South Africa extends coronavirus restrictions

  • The United States has added more than 56,000 new coronavirus cases, including at least 15,000 in the state of Florida, pushing the nationwide total to 3.3 million cases, with more than 135,000 deaths.  This as President Donald Trump presses schools to reopen, threatening to cut funds to those that defy the policy.

  • Brazil, the world’s number-two coronavirus hotspot after the US, has registered 631 more deaths, with a new total of at least 1,864,681 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Experts, however, say the real number of cases could be much higher as testing lags.

  • One in three South Korean patients seriously ill with COVID-19 showed an improvement in their condition after being given the antiviral drug remdesivir, health authorities said.

  • Companies around the world will take on as much as $1 trillion of new debt in 2020, as they try to shore up their finances against the coronavirus, according to a new study of 900 firms by the asset management group Janus Henderson. Corporate debt will increase by 12 percent to approximately $9.3 trillion.
  • Mexican officials say the number of COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth-highest death toll worldwide surpassing Italy. The country’s confirmed cases are nearing 300,000.
  • More than 12.87 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and almost 568,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. Almost 7.1 million patients have recovered.
  • Monday, July 13

    07:01 GMT – India reports another surge

    With the number of new infections rising to 28,701 in the past 24 hours, several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas.

    The total number of cases in the country is now close to 900,000 behind only the United States and Brazil.

    The Health Ministry also reported another 500 deaths, taking the country’s death toll up to 23,174.

    Below is an animated graphic that shows how the coronavirus spread across Indian states since March:

    06:47 GMT – South Africa extends COVID-19 measures

    South Africa extended measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases in the country continued to rise.

    Starting from Monday a curfew will be reimposed between 9pm (7pm GMT) to 4am (2am GMT), while wearing a mask is now mandatory in all workplaces, vehicles and common closed areas.

    “The national disaster situation announced as part of the COVID-19 measures is extended until August 15,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday addressing the nation.

    As part of new restricting measures, selling alcoholic beverages is also forbidden in an effort to reduce the volume of trauma patients so hospitals have more beds open to treat COVID-19 patients, said the president.

    06:20 GMT – Hong Kong Book Fair postponed

    Visitors will have to wait for their visit to the annual Hong Kong Book Fair as the event has been postponed due to a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases in the global financial hub.

    The fair, which draws about one million visitors each year, was supposed to start on July 15 and has been rescheduled at a later, unspecified date, according to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

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