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Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global daily cases as Victoria announces 397 new cases and three deaths Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global daily cases as Victoria announces 397 new cases and three deaths
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Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments liveAlmost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments live
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro told a crowd in the state of Rio Grande do Sul on Friday to accept they would probably all catch the coronavirus one day.
Bolsonaro, who has previously tested positive for Covid-19, said in an online video on Thursday he was being treated with antibiotics for a lung infection.
According to the Brazilian newspaper Folha, the president told the crowd on Friday: “Sadly, I think you almost all of you will catch it one day. What are you afraid of? Face it.”
Brazil has recorded 92,475 deaths from the virus, according to the latest statistics.
US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by at least 1,453 on Friday, the biggest one-day increase since 27 May, to reach a total of 153,882, Reuters reports.
Cases rose by at least 66,986 to a total of 4.58 million, with some local governments yet to report.
The rise in deaths was the biggest one-day increase since fatalities rose by 1,484 on 27 May.
The death toll in Australia has exceeded 200 after three further deaths were recorded in Victoria and one person died in New South Wales.
There have been 201 deaths in the country since the pandemic began.
Those who died in Victoria were: a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s. The state’s death toll is now 116.
In NSW, an 83-year-old man connected to an outbreak at a popular pub, the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney, died on Saturday, taking the state’s death toll to 52.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has faced a grilling over reports that the families of people in aged care homes stricken by the coronavirus are unable to find out which hospitals their loves ones have been moved to.The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has faced a grilling over reports that the families of people in aged care homes stricken by the coronavirus are unable to find out which hospitals their loves ones have been moved to.
Andrews said the federal government was working hard to resolve the issue.Andrews said the federal government was working hard to resolve the issue.
In the Australian Capital Territory, there have been no new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the past 24 hours, authorities have announced.In the Australian Capital Territory, there have been no new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the past 24 hours, authorities have announced.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has said authorities are a “united team” after he was quizzed about a shake-up of the state’s public health team.The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has said authorities are a “united team” after he was quizzed about a shake-up of the state’s public health team.
The restructure includes Annaliese Van Diemen, the deputy chief health officer, returning to “her former duties”, while three new officials have joined as deputy chief officers.The restructure includes Annaliese Van Diemen, the deputy chief health officer, returning to “her former duties”, while three new officials have joined as deputy chief officers.
The Northern Territory in Australia has recorded one new coronavirus case, the health department has said.The Northern Territory in Australia has recorded one new coronavirus case, the health department has said.
The woman is the partner of the man who tested positive to coronavirus Covid-19 yesterday. She is in isolation at the Royal Darwin hospital.The woman is the partner of the man who tested positive to coronavirus Covid-19 yesterday. She is in isolation at the Royal Darwin hospital.
In response to a call from the Australian Medical Association from all businesses except essential services to close, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says only that various options are being considered.In response to a call from the Australian Medical Association from all businesses except essential services to close, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says only that various options are being considered.
Andrews says authorities are working through what steps, if any, to take next.Andrews says authorities are working through what steps, if any, to take next.
Victorian authorities are putting the focus on what the police minister, Lisa Neville, calls “appalling behaviour” from residents who have been found breaching the rules.Victorian authorities are putting the focus on what the police minister, Lisa Neville, calls “appalling behaviour” from residents who have been found breaching the rules.
Neville cites three cases: a person who drove from Melbourne to Wodonga on the NSW border “to buy a Big Mac”; a person who travelled from Melbourne to Ballarat for “fresh air”; and a person who drove across Melbourne, from Werribee to Springvale, to “buy groceries”.Neville cites three cases: a person who drove from Melbourne to Wodonga on the NSW border “to buy a Big Mac”; a person who travelled from Melbourne to Ballarat for “fresh air”; and a person who drove across Melbourne, from Werribee to Springvale, to “buy groceries”.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says he will not be announcing “further steps” today to curb the pandemic, but “we are giving due consideration to a whole range of different options”.The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says he will not be announcing “further steps” today to curb the pandemic, but “we are giving due consideration to a whole range of different options”.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has also confirmed there are now 5,919 active cases in the state, with 379 patients in hospital. There are 41 people in intensive care units, including 24 who are on ventilators.The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has also confirmed there are now 5,919 active cases in the state, with 379 patients in hospital. There are 41 people in intensive care units, including 24 who are on ventilators.
Andrews says the situation in the state’s aged care system is “very serious”.Andrews says the situation in the state’s aged care system is “very serious”.
The biggest challenge is the growing number of “mystery cases”. There are 49 of those, he says.The biggest challenge is the growing number of “mystery cases”. There are 49 of those, he says.
Of the 397 new cases in Victoria, premier Daniel Andrews says are 37 links to outbreaks and other complex cases, and 360 are under investigation.Of the 397 new cases in Victoria, premier Daniel Andrews says are 37 links to outbreaks and other complex cases, and 360 are under investigation.
The 397 new infections are a marked drop from the more than 600 reported on Friday, but Andrews warns it is still a significant number.The 397 new infections are a marked drop from the more than 600 reported on Friday, but Andrews warns it is still a significant number.
Victoria has recorded 397 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, premier Daniel Andrews has announced.
He says three further people have died: a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s.
There are two new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, the health ministry announced on Saturday.
Both cases are in managed isolation. The country has a total of 22 active cases, while there have been 1,212 infections since the start of the pandemic.
California and Florida, two of the most populous US states, reported record increases in Covid-19 deaths on Friday, Reuters reports.
Florida reported 257 deaths and California 208.
In numerical terms, the loss of life in each state is roughly equivalent to the number of passengers on a single-aisle airplane.
For Florida this is the fourth day in a row with a record rise in deaths and for California the second this week. Mississippi, Montana and Nevada also had a one-day record increase in deaths on Friday.
Overall US deaths have increased by more than 25,000 in July to 153,000 since the pandemic started.
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, is expected to give an update at 11.30am, so in less than 10 minutes’ time.
The government is considering imposing tougher restrictions after a horror week, including a record 732 new cases on Thursday.
In New South Wales, the 17 new cases included three cases in return travellers in hotel quarantine and one NSW resident returning from Victoria.
There were also two cases among people who attended at the Apollo restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point and two cases from the Mounties Club in Mount Pritchard.
Seven cases were close contacts of known cases, one case was locally acquired with its source unknown, and two cases were under investigation.
The Australian state of NSW recorded 17 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, NSW Health said on Saturday.
An 83-year-old man has also died, authorities confirmed. The man contracted the virus from an outbreak at the Crossroads Hotel, a popular pub in south-western Sydney.
Devastating economic data poured in on Friday as nations counted the cost of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even as fresh spikes forced countries including Britain to put the brakes on a return to normality.
Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 17 million people and killed nearly 674,000, reports Agence France-Presse.
As global daily cases approach 300,000, the impact is being felt in every sphere of life, with elections postponed in Hong Kong – the latest blow to its democracy activists – and the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia performed with radically reduced numbers.
In a sign of the trade-offs being forced on governments, Britain imposed new lockdowns in several northern counties Friday, just as Western Europe announced historic economic slumps that would have been nightmare scenarios at the start of the year.
France’s economy contracted by 13.8% in the April-June quarter, mirroring similar devastation in Spain (18.5 %), Portugal (14.1%) and Italy (12.4%).
Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1% in the eurozone and by 11.9% across the EU bloc.
Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus deaths rose to 46,688 on Friday, health ministry data showed, placing the country’s death toll from the pandemic at third-highest in the world, overtaking Britain, Reuters reports.
The health ministry registered 8,458 new cases, a record for a single day, as well as 688 additional deaths, bringing the total to 424,637 cases and 46,688 fatalities.
The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Residents of the Australian state of Queensland have been put on alert about a string of locations around greater Brisbane that a man visited before testing positive to Covid-19.
The 27-year-old Bellbird Park man is believed to have caught the virus when he ate at the same restaurant as an infected woman charged with illegally entering the state, reports AAP.
The man is a direct contact of one of three women returning from Melbourne who allegedly lied on their border passes.
He is believed to have caught the virus when dining with his family at the Madtongsan IV Korean restaurant at Sunnybank on 23 July.
A Queensland Health spokesperson said in a statement:
The premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, will hold a press conference at 11.30am local time.
Andrews will report the number of new infections and any deaths over the past 24 hours and he is also likely to be asked about plans for further restrictions in Melbourne.