South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50 percent of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 countries. It also reported more than 8,000 deaths.
Mexico has racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and passing the previous peak for the second day running.
Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to demand the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his handling of the coronavirus emergency, and the alleged corruption in his government.
- More than 17.79 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Almost 10.5 million patients have recovered and more than 684,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the latest updates:
Sunday, August 2
04:03 GMT – Austrian foreign office staff tests positive of coronavirus
Authorities have announced that an employee at the Austrian chancellery has tested positive for the coronavirus, but did not work directly with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, according to AP news agency.
The Austria Press Agency reported the chancellery says people who were in contact with the employee have tested negative and the office’s work was not affected by the support worker’s infection. Kurz is tested regularly for the virus.
Austria’s handling of the pandemic has generally been viewed as relatively successful. The country recently toughened rules on wearing masks after an increase in new infections.
Austria has 718 confirmed deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
03:47 GMT – South Korea reports 22 new importted cases, eight local infections
South Korea reported 30 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, with 22 of them imported cases and eight local cases, marking the second day in a row that local infections have increased by a single-digit figure, according to Yonhap news agency.
The new cases raised South Korea’s total cases of COVID-19 to 14,366, while the nation’s death toll remained at 301, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
The number of new cases has been in the 30s since Friday when South Korea reported 36 new virus cases. The number fell to 31 on Saturday.
03:25 GMT – France starts testing passengers from 16 countries at airports, ports
Travelers entering France from 16 countries where the coronavirus is circulating widely must have virus tests upon arrival at French airports and ports, AP news agency reported.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced last month the tests would be required starting on Saturday for the arriving passengers, unless they present proof of a negative test within 72 hours of their departure.
Those who test positive in France must quarantine for 14 days.
France is not permitting general travel to and from the 16 countries, which include the hotspots of the United States and Brazil.
02:49 GMT – Manila’s Catholic leader orders shutdown of church activities, mass gatherings
The head of Manila’s Catholic church has ordered the suspension of all public activities and other mass gatherings for the next ten days, as part of the effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Philippine capital.
“As a response to the call of our medical people, all the churches and shrines in the Archdiocese of Manila will revert to the period of ECQ protocols,” Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the head of the Archdiocese of Manila said, in reference to the previous strict lockdown procedures imposed in Manila.
“We will not hold public religious activities from August 3 to 14 but we continue our online activities,” he added in the statement issued late on Saturday. Pabillo had earlier tested positive of the virus.
The Philippines’ more than 100 million population is predominantly Catholic. The head of the Manila church is seen as the most influential figure in the Catholic hierarchy in the country.
The Philippines has reported over 98,000 cases and over 2,000 deaths as of Saturday.
02:37 GMT – Brazil reports 45,392 new coronavirus cases, 1,088 deaths in last 24 hours
Brazil has recorded 45,392 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as well as 1,088 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, Reuters reported quoting the country’s health ministry.
Brazil has registered more than 2.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 93,563, according to ministry data.
02:05 GMT – Australia’s Victoria sees more than 650 new coronavirus cases
Australia’s state of Victoria reported more than 650 infections of the new coronavirus on Sunday, up from 397 cases the previous day, Reuters news reported city ABC News television.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews is to…
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