Coronavirus cases top 14 million globally

  • More than 14 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while more than 7.8 million have recovered and more than 600,000 have died, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.
  • The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 237,743 in 24 hours.

  • India’s coronavirus caseload topped one million, with the United States and Brazil the only other nations with more infections.

    Saturday, July 18

    10:00 GMT – Divided EU holds second day of talks over coronavirus rescue plan

    The European Union (EU) leaders are meeting for further talks over a $858bn stimulus plan to breathe life into economies ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting ran late into the previous evening but ended without a deal.

    With the 27 countries at odds on a host of issues including the overall size of the recovery fund, the criteria used to distribute the money and how to supervise expenditure, reaching an agreement at the summit is far from guaranteed.

    The leaders had spent Friday discussing a proposal put forward by European Council President Charles Michel that outlines a 750 billion euros ($858bn) recovery fund and a 1 trillion euros ($1.14 trillion) long-term budget for 2021-2027.

  • 09:55 GMT – Indonesia’s coronavirus caseload exceeds China’s

    The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia has surpassed that of China, after the South-East Asian country reported 1,752 new infections.

    Indonesia’s total number of confirmed cases stood at 84,882, the health ministry said, surpassing China’s official tally of 83,644.

    The virus-related death toll rose to 4,016 after 59 fatalities were reported overnight, said Health Ministry Spokesman Achmad Yurianto.

    Indonesia has consistently recorded more than 1,200 cases daily since the start of July. The world’s fourth most populous country began the gradual reopening of its economy in June.

    Authorities in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, have scrapped plans to reopen cinemas this month after a spike in daily cases. Some social and travel restrictions in the city of 10 million people will remain in place for the next two weeks.

    09:15 GMT – Philippines confirms 113 new coronavirus deaths, 2,357 cases

    The Philippines’ health ministry has reported 113 more new coronavirus deaths and 2,357 additional infections.

    In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 1,773 while confirmed cases have reached 65,304, with the capital and Cebu City in central Philippines accounting for the bulk of the infections as the virus spreads.

    08:35 GMT – Rouhani says 25 million Iranians infected with COVID-19

    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said that 25 million Iranians have been infected with the coronavirus and that another 35 million are at risk of acquiring it.

    The figures, which Rouhani said were based on a new Health Ministry report, are far higher Iran’s official toll of 269,440 infected. Rouhani in a televised speech did not address the discrepancy.

    Iran, with a population of more than 80 million, has been the Middle East country hardest hit by the epidemic.

    “Our estimate is that as of now 25 million Iranians have been infected with this virus and about 14,000 have lost their dear lives,” Rouhani said in the speech. “There is the possibility that between 30 and 35 million other people will be at risk,” he said.

    “In total, more than 200,000 people have been hospitalised,” he said.

    The Health Ministry on Friday said 13,791 people had died from COVID-19.

    08:20 GMT – Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai, daughter, hospitalised for COVID-19

    Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter were hospitalised for COVID-19 treatment, the Times of India reported on Saturday, days after her husband and father-in-law were admitted.

    Rai’s father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan, also major Bollywood celebrities, were admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital early this week, becoming the highest-profile patients the pandemic sweeping India.

    At the same time, Aishwarya Rai, a former Miss World who regularly appears on “most beautiful” lists, and her eight-year-old daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan, tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but they have since been in home quarantine.

    “After Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya have been shifted to Nanavati hospital,” the newspaper said, adding that they were admitted to the top Mumbai private hospital on Friday.

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