Today’s Coronavirus News: US Sets Infection Record; nearly 224,000 deaths; Polish president tests positive for COVID-19; Global number of cases in India exceeds 7.8 million


The last coronavirus news from Canada and around the world on Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7h11: India has reported 53,370 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall total to 7.8 million.

The health ministry also reported 650 deaths on Saturday, bringing the country’s toll to 117,956.

The greatest number of new infections originate from the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka. They also report the maximum number of daily recoveries.

Last month India peaked nearly 100,000 cases in a single day, but since then daily infections have fallen by about half and deaths by about a third, although tests have stuck. consistent.

7h07: Slovakia adopts tough new limits on movement amid record rise in coronavirus infections.

The number of new confirmed cases in one day reached 2,890 Friday in the country of 5.4 million, according to the Ministry of Health, a record. The EU country has recorded more than 40,800 confirmed cases and 159 deaths linked to the virus.

As of Saturday, people are only allowed to travel to work, buy food and medicine from nearby stores, see a doctor, get tested for coronavirus or attend a funeral. They can walk a dog within 100 yards of their home and if they go to a park it must be in their county.

Slovak authorities on Friday launched a plan to test almost the entire population for the coronavirus.

Trials will run through Sunday in the four hardest-hit countries. Antigen testing will then continue in the rest of the country.

7h01: Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have reached an all-time high, reaching more than 15,000 in one day for the first time.

The health ministry said the daily increase in confirmed cases in the hard-hit country reached 15,252 on Friday. The previous record of 14,968 was set on Wednesday.

The record surge has continued for two months despite strict restrictions including movement limits, the closure of shops, schools and restaurants and a ban on sports competitions and gatherings of more than two people. Face masks are mandatory outdoors and in cars.

The number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital topped 5,000 for the first time, putting pressure on the healthcare system.

6h31: Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus, but is feeling well, his spokesperson said on Saturday.

Spokesman Blazej Spychalski said on Twitter that the 48-year-old Tory leader had been tested the day before and his result was positive. He said the president was isolated.



“The president is feeling good,” Spychalski said. “We are in permanent contact with the medical services concerned.”

Duda’s diagnosis comes amid a huge increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and virus-related deaths in Poland, a country that only experienced very low infection rates in the spring.

The rapid spread of the virus is pushing the country’s strained health system to the breaking point. Doctors say patients are now dying not only from COVID-19, but also from other diseases that overwhelmed hospitals are unable to treat.

6h00: The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached record highs with more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day, the latest worrying sign of the disease’s grip on the country, as Connecticut states to Rocky Mountain West are suffering from the outbreak.

The death toll in the United States, meanwhile, rose to 223,995, according to the COVID-19 dashboard released by Johns Hopkins University. The total number of U.S. cases reported to the site on Friday was 83,757, exceeding the 77,362 cases reported on July 16.

The impact is being felt in all parts of the country – a lockdown from Friday at the Oglala Sioux tribe reservation in South Dakota, a plea from a Florida health official to stop the holidays children’s birthday parties, dire warnings from the Utah governor and a desperate situation at a hospital in northern Idaho, which lacks patient space and is considering airlifts to Seattle or Portland, Oregon.

“We basically closed an entire floor of our hospital. We had to make double rooms. We bought more hospital beds, ”said Dr Robert Scoggins, pulmonologist at Kootenai Health Hospital in Coeur d’Alene. “Our hospital is not built for a pandemic.”

Friday 9:13 p.m. Mexico’s northern border state, Chihuahua, returned to the highest level of alert and lockdown on Friday after coronavirus cases surged there and hospitals began to fill up.

The Chihuahua state government on Friday declared the return to the “red” alert level, which shuts down most non-essential services and encourages people to stay in their homes.

The health department said the state’s hospital beds are now 69% occupied and only around 23% of intensive care beds are open. The department said steps were being taken to expand hospital facilities.

The department also said three other northern states – Durango, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon – were at risk of returning to high alert unless the infections were brought under control.

Nationwide, 19 of Mexico’s 32 states will be on high alert as of Monday, 11 will be on medium alert and one state has been rated as moderately risky.

Mexico as a whole has seen 880,775 test-confirmed cases, up 6,604 from the previous day’s tally, and 88,312 confirmed deaths, up 418. Mexico has an extremely low detection rate, and if those who were suspected of having the disease but did not. While getting tested are included, the case estimate is just over a million, and deaths are over 100,000.

Learn more about Friday’s COVID-19 coverage here.


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