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Coronavirus toll at 11:00 (GMT) Wednesday

Paris – The novel coronavirus has killed at least
701 112 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to
a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 (GMT) on Wednesday.

At least 18 572 720 cases of coronavirus have been
registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 10 917 200 are
now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from
national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO),
probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many
countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

On Tuesday, 6 784 new deaths and 252 972 new cases
were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the
most new deaths were United States with 1 302 new deaths, followed by Brazil with
1 154, and Mexico with 857.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 156
830 deaths from 4 771 846 cases. At least 1 528 979 people have been declared

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil
with 95 819 deaths from 2 801 921 cases, Mexico with 48 869 deaths from 449 961
cases, Britain with 46 299 deaths from 306 293 cases, and India with 39 795
deaths from 1 908 254 cases.

 – AFP

Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700 000: One
person dies every 15 seconds on average

The global death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 700
000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil,
India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.

Nearly 5 900 people are dying every 24 hours from
Covid-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the
past two weeks.

That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person
every 15 seconds.

The United States and Latin America are the new
epicentres of the pandemic and both are struggling to curb the spread of the


Latin America now has world’s highest coronavirus
death toll

Latin America surpassed Europe on Tuesday to become
the region with the highest coronavirus death toll worldwide, according to a
Reuters tally.

The region has now recorded more than 206 000
deaths, approximately 30% of the global total.

Brazil, the Latin American country most affected by
the novel coronavirus, has now recorded a total of 95 819 deaths as of Tuesday.
Mexico, the second-most affected country in the region, has 48 869 deaths.

The spread of the pandemic has also accelerated in
Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia.

Last week, Latin America became the most-affected
region by the number of cases. On Monday, its number of infections surpassed 5
million, according to a Reuters tally based on government data.


Australia records deadliest day of pandemic so far

Melbourne – Australia’s worst-hit state of Victoria
reported 15 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, including a man in his 30s, making
it the country’s deadliest day of the pandemic to date.

An outbreak in Melbourne, Australia’s
second-biggest city and the capital of Victoria, has seen hundreds of new cases
recorded daily in recent weeks, including 725 on Wednesday.

The epidemic surge continued even though Melbourne
has been under a stay-at-home lockdown for nearly a month.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told a press
conference that the latest fatalities included one man in his 30s and 12 other
deaths linked to care homes for the elderly.

The virus has spread rapidly through nursing homes
in the city, with almost 1 500 active infections now linked to the facilities.

Authorities imposed an overnight curfew in
Melbourne from Monday, have closed non-essential businesses and ordered
mandatory mask-wearing as authorities try to bring the outbreak under control.

 – AFP

US adds 1 300 virus deaths in 24 hours – Johns

Washington – The US on Tuesday added 1 302 deaths
from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins

The world’s largest economy also added 53 847 new
cases of the virus, the Baltimore-based institution’s tracker showed at 20:30
(00:30 GMT Wednesday).

The US has now recorded 4 765 170 total cases with 156
668 deaths, making it by far the worst-hit country in the world.

But President Donald Trump adopted a resolutely
optimistic tone.

“We’re seeing indications that our strong
mitigation efforts are working very well, actually, especially to protect those
who are most at risk,” he said during a White House press conference
addressing the pandemic.

 – AFP

Scotland shuts pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen to
stem Covid-19 outbreak

LONDON – Scotland on Wednesday imposed new
restrictions on the oil city of Aberdeen to tackle an outbreak of Covid-19
cases, ordering pubs and restaurants to close and visitors to stay away.

“We are at a stage of this pandemic where
extreme caution is necessary, and also in my view, sensible,” First
Minister Nicola Sturgeon said at a press conference, following a meeting with
officials that considered the latest data.

Sturgeon also advised against travel other than for
work or education, and said people should not visit other households.

“We will be introducing regulations…
requiring all indoor and outdoor hospitality in the city to close by 17:00
today (16:00 GMT).”


Russia’s coronavirus cases surpass 865 000

MOSCOW – Russia reported 5 204 new cases of the
novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing its nationwide tally to 866 627, the
fourth largest caseload in the world.

Russia’s coronavirus taskforce said 139 people had
died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 14 490.


Ukraine reports record jump in coronavirus cases

KYIV – Ukraine recorded a record daily jump of 1 271
coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the council of security and defence said.

The number of infections has increased sharply in
Ukraine in the past two months as authorities have eased some restrictions,
allowing cafes, churches and public transport to reopen.

Health minister Maksym Stepanov urged people to
obey broader restrictions that are still in place.

“Ukrainians, the fight against coronavirus is
impossible without you. The rules are very simple – the use of masks,
antiseptics and a distance of 1.5 metres. Following these simple rules
significantly reduces the risk of disease,” Stepanov told a televised briefing.

The total number of cases rose to 75 490, including
1 788 deaths and 41 527 recovered as of 5 August.


Czechs record biggest daily jump in coronavirus
cases since end-June

PRAGUE – The Czech Republic reported on Wednesday
its biggest daily jump in new coronavirus cases since the end of June, as a
recent uptick in infections stays elevated.

The central European country of 10.7 million
recorded 290 new cases on Tuesday, Health Ministry data showed, bringing the
total number of cases detected to 17 286. Of those, 11 812 have recovered and
383 have died of the Covid-19 illness.


Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 741
to 212 022 – RKI

BERLIN – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases
in Germany increased by 741 to 212 022, data from the Robert Koch Institute
(RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday.

The reported death toll rose by 12 to 9 168, the
tally showed.


Mexico reports 6 148 coronavirus cases and 857
more deaths

MONTERREY – Mexico’s health ministry on Tuesday reported 6 148
new confirmed coronavirus cases and 857 additional fatalities, bringing the
total in the country to 449 961 cases and 48 869 deaths.

The government has said the real number of infected people is
likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.


Indonesia reports 1 815 new coronavirus cases, 64 new deaths

JAKARTA – Indonesia recorded 1 815 new coronavirus
infections on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast
Asian country to 116 871, data by the country’s health ministry showed.

There were 64 additional deaths, taking the overall
number of fatalities to 5 452, the data showed.


Philippines confirms 3 462 more coronavirus cases, 9 deaths

MANILA – The Philippines’ health ministry on
Wednesday reported 3 462 new coronavirus infections and nine additional deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total infections
had risen to 115 980, putting the tally just behind Indonesia’s 116 871 cases,
which is the highest in East Asia. Coronavirus deaths in the Philippines have
reached 2 123.


Hong Kong reports 85 coronavirus cases as
authorities battle third wave

Hong Kong reported 85 new coronavirus cases on
Wednesday, including three that were locally transmitted, as authorities battle
to control a third wave of the outbreak which has seen a resurgence in
infections over the past month.

Since late January, around 3 700 people have been
infected in Hong Kong, 43 of whom have died. Wednesday’s figure was up
marginally from Tuesday’s 80 cases.


Vietnam reports 41 new coronavirus infections, total cases
reach 713

HANOI – Vietnam’s health ministry on Wednesday
reported an additional 41 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to
713 infections, with 8 deaths.

Forty of the new cases are linked to Danang, the
new coronavirus epicentre where Vietnam on 25 July detected its first locally
transmitted infections in more than three months.

There were two other cases reported earlier in the

There have been 264 cases since the virus
resurfaced in Danang, which include all eight of the country’s Covid-19 deaths.
Infections have since been found in at least 10 locations in Vietnam.


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