WHO reports record global daily coronavirus cases increase

  • The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

  • Iraqi lawmaker Ghida Kambash has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, parliament announced, its first member to succumb to the virus as its spread ramps up across the country.

  • The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in northwest Syria, aid workers have said.

    Friday, July 10

    20:13 GMT – Venezuela oil minister tests positive for COVID-19

    Venezuelan oil minister Tareck El Aissami has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter, a day after the leader of the socialist party, Diosdado Cabello, tested positive for the virus as well.

    “A new battle that I will take on, clinging to God and to life,” wrote El Aissami, who is also the country’s economic vice president.

    Venezuela has reported 8,010 cases of the novel coronavirus so far, far fewer than other Latin American neighbors like Brazil, but its cases have risen at a brisker pace in recent weeks.

    19:58 GMT – Coronavirus takes greater toll on nonwhite Americans 65 and under

    Coronavirus deaths among Americans ages 65 and younger are more common among nonwhites than among whites, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in a publication.

    Overall, 34.9 percent of Hispanic patients who died were younger than 65, while 29.5 percent of nonwhites who died were under 65, compared to only 13.2 percent of white, non-Hispanic decedents.

    Researchers analyzed 10,647 COVID-19 deaths between February 12 and April 24 from 16 public health departments in 15 states. Most of the deaths were in New York City, New Jersey and Washington state – three areas hit by the pandemic early on.

    19:45 GMT – Trump postpones rally, warns China ties ‘severely damaged’ over virus

    President Donald Trump was forced to cancel an election rally, further darkening his mood as he lashed out at China over the coronavirus pandemic while visiting one of the worst-hit US states.

    As he jetted into Florida for a campaign fundraiser – ignoring health advice about the dangers of large gatherings – Trump warned of frayed ties with the Asian nation where the virus emerged late last year.

    “(The) relationship with China has been severely damaged. They could have stopped the plague… They didn’t stop it,” he told reporters on Air Force One.

    19:22 GMT – Colombian capital raises coronavirus alert level after spike

    Colombia’s capital Bogota, the South American country’s coronavirus epicenter, will raise its health alert level and impose a “strict quarantine,” the city’s mayor.

    From Monday the city “will begin an orange alert with the intensive care system on red alert,” said mayor Claudia Lopez.

    The capital city of eight million people has recorded 42,000 coronavirus cases, amounting to 32 percent of Colombia’s 134,000 infections, and 950 deaths.

    19:03 GMT – Kuwait advises against travelling abroad due to coronavirus pandemic

    Kuwait advised its citizens and residents against travelling abroad at the moment due to the instability of the coronavirus pandemic, and the spread of the virus despite strict measures applied worldwide, the health ministry announced in a statement on Twitter.

    Last month, Kuwait’s communications office said that commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from Aug 1, after being suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    18:52 GMT – Disney World prepares to reopen as Florida posts another daily surge in COVID-19 cases

    Florida confirmed its place as an emerging epicenter of the COVID pandemic in the United States by reporting its second sharpest daily rise in cases, while Walt Disney Co. prepared to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando to the chagrin of some employees.

    Florida recorded 11,433 new coronavirus cases, the state health department said, more evidence that the virus is still spreading largely unchecked throughout parts of the country.

    The state experienced the surge after initially avoiding the worst of the outbreak that hit New York and other northeastern US states. 

    18:31 GMT – French coronavirus death toll rises above 30,000

    France became the sixth country to report a total coronavirus death toll of more than 30,000, with the number of new confirmed cases above 600 for the third day in a row.

    The health ministry said in a statement that 25 people had died from coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, boosting the cumulative total since early March to 30,004.

    Friday’s increase compares to an average increase of 15 in the previous seven days. In June, France counted on average 34 new deaths per day, in May 143 and in April 695.

    17:51 GMT – Serbia reports record daily virus death toll

    Serbia announced a record coronavirus death toll for a single day, as the government hit back at protests over its handling of the pandemic.

    Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the Balkan state recorded 18 fatalities and 386 new cases over 24 hours in what she described as a “dramatic increase.”

    At the same time, Brnabic slammed as “irresponsible” protests held for a third straight day in Belgrade and other cities on Thursday, after demonstrations in the capital on the previous two days had spilled over into violence.

    17:25 GMT – Czech coronavirus cases top 13,000 after recent uptick

    The Czech Republic reported 82 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic above 13,000, after a recent uptick in infections caused by local outbreaks.

    The country of 10.7 million has reported 352 deaths from COVID-19, far fewer than its Western European neighbours. It was one of the first European countries to impose drastic lockdown measures to fight the pandemic in March, but has lifted many restrictions since May.

    Since June 18, it has reported at least 100 new cases a day 14 times, most recently on Thursday when the total was 105. The largest spike came on June 28 when 305 new cases were reported.

    16:58 GMT – WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases

    The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

    The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.

    Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 555,000 people in seven months.

    16:20 GMT – Lebanon records highest single day increase in coronavirus cases

    Lebanon has recorded its highest single day increase in new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row, with 71 cases in 24 hours.

    It had confirmed a previous record 66 new infections the day before, some four-and-a-half months after the first case was reported in February.

    Firas Abiad, the head of the country’s leading COVID-19 hospital, has warned of a “worrisome” trend that could overwhelm the country’s fragile health sector, which is suffering from funding shortages due to the country’s unprecedented economic crisis.

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