Several banks in Hong Kong closed branches or curtailed their working hours on Monday after a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases over the weekend.
US President Donald Trump has insisted that the coronavirus will be brought “under control” even as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at least 67,574 new cases and at least 877 more deaths in the country.
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ventured out of his official residence, Alvorada Palace, on Sunday to speak and greet his supporters even as he recovers from COVID-19.
Italy’s Lazio region, which includes Rome, is warning citizens that local lockdowns might have to be ordered if there are more clusters of coronavirus infections.
- The number of deaths from the coronavirus around the world has surpassed 605,000, with the US the worst-affected country. There are more than 14.4 million confirmed cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Many of the current virus clusters involve abattoirs or other contained professional settings such as old age homes, he said.
Others had resulted from family reunions during the summer holidays.
“At this point we are very far from a second wave,” Veran told Franceinfo radio, as face masks were made mandatory in all enclosed public spaces including shops, covered markets and administrative buildings.
“The goal is not to worry people excessively, but to keep them on their guard,” he said.
08:01 GMT – Russia reports almost 6,000 new infections
Russia reported 5,940 new cases, pushing its total infection tally to 777,486, the fourth largest in the world.
In a daily readout, officials said 85 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 12,427.
Synairgen Plc said its drug helped reduce the risk of developing severe diseases in hospitalised COVID-19 patients, according to data from a trial of more than 100 people in the United Kingdom.
The trial, which used interferon beta, showed that patients who were given Synairgen’s formulation had a 79 percent lower risk of developing severe disease compared to placebo.
Patients who received the drug, SNG001, were more than twice as likely to recover from COVID-19 as those on placebo, the company said.
07:21 GMT – 14 died from likely COVID-19 complications in Egyptian prisons: HRW
At least 14 prisoners have died from likely COVID-19 complications in scantly-monitored outbreaks of the disease at Egyptian detention centres, Human Rights Watch.
“At least 14 prisoners and detainees have died, most likely from Covid-19 complications, in 10 detention facilities as of July 15,” the rights groups said in a statement.
HRW based its report on witness accounts, leaked letters from prisons and reports by local rights groups.
“Prisons had insufficient medical care and virtually no access to testing for the virus or symptom screening,” it said.
HRW noted that Egypt had released some 13,000 prisoners since February, but this was “insufficient to ease overcrowding in congested prisons and jails”.
07:05 GMT – India reports 40,000 new cases, a record daily surge in infections
India reported 40,425 new cases of the coronavirus, a record high for the country. The new infections raised the country’s total number of cases to 1,118,043, including 27,497 deaths.
The ministry said late Sunday that India’s coronavirus fatality rate – currently at 2.49 percent – is “progressively falling” due to an effective containment strategy and aggressive testing.
A country of 1.4 billion people, India has been conducting nearly 10,000 tests per million people. More than 300,000 samples are being tested every day now, compared to just a few hundred in March, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top medical research body.
With a surge in infections in the past few weeks, local governments in India have been ordering focused lockdowns in high-risk areas.