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  • South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, representing more than 50% of all coronavirus infections reported in the 54 countries in Africa. It has also reported more than 8,000 deaths.

  • Mexico has racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections, recording more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and surpassing the previous peak for the second day in a row.

  • Thousands of protesters gathered in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to demand the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his handling of the coronavirus emergency and alleged corruption of his government.

  • More than 17.75 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Nearly 10.48 million patients have recovered and more than 682,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday August 2

01:40 GMT – Mainland China reports 49 new cases of coronavirus, including 30 in Xinjiang

China reported 49 cases of the novel coronavirus on the mainland at the end of August 1, up from 45 cases a day earlier, the Reuters news agency reported on Sunday citing the health committee.

Among the new infections, 30 were in far western Xinjiang, three in northeast Liaoning Province and the remaining 16 were imported cases, according to a statement from the National Health Commission.

China reported 20 new asymptomatic cases, up from 23 a day earlier. As of the end of Saturday, mainland China had 84,385 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the health authority said. The death toll from COVID-19 remained at 4,634.

01:30 GMT – Daily COVID-19 infections in Italy drop below 300

Daily coronavirus infections in Italy fell under 300 cases for the first time in three days, after a recent wave of clusters across the country raised concern among health experts, according to the AP news agency .

The Health Ministry said Italy had registered 295 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 247,832.

The ministry’s weekly report says there have been 123 clusters of infection across Italy in the previous seven days.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Roberto Speranza has ordered the railways to resume leaving seats empty so that passengers can be separated by at least one meter (3 ½ feet) during summer trips. .

With five more deaths, the total of confirmed deaths in Italy reached more than 35,000 by the end of Saturday.

01:04 GMT – Mexico reports new record of more than 9,500 coronavirus cases

With more than 47,000 confirmed deaths, Mexico is already the third country in the world with the most deaths from the coronavirus pandemic [Jorge Núñez/EPA]

Mexico has racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and surpassing the previous peak for the second day in a row, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday citing official data.

Mexico’s health ministry reported 9,556 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, surpassing the record of 8,458 set on Friday. The ministry also recorded 784 additional deaths, bringing the country’s total to 434,193 cases and 47,472 deaths.

The new record of cases came a day after Mexico overtook Britain as the country with the third highest number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

Mexico is struggling to contain the virus and has been trying since the end of May to restart the economy, which, between April and June, contracted by more than 17% quarter on quarter.

00:47 GMT – Senior US Congressman tests positive for coronavirus

Congressman Raul Grijalva, a senior member of the US Congress from the state of Arizona has announced that he has the coronavirus.

The Democrat says he tested positive for the coronavirus days after sitting next to another member, Texas Representative Louie Gohmert, who announced a positive test this week.

Grivalva, 72, is at least the 11th member of Congress known to have tested positive for the virus.

Gohmert, a Republican, questioned the use of masks and often wandered the Capitol without one.

00:30 GMT – Greece confirms 110 new cases of coronavirus

Greek authorities say there have been 110 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the fourth highest and highest daily figure since April, according to the AP news agency.

Authorities say 23 of the cases involved workers at a meat processing plant in the northern city of Kavala. Tests on the 140 employees are still ongoing. Ten other cases involved people who attended a wedding in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest.

Only nine of the cases involved inbound travelers.

Greece has 4,587 total confirmed cases and 206 deaths, with no deaths reported as at the end of Saturday.

12:05 am GMT – Vietnam Reports Four New Cases of COVID-19; two are imported

Vietnam has recorded a total of 590 cases and at least three confirmed deaths[[[[Luong Thai Linh / EPA]

Vietnam’s health ministry reported four new cases of the coronavirus, two of which were transmitted locally and two imported, according to the Reuters news agency.

The Southeast Asian country has recorded a total of 590 cases, of which 144 infections are linked to the recent outbreak in the coastal city of Danang. Vietnam has recorded three deaths, the health ministry said in a statement.

00:01 GMT – Thousands demand Netanyahu’s resignation as Israeli prime minister

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and took to the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to gain momentum.

The protest in central Jerusalem, along with small gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahu’s beach house in central Israel and at dozens of busy intersections across the country, was one of the highest turnout in weeks of events.

Israeli media estimated that at least 10,000 people demonstrated near the official residence in central Jerusalem.

Late Saturday, thousands marched through the streets in a noisy but orderly rally. Protesters hoisted Israeli flags and sounded horns as they marched. Many held posters that read “Minister of Crime” and “Bibi Go Home” or accused Netanyahu of being out of touch with the public.

For months, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets, calling on Netanyahu to step down, protesting his handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office during his corruption trial. Although Netanyahu has tried to play down the protests, the twice-weekly rallies show no signs of slowing down.

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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