As the cases of coronavirus rise, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will only impose another nationwide coronavirus lockdown as a last resort, comparing the tool to “a nuclear deterrent” in a Sunday newspaper interview. Johnson, who is hoping Britain can return to “normality” by Christmas despite fears of a second wave of cases over winter, insisted the country was getting better at tackling the virus. The UK has been among the worst-hit countries in the world by COVID-19, registering the highest death toll in Europe. Meanwhile, its economy has been battered by a months-long lockdown that has only been gradually eased over recent weeks — and which Johnson is desperate to repair by avoiding another national shutdown.
Inter-state Travellers Responsible for Spurt in COVID-19 Cases in Bengaluru: Karnataka Govt | With the city witnessing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the past few days, the Karnataka government holds inter-state travellers responsible for the spurt in infections, saying those from hot spot states like Maharashtra could have brought the infection.
US Divided Over Masks, Schools as Cases Rise by Over 70,000 Again | Americans debated mask mandates and the reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic on Friday as state and local officials imposed conflicting orders and cases rose by more than 70,000 across the nation for the second day in a row.
The United States recorded a total of at least 70,674 new COVID-19 infections after climbing by a record 77,499 a day earlier, the largest increase posted by any country since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally.
$140 Fine for Not Wearing Mask in Australian State As Melbourne Cases Rise | Face masks will be mandatory in parts of the Australian state of Victoria as cases in the region continue to rise. Daniel Andrews, Premier of Australia’s Victoria State, said Sunday that people within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire would be fined 200 Australian dollars ($140) if caught not wearing a face covering.
Going To the Beach in Paris? Get Tested for COVID-19 | Parisians heading to the opening of Paris Plages, the yearly transformation of sections of the Seine river into man-made beaches, were met with a new attraction- COVID-19 test centres. A series of indicators across the country, including in the French capital, have suggested the virus could once again be gaining momentum. Authorities are pushing an aggressive testing policy to avoid a return to the peaks seen from March to May.
Today’s Data Highlights
– Maharashtra crosses 3 lakh total cases. Cases more than UK total. If Maharashtra was a country it would have ranked 10th in the world in total cases.
– Delhi recoveries now more than 1 lakh (1,01,274). Recovery rate 83.3%
– 2.8k fewer tests on July 18 than July 17. Total tests: 1.38 crore
– Total cases in West Bengal cross 40k
– Recovered cases exceed active cases by over 3 lakh now (3.04 lakh)
– Bangladesh crosses 2 lakh cases. 17 countries now have more than 2 lakh total cases
– Global deaths cross 6 lakh
EU Extends Summit to Sunday After Deadlock Over COVID Recovery Plan | European Union leaders failed to agree on a massive stimulus fund to revive their coronavirus-hammered economies on Saturday after two days of fraught negotiations, but extended their summit for another day to try and overcome their differences.
India Records Biggest Daily Spike of Nearly 39K Cases | Highest single day spike of 38,902 cases and 543 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours. Total Covid-19 positive cases stand at 10,77,618 including 3,73,379 active cases, 6,77,423 cured/discharged/migrated and 26,816 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Masks Mandatory as Cases Rise in Australian State of Victoria | After a one-day respite, Covid-19 cases in the Australian state of Victoria have risen again, prompting a move to make masks mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and the nearby shire of Mitchell. Health officials on Sunday records 363 new cases in the past 24 hours. Two men and a woman in their 90s died, taking the national death toll from Covid-19 to 122.
Mainland China Reports 16 New COVID-19 Cases Including 13 in Xinjiang | Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 cases as of the end of July 18, up from 22 reported a day earlier, the Chinese national health authority said. Of the new infection, 13 were found in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang. The other three were imported infection involving travellers from overseas, according to the National Health Commission (NHC) and Xinjiang local health commission.
At G20, Germany Pledges 3 Billion Euros for Poor Countries | Germany pledged 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) at a meeting of G20 finance ministers to help the world’s poorest countries, the finance ministry said. The funds will be made available as long-term loans for the International Monetary Fund’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT).
Texas Coronavirus Cases Include 85 Infants | A health official on the Texas Gulf Coast says that 85 infants have tested positive for the coronavirus, AP reports.Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez said that the 85 infants are each younger than one, but offered no other details, including how the children are suspected to have become infected.
West Virginia University Announces 28 Football Players Tested Positive for Covid-19 | The University of West Virginia announced Saturday that 28 members of its football program tested positive for Covid-19. The school has tested 518 people since June, resulting in 41 positive results. As well as the 28 members of the football program who tested positive, there were also five cases in men’s basketball, six in women’s basketball and one in women’s soccer. One staff member also tested positive.
South Africa Cases Become Fifth-highest Worldwide | Among the countries that reported the highest one-day case increases as part of that startling record global rise reported by the WHO is South Africa, which now ranks fifth in the world for confirmed coronavirus cases caseload as the African continent faces the pandemics first wave head-on, AP reports.