP said.
Pyongyang has not confirmed a single case of the deadly disease, but has imposed strict rules, including the closure of its borders and schools, and the isolation of thousands of its residents.
Analysts say the North is unlikely to have avoided infection and that its dilapidated health system may be struggling to cope with a major epidemic.
Other key developments include:
- Global cases are approaching 11 million. There are 10,842,615 known infections worldwide and 520,785 deaths.
- Staff and residents of United Kingdom nursing homes for people over 65 and people with dementia will receive regular tests starting Monday.
Vacationers from England will be able to visit Spain, Italy, France and Germany without having to quarantine for 14 days upon return and travel restrictions on up to 60 other countries and territories should also be lifted.
Hundreds of health workers tested positive for coronavirus in South AfricaFrom the province of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria. In South Africa, more than 2,000 health workers have been infected.
There is “very little risk” of pets infecting their owners with Covid-19, the chief scientist for the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
Leading obstetrician advised women in Papua New Guinea not to get pregnant for up to two years, saying fears of Covid-19 transmission have seen pregnant women walk away from hospitals, leading to death at least one baby.