Sunday, the latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7 h 15: The coronavirus outbreaks in mink farms in Spain and the Netherlands have prompted scientists to determine how animals got infected and if they can transmit it to humans.
In the meantime, authorities have killed more than a million mink on breeding farms in both countries as a precaution.
The virus that first infected people in China late last year came from an animal source, likely bats, and then spread from person to person, such as other coronaviruses have done so in the past. Some animals, including cats, tigers and dogs, have caught the novel coronavirus from humans, but there have been no documented cases of animals transmitting it to humans.
Outbreaks among mink on farms in the Netherlands and Spain likely started with infected workers, although those responsible are not sure. But it’s also “plausible” that some workers later caught the virus from mink, the Dutch government and a researcher said, and scientists are examining whether this was the case and what threat such a spread could pose.
7h10: Confirmed cases of the coronavirus are hovering at near record highs in Japan, raising concerns that the pandemic could become more difficult to control.
The Tokyo government reported 292 new cases on Sunday, about half of them in their 20s. Japan in total reported 1,540 cases on Saturday – the second day in a row, the number was over 1,500.
Nationwide cases for Sunday will be counted at midnight. Numbers are generally lower on weekends due to fewer tests. Japan has avoided a total lockdown, encouraging business activity while urging people to wear masks, social distancing and working from home.
7h02: Coronavirus infections in the Philippines topped 100,000 on Sunday after medical groups said the country was fighting a “losing battle” against the virus and called on the president to re-impose a lockdown in the capital.
The health ministry reported a record 5,032 per day, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 103,185, including more than 2,000 deaths.
The Philippines has the second highest number of cases in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. President Rodrigo Duterte facilitated the lockdown of the virus in the capital, Manila, on June 1.
6h57: The number of coronavirus cases in India has passed 1.75 million with another peak of 54,735 in the past 24 hours. New cases are down to 57,118 on Saturday.
The health ministry also reported 853 deaths on Sunday for a total of 37,364. Randeep Guleria, a senior government expert, said New Delhi and Mumbai may have crossed their highs with downward trends.
July alone accounted for more than 1.1 million cases in India. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the case fatality rate is gradually declining and currently stands at 2.18%, one of the lowest in the world.
6h50: The Prime Minister of the hard-hit Australian state of Victoria declared a disaster among new coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne and elsewhere from Sunday evening.
An evening curfew will be in place in Melbourne from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has said the proclamation of a state of disaster has given police greater power.
He says 671 new cases of coronavirus had been detected since Saturday, including seven deaths. This is part of a growing number of deaths and infections over the past six weeks in Victoria.
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“If we don’t make these changes, we’re not going to get away with it,” Andrews said. “We need to do more. That is what these decisions are about. “
He said there would be more announcements at workplaces on Monday, including the shutdown of some industries.
Melbourne residents will only be permitted to shop and exercise within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of their home. All students in the state will return to home learning centers and daycares will be closed.
5 h 15: The first bands of heavy rain from Isaias hit the east coast of Florida before dawn on Sunday as authorities warily watched the storm approaching, which threatened to harass efforts to quell growing cases of coronavirus in the region.
Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon, but it is still expected to bring heavy rain and flooding as it heads to Florida.
“Don’t be fooled by the downgrade,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned at a press conference on Saturday after the storm – pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs – spent hours manhandling Bahamas.
Authorities in Florida have closed beaches, parks and virus testing sites, attaching signs to palm trees so they don’t disappear. The governor said the state was planning power outages and asked residents to have a week’s supply of water, food and medicine. Officials wondered how to prepare shelters where people can take refuge from the storm if necessary, while taking safe social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
Saturday 7:30 p.m .: South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than 50% of all coronavirus infections reported in the 54 countries in Africa.
Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday evening, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 503,290, including 8,153 deaths.
South Africa, with a population of around 58 million, has the fifth highest number of reported cases in the world, behind the United States, Brazil, Russia and India.
Saturday 6:40 p.m .: The head of Mexico’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic has bypassed calls to resign after Mexico’s death toll rose to overtake the UK as the third highest in the world.
Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell said “I express my respect” to the nine of Mexico’s 32 state governors who called for his resignation, adding “I hope we can continue to work together”.
Mexico reported another new daily high for confirmed cases on Saturday – 9,556, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 425,000. The country also recorded 784 additional confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bearing its total to 47,472.
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