Yesterday, as California and Texas set new records for daily COVID-19 cases and deaths, Brazil reported more than 60k cases in a day. There hasn’t been much in the way of major COVID-19 headlines this morning, but there have been a few notable reports from around the world, particularly in Asia.
Australia, for example, reported its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in three months as new infections continued to climb in Australia’s second-most-populous state. Victoria state said it had confirmed another 403 infections, while five people had died from the virus in the last 24 hours. The daily death toll was Australia’s biggest since April. Tokyo also reported 366 new cases on Thursday, its latest record-breaking number.
In Iran, officials confirmed 221 new deaths from the virus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 15,074, according to the Health Ministry. Another 2,621 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the overall count to 284,034, according to a spokesperson for Iran’s health ministry.
As its outbreak continues to worsen, India just reported an all-time high of nearly 45,600 new infections over the last day, as the spread of the virus accelerates in the world’s second most populous country. India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload has now risen to 1.2 million, 28,890 of whom have died. The country also reported a record high of 1,120 deaths in the same period. However, the tally also included the addition of more than 444 earlier coronavirus deaths in the southern State of Tamil Nadu that were not previously attributed to the virus.
Northeastern Spain’s Catalonia region reported 721 new cases on Wednesday, with 3/4ths of these found in the Greater Barcelona Area.
Russia reported 5,848 new cases, pushing its national tally to 795,038, still the fourth-largest in the world. More than 12,700 deaths have been recorded to date and more than 570,000 have recovered. SA has roughly half of total cases in South Africa.
South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases are rapidly closing in on 400,000 as the country suffers a new daily high of 572 deaths. In terms of reported cases, SA is now the world’s fifth worst-hit county.
South Africa is now one of the world’s top five countries in terms of reported virus cases, and it makes up more than half of the cases on the African continent with 394,948. Deaths are at 5,940.
Public hospitals are struggling as patient numbers climb, and more than 5,000 health workers have been infected.
Finally, China’s National Health Commission has reported 22 new cases of the virus on the mainland on Thursday, with most of them discovered in the far western region of Xinjiang where mass testing, and a strict lockdown, is under way.
Urumqi, capital of NW China’s #Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is carrying out free nucleic acid tests for all residents and people who are visiting the city, in a bid to screen for novel #coronavirus infections and reduce the risk of the epidemic spread. #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/d55Dvf3GAy
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) July 23, 2020