Timeline of COVID-19 outbreak
Over 6 million COVID-19 cases in the US 31 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 25.3 million COVID-19 cases and 856,053 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,016,800 cases and the death toll is 183,484 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Dr. Stephen Hahn of the FDA said the agency is willing to consider emergency approval for a COVID-19 vaccine before large Phase 3 clinical trials are complete. Hahn said, “Our emergency use authorisation is not the same as a full approval … The legal, medical and scientific standard for that is that the benefit outweighs the risk in a public health emergency.”
Two COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the US.
The cluster of cases at two universities in Iowa is probably the major driver behind the rise in cases in the state. Iowa, a state with only about 3.2 million people, records over 1000 coronavirus cases for a few consecutive days.
Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist at Stanford University, who also serves as an adviser to President Trump, is a proponent of using herd immunity as a strategy against the coronavirus. Atlas said, “There’s a pretty good chance that herd immunity requires way less infections because of existing immunity out there.” He further speculated that herd immunity may already exist in places like New York.
India reports its record single day rise of 80,092 new coronavirus cases. This is the first country to cross over 80,000 cases in a single day. China, the epicentre where the pandemic started, only has 85,051 official cases in total, which is an unbelievably low number in comparison to what India records in just one day.
Both countries have similar population sizes of ~1.4 billion people but India had the benefit of knowing the disease was spreading. The death toll in India is 64,646 fatalities so far.
More than 100 medical doctors have passed away due to COVID-19 in Indonesia. The hospitals in the country may have been overwhelmed. Indonesia reports 172,053 cases and 7,343 deaths from the virus.
Economist predicts rise in protectionism 30 August, 2020
There are over 25.1 million COVID-19 cases and 851,734 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,982,417 cases and 183,134 deaths from the coronavirus.
Canadian economist Jeff Rubin predicts a rise in protectionism in the US regardless of who wins the coming election.
Rubin said, “I think we have to give the Donald a little credit here. He has moved the goalposts and even if Sleepy Joe wins the election, it’s not back to the good old days of free trade with China and let’s have everything produced over there.” Christian Smalls, a former Amazon employee has organised a protest to tax Amazon.
September is usually the time when academics in the UK look forward to welcome new or returning students to their universities. However, this time, the academics warn of possible second wave if universities reopen and suggest opting for remote learning instead.
University and College Union (UCU) Jo Grady said, “… [young] people who are increasingly getting infected by this virus are being encouraged in mass numbers to move all around the country …”
UK reports 366,836 new cases and 48,184 deaths from the virus so far.
Majority of Americans believe the government mismanaged the pandemic 29 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 24.8 million COVID-19 cases and 845,366 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,894,077 cases and the death toll is 181,364 fatalities from the coronavirus.
According to a poll by the Pew Research Centre, the US and UK citizens believed their governments have handled the pandemic badly. 52% of the people in the survey think the Trump’s administration has not properly responded to the outbreak.
Meanwhile, president Trump has accepted its own party nomination for re-election and said “Joe Biden is not a saviour of America's soul…If given the chance, he will be the destroyer of American greatness.”
A 25-year-old man becomes the first COVID-19 re-infected case in the US and he apparently suffered a worse outcome when reinfected. Genetic testing shows the viral strains are different between the infections, but this study has not been peer-reviewed.
Michelle Obama, ex First Lady of the US, has condemned the shooting of Jacod Blake in front of his children by the police. She said, “I’m just devastated by the shootings in Kenosha. And I can’t stop thinking about what our kids are seeing every day …”
She is also condemning Trump by saying he is promoting “lack of empathy, division stoked in times of crisis, and age-old and systemic racism.” Trump promises a vaccine before the end of this year.
CDC says asymptomatic patients may not need to be tested 28 August, 2020
There are over 24.5 million COVID-19 cases and 840,596 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,894,077 cases and 181,166 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US CDC has changed its coronavirus testing guideline to “people who have been exposed to the virus but don't have symptoms they may not need to be tested.” This is different from testing everyone who has close contacts with someone who has COVID-19.
Admiral Brett Giroir said the change in guideline is to avoid too many false negatives when asymptomatic patients are tested. However, governors from several states said they will not reduce testing and consider the change in CDC recommendation politically motivated rather than based on science.
Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota report record single-day increase of new cases. The White House is considering buying 150 million coronavirus quick tests (15 minutes to get results) from Abbott Laboratories. Some US senators said more investigations should be done on the use of hydroxychloroquine in nursing homes.
The state Victoria, Australia reports 113 new cases and 12 more deaths. Police in Melbourne is unhappy about a planned protest on the 5th September, which is to protest against stage 4 restrictions, among other things. Victoria Police assistant commissioner, Luke Cornelius, said, “They’re taking every opportunity to leverage the current situation to serve their own ridiculous notions about so-called sovereign citizens, about constitutional issues and about how 5G is going to kill your grandkids. It’s batshit crazy nonsense.”
Mike Pence said America could achieve a coronavirus miracle 27 August, 2020
he world is struggling to contain over 24.3 million COVID-19 cases and 835,296 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,847,861 cases and the death toll is 180,055 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The third night of the Republican National Convention features vice-president Mike Pence who is hoping for a coronavirus miracle. Mike gives his full support to Donald Trump and slams Democrats rival Joe Biden for saying we are living in ‘season of American darkness.’
A cluster of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts is found linked to a bachelorette party in Rhode Island.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 113 new cases and 23 more deaths. 22 of these 23 deaths are linked to aged care outbreaks. Daniel Andrews said, “We’ve got to defeat this second wave before we begin opening up, or we’ll be in the early stages of a third wave, and while there may be some significant respite for people for a short period of time, we’ll be in even worse circumstances very, very quickly.”
Australia reports 25,322 cases and 572 deaths so far.
Former Google CEO said coronavirus stays with us for our remaining lives 26 August, 2020
There are over 24 million COVID-19 cases and 828,700 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,804,391 cases and 178,821 deaths from the coronavirus.
The Republican National Convention has featured family members of the Trump’s family more prominently than the coronavirus disease that is plaguing the country. Their speeches seem scripted. Trump’s youngest daughter said, “… this misinformation system keeps people mentally enslaved to the ideas they deem correct. This has fostered unnecessary fear and divisiveness amongst us.”
Her message seems to contradict some of her father decisions that divide the African American and White communities.
Winston Peters of New Zealand (NZ) has rejected Trump comparison of the US and NZ outbreak situations. Trump said, “The problem is, big surge in New Zealand. So, you know, it’s terrible. We don’t want that.” Peters said, “The American people can work out that we have [the same number of COVID-19 cases] for a whole day what they have every 22 seconds of a day.”
A biotech conference in Boston may be a superspreading event that connected about 20,000 coronavirus cases. Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, said, “The virus will be with us in one form or another for the rest of our lives, hopefully under control just like the flu.”
Almost 500 billion dollars is lost in export 25 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 23.7 million COVID-19 cases and 821,617 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,726,465 cases and the death toll is 176,880 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The UN reports about 500 billion dollars is lost in the export industry so far. Secretary-general Antonio Guterres said more than 120 million jobs are at risk.
In Florida, Brian Hitchens and his wife Erin contracted COVID-19 in May but did not seek treatment immediately because they thought it was a fake crisis. Brian has survived after hospitalization, but Erin did not.
Dr Anthony Fauci praised Australia as an example of a country that is managing COVID-19 outbreak in the right way. He warns against rushing for a vaccine.
Retail employment in the UK has fallen at its fastest rate from February to this month. 45% of 63 large retailers report a decline in employment. A greater fall in employment is expected in the next quarter.
According to Palestine officials, COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Gaza Strip. Palestine has 19,213 cases and 133 deaths from the virus so far.
Breakthrough blood plasma coronavirus treatment 24 August, 2020
There are over 23.5 million COVID-19 cases and 817,299 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,726,465 cases and 176,677 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump has announced and authorised the use of a so-called breakthrough treatment that uses blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.
While some health experts caution on the need for additional analyses and well-controlled clinical trials, Trump said, “This is what I've been looking to do for a long time … Today I'm pleased to make a truly historic announcement in our battle against the China virus that will save countless lives.”
A man in Massachusetts has probably lost his mind when he decided to give shoppers at Walmart hugs and claiming it as ‘COVID hug’ because it will transmit the coronavirus.
mericans continue to gather in large groups in some parts of the country despite warnings from health officials. While fires are burning on the West Coast in California, two storms are expected to hit the Gulf Coast, which could flood Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
After experiencing surging cases, New Zealand and South Korea have imposed more coronavirus restrictions. Lockdown measures are in place in Auckland and face masks are compulsory on public transport. Residents in Seoul, South Korea are also required to wear face masks.
Trump accuses the deep state for delaying vaccine 23 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 23.3 million COVID-19 cases and 813,582 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,693,930 cases and the death toll is 176,677 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Hospitalization numbers in both New York and New Jersey, which are the initial outbreak hotspots in the US, have gone down when compared to March. There are 376 and 483 hospitalizations in New Jersey and New York, respectively.
Outdoor COVID-19 testing facilities in Alameda and San Joaquin counties, California, are closed due to poor air quality from the fires that are now burning across the state.
President Trump accuses the ‘deep state’ or someone at the FDA for slowing down the testing of COVID-19 vaccine. Trump said in Twitter, “The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd.”
Victoria, Australia, reports 208 new cases and 17 more deaths in the past 24 hours. The coronavirus death toll in Australia has surpassed 500 deaths. The highest number of fatalities is recorded in Victoria, which is 415 deaths so far. Victoria’s health officer Dr Brett Sutton said, “We are not going to see three-hundreds or four-hundreds again – not under my watch.”
Fires and virus in California 22 August, 2020
There are over 23 million COVID-19 cases and 807,347 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,600,557 cases and 175,027 deaths from the coronavirus.
California is now facing double trouble as wild fires rage across the state while at the same time having a high number of coronavirus cases since the state became the first one to exceed 600,000 cases last week. Fires evacuees have to weigh in the risk of coronavirus infections at shelters and some have refused to enter such facilities out of fear of infections.
The US Postal Service is being sued by a Pennsylvania-led coalition. The suit claims, “(service delays) disenfranchise voters because their ballots will not be sent or received in time and may deter people from voting …”
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 182 new cases and 13 more deaths from yesterday. Brisbane has imposed stricter control to limit gatherings at homes or outdoors to no more than 10 people after more COVID-19 cases are detected from its Youth Detention Centre.
Another hotel security guard has tested positive for the coronavirus in Sydney. Australia reports 24,407 cases and 472 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump’s administration allows coronavirus tests to bypass FDA 21 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 22.8 million COVID-19 cases and 801,778 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,600,557 cases and the death toll is 174,313 fatalities from the coronavirus.
President Trump allows coronavirus tests developed by individual laboratories such as Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp to be used without Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review. Health experts warn this could lead to the adoption of flawed tests.
Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said “I think we’re going to start to see a decline in mortality across the country now next week as we continue to get control of these cases.”
While the single-day fatality rate remains high, the daily coronavirus cases in the US is going down, which is a good sign. The flu season is about to coincide with the pandemic and there are suggestions to limit the burden from flu such as by providing greater access to flu shots. A study suggests asymptomatic children have higher coronavirus level than hospitalized adults.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 179 COVID-19 cases, which is the lowest single-day increase in five weeks. It also reports nine deaths, all connected to aged care. Australia reports 24,236 cases and 463 deaths in total.
Obama blames Trump on high coronavirus death toll 20 August, 2020
There are over 22.5 million COVID-19 cases and 795,402 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,513,167 cases and 172,818 deaths from the coronavirus.
Former president Barack Obama has criticized Donald Trump again by saying, “I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously …”
Obama is blaming Trump for the high coronavirus death toll and the economic downturn. However, Trump countered Obama and said, “The reason I am here is because of president Obama and Joe Biden because if they did a good job, I wouldn’t be here …”
Obama is urging Americans to take the coming election seriously and said US democracy is at stake in Trump’s hand.
Intelligence collected by the US revealed local officials in Wuhan were hiding the true extent of the outbreak from government leaders in Beijing for weeks. The report suggested that these officials withheld the outbreak information possibly out of fear of retribution.
There was a report from the Department of Homeland Security that the Chinese authorities did not disclose the viral outbreak initially because they wanted to stock up on medical supplies. Chinese authorities forced Dr. Li Wenliang to sign a document to say his early warning on the outbreak was an illegal behaviour.
Iran death toll is highest in the Middle East 19 August, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 22.2 million COVID-19 cases and 789,341 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,513,167 cases and the death toll is 171,936 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Takeshi Kasai, a WHO official, said younger people in their 20s, 30s and 40s are driving transmission of the coronavirus.
The US Postal Service is postponing cost cutting measures to facilitate a fairer presidential election. This effectively translates to mail sorting machines and collection boxes will stay where they are until at least 3rd Nov, overtime hours work are allowed and mail processing facilities will not close.
Iran death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded 20,000 fatalities and is the highest in the Middle East. Despite a large outbreak, the country conducted university entrance exams for more than 1 million students. Researchers in the Iranian parliament said the true death toll is likely double the official figures.
Matt Hancock said England will regularly test 150,000 people fortnightly for the coronavirus.
COVID-19 pandemic is like a super forest fire 18 August, 2020
There are over 21.9 million COVID-19 cases and 781,731 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,430,099 cases and 170,212 deaths from the coronavirus.
According to the CDC, after heart disease and cancer, the COVID-19 infection is the third leading cause of death, more than diabetes and accidents. Dr. Thomas Frieden said, “Last week, Americans were eight times more likely to get killed by Covid than were Europeans …”
The US Department of Agriculture has identified two farms in Utah with infected minks, which are small semiaquatic carnivorous animals farmed for their fur. Dr Mike Osterholm said the coronavirus is likely to be “with us humans for all eternity.” He likened the current pandemic to a super forest fire and said, “It just keeps burning and burning and burning wherever there is human wood …”
The University of North Carolina was insisting on in-person classes. However, after only one week of doing so and experiencing clusters of cases, the university has switched to remote model for its undergraduate courses.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he volunteers to try the Russian vaccine, which is the first in the world. Mexico reports 522,162 cases and 56,757 deaths from the virus so far.
CDC warns about possibly the worst autum 17 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 21.8 million COVID-19 cases and 778,272 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,430,099 cases and the death toll is 170,212 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Health authorities in the US are now worried about rising coronavirus cases as the season is changing to autumn, which is a time when people can easily catch a cold. The director of the CDC has warned that this maybe the “worst” autumn for the US. Among all the US states, Florida, Texas and Louisiana are leading in rising fatalities due to COVID-19.
South Korea, an ally to the US, will begin joint US-South Korea military exercise but has to scale down its operation due to the pandemic. Although just a drill, it is important to keep North Korea on its toes and increase the allies preparedness in case of a war. South Korea is reporting a rise in coronavirus cases not seen for five months.
South Korea reports almost 200 cases in the past 24 hours. President Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, has passed away from yet undisclosed illness. Trump said, “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again.”
No way to spin US mismanaged COVID-19 response 16 August, 2020
There are over 21.5 million COVID-19 cases and 773,204 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,340,631 cases and 169,147 deaths from the coronavirus.
A Republican senator, Mitt Romney, is criticizing his own party leader, president Donald Trump, on the failure in properly managing the coronavirus outbreak by saying, “… the proof of the pudding of that is simply that we have 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s deaths ...” Romney further said, “… and there’s no way to spin that in a positive light.”
A New Jersey couple, both above their 80s, have died from the coronavirus disease 2 days after their son, John Freda, passed away from COVID-19 infection.
Schools that have reopened in Georgia have seen a surge in number of students and staff being asked to quarantine after suspected exposure. California becomes the first US state to exceed 600,000 COVID-19 cases.
Russia has offered the first vaccine, but the US said no 15 August, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 21.2 million COVID-19 cases and 767,379 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,287,774 cases and the death toll is 168,122 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Cynthia Page has filed a lawsuit claiming that it was unconstitutional to restrict her travel to Brooklyn, which requires a 14-day quarantine. US District Court Judge David Hurd has ruled against this challenge but Page's lawyer, David Yerushalmi, said “Judge Hurd has responded out of the fear of the pandemic but has ignored basic constitutional law.”
Russia has announced that it had developed a vaccine on the coronavirus but one US government public health official said, “There’s no way in hell the US tries this (Russian vaccine) on monkeys, let alone people …” Putin’s daughter had received the vaccine. Putin said, “… this morning the first vaccine against the novel conoravirus infection in the world was registered …” Russia daily coronavirus cases have dropped below 5000 thanks to lockdown measures.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 303 new cases and four more deaths. The implementation of border closures in Australia, which is for the first time since the World War I, has caused problems to those who wish to travel on compassionate grounds.
The NSW Health has a process for people to apply for compassionate permits but as the government is constantly changing its rulebook in response to the outbreak, it has caused a lot of difficulty and uncertainty to those who need to travel.
Joe Biden calls for mandatory face masks 14 August, 2020
There are over 21 million COVID-19 cases and 761,140 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,228,569 cases and 166,797 deaths from the coronavirus.
The pandemic is causing uncertainty on whether the November election will be able to proceed fairly when mail-in voting may be the only preferable choice. President Trump seems to be messing with the US Postal Service by denying more funding to it. Trump said, “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work, so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots …”
Democrat Joe Biden, a rival to Trump for the coming presidential election, said face masks should be mandatory. He said, “Wearing the mask is less about you contracting the virus … It's about preventing other people from getting sick.”
Three more US states, North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama, are launching apps to warn users on exposure to the coronavirus. According to one study, the number of deaths in the early period of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York rivals the fatality rate in the 1918 flu pandemic.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 372 new cases and 14 more deaths from yesterday. In Victoria, there is a category of cases known as “mystery cases”, which means the number of cases where there is no obvious link and likely comes from community transmission. Applications to build new homes continue to fall in Australia, as can be seen from only 247 applications for Homebuilder.
Trump pressures schools to reopen 13 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 20.7 million COVID-19 cases and 752,382 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,176,358 cases and the death toll is 166,272 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The White House has made eight recommendations on how schools can reopen but does not impose strict wearing of face masks. Trump is pushing for schools to reopen and is pressuring the Congress to direct fund away from schools that fail to reopen next month. Trump said, “College-age students also continue to be one of the lowest-risk demographics.”
The US Postal Service is not well funded enough to handle all mail-in voting and Trump has no desire to provide emergency fund to it.
Dr Carlos Vallejo, 57, and his father, Dr Jorge Vallejo, 89, who are both well-known doctors in Florida have both passed away after being hospitalized on Father’s Day due to COVID-19 infections.
Germany reports a surge of 1445 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, which is a level not seen since 1st of May. Robert Koch Institute issues a statement saying, “This trend is unsettling …” Another worrying trend is the average age of infected individuals is trending lower, which means more young people are now infected. The average age among infected people is now 34-year-old. Germany reports 221,044 cases and 9276 deaths from the virus so far.
Bill Gates said test results are worthless 12 August, 2020
There are over 20.5 million COVID-19 cases and 745,856 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,176,358 cases and 165,001 deaths from the coronavirus.
A seven-year-old boy from Georgia, US, is drowned due to seizure from COVID-19 related high fever. It is not known whether this child has any other health conditions.
Polly Williams, a woman from West Virginia, told a story of how 40 members in her family have contracted the coronavirus from one funeral gathering and regretted not wearing face mask.
All autumn sports in the Big Ten, including college football, has been called off. The states, Georgia and Florida, report their biggest single-day death tolls. Bill Gates has criticized the US government coronavirus testing by saying, “… the most worthless test results …”
Auckland, New Zealand has re-entered into lockdown after its first locally transmitted case in over 100 days. The city is preparing for mass testings of its public citizens.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 21 fatalities from the coronavirus, which is its biggest single-day death toll. There are 410 new cases in Victoria from yesterday.
COVID-19 cases have surpassed 5 million in the US 10 August, 2020
There are over 19.9 million COVID-19 cases and 733,170 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 5,027,019 cases and 162,652 deaths from the coronavirus.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza has criticized Trump’s pandemic response and said it is wrong to withhold funding from the WHO. Speranza said, “I’m not surprised by Trump’s behaviour now; I’m profoundly surprised by his behaviour before.”
Democrat Joe Biden has also criticized Trump leadership by tweeting, “The United States just passed 5 million reported infections of COVID-19. It’s a number that boggles the mind and breaks the heart.”
Dr Anthony Fauci, along with many other health experts, have said that the true infection numbers are likely much higher. Dr Fauci said, “The number is likely higher. I don’t know exactly what per cent higher, but almost certainly it’s higher …”
Almost 100,000 American kids have been infected with COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
The state Victoria of Australia reports 19 new deaths, which is its highest single day death toll. Among the 19 deaths, 14 of them are linked to aged care facility. Victoria reports 322 new cases in the past 24 hours. Australia reports 21,397 cases and 313 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump extends unemployment benefits, bypassing the Congress 09 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 19.7million COVID-19 cases and 728,548 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,976,222 cases and the death toll is 162,144 fatalities from the coronavirus.
President Trump has signed orders to extend unemployment benefits and he did so by bypassing the Congress. Trump said the Democrats are putting items not related to the pandemic on the rescue bill. Trump said, “This is the money they need, this is the money they want, this gives them an incentive to go back to work.”
A fitness trainer in California named Ruben Mata, who once thought the coronavirus illness is all made up, contracted the virus and was given less than 40% chance of survival. He survived and understand the real danger the virus poses, which is a lesson that other people should learn.
The state, Victoria of Australia, reports 394 new cases and 17 more deaths in the past 24 hours. Minister Martin Foley has announced additional $59.7 million funding for mental health in Victoria. Australia reports 20,698 cases and 278 deaths from the virus so far.
Brazilian billionaire Jorge Lemann will fund a COVID-19 vaccine factory 08 August, 2020
There are over 19.4 million COVID-19 cases and 723,043 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,920,864 cases and 161,086 deaths from the coronavirus.
Cases are rising in 20 states in the US and there is still no agreement in Congress over the pandemic relief package.
The death toll in California has exceeded 10,000 fatalities and it is unclear what the true infection rates are in this state due to delay in coronavirus test results.
Trials on whether antibodies against COVID-19 will work are underway and could be available months before a vaccine.
Hannah Watters, a high school student in Georgia, posted a photo of a packed halls on the first day of school, which resulted in her suspension from the school.
Brazilian billionaire Jorge Lemann will provide $US 25 million, through the Lemann Foundation, to build a COVID-19 vaccine factory. The vaccine is being developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
Brazil reports 2,967,064 and 99,702 deaths from the virus, which is the second highest in the world for both number of infections and fatalities.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 466 cases and 12 deaths from yesterday. Jackey Desai who works at the Area Four cafe on Little Bourke Street said the popular street in Melbourne is now empty. He said, “Very very dead … Super quiet. Yesterday I was open from 7.30 until 12 in the afternoon, and I made $30.” Australia reports 20,272 cases and 266 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump said vaccine could be available before end of this year 07 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 19.1 million COVID-19 cases and 716,585 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,862,041 cases and the death toll is 159,826 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The CDC has lifted its “do not travel” warnings for about 20 locations of the world and the US is returning to country-specific levels of travel advice. Thailand, Fiji and New Zealand are examples of low-risk travel destinations.
A woman in the US who blames authorities for not being strict on wearing face masks, which she believed is the cause of her husband death, said in an obituary, “May karma find you all.”
President Trump said a COVID-19 vaccine could be available “sooner than the end of the year, …” Dr Anthony Fauci has a different view and thinks a vaccine will not be ready until early next year.
The CDC warns that alcohol-based hand sanitiser should not be swallowed after rising cases of people dying from drinking sanitiser.
There are more than 1 million coronavirus cases in Africa but experts say the true infection number is likely much higher than official statistics. Experts say lack of testing on the African continent is one reason that the number of infections is lower than expected, which is a great concern as undetected cases is a high risk to the world’s poorest healthcare system. Some governments in Africa are too poor to afford test kits whereas others have refused to share data that reflect the true situation. Africa reports 1,003,056 cases and 21,983 deaths from the virus so far.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 450 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths. The Australian Defence Force has resorted to doorknocking to check self-isolation of people who have been in close contact to confirmed cases. Australia reports 19,862 cases and 255 deaths from the virus.
Trump claims children are almost immune to COVID-19 06 August, 2020
There are over 18.9 million COVID-19 cases and 709,731 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,803,797 cases and 158,003 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci says he has received death threats and his daughters had also been harassed. He said, “I wouldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who objected to things that are pure public health principles …”
The testing rates for coronavirus have dropped in the US, possibly because the public feel discouraged by the long waiting hours to get tests done. President Trump’s tweeter campaign account is barred because of his claim that children are “almost immune” to the coronavirus. He has violated Twitter rules on misinformation. Facebook has also removed such claim.
Meanwhile, many students and teachers in Indiana, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina are forced into quarantine and it is unclear how schools will reopen.
North Korea reports its first coronavirus case, but the WHO is calling the test result into question. The infected person is said by the state media as someone who has defected to South Korea but recently returned.
Indonesia state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma and China's Sinovac Biotech will start human vaccine trial next week. The phase 3 clinical trial will involve 1,620 volunteers. Indonesia reports 116,871 confirmed cases and 5452 deaths from the virus so far.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 471 new cases and 8 deaths from yesterday. Daniel Andrews said, “There are 107 additional mystery cases, 107 additional community transmissions.”. Australia reports a total of 19,444 cases and 247 deaths from the virus.
Trump said, “it is what it is”, about the US high death toll 05 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 18.6 million COVID-19 cases and 702,740 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,751,760 cases and after ninth day in a row of more than 1000 deaths per day, the death toll is 156,586 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The number of new cases has started to drop in recent days but some experts suggest this could be due to testing backlogs. A new coronavirus relief package should be finalized by the end of this week according to the White House officials.
The issue of whether schools should reopen or not continues to be debated and some students have been forced to return to classrooms due to long waiting list for virtual learning.
President Trump said the US high fatality number per capita due to COVID-19 is because of New York and New Jersey high death toll. Both of these states are very crowded. Trump said in an interview, “They are dying. That's true… it is what it is … But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can.”meter; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen
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Trump attacks Birx’s comments on widespread infections in the US 04 August, 2020
There are over 18.4 million COVID-19 cases and 696,979 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,746,290 cases and 156,085 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci backs Dr Deborah Birx on widespread transmission of the virus and that it has entered a new phase, which is harder to contain. Fauci said, “When you have community spread it’s insidious, there are people who are spreading it who have no symptoms at all …”
In contrast, president Trump has criticized Birx’s comments and tweeted, “In order to counter Nancy (Pelosi), Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!” Democrats presidential candidate Joe Biden takes aim at Trump by saying, “… if I’m elected president, I’ll spend my Monday mornings working with our nation’s top experts to control this virus — not insulting them …”
Meanwhile, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the WHO shares his pessimistic view that “there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be.” Trump has continued to insist that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for COVID-19.
Victoria, Australia, reports 439 new cases and 11 more deaths from yesterday. Two new cases are reported in South Australia (SA); one of them could be from community transmission. SA has advised people who were at Najafi Carpet Gallery in Kilburn last Wednesday between 5:00pm and 8:00pm to get tested and self-isolate. Australia reports 18,729 cases and 232 deaths from the virus so far.
Coronavirus is extraordinarily widespread in the US 03 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 18.2 million COVID-19 cases and 692,415 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,699,978 cases and 155,508 deaths from the coronavirus.
Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, said the US government should consider a hard lockdown for four to six weeks in order to bring the outbreak under control. He said, “If we don't do that (hard lockdown) … we're going to see many, many more business bankruptcies …”
The White House said the coronavirus cases are “extraordinarily widespread”, from rural areas to cities. According to Dr Deborah Birx, “What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread.”
President Trump has retweeted a viral video from Houston physician, Dr Stella Immanuel, who talked about her success in using hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus.
Melbourne, Australia, is now under strict lockdown for six weeks. Retail businesses and certain manufacturers are closed, and construction companies will operate at reduced capacity. Grocery stores, pharmacies and petrol stations will operate. Australia reports 18,318 cases and 221 deaths from the virus.
Hurricane and pandemic in Florida 02 August, 2020
There are over 18 million COVID-19 cases and 687,843 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,651,180 cases and 155,054 deaths from the coronavirus.
The Trump’s administration is being accused for overpaying for ventilators, which are devices that help the body's breathing process, during the pandemic. Up to US$500 million could have been overpaid compared to the Obama’s administration.
In Florida, coronavirus testing centers are being closed as Hurricane Isaias is heading toward its coast. The hurricane news came as the state still reports 179 new deaths from the coronavirus. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said, “(the state is) fully prepared for this and any future storm during this hurricane season …”
Meanwhile, the unemployment benefits of US$600 has resumed as the Trump’s administration has extended it, at least temporarily.
New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, warns people to wear face masks as the state reports 12 new cases from yesterday. Two workers from western Sydney childcare centre have contracted the coronavirus from unknown source. The childcare centre is now closed and contact tracing has begun. Meanwhile, Victoria is on stage 4 coronavirus lockdown.
WHO said pandemic effects will be felt for decades 01 August, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 17.7 million COVID-19 cases and 682,333 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,594,171 cases and 153,923 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci believes a COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available to all Americans. He said, “I believe, ultimately, over a period of time in 2021, that Americans will be able to get it, …” He further explains there will be a priority list on who gets the vaccine first.
Millions of people who rely on the extra unemployment benefits of $US600 under the federal CARES Act will not receive further payments as both the Democrats and Republicans failed on reach an agreement on it.
The US economy reports its worst April-June quarter since record-keeping began in 1947. The WHO said the pandemic shockwaves will be felt for decades. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus refers to the coronavirus pandemic as “once-in-a-century health crisis.”
The US Postal Service is slow on mail delivery and could compromise the mail-in voting for the November election. President Trump is concerned about the “Universal Mail-in Voting” and said, “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA.”
Victoria, Australia reports 397 new coronavirus cases. The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, said there are mystery coronavirus cases that the authorities cannot trace. Australia reports 16,905 cases and 201 deaths.
Trump suggests to delay the election 31 July, 2020
There are over 17.4 million COVID-19 cases and 675,073 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 4,477,996 confirmed cases and 151,841 deaths from the coronavirus.
While the coronavirus cases are surging in the US and the economy is going south, President Trump has suggested delaying the November election. Trump tweets, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
The date of the election is set by the Congress and the president has no power to change this. Perhaps the president’s tweet is just a distraction from the reality of the pandemic situation in the US.
The first dog of a German Shepherd breed that was infected with COVID-19 has died.
Vietnam reports its biggest single day rise of 45 coronavirus cases in Danang. This is the first locally transmitted case in the country. The patients’ age ranges from 27 to 87 years old.
The state Victoria of Australia reports 627 coronavirus cases, which is its second highest daily record, and eight more deaths from the virus. Trump has named Australia among a list of countries with a second wave of infections.
The US coronavirus fatalities exceed 150,000 30 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 17.2 million COVID-19 cases and 669,955 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,460,658 cases and 151,101 deaths, which is more than 20% of global fatalities from the coronavirus.
In 29 US states, the average number of single day deaths is at least 10% higher than the previous week. Dr David Skorton of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) said, “Decisive, coordinated action is urgently needed to save lives, end the pandemic, restore America's economy …”
Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert has tested positive for the coronavirus. He had been resistant to the idea of wearing a face mask and is supposed to travel with president Trump to Texas. He said, “But I can't help but wonder if my keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, that if I might have put some germs or some of the virus onto the mask and breathed it in …”
COVID-19 is spreading to the prisons and youth detention centres in Victoria, Australia. According to the UN, community transmission of the coronavirus within correctional institutions is likely to result in disproportionately higher numbers of deaths. As the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more represented in the criminal systems, they will be affected more.
Even though coronavirus cases are still relatively high in Victoria, the Australian share market ASX 200 has closed 0.7% higher. Application for permits to build new homes are falling across the nation as the pandemic and travel bans dampen demand for new housing. Australia reports 16,303 cases and 189 total deaths from the virus so far.
Fund for weapons in the US COVID-19 response package 29 July, 2020
There are over 16.8 million COVID-19 cases and 662,232 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 4,335,853 confirmed cases and 149,042 deaths from the coronavirus.
There are at least two main reasons why the outbreak is particularly bad in Florida: long delay in receiving coronavirus test results and contact tracing failure. For example, it can take up to 10 days before one can receive the test results, which means quarantine is not necessary during this waiting period.
For someone who has tested positive, not all of the people s/he comes in contact with are alerted by a contact tracer. These two conditions allow the virus to continue its transmission in the community.
The COVID-19 response package in the US that costs US$1 trillion includes a budget of US$8 billion for the Pentagon weapon systems, which benefits defence contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.
After receiving criticism from President Trump, Dr Anthony Fauci said he is not misleading the American public. He said (with reference to Trump’s tweet), “I don't even read them, so I don't really want to go there. I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out …”
The state Victoria in Australia reports 295 new cases and nine deaths from yesterday. Community transmission in Victoria appears to be relatively stable. Australia reports 15,304 cases and 167 deaths from the coronavirus so far.
The new wave of infections in Hong Kong appears to be mostly locally transmitted and the healthcare system is at risk of being overwhelmed. Isolation rooms in Hong Kong is now at above 80% capacity.
Yesterday, there were over 1000 patients hospitalized in over 15 public hospitals and a community isolation facility. The city reports 2885 cases and 24 deaths from the virus so far.
America’s Frontline Doctors claim hydroxychloroquine works 28 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 16.6 million COVID-19 cases and 656,935 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,328,893 cases and 148,246 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Stella Immanuel, a GP from Houston, has claimed she has successfully treated COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine. Stella’s claim has gone viral online and received more than 20 million views. She said, “… I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID.”
Meanwhile, the biggest COVID-19 vaccine trial by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc has started with 30,000 volunteers.
The so called “death panels” have been set up in Texas to decide who will received treatment or being sent home to die. In Texas, over 5000 people have died from the coronavirus infection and almost 400,000 people have been infected.
United States national security adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus. O’Brien is a high ranking official in President Trump’s inner circle but had no contact with him for several days. O’Brien only had mild symptoms according to a White House statement.
Danang, Vietnam is hit, and 80,000 people are told to leave the city 27 July, 2020
There are over 16.4 million COVID-19 cases and 651,752 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers more than 4.2 million confirmed cases and 147,195 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US has recorded four consecutive days with more than 1000 deaths per day. Political leaders in some areas in the US such as Houston and Los Angeles have warned of a second stay-at-home order.
California, which has recorded 159 daily coronavirus deaths, is now leading the US with the most single day COVID-19 related deaths.
After rising coronavirus cases, Hong Kong has now banned gatherings of more than two people, no dining in restaurants and mandatory wearing of face masks in public places. Hong Kong reports 2762 cases and 18 deaths from the virus so far.
The Vietnamese government is on high alert after three residents in Danang has been confirmed as infected with COVID-19, which also suggests for a local transmission. 80,000 people in the Vietnamese city have now been ordered to evacuate. Danang is a popular tourist destination. Vietnam reports 420 cases but no death from the virus.
US travellers are barred entries by many nations 26 July, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 16.2 million COVID-19 cases and 647,716 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 4,215,509 cases and 146,759 deaths from the coronavirus.
California has more than 400,000 cases and has overtaken New York for the state with the most coronavirus cases. California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, said too much emphasis was placed to reopen the economy without sufficient education of the public on the danger of the virus.
Health authorities in Los Angeles Country warns the coronavirus could become the leading cause of deaths soon.
The US is now blacklisted by a growing list of nations that do not want the Americans to visit them due to risks of COVID-19 infections. Even Canada will not allow Americans to cross its borders.
Medical experts call for US to shutdown 25 July, 2020
There are over 15.9 million COVID-19 cases and 642,221 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers more than 4.1 million confirmed cases and 145,876 deaths from the coronavirus.
Medical experts who are concerned over rising cases and hospitalizations in the US say the outbreak is not under control and political leaders should consider shutting down the country.
While the death rates are rising in many states, people can go to bars, hair salons, restaurants and many other public places for non-essential activities
Bill Gates said, “Infection rates in the US are deeply troubling because the summer, when it's warmer, when people are outdoors more …” Gun crime and murder have gone up by more than 50% in many major US centres.
The state Victoria of Australia reports 357 new coronavirus cases and five new deaths. Specialist aged care response centre is being set up through Victorian facilities to deal with rising cases.
The chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said the second wave is, “pretty stubborn to shift.” The state New South Wales reports 15 new cases. Other states and territories show no increase of cases.
US worrying new records of cases and deaths 24 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 15.7 million COVID-19 cases and 636,814 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US reports a rise of 76,570 cases in the past 24 hours to bring the total to 4,032,430 cases and 144,744 deaths from the coronavirus. Some locals in New York City have to wait up to nine days to get their coronavirus test results. The delay in test results is in part due to rising cases in other states such as California, Texas and Florida.
According to a Fox News poll, almost twice the number of voters is worried about the coronavirus than the economy. President Trump has also been changing his stance to warn on the coronavirus dangers more than the economy lately.
True infection rates in the US are much higher 23 July, 2020
There are over 15.3 million COVID-19 cases and 629,955 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers more than 4 million confirmed cases and 143,617 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US reports more than 1000 new daily deaths for the past two days. Four states, Alabama, California, Nevada and Texas, show record highs single-day COVID-19 related deaths.
Texas is the hardest hit state on Wednesday, with 197 deaths. Footage of a packed boat tour, Maid of the Mist Tours, to the Niagara Falls is an example of how US is losing its grip on the battle against the coronavirus.
The CDC said the true infection rates in some parts of the US could be between 6 to 24 times higher than the official statistics. The CDC’s study is based on antibody tests taken from late March to early May.
The ongoing US-China tensions is a worrying trend to investors. The Chinese Yuan currency has weakened relative to the US dollar and China’s CSI 300 stock index has plunged 2% at its opening.
South Korea has entered into recession for the first time after 17 years. The country reports 13, 938 cases and 5940 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump said things will get worse 22 July, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 15 million COVID-19 cases and 618,848 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 3,888,838 cases and 141,881 deaths from the coronavirus.
The FBI is accusing China for funding illegal hackers to steal trade secrets, intellectual property and information from biotechnology companies all around the world. Two hackers that are linked to the Chinese government have been identified according to the US Justice Department. Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi were charged for stealing trade secret and wire fraud conspiracy.
During this month, 17 of the US states have reported increased number of hospitalizations. President Trump who has once considered the pandemic as “little embers” is now saying, “We have embers and fires and big fires … As one family, we mourn every precious life that's been lost. I pledge in their honour that we will develop a vaccine …”
Trump is almost constantly changing his stance on the pandemic that it is hard to keep track of his backflips of decisions. At one time, he likened COVID-19 to a flu.
Meanwhile, gold and silver are surging high relative to the US dollar, which is a possible sign of safe-haven buying.
A study based in the UK shows more women and young people are under emotional distress since the pandemic began. Sally McManus, an author of the study, said, “The pandemic has brought people’s differing life circumstances into stark contrast. We found that, overall, pre-existing inequalities in mental health for women and young people have widened.”
UK reports 332,167 cases and 45,592 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump claims lowest mortality rate 21 July, 2020
There are over 14.8 million COVID-19 cases and 613,652 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers nearly 60,000 new daily cases from yesterday to bring the total to 3,869,244 confirmed cases and 141,306 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump tweets, “We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.” He is now urging people to wear face masks, which is a change of his political statement that had been anti-face masks.
Trump told Fox News Sunday that he heard the US has one of the lowest, maybe the lowest mortality rate, anywhere in the world. However, the president claim is not true because the US has one of the highest death rates.
Trump was using the case-fatality rate, which is the number of confirmed deaths divided by its number of confirmed cases, to prove his point but this is a problematic measure due to the dependency on the number of tests. Rising coronavirus cases, hospitalization rates, and fatalities may just be the perfect storm that sends the US to a double dip recession.
Six prisons in Victoria, Australia, have been put under lockdowns after a prison officer has tested positive for the coronavirus. Australia reports 12,428 cases and 126 total deaths from the virus so far.
Trump said Fauci is an alarmist 20 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 14.6 million COVID-19 cases and 607,809 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 3,809,841 cases and 140,785 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump said Dr Anthony Fauci is ‘a little bit of an alarmist’. According to Trump, despite some of Dr Fauci’s mistakes, he has a good relationship with him. Surprisingly, Trump has also admitted to making some mistakes in the coronavirus response. The CDC predicts another 30,000 COVID-19 related deaths in three weeks.
The state Victoria of Australia reports 275 new coronavirus cases and one death from yesterday. There are almost 3000 active cases in this state. It seems that the failure of the Victoria’s hotel quarantine program is the main culprit behind the recent outbreak. Australia reports 12,069 cases and 123 deaths from the virus so far.
The UK government has signed deals to secure 30 million doses of a drug being developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, and 60 million doses of a vaccine from the French biotechnology company, Valneva. UK reports 331,248 cases and 45,520 deaths from the coronavirus.
A coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang, China 19 July, 2020
There are over 14.4 million COVID-19 cases and 603,375 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers more than 60,000 new daily cases to bring the total to 3,745,715 confirmed cases and 140,378 deaths from the coronavirus.
Experts say that even though India has recorded more than a million confirmed cases, the country is still months from hitting its peak of infections. India ranks number three for countries with the most coronavirus cases and its death toll is 26,838 fatalities.
Mass screening is underway in Xinjiang, China, after a surge in coronavirus cases. Flights into regional capital Urumqi have been suspended and public transport have become inaccessible as the city reports 17 new infections. An official said the entire city is now in a ‘wartime state’.
The White House is the front line, not the CDC 18 July, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 14.1 million COVID-19 cases and 597,951 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 3,683,131 cases and 139,587 deaths from the coronavirus.
The Trump’s administration is preventing the CDC to share information on how to safely reopen schools at a hearing of the Committee on Education and Labor.
The White House rather than the CDC will now be the front line to receive public health data on the coronavirus situation. CDC director Robert Redfield has said before that the pandemic had overwhelmed the US but Trump claims Redfield warning has been misquoted. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is criticizing Trump for his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
If Trump’s plan to ban travels of members of the Chinese Communist Party and billionaire entrepreneurs from China is a go ahead, 90 million people could be affected, including top business leader such as Jack Ma of the Alibaba.
The Bollywood star, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, has contracted COVID-19 and is hospitalized in the same unit as her husband and her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan. Aishwarya Bachchan’s daughter, Aaradhya, is also infected. India reports over 1 million confirmed cases and 26,291 deaths from the virus so far.
US world record 77,300 daily cases 17 July, 2020
There are over 13.9 million COVID-19 cases and 592,106 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 77,300 new daily cases, which is a world record, to bring the total to 3,576,221 cases and 138,358 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump is considering banning all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families. Trump wants to reopen schools but his decision is against what many parents and teachers want. Trump said, “Schools should be opened, there’s kids who want to go to school …”
A study by the CDC shows two hairdressers in the US who wore face masks may have spared 139 of their customers from contracting COVID-19.
Trump’s administration to receive coronavirus data before CDC 16 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 13.6 million COVID-19 cases and 585,380 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 3,488,670 cases and 137,242 deaths from the coronavirus.
Arizona, Texas and Florida report almost 25,000 new cases from yesterday. The mandates to wear face masks, lockdowns, health checks and self-isolation requirement to those who visited high risk areas suggest the world is not returning to normalcy anytime soon as what envisioned by many political leaders.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt who supports early reopening plans has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hospital data on US COVID-19 cases will be sent to the Trump’s administration instead of the CDC, which is a move that potentially blocks transparency.
Dr Anthony Fauci has called for an end to political games and focus on properly handling the pandemic. He said, “… let’s stop this nonsense and figure out how can we get our control over this now, and looking forward, how can we make sure that next month, we don’t have another example of California, Texas, Florida and Arizona …”
President Trump has not held another campaign rally since Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the outbreak is getting worse.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has imposed partial lockdowns in the country and warns stricter measures may be reinstated if coronavirus cases continue to surge. The country reports 61,266 cases and 1643 deaths from the virus.
Trump said no to trade deal with China 15 July, 2020
There are over 13.4 million COVID-19 cases and 580,247 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers over 60,000 new cases yesterday to bring the total to 3,465,368 cases and 136,768 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump said he is not interested in talking to China on a trade deal and will hold the country accountable for its action against Hong Kong. Trump said, “… (Hong Kong people) freedom has been taken away. Their rights have been taken away, and with it goes Hong Kong …” In his opinion, many people will leave Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Disneyland Park will close from Wednesday until further notice after community transmission of the coronavirus. The country has a recent surge of 250 cases since July 6. The country reports 1570 cases and 8 deaths from the virus so far.
Tokyo has elevated its coronavirus alert to the highest level after daily cases surpassed 200 in four of the last six days. The government is focusing on Shinjuku, one of Asia's biggest red-light districts, which is the source of the surging cases. Japan reports 22,437 cases and 984 deaths from the virus so far.
15,000 new cases in Florida 13 July, 2020
There are over 13 million COVID-19 cases and 570,635 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers about 60,000 new cases for the past four days to bring the total to 3,339,049 cases and over 135,419 deaths from the coronavirus.
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said officials are trying to correct the advice that face masks are not necessary.
The US CDC warns doctors to check for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children as they may suffer from this condition following COVID-19 infection. It is known that more children in America have been diagnosed with coronavirus-related inflammatory syndrome.
The rise of over 15,000 new cases in Florida in a single day is alarming as it has overtaken the New York state's record of 12,847 cases when it was the epicentre of US outbreak. Such a high rate of new cases in Florida has also surpassed the highest single day record of any European country.
India reports a new record single day rise of 28,637 cases to bring the total to 879,888 confirmed cases and the death toll is 23,200 fatalities. The Health Ministry of India reports the good news that the recovery rate has increased to about 63% now.
Amitabh Bachchan and his son, both actors in India, have contracted COVID-19 and reported mild symptoms so far. Amitabh Bachchan said to his followers, “All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!”
Much higher death toll expected in the US 12 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 12.8 million COVID-19 cases and 566,505 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports a rise of over 60,000 cases per day for the past few days to bring the total to almost 3.3 million infected individuals and 135,047 deaths from the coronavirus.
The death toll in most states in the US averaged about 15 new fatalities per day but a few states are driving the total deaths much higher. 760 new deaths are recorded in the past 24 hours compared to only 217 deaths a week ago.
President Trump has finally put on a face mask in public during his visit to a military hospital. Trump said, “When you're in a hospital, especially ... I think it's expected to wear a mask …”
Bolivia president has tested positive 11 July, 2020
There are over 12.6 million COVID-19 cases and 561,828 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers a rise of more than 60,000 new cases from yesterday to bring the total to 3,220,495 cases and over 134,357 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci is not speaking with President Trump as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the US. Trump has undermined Fauci by saying, “Dr Fauci is a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes …” Dr Fauci has recently said to the Financial Times, “I have a reputation, as you probably have figured out, of speaking the truth at all times and not sugar-coating things …”
Americans are divided over the issues whether they should wear face masks. As infections surge in over 40 of the 50 states, governors and local leaders have mandated the wearing of face masks.
President Jeanine Añez of Bolivia has tested positive for the coronavirus. She joins President Bolsonaro of Brazil as leaders in South America who have tested positive, which highlights the extent of the pandemic in this region. Bolivia reports 45,565 cases and 1702 deaths from the virus so far.
WHO warns pandemic global acceleration 10 July, 2020
There are over 12.2 million COVID-19 cases and 551,486 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 3,088,495 cases and over 132,642 deaths from the coronavirus.
The world is struggling to cope with over 12.3 million COVID-19 cases and 554,641 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports a rise of over 60,000 cases to bring the total to 3.1 million infected individuals and 133,029 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump has been hiding his financial records from the public but the supreme court has issued a decision for his record to be turned to a grand jury in New York. The WHO warns that the pandemic is still accelerating globally.
Video: Doctors and Nurses Get Emotional Over New COVID-19 Surge
A new outbreak in Hong Kong is forcing authority to close all schools in the country. Schools can now delay tests until the end of the year. Hong Kong reports 1404 confirmed cases and 7 deaths from the virus so far.
New high in US death toll 9 July, 2020
There are over 12.2 million COVID-19 cases and 551,486 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 3,088,495 cases and over 132,642 deaths from the coronavirus.
US health officials said the true number of infections is much higher than the current figure, probably as much as 10 times higher, which means 10% of the population are infected. The rising cases poses a problem on the waiting time needed before someone can find out about their infection status.
Vice President, Mike Pence, said, “While we mourn with those who mourn, because of what the American people have done, because of the extraordinary work of our healthcare workers around the country, we are encouraged that the average fatality rate continues to be low and steady.”
Meanwhile, the US death toll is climbing by over 900 fatalities in a day, the highest level seen since early June. Trump’s campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has likely contributed to the rising cases in the county, with 261 confirmed new cases reported on Monday, which is a daily record high.
Clashes between people and police in Serbia have continued for two days after lockdown measures was announced. Many protesters are injured in the riots in Belgrade and other cities in Serbia. The country reports over 17,000 cases and 341 deaths from the virus so far.
US to leave the WHO next July 8 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 11.9 million COVID-19 cases and 545,719 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports a rise of over 60,000 cases to bring the total to almost 3 million infected individuals and 131,815 deaths from the coronavirus.
Multiple states including California, Texas and Oklahoma have broken their previous single-day record highs. The number of hospitalizations in Texas has more than doubled in just two weeks.
The burden of increased hospitalizations could overwhelm the healthcare systems leading to more deaths. President Trump is keen to see schools reopen in autumn and said, “… we're very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”
According to the UN, the US will leave the WHO next July. Trump had to give a year’s notice to withdraw the US from the WHO.
In the meantime, the US has to fulfil financial obligations to the WHO, which amounts to $648 million. Trump’s main reason for leaving the WHO is he claims the organization is a puppet of China.
Australia reports 147 new COVID-19 cases from yesterday, of which 134 cases are from Victoria. Prime minister Scott Morrison said, “This is a global pandemic. There are no guarantees in a global pandemic. You have to deal with the situations that are in front of you.”
Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the coronavirus and is taking the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, as treatment even though it has not been proven effective. Brazil reports over 1.6 million confirmed cases and 66,868 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump is under fire for claiming 99% cases are harmless 7 July, 2020
There are over 11.7 million COVID-19 cases and 540,308 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 2,973,231 cases and over 130,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump is under fire for claiming that 99% of the coronavirus cases are harmless. More than 30 states in the US have experienced a spike in cases over the weekend after celebration of the Independence Day. Governors and health experts have accused Trump for downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus infections.
Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci warns the US is still “knee deep” in the first wave of the infections. Dr Fauci is hopeful that we will eventually have a COVID-19 vaccine given that many companies have been working on it, but it may not be infinite protection. Community spread of the virus in the US is highly likely given the increase in the percentage of COVID-19 tests that produced positive results.
Melbourne has reimposed coronavirus restrictions city-wide, in what is known as a stage 3 lockdown. The city reports 191 new coronavirus cases, breaking its own single-day record a day before. Premier Daniel Andrews said, “We have to be clear with each other that this is not over. And pretending that it is over is not the answer …”
FDA could not support Trump’s claim 6 July, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 11.5 million COVID-19 cases and 537,158 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports over 2.9 million cases and more than 130,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump has claimed 99% of the coronavirus cases in the US are harmless but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief could not back up what he said. In his current political campaign, Trump seems to be setting up racial divides as one of his rhetoric and spent his weekend talking about protecting statues of American heroes with racist pasts.
Trump will hold another outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire. So far, he has been lagging behind the polls against the Democrat rival, Joe Biden.
India has overtaken Russia to rank number three for countries with the most coronavirus cases. The plan to reopen Taj Mahal has been cancelled. India reports a rise of 24,248 confirmed cases to bring the total cases to 697,413 cases and the death toll is 19,693 fatalities. Russia, in comparison, only has about 10,000 deaths from the virus so far.
Mood to celebrate the Independence Day is dampened 5 July, 2020
There are over 11.3 million COVID-19 cases and 533,819 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 2,831,819 cases and 131,485 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US citizens has gone ahead to celebrate the fourth of July, Independence Day, but rising coronavirus cases has dampened the mood for celebration. Americans are encouraged to celebrate at home and keep the events small.
President Trump has promised fireworks at Mount Rushmore. Trump also said that 99% of the coronavirus cases in the US are harmless. He said, “Now we have tested almost 40 million people … by so doing, we show cases 99 per cent of which are totally harmless …”
China must be held accountable for the spread of the virus due to their cover-up of the true extent of the infections according to Trump.
Chief health officer of Victoria, Brett Sutton, warns the recent outbreak in Melbourne has ‘explosive potential’ for the coronavirus to spread.
About 3000 residents living in public housing have been placed under hard lockdown and the premier Daniel Andrews said lockdown could be extended to all of Melbourne if the current containment efforts are unsatisfactory. Australia reports 8362 cases and 104 deaths from the virus so far.
Rising cases in younger demographics 4 July, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 11.2 million COVID-19 cases and 529,749 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports a rise of over 50,000 cases to bring the total to 2,829,335 infected individuals and 131,485 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump, who has used the term "China Virus" or the "Kung Flu" to describe COVID-19, finds black face mask appealing to him. Trump said, “Actually, I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked, OK? I thought it was OK …”
Meanwhile, more young people have tested positive for the coronavirus e.g. 7000 minors in Florida alone. The youngest victim who died due to COVID-19 in Florida was an 11-year-old boy. Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, said the median age for those who tested positive for the coronavirus used to be 65 years old but has since plunged to 35 years old since last week.
Professor Erin Bromage used the term ‘smouldering fire’ to describe the rising cases among younger people because they can easily pass the infection to vulnerable populations. Some Americans have resorted to ridiculous measures such as microwaving library books and face masks to sanitise these objects.
Pubs, restaurants and hair salons have reopened in England. Prime minister Boris Johnson said people should observe the social distancing rules to minimise a spike of infections. UK reports 316,616 cases and 44,274 deaths from the virus so far.
Improved economic outcomes amid rising infections 3 July, 2020
There are almost 11 million COVID-19 cases and 524,966 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 2,775,425 cases and 131,485 deaths from the coronavirus.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House has absolutely no regrets on ending coronavirus lockdown measures. The White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, predicts a “V-shaped recovery” and cite strong job reports.
President Trump is also citing a report on more jobs created in June after restaurants, bars and retail businesses reopened. Trump said, “Today's announcement proves that our economy is roaring back …”
Meanwhile, 36 states in the US report spikes in the percentage of COVID-19 tests that showed positive results. Additionally, the infection curve is rising in 40 out of 50 states.
Brazil reports over 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and almost 62,000 deaths from the virus. The United Nations (UN) predicts over 2.7 million businesses could go bankrupt in Latin America amid rising coronavirus cases. Shops, hotels and restaurants will be among the hardest hit.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports a jump of 77 new cases and recorded its biggest community transmission of the virus to date. Professor Sutton said the chances of some Victorians dying from the coronavirus infection is likely. He said, “When you've got significant community transmission, when you've got 70-odd cases every day, there is absolutely a possibility, an expectation, that some of those people will die …”
Trump said OK to face masks 2 July, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 10.7 million COVID-19 cases and 520,154 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports a rise of over 40,000 cases to bring the total to 2,671,248 infected individuals and 130,798 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump said he hopes the coronavirus will disappear amid over 40,000 new cases per day for the past few days. Dr Anthony Fauci warns that the US is going in the wrong direction and said, “I'm very concerned, and I'm not satisfied with what's going on because we're going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases …”
Meanwhile, Trump has started wearing face mask and said, “I'm all for masks. I think masks are good … People have seen me wearing one …”
The state, Arizona, has hit records for coronavirus death toll, number of new infections, and number of hospitalizations and emergency visits on Wednesday. California is rolling back its reopening and has ordered bars, cinemas and indoor restaurants to close in almost 70% of the state. ‘Pong fest’ party is one of the main contributors of rising cases in Texas.
Australia is getting into the race to ensure it has enough supply of the first approved COVID-19 drug and confirmed that the manufacturer Gilead had donated a supply of the remdesivir drug to its national medical stockpile. Australia reports over 8000 coronavirus cases.
Makeshift medical facilities and up to 10,000 beds made of cardboard are being used to help combat rising infections in New Delhi, India. The cardboard beds can hold 300 kg of weight and are waterproof. India reports 605,775 cases and 17,855 deaths from the virus so far.
Dr Fauci warns 100,000 cases per day 1 July, 2020
There are over 10.6 million COVID-19 cases and 515,363 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 2,727,996 cases and 130,123 deaths from the coronavirus.
Top health expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, warns the US could see up to 100,000 cases per day if the trend continues. Dr Fauci said, “We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day …” He also said everyone should wear masks as it is extremely important.
According to an economist at Goldman Sachs, the use of face masks is significantly associated with better coronavirus outcomes.
Due to dramatic rise of cases, beaches in Florida will be closed for the coming holiday weekend. The US government has bought up the entire supply of remdesivir, the only drug that has been shown to work on COVID-19 patients.
Apparently, President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans get access on this first COVID-19 drug. The US Health and Human Services department has secured half a million treatment courses for hospitals through September.
Suburbs in the northern areas of Melbourne, Victoria, will be placed under lockdowns and up to 300,000 people may be affected by these restrictions. Victoria has seen double-digit rise of cases for two weeks, which triggers the lockdown measure.
Premier Daniel Andrews warns a broader lockdown of the city is still a possibility. Australia reports 7920 cases and 104 deaths from the virus so far.
Rising cases in Victoria, Australia 30 June, 2020
There are over 10.4 million COVID-19 cases and 509,634 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 2,681,811 cases and 128,783 deaths from the coronavirus.
Crowded pubs are examples of places where new infections cases come from in the US. For example, when the Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, Michigan, reopened, 80 people who visited the bar have been tested positive. People who have visited the pub recently have been ordered to self-isolate for two weeks.
The state Victoria, Australia, reports 64 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. As a result of having an unacceptably high level of new cases, certain suburbs have been ordered for lockdowns.
Broadmeadows, Fawkner and Auburn Vale are suburbs with surging cases. Premier Daniel Andrews said 928 people in Broadmeadows, which is a hotspot area, have refused to be tested. The South Australia borders remain closed to Victorians.
New Zealand borders will remain closed to outsiders. The country is free of COVID-19. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “There is a time in the future we'll be opening our borders but to suggest that time is now when the virus is getting worse is frankly dangerous.”
Second wave of infections? 29 June, 2020
There are over 10.3 million COVID-19 cases and 505,785 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 2,637,077 cases and 128,437 deaths from the coronavirus.
It has been three consecutive days that the US reports more than 40,000 cases per day. Bars have been the source of outbreaks. The most highly populated state in the US, California, has ordered bars in seven of its counties to close, including Los Angeles. All bars are closed in Texas and Florida.
The Vice President, Mike Pence, who had assured people that America was in a better shape has called off the re-election campaign in Florida and Arizona. Florida reports over 9000 cases on Saturday alone and is poised to become the next epicentre of the outbreak.
Parents in England are urged to send their children back to schools or could face fines. The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said, “Unless there is a good reason for the absence then we will be looking at the fact that we would be imposing fines on families if they are not sending their children back.”
UK ranks number five for countries with the most coronavirus cases. The country reports 312,988 cases and 43,729 deaths from the virus so far.
About half a million Chinese are under lockdown in the Hebei province due to fears of a second wave of the coronavirus infection. The Anxin county, which is about 90 miles from Beijing has been sealed off. China reports 83,512 cases and 4634 deaths from the coronavirus.
Pence said the US is better now 28 June, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 10.1 million COVID-19 cases and 502,562 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US reports a rise of over 40,000 cases to bring the total to 2,596,770 infected individuals and 128,152 deaths from the coronavirus.
According to the Vice President, Mike Pence, the US is now capable of half a million of coronavirus testing per day, which in part contributes to detecting more cases. Despite rising cases, the Vice President thinks the US is better now and said, “The reality is we're in a much better place."
However, Dr Anthony Fauci said, “… we are facing a serious problem in certain areas.” Texas, California and Florida have all reported more than 5000 case per day, which previously was only reported by New York.
Thousands of protesters are hitting the streets in Spain, which is the biggest demonstration since the coronavirus crisis began for the country. The Workers Commissions and UGT unions have called for the rallies to make sure there is a concrete plan for rebuilding the nation. Spain reports 295,549 cases and 28,752 deaths from the virus so far.
Melbourne is considering lockdowns of certain suburbs after seeing 49 new cases today. Australia reports 7641 cases and 104 deaths from the virus so far.
Coming back from the biggest surge of cases 27 June, 2020
There are over 9.9 million COVID-19 cases and 498,362 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 2,553,068 cases and 127,640 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US has just recorded its single day biggest rise of 45,255 cases, surpassing the June 25 figure of 39,972 cases. Brazil is also reporting more than 40,000 new cases in the past 24 hours. Arizona and Florida are among the latest hardest hit states with rising number of cases detected.
Despite the rising cases, President Trump thinks the US is coming back strong from the coronavirus crisis. He said, “We have a little work to do, and we'll get it done. We're having some very good numbers coming out in terms of the comeback, the comeback of our nation …”
Meanwhile, a Native American tribe known as the White Mountain Apache Tribe is taking precaution against COVID-19 by barring visitors from entering their area.
India now ranks number four for countries with the most coronavirus cases. The country reports a rise of over 17,000 new cases, bringing the total cases to 509,753 people. The country’s death toll is 15,700 fatalities. New Delhi is the worst affected city and its healthcare system is overwhelmed by rising cases.
Some experts are advising the government officials in India to focus on reducing mortality rather than controlling the transmission of the virus.
Paul Romer proposes to test every American 26 June, 2020
There are over 9.7 million COVID-19 cases and 492,899 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports 2,504,676 cases and 126,785 deaths from the coronavirus.
Professor Paul Romer, a Nobel prize-winning economist, proposed a plan to test every American once every 2 weeks in order for everyone to safely return to work. Romer was former chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank
To carry out his plan, 20-30 million tests need to be done each day and can cost US$1.5 billion per week. Currently, the US is capable of testing more than 400,000 people, which means the proposal is a few orders of magnitude higher number of testing capacity. Romer said, “We must choose between fighting this virus with all of America's resources, intellect, and will, or surrendering because an answer we can have confidence in feels too hard to execute.”
Some Harvard researchers are also backing the idea of testing every Americans because according to them, the cost of quarantining citizens is US$140-150 billion per month. However, this proposal seems unrealistic, uneconomical and far-fetched because China, which has a much larger population size than the US, did not perform so many tests at individual level and is able to contain the outbreak.
Meanwhile, Texas reports its biggest single day rise of more than 6000 new cases, which perhaps shows the untenable political situation within America when facing a real threat.
US state officials and companies take precautions 25 June, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 9.5 million COVID-19 cases and 486,292 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US reports a rise of 38,779 cases to bring the total to 2,463,271 infected individuals and 124,282 deaths from the coronavirus. Such a dramatic rise in single day of new cases is a new record high and has motivated some state officials and businesses to take precautions on their own.
The Disneyland has delayed its plan to reopen and Apple has closed its retail stores in the Houston area. Nevada and North Carolina require their residents to wear masks in public places.
Texas had recently eased coronavirus restrictions but are now urging its residents to stay at home again. Both Texas and Florida are hit with rising infections, which Dr Anthony Fauci described as “disturbing”. Florida had 5508 new infections on Tuesday.
The CDC and vaccine manufacturers have prepared millions of extra flu vaccines to protect the public against the seasonal influenza this coming winter.
The Dow Jones industrial average (DJIA) tumbles 709 points or 2.7%.
The state Victoria in Australia reports 33 new coronavirus cases. The state has requested the Australian Defence Force or the army to get involved to help with logistical support to combat the sudden surge of cases. The army will knock on doors in hotspot suburbs e.g. Broadmeadows and Keilor Downs, to offer free COVID-19 testing.
There is a report that Melbourne coronavirus cluster has its origin at Eid party, which is news frowned by Muslim leaders in Victoria because it further divides the community. Australia reports 7521 cases and 103 deaths from the virus so far.
EU considers barring Americans from entering 24 June, 2020
There are over 9.4 million COVID-19 cases and 481,251 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports 2,424,492 cases and 123,484 deaths from the coronavirus.
European Union countries are considering travel ban of Americans into their countries because the US has failed to control the pandemic. The recent spike of cases in America places the country in the same league as Brazil and Russia in terms of infection risks. The White House has not responded yet on this matter.
Meanwhile, President Trump is paying a visit to his new wall at the US-Mexico border, which he claimed will stop illegal immigration and the novel coronavirus. Trump said, "It stopped COVID, it stopped everything … Our border has never been more secure …"
A cluster of coronavirus outbreak among slaughterhouse workers in Germany has resulted in the lockdown of a district, which is the first incident after the country has reopened in May. Over 370,000 people in Gutersloh and nearby areas are affected by the new restriction measures. Germany reports 192,786 cases and 9209 deaths from the virus so far.
Brazil reports a huge spike of almost 40,000 new cases in the past 24 hours. President Bolsonaro has been ordered by a judge to wear mask.
WHO said pandemic is rising exponentially 23 June, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 9.2 million COVID-19 cases and 475,841 deaths from the virus. The US reports 2,388,225 cases and 122,611 deaths from the coronavirus.
The WHO warns that the coronavirus cases is rising exponentially. There is a rise of infections among younger people e.g. 20 to 40 years old, in some parts of the US such as Florida. This in turn likely means less deaths but these younger people can infect older family members at home.
The rise of cases is quite drastic in California as the past two weeks new cases accounted for 35% of all of their confirmed cases. This highlights a failure to contain the outbreak in America. Even though nine states in the US have reported record rolling average highs of cases, political leaders are still insisting on lockdown should be done as a last resort.
President Trump has ordered his administration to limit the number of immigration visas e.g. H-1B, to prevent foreign workers from entering the US for short term work. This order has caused many problems with American businesses that operate globally as well as international companies that operate in the US. Over 500,000 foreign workers will be kept out of the country for the rest of the year.
After two health ministers leaving their posts and more than a million COVID-19 cases, Brazil has now broken another record; more than 50,000 coronavirus deaths for the country. Such a high death toll is only second to the US and Brazil has recorded about 1000 deaths per day recently. As expected, many protests are breaking out across the country e.g. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
China cancels poultry import from the US 22 June, 2020
There are over 9.1 million COVID-19 cases and 471,918 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports 2,356,715 cases and 122,248 deaths from the coronavirus.
The Trump’s administration is preparing for a potential second wave as 29 states and territories have reported higher seven-day average of new cases. However, Peter Navarro, a White house’s trade advisor said there is no indication of a second wave that is already happening.
Democrats Nancy Pelosi have spoken against Trump’s rally message that called for less testing.
China has cancelled imports of poultry from the meat processor, Tyson, which is based in the US, after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was reported. A total of 481 people have tested positive for the virus at Tyson’s facilities at Arkansas.
Germany reports a jump in coronavirus reproduction rate from 1.79 to 2.88, which is a rather high level of infection rate that makes it harder to contain the outbreak. A reproduction rate of 2.88 means out of 100 infected individuals, a further 288 people will get infected.
The rise in infection rate could mean further social restrictions for Germany, which is not good news to its economy. Germany reports 191,657 cases and 8962 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump wants to slow down testing 21 June, 2020
There are over 8.9 million COVID-19 cases and 467,898 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 2,330,578 cases and 121,980 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump has ordered his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because too many cases have been detected. Trump said, “Slow the testing down, please. (But) they test and they test.”
Trump’s campaign at Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be epic according to him but many seats were empty at the BOK Center arena. He has been criticised over the handling of George Floyd’s death and a lack of empathy for African Americans. Six members on his campaign have tested positive for the coronavirus before the first rally.
Not all states in Australia are doing well enough to convince everyone that there should not be closing of borders inter states. The Victorian government has detected a surge of COVID-19 cases and have extended emergency measures for at least 4 more weeks.
As a result, South Australia is reconsidering its decision to open its border. Australia reports 7436 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
The pandemic is accelerating 20 June, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 8.8 million COVID-19 cases and 463,725 deaths from the virus. The US reports 2,297,360 cases and 121,407 deaths from the coronavirus.
Vice-President Mike Pence said fears are overblown on the record highs cases in some states and blamed the media for scaring Americans. Dr Anthony Fauci said, “People keep talking about a second wave … We're still in a first wave.” Almost 25% of all US cases come from the North East states.
Dr. Tedros of the WHO warned that the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating as more than 150,000 new cases were reported yesterday. Apart from the Americas, South Asia and the Middle East also report high number of cases.
China is potentially the culprit behind the state-backed cyber-attack directed at Australia. Very few countries in the world has the capability to launch such sustained cyber-attacks and even fewer of them has the motivation to do so against Australia.
The prime minister Scott Morrison did not specifically named China as the perpetrator but warned Australians to be vigilant and let the government protect them. Australia reports 7437 cases and 103 deaths from the virus so far.
Beijing coronavirus came from Europe 19 June, 2020
There are over 8.6 million COVID-19 cases and 459,367 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports 2,263,749 cases and 120,688 deaths from the coronavirus.
The mandatory face mask rule is being pushed back in some parts of the US especially among the conservatives. For example, the Orange County, Calif will not apply this rule.
China has released genetic data on the latest coronavirus strain outbreak in Beijing. The genome data is based on two human and one environmental sample collected on the 11th June. CDC official Zhang Yong said that based on preliminary study, the coronavirus strain is from Europe but is different from the current strain spreading over there.
Many people in Beijing now fear another lockdown. China reports a total of 83,325 cases and 4634 deaths from the virus so far.
US will never be closed again 18 June, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with almost 8.5 million COVID-19 cases and 454,438 deaths from the virus. The US reports 2,234,475 cases and 119,941 deaths from the coronavirus.
US government officials in multiple states have ordered for mandatory face masks to be worn in public as coronavirus cases continue to climb.
President Trump is going ahead with the first rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma despite the fact that the Tulsa County has just reported the biggest rise of coronavirus cases. He also said, “We won’t be closing the country again …” Meanwhile, Florida rising cases is a cause for concern as it could be the next large epicenter of COVID-19.
Flights and trains have been cancelled in Beijing, China, to prevent further outbreak of the coronavirus. Beijing is on a level two alert, which is their second highest level in a four-tier emergency system. Movement of people in and out of the city are under scrutiny and subject to COVID-19 tests.
Brazil reports almost 1 million COVID-19 cases after adding another 32,188 new cases since its Tuesday update. The country’s death toll is 46,665 fatalities.
Dexamethasone saves COVID-19 patients 17 June, 2020
There are over 8.3 million COVID-19 cases and 449,184 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US registers 2,208,402 cases and 119,132 deaths from the coronavirus.
The death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed seasonal flu, which is responsible for 12,000 to 60,000 deaths per year. However, seasonal flu is still likely to affect more people each year, but time will tell if the COVID-19 will become more infectious. People all over the world should not consider the coronavirus as a bad flu to downplay its danger. The number of coronavirus cases are in record highs in six American states, which raises concerns of a second wave of infections.
Matt Hancock, a British politician, said “There are some other countries where the (COVID-19 infection) curve is going up and it appears to be going up exponentially. That is a real worry …” He also said the UK government will consider easing the social distancing measures such as the two-meter rule.
An affordable and widely available drug known as dexamethasone has become the first drug shown to be able to save patients with severe COVID-19. UK has gathered 200,000 courses of the treatment and approve its use. UK reports 299,944 cases and 42,113 deaths from the virus so far.
The daily death toll in India and Pakistan are at record highs. India and Pakistan report a total of 11,903 and 3307 deaths, respectively.
$US 1 trillion infrastructure plan 16 June, 2020
There are over 8.1 million COVID-19 cases and 442,406 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 2,182,950 cases and 118,283 deaths from the coronavirus.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with heart disease and diabetes are six times more likely to be hospitalized and are 12 times more likely to die from coronavirus infections. People with underlying medical conditions are impacted more from COVID-19 as expected, and there is a wide gap of disease outcome between white and minority groups.
The FDA is warning against the use of anti-malarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which has been promoted by president Trump. The FDA cautions users that the use of the drugs could lead to heart problems.
The Trump’s administration is considering a $US 1 trillion infrastructure plan, which includes 5G wireless infrastructure, to revive its economy. This has potentially contributed to alleviating some fears in the stock markets and prevented further sell-off. Additionally, the Federal Reserve promises to purchase corporate bonds, which has helped to bolster confidence in the financial markets.
New Zealand reports two new COVID-19 cases after 24 days of being free from any case. The two new cases were travellers from the UK. New Zealand reports 1506 cases and 22 deaths so far.
China handled the pandemic better than the US 15 June, 2020
There are over 8 million COVID-19 cases and 438,813 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports 2,162,228 cases and 117,858 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research, said the infection rates will not slow down until 60% or 70% of the population have been infected.
The US has only about 5% of its population infected so far, which means the infection rates can be expected to continue to rise. According to a survey of 53 countries, only three countries are of the opinion that the US has handled the pandemic better than China.
President Trump is still going ahead with the first campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and requires attendees to acknowledge, “By attending the rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc … liable …”
There are fears that Beijing, China, is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 after a cluster of cases was detected in a market, which has now led to the closing of the market and some restaurant outlets. A further 49 new cases have been detected. China reports 83,181 cases and 4634 deaths from the virus so far.
Major European stock markets have opened down, in concert with the losses already seen in Asian stock markets. Hong Kong’s Hang Sang has plunged more than 2%, Australia’s ASX dropped 2.7%.
Coronavirus on cutting board of salmon in Beijing 14 June, 2020
There are over 7.9 million COVID-19 cases and 435,360 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 2,142,224 cases and 117,527 deaths from the coronavirus.
According to the Washington Post, 21 states in the US have reported higher daily increase in infections when compared to the previous week. Alabama recorded a 92% increase in its seven-day average, which is the state with the biggest rise in cases. Hospitalizations are on the rise too.
A major seafood and produce market in Beijing, China, was shutdown after a cluster of 53 coronavirus cases was detected. Over 10,000 people work at this market that supplies 90% of fruits and vegetable in Beijing.
There was a report of the coronavirus being found on the cutting board of imported salmon. China reports a total of 83,134 cases and 4634 deaths from the virus.
Spike in cases in half of the US 13 June, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 7.7 million COVID-19 cases and 431,203 deaths from the virus. The US reports 2,117,027 cases and 116,831 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci warned US states to reconsider reopening if cases start to climb. He also said those who want to attend the coming Trump’s campaign rally should wear masks.
According to one of WHO recommendations, the rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus should remain at 5% or lower before the state or government should consider reopening.
The rates of positive results in the US states are in the range of between 4% to 7%, and some states have not met the recommended guideline. Almost half of the US are now experiencing a surge in cases.
Brazil is officially the 2nd worst affected country in the world in terms of both the total number of cases and deaths. It has overtaken UK’s death toll.
President Bolsonaro continues to downplay the impact of the coronavirus and said his political rivals were exaggerating the real number of COVID-19 deaths in their states. He said, “What do they hope to gain from this? Political benefits, that’s all it can be.”
Brazil reports 829,902 cases and 41,901 deaths from the virus.
US divided 12 June, 2020
There are over 7.6 million COVID-19 cases and 426,625 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports 2,089,701 cases and 116,034 deaths from the coronavirus.
Trump’s campaign will continue and rally attendees have to agree not to sue the campaign or venue if they contract COVID-19 as a result of their attendance.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden, a Democrat, said, “Even now, after the incredible toll our country has already paid, President Trump still refuses to take the virus seriously …”
According to a recent poll, the majority of Americans feel the country is going out of control. Words such as "historic", "unprecedented", "dystopian" and "apocalyptic" have been used to describe the year 2020 and there are mounting fears of a World War III.
The first presidential campaign rally site chosen by Trump is Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is the location of one of America's most violent racial attacks against African Americans in 1921. 300 African Americans were killed in the “Black Wall Street” incident in 1921. Ironically or intentionally, Trump chose to start his campaign on 19th June at Tulsa, which the date itself is also known as ‘Juneteenth’ that also means Freedom Day.
Trump to resume campaign rallies 11 June, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 7.5 million COVID-19 cases and 422,072 deaths from the virus. The US reports 2,066,508 cases and 115,137 deaths from the coronavirus.
Not even a pandemic will stop President Trump from resuming his campaign rallies, starting with Oklahoma next week. Trump said, “They've done a great job with COVID in the state of Oklahoma.” The election is scheduled for 3rd Nov.
Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, predicts another 100,000 new deaths in the US by September this year. His advice is for people to practice social distancing, wear masks, more testing and tracing of cases.
The number of COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Indonesia, a country with over 250 million people. The country reports 979 infections and 41 deaths from yesterday. Lifting of coronavirus restrictions have begun after two months of lockdown. Indonesia reports 34,316 cases and 1959 deaths from the virus so far.
Major stock market indices have fallen after Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell forecasted bad economic growth ahead. For example, Japan Nikkei 225 is down by 2.8% and Australia S&P/ASX200 index closed 3% lower. The global economy is essentially on ‘life support’.
Protests continue unabated 10 June, 2020
There are over 7.3 million COVID-19 cases and 416,872 deaths due to the virus worldwide. The US reports 2,045,715 cases and 114,151 deaths from the coronavirus.
Protests in America continue for 15 days after George Floyd was murdered by a policeman. Floyd’s funeral was attended by thousands of mourners in Houston, Texas. The ongoing protests and lifting of coronavirus restrictions have probably contributed to rising cases in Florida, which has jumped on average 46% in the past week.
In NSW, Australia, police are blasting pepper sprays to anti-racism protesters at Sydney’s Central Railway Station. While the Acting Commissioner supports the use of pepper sprays, Jeremy King, a principal at Robinson Gill Lawyers, said the move was unnecessary as there were other strategies that the police could have used.
Australia reports 7267 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
A study by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) shows COVID-19 transmission is correlated with air travel. For example, in the UK, the high number of both domestic and international flights are associated with ongoing spread of the disease.
UK reports 290,940 cases and 41025 deaths from the virus.
Police brutality is more deadly 9 June, 2020
There are over 7.2 million COVID-19 cases and 411,848 deaths due to the virus globally. The US registers 2,026,597 cases and 113,061 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US economy is in recession according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). The NBER confirms the plunge in incomes and employment was very sharp, which enables it to call for a recession.
Research from the University of California shows that lockdowns have prevented about 60 million infections. The lockdown measures were even more impressive in China as about 285 million infections have been prevented.
Another study by the University of Washington shows that a total of 145,728 people could die of COVID-19 by August.
Kenyans marched through Mathare slum to protest against police brutality and the increase in extrajudicial killings. A protester, Sobukwe Nonkwe, said, “The police have killed us more than corona …” Kenya reports 2872 cases and 85 deaths from the virus so far.
Schools in the Philippines will not reopen until a vaccine for COVID-19 is available. Online and TV classes will resume at the end of August but those without Internet access will miss out. The lockdown measures have worked to slow transmission but the economy is crushed leaving many needing urgent social assistance. The country has 22,474 cases and 1011 deaths from the virus so far.
Over 2 million cases in the US 8 June, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 7.1 million COVID-19 cases and 409,141 deaths from the virus. The US reports over 2 million cases for the first time and 112,477 deaths from the coronavirus.
Protesters defied government lockdown restrictions and continue to protest against George Floyd’s death. The US is running low on remdesivir, a drug known to help reduce hospitalization stay due to COVID-19 by up to 4 days. The company that makes the drug is Gilead Sciences and is ramping up production.
New Zealand is now free of COVID-19 and the prime minister, Jacinda Arden, is smiling when she announces the news. The country has been free of community transmission for up to 40 days. The country will reopen its economy in full. New Zealand records only 1504 cases and 22 deaths from the virus so far.
In Australia, the free childcare system will end in 12 July and the Jobkeeper scheme will also end for childcare workers on 20 July. Australia has only recorded 5 new cases from yesterday and it now has 7260 cases in total and the death toll is still 102 people.
Outbreak crisis in Afghanistan 7 June, 2020
There are more than 7 million COVID-19 cases and 405,294 deaths due to the virus worldwide. The US reports 1,988,545 cases and 112,096 deaths due to the coronavirus.
The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that Hong Kong is not able to govern itself separately from China. There could be sanctions and other measures to punish China if they enact law to put Hong Kong people under more Chinese control.
A US senator, Rick Scott, claimed that he has evidence to show China is trying to slow down or sabotage the development of COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, President Trump visits the Kennedy Space Center but was unable to witness the SpaceX launch due to bad weather.
Afghanistan reports its single biggest daily rise of infections. The health ministry saw 791 new cases out of 1427 tests. The country has 20,342 cases and 357 deaths in total.
Meanwhile, the governor of Kabul, Mohammad Yaghoub Heidari, said the actual number of infections is much higher in the capital city. Heidari said, “There is a catastrophe going on in Kabul …”
The health ministry in Brazil is removing online data that tracked the outbreak in the country. The president of Brazil, Bolsonaro, continues to play down the danger of the pandemic and has even threatened to leave the WHO. Brazil reports 676,494 cases and 36,044 deaths from the virus.
A bad gift from China 6 June, 2020
There are over 6.9 million COVID-19 cases and 401,213 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 1,965,912 cases and 111,394 deaths from the coronavirus.
The rise of cases in certain parts of the US may be attributed to the lifting of lockdown restrictions and Black Lives Matter movement.
President Trump said the pandemic is a really ‘bad gift’ from China. He said, “ … (China) should have stopped it at the source”. He questioned why the problem got out of hand in Wuhan but was prevented from having a devastating effect to Beijing. However, the rest of the world such as Europe and US suffered major damage.
Meanwhile, a report from the Institute for Policy Studies shows US billionaires have become US$ 565 billion richer since 18th March while many Americans are struggling financially. Jeff Bezos of Amazon is worth US$ 36.2 billion more since 18th March.
China is warning its citizens not to travel to Australia due to rising racism against Chinese and Asian people. A tabloid in China urges students to be cautious about studying in Australia. The Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack of Australia denied racial attacks are increasing.
However, many readers of the ABC have shared their experiences of being racism targets. Asian people in Australia have experienced verbal abuse and even saw graffiti that specifically meant to invoke fears, telling them to return to their home countries. Australia reports 7251 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
Brazil death toll in top 3 5 June, 2020
There are over 6.7 million COVID-19 cases and 396,137 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports 1,924,189 cases and 110,179 deaths from the coronavirus.
The CDC director is concerned that Americans are not adhering to the agency’s guideline since cases continue to climb. For example, the daily rise in cases exceed 20,000 people and probably exacerbated by George Floyd’s death.
Brazil ranks number two for countries with the most coronavirus cases and number three for the most deaths due to the coronavirus. The country has just overtaken Italy death toll after registering a daily record of 1473 deaths. In total, the country has 615,870 cases and 34,039 deaths from the virus.
People from Bangladeshi background were two times more likely to die from COVID-19 infection than white British people. Black and other minorities group in the UK are also more severely affected by the coronavirus. The UK registers 283,455 cases and 40,044 deaths from the virus so far.
Bible, burned church, and suppression 4 June, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 6.6 million COVID-19 cases and 391,047 deaths from the virus. The US registers over 1.9 million cases, of which only about a third have recovered but 109,146 people have died.
Former Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, criticises Trump’s militarised response in handling George Floyd’s death. He is sending the message that the US can unite without leadership from the current President. Mattis also said, “We must reject any thinking of our cities as a 'battlespace' that our uniformed military is called upon to 'dominate …”
On Monday, Trump held up a Bible in front of the St. John's Episcopal Church, which was set ablaze by rioters the day before.
The Right Reverend Mariann Budde, an Episcopal bishop, was angry at Trump saying, “Driving away a peaceful crowd with tear gas and weapons in order to stage a photo op was an “abuse of sacred symbols” … a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.”
There is now a debate as to whether Trump silenced the protesters to stage this photo op.
Gun sales have jumped much higher in the US due to the pandemic and George Floyd’s death. Meanwhile, the US government has announced that it will block Chinese airlines from flying into the US.
Thousands of people in the UK have to be retested due to flawed coronavirus tests. The UK reports 280,753 cases and 39,798 deaths from the virus.
Some Australian universities are planning to shut campuses whereas others will cut hundreds of jobs in the coming weeks. Social distancing and travel restrictions put tremendous pressure at university’s operation and enrolments from international students are expected to drop sharply. Australia reports 7229 cases and 102 deaths from the coronavirus so far.
No talk between Fauci and Trump 3 June, 2020
There are over 6.5 million COVID-19 cases and 385,634 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 1,881,205 cases and 108,059 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, used to meet President Trump regularly to discuss the outbreak. However, they have not met each other for two weeks now after Dr Fauci broadcasted his opinion on 18th May in a teleconference. Fauci disagrees with lifting coronavirus restrictions too soon.
Australia is officially in recession according to its Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. The economy has plunged 0.3% in the March quarter. Australia is still reeling from bushfires damage and the pandemic hits. The country has 7229 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
Thousands of people angered by the mandatory tracking app in Moscow. The authorities have received over 2,500 complaints of unjustified fines, which in some cases exceed monthly earnings. Online petitions that demand the abolishment of the app have got over 95,000 signatures.
Trump threatens with army 2 June, 2020
The world is struggling to contain almost 6.4 million COVID-19 cases, of which only about 3 million cases have recovered, and the death toll is 380,542 fatalities. The US registers over 1.8 million cases and 106,927 fatalities from the coronavirus.
As protests broke out in various US cities, there are rising fears that this could further spread the virus. The news of the police officer, Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee onto George Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes to murder him has sparked riots. Derek has been charged with third-degree murder.
US politicians feared the protests could be super spreader events. President Trump has threatened to send in the army to stop the civil unrest. A few major cities in the US have now imposed overnight curfews.
UK credit card lending has plunged 7.8% in April while consumer debt repayments rise. Weak credit demand is not good news given that the economic model for growth is driven by credits. UK ranked number 5 for countries with the most coronavirus cases and it has 277,228 cases and 39,114 deaths.
Violent protests spread in the US 1 June, 2020
There are almost 6.3 million COVID-19 cases and 377,041 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 1,837,525 cases and 106,195 deaths from the coronavirus.
Social isolation has been hard on kids. There is one report of a father of a 12-year-old boy, Hayden, claiming his son has died from depression associated with COVID-19. Hayden committed suicide in his bedroom 3 days before his birthday.
For the past few nights, parts of the US have been torched and fuelled by the death of a black man named George Floyd. The handling of the pandemic in the US reveals social inequality that has put many African Americans behind in terms of job opportunities.
A movement called Black Lives Matter is now spreading and thousands of New Zealanders have shown support for it.
Between Feb and May this year, the average total deaths from COVID-19 ranked number 3 among all common causes of deaths in the US. It is only behind heart disease and cancer.
Anti-Asian racism has jumped higher in NSW, Australia. Reports show Asian looking individuals have been spat on, harassed when wearing masks and their car windows smashed. Altogether, 241 complaints have been received in a span of 4 months.
Australia reports 7204 cases and 103 deaths from the virus so far.
Violent protests spread in the US 31 May, 2020
There are almost 6.2 million COVID-19 cases and 374,209 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US registers 1,816,897 cases and 105,557 deaths from the virus so far.
In the US, the pandemic hits its economy hard and many people have become jobless for the first time. Jobless individuals spend days applying for unemployment benefits. About 27 million Americans have likely lost their job-based health coverage.
Violent protests in the US are not only confined to Minneapolis but have spread elsewhere to include Los Angeles as well, and there are reports of police vehicles torched and businesses pillaged.
The African continent reports more than 130,000 cases but the low level of testing means more undetected cases are likely. There are also reports of many people who have escaped from uncleaned COVID-19 quarantine centres.
Escalating tensions between the US and China 30 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 6 million COVID-19 cases and 369,988 deaths from the virus. The US registers 1,793,530 cases and 104,542 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump is terminating ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) and accused it for being a puppet for China. He said, “The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency …” The Chinese government has denied the US allegations. Meanwhile, the WHO has tried to source funding from private donations.
Trump is also ending Hong Kong's special trade status and will block the entry of Chinese graduate students to the US by cancelling their visas.
According to a report, the anti-vaccine movement is growing and up to a quarter of Americans will refuse the coronavirus vaccine.
Iran is lifting coronavirus restrictions and will allow daily prayers to resume all over the country and shopping malls will open for longer hours. The country reports 146,668 cases and 7677 deaths from the virus.
Egypt records the highest daily infection and death rates since the outbreak began in the country. The country registers 22,082 cases and 879 deaths so far.
Violent protests in Minneapolis, US 29 May, 2020
There are almost 6 million COVID-19 cases and 370,144 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US registers 1,768,461 cases and 103,330 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump put an executive order to target social media companies after Twitter performs fact-checks on his tweets for the first time. Trump prefers to talk about COVID-19 mortality rates rather than the rising death toll in the US.
Belgium has the highest mortality rate in the world whereas the US ranked number 7. However, the higher mortality rate in Belgium is in part due to the counting of deaths from non-hospitalised people.
Protests in Minneapolis have turned violent as shops were looted and set ablaze after the death of George Floyd in police custody. The Minnesota governor, Tim Walz, has called for national guard to protect people in this state.
Meanwhile, US intervention in Hong Kong’s internal affair raises tension between China and the US and is associated with an overall stock markets moving down. Dr Anthony Fauci said the human cost of the virus is unprecedented.
The Philippines records its worst single daily rise of 539 cases on Thursday. However, the country is still on schedule for lifting their lockdown from Monday. The Philippines has 15,588 cases and 921 deaths.
Lack of water compounds epidemic problems in India 28 May, 2020
There are over 5.8 million COVID-19 cases and 359,647 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports over 1.7 million cases and 102,109 deaths from the coronavirus.
The majority of the cases come from the east coast and the New York state alone reports more than 29,000 deaths. Hospitals in New York are overwhelmed and thousands of people have died in aged care homes.
COVID-19 has killed more people than AIDS epidemic did from 1981 to 1989. It has also been far deadlier than many seasonal flus.
Indians are told to wash their hands by their political leaders to protect against infection. However, for slum inhabitants such as those in New Delhi, they barely have enough water to drink let alone to wash their hands or to shower to cool their bodies. Temperature is rising to as high as 45 degree Celcius in this city and water is a precious commodity. India reports over 150,000 cases and 4540 deaths from the virus.
The life prospects of young Britons under the age of 25 are compromised by the pandemic according to a study by the London School of Economics. The UK death toll is the second highest in the world after the US. The country reports 268,136 cases and 37,529 deaths from the virus.
Seoul, South Korea, has a surge in COVID-19 infections and this has prompted the government to implement lockdown measures again. Museums, parks and art galleries will be closed again for at least two weeks. South Korea reports 11,344 cases and 269 deaths from the virus.
US death toll exceeds 100,000 27 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 5.7 million COVID-19 cases and 354,626 deaths from the virus. The US registers 1,725,400 cases and 100,580 deaths from the coronavirus.
Since 17th April, President Trump has encouraged the states Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia to protest against lockdowns. The US has one of the fastest infection rates in April when compared to other nations, but the number of anti-government protests has surged to a level higher than in 2019, the so called ‘Year of Global Protest’.
Most of the protests are anti-lockdowns and against stay-at-home orders. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, defends Trump’s decision on lockdowns and said, “… this president made the right choice. It was a delicate balance …” She commented that economic hardship drives people to suicide, which are deaths avoidable if lockdowns are lifted.
The WHO warns the Americas have now emerged as the new pandemic centre. The number of deaths in Brazil and other Latin American countries is predicted to rise from now through August. Brazil reports 394,507 cases and 24,593 deaths.
The biotechnology company, Novavax, will begin COVID-19 vaccine trial in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. More than 130 volunteers are expected to be part of the trial. Australia reports 7133 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
Pandemic drives us to a cashless world 26 May, 2020
There are over 5.6 million COVID-19 cases and 350,360 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US registers 1,706,226 cases and 99,805 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump spent most of Memorial Day weekend playing golf. Trump tweeted “… I played golf over the weekend. The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin …”
The pandemic is driving the world towards a cashless world. Fears that the coronavirus could spread from banknotes have led to the US Fed quarantining bills coming from Asia before recirculation. Other central banks in the world have been sterilising banknotes.
The WHO warns that countries that show a decline in coronavirus cases may experience a second wave of infection especially if restrictions are lifted too soon. Large crowds in areas such as Daytona Beach, Florida, during the Memorial Day weekend is a worrying sign.
Two schools in Sydney, Moriah college and Waverley college, are closed after a student from each tested positive for COVID-19. The students have only just returned back to schools for a day. Australia reports 7118 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
Pandemic brings the worst out of rats 25 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 5.5 million COVID-19 cases and 347,239 deaths from the virus. The US registers 1,686,436 million cases and 99,300 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people to be careful on starved rodents that are likely aggressive. The closing of many restaurants cut the food supplies that these rodents rely on, which in turn has increased cannibalism among them. Some jurisdictions in the US have already reported increased rodent activity.
The White House applies travel ban to foreigners who have been to Brazil in response to the rising cases from this country. Brazil now holds the second spot for countries with the most coronavirus cases. Brazil reports 365,213 cases and 22,746 deaths from the virus.
China is warning Australia not to get involved by siding the US in the ongoing tension between the US and China. The Global Times used the term ‘a new Cold War’ to describe the possibility of President Trump in engaging China on a hostile front. Australia reports 7109 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
Spain has eased lockdown restrictions and some parts of the country is in Phase 1 whereas others are in Phase 2, which is more relaxed. Spain ranks number 4 for countries with the most coronavirus cases and it has 282,582 cases and 28,752 deaths from the virus.
Video. The US COVID-19 Memorial Day weekend.
Wuhan lab denied speculation 24 May, 2020
There are over 5.3 million COVID-19 cases and 342,754 deaths from the coronavirus globally. The US registers 1,633,449 cases and more than 97,400 deaths from the virus.
It is expected that in the next few days the US will cross the 100,000 deaths mark. To pay tribute to the victims, the New York Times put the names of the deceased on the front page of its Sunday edition.
Alex Potter, a nurse who has served in the Middle East and treated those wounded in Iraq warzone, said “… (the novel coronavirus) is very insidious and it's not something we can see.” She said it is more stressful combating this pandemic than treating those wounded in the warzone.
Wang Yanyi, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had an interview with CGTN claiming that none of the bat coronavirus strains that she and her colleagues worked is matching the COVID-19. The closest strain was about 80% match at the genetic level. She said speculation on the virus originates from her institute is pure fabrication.
US unemployment claims have tripled in less than two months.
Annika Linde, a former epidemiologist in Sweden said the country should have entered into a lockdown. She said, “If we had shut down very early ... we would have been able, during that time, to make sure that we had what was necessary to protect the vulnerable, …” Sweden had experienced a very high death rate per capita recently and so far has 33,188 confirmed cases and 3992 deaths.
Pressure to conduct a pandemic review 23 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 5.2 million COVID-19 cases and 339,104 deaths from the virus. The US registers about 1.61 million coronavirus cases and 96,326 deaths so far.
Protesters in the US who are against anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine, and anti-5G have brought COVID-19 back to their communities according to tracing of anonymous SIM-card location.
The US is putting pressure to the WHO and China to begin the virus pandemic review soon. Admiral Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary in the US Department of Health and Human Services, wrote to the UN, “This review will ensure we have a complete and transparent understanding of the source, timeline of events, and decision-making process for the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic …”
There are mounting fears that Japan may become the next Italy or New York. Japan has very crowded cities, an aging population, and a coronavirus outbreak on a cruise ship. Despite all these factors, Japan seems to be have coped very well so far. Japan registers 16,518 cases and 799 deaths from the virus.
US military flyovers near China 22 May, 2020
There are over 5.1 million COVID-19 cases and 333,940 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 1,588,383 cases and 95,066 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US Navy and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) has been engaging in training to demonstrate the capability of the Air Force to deal with uncertain security environment. Military flyovers can be seen above waters near China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “For several decades, we thought the regime (China) would become more like us - through trade, scientific exchanges, diplomatic outreach, letting them in the World Trade Organization as a developing nation. That didn't happen …”
All states in the US have now been partially lifted from the coronavirus lockdown. President Trump is condemning China for its mass killings.
The US government has already secured about a third of the funding needed to obtain the first 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.
All over the world, governments are scrambling to get their economies back and need to secure vaccines when they are available. Meanwhile Trump made news by not wearing a mask during a visit to Ford.
India reports its biggest daily rise since the outbreak in the country. It reports over 6000 new cases, bringing the total infected people to 118,501. The death toll is 3585 in India so far.
About 1 in 6 people have already been infected with COVID-19 in the UK according to a study based on testing antibodies. The UK ranked number five for countries with the most coronavirus cases. The country reports 253,032 cases and 36,151 deaths from the coronavirus.
Brazil is in the top 3 21 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 5 million COVID-19 cases and 93,563 deaths from the virus. The US registers a rise of 21,173 cases from yesterday, bringing the total cases to 1,560,168 people. The US death toll is 93,563 fatalities.
Dr Anthony Fauci who spoke against President Trump lifting the coronavirus lockdowns is absent from national television for the past 2 weeks. The White House approves the re-opening of its economy.
Some refugees have been flown to the US for resettlement despite having spent years in Australia’s offshore processing regime.
Brazil has overtaken Spain for the number 3 spot of countries with the most coronavirus cases. The country registers a massive rise of almost 20,000 daily cases, bringing its total cases to 293,357 people and a total of 18,894 fatalities. Russia is ranked second for the countries with the most cases, but its death toll is only 3099 fatalities or 6 times less than Brazil.
Australia is calling for a global inquiry into the pandemic and China has imposed 80% tariff on Australian barley and some red meat imports. US secretary of state Mike Pompeois defending Australia on this move and called the Chinese regime as brutal and against free nations. Australia reports 7079 cases and 100 deaths from the virus so far.
Badge of honor for having the most cases 20 May, 2020
There are almost 5 million COVID-19 cases and 324,244 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US registers 1,538,995 cases and 92,196 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump considers the high number of cases an indication of the US leading the world in performing testings. He said, “I view it as a badge of honour. Really, it’s a badge of honor …”
The rising coronavirus cases in Brazil is a concern to Trump and he is considering a travel ban from the country. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro is planning on using chloroquine as a possible solution to the crisis his country is facing despite the fact the drug is not proven to work.
Tough days ahead for UK Rolls-Royce factories as the company plans to cut 9000 jobs. Concerns over rising inflation has evaporated as the UK reports inflation is now at only 0.8% (CPI, year-on-year from April). Energy prices such as gas has fallen by 3.5%. The UK registers 250,924 cases and 35,449 deaths from the virus.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres praises Africa for the way they have handled the pandemic much better than predictions. He said, “… most African governments and organisations took in time very brave prevention measures which provide a lesson for some developed nations that did not …” Africa reports 91,413 cases and 2907 deaths from the coronavirus so far.
Trump to pull funding from the WHO 19 May, 2020
There are 4,886,473 COVID-19 cases and 319,575 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports over 1.5 million cases and 90,726 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump will withdraw funding the WHO unless it can prove its independence from China. Trump said the WHO chose not to share information on possible human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus reported by Taiwan to the rest of the world. The WHO has also praised China for its effort at combating the infectious disease but were against Trump’s advice for closing its borders to the Chinese.
According to the think tank, NIESR, the take home pay in the UK is projected to fall in the coming months. Already, a large number of employees have been furloughed. The country reports 248,495 cases and 34,903 deaths from the virus, which is a death toll higher than Italy.
Coronavirus cases have jumped dramatically in Brazil and the country now has higher daily cases than Russia or Spain. In fact, it ranks number four for countries with the most COVID-19 cases. President Jair Bolsonaro said the economic cost is unbearable and the country must reopen soon. Brazil registers 255,368 cases and 16,856 deaths from the virus.
Trump is hitting back on Obama 18 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with almost 4.8 million COVID-19 cases and 315,878 deaths from the virus. The US registers almost 1.5 million cases and 89,708 from the coronavirus.
President Trump is hitting back on Barack Obama’s criticism and said he was elected because of his predecessor's corrupted administration. Trump said both Joe Biden and Barack Obama should be jailed for their involvement in Michael Flynn’s case.
The US Federal Reserve, Jerome H. Powell, said the US economy may not recover until at least the end of 2021.
The Aboriginal communities in the Queensland state in Australia is deprived of rapid testing for the new coronavirus. Aboriginal health organisations are criticising this move by the Queensland government. Australia reports 7045 cases and 98 deaths from the virus so far.
India will extend its lockdown for at least another two weeks. Mumbai, New Delhi, and Chennai are struggling with a rising infection curve. All domestic and international flights in India are disallowed until at least 31st May. India reports 96,169 cases and 3029 deaths from the virus.
‘Mark of the beast’ movement 17 May, 2020
There are over 4.7 million COVID-19 cases and 312,379 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports over 1.47 million cases and 88,851 deaths from the coronavirus.
Barack Obama is criticising the way the Trump’s administration is handling the pandemic. He said a disproportionate number of people in black communities have suffered the impact of the disease burden more than others.
A pastor in Louisiana, Ronnie Hampton, have died from COVID-19 infection. Prior to his death, he warned the vaccine is the ‘mark of the beast’. He said, “They’re gonna come up with a vaccine and … everybody is gonna have to take it … and inside of that vaccine there’s going to be some type of electronic computer device that’s gonna put some type of chip in you and maybe even have some mood, mind-altering circumstances…”
He is not the only religious leader in the US speaking out on this matter as other evangelical Christians have also claimed that any vaccine is the ‘mark of the beast’, which is a sign of submission to antichrist.
The pandemic has pushed the well-known department store, JC Penney, into bankruptcy.
Second wave in US rural communities 16 May, 2020
There are over 4.6 million COVID-19 cases and 308,122 deaths globally. The US reports 1,454,429 cases and 87,574 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump informs that the infection curve is flattening but a second wave is on the rise in rural communities with poorer healthcare system. The White House has restricted the appearance of US top physicians on national TV to better control communication on the coronavirus.
The US House of Representatives have passed a $US 3 trillion bill to aid its falling economy. Since April, the number of tests for the coronavirus per day has doubled in the US.
Australia has performed more than a million coronavirus tests for its population about 23 million individuals, according to deputy chief medical officer, Michael Kidd. Australia reports 7019 cases and 98 deaths from the virus so far.
Vietnam lifts its lockdown and suffers no deaths 15 May, 2020
There are over 4.5 million COVID-19 cases and over 300,000 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 1,428,092 cases and 85,908 deaths from the coronavirus.
The news of a US restaurant issuing COVID-19 surcharge to a customer has gone viral online. The owner of a restaurant in Missouri said, “We are doing this hoping we can adjust the surcharge weekly rather than just raise all of our prices on our menu due to increase prices from our supplier on meat, …”. Prices of meat have shot up at least by 8% in the US.
In Wisconsin, some people who tested positive for the coronavirus had attended a large gathering to protest against lockdown. President Trump will be delighted to know that Wisconsin is now re-opened after a court ruling.
Vietnam has literally lifted all coronavirus restrictions and allows non-essential businesses, including pubs, cinemas and markets in its popular Hoan Kiem District to re-open. People are scheduling domestic flights and hotels have re-opened. The country registers no coronavirus deaths and has only 312 confirmed cases so far.
Pastoralists in Kenya continue to suffer from one of the worst locust infestations in its country history. Farmers are unable to feed their families due to livestock deaths and crops destroyed by the locusts. The coronavirus restrictions have prevented and delayed aids to the country. Kenya registers 758 confirmed cases and 42 deaths from the virus.
Coronavirus researchers targeted by Chinese hackers 14 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 4.4 million COVID-19 cases and almost 300,000 deaths from the virus. The US reports 1,401,352 cases and 84,212 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump is surprised by Dr Anthony Fauci’s warning especially when it comes to re-opening schools. Trump said, “… not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools,”. Dr Fauci warned that students going back to the campus in the fall will likely not have vaccine available to them if they get infected.
FBI and US Department of Homeland Security warn institutions and companies working on vaccines and treatment against COVID-19 to be vigilant and guard their data against hackers linked to the Chinese government. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, has denied his government stealing any data related to the virus.
The US stock markets have plunged deeply e.g. the Dow Jones Industrial Average records its worst day since the ‘Black Monday’ crash in 1987.
Bill Gates expresses his regrets for warning against a pandemic threat years ago but found that it has not led to a coordinated global response. He said this ‘once a century pathogen’ will cost the US trillions of dollars. The WHO warns that COVID-19 may never go away and predicts a global mental health crisis due to the outbreak.
Dire consequences if the US ends lockdown now 13 May, 2020
There are over 4.3 million COVID-19 cases and 292,130 deaths due to the virus worldwide. In the US, there are 1,379,903 cases and 82,316 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump is not listening to his own infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, who has warned of dire consequences if America re-opens its economy too soon. Other health officials have also testified alongside Fauci before the Senate, warning on the danger of lifting lockdown too soon.
Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Biden is ahead of Trump according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Perhaps the high death toll has made Trump less popular among voters. Senator Kaine, another Democrat, has pointed out that COVID-19 death rate per capita is higher in the US than in India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Mexico.
In Victoria, Australia, Cedar Meats abattoir is being investigated for a coronavirus cluster outbreak. Australia reports 6964 cases and 97 deaths from the virus so far.
Russia records a rise of more than 10,000 new cases, which makes the country one of the global hotspots for cases and now ranked number 3 for countries with the most cases. However, the official mortality rate is much lower in Russia when compared to its neighbouring nations. The country has 232,243 cases and 2116 deaths from the coronavirus.
Trump Death Clock 12 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 4.2 million COVID-19 cases and 286,582 deaths from the virus. The US reports more than 1.35 million coronavirus cases and 80,683 deaths.
The New York’s Times Square put up a billboard title ‘Trump Death Clock’ to count deaths that could have been avoided if President Trump had acted sooner.
Trump has clashed with an Asian American reporter by responding with, “Don’t ask me. Ask China”, when asked on why he is keen to show how great America is when it comes to testing coronavirus cases. He was annoyed after responding to the question and abruptly left the briefing. In California, Elon Musk has defied shutdown order by reopening Tesla factory.
The lockdown is perhaps good news to bulls forced to fight in Spain. Ranchers have prepared fighting bulls but just as the bullfighting season was about to kick off, lockdown was imposed. Spain reports 268,143 cases and 26,744 deaths from the virus so far.
Footage of dead bodies next to COVID-19 patients in Mumbai exposed how the healthcare system has been compromised in some parts of India. The Dean of Mumbai’s Sion hospital was demoted after the video was released. India reports 70,827 cases and 2294 deaths from the coronavirus.
Up to 130,000 fatalities predicted for the US 11 May, 2020
There are 4,159,513 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 282,898 deaths worldwide. In the US, there are ~1.3 million coronavirus cases and 79,410 deaths.
A third person, Dr Anthony Fauci, from the White House coronavirus task force is self-isolating due to suspected infection of the virus. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is projecting the US death toll to be over 130,000 fatalities due to increased mobility of the citizens.
Fears are mounting on the possibility of a new wave of infections in Shulan city, China, which is near the border with Russia. Shulan has now been reclassified as high-risk due to coronavirus outbreak that shows no trail yet. China reports 82,918 cases and 4633 deaths from the virus.
The Covidsafe app in Australia has reached 5.5 million users and is fully operational and working. It will soon be tested for its function at tracing infections. Australia reports 6941 cases and 97 deaths from the virus so far.
Protesters arrested due to anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine and anti-5G 10 May, 2020
There are over 4 million COVID-19 cases and 279,739 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports over 1.3 million cases and 78,968 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Three children in the US have died from unusual inflammatory syndrome that is possibly linked to COVID-19. The rare inflammatory syndrome shows similar symptoms to Kawasaki disease and at least 73 children have been diagnosed with such symptoms in New York.Protesters arrested due to anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine and anti-5G 10 May, 2020
There are over 4 million COVID-19 cases and 279,739 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports over 1.3 million cases and 78,968 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Three children in the US have died from unusual inflammatory syndrome that is possibly linked to COVID-19. The rare inflammatory syndrome shows similar symptoms to Kawasaki disease and at least 73 children have been diagnosed with such symptoms in New York.
The US has pulled out from an agreement on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution, which is meant to combat the coronavirus pandemic, due to ongoing issues with China.
Melbournians have staged coronavirus anti-lockdown protest and at least 10 protesters have been arrested. The protest is also against 5G and vaccines. There are 6929 confirmed cases and 97 deaths from the virus so far.
In India, security forces have clashed with civilians who went out despite lockdown. Police have fired tear gas at residents who threw stones against them. Drones and fire engines have been used to spray disinfectant over the city of Ahmedabad. India reports 62,939 cases and 2109 deaths from the coronavirus.
China and Russia accused for spreading conspiracies 9 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with 3,996,661 COVID-19 cases and 277,603 deaths. The US reports almost 1.3 million cases and 77,661 deaths from the virus.
According to a poll done by the Pew Research Center, about two-thirds of Americans are concerned that their states have reopened too quickly.
The US now has more reasons to believe the Chinese and Russians are working together to disseminate false narratives on the pandemic. State Department's Global Engagement Center, Lea Gabrielle, said “… with this pandemic the cooperation (between Russia and China) has accelerated rapidly …”. The US has honoured Chinese whistle-blower by rechristen a street in front of China’s embassy to ‘Li Wenliang Plaza.’
Mother’s Day is approaching but deputy chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, has urged the public to not cuddle their mothers because elderly mums should probably keep the 1.5m social distancing. The premier, Steven Marshall, in South Australia has said that it is safe for people in the state to travel and the state is “one of the safest places in the world at the moment”. There are 6,929 cases and 97 deaths from the virus in Australia.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting a 3% drop in the global economy for the year 2020. The IMF warns China and the US not to engage in trade war as this could further weakened economic recovery.
Death toll to reach 190,000 in Africa 8 May, 2020
There are almost 4 million COVID-19 cases and 270,234 deaths globally. The US reports 1,267,318 cases and 75,975 deaths from the virus.
While there is a coronavirus taskforce set up by the White House to recommend guidelines, they have been ignored by President Trump who is pushing to re-open states in the country. If a lesson could be learned from Sweden that practiced a less strict lockdown approach, its country death rate is higher than the US.
It is a scary time ahead for Americans to endure the likely rise in death rate as states are re-opened. Meanwhile, about 20% of people in the workforce have already lost their jobs in the past 7 weeks.
The WHO has warned that the potential death toll in Africa could rise to 190,000 people, eclipsing the current total fatalities in the US. The pandemic may linger in the African continent for several years. So far, there are over 54,000 cases and 2073 deaths in Africa.
States in Australia will undergo further coronavirus restrictions easing. Already in Tasmania, premier Peter Gutwein has eased some restrictions such as up to 20 people are now allowed to gather at a funeral, one visit per week is permitted for age care visit and opening of National Parks. The country has 6819 cases and 97 deaths.
China is challenging evidence virus originates from Wuhan lab 7 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 3.8 million COVID-19 cases and 264,611 deaths. The US reports 1,239,126 cases and 73,863 deaths from the coronavirus.
Both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claim substantial evidence of the virus originating from the Wuhan lab. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying is challenging this narrative by saying, “Enormous evidence? Then show us.”
Despite still having 5 digits daily rate of new infections, Trump is adamant to re-open the nation, which is a decision against what many health experts have advised.
The UK economy could plunge 14% and unemployment is about to hit 9% due to COVID-19 according to the Bank of England. The country reports 202,759 cases and 30,166 deaths. The UK death toll is higher than Spain and Italy.
New Zealand will soon allow gatherings limited to 100 people. This is their so-called Alert Level 2. The country has 1489 cases and 21 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump prepares to wind down coronavirus taskforce 6 May, 2020
There are over 3.7 million COVID-19 cases and 257,891 deaths worldwide. The US has 1,213,857 cases and 71,321 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump prepares to wind down its coronavirus taskforce even though many experts predict the worst has yet to come. He said some people could be badly affected by re-opening the country, but he said this option is better as prolonged shutdown has its own costs too such as increased drug use and suicide. He has been revising his predictions on coronavirus deaths and cases quite dramatically in recent months.
UK construction reports a sharp plunge, which is the worst on record. The country has 196,647 cases and is now in the top 4 for countries with the most cases. UK reports a rise of 693 deaths, bringing the death toll to 29,518 fatalities.
The cluster in Newmarch nursing home is expected to have more coronavirus cases. Domestic and family violence have surged in Queensland, Australia. The country reports 6875 cases and 97 deaths so far.
China mocks the US using legos video 5 May, 2020
There are over 3.6 million COVID-19 cases and 252,055 deaths from the virus so far. The US has 1,189,763 cases and 69,069 deaths from the virus. President Trump earlier prediction of 100,000 deaths within the US may be way off the mark according to a leaked document from his own administration. He said, “We're going to lose anywhere from 75, 80, to 100,000 people …”. Trump has also said that the US is working together with UK and Australia to develop a vaccine.
Trump’s administration has growing animosity towards China. In response, the Chinese media, Xinhua News has released a video made of legos to mock the US and it has been viewed by millions of people.
An agreement for trans-Tasman “travel bubble” has been reached between Prime ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern. In Australia, the 16th death linked to Newmarch nursing home has been reported. Australia and New Zealand reports 6849 and 1487 cases, respectively.
Lesotho is the only one out of 54 African nations that has not formally reported any case of the coronavirus. The death toll in Africa is 1843 and there are 47,118 confirmed cases.
Vaccine and a report on China 4 May, 2020
There are almost 3.6 million COVID-19 cases and 248,122 deaths from the virus so far. The US reports a total of 1,165,821 cases and 67,962 deaths. President Trump believes there could be a vaccine by end of the year.
He also said that a conclusive report will be revealed on exactly what happened in China during the outbreak. He said, “Personally, I think they made a horrible mistake, and they didn’t want to admit it.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also said that there is substantial evidence that the virus originates from the Wuhan lab. He said, “The best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point …”
UK defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said that the 2m-rule could be dropped in coronavirus restrictions easing. This will allow people to go back to work and able to collaborate more effectively. UK has 188,250 cases and 28,536 deaths from the virus so far.
As the coronavirus infection curves have flattened in both New Zealand and Australia, the leaders of both countries are discussing how to ease restrictions including the possibility of a “travel bubble” between the two countries. New Zealand and Australia have 1487 and 6823 cases, respectively.
Buffet said nothing can stop the US 3 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 3.4 million COVID-19 cases and 244,390 deaths from the virus. The US continues to report five digits daily rise of infections, bringing the total to 1,138,499 cases. The US economy is battered by the pandemic but billionaire investor Warren Buffet said, "I remain convinced … that nothing can basically stop America.". He said that after his company Berkshire has lost $US49.75 billion.
Prime minister Boris Johnson said doctors had prepared on how to announce his death just in case he could not make it. He said, “They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario …”. Almost 20% of children in UK households have to endure hunger amid the lockdown. The UK has 183,909 cases and 28,221 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Australia may soon allow face-to-face activities at its universities. At the moment, most students learn online and academic staff have to adjust to using teleconferencing videos to teach. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said children are not high risk transmitters. Australia reports 6783 cases and 93 deaths from the virus so far.
Restrictions lifted in some US states 2 May, 2020
There are 3,385,244 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 239,275 deaths from the virus worldwide. In the US, there are over 1.1. million cases and the death toll has surpassed 65, 000. Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in some states in the US such as Texas and Georgia. However, New York, one of the hardest hit states will continue business closures and restrictions. Interstate flights within the US were not restricted during the pandemic. President Trump hopes the death toll in the US will be below 100,000.
Singapore will also begin to ease coronavirus restrictions after the second infection wave has slowed down. Certain businesses can reopen after 12th May and schools will start to reopen from 19th May. The country has 17,101 cases and 16 deaths.
In NSW, one of Australian states, high risk patients will be given COVID-19 test results within the hour instead of the usual 1-2 days timeframe. The state only has five new cases today. Australia registers 6781 cases and 93 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump hints he saw evidence COVID-19 is linked to Wuhan lab 1 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 3.3 million COVID-19 cases and 233,648 deaths globally. The US is the worst affected country based on official statistics as it has 1,074,453 cases and 62,955 deaths. The death toll in the US is more than the top two worst affected countries in Europe combined, which are Spain and Italy.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said the testing for coronavirus in the US is far from satisfactory because it can take 3 to 4 days before people know the outcome of their tests. He added that the delay is far too long as infections could spread to others during the waiting period for test results.
Meanwhile, protesters, some are armed with assault rifles, have entered the capitol building of Michigan to demand lifting lockdown restrictions.
President Trump hints that he has seen evidence of the outbreak linked to Wuhan lab but currently he is unable to disclose any detail. The US officials have also been planning retaliatory action against China over COVID-19 but did reveal specific detail. It might involve the cancellation of some debt owed to China according to one source. A Chinese media, Xinhua News is fighting back against the US by releasing a propaganda video denying any wrongdoings from China and the US government should blame on its own inaction.
The Irish budget airline, Ryanair, is planning to let go 3000 jobs and cut staff pay by up to 20% as its business struggles to remain viable due to the pandemic. Ireland reports a total of 20,612 cases and 1232 deaths from the virus so far.
Australians will know more about coronavirus restrictions easing on May 8. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not reveal specific detail of the easing but said the more Australians download the COVIDSafe App, the earlier restrictions can be lifted. South Australia records nine consecutive days without new coronavirus cases. Australia has 6767 cases and 93 deaths from the virus so far.
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